Dutch destroy England in T20 opener

Published: Saturday, June 6, 2009, 8:27 [IST]
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Dutch stun England in spectacular start

London: England suffered its worst ever humiliation in its cricket history as they were crushed by minnows Holland in the opening match of the World Twenty20.

Its  the biggest disgrace to England cricket since losing by nine runs to Zimbabwe at Albury during the 1992 World Cup

England must beat Pakistan at the in their second match to prevent being knocked out of the tournament just three days into the event.

Holland claimed victory by four wickets at Lords on Friday night when they scored two runs off the final ball, scampering through for an overthrow after Stuart Broad"s shy at the stumps missed and was not backed up.


Holland needed seven to win going into the final over. They scored singles until Edgar Schiferli collected two off the final ball when bowler Stuart Broad's shy at the stumps went for an overthrow.

Batting first, England seemed to be setting themselves up for a big total after an opening stand of 100 in 11 overs between Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara. Dutch bowlers came back strongly in the second half of England innings and restricted England to 162 for 5.

Wright made 71off 49 balls with eight fours, but England struggled for boundaries after he departed in the 18th over when he was caught on the wide long-on boundary.

The Netherlands got off to a bad start when Alexei Kervezee was out for one on the fifth ball. Darron Reekers produced an entertaining cameo with 20, including two sixes, before he was caught by Shah off Broad to make it 23-2 in the fourth over.

Bas Zuiderent (12) and De Grooth put on 43 in less than five overs, and De Grooth then added 50 with Borren.

Tom de Grooth hit 49 off 30 balls, including six boundaries and a six, while teammate Peter Borren added 30

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England captain Paul Collingwood said: “We just weren"t good enough, but sometimes you've got to give credit to the opposition. They kept hitting boundary after boundary."


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