Colombo, Feb 15: Chasing Kenya's 263/5 in their World Cup warm-up match, the Netherlands surpassed the total with 5 balls to spare. Ryan Ten Doeschate's 98 off 92 balls turned the match around when at one stage the Dutch were 130/7 in 30 overs.
The Netherlands' innings got off to a blistering start with opener Alexei Kervezee blasting a flurry of fours off Kenyan pace bowlers Elija Otieno and Thomas Odoya, with the batsmen more severe on the former. The Dutch raced to 51/0 in 7.4 overs, before Kervezee was bowled by Nehemiah Odhiambo for 49 off just 33 balls as the score read 67/1 in 10.1 overs.
Once again, against the run of play, the Dutch lost Eric Szwarczynski to Kamande, for 26 off 39 balls as they slipped to 87/2 in 15.4. Soon after the Europeans crossed 100, a middle order collapsed ensued with Tom Cooper getting run out for 22, followed by Peter Borren and Bas Zuiderent departing for 1-run each. The Netherlands had slumped to 107/5 in 25.3 overs.
But the slide only continued with Weslety Barresi exiting for 10 and Tom de Grooth, spliting for a duck as the Dutch completed the 30th over on 130/7. However, a tenacious Ryan Ten Doeschate and wicketkeeper Atse Buurman took their side to over 150 in the 35th over. The soon after the dashing duo brought up the side's 200, Buurman was trapped in front by off-break Steve Tikolo, for 29 off 46 balls.
At stage, Netherlands needed 42 runs inn 34 balls with just 2 wickets in hand. But Doeschate's had wrested so much of impteus that he was easily able to take his side home, which he did so with 5 balls to spare. His innings of 98 came off just 92 balls, and was studded with 3 fours and 4 sixes.
Kenya began their innings on a forceful note, before Alex Obanda went to Dutch seamer Berend Westdijk for 11, as the score read 21/1 in 4.5 overs. Then David Obuya and surviving opener Seren Waters took their side to 74 in 18 overs before Ryan Ten Doeschate trapped the former in front for 20.
Steve Tikolo, apparently in poor form, was stumped off Bernard Loots for 8, before Maurice Ouma and Waters took Kenya to over 100.
A while later however, Doeschate returned to have Ouma caught behind for 20 as Kenya slipped to 129/4 in 31.2 overs. But then Rakep Patel revived the innings admirably with Waters, taking their side past 150, soon after which the latter reached his century. Then Patel completed his fifty as the score moved past 200.
The pair took Kenya to over 250 at the end of the 48th over. After Patel was removed for a valiant 64 off 59 balls by the slow left-armer Pieter Seelar, Waters carried his bat through to the end of the innings, helping Kenya post a competitive score of 263/5 in 50 overs.