Netherlands go on top of table after beating Namibia by 5 wickets

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Sitting pretty at 92 for one, Netherlands made a harakiri towards the end to allow Namibia to make a comeback

Netherlands dished out an impressive hard-fought victory over fixture on Tuesday Oct 18. A fine bowling performance helped them restrict the opposition for 121/6 after 20 overs and they reached their target in just 19.3 overs in the Group A match. 

Sitting pretty at 92 for one, Netherlands made a harakiri towards the end to allow Namibia to make a comeback. Vikramjit Singh (39 off 31) and Max O’Dowd (35 off 35) got Netherlands’ chase off to a blazing start, sharing 59 runs for the opening wicket.

However, from 92 for one, Netherlands slumped to 101 for four, thanks to twin blows from left-arm pacer Johannes Jonathan Smit (2/24) in the 16th over. Skipper Scott Edwards did no good and perished in the next over. But Bas de Leede (30 not out off 30) held his nerves, and in the company of Tim Pringle (8 not out), saw Netherlands home with a 20-run stand.

Earlier, de Leede (2/18) shone with the ball as well, to help Netherlands restrict Namibia to the modest total. Besides, Roelof van der Merwe (1/6), Pringle (1/15), Colin Ackermann (1/17) and Paul van Meekeren (1/18) also registered their names in the wicket column for Netherlands.

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