Oranje's opponent kwam tot het ijzersterke totaal van 286 runs doordat vrijwel alle batsmen, op een na, in de dubbele cijfers kwamen. Het eerste wicket viel pas op 120, en van daaruit bleef Middlesex regelmatig de runs maken. Michael Swart was met 1-32/6 de meest economische bowler, Shane Mott pakte twee wickets.
Het Nederlandse antwoord startte met de stand van 16/1 (Szwarczynski run out), maar met de komst van Tom Cooper naar het wicket ging de scoringrate omhoog. Wesley Barresi ging evenals Szwarczynski run out, maar niet voordat hij 38 runs had gemaakt. Michael Swart bleef op 7 runs steken, maar Tom de Grooth en Cooper zetten de runchase vrolijk voort. De Grooth, die zich kennelijk thuis voelt op Lord's (WK Twenty, 20 juni 2009, tegen Engeland!), kwam tot 58 uit 50 ballen, maar na een kleine middle-order collaps (achtereenvolgens De Grooth, Borren, Kruger) leek Nederland bij 219/6 na 34.2 overs op een nederlaag af te stevenen. En met nog 32 runs te maken uit de laatste twee overs leek de kans op de zege al helemaal klein, maar Bukhari scoorde van de voorlaatste zes ballen maar liefst 18 runs.Â De 14 benodigde runs van de laatste over kwamen er dus net niet, maar opnieuw maakte Nederland op Lord's enorme indruk.
If truth be known this wasnâ€™t the teams best fielding and bowling performance with the all the bowlers coming in for some hefty treatment firstly by Newman and Malan and latterly by the late middle order of Neil Dexter and the on loan Ollie Rayner. Openers Scott Newman (73) and Dawid Malan (90) guided Middlesex to a total of 286 for five but the Dutch, who stunnedÂ
There cannot have been many more than 2,000 people at Lord's, but you would have struggled to find a single one of them who wants to see the associates shut out of a World Cup after this match. The Dutch having already beatenÂ
HCCâ€™s Tom de Grooth also played a wonderfully carefree hand, a helter-skelter 58 from 50 balls that pulled around an innings that had been steadily drifting towards a humdrum defeat. He has happy memories of playing here, his 49 from 30 being the key contribution to his team's famous win overÂ
Cooper's also had to take over as wicketkeeper after Wesley Barresi injured a finger trying to take a wide down the leg side. Cooper duly produced a brilliant diving catch to remove Paul Stirling.
He played watchfully for his first 50, then noticed what good form De Grooth was in and made sure to give him the strike. After he raised his hundred, he kicked on again, inspired perhaps by the helter skelter Â batting of Bukhari.
Does the ICC's executive board pay any attention to the CB40? It seems unlikely, given that the 40-over format bears no relation at all to anything that is happening in the international game (for now!). But anyone who wants more evidence that the Associates are worth their place in the World Cup found it here, and heard it in the merry roars of the scattering of devoted Netherlands fans. Each good performance adds a little more weight to their argument. Losing by 1 run is always a difficult pill to swallow and this group of players will dwell on a number of opportunities throughout the game that may have made this outstanding match one to celebrate â€“ there were many good things about this performance. However tomorrow brings a quick return to action as the Dutch take on Sussex at Hove who were soundly beaten by Derbyshire today whom theÂ