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News: Netherlands beat Denmark easily

The dutch side, without the services of their top 2 batsmen in Zuiderant and ten Doeschate, still managed to beat Denmark fairly comprehensively by 5 wickets and 8 overs to spare. However, the Danes gave a better performance than I was expecting them to. I was of the opinion that the Denmark team was in the third tier of cricket, but it looks like they are fairly competitive with the second tier teams.

For the Dutch, Eric Schwarzynski probably was the revelation, who is likely to become their first choice opener along with Zuiderant now that van Nierop damaged his ankle and is out of the game for a couple of months. An ideal Dutch team, hence, to take on Sri Lanka would be the following in my opinion:

  1. Eric Schwarzinski
  2. Bas Zuiderant
  3. Ryan ten Doeschate
  4. Dan Van Bunge
  5. Tim de Leede
  6. Alexei Kervezee
  7. Atse Buurman
  8. Peter Borren
  9. Edgar Schifarli
  10. Victor Grandia
  11. Mohammed Kashif or Pieter Seelar

The Danes should organize more such games against the Dutch side, although, they should try to avoid playing the Dutch A side because it is unlikely in the near future that the Danes will get anything out of playing them. However, Denmark should also invite the second XI or perhaps even the first XI of an English county to come and play a couple of matches against them on a yearly basis.

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  1. Ram
    June 10, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Well..Given Denmark’s performance against the A side the previous day, one would have expected this match to be closer, but then the experience of the Dutch prevailed in the end. As you rightly pointed out, Denmark should look to play against county XIs (first/second XIs based on performance) on a yearly basis, both home and away.

    It wouldn’t be a bad idea if the A teams of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are made to regularly host/tour countries like Bermuda, Uganda, Denmark, Afghanistan and Nepal. Also, these countries should look to tour/host each other outside of the ICC tournaments, much like this Netherlands-Denmark encounter. Am sure it should be financially viable for Nepal or Bermuda to host any of these countries given the popularity of the game in those countries. The absence of facilities may restrict Afghanistan to only touring.

  2. June 11, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    I don’t think Essex is releasing Ten Doeschate

  3. June 11, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    I guess then that it was a good move by the Netherlands cricket board to ask for all of their intercontinental cup matches and triangulars to be scheduled OUTSIDE of the English summer (i.e. June-Sept)

  4. June 12, 2006 at 1:13 am

    Ankur, how do you know that ten Doeschate is not getting released by Essex?

  5. June 12, 2006 at 5:54 am

    I think this is a good indication of the difference in level between the first tier of Associates and their A teams. Two second tier teams (Uganda & Denmark)have recently comfortably beaten first tier ‘A’ teams (Kenya A & Holland A).
    Denmark vs Holland (and Uganda vs Kenya should they play) are a different kettle of fish.
    Just because a 2nd tier team beats a 1st tier A team does not mean they are suddenly on a par with the tier 1 full team, it simply shows how shallow the depth of talent is in the top tier. The challenge for the top associates is to deepen that talent pool, while the challenge for the second tier teams is to get up on par with the teams above.

  6. Ram
    June 12, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    Chemosit…While what you say may be true, I think one major factor separating the top Associates from the second tier is their exposure to international cricket, which the second tier nations sadly don’t get. If Uganda or Denmark were to play in a World Cup or Intercontinental Cup, I feel that they would be able to standup to Kenya or Netherlands. The experience gained by these Associates from playing regular cricket against quality opposition in such multi national tournaments is invaluable.

    It’s just my feeling that experience counts almost as much as talent at the Associate level and that’s why the ICC must look to provide as much cricket to the second tier Associates as they do for the first level nations.

  7. June 12, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    I recall reading it on a cricket forum. I am unable to find a link, however.

    But the ODI’s do clash with an Essex championship game if I remember right and ten Doeschate is one of Essex’s leading players so it seems logical from their point of view to not let him go…

  8. June 12, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Well, if ten Doeschate is Essex’s premier batsman, then he may use that leverage to seek a leave. Unless ofcourse, he would rather play for Essex than play for Netherlands in an official ODI against Sri lanka.

  9. June 13, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    That seems to be a possiblilty considering Eoin Morgan preferred to make his County Championship debut for Middlesex rather than playing an ODI against England if the reports in the Telegraph are to be believed…

  10. June 13, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    Ankur, I dont think that Morgan was actually given any choice in this regard (seriously). It was either play for the county that gives you the salary, or go play for the country that will keep you a sunday afternoon fun player. I dont blame Morgan, but Middlesex should have shown some common sense.

  11. Ram
    June 16, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    Well, kind of strange that the Dutch cricket board (KNCB) has decided to sell tickets to the SL ODIs only at the gate on match days! This is probably indicative of the fact that public response to the twin ODIs against SL hasn’t been that great.

    It’s also surprising that while the official website is all in Dutch, the PDF files containing info about the sale of tickets and how to get to the ground are in English. Probably the KNCB has decided to become more visible after seeing the response to the two ODIs:D

  12. June 19, 2006 at 11:51 am

    The latest news is that the KNCB is still trying hard to get Ten Doeschate released from his county from the Sri ODIs and also for the European CHampionship matches in August. No decision yet.

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