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Seelaar sets up victory for the Dutch


Left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar took three wickets as the Netherlands beat Scotland by seven wickets in their ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match at the Oval on Wednesday.

Seelaar, who took two wickets in two balls, finished with figures of three for 25 from his four overs as Scotland were held to 128 for nine.

Alexei Kervezee then made 62, his a run-a-ball fifty featuring a six and five fours, as the Dutch reached their victory target of 129.

Together with former Sussex batsman Bas Zuiderent (44) he put on 105 for the second wicket as they took the Netherlands from six for one to 111 for two before, with 18 runs needed off 25 balls, he was caught and bowled by Scotland off-spinner Majid Haq.

With four runs needed off the last over, Zuiderent holed out but a boundary from Daan van Bunge saw the Dutch home with three balls to spare.

This win gave the Netherlands a victory over Celtic opposition following their dramatic eliminator loss to Ireland at Lord's on Monday.

Scotland, who travelled down overnight from Nottingham, where they lost by six wickets to hosts England on Tuesday, saw Calum Macleod strike with the third legitimate ball of the innings to remove Darron Reekers.

Earlier, Dutch pace bowler Dirk Nannes, who plays for English county side Middlesex, sent down 16 balls that were not scored off by Scotland.

Kyle Coetzer top-scored with 39 before he was stumped by Netherlands captain and wicket-keeper Jeroen Smits off Seelaar.

The Netherlands face England in Friday's tournament opener proper at Lord's while Scotland's first group game is against New Zealand at the Oval on Saturday.

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