Netherlands secure historic victory
The Dutch pulled of a stunning 4 wicket victory over a shell shocked England to launch this years Twenty20 World Cup in spectacular fashion at a gloomy Lords.
Set a target of 163 for victory the Dutch clinched victory off the last ball of the game somehow managing to run two as England lost their heads with wayward fielding.
The Dutch started off slowly with the lose of Alexei Kervezee in the first over but they never panicked and were helped by poor England bowling.
The first seeds of an upset were set inside the first four overs as Darron Reekers dispatched two huge sixes into the Tavern Stand and the second tier of the Grand Stand.
Reekers didn't last much longer skying a catch to Owais out on the boundary and at this point you would have expected England to take advantage.
This wasn't to be the case as Tom de Grooth steered the Dutch to victory with a game winning 49. Early in his inning de Grooth even managed to hit a marvelous reverse sweep off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 4 into the Tavern Stand much to the delight of the large number of Dutch fans around the ground.
With ten overs gone the prospect of a stunning Dutch victory started to gain momentum. Peter Borren was playing a key roll in the middle order for the Dutch taking quick singles to ensure de Grooth took more of the strike.
De Grooth finally fell in the 13th over but the damage was already done.
Earlier England openers Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright got England off to a great start sharing an opening partnership of 102 before the hosts lost their way losing 5 wickets to end the innings 162/5.
Put into bat by the Netherlands captain Jeroen Smits Bopara and Wright slowly built the innings mixing boundaries with clever running between the wicket to keep the run rate moving along.
The pair had the better of the Dutch bowlers until Bopara fell for 46 giving ten Doeschate the first of his two wickets. With the loss of Bopara England seemed to lose their way a little with Owais Shah (5) and Eoin Morgan (6) both struggling to fill the role Bopara played supporting Wright.
With the lose of three wickets for just 25 runs Wright looked to increase the pace at which England were scoring but his brilliant innings came to end for 71.
England captain Paul Collingwood could only manage 11 runs before chipping an easy catch to Edgar Schiferli.
It left Robert Key and James Foster to face the last over scoring 9 runs to give the Netherlands a target of 163 runs for victory.