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The Dutch cruise into World Cup

The Netherlands cruised into next year's ICC World Twenty20 after cantering to a five-wicket win over Scotland in Monday's second semi-final.

After restricting their opponents to 107 for eight, the Netherlands knocked off the runs in the most composed fashion, led by Eric Szwarczynski who made 31 at the top of the order.

He received valuable support from Tom de Grooth and Ryan ten Doeschate, the latter ending the contest in style with a huge six and a reverse sweep for four.

Scotland had made a promising start to the clash with skipper Ryan Watson and Kyle Coetzer keeping the scoreboard ticking along as they sought a big target.

Durham batsman Coetzer cut loose in the fourth over, launching Mudassar Bukhari over midwicket for four and then lifting him high over long-on for six next ball.

He then cut ten Doeschate for two fours in an over, the second of which flew over the vacant slip area as Scotland rattled along to 35 without loss off six overs.

Coetzer continued his mini-onslaught by launching Peter Borren's medium pace straight down the ground for another maximum.

The Netherlands finally got a breakthrough in the 11th over when Borren squeezed one through Watson's defences to bowl him for 22.

New batsman Navdeep Poonia chipped away but the men in orange enjoyed further success when Coetzer, who had reached 40, was run out going for a suicidal single to point. Colin Smith lasted just one ball when he lofted a straight-forward catch to Pieter Seelaar off the returning ten Doeschate.

Scotland were 87 for three at the start of the 16th over - a decent platform for a late assault on the Netherlands bowling. But it never materialised.

Ten Doeschate and Bukhari maintained a tight line, the former being rewarded with the wickets of Gavin Hamilton and Neil McCallum as Scotland failed to make the most of their encouraging start. Those two wickets came in the 19th over, as did a third success when Poonia's entertaining knock of 25 was terminated by Edgar Schiferli's direct hit from point to reduce Scotland to 99 for six.

Scotland suffered run-outs in successive balls, Richie Berrington failed in taking a cheeky single to the wicketkeeper, while Gordon Drummond could not beat a throw from long-on as the batting side finished on 107 for eight.

The Netherlands had a disastrous start when the dangerous Darron Reekers mistimed a pull shot off John Blain and was smartly caught by a diving Poonia at mid-on.

De Grooth looked intent on asserting himself on the Scotland bowlers and while he was fortunate that a pull shot skewed over the slips from Dewald Nel, a drive off the same bowler that pierced extra-cover was straight from the textbook.

Szwarczynski matched that with a belting square cut off Blain which smashed into the boundary boards.

While the two Dutch batsmen ran well between the wickets, they had their fair share of good fortune with Blain unfortunate to see the ball flying through the gully area on a number of occasions. Gordon Drummond was also left cursing his luck when Szwarczynski edged for four where a first slip would have snaffled the chance.

The pair added a valuable 46 runs before de Grooth was smartly caught behind by Smith, standing up, off Berrington's medium pace.

At the midway point the Netherlands were 56 for two - 52 runs shy of a place in the final against Ireland and a spot at next year's ICC World Twenty20.

Bukhari, promoted in an effort to boost the rate, nicked two boundaries through the slip region off Berrington but the bowler would get his vengeance in the 11th over when a third edge flew into Watson's hands.

The wicket brought ten Doeschate to the crease, a player good enough to lead the Netherlands to victory single-handedly. He is also exceptionally quick between the wickets and with Szwarczynski quietly edged towards the victory target.

Scotland were given hope when, with Netherlands needing 27 off 32 balls, Szwarczynski top-edged Blain to wicketkeeper Smith, rather a tame way to be dismissed after a fine 31. Daan van Bunge failed to trouble the scorers, caught well at slip off Nel as Scotland battled back.

Peter Borren took a few balls to get his eye in before swinging Drummond for successive boundaries in the 17th over - runs which took Netherlands within sight of victory. He then followed that by sweep-slogging Majid Haq for another four.

It was left to ten Doeschate to see Netherlands home, launching Haq for a huge six towards the pavilion before reverse-sweeping the same bowler for the winning runs.

Scotland will now play Kenya in the third-placed play-off with the winners to take Zimbabwe's place at next year's tournament, should they withdraw from the event.

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