ICL: Indian Cricket League

Heavy rain has final say in Belfast


Netherlands were denied the chance to push for a victory when heavy rain lashed Stormont and forced the abandonment of their quadrangular series match against Scotland. Ryan ten Doeschate, the Essex allrounder, had taken three wickets in an excellent spell of seam bowling but his efforts came to nothing as the rain arrived after 22 overs.

Scotland were soon left regretting their decision to bat as ten Doeschate struck early to remove yesterday’s bowling star against West Indies, Majid Haq, for 4. His swing and seam troubled the top order and he was a cut above the other bowling Netherlands have produced in this tournament.

Due to Essex commitments this was the only match ten Doeschate was available for and he showed what Netherlands have been missing. He also removed Fraser Watts, then bowled Ryan Watson for 10 as Scotland slipped further into trouble.

However, it wasn’t a one-man show as Hendrik-Jan Mol chipped in with a couple. He removed Navdeep Poonia, who top-scored against West Indies, and had Neil McCallam caught behind. That was the last piece of action for the day as the rain descended in bucket loads. The international matches in Ireland this season have managed to dodge the worst of the weather until now, but the umpires called off the match at 3.30.

Netherlands finish without a win in the tournament and attention now turns to the main match of the week, Ireland against West Indies at Clontarf on Saturday. The series finishes with the Celtic clash between the hosts and Scotland on Sunday, weather permitting, at Stormont.

Source:Cricket News

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