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Recent Match Report – Netherlands vs Singapore, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, 20th Match, Group A



Netherlands 104 for 5 (O’Dowd 35, Ackermann 34*) beat Singapore 101 (Chandramohan 28, van der Gugten 3-9, van der Merwe 3-22) by five wickets

Somerset allrounder Roelof van der Merwe spearheaded the Netherlands past Singapore, taking three wickets with his left-arm spin before calming Oranje nerves in a tricky chase to strike the winning runs for a five-wicket victory on Tuesday.

After Singapore went through the Powerplay unscathed, the wily veteran struck a huge blow on the first ball of the seventh over to beat Singapore batsman Tim David’s drive and knock back the stumps for 19. He struck again in the 12th over, enticing Manpreet Singh to drive to long-off before rounding off his spell with a successful lbw appeal after Sidhant Singh played back to a skiddy ball off a good length.

Van der Merwe was well supported by the Dutch pace unit – particularly Timm van der Gugten, who missed the birth of his first-born child to stay with the Dutch squad in Dubai and was rewarded with figures of 3 for 9 off three overs.

Surendran Chandramohan was the first of van der Gugten’s scalps, driving flat to Colin Ackermann at mid-off for a top score of 28. Van der Gugten later came back to clean up the tail in the 18th over, claiming Selladore Vijayakumar caught behind driving and Amjad Mahboob bowled after he was beaten for pace.

Navin Param, the star of Singapore’s win over Bermuda, entered at No. 5 but quickly ran out of partners thanks to van der Merwe and van der Gugten. He was last man out for 13 when his attempted scoop off Paul van Meekeren was tracked down halfway to the fine leg rope by wicketkeeper Scott Edwards, who pulled off a magnificent one-handed diving catch to end the innings.

What looked like an opportunity for the Dutch to go for a net run rate boost soon turned into an awkward endeavor due to a gritty effort from Singapore’s bowling and fielding unit. Tobias Visee drove to long-on in the second over and Ben Cooper edged a back foot drive behind to end the third over at 16 for 2. Max O’Dowd had been peppering the off-side boundary, including a trail of fours off Mahboob in the fourth over, but finally perished in the ninth after a failed charge to Vijayakumar.

Ryan ten Doeschate was then yorked for 1 by the 19-year-old Janak Prakash before Pieter Seelaar chipped a low full toss off the toe of the bat to David at midwicket off Sidhant to make it 65 for 5 in the 12th.

Van der Merwe had entered at No. 5 and No. 6 in the first two Dutch wins but was pushed back to No. 7 on this occasion with Ackermann coming into the XI for his first match of the tournament at the expense of Fred Klaassen, who was suffering from heatstroke. Van der Merwe’s experience paid off as he settled nerves to give Ackermann the support he needed to ice the chase. Van Der Merwe eventually struck a full toss over square leg for the winning runs with 21 balls to spare at ICC Academy Oval 1.

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‘Awesome year for fast bowlers’ in international cricket – Lockie Ferguson



Lockie Ferguson says that international cricket has had an “awesome year with fast bowlers”, and that he hopes to “bring a little bit of anxiety” to England and Australia’s batsmen after being named in New Zealand’s squads for their upcoming Tests against those opponents.

Ferguson is in line for a Test debut, having exclusively played white-ball cricket in his international career to date, but has an impressive first-class record, with 153 wickets at an average of just 24.30 in his 42 games in the format.

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“[I’ve] been very much focused on white-ball [cricket[ for the last year,” he admitted. “I think I played three first-class games – a couple against India A – last summer, and then obviously not a lot over the winter we just had.

“I’ve played a lot of red-ball cricket for Auckland and some ‘A’ games as well, so I understand what it takes to be a fast bowler at that level, and you can’t always go at 100 percent like you can in one-day and T20 – you have to pick and choose when to bowl quick spells, and that’s all part of the learning process.

“[Test cricket] is definitely going to be a new challenge. Obviously like in other formats, it’s a step up from domestic level, and fortunately I’ve played quite a lot of these players before at that level, so it’s not completely new. But the red ball is a whole new different beast, and it’s the longer form both mentally and physically, so it’s going to be a challenge.”

Ferguson faces a tough challenge to break into New Zealand’s side. Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner have formed an impressive seam-bowling trio over the past five years, and since November 2017, they have played as a triumvirate in all but one of New Zealand’s home Tests.

But head coach Gary Stead has hinted at rotation over the next five Tests, given New Zealand’s punishing upcoming schedule, meaning that there should be opportunities for Ferguson and Matt Henry at some stage.

“We’ve got three internationally-recognised, world-class bowlers who have been doing an exceptional job for us, and put us [at] No. 2 in the Test rankings,” Ferguson said. “That’s fantastic, and it’s awesome to be in and around, and learning off those guys as well – it’s just nice to rub shoulders with them.

“It’s going to be a tough team to break into, but there’s obviously a lot of Test cricket coming up.”

Ferguson was the second leading wicket-taker at the World Cup this year, and said that international cricket has had a great year as far as fast bowling is concerned.

“I think international cricket has had quite an awesome year with fast bowlers,” he said. “I know at the World Cup, earlier on perhaps they were talking about spinners being the real threat, and it was exciting for me as part of the fast-bowling fraternity to see fast bowlers at the top of [the wicket-taking] list.

“I don’t think it changes at all for Test cricket: fast bowlers are going to cause problems and create a threat for batters just from pure pace. At the same time, you have to be accurate, and I guess personally that’s one thing I’ve worked on for a long time – bowling quick, but making sure that I’m putting it where I want to put it.”

Ferguson admitted that if he does play, his role – as New Zealand’s fastest bowler – will involve trying “to bring a little bit of anxiety” to England’s batsmen, but added that raw pace was part and parcel of playing at the top level.

“England obviously have some quick bowlers too with Jofra Archer in their lineup, and it does the same thing to both teams,” he said. “That’s probably the most exciting part about Test cricket – there’s no limit on overs, so you know you’re probably going to face [opposing quicks] at some point in time.”

The first Test against England will be played at Mount Maunganui, which will be the inaugural Test at the ground, and Ferguson suggested that the wicket should be good for batting, though may offer some variable bounce.

“I haven’t played there in a few years,” he said, “[but] my flat-mate Henry Cooper is an ND [Northern Districts] boy, and said that it’s not a bad batting track but it does go up and down a little bit. It’s hard to tell at this stage – every wicket you play on in New Zealand can be different, so I’m sure we’ll be turning up and assessing the conditions when we’re faced with them.”

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Recent Match Report – Victoria vs Queensland, Sheffield Shield, 12th Match



Queensland 183 and 306 (Steketee 52, Peirson 51*, Pattinson 4-66) beat Victoria 9 for 300 dec and 130 (Swepson 3-17) by 59 runs

Queensland legspinner Mitchell Swepson bowled the Bulls to a dramatic last-gasp victory after a calamitous collapse from Victoria on the final day at the MCG.

The home side needed 190 from 75 overs for their first win of the season but were bowled out for 130 with just seven balls left in the day.

Victoria’s last pair of Chris Tremain and Jon Holland had to survive 59 deliveries in the fading light after the chase was aborted in the last session. Tremain did an outstanding job facing 82 balls for 18 not out while Holland absorbed 27 balls without scoring. But Swepson, who had already pinned Sam Harper and Peter Siddle lbw earlier in the day, slid a fuller ball through the defence of Holland and umpire Shawn Craig raised his finger to raucous celebration from Queensland.

The umpires had played a significant part in the fourth innings. Victoria started their chase well reaching 41 without loss but lost two wickets in two overs. The second, Eamonn Vines, was given out caught down the leg side when the ball came off his armpit with his gloves raised high above his head.

Siddle was unimpressed with his lbw decision suggesting he had hit it, but Queensland were mystified shortly after when Tremain was claimed at second slip off Blake Edwards. The visitors were adamant it came straight off the outside edge but the umpire was certain it came off the back pad.

Queensland’s quicks applied pressure all day with all four claiming important breakthroughs at various stages before Swepson finished the job.

The bowlers also made major contributions with the bat in the third innings to set up the win. Mark Steketee made his just second first-class half-century and Jimmy Peirson made an excellent unbeaten 51 to extend the lead to 189. James Pattinson bowled with pace early on the final day to claim two wickets to finish with four for the innings.

But Victoria remain winless while Queensland vault to second on the table.

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Jofra Archer spell ‘the quickest I’ve faced in my life’ says centurion Glenn Phillips



Glenn Phillips was left sporting several bruises and a very large smile after a memorable encounter with Jofra Archer on the first day of New Zealand A’s match against England.

Phillips, a top-order batsman with almost a dozen international caps behind him, made an impressive century in New Zealand A’s first innings and later declared the experience “the most fun you can have”.

It didn’t always look it. In one spell in the afternoon session, Archer delivered a succession of short balls that saw Phillips struck on the body several times and just avoid a blow to the head on several more.

To his credit, however, Phillips appeared to relish the challenge and could look back on the day with great satisfaction. But he was also full of respect for Archer, suggesting he was the quickest bowler he had faced.

“My goodness,” Phillips said. “That was the quickest I’ve faced in my life. The challenge was unbelievable.

“He got me on the forearm, he nearly took my head off a couple of times and then he took me on the chest a couple of times.

“With Steve Smith getting hit a couple of months ago, it [the fear of injury] is in the back of your mind a bit as he’s running in a bit. But he’s not out there in trying to intentionally hurt anyone. It’s more a tactical thing. If you’re watching the ball, hopefully you should be OK. But if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time…

“It’s the most fun you can have out there. There’s no point it being easy, especially when a guy is running in trying to take your head off. It might not be his wicket-taking ball, either. So the challenge is to make sure you survive and get out of the spell.

“The wicket flattened out quite nicely in the end so it was good to bat on. It was a lot of fun.”

Phillips and Archer had actually played against one another previously. In 2016, when Archer was just starting to make his way in the Sussex Second XI, Phillips was playing for MCC Young Cricketers. . On that occasion, he scored 24 in the first innings and 43 in the second with Archer unable to dismiss him on either occasion.

“He was all over me back then, too,” Phillips admitted. “He’s was probably as quick then as he is now, but there’s more spotlight on him now so people are understanding just how quick he is.

“What advice would I give to the New Zealand team if they ask? Just watch the ball as hard as you can. Like any bowler, he does give you bad balls. But he’s very accurate with his short-ball plan.”

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