Warwickshire Bears v Netherlands, Yorkshire Bank 40
Netherlands captain Peter Borran won the toss and chose to bat as Warwickshire entertained Holland for the first time in an “A” Match at Edgbaston in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competiton.
Stephan Myburg and Michael Swart were in aggressive mood, scoring freely from the start and posting an opening partnership of one hundred and twenty five in just twenty one overs, before a complete mix-up going for a second run off Darren Maddy’s bowling, saw both men stranded at the same end, while Bears’ ‘keeper, Peter McKay, removed the bails at the other end.
Myburg was the unlucky batsman to go, having made seventy six from seventy two balls, with three sixes and eight fours in his innings.
Peter McKay took an excellent catch to remove Ben Cooper off Maddy and the same bowler struck again when Eric Swarczynski skied a catch to Ateeq Javid. Five balls later another good McKay catch brought Swart’s innings to a close for a useful sixty seven, before Wes Barresi and Dom Michael picked up the momentum, temporarily lost with the fall of wickets and took the Netherlands on to 218-5 in the thirty sixth over.
Peter Burren provided Recordo Gordon with his first wicket on debut, but there was no such luck for Tom Milnes also making his debut as wicketkeeper Wes Borresi helped the Netherlands reach an impressive 248-7 from their forty overs.
In reply, Varun Chopra and William Porterfield mirrored the Netherlands start, completing a century partnership before Porterfield was caught in the deep by substitute fielder Tom Cooper off Peter Seelar, for sixty two off seventy deliveries.
Skipper, Jim Troughton, returning to the side after injury was caught behind by Barresi off Borren for seventeen, but as Warwickshire slipped further behind the required rate, Maddy was caught in the deep for seven and then Evans went first ball, while Javid perished for just four.
Varun Chopra completed his century but with runs becoming increasingly difficult to make, he was caught behind by Barresi off Borren for 111 from 117 deliveries, with the Bears requiring thirty five to win from just thirteen balls.
Patel went first ball and Piolet three balls later as despite their best efforts in the final ten deliveries, the Bears fell just six runs short of their target.