The Netherlands team joins the exultant bunch alongside Papua New Guinea and Ireland by cementing a spot in the next year's momentous T20 World Cup in Australia after they managed to outgun the United Arab Emirates (UAE) courtesy of a superb show from their speedsters.
UAE, who has been under turmoil after losing their players to corruption charges in this tournament, could only amass a paltry 80-9 in their innings which meant there was no pressure on the Netherlands when they came out to bat. At one stage the UAE scorecard was 9-5 which highlights the abysmal batting show from the hosts.
The Dutch had a walk in the park and accepted the below-par task gleefully. The thumping eight-wicket victory has given them a ticket to participate in the first round of the World Cup in Australia next October.
UAE are still not out of the competition but only hanging by a thread as far as their chances are concerned for making it to the World Cup. They will have to beat Scotland in a qualifying playoff on Wednesday.
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UAE got their say in the toss and opted to bat first but the innings never really took off as Rohan Mustafa got outfoxed by a ripper from Fred Kladden in the very first over. It only went downhill from there as UAE nosedived and lost their first five wickets for a mere nine runs.
There was some resistance shown by Waheed Ahmed and Mohammad Boota who knuckle under the fired up bowling attack and managed to forge a slow partnership of 35 before losing the plot again.
The pair was outsmarted by Brandon Glover whose 4-12 took the wind out of UAE sails. Glover was adjudicated the player of the match for his exceptional performance in a crucial encounter.
The Netherlands had oodles of time to chase the untaxing total. Max O-Dowd lost his wicket early in the piece but then Ben Cooper made sure that there was no panic and with his calm knock of 41 not out, well supported by Colin Ackermann at the other end, the Netherlands stormed to the semifinal of the ICC T20 qualifier.