Lancashire are humbled by Holland

LANCASHIRE suffered a Clydesdale Bank 40 upset yesterday, as they were humbled by Holland.

The Red Rose County batted first and would have been confident of setting a tough target after opener Stephen Moore reached 77 off 66 balls before succumbing to Pieter Seelaar.

Stephen Croft was the next to reach a half century after Ashwell Prince (34) was caught off the bowling of Malik Jamil.

The captain went through a succession of partners in the process, though, as the rest of the order failed to match up to a promising start, and that proved to be their undoing.

Lancashire were 222-8 when Croft was caught by Tim Gruijters off Swart, and the tail whimpered to end the innings 236 all out, with Swart and Jamil each claiming four wickets.

The Netherlands made steady progress in reply, but Lancashire were boosted by two quick wickets.

The hosts had chalked up 83 before the first wicket fell, when Swart was caught by Stephen Moore off Stephen Parry, having made 40 off 30 deliveries.

Fellow opener Stephan Myburgh followed quickly, leaving Holland on 86-2.

But Tom Cooper and Cameron Borgas steadied the ship with a 44-run third wicket stand.

Wesley Barresi became the second of Parry’s four victims. The Netherlands suffered a blip when Peter Borren went for a duck and and both Guijters’ and Seelaar scored low.

But Holland had enough in the tank to win by one wicket.

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