Logan van Beek heroics earn Netherlands win against West Indies

Viv Kingma of the Netherlands celebrates with teammate Scott Edwards Photo: Photo credit: International Cricket Council

Netherlands 374 for 9 (Nidamanuru 111, Edwards 67, Chase 3-77) tied with West
Indies 374 for 6 (Pooran 104*, King 76, Zulfiqar 2-43). Netherlands (30-0 and 8-2) won the Super Over,

Despite a 100 overs, 768 runs and with multiple records broken, it required a Super Over to separate the Netherlands and the West Indies, in Harare with both sides playing their final group stage match of the World Cup Qualifiers.

Logan van Beek, whose grandfather Sammy Guillen played five Tests for the West
Indies in 1950s, hammered 30 runs in the one-over eliminator before restricting the two- time World Cup champions to eight runs and two wickets to clinch not only a historic win for the Dutch but also two precious Super Sixes points.

Needing 375 runs for victory, 60 more than the highest total the Dutch had managed in their history, Teja Nidamanuru’s second International century in three months, Scott Edwards’ 67 and a 14-ball 28-run cameo from van Beek ensured a thrilling tie, one that had seemed improbable at the 30-over mark still 204 runs in arrears.

Even though both sides had secured qualification for the Super Sixes, the result had a significant bearing on which side would go in with a two-point advantage. Since the Dutch beat the West Indies, who also made it through to the Super Sixes, the two points earned will be carried forward as opposed to the ones accrued from wins against the USA and Nepal, sides who did not make it past the group stage.

The Dutch, who came into the tournament missing as many as eight first-choice players owing to either county commitments or injury, opted to bowl first on a pitch which eventually flattened out as the match progressed.

Nicholas Pooran’s 65-ball 104, laced with nine fours and six sixes, laid the foundation for the highest total of the Qualifiers as he added 108 for the fourth wicket with Shai Hope in less than 13 overs before the West Indies pummelled 118 off the last ten overs to finish on 374-6.

In response, the Dutch top order all got starts but failed to convert it past 50 but
Nidamanuru, whose 76-ball 111 was also the fastest century for the Netherlands, added 143 runs for the fifth wicket with Edwards.

Still needing 48 runs off 24 deliveries by the time both were dismissed, van Beek took 21 runs off Roston Chase’s 49th over to bring the equation down to 9 off the last over but was caught off the last ball to set up a one-over eliminator.

Having struck the most runs in a super over in International cricket by bashing 4, 6, 4, 6, 6, 4, and defending it, he said after the game: “We wanted to do something special, to watch Scotty [Edwards] and Teja [Nidamanuru] out there, the more they batted, the more we believed. I have been playing for 13 years now, the amount of games I have lost in that situation, it is so satisfying to actually get one over the line. Tell you what, I’ll wait another 13 years to do it again.

“The culture that we have built over the last 18 months, we played a lot of Super League games and we were on the other side of the beatings non-stop. The amount of learnings this group had to get here now in crunch time has ensured we now have a chance to go to the World Cup in India and that is massive.”

The Super Sixes will begin on Thursday, June 29 with the Netherlands set to take on Sri Lanka, Scotland and Oman. All matches are broadcast on Sky Sports Mix (in the UK) and Yupp TV (in continental Europe).

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