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Netherlands remain the Lion

Netherlands headed for Division-II as the clear favourites but went through some of the bumpy roads losing to Nepal and Namibia before finally making their way into the final with a better net run rate.


And on Saturday, they proved claimed their stake in upcoming ICC tournaments for Associate and Affiliate tournaments defeating Namibia in the most convincing way.


Namibia had crushed the Dutch by 188 runs in their league game when they posted a tournament-high 314 runs. The Dutch enjoyed their vengeance in style running riot over the hosts by eight wickets.


At the Wanderers, Namibia were 212 all out in 49.2 overs before the Netherlands overhauled the target losing just two wickets with 54 balls remaining with all their top four batsmen making merry at the pitch.


They opened with a 93-run stand between openers Rahil Ahmed (41) and Steven Myburgh (50). After both batsmen were dismissed in a space of four runs, Ben Cooper and Peter Borren saw the team through with an unbeaten 116-run partnership.


Cooper made 51 off 67, while Borren smashed 67 off 76 with three fours and two sixes. Earlier, Michael Rippon destroyed Namibia picking up 5-37 from 10 overs.


Rippon was ably supported by Ahsan Malik (3-32) and Vivian Kingma (2-41). Craig Williams was the only Namibia batsmen to wage some fight with 54 off 56 that included six boundaries.


In the fifth place playoff, Uganda stunned Canada by eight wickets. Canada were bundled out for 140 all out in 46 overs before Uganda reached 144-2 in 25.2 overs.

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