The Dutch crawl

There have been crawls of all sorts in the history of the sport, but what Netherlands Women had achieved against South Africa Women in the Rotterdam Test of 2007 was truly spectacular. They batted with the single-minded intent of drawing the match, and almost pulled it off.

 

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South Africa Women batted at a decent pace and were bowled out for 232 in 87 overs; frequent rain ensured that the innings spilled over to Day Three (it was a four-day match), and Netherlands Women decided to bat out. They managed to reach 73 for four at stumps in 89 overs, and were bowled out for 108 in 123.3 overs the next morning.

 

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The most spectacular (or unspectacular) part of the innings was the fact that there was no boundary in the innings: Violet Wattenburg’s 49 lasted 378 balls, but the finest efforts came from Marloes Braat (four from 71) and Annemarie Tanke (nought from 51). South Africa Women batted quickly and declared at 85 for one before bowling out Netherlands Women for 50 in 40 overs.

 

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Once again there was no boundary in the innings. Netherlands Women managed to bat 163.3 overs (981 balls) in the match without a boundary. Poor Ms Tanke registered a 56-ball pair on debut, being run out in each innings. That would take some beating.