Barresis early promise ends, Netherlands consolidate

Netherlands start confidently in their World Cup Group B match against England at Nagpur

By CricketCountry Staff

Nagpur: February 22, 2011

Netherlands openers Alexei Kervezee and Wesley Barresi almost made us forget that here was a lesser nation taking on the might of England in a World Cup game at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur.

Such was the kind of application shown by Kervezee and Barresi, who were aided by an English attack that strayed in line early on. Barresi was the first to be off the blocks when he flicked one from James Anderson to the square-leg boundary before his opening partner Kervezee took his first boundary in the next over off Stuart Broad after the bowler strayed onto his pads.

Barresi, who is also the wicket-keeper of the side, was keen to take the attack to England and gave the charge to Broad. He only managed an edge which flew hard and fast past the outstretched left hand of wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Off the next ball, he stepped out and lashed the paceman to the wide third man boundary.

Netherlands were looking good at 34 for no loss in six overs when England struck through Tim Bresnan. Kervezee went for a swat and top-edged to Prior.

Barresi kept the momentum going and soon brought up his side s fifty with a streaky boundary off Bresnan.

But the introduction of Graeme Swann in the attack did the trick for England when he beat Barresi with one that drifted past him and caught him short of his crease to be stumped by Prior the third umpire coming into the picture. Interestingly, his dismissal was eventful for more reason than one the big screen was not functioning and the decision had to be relayed to the on-field umpire. Barresi s cameo of 29 from 25 balls was studded with five boundaries.

Tom Cooper applied himself nicely and together with all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate consolidated the good work of the openers, raising 75-run stand as Netherlands reached 133 for 2 in 27.3 overs.

Brief Scores: Netherlands 134 for 2 in 27.4 overs (Tom Cooper 46 batting, Ryan ten Doeschate 43 batting, Wesley Barresi 29; Grame Swann 1 for 14, Tim Bresnan 1 for 24) vs England.

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