Hamza Tahir steers Scotland to tri-series final
Scotland will face Ireland in the final. (Image: Cricket Scotland Twitter)

Scotland eased their way to a comfortable six-wicket win over the Netherlands and sealed a place in the final of the tri-nation T20I series thanks to Hamza Tahir‘s four-wicket haul. The left-arm spinner finished with 4/30 to restrict the Netherlands to 123, a target which was wiped off by Scotland in just 13.2 overs.

Despite Tobias Visee’s primising start, the Netherlands top order crumbled against the Scottish pacers. Tom Sole dismissed Vikramjit Singh and Ben Cooper before Hamzza took over. The Netherlands, struggling to 75/6 were lifted through a partnership between Bas de Leeds and Clayton Floyd but Tahir was too good for them.

He took out skipper Pieter Seelar and went on to dismissed the set de Leeds for 30. Scott Edwards and Fred Klaasen were dismissed off successive deliveries by Hamza, followed by the run out of Paul van Meekeren off the last ball of the innings.

The Netherlands had a glimmer of hope when Meekeren sent back Kyle Coetzer cheaply but George Munsey and Calum MacLeod’s 42-run partnership steadied some early nerves. Munsey struck two sixes and a four to score 27 off 23 before be was cleaned up by Pieter Seelaar.

From 67/3, Richie Berrington and Ollie Harris came together for a stand worth 53 runs. Harris struck a couple of sixes and fours each before throwing away a promising start but Barrington ensured the target was achieved in the very next over.

Brief scores: Scotland 126/4 in 13.2 overs (Richie Berrington 27*) beat the Netherlands 123 in 20 overs (Hamza Tahir 4-30) by six wickets.