ICC Intercontinental Cup, Netherlands vs Scotland 2015: Coaches express mixed emotions

Netherlands won the match by 44 runs.

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Peter Borren Peter Borren took four wickets in last innings of the match © Getty Images
Peter Borren took four wickets in last innings of the match © Getty Images

Grant Bradburn (Scotland coach) has revealed that he is sad after Scotland’s loss against Netherlands. Bradburn who is a former New Zealand cricketer added that although his team lost still he is happy with the way they played. He said Scotland held its nerve in the four-day match and this was one thing which he liked about their team. According to Bradburn, Scotland showed zeal and determination to fight till the end; the grit that players showed was exemplary. It was a closely fought game which Netherlands won by 44 runs. Meanwhile Netherland’s coach Anton Roux praised all-rounder Peter Borren for taking crucial four wickets in the fourth innings of the match. Roux also lauded the batting of Roelof van der Merwe who scored a brilliant 73 in the first innings which was also the highest individual score of the match. READ: Grant Bradburn named Scotland Head Coach

ICC media release quoted Scotland coach Bradburn saying, “It was an intense match. It was disappointing not to finish on the right side of the ledger. But we have to tip the hat and say they scrapped well in the dog-fight and did enough to get over the line. We knew from early on in the game that runs were going to be hard to come by and you were going to have to work really hard to earn runs, with the track keeping on the lower-side and little bit of seam and spin in the first few days. We just lacked another really big partnership, like we had between Richie and Rob, and were undone by the break really, with Richie getting out just before lunch and then Peter Borren doing the damage to finish us off. We were out-scrapped in the end, and just needed to hold on for a bit longer during our innings.”

Netherlands coach Anton Roux said, “Borren [Peter Borren] has played over 100 matches for the Netherlands, and he always knows what he is doing. He showed his skills as captain once again today, picking up four wickets, and turning the game on its head. Van der Merwe has put in a great bowling performance for us, and his inputs with the bat were also vital. Overall, it has been a fantastic all-round effort from the guys. This was a true old-fashion four-day win for us…The batting is still a bit of an issue. It will be our next big challenge, to buck up as individuals and work on big batting performances. Once the individuals get their eye in, the big hundred or big scores that bury the other teams and give us wins will be important for us. We are working on it, and the guys are aware of it, so I believe we are very close to seeing some good performances with the bat too.” Scotland will now face Netherlands on 14 and 16 September in two ODIs in ICC World Cricket League Championship.

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