Kwekwe: ICC World Cricket League Championship winners the Netherlands defeated Nepal by 45 runs to finish seventh in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at Kwekwe Sports Club on Saturday.
Batting first, the Dutch collected 189 for nine with Bas de Leede (39), Max O’Dowd (28), Roelof van der Merwe (25), Scott Edwards (25) and Peter Seelaar (23) making even contributions with the bat.
Nepal fast bowler Sompal Kami returned figures of four for 24, while Lalit Rajbanshi and Sandeep Lamichhane bagged two wickets each conceding 38 and 41 runs, respectively.
In turn, van der Merwe recorded figures of 10-1-20-4 as Nepal were spun out for 144 in 44.4 overs. Van der Merwe was later declared Player of the Match.
The Netherlands and the three highest finishing Associate members – Scotland, UAE and Nepal – have earned ODI status for the next four years till 2022, while PNG and Hong Kong have been relegated to the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.