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17-Jun-2022 17:43:00 GMT
Net vs Eng - 1st ODI, Amstelveen

England amass 498 to break ODI record in huge win

England 498 for 4 (Buttler 162*, Malan 125, Salt 122, Livingstone 66*) beat Netherlands 266 (O'Dowd 55, Edwards 72*, Moeen 3-57) by 232 runs

Amstelveen: Jos Buttler's incredible 162 saw England smash their own highest score in a one-day international with a mammoth 498-4 as they thrashed Netherlands by 232 runs.

In a particularly eye-catching start to Matthew Mott's tenure as their new white-ball coach, Buttler pummelled 14 sixes and seven fours as the feel-good factor from England's Test side spilled over to continental Europe on a day of team and individual milestones.

Dawid Malan (125) and Phil Salt (122) also both made maiden ODI centuries, off 90 and 82 balls respectively, as the Netherlands bowlers were smashed to all parts of the ground before England dismissed them for 266.

England's total eclipsed the 481-6 they made against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2018, and surpassed the List A record of 496-4, scored by Surrey in 2007.

A total of 26 sixes rained down on the uncovered stands in Amstelveen, and fans assisted the Dutch players in searching for the ball every time it disappeared into the forest which surrounds the ground.

Not all of them were found with nine balls, at a cost to the Dutch federation of 130 euros a go, left unaccounted for during Buttler's brutal assault.

Fittingly Buttler hit the runs for England to reach the record ODI total, with a six launched over deep mid-wicket off Shane Snater on a miserable day for the Dutch bowlers, with leg-spinner Philippe Boissevain's 10 wicketless overs costing 108 runs.

Liam Livingstone's cameo at the end of the innings was just two balls short of the fastest ODI half-century as he blasted a half-century off just 17 balls, finishing with 66 off 22 balls.

This was the first occasion an ODI between the two sides had been played on Dutch soil, and it was an altogether-different experience than the very first time an England XI took to the field here.

A side featuring future stars Alec Stewart, Nasser Hussain and Derek Pringle suffered a humiliating loss to the Netherlands at the same ground in 1989 - struggling to bowl in the drizzle on a slippery coconut matting wicket in their pimple-soled training shoes.

The straw-coloured grass pitch carefully prepared by Benno van Nierop at the VRA Cricket Ground over three decades later was hard, true and perfect for run-scoring on a day when the mercury touched 30 degrees Celsius.

Dutch skipper Pieter Seelar's decision to bowl may have been made to look dubious in hindsight but England counterpart Eoin Morgan admitted he too would have bowled first and the early wicket of Jason Roy for one did provide early vindication.

After Roy departed - bowled by his cousin Snater from the ninth ball of the innings - the Netherlands had further chances too. Snater spilled Salt at deep point off Bas de Leede on 40, then three balls later Malan overturned a marginal lbw decision on review after he was struck on the pad by Seelaar reverse sweeping.

Seelaar, at least, was able to account for opposite number Morgan who, perhaps smelling some easy runs to ease himself back into form, promoted himself up the order only to fall lbw for a first-ball duck.

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