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28-Feb-2011 15:25:00 GMT
Netherlands v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Delhi

Roach Takes Hat-trick as Windies Crush Dutch

New Delhi: Kemar Roach became the fifth bowler in World Cup history to register a hat-trick as the West Indies crushed the Netherlands by 215 runs at the Kotla.

Kemar Roach lifted the spirits on a dank day of World Cup action by becoming the sixth World Cup hat-trick-taker as West Indies cruised past a disappointing Netherlands outfit in Delhi.

Roach finished the game in style, trapping Pieter Seelaar and Bernard Loots lbw before splattering Berend Westdijk's middle stump to seal a 215-run victory.

After the World Cup found its voice in a nerve-shattering encounter on Sunday evening it reverted to an inaudible mumble on Monday as Canada capitulated against Zimbabwe earlier before Netherlands put up an embarrassing showing here.

Earlier Chris Gayle made 80 and Kieron Pollard pummelled 60 off 27 balls as West Indies racked up 330/8 after being asked to bat first by Netherlands.

Dutch captain Peter Borren's plan backfired and his wayward bowlers were punished by Gayle, Pollard and Devon Smith (53) at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium, setting the Dutch a daunting target in the day-night match.

Gayle and Smith combined for a 100-run opening stand and Gayle went on to plunder seven fours and two sixes before falling to a catch in the outfield.

Pollard then provided the power-hitting at the end, launching five fours and four towering sixes. He passed 50 off 23 balls to just miss the 20-ball record for the fastest World Cup half-century.

Ramnaresh Sarwan added 49 off 42 balls, sharing a rapid 65-run partnership with Pollard where the pair smashed 56 off the five overs of batting powerplay to propel the West Indies toward a strong total.

Left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar was the only high point of a disappointing Netherlands performance in the field.

He had 3/45 off 10 overs, snaring the wickets of Darren Bravo for 30 and then Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Sammy cheaply to briefly hold back the tide.

Smith began with three fours off the first over of the match as the West Indies raced away.

Gayle's innings suddenly burst into life in front of a sparse crowd at the Kotla ground when he crashed three consecutive balls to the boundary off Ryan ten Doeshcate's first over, the 10th. He went on to hit five fours in the space of nine balls.

Netherlands' bowlers were struggling with both line and length, and its fielding was also shaky under the early onslaught from the West Indian openers.

The West Indies had posted 100 in the 17th over, but lost Smith for 53 from 51 balls when he tried to cut and sent a thin edge to wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi standing up to the stumps to Bernard Loots.

But Gayle continued unaffected, powering a flat six off spinner Tom Cooper that crashed into the boundary boards in the 23rd on the way to a fourth half-century at World Cups.

Gayle finally fell when he lofted a straight drive to Alexei Kervezee at long-off. He was out just one run short of becoming the fourth West Indian to 8,000 ODI runs.

Promoted to No. 5, big-hitting Pollard flicked an effortless six down the ground off his second ball to warn of things to come. He then sent a flurry of fours flying through the offside before another towering six straight down the ground in the 39th over.

Sarwan hit seven fours and a six before he was out one short of his half-century but Pollard powered on and just missed the World Cup record for the quickest 50. He eventually fell to a miscued straight hit in the 48th over, but his influence had sent West Indies from 196 to 312 in a little over 11 overs.

Brief scores
West Indies 330 for 8 (Gayle 80, Pollard 60, Seelaar 3-45)
Netherlands 115 (Cooper 55*, Roach 6-27, Benn 3-28)
Result West Indies won by 215 runs
Points West Indies 2, Netherlands 0

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