After winning their respective qualifying playoff matches, the Netherlands and Namibia have joined Papua New Guinea and Ireland to book their place in next year’s T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in Australia. Netherlands pace attack put up a brilliant show to blew away UAE’s top order and set up an easy win in the first cross-over playoff. Courtesy the win, the Dutch side booked themselves a place in the tournament semifinal and direct qualification for the 2020 World Cup.
In the first game played on Tuesday, the Netherlands registered a convincing eight-wicket victory over hosts the UAE, thanks to some excellent bowling from Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Brandon Glover and Timm van der Gugten.
After opting to bat first, UAE were 9 for 5 at one stage and were unable to recover and were 80 for 9 at the end of their 20 overs. In reply, the Netherlands raced to victory with five overs to spare and losing just two wickets on the way. Ben Cooper top-scored for the Netherlands with 41 not out.
It’s the third time the Netherlands have qualified for the T20 World Cup after featuring in Bangladesh in 2014 and India in 2016.
In the other playoff match, Namibia registered a comprehensive 54-run win against Oman to become the fourth associate nation to qualify for the next year’s T20 World Cup. JJ Smit scored a brilliant counter-attacking fifty and bowled an extremely tidy spell of eight overs with Gerhard Erasmus and Bernard Scholtz, that saw six Omani wickets fall for just 33 runs in just eight overs.
Batting first, Namibia posted a solid 161 for 7 with crucial 59 from JJ Smit and 45 from Greg Williams, which were the key to the innings, while Bilal Khan was outstanding with the ball, taking 4 for 19.
At 58/1, Oman were in a good position, with opener Khawar Ali rotating the strike well. But when he was stumped, the Oman collapse was swift. Three wickets each for Bernard Scholtz and Gerhard Erasmus did the bulk of the damage, leaving Oman 107 all out.
Namibia’s first at a senior World Cup since they featured in the 50-over event in 2003
PNG and Ireland had earlier qualified for next year’s World T20 slated to be held in Australia after topping their respective groups.
The next year’s World T20, the seventh edition of the prestigious tournament, will be held from October 18 to November 15.