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By Peter Della Penna
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The Netherlands opener Miranda Veringmeier stroked 99 to help her
side to an insurmountable total of 329 for 5 on the way to a 225-run win
over USA on Thursday at the 2011 ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in
Dhaka, Bangladesh. The 19-year-old Veringmeier was named player of the
match for her efforts, which included a 118-run stand for the second
wicket with the Netherlands captain Helmien Rambaldo. USA remains
winless at 0-2 with the loss while the Netherlands moves to 2-1.
The Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first as USA conceded
the second highest total of the tournament and the highest by an
Associate team at the event. South Africa’s total of 343 for 5 against
USA on Tuesday is the highest team score so far in the qualifier.
Veringmeier and Denise Hannema added 48 for the first wicket until their
partnership was ended when USA captain Doris Francis ran out Hannema
for 17 in the 12th over.
From there, USA’s bowlers failed to make an impact as Rambaldo and
Veringmeier combined for one of two century partnerships on the day for
the Dutch side. Veringmeier appeared well on her way to a ton but was
denied by Samantha Ramautar, who bowled the teenager just a run short of
reaching the coveted three-figure milestone to make it 166 for 2 in the
32nd over. Rambaldo was given lbw for 41 five overs later as Ramautar
claimed her second scalp to make it 190 for 3.
USA failed to exert pressure with the fall of wickets though as
Esther Lanser joined Kerry-Anne Tomlinson at the wicket and the two gave
the innings a rapid acceleration, posting 110 runs for the fourth
wicket in just 12.1 overs. By comparison, the 118-run stand between
Rambaldo and Veringmeier spanned 19.5 overs. The Netherlands ended the
38th over with the score at 201 for 3, but less than 10 overs later
they’d reached 300 when Lanser hit her seventh boundary. It brought up
her half-century in just 41 balls, but one delivery later she was bowled
by Claudine Beckford.
The 21-year-old Tomlinson kept motoring along without her as the
Netherlands wound up adding 109 runs in the final 10 overs, including 51
in the final five. Tomlinson reached her 50 in the 45th over off just
42 balls with seven fours and a six. She fell in the last over to
Beckford for 80 off 58 balls, finishing with 10 boundaries and a six in
her brisk knock.
Beckford was introduced for the first time in the 46th over and
despite taking two wickets proved very expensive, giving away 31 runs in
three overs. Ramautar finished with 2 for 55 in her 10 while opening
pacer Triholder Marshall was the most economical bowler for USA with
figures of 0 for 52 in 10. Two days after giving away just nine wides
and 19 extras overall to South Africa, USA contributed 23 wides and 33
extras to the Netherlands.
USA demonstrated determination by grinding their way to 145 against a
Full Member nation on Tuesday, but took a step back on Thursday batting
against an Associate attack. Tomlinson showed just as much skill with
the ball by removing both USA openers, Durga Das and Nadia Gruny, inside
the first eight overs for 5 and 7 respectively to make it 17 for 2.
Shebani Bhaskar came to the crease and scored 19 runs in a 28-run stand
with Francis before she was dismissed by off-spinner Esther Lanser who
struck again four balls later to remove Joan Alexander for a duck.
Lanser continued to put the clamps down on USA’s lineup by bowling five
maidens in her 10-over spell. Along the way she had Francis stumped for
12 to make it 57 for 5 in the 22nd over.
Erica Rendler joined Marshall to produce a 29-run stand for the sixth
wicket. The partnership was the longest of the tournament for USA in
terms of deliveries faced as the pair shared the crease for 21.4 overs.
While the two women kept the Dutch attack at bay, they also struggled to
score runs as the maidens continued to pile up. The Netherlands bowled
16 maidens in all, four more than South Africa tallied against the USA.
USA’s bowlers have managed just one maiden in two games.
The partnership ended when Marshall gave a return catch to
off-spinner Esther de Lange to make it 86 for 6 at the end of 43 overs.
Ramautar lasted two deliveries before she was bowled by de Lange and
Rendler fell to the same bowler at the start of the 47th for 15. Rendler
and Bhaskar, the only two American-born players in the squad, wound up
with USA’s highest scores off the bat in the match. Still, they were
outdone by extras which contributed 29 to USA’s total.
Tomlinson came back late for a second spell and trapped Sara Farooq
lbw for a duck to make it 94 for 9 in the 48th over. Beckford was run
out by Veringmeier for 4 to seal the innings with one ball left unused
as USA was bowled out for 104 in 49.5 overs. de Lange finished with the
best figures for the Netherlands, taking 3 for 8 in 10 overs with five
maidens. Lanser finished with 3 for 11 while Tomlinson took 3 for 21.
In the other match in Group A on Thursday, Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by
seven wickets. Sri Lanka sent Zimbabwe in to bat and wound up bowling
them out for 62 in 41.4 overs before chasing the target in 10.5 overs.
The Netherlands had a near identical experience against Sri Lanka in
their encounter on Tuesday when they were bowled out for 61 in 41.3
overs before losing by seven wickets.
USA’s next match is against Zimbabwe on Friday at the Shere Bangla
National Stadium. The match will be televised live on Bangladesh local
television channel ATN Bangla beginning at 10 pm EST in America.