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Blair Tickner and Ben Sears cut through Netherlands as New Zealand defend 148

New Zealand 148 for 7 (Guptill 45) beat Netherlands 132 (de Leede 66, Tickner 4-27, Sears 3-22) by 16 runs

Blair Tickner and Ben Sears shared seven wickets as New Zealand overcame a spirited Netherlands show to assert the primary T20I in The Hague.

New Zealand needed to work arduous to put up 148 for 7 as the house facet’s spinners made life tough with Jimmy Neesham’s 32 off 17 offering necessary late impetus.

Tickner then knocked over Netherlands’ prime order, which included the ungainly dismissal of Max O’Dowd who was left flat within the crease after making an attempt to scoop, as they slipped to fifteen for 3 within the fourth over.

Bas de Leede and captain Scott Edwards introduced some stability with a stand of 49 to maintain Netherlands within the hunt, however the partnership was damaged when Glenn Phillips added one other entry to his fielding highlights reel with an outstanding swooping catch within the deep to assert Edwards.

Sears then precipitated issues along with his tempo, discovering the highest of Teja Nidamanuru with keeper Dave Cleaver leaping to take one other sensible catch.

At 93 for 7 the sport was nearly completed and it was an excessive amount of for de Leede to overtake regardless of his wonderful hand of 66 off 53 balls which ended within the remaining over to provide Tickner his fourth.

New Zealand had not been capable of stamp their authority with the bat with Finn Allen, regardless of one six, not getting going within the powerplay which noticed them 33 for two after six overs.

That they had solely moved so far as 60 for two on the midway mark and by the fifteenth over that had change into an unsure 95 for five with legspinner Shariz Ahmad eradicating Daryl Mitchell and Phillips – the latter to a pointy caught-and-bowled – whereas Martin Guptill had picked out deep sq. having anchored the innings.

The momentum modified within the seventeenth over when Neesham took Logan van Beek for 22 together with two sixes though he fell to the final ball of the over. Ish Sodhi then helped take 20 from the nineteenth over included a brace of sixes for himself.

Between them Netherlands’ spinners took 4 for 80 from their 12 overs with Ahmad and Tim Pringle notably spectacular.

The second and remaining T20I takes place on Friday.

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