Roy, Buttler star as England clean sweep series


Roy built ever-faster partnerships with Salt and Buttler to help England win the CWC Super League ODI series and oust Bangladesh at the top of the table

Roy built ever-faster partnerships with Salt and Buttler to help England win the CWC Super League ODI series and push Bangladesh at the top of the table © Getty

England completed a clean slate of their historic first tour to the Netherlands today in the Amsterdamse Bos in Amstelveen. David Willey took 4-36 as the Dutchman collapsed from a promising 203-3 to 244 all-out after batting as England chased goal in just 30.1 overs. Centurion Jason Roy built ever-faster partnerships with Phil Salt and Jos Buttler to help England win the CWC Super League ODI series 3-0 and also oust Bangladesh at the top of the table

There was a third captain’s armband for the final ODI with both goalkeepers captaining; Jos Buttler took over from Eoin Morgan, whose groin injury saw him join Seelaar on the voided list. Reinforcements for the Dutch had arrived from across the North Sea, with Fred Klaassen and Paul van Meekeren flying in after fulfilling their T20 Blast obligations, but it would not prevent another comfortable England victory in front of a somewhat diminished but still enthusiastic crowd .

Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede and Scott Edwards all hit 50 when the hosts put over a good platform at 203-3 against 39th, but the last ten would be one way; the Dutch depth again fell short, as seven wickets fell for just 41 runs. The target would be a breeze for England, a double hit from the returning Paul van Meekeren at the end of the power play the only interruption to an exhibition of the tourists’ battle card.

Buttler won the toss and, much to the disappointment of most, chose to bring the Netherlands to work. Home openers Vikram Singh and Max O’Dowd would struggle to get Willey or debutant David Payne off the square early, and Vikram would find Payne’s first frontier in less than convincing style, high and wide from the second slip into the fourth over . Willey would again remove the teenager with a short ball for the first wicket; a top-edged pull taken by Dawid Malan diving forward from square leg. Tom Cooper similarly should have gone to a bouncer from Payne, but Liam Livingstone had to pull out of an otherwise easy catch at midwicket after losing the ball in the sun.

However, O’Dowd and Cooper began to find the measure of the surface, Cooper drove Willey through the covers twice for four and then squared him behind to take over 14 of 9th. O’Dowd brought in fifty on the first ball after the power play, knocking Sam Curran through the fine leg for four, heralding the start of a rare passage of the game in which the hosts appeared to be in control. The pair would put down a secured 72-point lead for the second wicket to take the Dutch over to 88-1 on the 18th. But Cooper’s aggression got the better of him as he tried to pick up a short pass from Carse, another catchable mis-hit to leg and this time Livingstone made no mistake on deep square.

Bas de Leede joined O’Dowd to take the Dutch past three digits as Buttler turned to turn; O’Dowd brought his fifty in 24th bunting Adil Rashid to cover for one. He got no further, however, and fell over to Livingstone in the next, carefully coming behind to go for 50 out of 69.

The wickets were enough to prevent significant acceleration; Skipper Edwards and de Leede milk the ones and twos into drinks, the hosts pushing to 180-3 after 36. After a nervous drinking break at 49, Edwards brought up his half-century and pushed Rashid out to long for a single. From there, the pair picked up the pace, and a short pass to Edwards from Carse should have been the breakthrough; a hook at the top saw Malan come in from the rope, but he couldn’t hold it.

Taking at least 300 for a chance, both bats began to take risks, with De Leede Carse pulling hard for four behind square on the first ball of the 40th. A high full toss two balls later was hit halfway through for four by Edwards to bring the Dutch past 200, but another free hit begged for the next. England’s excellent use of the short ball again overcame their inconsistent catch to end a de Leede’s creditable innings on the last ball from the over, Carse rushed him on the pull and Rashid held on to the round of short midwicket to send the Leede back for 59 of 78.

Teaj Nidamanuru was tasked with increasing the scoring percentage, and Rashid took advantage three overs later, tempting him down the lane and turning one past the bat; Buttler cleans up neatly behind the stumps. Logan van Beek struggled to get going and would blast Willey’s lead halfway through when all hopes of a competitive target were dashed. Tim Pringle couldn’t find the rope due to his eight-ball stay at the crease, eventually sacrificing his wicket after a substitution with Edwards in the 47th over. Aryan Dutt was out of luck and had to go hard again from ball one. The youngster swung past Willey’s nipper and lost his sticks to a three-ball duck.

Edwards would become Payne’s first ODI wicket in the penultimate over, foxed by a slower ball and chipped to Roy halfway through for 64, finishing with a creditable run average of 107. However, it wouldn’t be enough to take his side even to 250; last man Paul van Meekeren lost his punch to Willey on the second ball of the final over. Willey finished with numbers 4-36, as the Dutch’s lack of strike depth once again worked against them on a largely flawless field; the last ten overs yielded seven wickets and no limits as the hosts dropped from 203-3 to 244.

The Netherlands would need a small miracle to defend the total, but they were not granted a bit of luck. Both Fred Klaassen and Logan van Beek made it to the top edges to imitate England’s short-ball strategy early on, but none would go to the hand and one would go to the rope behind the keeper. Salt and Roy would take England to 85 without a loss before the Dutch had any joy; van Meekeren twice in two balls in the final over from the power play. Salt fell fifty short on his stumps as a long ball sliced ​​back at him, while Malan went for a duck two balls later, advancing on Van Meekeren but too far across, eventually tossing around his legs and managing to get his shit off .

Normal service would soon resume as Roy and Buttler quickly pushed the tourists past three digits, Roy brought up his half-century of 47 balls, pushed Van Beek through the covers for one in the 18th, and Buttler would put his foot down in the next , hit teenage spinner Dutt for a six over midwicket and then four over extra cover on consecutive deliveries as England cruised past 150. Buttler would muster his own fifty in the 25th, pulling Van Meekeren hard and flat to the Leede on the square rope for one. When an opportunity finally came in the next over, it was turned down when Roy pushed a knife at Klaassen, who reacted slowly and fired at it with hard hands. The partnership of the century came up three balls later when Roy drove a full ball hard across the middle for four, by which time the fight appeared to be out of the Dutch.

Towards the end, the game descended into a farce; van Meekeren who tried a slower bounce and dragged him down at his feet, bouncing the ball twice before reaching Buttler, who duly knocked him into the crowd for six. The freestyle went much further; van Meekeren missed the Yorker and Buttler skimming it high and straight over the cameras and out of the ground. 26 came over after that and with the score suddenly at 226-2, Roy began to worry that he might not have room for his century.

Three borders next time would get him there; de Leede the victim as Roy went straight across the ground, through the covers, then straighter again to reach his barrel with just 86 balls. A ball later, the game was over, with Buttler swinging through the line, high and away for England’s 34th six of the series and an eight-wicket win with nearly 20 overs to spare.

Short scores: Netherlands 244 in 49.2 overs (Scott Edwards 64; David Willey 4-36) lost to England 248/2 in 30.1 overs (Jason Roy 101*, Jos Buttler 86*) by 8 wickets



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