Cricket in the Netherlands

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Cricket in the Netherlands
Netherlandscricketlogo.jpg
Netherlands cricket team logo
Country The Netherlands
Governing body Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond
National team The Netherlands
Nickname(s) Dutch
First played 1881
Registered players 6,500 (approx)
National competitions
Club competitions

Cricket has been played in the Netherlands since at least the 19th century, and in the 1860s was considered a major sport in the country. The sport is governed by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB).

Other sports (notably football) have long since surpassed cricket in popularity amongst the Dutch but today there are around 6,500 cricketers in the Netherlands and recent developments show that cricket is growing in Netherlands. The first national association, the forerunner of today's KNCB, was formed in 1883, and the Netherlands achieved associate membership of the ICC in 1966.

The Dutch national side has qualified for the World Cup on four occasions (1996, 2003, 2007, and 2011) and the ICC World Twenty20 on two occasions (2009 and 2014). The team previously had One Day International (ODI) status, but lost its status at the 2014 World Cup Qualifier, at which at failed to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

The popularity of cricket in the Netherlands has also influenced the sport's development in former Dutch colonies, including current members of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Suriname is an associate member of the ICC, and Sint Maarten is a member of the West Indies Cricket Board, which has full membership.

History[edit]

The first national association, the forerunner of today's Royal Dutch Cricket Association, was formed in 1883 and the Netherlands achieved Associate Membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1966.

The Dutch team has taken part in all eight ICC Trophy tournaments, winning the competition in Canada in 2001 and finishing as runners-up twice (in 1986 and 1990). The Netherlands also participated in the 1996, 2003, 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups, and from 1996 onwards the national team entered the English domestic NatWest Trophy competition (and its successor, the C&G Trophy). In 2004 they played first-class cricket in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, drawing with Scotland in Aberdeen and then going down to an innings defeat against Ireland in Deventer.

In 2005 the Dutch team beat the UAE to finish fifth in the ICC Trophy, a slightly disappointing result but one which qualified them for the 2007 World Cup; they enjoyed full One Day International status from 1 January 2006 until the 2009 ICC Trophy.

In 2001 finally saw the Netherlands win the ICC Trophy, beating Namibia in the final in Toronto. They thus qualified for the 2003 World Cup. They again failed to progress beyond the first round in the tournament, but recorded their first one day international win over Namibia during the tournament. Feiko Kloppenburg (with 121) and Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk (134 not out) scored the first two One Day International centuries in the side's history.[1]

In the 2005 ICC Trophy, the Netherlands finished 5th, qualifying for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and gaining one-day International status until the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. Their first one day international with this new status was scheduled to be against Kenya in March 2006; however this match was cancelled due to a Kenyan tour of Bangladesh. Instead their first ODI with this status (and their twelfth overall) came against Sri Lanka; this was their first ODI at home. However Sri Lanka won the two match series 2–0, with a record ODI score of 443–9.[1]

The Dutch played their first Intercontinental Cup match of 2006 against Kenya in Nairobi in March. The game was drawn, but the Netherlands gained six points for a first innings lead.[2] In August, the Netherlands competed in Division One of the European Championship. They beat Denmark and Italy, but lost to Scotland and their game against Ireland was rained off. They finished third in the tournament.

In November, the Dutch travelled to South Africa. They first played an Intercontinental Cup match against Bermuda: David Hemp achieved what was then a competition record score of 247 not out in the drawn match.[3] This was followed by a triangular series against Bermuda and Canada, which they won.[4] Their final game of 2006, also in South Africa, was an Intercontinental Cup game against Canada. They won the match by 7 wickets, with Ryan ten Doeschate setting a new competition record individual score of 259 not out.[5]

In early 2007, they travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to take part in Division One of the World Cricket League, finishing third out of six.[6] This was followed by the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, where they were eliminated in the first round, though they did beat Scotland along the way.[7]

Following the World Cup, they underwent a period of transformation. Captain Luuk van Troost retired, as did Tim de Leede and their coach Peter Cantrell. Daan van Bunge also opted to take a break from international cricket, and the new coach opted not to retain the services of bowling coach Ian Pont.

In June 2007, they visited Canada, first winning an Intercontinental Cup match against Canada in King City, Ontario.[8] They then won the first ODI by 117 runs,[9] with the second one being abandoned.[10] They then played a quadrangular series in Ireland, losing by ten wickets to the West Indies,[11] and by one run to Ireland,[12] with the game against Scotland being abandoned due to rain.[13]

In August 2008, The Netherlands participated in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. This was their debut playing Twenty20 International matches.[14] They finished in first place in Group B, based on their run-rate.[15] After beating Scotland in the Semi-Finals,[16] the final was abandoned due to rain and the trophy was shared between The Netherlands and Ireland.[17]

The Netherlands caused a sensation in the cricketing world by beating England[18] in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 2009,[19] whilst being 500/1 outsiders.[20] They lost their second match to the eventual winners Pakistan[21] and did not qualify for the super 8 stage based on run rate.

Netherlands national cricket team at Rotterdam, ICC WCL Division One in 2010

In July 2010, The Netherlands beat a full-member nation for the first time in an ODI. In a one-off match shortened by rain to 30 overs a side, they beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets.[22] The win in combination with their winning percentage against other associate and affiliate nations resulted in The Netherlands being included in ICC's official ODI-rankings.[23][24]

In February 2011, The Netherlands posted their highest ever total against a full-member nation, scoring 292 against England, batting first at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Ryan Ten Doeschate top scored 119 from 110 balls. However, the Netherlands were unable to defend their strong total and failed to pull off a huge shock, England winning by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare.They eventually failed to win any of their group matches and were last in their Group.

In September 2011, Netherlands whitewashed Kenya in a short two-match ODI series held at home.[25]

In January 2014, World Cup Qualifier saw Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup and lose their ODI status till 2018 although the Netherlands did qualify for 2014 ICC World Twenty20 instead of Scotland.

In the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, Netherlands had one win and one loss before their final game. In order to go through on net run rate against Zimbabwe and Ireland, they needed to chase down Ireland's score in 14.2 overs or less. As Ireland scored 189, this seemed unlikely.

However, strong and aggressive batting enabled them to score 193/4 in 13.5 overs, securing passage to the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 Super 10s. Although they lost their first three games in the group, including a 39/10 against Sri Lanka, they pulled off an upset against England in their last game.

Governing body[edit]

The Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Royal Dutch Cricket Board) is the governing body of cricket in the Netherlands. It was formed in 1883 and received a Royal charter in 1958. The Netherlands achieved Associate Membership of the ICC in 1966.

The KNCB has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1966.[26] There are a few cricket grounds in the Netherlands which are officially sanctioned by the ICC to host ODIs such as Amsterdam, Amstelveen and Voorburg. It hosted some of the matches of the 1999 Cricket World Cup, though the Dutch did not participate in that tournament.[27]

The Dutch participated in the 1996 Cricket World Cup, 2003 Cricket World Cup, 2007 Cricket World Cup, and 2011 Cricket World Cup. In their debut campaign, they lost all of their matches barring a respectful performance against England. They qualified for the 2003 edition after winning the 2001 ICC Trophy,[28] with their only win of the World Cup tournament coming against fellow qualifier Namibia. It was around this time that stars and excellent cricketers like Roland Lefebvre and Ryan ten Doeschate started emerging to make Dutch cricket much more strong.

Before 1958 it was known as the Nederlandse Cricket Bond or the Dutch Cricket Board. After receiving a Royal charter in 1958, a "Royal" was added before the board's name known simply as Koninlijke in Dutch. The following names have been for the board in their history:-

  • Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Dutch Cricket Board)
  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Royal Dutch Cricket Board)

Domestic competitions[edit]

The main cricket division is called Topklasse, in which eight teams compete for the national championships.
Other important competitions are: Hoofdklasse, Eerste Klasse, and the Twenty20 Cup.


Topklasse known before as Hoofdklasse is the highest domestic cricket competition in the Netherlands.
Eight teams are playing in the regular competition; the finalists being decided during a play-off stage.

Previous champions[edit]

1997 – Excelsior '20
1998 – VRA
1999 – VRA
2000 – Excelsior '20
2001 – VRA
2002 – VCC
2003 – VRA
2004 – Excelsior '20
2005 – VRA
2006 – VRA
2007 – VRA
2008 – HCC
2009 – Excelsior '20
2010 – VRA
2011 – VRA
2012 – Excelsior '20
2013 – Quick Haag

Teams[edit]

A total of 8 teams are taking part in the league

Club Location Venue
ACC Amstelveen Sportpark 't Loopveld
Dosti CC Amsterdam Sportpark Drieburg
HBS Den Haag Sportpark Craeyenhout
HCC Den Haag Sportpark De Diepput
Hermes D.V.S. Schiedam Sportpark Harga
H.V. & C.V. QUICK Den Haag Sportpark Nieuw Hanenburg
Excelsior'20 Schiedam Sportpark Thurlede
VRA Amstelveen Sportpark Amsterdamse Bos

Grounds[edit]

There are numerous club grounds throughout Netherland. Over 14 grounds have been used for First-class, List A and Twenty20 cricket matches. Additionally, some of the List-A matches have come in the form of One Day Internationals. Some grounds have hosted Women's One Day Internationals and Women's Twenty20 Internationals.

Official name (known as) City or town Capacity Notes Ref
Hazelaarweg Stadion Rotterdam Unknown Has held ten One Day Internationals, a Women's Test match between Netherlands Women and South Africa Women in 2007, two first-class matches and fourteen List A matches [29]
Sportpark Duivesteijn Voorburg Unknown Held a Women's One Day International in 2003 between Pakistan Women and West Indies Women. Now defunct and last used for cricket in 2005 [30]
Sportpark Harga Schiedam Unknown Has held a single Women's One Day International between Netherlands Women and Japan Women in 2003 [31]
Sportpark Het Loopveld Amstelveen Unknown Has held a single Women's One Day International between Ireland Women and West Indies Women in 2003 [32]
Sportpark Hofbrouckerlaan Oegstgeest Unknown Has held a single Women's One Day International between Netherlands Women and Scotland Women in 2003 [33]
Sportpark Het Schootsveld Deventer Unknown Has held four Women's One Day Internationals, three first-class matches and three List A matches [34]
Sportpark Klein Zwitserland The Hague Unknown Has held a single Women's One Day International between Japan Women and Scotland Women in 2003 [35]
Sportpark Koninklijke HFC Haarlem Unknown Has held ten Women's One Day Internationals [36]
Sportpark Laag Zestienhoven Rotterdam Unknown Has held a single Women's One Day International between Ireland Women and Pakistan Women in 2003 [37]
Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd Utrecht Unknown Has held six Women's One Day Internationals, five Women's Twenty20 Internationals and a single first-class match [38]
Sportpark Nieuw Hanenburg The Hague Unknown Has held a single Women's One Day International between Netherlands Women and Ireland Women in 2003 [39]
Sportpark Thurlede Schiedam Unknown Has held two One Day Internationals, Women's One Day International and four List A matches [40]
Sportpark Westvliet Voorburg Unknown Has held four One Day Internationals, which includes the four List A matches held there [41]
VRA Cricket Ground Amstelveen 4,000 Has held sixteen One Day Internationals, five Women's One Day Internationals, four first-class matches and 25 List A matches [42]

National team[edit]

The Netherlands national cricket team qualified for the Cricket World Cup on 4 occasions; 1996, 2003, 2007 and 2011, Also qualified for 2009 ICC World Twenty20. The country has been considered one of the stronger "minnow" nations for some time. Netherlands beat England in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 which is one of the biggest wins in Dutch cricket history.[43] One year later they recorded their first ODI win against a full ICC member when they beat Bangladesh.[44] Although the sport is sustained by a small player base, some have won professional contracts in England. Netherlands is ranked within the top 15 teams in the world and has co-hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999.

In February 2011, The Netherlands posted their highest ever total against a full-member nation, scoring 292 against England, batting first at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Ryan Ten Doeschate top scored 119 from 110 balls. However, the Netherlands were unable to defend their strong total and failed to pull off a huge shock, England winning by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare.They eventually failed to win any of their group matches and were last in their Group.

In September 2011, Netherlands whitewashed Kenya in a short two-match ODI series held at home.[25]

In January 2014, World Cup Qualifier saw Netherlands failed to qualify for the World Cup and lose their ODI status till 2018 although the Netherlands did qualify for 2014 ICC World Twenty20 instead of Scotland.

National women's team[edit]

The Dutch women's cricket team represents the Netherlands in international women's cricket matches. Unlike their male counterparts, they currently have both Test and ODI status.

Under-19 cricket team[edit]

Netherlands Under-19 cricket team represents the Netherlands in Under-19 international cricket.

The team has been playing in international youth tournaments since 1979 but have only participated in one U-19 World Cup in 2000. They most recently participated in 2010 European U-19 Championship where they finished fourth, thus missing out on a chance for World Cup qualification.

Famous players[edit]

Several Dutch cricketers have also played at first-class level elsewhere, the most successful of these probably being

Ten Doeschate

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Scorecard of Kenya v Netherlands, 29 March 2006 at Cricket Archive
  3. ^ Scorecard of Bermuda v Netherlands, 21 November 2006 at Cricket Archive
  4. ^ ICC Associates South Africa Tri-Series points table at Cricket Archive
  5. ^ Scorecard of Canada v Netherlands, 5 December 2006 at Cricket Archive
  6. ^ 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One points table at Cricket Archive
  7. ^ 2007 World Cup at Cricinfo
  8. ^ Scorecard of Canada v Netherlands, 28 June 2007 at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ Scorecard of Canada v Netherlands, 3 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  10. ^ Scorecard of Canada v Netherlands, 4 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ Scorecard of Netherlands v West Indies, 10 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  12. ^ Scorecard of Ireland v Netherlands, 11 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  13. ^ Scorecard of Netherlands v Scotland, 13 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  14. ^ http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/354462.html
  15. ^ http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/iccworldtwenty20/engine/series/353665.html?view=pointstable
  16. ^ http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/iccworldtwenty20/engine/current/match/361531.html
  17. ^ http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/iccworldtwenty20/content/story/363767.html
  18. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/wt202009/engine/match/355991.html
  19. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/wt202009/engine/current/match/355991.html
  20. ^ "UPDATE 2-Cricket-Dutch upset England in spectacular start". Reuters. 5 June 2009. 
  21. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/wt202009/engine/match/355999.html
  22. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/england-v-bangladesh-2010/engine/current/match/450105.html
  23. ^ http://www.cricketeurope4.net/DATABASE/ARTICLES3/articles/000041/004143.shtml
  24. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/current/story/468126.html
  25. ^ a b "India vs Netherlands, ICC World Cup 2011". Cricket Archives. 
  26. ^ Netherlands Profile CricketArchive. Retrieved 12 January 2012
  27. ^ ICC Cricket World Cup 1999 Static Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 January 2012
  28. ^ ICC Trophy 2001 Static Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 January 2012
  29. ^ Hazelaarweg Stadion, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  30. ^ Sportpark Duivesteijn, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  31. ^ Sportpark Harga, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  32. ^ Sportpark Het Loopveld, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  33. ^ Sportpark Hofbrouckerlaan, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  34. ^ Sportpark Het Schootsveld, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  35. ^ Sportpark Klein Zwitserland, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  36. ^ Sportpark Koninklijke HFC, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  37. ^ Sportpark Laag Zestienhoven, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  38. ^ Sportpark Maarschalkerweerd, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  39. ^ Sportpark Nieuw Hanenburg, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  40. ^ Sportpark Thurlede, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  41. ^ Sportpark Westvliet, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  42. ^ VRA Ground, CricketArchive.com  Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
  43. ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/wt202009/content/story/407598.html
  44. ^ http://stats.espncricinfo.com/netherlands/engine/records/team/results_summary.html?class=2;id=15;type=team
  45. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/527835.html

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