Posted by: tootingtrumpet | June 6, 2009

Dutch courage wins out over clogged up England

wooden_clogsIn the gloom of flaming June, Twenty20 showed us that it is no ugly mutant offspring of a beautiful parent, but a grand game in its own right. The doubters who claim it is solely a slogfest, that it has no ebb and flow, that it should have been strangled at birth, were answered by a pulsating contest between a team of cricketers who expected to win, then expected to lose, then expected to win again, then lost and a team that feared defeat, then feared victory, then celebrated victory as if the Little Urn has passed to Amsterdam. Well done the Netherlands!

The match told us a little about the men in orange and a lot about the men in blue. The Dutch, fielding first, didn’t panic when England’s young guns, Ravi and Wrighty got away at the top of the order, but kept to their plans using clever medium-slow bowling (that the commentators still don’t understand) and fierce pace from Nannes to restrict England to a sub-par 162, split 89 – 73 despite all ten English wickets being available for the second half of the innings. England were too clever by half, with Eoin Morgan’s schoolboy reverse hoick straight to point just shading it as the worst shot of the five that donated wickets (and dot balls) to the orange-clad fielders.

Then things got worse for England. Against batsman hitting the ball hard and mainly in a V from extra-cover to mid-wicket with barely a reverse-sweep or “wristy” steer in sight, England could find neither a consistently tight line, nor  the stumps when essaying the run out. The Dutch didn’t panic, though they came close to it – instead, the men who lost their heads were the seasoned pros of England. How Colly entrusted the last over to Broad with just seven needed is beyond The Trumpet – with the liberal interpretation of backing-up, there is always a single to the keeper. Worse, there seemed to be nobody able to get behind the stumps quickly for the throws at either end, an error that was to cost England the match as Broad collected succesfully but missed the target yet again and ten other Englishmen, incredibly, failed to stop the overthrow.

A famous victory for the Dutch – England will face Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday hoping for a better weather forecast, with calculators to hand and redemption still possible.

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  1. The match told us a little about the men in orange and a lot about the men in blue.
    True.
    What a pity England lost this match after Ravi and Wright gave them a good start. And how many run out chances did they miss?
    (Too many!)

  2. England can’t afford to miss any – three in the final over I think!

  3. I’m sorry, but..

    Mwahahhahhahhaaahhhahahahaa

    No, that wasn’t very intelligent, nor was it in any way contributing to any debate about this match, but boy, did it feel good!

    What? Yes. I’m Dutch. Why?

  4. Brilliant! Nannes went to my school in Melbourne and thus l rejoice in his astonishing path to elite cricket (skiing, Japan, Canada, successful businessman etc) and achievements since. Wish he was playing for Aus!

  5. i think peter roebuck wrote in cricinfo today that england seem embarassed by the whole t20 affair. i think those words proved to be prophetic tonight. what makes it amazing though is that now everyone will enjoy the tournament – i feel sorry for the poms, but i think they are the team everyone enjoys to watch lose against some minnow…

    (of course, with pakistan up next for the dutch, i should really not be this smug…)

  6. Good summary trumpet, pity I wasn’t awake to watch it. The news certainly woke me out of a bleary Saturday morning haze.

    Sounds like England blew this one badly and the Dutch hung in there long enough to make them pay.

    Can anyone advise on the qualification rules for Holland? There might be a bloke in Queensland looking for a new gig on the international T20 scene.

  7. Bass – Congrats.

    Japal – Nannes looked like MJ last night!

    Lev – Good to have you along here. I trust you are well. In response to your question, a slot in England’s T20 line-up might be easier to get!

  8. After toiling for many a lonely hour I sent my tome to the publishers yesterday in time to concentrate on this tournament. I rose early this morning and watched the last half of the match and what stood out most was England’s shoddy fielding. I was flirting with the idea of writing a post about The Netherlands victory but was pleased to have been trumped by Toots.

    Some quick thoughts.

    Collingwood is an inept skipper for too many reasons to recant in the comments but here is one to go on with. Leg spinners, a greasy ball and short boundaries is a recipe for disaster.

    For all Broad’s heart and pedigree he has proven again that he is not the shiniest ball in the kit. It’s not often you see a cricketer drop a catch and miss three run-outs in one over.

    On the last ball a more composed player would have seen no-one backing-up (unbelievable in the circumstances!) and thrown it to the man charging in from cover who was close enough to complete the dismissal. He could even have held on to it and taken the tie with the chance to make amends in the Super Over. After squandering three other dismissals in the over it would seem a sensible tactic.

    England assumed that by just turning up that they would win. In the end the amateurs were profoundly more professional than their well paid opponents.

    Well done to the men in orange and it would appear that all the mugs who spent a fortune acquiring England tickets for the Super Eights will now be watching The Netherlands get spanked instead.

  9. Nesta – congrats on the book!

    You will only get one argument from me – I’m hoping to see England in the Super Eights, but I get two matches a week on Monday and I’m looking forward to them regardless of who’s playing. In England, we do watch sport even if the home side aren’t involved – we have to of course!

    It’s not an excuse, but fielding at that time of day in rain even under lights won’t have been easy.

    • Thanks Toots. I’m happy to see the end of the project so I can relax and watch some thrilling cricket for a few weeks.

      I was very disappointed in England. I thought they’d have prepared more thoroughly considering the tournament is at home and they are yet to win a World Cup of any description. Even though the West Indies have had a couple of months of English preparation for their clash with Australia later this evening I think that the class and experience of the men in yellow will prevail. However, I think it will be tougher than many expect.

  10. Nesta – The Windies need their trump cards, especially Gayle, to fire. If he does, it’ll take a big performance to beat them.

    I’ve just motorbiked past The Oval and there are a few souls about, but it’s very wet and cold here in London this morning. I can see little prospect of play until much later in the day.

  11. looking at England’s fielding , it will be an uphill task for the English team to reclaim the Ashes.

    • I don’t think you can take too much from the Netherlands loss in regards to The Ashes. However, if you look dispassionately at the upcoming contest for The Urn your comment about it being a difficult task for England is on the money.

      Australia will be incredibly hard to defeat over five Tests. They are well rested after three tough series against South Africa and India and are primed for a good showing. For England to compete consistently they’ll need to be at the top of their cricket in every department on and off the field and even then it may not be enough.

      • i guess England’s is not the only team which had a Bad outing. Unless Aussies beat the Lankans by a large margin, i don’t see them qualifying for the super 8

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