By 8 wickets and with 119 balls remaining! Emphatic from Buttler who plays one of those incredible wristy flicks off Tim Pringle that soars high over long-on for SIX! Buttler and Roy embrace, all smiles in Amstelveen.
30th over: England 242-2 (Roy 101, Buttler 80) Roy has to go some to bring up his hundred before Buttler finishes this match… he duly plays three flashing drives to get him the required runs! 4, 4 and 4 down the ground to go the his tenth ODI hundred and draw him level with the man at the other end. He missed out on the run fest in the first game but has cashed in here.
29th over: England 226-2 (Roy 88, Buttler 78) WOW. What an over. Brutal hitting from Buttler, in more ways than one. He sends van Meekeren deep into the stands with a wristy flick. A flat bat to cow corner brings four more before a SEVEN! Yep, you read that right – the ball gets stuck in van Meekeren’s hand and bounces twice, Buttler waiting patiently for the ball to sit up and smearing it long and far into the crowd. He then blasts the FREE HIT down the ground for SIX. Yikes. 26 runs off the over.
28th over: England 200-2 (Roy 88, Buttler 53) Roy bunts de Leede away over long on to bring up the two hundred for England. He needs twelve more for a tenth ODI hundred.
27th over: England 194-2 (Roy 83, Buttler 52) Just a couple off van Meekeren. On we go.
26th over: England 192-2 (Roy 82, Buttler 51) DROP! Leading edge from Roy and Klaassen spills the return grab. The PA plays Lovely Day by Bill Withers. Cruel world.
25th over: England 183-2 (Roy 74, Buttler 48) FIFTY for Buttler as he pulls van Meekeren away powerfully for a couple. 44 balls, positively pedestrian by his standards. Just 62 more needed now.
24th over: England 180-2 (Roy 74, Buttler 48) Klaassen bowls to Buttler, it’s noted that these two are teammates for Manchester Originals. Buttler is restrained and works Fred for singles. Seven runs picked up easily from the over.
This guy can’t get enough of the cricket atm.
23rd over: England 173-2 (Roy 70, Buttler 46) That’s more like it… ten off the over as Roy bookends the over with boundaries, the first a deft sweep and the second a slog for a one bounce four. Poor Pringle.
22nd over: England 163-2 (Roy 61, Buttler 45) Klaassen returns to the fold and this pair seem content to rotate strike as proceedings take a slight lull. C’mon lads I’ve got to be beautified in a bit, I’m relying on you to get this done quickly!
21st over: England 160-2 (Roy 60, Buttler 44) Pringle does well to restrict this pair to just five singles off the over.
WHERE WILL IT END?
20th over: England 155-2 (Roy 57, Buttler 42) 90 off 180 needed for England. Tim ‘Normaaaan’ Pringle is coming back into the attack. Don’t envy him having to bowl at Roy and Buttler in this form. ‘Character building’, as they say.
19th over: England 152-2 (Roy 55, Buttler 41) Buttler sorts Dutt out for a six and a four after Roy tickles one through the keeper for four which has to go down as a drop. England motoring.
18th over: England 136-2 (Roy 50, Buttler 30) Just a couple off van Beek but one of them sees Jason Roy go to FIFTY in 47 balls. His second of the series, he’ll be eyeing a ton here fo’sho.
Nice one Adil Rashid.
17th over: England 134-2 (Roy 49, Buttler 29) A dismissive flat bat shot for four by Buttler off spinner Aryan Dutt sees the umpires call for drinks.
England need 111 from 33 overs. Time for a quick slurp.
16th over: England 126-2 (Roy 49, Buttler 23) Buttler crunches another drive for four, he’s just starting to move through the gears. Beware in the stands.
David Harris is all about 1984:
“Regarding establishing your musical bent, for me it was 1984, the year that saw The Works (Queen), Grace Under Pressure (Rush), Fugazi (Marillion) and Powerslave (Iron Maiden). Other bands have come and gone, but those four have remained my staples to this day, and Rush aside, since Neil Peart’s sad passing, I still try to get to see them when I can, 9 years living in SE Asia notwithstanding.”
15th over: England 118-2 (Roy 46, Buttler 18) Pringle, who I’ve worked out reminds me of Curly Watts from Coronation Street AND Norman from Fireman Sam… is dabbed away for four by Captain Jos.
14th over: England 111-2 (Roy 45, Buttler 12) Buttler gets into his stride by smiting a couple of drives away to the fence.
Anyone been watching these?
13th over: England 101-2 (Roy 44, Buttler 3) Roy powers a sweep away off Pringle for four after trying in vain to connect with some funky reverse stuff.
England need 144 from 37 overs. Reckon they’ll be ok.
12th over: England 95-2 (Roy 39, Buttler 2) A slip comes in for Buttler and Dominic Cork on comms is very much in favour. He’s ticking at the lack of a plan from the Dutch at the start fo the innings when they seemed to just want to bang it in short. Both wickets fell to pitched up deliveries that deviated a little so he has a point.
11th over: England 92-2 (Roy 37, Buttler 1) Roy glides Pringle away fine for four and then milks a few singles as things calm down slightly after the double whammy from van Meekeren.
“Hi Jim, welcome back”
Thanks John Foster, good to be back on the OBO tools.
“All this chat reminds me of a quotation from a (probably no longer acceptable) novel: ‘Whatever happens to a boy [sic] in the summer when he’s fourteen will shape him for the rest of his life’. For me it was Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and a succession of abject England cricket performances. Might not be the best, might not be the norm, but that’s what sticks – for you, at that time.
In language teaching, they talk of a phenomenon called ‘fossilisation’, which means a recurring, deeply embedded, linguistic error that’s been so obscured by an overall communicative competence that it can’t be fixed and doesn’t really matter. Aren’t all our music/cricketing preferences/prejudices essentially fossilised from about that age? We’re all fossils but it’s nice when somebody chips away at the rock.
That is great John, and definitely strikes a chord. I’m off to see The Strokes with my old school pals in a few weeks. Talk about fossils…
Two in the over! Malan shuffles over to off stump and misses a straight ball to fall for a two ball duck!
10th over: England 85-2 (Roy 31, Buttler)
Salt struck nine boundaries and looked set for a big one but he misses one that nips back and tickles the bails top depart one shy of a fifty. Dawid Malan is the new man.
9th over: England 81-0 (Roy 31, Salt 45) Tim Pringle comes on for some PowerPlay spin. A mis-field sees Salt pick up another boundary. Gah! Cooper the guilty man.
Richard Hirst emails in:
“Hi James Whilst I agree with James Starbuck about the favoured era being the one where your team did best as far as football is concerned, I don’t regard cricket in the same way. I’m much more prepared to recognise the greatness of other teams, so I would say mid to late seventies, where Lillee and Thomson overlapped with the greatest of all (West Indian) teams. But then even I’m not old enough to have seen Bradman and the Invincibles.”
8th over: England 72-0 (Roy 29, Salt 38) Change of bowling but largely same result… Paul van Meekeren is crunched away on the pull by both Roy and Salt and 12 runs are plundered from the over.
7th over: England 60-0 (Roy 22, Salt 34) The weather is fine but it continues to rain boundaries. The Netherlands are bowling too short and these two openers do not miss out on a chance to cash in. Klaassen is bowling with good pace and he hurries Roy up a couple of times but it’s all too rag tag to build any pressure. After seven overs the home side were 20-1. England cruising at 60-0.
6th over: England 51-0 (Roy 18, Salt 30) Salt picks up FOUR boundaries off Van Beek, playing through the line and crunching a couple of short balls away into the leg side. All too easy for England.
5th over: England 33-0 (Roy 18, Salt 12) Salt ‘n’ Roy show a good understanding by scampering a tight two. Roy is then beaten slightly for pace by a Klaassen effort ball, he plinks a pull into the air but it falls between fielders. Estelle’s American Boy blasts out around the ground at Amstelveen, apropos of not much.
4th over: England 27-0 (Roy 16, Salt 9) Van Beek bangs one in short and Salt top edges a pull over the keeper for a one bounce four.
3rd over: England 22-0 (Roy 16, Salt 4) Roy is at his frisky best here, guiding a late cut off Klaassen for four and then punching him through the covers for two.
John Starbuck has a theory:
“James, the best age for following cricket coincides with the best play of your team. We who suffered England’s doldrums will always compare it with the best of the past, which is another country. They not only do things differently there, they did them better.”
As a child of the 90s I might dare to disagree John – I still look back v fondly on that era despite a, shall we say, topsy-turvy side. Can’t help but feel some of it is the innocence of youth at play.
2nd over: England 14-0 (Roy 10, Salt 4) Salt scythes Van Beek away for a three into the covers, the Dutch are going with no slip and packing the covers but Roy manages to thread the ball between them with a back foot punch for the first boundary of the England chase. The Surrey’mun then wristily flicks a straight ball through mid-wicket for another four before pinching a single off the last.
(This run rate boding well for my ear lowering later on)
1st over: England 2-0 (Roy 1, Salt 1) Blue skies and sun greet the customary trilling of Jersualem. Left handed Klaassen starts tidily with just two singles taken from the over, including an 87mph short ball for good measure.
The l’orange hued Dutch are circling on the boundary edge signifying we’ll be back underway soon. Jason Roy and Phil Salt circle their arms ominously. England need 245 runs to win, Fred Klaassen has the ball PLAY!
Thanks Daniel, lovely stuff as per and hello OBO.
So… what do we reckon? England to make short shrift of this chase? I’ve confidently booked a haircut at 6pm to get my mop hacked off, just to add in a bit of jeopardy.
Nick Lewis is talking tunes whilst we have a short break between innings:
“I’ve always said the best period for music was late 70s / early 80s. Yes, yes, yes, I was in my mid-teens but it matters not, I’m right. We had the post punk survivors, Clash, Jam, PIL etc, the new wave mavericks; Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, the 2-tone bands; Madness, Specials, Selecter, The Beat, the great pub-rockers; Squeeze, Dr Feelgood. Early Dire Straits. And the great Soul divas did their best stuff around then. Roberta Flack, Randy Crawford. The Pointers. The Police were still great. I haven’t even mentioned Rocky Sharp and the Replays. I mean, come on…”
I think mid-teens is the best age for being a music fan right? Everything feels so visceral and important and real life is yet to intervene.
Begs the question – what’s the best age for following cricket? Teens again? Or with the benefit of a few (or a lot of) years of experience?
That, then, is me; James Wallace will be along presently to coax you through England’s innings. Otherwise, thanks all for your company and comments; ta-ra.
More of the same really. Netherlands lacked faith in their batting – with good reason, it must be said – so didn’t push on in in powerplay or middle overs. Then, when they tried to get it moving at the end, they lost wickets, so here we are. We must, though, credit Bas de Leede and Scott Edwards, who batted nicely, and David Willey, David Payne and Brydon Carse, who bowled well.
Four for Willey! He slants one across Van Meekeren who tries to smear him over the stand at midwicket but instead does likewise to the o2 around him as the death rattle sounds behind him. That’s the last seven wickets lost for just 40 runs.
49th over: Netherlands 243-9 (Klaassen 2, Van Meekeren 2) Klaassen drives to long on for one, then the nice, big man gets away with a drive for two to point.
You love to see it! A slower ball foxes Edwards, who’s through his shot early, spooning a dolly towards Roy. Payne has been here before, but this time his mate helps him out and that’s the end of another fine Edwards innings, giving Payne his first England wicket. What a feeling that must be!
49th over: Netherlands 237-7 (Edwards 64, Klaaseen 1) A leg bye then a wide then a single to start Payne’s final over of an impressive debut….
This is a lovely delivery, a little bit of reverse-tail back in cramping Dutt who tries to flick into the on side but gets nowhere near.
48th over: Netherlands 237-7 (Edwards 64, Dutt 0) Edwards takes one to midwicket, a leg bye gets him back on strike and and another turn to midwicket gives Dutt one ball to survive.
“My parents grew up with music-hall and sang along gladly,” emails John Starbuck, “then jazz turned up for the revolutionary young ‘uns. I. was born in the 1940s, so I got to hear the whole development of rock ‘n’ roll. The 1960s were the best, but then everyone’s generation values the music of their teenage years, when they heard it first. There were also plenty of occasions when people complained about how samey it was getting, popstars selling out, trying to become all-round entertainers etc. So it goes.”
It does indeed. I’m not having that guitar music has been much use since the 90s, whcih is obviously because I was a teenager then, but also find me a band now even as good as Supergrass or the Super Furries, never mind Radiohead, REM, Guns n’ Roses or whoever.
47th over: Netherlands 233-7 (Edwards 62, Dutt 0) England’s death-bowling has been good today. Whether the same deliveries would work against better batters, who knows, but Payne and Willey have been impressive.
Pringle squirts a half-batter into the off side and when Edwards sprints towards to the striker’s end for a single that’s never there, he sacrifices himself for his captain and team.
47th over: Netherlands 233-6 (Edwards 61, Pringle 6) Scott Edwards is now the leading run-maker in the series, yet to be dismissed by a bowler – not bad. Meantime, Payne takes pace off the ball, so he has to really force two to deep midwicket. A wide follows, then two more to third man and a single into the on side.
46th over: Netherlands 227-6 (Edwards 56, Pringle 6) More singles – where were these in the middle overs? – then Pringle pushes wide of mid on and they run three prior to a sprinted single. But check out Willey’s fielding; he scurries after a half-batted nudge, slides to stop it, turns and shies in one movement … only to miss by fractions. Had he hit, Edwards was gawn.
“This is a bit long winded and badly formatted, but hey I work in IT,” begins Will Cook. “Back in 2013 my friends and I went over to see Sussex play The Netherlands in Rotterdam, we stayed in Amsterdam and got the train to Rotterdam and tram to Schiedam. Just as we got off the tram the heavens opened. We got into the ground to see Netherland had been 28-2 when the rain came. Spying the bar was open and that there was an empty football bench on the edge of the out field we filled up with beer and rushed over. After about 30 minutes a middle-aged lady turned up and asked if she could shelter with us, it transpired that she was English and married to a Dutchman. Her twin boys bought up in England and Netherlands where both cricketers. One had played for the national side previously and the other was making his debut today. Around two hours (and many jugs of Amstel) later one of her sons ran over to say he thinks its going to be called off, 15 minutes later her other son runs over to confirm it was rained off (the puddles on the outfield had got so deep ducks had started swimming on it). We said good bye to them both and started to trudge back to the tram station.
About halfway along the road a car passed, screeched to a halt and reversed towards us, a guy in Orange shouted out of the driver’s window “You going to the tram stop? Jump in I’ll give you a lift”. Drunk and wet we all jumped, as we neared the tram stop the driver asked
‘Where are you boys getting the tram to?’
‘Okay, I’ll drop you there.’
Not believing our luck we started talking, I was sat behind the driver so thinking it could only be one of the twins I asked “What’s it like playing with your brother?” to which the driver replied “My brother doesn’t play cricket”. The driver was a third Dutch player, Paul van Meekeren, who we hadn’t even spoken to who stopped to pick us up. As we neared the Motorway he asked:
‘Are you going to Amsterdam?’
‘Okay, I’ll drop you there by my favourite bar near the Olympic Stadium.’
Before we had chance to reply he had turned onto the motorway. We had a lovely chat to him about being an international cricketer for 2nd tier nation about his one full international wicket at the time. He was to embarrassed to tell us who it was so we had to Google and it turned out to be the number one ranked ODI batsman at the time Hashim Amla. If you are going to have only taken one wicket that was who to take. When we reached Amsterdam he parked up and unfurled himself from the car, he towered over my 6ft 2 friend. We kept in touch for a while after and I’ve always followed his career but basically Paul van Meekeren is basically a lovely massive guy. I can also confirm that unsurprisingly the bar was amazing.”
45th over: Netherlands 220-6 (Edwards 53, Pringle 2) Foxed by Rashid’s turn, Pringle gets down, presents the face, and edges just past slip for one to get off the mark. Three more singles follow, while, in comms, they note that Rashid isn’t quite at his best currently – I agree, they’ll be delighted to not learn – and from here, even 250 looks a stretch.
This is the thing, isn’t it? You go big early, you end up with a small total, you go big late, you end up with a small total. Van Beek looks to whip off his legs, imparts a leading edge instead, and plops into the hands of mid off.
44th over: Netherlands 216-5 (Edwards 51, Van Beek 0) Willey returns, just what Netherlands need, as the crowd wade deeper into their refreshments.
Rashid tosses one up and Nidamanuru does exactly what he’s meant to do, stepping down the track only to be beaten by a smidge of turn that allows Buttler to do the rest.
43rd over: Netherlands 215-4 (Edwards 50, Nidamanuru 4) A single to Nidamanuru, then Edwards bunts to cover and that’s a very well-made fifty – he’s a decent player.
Yup, there was an edge.
43rd over: Netherlands 213-4 (Edwards 49, Nidamanuru 3) Rashid begins his ninth over with a goggly that Nidamanuru wears on the back pad. There’s an appeal, rejected … and England review! There might’ve been an edge – I’m sure that’s why the umpire said no – but if there isn’t, it’s dead.
42nd over: Netherlands 213-4 (Edwards 49, Nidamanuru 3) Edwards runs down for one, then Carse cuts Nidamanuru in half like he’s a magician’s assistant, a bit of reverse hitting thigh and perhaps edge, the ball failing to carry to Buttler. A single follows, then two twos which take Edwards to within one of a fifty, the first paddled to deep square and the second forced to midwicket.
“Everybody seems to be treating this series as a ‘normal’ one but such is the gulf between the two sides there was never a chance that England wouldn’t win every match,” says David Mitchell. “We can talk of respecting an outclassed opponent but what does that mean in reality? I suspect the Dutch batsmen are only too aware of the reality and are merely getting a bit of practice under their belts before the 50 overs are done and their opponents knock off the runs with multiple overs to spare.”
I think they’ve got a plan: wickets in-hand then go at the end, but executing is harder than formulating.
41st over: Netherlands 207-4 (Edwards 44, Nidamanuru 2) Off we go with the final powerplay, but before we start, I should note that despite my whining, De Leede batted well and looks a decent talent. Anyhow, Nidamanru turns his first ball into the leg side for one then three further singles follow, and Payne looks really useful. I’m not sure how he forces his way to more appearances, but he’s got a cap, which is a start.
Again, Carse puts a little extra into leap, again the ball gets big on a batter trying to book, and again, a skier is well held – this time by Rashid, scurrying from midwicket to forward short and holding on the tumble.