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Netherlands upset CCC

Philip Hackett

Netherlands upset CCC

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Led by a brilliant half century from opener Michael Swart, Netherlands followed two lopsided defeats in Antigua with the biggest upset of the 2012 Caribbean T20 when they beat the Combined Campuses and Colleges by 26 runs in the opening match of a double header at Kensington Oval.
Set 161 to win after an enterprising batting performance by the Netherlands, the CCC stuttered to 134 for seven despite benefiting from a dismal fielding effort by the Netherlands which saw them dropping at least eight catches.
CCC captain Romel Currency was put down on four occasions before his luck ran out and he was caught at short fine leg by Wesley Baressi for 13.
Chadwick Walton had gone earlier for just three and when coach/player Floyd Reifer was bowled by medium pacer Mudassar Bukhari for six, CCC had slumped to 27 for three in the sixth over.
The six over power play period found them 33 for three, an amazing contrast to the power play overs for the Dutch in which they reached 59 without loss.
Kyle Mayers, Kyle Hope and Ryan Wiggins all got starts but none could stay long enough or dominate enough to keep CCC in the contest.
Earlier Swart smashed three sixes and five fours in an impressive innings of 57 off 43 balls. He had excellent support from Stephan Myburg (28) in an opening partnership of 70 off 8. 2 overs. 
Alexei Kervezee batted fluently for an unbeaten 36 off 31 balls as the Netherlands jolted the more fancied CCC with a clinical display of attractive aggressive stroke play.