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The Dutch cricket team is a national cricket team representing the Netherlandsmarker. It is administered by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Royal Dutch Cricket Association) which is based in Nieuwegeinmarker in the centre of the country and is older than many renowned cricket clubs in the West Indies, Australia, and New Zealand.

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. Many other sports (notably football) have long since surpassed cricket in popularity amongst the Dutch, and today there are around 6,000 cricketers in the Netherlands, making it the 25th most popular sport. 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 ICC in 1966.

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

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


19th century

Cricket was introduced to the Netherlands by British soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th Century and the Cape Colony in 1856. Further clubs came into existence in the 1870s. The Netherlands national team played their first game in 1881. They fielded 22 players against an Uxbridgemarker Cricket Club XI, but still lost by an innings. The Dutch Cricket Union was formed in 1883, with 18 member clubs, four of which are still in existence today.

The first national tournament was held the following year, and was won by Haagsche CC. English touring teams then began visiting in 1886 including one in 1891 that featured Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

In 1894, the Gentlemen of Holland became the first Dutch team to visit England. The tour included a game against the MCC at Lord'smarker, which the MCC won by an innings and 169 runs. Tours by English sides continued for the rest of the 1890s, which also saw the emergence of Carst Posthuma, who was to become the first Dutch player to play first class cricket. He was eventually to take 2339 wickets at an average of 8.66 in his career in the Netherlands.

1900s to 1910s

1901 saw another visit to England by the Gentlemen of Holland. They played five games on the tour, drawing two and the losing the remainder. 1905 saw the first international game against Belgium, which finished in a draw.

In 1910, the Dutch team visited Belgiummarker to take part in an exhibition tournament, which also featured the MCC, Belgium and France. They lost to the MCC by 2 wickets,, and to France by 63 runs, but beat Belgium by 116 runs.

During World War I, in which the Netherlands remained neutral, large numbers of British officers were interned in the country, and many of these joined local cricket clubs. A team made up of these players even won the Dutch championship in 1918.

1920s to 1940s

The Flamingo's, a Dutch touring side, was formed in 1921, they would go on to make several tours of England. Tours by English teams would continue in this period also. The 1930s are said to be the decade in which Dutch cricket thrived the most, with cricket curtailed somewhat after the German invasion in 1940, due to its association with the British military. In 1934, the first Dutch women's league was formed, and the women's national team played two games against Australia in 1937, losing heavily in both. Cricket was curtailed somewhat after the German invasion in 1940.

1950s to 1980s

The 1950s saw visits to the Netherlands by Australia and the West Indies, in addition to the first match against Denmark. In 1958, the Cricket Board received a Royal charter, and became the "Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond", a name which it retains to this day.

1964 brought the Netherlands first victory against a Test-playing nation, with a 3 wicket win over the Australian team. They were rewarded with associate membership of the ICC two years later.

The first two ICC Trophy tournaments, in 1979 and 1982 brought little success to the Dutch, not progressing beyond the first round in both tournaments. But in the 1986 tournament, they finished as runners up to Zimbabwe. The same year, Paul-Jan Bakker became the first Dutch player to play county cricket. In 1989, the Dutch beat a strong England XI that featured two future England captains in Alec Stewart and Nasser Hussain by 3 runs.


1990 would once again see the Dutch finish runners up to Zimbabwe in the ICC Trophy, a tournament they hosted. (The first outside England) Test nations would be beaten again in 1991, which saw a 5 wicket win over the West Indies, in 1993, which saw a 7 wicket win over England, and in 1994, which saw a 9 wicket win over South Africa. 1994 would also finally see the Dutch qualify for the World Cup, after finishing third in that year's ICC Trophy. In the World Cup itself in 1996, they didn't progress past the first round, but performed with some credit in their game against England.

1995 saw the Dutch enter the NatWest Trophy for the first time, and they would spend 10 years in the tournament, their best performance coming in 1999, when they progressed to the 4th round, beating Durham along the way. 1999 also saw a World Cup game come to the Netherlands, but sadly for them the Dutch were not involved, after a 6th place finish in the 1997 ICC Trophy.

The Netherlands competed in the first European Championship in 1996, coming second. They have competed in every tournament since, winning in 1998 and 2000.


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

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 ODI with this new status was intended to be against Kenya in March 2006, however this match was cancelled due to a Kenyan tour of Bangladeshmarker. Instead their first ODI with this status (and their twelfth overall) came against Sri Lanka in what was their first ODI at home. This ended in disappointment though as the Dutch conceded a record ODI score of 443/9. They lost the two match series 2-0.

The Dutch played their first Intercontinental cup game of 2006 against Kenya in Nairobi in March. The game finished in a draw, with the Netherlands gaining six points for having a first innings lead. 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, with David Hemp scoring a then competition record of 247 not out in the drawn match. This was followed by a triangular series against Bermuda and Canada, which they won. 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.

In early 2007, they travelled to Nairobimarker, Kenyamarker to take part in Division one of the World Cricket League, finishing third in the six team total. This was followed by the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, where they did not progress beyond the first round, though they did beat Scotland along the way.

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 Canadamarker, first winning an Intercontinental Cup match against Canada in King City, Ontariomarker. They then won the first ODI by 117 runs, with the second one being abandoned. They then played a quadrangular series in Irelandmarker, losing by ten wickets to the West Indies, and by one run to Ireland, with the game against Scotland being abandoned due to rain.

In August 2008, The Netherlands participated in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. This was their debut playing Twenty20 International matches. They finished in first place in Group B, based on their run-rate. After beating Scotland in the Semi-Finals, the final was abandoned due to rain and the trophy was shared between The Netherlands and Ireland.. Since The Netherlands qualified for the final, they will be competing in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England

Tournament History

World Cup
  • 1975: Did not participate
  • 1979: Did not qualify
  • 1983: Did not qualify
  • 1987: Did not qualify
  • 1992: Did not qualify
  • 1996: First round
  • 1999: Did not qualify
  • 2003: First round
  • 2007: First round

ICC Champions Trophy
  • 1998: Did not participate
  • 2000: Did not participate
  • 2002: First round
  • 2004: Did not qualify
  • 2006: Did not participate

ICC World Twenty20
  • 2007: Did not qualify
  • 2009: First Round

World Cricket League

Intercontinental Cup
  • 2004: First round
  • 2005: First round
  • 2006: First round

ICC 6 Nations Challenge
  • 2000: Runners up
  • 2002: 6th place
  • 2004: 4th place

ICC Trophy

European Championship
  • 1996: Runners up
  • 1998: Won
  • 2000: Division One winners
  • 2002: 4th place (Division One)
  • 2004: 3rd place (Division One)
  • 2006: 3rd place (Division One)

The future

The Netherlands played 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier and won a spot to participate in 2009 ICC World Twenty20. This is the Netherlands' first foot into the new Twenty20 format of the game. The Netherlands will also play in the 2011 Cricket World Cup after qualifying in 2009.

Famous Players

Several Dutch cricketers have also played at first-class level elsewhere, the most successful of these probably being Roland Lefebvre who played for Somerset and Glamorgan in English county cricket as well as for Canterburymarker in New Zealandmarker. The Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate and Worcestershire batsman Alexei Kervezee are the only current members of the Dutch team to be playing county cricket.Dirk Nannes has played for Victoria in Australian first-class cricket and for Delhi Daredevils in the second edition of the Indian Premier League.

Other Dutch players to have played first class cricket outside of the Intercontinental Cup are:

Current squad

The following table lists the 15 players in the Netherlands's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.

Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style ODI matches FC matches Notes
Tom de Grooth RHB OB 13 14
Alexei Kervezee RHB RM 11 12 Plays for Worcestershire County Cricket Club
Eric Szwarczynski RHB 16 8
Bas Zuiderent RHB RM 38 29 Occasional wicketkeeper, former Sussex County Cricket Club player
Ryan ten Doeschate RHB RMF 21 58 Plays for Essex County Cricket Club
Peter Borren RHB RM 24 9
Mudassar Bukhari RHB RMF 13 6
Darron Reekers RHB RM 19 4
Daan van Bunge RHB LB 29 8
Jeroen Smits RHB 35 11 Captain
Maurits Jonkman RHB RM 2 2
Mohammad Kashif RHB OB 8 5
Ruud Nijman RHB RMF 1
Edgar Schiferli RHB RMF 24 11
Pieter Seelaar RHB SLO 10 6


One-day International

Most ODI runs for The Netherlands
Player Runs Average
Ryan ten Doeschate 835 59.64
Bas Zuiderent 775 25.83
Daan van Bunge 535 23.26
Darron Reekers 481 25.31
Eric Szwarczynski 428 30.57

Most ODI wickets for The Netherlands
Player Wickets Average
Ryan ten Doeschate 40 20.30
Tim de Leede 29 34.44
Edgar Schiferli 24 34.29
Billy Stelling 22 25.77
Peter Borren 20 38.45

ICC Trophy

See also

External links


  1. A little known fact about the Netherlands
  2. Netherlands timeline at CricketEurope
  3. Scorecard of MCC v Netherlands match, 10 August 1894 at Cricinfo
  4. Carst Posthuma at Cricinfo
  5. Netherlands in England, 1901 at Cricinfo
  6. Scorecard of MCC v Netherlands], 23 June 1910 at Cricinfo
  7. Scorecard of France v Netherlands, 26 June 1910 at Cricinfo
  8. Scorecard of Belgium v Netherlands, 25 June 1910 at Cricinfo
  9. Netherlands at Cricket Archive
  10. Scorecard of Netherlands v England, 16 August 1989 at Cricket Archive
  11. Scorecard of Netherlands v West Indies, 15 August 1991 at Cricinfo
  12. Scorecard of Netherlands v England, 10 July 1993 at Cricinfo
  13. Scorecard of Netherlands v South Africa, 4 September 1994 at Cricinfo
  14. Scorecard of Kenya v Netherlands, 29 March 2006 at Cricket Archive
  15. Scorecard of Bermuda v Netherlands, 21 November 2006 at Cricket Archive
  16. ICC Associates South Africa Tri-Series points table at Cricket Archive
  17. Scorecard of Canada v Netherlands, 5 December 2006 at Cricket Archive
  18. 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One points table at Cricket Archive
  19. 2007 World Cup at Cricinfo
  20. Scorecard of Canada v Netherlands, 28 June 2007 at Cricket Archive
  21. Scorecard of Canada v Netherlands, 3 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  22. Scorecard of Canada v Netherlands, 4 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  23. Scorecard of Netherlands v West Indies, 10 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  24. Scorecard of Ireland v Netherlands, 11 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  25. Scorecard of Netherlands v Scotland, 13 July 2007 at Cricket Archive
  30. 1975 World Cup at Cricinfo
  31. 1979 World Cup at Cricinfo
  32. 1983 World Cup at Cricinfo
  33. 1987 World Cup at Cricinfo
  34. 1992 World Cup at Cricinfo
  35. 1996 World Cup at Cricinfo
  36. 1999 World Cup at Cricinfo
  37. 2003 World Cup at Cricinfo
  38. 1998 ICC Knockout at Cricinfo
  39. 2000 ICC Knockout at Cricinfo
  40. 2002 ICC Champions Trophy at Cricinfo
  41. 2004 ICC Champions Trophy at Cricinfo
  42. 2006 ICC Champions Trophy at Cricinfo
  43. 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup Points Table at Cricket Archive
  44. 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup Points Table at Cricket Archive
  45. 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup points table at Cricket Archive
  46. ICC Emerging Nations Tournament points table at Cricket Archive
  47. 2002 ICC 6 Nations Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  48. 2004 ICC 6 Nations Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  49. World Cricket League structure
  50. Retrieved on 4 May 2009.
  51. Netherlands totals of 250 and more in an innings in ODI cricket at Cricket Archive
  52. Individual scores of 100 and more in an innings for Netherlands in ODI cricket at Cricket Archive
  53. Four or more wickets in an innings for Netherlands in ODI cricket at Cricket Archive
  54. Netherlands totals of 200 and more in an innings in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
  55. Individual scores of 100 and more in an innings for Netherlands in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive
  56. Five or more wickets in an innings for Netherlands in the ICC Trophy at Cricket Archive

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