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Netherlands national cricket team

Netherlands cricket team logo
Netherlands cricket team logo
ICC membership granted 1966
ICC member status Associate member with T20I Status
ICC development region Europe
World Cricket League division Two
Captain Peter Borren
Coach Anton Roux
First recorded match 1881 v Uxbridge CC at The Hague
One Day Internationals
ODI matches played 76
ODI wins/losses 28/44
First class cricket
First class matches played 26
First class wins/losses 4/14
List A cricket
List A matches played 171
List A wins/losses 69/95
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 8 (First in 1979)
Best result Winners, 2001
As of 8 September 2014

The Dutch cricket team is a national cricket team representing the Netherlands. It is administered by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (Royal Dutch Cricket Association) which is based in Nieuwegein 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, but 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 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 June 2014, Nepal along with Netherlands granted T20 status by the ICC board at the annual conference in Melbourne. [1]


  • History 1
    • 19th century 1.1
    • 1900s to 1910s 1.2
    • 1920s to 1940s 1.3
    • 1950s to 1980s 1.4
    • 1990s 1.5
    • 21st century 1.6
      • 2000 - 2009 1.6.1
      • 2010 - present 1.6.2
  • Tournament history 2
    • World Cup 2.1
    • World Twenty20 2.2
    • Other tournaments 2.3
  • Records and Statistics 3
    • One Day Internationals 3.1
      • Highest individual innings 3.1.1
      • Best bowling figures in an innings 3.1.2
    • Twenty20 Internationals 3.2
    • ICC Trophy 3.3
  • Famous players 4
  • Current squad 5
  • Coaches 6
  • Future tournaments 7
  • See also 8
  • External links 9
  • References 10


19th century

Cricket was introduced to the Netherlands by British soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century.[2] Further clubs came into existence in the 1870s. The Netherlands national team played their first game in 1881. They fielded 22 players against an Uxbridge 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.[3]

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 the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.[3]

In 1894, the Gentlemen of Holland were the first Dutch team to visit England. The tour included a game against the MCC at Lord's, which the MCC won by an innings and 169 runs.[4] Tours by English sides continued for the rest of the 1890s, which also saw the emergence of Carst Posthuma, who was later the first Dutch player to play first class cricket.[3] He took 2339 wickets at an average of 8.66 in his career in the Netherlands.[5]

1900s to 1910s

1901 saw another visit to England by the Gentlemen of Holland. They played five games on the tour, drawing two and losing the remainder.[6] 1905 saw the first international game against Belgium, which finished in a draw.[3]

In 1910, the Dutch team visited Belgium to take part in an exhibition tournament, which also featured the MCC, Belgium and France. They lost to the MCC by 2 wickets,[7] and to France by 63 runs,[8] but beat Belgium by 116 runs.[9]

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.[3]

1920s to 1940s

The Flamingos, a Dutch touring side, was formed in 1921, and later made several tours of England. Tours by English teams also continued in this period. The 1930s are said to be the heyday of Dutch cricket. 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 of course curtailed after the German invasion in 1940.[3]

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.[3]

In 1964 the Netherlands achieved first victory against a Test-playing nation, by 3 wickets against an Australian team.[3] They were rewarded with associate membership of the ICC two years later.[10]

The first two ICC Trophy tournaments, in 1979 and 1982, brought little success to the Dutch, who were eliminated in 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.[3] In 1989, the Dutch beat a strong England XI that included two future England captains, Alec Stewart and Nasser Hussain, by 3 runs.[11]


In 1990 the Dutch were again runners up to Zimbabwe in the ICC Trophy, a tournament they hosted: the first such tournament outside England.[3] In 1991 the Netherlands achieved a 5 wicket win over a West Indies side,;[12] in 1993 a 7 wicket win over an England XI;[13] and in 1994 a 9 wicket win over a South African team.[14] In 1994 the Dutch finally qualified for the World Cup, after finishing third in that year's ICC Trophy. In the World Cup itself in 1996, they were eliminated in the first round, but performed with some credit in their game against England.[3]

1995 saw the Dutch enter the NatWest Trophy for the first time, and they took part in that tournament for 10 years: their best performance was in 1999, when they reached the 4th round, beating Durham along the way. 1999 also saw a World Cup game come to the Netherlands, but the Dutch were not involved, after a 6th place finish in the 1997 ICC Trophy.[3]

The Netherlands competed in the first European Championship in 1996, coming second. They have competed in every tournament since, winning in 1998 and 2000.[3]

21st century

2000 - 2009

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[15] 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.[3]

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.[16] This was followed by a triangular series against Bermuda and Canada, which they won.[17] 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.[18]

In early 2007, they travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to take part in Division One of the World Cricket League, finishing third out of six.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] They then won the first ODI by 117 runs,[22] with the second one being abandoned.[23] They then played a quadrangular series in Ireland, losing by ten wickets to the West Indies,[24] and by one run to Ireland,[25] with the game against Scotland being abandoned due to rain.[26]

In August 2008, The Netherlands participated in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. This was their debut playing Twenty20 International matches.[27] They finished in first place in Group B, based on their run-rate.[28] After beating Scotland in the Semi-Finals,[29] the final was abandoned due to rain and the trophy was shared between The Netherlands and Ireland.[30]

The Netherlands caused a sensation in the cricketing world by beating England[31] in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 2009,[32] whilst being 500/1 outsiders.[33] They lost their second match to the eventual winners Pakistan[34] 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

2010 - present

On 20 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.[35] 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.[36][37] On 22 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.[38]

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.

In June 2014, Nepal along with Netherlands granted T20 status by the ICC board at the annual conference in Melbourne. [1]

Tournament history

World Cup

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
1975 Did not participate
1979 Did not qualify
1983 Did not qualify
1987 Did not qualify
1992 Did not qualify
1996 Group stage 12/12 5 0 5 0 0
1999 Did not qualify
2003 Group stage 11/14 6 1 5 0 0
2007 Group stage 12/16 3 1 2 0 0
2011 Group stage 13/14 6 0 6 0 0
2015 Did not qualify
Total 20 2 18 0 0

World Twenty20

World Twenty20 record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
2007 Did not qualify
2009 Group stage 9/12 2 1 1 0 0
2010 Did not qualify
2012 Did not qualify
2014 Super 10 9/16 7 3 4 0 0
Total 9 4 5 0 0

Other tournaments

± The final was washed out by rain so the trophy was shared with Ireland

Records and Statistics

International Match Summary – Netherlands[50][51]

Last updated 29 September 2014.
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
One Day Internationals 76 28 44 1 3 17 February 1996
Twenty20 Internationals 29 15 13 0 1 2 August 2008

One Day Internationals

Highest individual innings

Player Score Opposition Venue Year
Wesley Barresi 137*  Kenya Bert Sutcliffe Oval 2014
Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk 134*  Namibia OUTsurance Oval 2003
Feiko Kloppenburg 121  Namibia OUTsurance Oval 2003
Ryan ten Doeschate 119  England Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium 2011
Ryan ten Doeschate 109*  Bermuda Ruaraka Sports Club Ground 2007

Best bowling figures in an innings

Player Score Opposition Venue Year
Timm van der Gugten 5/24  Canada Maple Leaf Cricket Club 2013
Pieter Seelaar 4/15  Canada Maple Leaf Cricket Club 2013
Edgar Schiferli 4/23  Kenya Senwes Park 2009
Ryan ten Doeschate 4/31  Canada Ruaraka Sports Club Ground 2007
Peter Borren 4/32  Afghanistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium 2012

ODI record versus other nations[50]

Records complete to ODI #3529. Last updated 29 September 2014.
Opponent M W L T NR First win
vs Test nations
v  New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0
v  England 3 0 3 0 0
v  Pakistan 3 0 3 0 0
v  South Africa 4 0 4 0 0
v  Sri Lanka 3 0 3 0 0
v  India 2 0 2 0 0
v  Australia 2 0 2 0 0
v  Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 0
v  West Indies 2 0 2 0 0
v  Bangladesh 2 1 1 0 0 20 July 2010
vs Associate/Affiliate Members
v  United Arab Emirates 1 0 1 0 0
v  Namibia 1 1 0 0 0 3 March 2003
v  Scotland 9 2 6 0 1 22 March 2007
v  Ireland 10 1 7 1 1 5 February 2007
v  Canada 9 8 0 0 1 26 November 2006
v  Bermuda 7 6 1 0 0 28 November 2006
v  Kenya 10 7 3 0 0 21 August 2008
v  Afghanistan 6 2 4 0 0 30 August 2009

Twenty20 Internationals

T20I record versus other nations[51]

Records complete to T20I #405. Last updated 29 September 2014.
Opponent M W L T NR First win
vs Test nations
v  England 2 2 0 0 0 5 June 2009
v  Pakistan 1 0 1 0 0
v  Bangladesh 2 1 1 0 0 26 July 2012
v  Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 0
v  Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0 0
v  South Africa 1 0 1 0 0
v  New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0
vs Associate/Affiliate Members
v  Kenya 5 3 2 0 0 2 August 2008
v  Canada 3 2 1 0 0 9 February 2010
v  Scotland 4 3 1 0 0 4 August 2008
v  Ireland 4 1 2 0 1 21 March 2014
v  Afghanistan 3 2 1 0 0 12 February 2010
v  United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 0 17 March 2014

ICC Trophy

Famous players

Ryan ten Doeschate currently holds the record for the highest batting average in ODI cricket.

Several Dutch cricketers have also played at first-class level elsewhere, the most successful of these probably being county cricket as well as for Canterbury in New Zealand. 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 and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

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

Current squad

Players who have played for Netherlands in 2014:

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Club ODI FC Notes
Peter Borren 31 Right-handed Right medium/Off break VRA 58 20
Michael Swart 32 Right-handed Off break VRA 12 13
Stephan Myburgh 30 Left-handed Off break Excelsior '20 12 51
Ben Cooper 23 Left-handed Right medium VRA 4 0
Eric Szwarczynski 32 Right-handed Right medium VRA 41 18
Tim Gruijters 23 Right-handed Right medium Quick Haag 5 5
Wesley Barresi 30 Right-handed Off break VRA 28 15
Atse Buurman 32 Right-handed n/a VCC 17 5
Mudassar Bukhari 30 Right-handed Right medium-fast ACC 46 11
Michael Rippon 23 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Sussex 2XI 4 5
Logan van Beek 24 Right-handed Right medium-fast Canterbury 0 15
Tom Heggelman 28 Right-handed Right medium-fast Excelsior '20 5 4
Vivian Kingma 30 Right-handed Right medium-fast VCC 1 1
Ahsan Malik 25 Right-handed Right medium-fast ACC 12 3
Paul van Meekeren 25 Right-handed Right medium-fast ACC 2 1
Timm van der Gugten 23 Right-handed Right medium-fast Tasmania 4 4
Pieter Seelaar 27 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Hermes DVS 37 18
Thijs van Schelven 25 Right-handed Leg break Quick Haag 0 0


The following people have coached the Dutch national side at various stages. For some coaches, the exact dates of their tenure are unavailable, although key tournaments are noted:
Name Appointed Resigned Notable tournaments
Emmerson Trotman 1996/1997 October 2004[66] 2001 ICC Trophy (won)
2002 Champions Trophy
2003 World Cup
/ Peter Cantrell (acting) October 2004 November 2004
Bob Simpson November 2004[67] after 2005 ICC Trophy 2005 ICC Trophy
/ Peter Cantrell November 2005[68] April 2007[69] 2007 WCL (Div. 1)
2007 World Cup
Paul-Jan Bakker (acting) 1 May 2007[70] January 2008 2007–08 Intercontinental Cup (first two matches)
Peter Drinnen January 2008[71] October 2013[72] 2007–08 Intercontinental Cup (last five matches)
2009 World Cup Qualifier
2010 WCL (Div. 1)
2011 World Cup
2011–13 WCL Championship
Anton Roux (acting) October 2013[72] current 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Future tournaments

See also

External links

  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (in Dutch)


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  8. ^ Scorecard of France v Netherlands, 26 June 1910 at Cricinfo
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  16. ^ Scorecard of Bermuda v Netherlands, 21 November 2006 at Cricket Archive
  17. ^ ICC Associates South Africa Tri-Series points table at Cricket Archive
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  19. ^ a b 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One points table at Cricket Archive
  20. ^ 2007 World Cup at Cricinfo
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  42. ^ 2004 ICC Champions Trophy at Cricinfo
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  46. ^ 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup points table at Cricket Archive
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  48. ^ 2002 ICC 6 Nations Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  49. ^ 2004 ICC 6 Nations Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
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