Captain Leads The Way With 4 For 1 As Side Defeats  Scotland By 44 Runs And Climbs To Top Of Points Table

The Netherlands completed a thrilling 44-run win over Scotland on the fourth day of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match at the Sportpark Westvliet in The Hague on Friday (September 11) to register its first win of the tournament.
Peter Borren's remarkable spell after lunch of 4 for 1 in 3.2 overs stopped Scotland in its tracks, who were earlier looking on course for a win.

Facing a 77-run deficit after being bundled out for 133 in reply to the Netherlands's 210, Scotland made a comeback on the third day, bowling the hosts out for 123 in just 43 overs in its second innings and reaching 52 for 3 by stumps.

With 149 runs required on the final day, Richie Berrington and Preston Mommsen -- who shared an unbroken 34-run partnership on Thursday -- resumed for Scotland, but the Netherlands bowlers were disciplined. In the very first over of the day, Mommsen edged a sharp-turning delivery from Roelof van der Merwe, the left-arm spinner, to Borren at first slip.

The early setback forced the Scotland batsmen into a shell, and Berrington and Josh Davey defended every ball for the next two overs without adding a run to the side's overnight score. But Davey's overcautious approach didn't pay off as van der Merwe then had him caught at leg slip for nought.

With Scotland slipping from 52 for 3 to 52 for 5 in a space of 16 deliveries, it was up to Berrington and Rob Taylor to consolidate and put the innings back on track. They did, with a 201-ball stand of 93 for the sixth wicket, relying mostly on ones and twos, and picking up the occasional boundary off the bad deliveries.

Berrington scored 59 off 143 balls before Michael Rippon, the chinaman, trapped him leg before with just one over remaining before lunch. Scotland were 145 for 6 at this stage, still needing 56 runs for a win.

Taylor and Matthew Cross resumed after lunch, but once again the Netherlands struck early in the session, with Borren, the medium pacer, removing Con de Lange and Cross off successive deliveries to leave Scotland struggling at 150 for 8.

Taylor reached his half-century, but became Borren's third victim as Scotland was bowled out for 156 in 64.2 overs.

The result lifted the Netherlands to the top of the points table while Scotland is yet to register a win in the tournament.

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