So, it’s the halfway stage in England’s opening world cup match against the Netherlands and it’s not really going to plan so far. Listening on BBC radio 5 live, I’ve been extremely disappointed. The minnows Netherlands have managed to score a massive total of 292 for 6 with the Netherlands star batsman Ryan ten Doeschate carting the English bowlers for one hundred and nineteen runs at better than a run a ball, helping Netherlands make their highest ever score against a Test playing nation.
Ten Doeschate played a beautiful innings hitting nine fours and three sixes in his one hundred and ten ball innings. He was backed up beautifully by Tom Cooper who played a controlled innings of fourty seven to help steady the side after they lost two early wickets. Captain Peter Borren also scored a very useful thrity five from twenty four balls.
But ten Doeschate had a lucky break when he was on fourty seven, looping the ball between Broad and Anderson, where they left the ball for each other to catch. This very much summed up the England performance. The fielding performace was poor. Mis-fields, dropped catches and over throws. The bowling was also very poor. The worst of those was Jimmy Anderson conceding seventy two runs from his ten overs taking no wickets. The commentators were in dis-belief, particularly Geoffery Boycott, who described the fielding performance as “a shambles”
Hopefully England can pick up their game in the second half of this game and chase down this troubling total. You can follow the scorecard on the BBC sport webiste.