DHARAMSALA - Paul van Meekeren bagged four wickets to help Netherlands notch up a consolation 12-run win via Duckworth/Lewis method in their final match of the World T20 in Dharamsala Sunday.

Invited to bat in the inconsequential group tie, the Dutch openers had to wait for more than two and a half hours to take to the field with the rain-affected game reduced to 6-overs-a-side.

Left-hander Stephen Myburgh struck an 18-ball 27 to help Netherlands post 59 for five and the bowlers did well to defend the total. Medium-pacer Van Meekeren (4-11 from 2 overs) tore into the Irish batting getting good support from left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe, who picked up two scalps, to restrict Ireland to 47 for seven.

"It's special, I'm not sure if it's happened yet. We had been preparing for this for the last three weeks, maybe six months, and it worked out well," said an out-of-breath Van Meekeren after the win.

Both Netherlands and Ireland were hard done by rain abandoned games in their respective second outings after losing their opening matches to Bangladesh and Oman.



S Myburgh run out 27

T Cooper c Rankin b Dockrell 0

R van der Merwe c Murtagh b Dockrell 2

W Barresi st N O'Brien b Dockrell 8

P Borren run out 14

Mudassar Bukhari not out 0

EXTRAS: (b4, lb2, w2) 8

TOTAL: (5 wkts; 6 overs) 59

FOW: 1-10, 2-12, 3-33, 4-58, 5-59

BOWLING: T Murtagh 1-0-9-0, G Dockrell 2-0-7-3, A McBrine 1-0-16-0, K O'Brien 1-0-12-0, W Rankin 1-0-9-0


W Porterfield c Cooper b van der Gugten 5

P Stirling c van der Merwe b van Meekeren 15

K O'Brien c Seelaar b van Meekeren 0

G Wilson c van der Gugten b van der Merwe 4

N O'Brien not out 4

A Poynter c Cooper b van der Merwe 0

M Sorensen b van Meekeren 9

G Dockrell b van Meekeren 0

A McBrine not out 1

EXTRAS: (b4, lb2, w2, nb1) 9

TOTAL: (7 wkts; 6 overs) 47

FOW: 1-19, 2-28, 3-28, 4-33, 5-33, 6-44, 7-44

BOWLING: Ahsan Malik 1-0-5-0, van der Gugten 1-0-17-1, P van Meekeren 2-0-11-4, van der Merwe-1-0-3-2, Mudassar Bukhari 1-0-5-0

TOSS: Ireland

MAN OF MATCH: P van Meekeren (Neth)

UMPIRES: N Llong (Eng), S Ravi

TV UMPIRE: R Tucker (Aus)

MATCH REFEREE: A Pycroft (Zim)