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Monday, March 19, 2007

No major surprises: World Cup Day 6

As expected, both Australia and England won their matches against Netherlands and Canada respectively.

At Warner Park, St Kitts in a very one sided contest Australia walloped the Netherlands 5/358 (50 overs) to 10/129 (26.5 overs). Brad Hodge 123/89b, Michael Clarke 93 n o/85b, and Adam Gilchrist a relatively slow (by his standards) 57/64b were the batting stars for Australia, while all four Australian bowlers used enjoyed some success.

The Netherlands have a long cricket playing history, as this piece from Cricinfo explains (though it's incorrect to say that the country was occupied by the Germans in WW1), but at the moment they are confirmed minnows, despite their eyecatching bright orange uniforms.

At Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia England, sans Andrew Flintoff (omitted for disciplinary reasons) 6/279 (Ed Joyce 66/103 b, Paul Collingwood 62/48b) comfortably if not convincingly defeated Canada 7/228 (Mulla 58/60b) in a match which went for a full 100 overs, from which it might reasonably be inferred that the England bowling was not very penetrative.

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