Netherlands Head Coach Ryan Campbell saw enough to be happy with parts of his side's performance against Ireland where they were competitive despite showing signs of rustiness after two months on the sidelines.
Half centuries from Ben Cooper (73) and Roelof van der Merwe (63) took the Dutch to a competitive 264 for 7 - useful cameos too by Wesley Barresi (41), Pieter Seelaar (27*) and skipper Peter Borren (22).
However, the bowling unit failed to fire, allowing too many boundary balls as the Irish won by five wickets.
"I thought we beaten by a very professional, well oiled outfit," said Campbell. "I was happy with parts of our game, but we were very rusty in the three elements of the game.
"I’m very pleased to get the match under our belt and we know we need to improve if we are to compete with Ireland in Round 1 of WCQ in Zimbabwe next month.
"In saying that, I think you witnessed a Netherlands team that even when not at our best, was still in the game and competed well, something that we wouldn’t have done not long ago."
The teams have been drawn in the same Group of the WCQ, and will meet in Harare on March 4th.