A T20 international career best 71 by Dutch opener Tobias Visee led his team to a seven-wicket win against Scotland in the opening match of the Quadrangular Series in Oman.
Chasing 154, Visee and opening partner Stephan Myburgh (24) broke the back of the chase with a stand of exactly 100 in just 69 balls.
28 year-old Visee clubbed 8 fours and cleared the ropes twice, dominating the Dutch T20I record opening partnership with his more experienced colleague, reaching 50 in just 29 balls.
As happens often in such instances, both departed in quick succession, just four balls apart.
Thereafter, O'Dowd went for 12, but the experienced pair of Ryan ten Doeschate (16*) and Wesley Barresi (20*) ensured the result was never seriously in doubt, although the battling Scots pushed them all the way, taking the game to the penultimate delivery.
Earlier, Scotland had raced out of the blocks, with George Munsey (32) thumping five boundaries in 11 balls.
However, 32 for 0 after two overs suddenly became 44 for 4 in seven, with wickets for Fred Klaasen (2-38), Timm van der Gugten (2-38), Shane Snater, and the impressive skipper Pieter Seelaar (1-19) who marshalled his resources exceptionally well, while Ryan ten Doeschate took 1 for 4 in his solitary over.
Calum MacLeod got the Scotland innings back on track with a well compiled half century, adding 53 for the fifth wicket with Craig Wallace (27).
MacLeod's 53 from 45 deliveries included seven boundaries, and was primarily responsible for a competitive total of 153 for 7 - which in the end wasn't enough.
Ireland face hosts Oman in the second game this afternoon, with all the sides in action again on Friday and Sunday.
OMAN QUADGRANGULAR SERIES
SCOTLAND 153-7 (20 overs; C MacLeod 53, G Munsey 32, C Wallace 27; T van der Gugten 2-35, F Klaasen 2-38)
NETHERLANDS 154-3 (19.5 overs; T Visee 71, S Myburgh 24, W Barresi 20*, R ten Doeschate 16*)
The Netherlands beat Scotland by 7 wickets