After a gap of almost two years, the Netherlands returned to ODI cricket today with a win over Scotland thanks to a splendid innings from Max O'Dowd in a rain-reduced game in Rotterdam.

After rain kept the players from the field until almost 3pm, Dutch captain Pieter Seelaar won the toss and chose to bat first with the game reduced to 33 overs. It was a surprising decision given the conditions, and sure enough the home side found batting tough.

They struggled to find gaps in the field, and were losing wickets regularly, though Max O'Dowd was standing firm at one end. He brought up his 50 in the 23rd over with five wickets down, before Saqib Zulfiqar was dismissed in the next over.

This brought Logan van Beek to the crease and he scored a quick 24 from 21 balls to help put on 41 for the seventh wicket before he was out from the last ball of the 30th over. O'Dowd took his score to 82 before he was run out with two balls remaining, and the final Dutch total was 163-8.

After O'Dowd and van Beek, the next highest score for the Dutch was Zulfiqar's 12.

The visitors also found batting difficult, with Matthew Cross out for one in the second over and fellow opener Kyle Coetzer only managing nine before he was out in the eighth over.

Richie Berrington and George Munsey put on 69 for the fourth wicket before the latter was out for 27 in the 22nd over. Berrington was out in the following over having scored 41, which proved to be the top score for the Scots.

Needing 63 from the last ten overs and two fresh batsmen at the crease, Scotland were unable to complete the run chase. They were kept to 149-8, losing by 14 runs. Vivian Kingma was the pick of the bowlers with 3-21.

The sides will meet again in the second and final ODI on Friday.