Szwarczynski stars as Dutch trounce PNG
An unbeaten 129 from Eric Szwarczynski underpinned a hugely improved batting performance as the Netherlands posted 323 against Papua New Guinea before the Dutch dismissed PNG in 38 overs to secure a 130 run victory.
Szwarczynski, in for the injured Michael Swart, carried his bat through the Dutch innings. He built partnerships of 36 and 116 with Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi to take his team to 150 at the 30-over mark, whereupon the scoring accelerated dramatically. Skipper Peter Borren joined Szwarczynski in the middle to smash 65 off just 35 balls as the pair put on another 96 runs.
Borren's eventual dismissal came in the 42nd over, trapped LBW by Charles Amini, whose 1-40 from 10 overs made him the only PNG bowler not to come in for inordinate punishment. The wicket did little to slow the scoring however, as Muddassar Bukhari, promoted to number five for the occasion, kept the run rate up around ten an over as the Netherlands pushed past 300.
324 was the target as PNG openers Lega Siaka and Tony Ura took to the middle, but the momentum remained with the Netherlands as Paul van Meekeren claimed the wicket of Siaka in his second over before Muddassar Bukhari struck three times in succession in an opening spell that yielded figures of 9 for 3 from 7 overs to reduce PNG to 30 for 4.
The procession continued unabated as the spin combination of Pieter Seelaar and Michael Rippon accounted for the rest of the middle order, and at 7-73 it looked as though PNG might struggle to reach triple figures.
The Dutch dominance began to ebb, however, as Jack Vare staged a defiant if solitary counter-attack from number 8. Even as his team-mates struggled to put bat on ball, Vare batted with fluency and aggression as he race to fifty.
Willie Gavera did well to keep Vare company as he ground out the second highest score of the PNG innings making 18 from 34, but the pair's stand of 72 for the 9th wicket came too late to salvage anything but face for their team. Gavera was run out by Wesley Barresi in the 37th over, and Vare himself fell five balls later, Ahsan Malik finding his stumps just 4 runs short of a much deserved century to give the Dutch victory by 130 runs.