Blair Tickner’s power play strikes set Black Caps up for 16-run T20 win over Netherlands


Blair Tickner took three wickets in his opening spell to set the Black Caps up for a win over the Netherlands. (File photo)

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Blair Tickner took three wickets in his opening spell to set the Black Caps up for a win over the Netherlands. (File photo)

At Sportpark Westvliet, The Hague, Netherlands: Black Caps 148-7 (Martin Guptill 45 off 36, Jimmy Neesham 32 off 17; Shariz Ahmad 2-15, Logan van Beek 2-35) beat the Netherlands 132 all out (Bas de Leede 66 off 53; Blair Tickner 4-27, Ben Sears 3-22) by 16 runs.

Blair Tickner’s double strike in his second over set the Black Caps up for a 16-run win over the Netherlands in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in The Hague.

The seamer also struck in his opening over as the home side slumped to 15-3 chasing 149 to win at Sportpark Westvliet, having been asked to field first.

By the time Tickner returned with four overs remaining, the Netherlands needed 54 runs – 13.5 per over – and while they took 15 off his third over to generate some late excitement, he claimed his fourth wicket in the 20th as they were dismissed for 132.

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Bas de Leede was the last man out for the Dutch, caught by Daryl Mitchell after making 66 off 53 balls, but only one other batter passed 11 – Scott Edwards, who made 20 off 16.

Tickner finished with 4-27 from 3.3 overs, while Ben Sears took 3-22 from his four overs – in both cases career-best figures.

Martin Guptill made 45 off 36 balls opening the batting for the Black Caps, while Jimmy Neesham made 32 off 17 and Ish Sodhi a valuable 19 off 10 from No 8.

The New Zealanders lost wickets at regular intervals and weren’t able to build the momentum they would have liked, but their total of 148-7 proved to be more than enough in their first international on Netherlands soil.

The second match will be played at the same venue on Friday [first ball 3am Saturday NZ time].

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