Cricket has been played in the Netherlands since at least the 19th century, and in the 1860s it was considered the country’s major sport. The game is administered by the Royal Dutch Cricket Association. Netherlands Cricket History.
Other sports have long overtaken cricket in popularity among the Dutch, but today there are around 6,500 cricketers in the Netherlands and recent developments show that cricket is growing in the Netherlands. The first national association, the forerunner of today’s KNCB, was founded in 1883, and the Netherlands gained associate membership of the ICC in 1966.
The Dutch national team has qualified for the World Cup on four occasions (1996, 2003, 2007, and 2011) and the ICC World Twenty20 on four occasions (2009, 2014, 2016, and 2019). The team previously held One-Day International (ODI) status, but lost its status in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, failing to qualify for the 2015 World Cup. They regained One Day International (ODI) status in 2017 after winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship title.
The popularity of cricket in the Netherlands has also influenced the development of the game in both the former Dutch colonies and the current members of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Cricket was introduced to Indonesia by the Dutch, St. Maarten is a member of the West Indies Cricket Board, and Suriname is an associate member of the ICC.
The popularity of cricket in the Netherlands has also influenced the development of the game in former Dutch colonies, including the current members of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Suriname is an associate member of the ICC, and St. Maarten is a member of the West Indies Cricket Board, with full membership.
ICC Trophy Tournaments
The Dutch team has participated in all eight ICC Trophy tournaments, winning the competition in Canada in 2001 and finishing as runners-up twice (in 1986 and 1990). The Netherlands also competed in the 1996, 2003, 2007, and 2011 Cricket World Cups, and since 1996 the national team has competed in the English domestic NatWest Trophy competition (and its successor, the C&G Trophy). In 2004, he played first-class cricket in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, drawing with Scotland at Aberdeen and then suffering an innings defeat against Ireland at Deventer.
In 2005 the Dutch team beat the UAE to finish fifth in the ICC Trophy, a somewhat disappointing result but one that qualified them for the 2007 World Cup. He held full One Day International status from 1 January 2006 to the 2009 ICC Trophy.
ICC Cricket World Cup
In the 2005 ICC Trophy, the Netherlands finished 5th, qualified for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and earned one-day international status until the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifiers. His first ODI in this new capacity was against Kenya in March 2006. However, the match was canceled due to Kenya’s tour of Bangladesh. Instead, his first ODI with the rank (and his twelfth overall) came against Sri Lanka; It was their first ODI at home. However, Sri Lanka won the two-match series 2-0 with a record ODI score of 443-9.
The Dutch played their first Intercontinental Cup 2006 match against Kenya in Nairobi in March. The game was drawn, but the Netherlands scored six points for a first innings lead. In August, the Netherlands competed in Division One of the European Championship. They beat Denmark and Italy but lost to Scotland and their game against Ireland was rained out. He finished third in the tournament.
Netherlands travel to South Africa
In November, Dutch traveled to South Africa. They first played an Intercontinental Cup match against Bermuda. David Hamp scored what was then a match record score of 247 not out in a drawn match. This was followed by a tri-series against Bermuda and Canada which they won. Their last game of 2006, also in South Africa, was the Intercontinental Cup match against Canada. They won the match by 7 wickets, with Ryan ten Douchet setting. A new individual competition record of 259 not out.
In early 2007, they traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to compete in Division One of the World Cricket League, finishing third out of six. This was follow by the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. Where they were eliminate in the first round, although they beat Scotland en route.
In June 2007, they toured Canada, winning their first-ever Intercontinental Cup match against Canada in King City, Ontario. He then won the first ODI by 117 runs, the second match was abandoned. They then played a four-match series in Ireland, losing to the West Indies by ten wickets. And by one run to Ireland, the match against Scotland was call off due to rain.
In August 2008, the Netherlands participated in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers. This was his debut in playing a T20 International match. They finished first in Group B based on their run rate. After defeating Scotland in the semi-finals, the final was call off due to rain. And the trophy was share between the Netherlands and Ireland.
In July 2010, the Netherlands defeated a full member nation in an ODI for the first time. In the only match that was limit to 30 overs due to rain, they defeated Bangladesh by 6 wickets. The Netherlands was include in the ICC’s official ODI rankings. As a result of their win percentage against other Associate and Affiliate nations.
In February 2011, the Netherlands scored 292 against England, batting first at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, posting their highest ever total against a full member nation. Ryan Ten Douchet top scored with 119 off 110 balls. However, the Netherlands failed to defend their strong total and pulled off a major shock. With England winning by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare. They eventually failed to win any of their group matches and finished last in their group.
In September 2011, the Netherlands whitewashed Kenya in a short two-match ODI series at home. Netherlands Cricket History.
World Cup Qualifier
In January 2014, a World Cup qualifier saw the Netherlands fail to qualify for the World Cup. And lose their ODI status until 2018 even though the Netherlands qualified for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 instead of Scotland. He regained his ODI status after winning the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship. Netherlands Cricket History.
ICC T20 World Cup
In the 2014 ICC World T20, the Netherlands had one win and one loss before their last game. To get to the net run rate against Zimbabwe and Ireland. They need to chase down Ireland’s score in 14.2 overs or less. As Ireland scored 189, there was no chance. Netherlands Cricket History.
However, strong and aggressive batting enabled them to score 193/4 in 13.5 overs. Which earned them a place in the Super 10 of the 2014 ICC World T20. Although they lost their first three games in the group, including 39/10 against Sri Lanka. They pulled off an upset against England in their last game. For more details click here