T20 World Cup European Qualifier: Netherlands ease to 35-run win over Scotland

Netherlands against Scotland


Netherlands: 134-7 (20 overs): Kalis 68; Abel 2-22, Rainey 2-22
Scotland: 99 all out (19 overs): Abel 25; De Lange 3-18
Netherlands win by 35 runs

Netherlands delivered Scotland a blow to their T20 World Cup qualification hopes with a 35-run victory in Spain.

Both sides had won their opening games convincingly on Wednesday.

But Sterre Kalis hit an impressive 68 off 55 balls as the Dutch, who had beaten France by eight wickets, set a target of 134-7.

Scotland were in trouble from the moment opener Ailsa Lister, who made an unbeaten 54 in Wednesday’s nine-wicket win over Italy, was out for a duck.

Chloe Abel marked her first outing with the bat at T20 level by hitting 25 as the Scots’ lower order threatened a brief recovery.

However, when she was stumped at 98-8, the Dutch quickly took the remaining two wickets.

Teams play each other twice in the European qualifier and, with the top two then progressing to a 10-team Global Qualifier, the Scots and the Dutch remain strong favourites to be…