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The Netherlands avoided being whitewashed in their three-match series against Zimbabwe as they won the third match at The Hague by 149 runs.
Michael Rippon starred with the bat, scoring a brilliant 71, before Shane Snater and Roelof van der Merwe wreaked havoc with the ball, taking three wickets apiece.
Being put in to bat first, the Netherlands got off to a solid start as openers Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi amassed a 53-run partnership before Myburgh was run out by Hamilton Masakadza for 33.
Ben Cooper made a 23-ball 27 before he was clean bowled by Sikandar Raza, while Baressi, who made 22, suffered the same fate in the 20th over.
Rippon and Van der Merwe stabilised the innings with a 52-run partnership before Van der Merwe was caught behind off the bowling of Chamu Chibhabha for 32.
Rippon and captain Peter Borren kept the runs flowing with a 54-run stand before Borren was caught and bowled by Donald Tiripano for 29.
Even though Logan van Beek fell shortly after, Rippon and Sikander Zulfiqar steadied the ship with a 61-run partnership.
Chris Mpofu provided the breakthrough for Zimbabwe when he removed Rippon for 71, which came off 79 balls and included six boundaries.
Snater was dismissed the very next ball, while Zulfiqar became Mpofu’s third victim in the same over.
The Netherlands ended up being bowled out for 279 when Paul van Meekeren was run out by Raza for two runs.
Mpofu was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Raza snapped up two, and Tiripano and Chibhabha chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 280 to win, Zimbabwe struggled right from the get-go as stand-in captain Solomon Mire was caught and bowled by debutant Fred Klaassen for 12.
Klaassen struck again the very next ball as he clean bowled Masakadza for a golden duck.
Two balls later, Chibhabha was walking back to the pavilion after being given out lbw off the bowling of Snater for five runs.
Having been reduced to 20/3 in the fifth over, Zimbabwe managed to add 22 runs to their score before their collapse resumed, starting with the wicket of Ryan Burl, who was caught behind off the bowling of Snater for eight runs.
Snater also took out Tarisai Musakanda before Van Meekeren sent wicketkeeper Peter Moor packing for 18.
Van Beek joined the party by cleaning up Raza for two runs before Van der Merwe took over and ripped through Zimbabwe’s tail, dismissing Tiripano, Mpofu and Malcolm Waller.
Waller was the only batsman to show some fight before Zimbabwe were skittled out for 130 as he scored 50 off 43 balls, which included six boundaries and a six.
Snater and Van der Merwe took three wickets apiece, while Klaassen got two, and Van Meekeren and Van Beek claimed one wicket each.
As a result of the Netherlands’ convincing win, the series ended 2-1 in favour of Zimbabwe.