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Roach 'tricks' as Windies humble Dutch

Last updated on: February 28, 2011 23:32 IST

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Kemar Roach claimed six wickets for 27 runs, including a hat-trick, as the West Indies cakewalked past the Netherlands by 215 runs in their Group B World Cup match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Monday.

The all-rounder dismissed Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk with the first three deliveries of what turned out to be the last over of the match -- the 32nd over -- to earn the distinction of registering the first hat-trick of the 2011 World Cup.

Bowling the 32nd over, Roach trapped Pieter Seelaar and Bernard Loots lbw before flattening Berend Westdijk's middle stump to complete his hat-trick.

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"Hat-trick was not on my mind but then captain (Darren Sammy) pointed out to me I was on a hat-trick and it worked out," Roach said after becoming the first West Indian, and sixth overall, to claim a World Cup hat-trick

Chasing an imposing 331 for victory, the Netherlands were all out for 115 in 31.3 overs.

Tom Cooper was their most successful batsman, finishing unbeaten with 55 from 72 balls, including nine fours.

Kemar Roach celebrates after the dismissal of Bas ZuiderentEarlier, the West Indies capitalised on a strong start to post a commanding 330-8.

Put in to bat at the Kotla, where they went down to South Africa on Thursday, the twice champions got off to a rollicking start with Chris Gayle (80) and Devon Smith (53) stitching together a century opening stand.

Down the order, Kieron Pollard (60) celebrated his promotion in the batting line-up with a 27-ball blitz to guide the team past the 300-mark.

Smith dominated the initial stage of the opening partnership, hitting Mudassar Bukhari for three boundaries in the first over before offering the same treatment off Berend Westdijk.

Gayle followed suit, hitting three boundaries off Ryan ten Doeschate's first over and went on to help himself to some more but his second World Cup century would eventually elude him.

Bernard Loots earned the breakthrough for the Netherlands in the 17th over when he had Smith caught behind but West Indies had reached the 100-mark by then.

Next man in Darren Bravo (30) proved why people compare him to Brian Lara, wowing the sparse crowd with a fluent 38-ball cameo that included two sweetly-timed sixes before spinner Pieter Seelar cut short his stay.

Pollard continued punishing the Dutch bowlers, hitting four sixes and five fours in his entertaining knock.

Team mate Ramnaresh Sarwan fell one run shy of the half-century mark despite two reprieves from his butter-finger opponents.