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Stelling blows flatten Scotland

March 23, 2007
Paceman Billy Stelling returned career-best figures of 3 for 12 as the Netherlands bundled out Scotland for 136 in their World Cup Group A match on Thursday.

The Dutch then hurried to the target and won by eight wickets, their first victory over Scotland in the three one-day internationals the countries have contested and only their second win in 14 World Cup matches.

Stelling made the Dutch win look so easy. The 37-year-old Johannesburg-born medium pacer dismissed Scottish opener Navdeep Poonia with the second ball of the innings before accounting for Gavin Hamilton (4) and Dougie Brown off successive deliveries in his fourth. Scotland never recovered from those early losses and crumbled.

Stelling began his career at Western province in his native South Africa, before finding a place in the Boland team.

In 1995 he first played for The Netherlands as an overseas player. He spent three seasons in English county cricket, between 1999 to 2001, with Berkshire and Leicestershire before qualifying to represent his adopted country in international competition in 2005.

Though Ryan ten Doeschate later hit a breezy 70 off 68 deliveries that included 13 fours and a six, Stelling’s three-burst was enough to earn him the man of the match award.

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