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34th over: England 253-2 (Malan 99, Buttler 17) Seven runs from Boissevain’s over. He’s only gone for two fours and one six, but has still conceded 52 from seven overs so far. They’ve worked him without attacking him.

33rd over: England 246-2 (Malan 94, Buttler 15) There goes Joseph Buttler. A bit of mid-range spin, that’s exactly what he likes. Waits for Seelar and hits a long straight drive into the woods and loses the ball in the process. Nine from the over, once a new ball is found and play continues.

32nd over: England 237-2 (Malan 93, Buttler 7) A big task for Boissevain to take on Buttler. Overpitches with his first ball and it gets a drag-drive straight for four. Second ball is short but Buttler pulls rather than cutting, unable to beat the field. Produces the cut shot after that but finds the cover sweeper for one. That brings the left-hander onto strike, and Malan caresses a cover drive when the ball is angled across him. Four.

31st over: England 228-2 (Malan 89, Buttler 2) Four runs from the Seelar over. Buttler takes his time, has a look, defends a flighted delivery, works a couple of singles. One of them via that hockey-style cover drives that he enjoys.

30th over: England 224-2 (Malan 87, Buttler 0) A drinks break following the wicket, a Malan single, and that’s it. So. Buttler is used to coming in to open a T20 innings. And now he will begin his day’s work with 20 overs to go.

WICKET! Salt c Boissevain b van Beek 122, England 223-2

At last, something for the Dutch. Salt cuts a fairly regulation delivery, gets a swirling top edge rather than the middle, and Boissevain is able to take the catch scooting around from backward point. Relief for Netherlands, but next in is Jos Buttler.

29th over: England 218-1 (Salt 118, Malan 86) The captain brings himself back on, Pieter Seelar trying to regain some control, and that’s nice in theory but not so good when he finishes the over with a full toss that Salt hits into the trees beyond the grass banks and has it bounce back off the trunk into the field of play.

28th over: England 208-1 (Salt 110, Malan 84) On the run now is Malan, as Bas de Leede comes back and goes for two boundaries straight away. One carved over point, the next driven through midwicket. Hands the strike to Salt, who picks off a leg-stumper and lifts it over backward square. The line changes to outside off stump, so Salt slashes an angled bat through it and hits it to the cover fence.

Century! Phil Salt 100 from 82 balls

27th over: England 190-1 (Salt 101, Malan 75) Jonny Bairstow busy with the Test team, Jason Roy out early, and Phil Salt in their stead has made his first century for England. A simple tuck to deep midwicket does the job, and a solid celebration follows. He’s done it at a fast clip too. Has the chance to go much bigger. Malan has a similar milestone in his sights now, moving to 74 by flicking Snater to fine leg.

Phil Salt of England celebrates reaching his century.
Phil Salt of England celebrates reaching his century. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

26th over: England 182-1 (Salt 99, Malan 69) The reverse sweep comes out from Malan against Dutt, finding the fence for four. Two more runs through the covers, then at last the single to give strike to Salt. Dot ball first, back to the bowler. A gently driven single. Salt drying up a bit.

25th over: England 174-1 (Salt 98, Malan 62) Shane Snater returns, having bowled four overs earlier. Fast enough, disciplined enough line, giving away nothing but singles until the last ball of the over when Salt gets a thick edge to the boundary through the vacant slips. He’s so close now to his hundred.

24th over: England 165-1 (Salt 92, Malan 59) Aryan Dutt gets through a tidy over for five runs. He’s just trying to avoid being hit at the moment, darting it through like he’s aiming for a 180 to start the leg well.

23rd over: England 160-1 (Salt 91, Malan 55) Boissevain keeps bowling boundary-less overs that still concede a lot of runs. Eight from this set, including a no-ball, but keeps Malan scoreless from the free hit.

22nd over: England 152-1 (Salt 89, Malan 50) Dutt can’t slow down the run rate, with Salt skipping back into his crease and pulling a shorter ball away for four. There’s a fielder at deep square leg but it’s too well struck for him. Malan raises a half-century for himself with a punched single.

21st over: England 146-1 (Salt 84, Malan 49) At last Malan takes on the leggie. A bit of loop from Boissevain, and Malan can stand and deliver with a straight drive. No foot movement necessary. Six down the ground. Three singles besides. We’re not even at halfway. With Buttler, Morgan, Livingstone to come, this score could get huge.

20th over: England 137-1 (Salt 82, Malan 42) Aryan Dutt comes on to bowl, another tall spinner, this time an off-breaker. Malan plays a neat late cut for four. Salt picks up a couple of singles. He’s realistically eyeing off an England hundred for the first time now, his previous best score was 60.

19th over: England 130-1 (Salt 80, Malan 37) Dawid Malan steps out and hits out, but miscues Boissevain down to long-off on the bounce. Salt pulls to the same part of the ground, but there’s no long-on for the right-hander and the ball clears the fielder in the circle. Gets stopped by the long-off coming across. No boundary from the over but the England bats still collect eight.

18th over: England 122-1 (Salt 76, Malan 34) The leg-spinner goes down to fine leg to field, and puts in a good sliding effort to save van Beek a boundary. A couple of singles, a driven brace for Salt, and another quiet over for Netherlands. Not many of those so far.

17th over: England 117-1 (Salt 72, Malan 33) Boissevain bowls his second over and does it very well. A couple of variations, a good length, and keeps them to two singles.

16th over: England 115-1 (Salt 71, Malan 32) Logan van Beek to take up the cudgels after the break. Does well to snatch a couple of straight hits off his own bowling on the bounce, denying runs, but when he drops short Phil Salt basically hits a home run to left field. Couldn’t strictly call it a pull shot but it does the job for six.

15th over: England 105-1 (Salt 62, Malan 31) Now it’s time for leg-spin, via Phillippe Boissevain. Tall gangly sort with a mop of blond hair, a Tony Greig-looking spinner. Fairly high arm action but not completely 12 o’clock in the Cameron White mould. Darts it through with a grunt of effort, trying to skid off the pitch. A good enough start, ones and twos the only scores. Drinks.

14th over: England 99-1 (Salt 60, Malan 27) Around the wicket now for de Leede against the left-handed Malan, and the bowler hits a nice line again when he hits it, but intersperses that with another wide and a half-volley for Salt to drive for four. The next boundary isn’t the bowler’s fault, off the top edge of an angled bat, but England are flying after the early wicket of Roy.

13th over: England 88-1 (Salt 51, Malan 26) Malan takes a craps table review, rolling the dice after missing a reverse sweep and being hit in front of middle and leg stump by a straight delivery from the spinner Seelar. And gets lucky! Malan’s eyes are darting around after referring, you can tell when players don’t believe in their reviews. The soundwave technology takes an age to come up, then the ball-tracking does the same. There is no edge, but the tracker says the ball is slipping just past leg stump. Looked very much out on a first glance. Salt follows up with a flat loft over mid-off for four, the Sussex man raising his second half-century for England in his fourth match of one-day cricket.

12th over: England 82-1 (Salt 46, Malan 25) Bas de Leede starts off better, bowls one wide but then three dots on the spin, tight on the off stump line, and then has Salt dropped. Slips the ball wider, Salt cuts hard to Snater at deep point, and the opening bowler lets the flat hard shot burst through his hands. Not easy but basic enough. Salt takes two runs, then follows up by clouting four through mid on.

11th over: England 75-1 (Salt 40, Malan 25) One out of the lucky dip for Malan, who misses a reverse sweep but sufficiently distracts the keeper that the ball goes through for four byes. Four singles follow from the Seelar over. The spinner has already bowled three.

10th over: England 67-1 (Salt 38, Malan 23) Bas de Leede comes on to bowl, being talked up by… I’m going to guess that’s Peter Borren on commentary? New Zealand accent with a deep knowledge of Dutch players. Down leg goes de Leede with his first ball, then hits the angle across the lefty nicely after that. Schrodinger’s Borren says that de Leede can top 140 clicks when at his best. Only five from the bat in the over, but add three wides to that – one of them a stinker of a call from umpire Paul Reiffel after Malan moves across to the off side. So many umpires fail to adjudicate that law correctly.

9th over: England 59-1 (Salt 35, Malan 21) Here goes Malan. First ball of the Seelar over, he flights the ball and England’s number three walks down and lifts it straight, Matthew Hayden style. There’s a sizeable delay as about 12 helpers dig around in the bushes trying to find the ball. Only singles to follow, and nine from the over seems a bit of an escape for Seelar.

Dawid Malan of England bashes the ball.
Dawid Malan of England bashes the ball. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

8th over: England 50-1 (Salt 34, Malan 13) Snater carries on, a tidy line, and again its Malan picking off a single and Salt finding the rope, this time hitting hard down the ground to the on side of straight. There’s the first team milestone.

7th over: England 44-1 (Salt 29, Malan 12) Thanks Tim, and hello to everybody. Nice to be having a look at Amstelveen from many miles away. Nice for Salty Phil to have a look at an England spot as well, and he clubs another boundary through cover from Pieter Seelar, who I swear has been playing since I was a tiny child.

6th over: England 37-1 (Salt 24, Malan 11) Snater does well, mixing dots with singles, three of each. On the England balcony Eoin Morgan has his pads on, suggesting that he’s in next. On form he should probably be down at No 7, behind Buttler, Livingstone and Moeen, but England do need him to find his mojo before the T20 World Cup, so fair enough.

Meanwhile we have a change of bowling at the sofa end. The award-winning Geoff Lemon is going to be at the helm for the next 50 overs or so. I’ll see you later, for the thrilling Dutch run chase.

5th over: England 34-1 (Salt 23, Malan 9) Malan shuffles over to off stump, which works better for him than it did for Alex Lees in the Caribbean. He drives van Beek past cover point for his first four, then clips to midwicket for three.

4th over: England 25-1 (Salt 22, Malan 1) Snater comes down to earth as Salt hits two more fours – a handsome straight drive and a simple flick past fine leg, who is up in the circle.

3rd over: England 17-1 (Salt 14, Malan 1) With Roy gone, it’s up to Salt to be the master blaster. He rises to the challenge now, cover-driving van Beek for four and pulling him for six! England have woken up.

Phil Salt (centre) and Dawid Malan run between the wickets and add to England’s total.
Phil Salt (centre) and Dawid Malan run between the wickets and add to England’s total. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

2nd over: England 5-1 (Salt 3, Malan 1) Dawid Malan comes in at No 3, in the role defined by Kane Williamson when he was playing under Brendon McCullum and said he was the library in the theme park. Malan tucks a single, whereupon Phil Salt chips over cover, rather unconvincingly, for three. Rumours that the pitch is a belter may have been exaggerated: the ball seems to be sticking a bit.

Wicket! Roy b Snater 1 (England 1-1)

Jason Roy has gone! To his own cousin!! Small world. Well bowled Shane Snater, who went full, got some swing back in, and persuaded his cousin Jason to play on. Five minutes in, and this game is already beginning to resemble a banana skin.

An early shock for England as Jason Roy’s bails go flying in the second over.
An early shock for England as Jason Roy’s bails go flying in the second over. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Shane Snater celebrates dismissing his cousin.
Shane Snater celebrates dismissing his cousin. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

1st over: England 1-0 (Roy 1, Salt 0) The new ball is in the hands of Logan van Beek, who starts superbly, finding some swing, keeping Jason Roy quiet, and beating Phil Salt with a full-length outswinger. Netherlands on top!

The players are out there, with the Dutch team resplendent in orange. If you love football as well as cricket, it’s hard not to root for any team dressed like that. Hoping they will play total cricket.

A sea of orange.
A sea of orange. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

Teams: England pick three lefties

You know how England tend to field too many right-arm seamers? Well, today they haven’t picked one. It’s three left-armers (Willey, Topley, Curran) and three spinners (Rashid, Moeen, Livingstone).

England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Phil Salt, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jos Buttler (wkt), 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Sam Curran, 9 David Willey, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Reece Topley.

The Netherlands 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Musa Ahmed, 4 Bas de Leede, 5 Scott Edwards (wkt), 6 Tom Cooper, 7 Pieter Seelaar (capt), 8 Logan van Beek, 9 Shane Snater, 10 Aryan Dutt, 11 Philippe Boissevain.

Toss: England bat first

Morning everyone and welcome to … yet another England cricket match! With a difference this time – it’s in Amsterdam. And it doesn’t involve any of the heroes of Trent Bridge 2022. Now that Test cricket has turned into Twenty20, maybe we have to look to the 50-over game for a bit of peace and quiet.

The news from Amstelveen is that Eoin Morgan – remember him? – has lost the toss, and Pieter Seelaar has asked England to bat first. The pitch looks like a belter, so England will be eyeing 400 as they play theirs game under their new coach, Matthew Mott. Play starts at 10am UK time.

Netherlands captain Pieter Seelaar (left) wins the toss as England captain Eoin Morgan looks on.
Netherlands captain Pieter Seelaar (left) wins the toss as England captain Eoin Morgan looks on. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Preamble

Morning everyone and welcome to … yet another England cricket match! With a difference this time – it’s in Amsterdam. And it doesn’t involve any of the heroes of Trent Bridge 2022. Now that Test cricket has turned into Twenty20, maybe we have to look to the 50-over game for a bit of peace and quiet.



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