Four years after losing their ODI status in New Zealand, Netherlands have won it back in Dubai in 2017. A 236-run second-wicket stand between Wesley Barresi and Ben Cooper guided Netherlands to a 8 wicket victory with 53 balls to spare at the ICC Academy Oval 2 against Namibia in the 1st WCL match in the final round of WCL Championship.
— ICC WCL Championship (@ICCWCLC) December 6, 2017
After the win, all Dutch players made it to the ICC Academy balcony to see Hong Kong secure a tense 23-run win over Papua New Guinea, that guaranteed the Dutch not only the WCL Championship title, but also the coveted #13 spot in the 13-team ODI League beginning in 2020. Today’s match results now puts Netherlands clear ahead by 4 points than PNG and 3 ahead of Scotland with one match remaining for all the countries.
— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2017
Netherlands now stand to gain close to $3-4M in funding and 24 guaranteed ODI’s (home and away) against Test nations from 2020-2022.
— Cricket🏏Netherlands (@KNCBcricket) December 6, 2017
Namibia 269/8 in 50 overs (Luis van der Westhuizen 54, Marias Erasmus 52, Jan-Pierre Kotze 48, Zane Green 34, Roelof van der Merwe 3/54, Vivian Kingma 2/14, Peter Seelaar 2/42) Lost to Netherlands 270/2 in 41.1 overs (Wesley Barresi 120, Ben Cooper 109 n.o, Peter Borren 16 n.o) by 8 wickets