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during the Anglo Dutch
war of 1666
Both the 2 previous ODI meetings between the warring maritime states have been in world cups, in 1996 and in 2003 and both times the Dutch were worsted, although not as severely as the minor teams in this World Cup so far. Of the 2003 England team only Collingwood and Anderson survive the 6 wicket win. Netherlands also has 2 survivors in Bas Zuiderent and Adeel Raja.
This is the fourth visit of the Netherlands to the World Cup. Out of 14 previous games they have managed to win twice against Namibia in 2003 and ......er Scotland in 2007. A further reflection of the challenge facing the associates in stepping up to this level of competition. Such is the structure of the competition that Netherlands may well be scrapping this time for supremacy at the bottom of the table with Ireland. there must be something better.
What do Netherlands need to do to get England in trouble? Ever helpful FB suggests that they get Pietersen early. Is KP's alleged weakness against left armers going to be a factor? How early does skipper Borren bring his left armer Pieter Seelaar on? Is he the man to do it? Fascinating questions.
Even though FB would like England to win the competition, he would also like to see the minor teams give a good account of themselves. So come on Netherlands, make England work hard - let's have the first properly competitive match in the tournament.