Netherlands lift T20 Qualifiers trophy after defeating Papua New Guinea in final
Netherlands successfully defended their T20 World Cup Qualifier title by displaying a strong performance against Papua New Guinea in the final of the tournament.
Netherlands ran through the PNG batting line-up as Assad Vala's decision to bat first completely backfired.
Veteran Roelof van der Merwe led the way with a strike in the first over while PNG skipper Vala was run out soon after.
Pace duo Brandon Glover and Timm van der Gugten then inflicted most of the damage on the opposition as the stop-start PNG innings failed to gain any momentum to reach an imposing total.
Glover and van der Gugten shared five wickets between them on a sluggish surface that was originally expected to aid spin bowlers.
Fireworks from the bat of Jason Kila helped to protect his side from sliding into further disarray as he hit two sixes and two boundaries during his 11-ball 27.
The Barramundis finished with 128-8 in their 20 overs, far less than what they would have anticipated when deciding to bat first.
The Dutch lost only the wicket of Tobias Visee in the Powerplay with Ben Cooper punishing wayward deliveries to pierce the gaps and score regular boundaries.
Cooper batted with a stable head and avoided rash strokes in his 33-ball 41, which also included two maximums.
The 27-year-old's dismissal brought the experienced pair Colin Ackermann and Ryan ten Doeschate to the crease, who capitalized on the solid foundation to steer Netherlands to a comfortable win with six balls to spare.
Doeschate struck three sixes in his 23-ball 34, the last of which saw his team ultimately clinch the title.
Ackermann was the more reserved of the two individuals with his boundary-less innings fetching him 29 runs in 33 deliveries.
Earlier in the day, Ireland beat Namibia by 27 runs in the third-place play-off at the same venue as they ended their tournament campaign on a high.