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Aussies demolish Dutch
Brad Hodge smashes 123 while Brad Hogg takes four wickets in Australia's 229 run win.
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2007 09:21 GMT

Michael Clarke, left, and Brad Hodge scored 204 runs for the fourth wicket against the Netherlands [AFP]

Australia recorded their second big win of the World Cup after defeating the Netherlands by 229 runs at Warner Park, St Kitts as middle-order batsman Brad Hodge struck his maiden one-day hundred to help the world champions to a hefty total of 358 for 5 from their 50 overs.
In reply, the Netherlands, who lost to South Africa by 221 runs on Friday, suffered a big collapse after getting off to a decent start with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg taking four wickets to help skittle the Dutch for 129 in the 27th over.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat, with openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden putting on an opening stand of 73 before Hayden was caught by Peter Borren off the bowling of right-arm medium pacer Tim de Leede for 29.

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Gilchrist was then dismissed for 57 and Ponting for 23, both with the score on 116, bringing Michael Clarke and Hodge to the crease, both on zero.

The pair put on a huge 204-run fourth wicket stand with Hodge smashing 123 from 89 balls including eight fours and seven sixes, while Clarke remained not out on 93 from 85 balls to help their side to another massive total.

After racing to 36 without loss in the first seven overs, the Netherlands then lost five wickets for ten runs to collapse to 46 for 5 after 11 overs with pacemen Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait and Glenn McGrath doing the damage.

Dan van Bunge top-scored with 33 for the Dutch, while Darron Reekers (25) and Peter Borren (24) were the only other notable scorers as the minnows capitulated to be all out for 129.

Hogg finished with figures of 4 for 27, while the evergreen McGrath took 2 for 33, and in doing so claimed his 50th World Cup wicket – just six short of Pakistan's left-arm paceman Wasim Akram's World Cup record of 55.

Catches win matches

The Netherlands battled hard but were their own worst enemy, dropping five catches in the field, letting Hodge and Clarke off the hook twice each, and Ponting once.

Australia's 229 run win betters their 203 run triumph over Scotland last Wednesday, while the Netherlands slumped to their second big defeat after going down to South Africa by 221 on Friday.

South Africa and Scotland face each other on Tuesday, with the big Group A clash – Australia versus South Africa – on March 24.

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