Cooper gives Netherlands the win

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The Netherlands overcame a day of off-field drama on Monday to win their World Twenty20 qualifier against the UAE by six wickets in Sylhet, with controversial addition Tom Cooper proving the decisive player.

The Netherlands overcame a day of off-field drama on Monday to win their World Twenty20 qualifier against the UAE by six wickets in Sylhet, with controversial addition Tom Cooper proving the decisive player.

Cooper was added to the team last week, after Tim Gruijters was ruled out with a back injury, but the latter player has accused the Holland coaches of kicking him out, faking his injury, so they could have newly-available Cooper brought in.

As it was, Cooper, an Australian who qualifies thanks to his mother, took two wickets in his side's win, and scored 34 not out in the chase. The UAE posted 151 all out, and Holland got the target with seven balls to spare.

The UAE won the toss and chose to bat, but were unable to get the runs flowing against the more experienced side. Their middle order did relatively well, with four players putting on scores above 20, with Shaiman Anwar top-scoring with 32.

Holland's chase got off to a cracking start as Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart went at 10 to the over, reaching 64 in the seventh over before the first wicket fell. Swart was out for 26, bringing Wesley Barresi to the middle.

The wicketkeeper kept the runs flowing alongside Myburgh, who ended up scoring his first T20 half century, before being run out for 55. He'd used only 36 balls for his score. Peter Borren was the only man to fall cheaply, out for three.

In the end it was Tom Cooper and his brother Ben who saw the team home, with the elder on 34 not out, and 22-year-old Ben on six at the end.

Netherlands: Stephan Myburgh, Michael Swart, Wesley Barresi, Tom Cooper, Ben Cooper, Peter Borren, Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Timm van der Gugten, Pieter Seelaar, Ahsan Jamil

United Arab Emirates: Amjad Ali, Faizan Asif, Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil, Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Vikrant Shetty, Amjad Javed, Kamran Shazad, Shadeep Silva, Manjula Guruge

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