Ryan ten Doeschate hit a brilliant 98 not out to guide the Netherlands to a two-wicket upset win over Kenya in a World Cup warm-up match here Tuesday, sending a timely warning to tournament rivals.
Ten Doeschate’s 92-ball knock, spiced with four sixes and three fours, helped the Netherlands chase a challenging 264-run target after being down and out at 130-7 with part-time spinner Steve Tikolo taking four wickets.
Serene Waters had scored a brilliant 126 not out for Kenya. Ten Doeschate added an invaluable 66 runs for the eighth wicket with Aste Buurman (29).
And even when his partner was out with 52 still needed, he did not lose heart, putting on 52 for an unbroken ninth-wicket stand with Mudassar Bukhari who finished on 20 not out.
The 30-year-old all-rounder’s effort overshadowed Water’s innings in the morning which had lifted the Kenyans in the final overs with a fifth-wicket stand of 129 with Rakep Patel.