England squeak home after Dutch scare

The Netherlands’ Ryan ten Doeschate scored a dazzling World Cup century against ragged England Tuesday but the three-times finalists fought back to win a nervy game.

In a contest the competition badly needed after a series of mismatches, the Dutch, inspired by ten Doeschate’s knock of 119 off just 110 balls, racked up a challenging score of 292 for six in Nagpur.

The Ashes winners were shocking in the field as ten Doeschate went on the rampage, hitting three sixes and nine fours in a devastating show of power.

But England kept their heads, despite two wickets for ten Doeschate, and helped by a skipper’s knock of 88 by Andrew Strauss, reached their target with eight balls to spare.