© AFPRichie Berrington smoked an unbeaten 30-ball 64. © AFP

Richie Berrington smoked an unbeaten 30-ball 64. © AFP

A ruthless display of batsmanship followed by a combined effort with the ball helped Scotland defeat the Netherlands twice in two days, this time by 115 runs at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen to clinch the tri-series, also involving Ireland, on Wednesday (June 20).

The Kyle Coetzer-led side finished the series with five points, ahead of Netherlands (4 points) and Ireland (3 points).

Scintillating fifties from George Munsey, Matthew Cross and Richie Berrington led Scotland to 221 for 3 in 20 overs – their highest T20I score ever. In reply, Hamza Tahir, the left-arm spinner, was the pick of the bowlers as the Netherlands were bowled out for 106 in 14 overs.

Coetzer justified his decision of batting first by putting on a quickfire 50-run partnership with Munsey for the opening wicket. The two started aggressively from the word go before Shane Snater (1 for 40) dismissed Coetzer for a 14-ball 24.

However, Munsey continued the assault and found ample support from Cross (42-ball 50), the wicketkeeper-batsman. Cross scored his runs at a fair clip but Munsey was clearly the aggressor, hitting 10 fours and two sixes during his stay in the middle. The 84-run association was finally broken by Wesley Barresi (1 for 3) when he knocked over Munsey for 34-ball 71.

Coming in at No. 4, Berrington smoked an unbeaten 30-ball 64, studded with eight fours and two maximums, to keep the pace going and help Scotland get past the 200-run mark for the first time in this format.

Chasing a massive score, Netherlands got off to a horrible start, losing wickets at regular intervals. As many as eight Netherlands batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores. Scott Edwards (27-ball 31), the wicketkeeper-batsman, stuck in for a while but hardly caused any harm.

For Scotland, Tahir finished with three wickets, while the all the remaining five bowlers chipped in with a wicket each.