England set new record score of 498 in first ODI thrashing of Netherlands – live!

Pieter Seelaar gives an interview. Asked what went right, he says the wicket of Jason Roy was pretty good. “Joking apart,” he adds, “we dropped some catches and you can’t do that.” He talks a lot about learning.

In other news, Kate Bush has gone to No 1 with Running Up That Hill. Stranger Things have happened.

Buttler is talking like a captain-elect, praising other players. “Great to see Sam Curran back in an England shirt today,” he says. “Really exciting time for us.”

You didn’t look to get too funky, Mark Butcher observes. “Trying to work out the conditions,” Buttler says, “what feels right on the day. And certainly trying to back my six-hitting a lot more than I have in the last one or two years, standing still and trying to hit sixes. That was the plan today.” It seems to have worked: he hit 14 sixes and England collected 26 of them, another new world record.

The Player of the Match, sure enough, is Jos Buttler. “I was feeling in good touch,” he says.

Are you old enough to remember when Jonny Bairstow missed the record for England’s fastest Test hundred by one ball? Well, Jos Buttler did the same thing today with the world record for the fastest 150 in an ODI. AB de Villiers got there in 64 balls, Buttler in 65.

This is NOT England’s biggest win by runs in an ODI. That came against …. Australia, at Trent Bridge in 2018.

England win! Just

Wicket! Boissevain c Buttler b Malan 5 (Netherlands 266 all out, Edwards 72 no) On comes Dawid Malan for a rare over, and his leg-break defeats Boissevain! Jos Buttler, soon to be made the Player of the Match, takes the catch, and that is that. England win by 232 runs.

49th over: Netherlands 261-9 (Edwards 67, Boissevain 5) With his fifty in the bag, Edwards sets about getting the 251 required for victory. He belts Curran for four, two, four, two, one, timing the ball sweetly enough to make you wonder why they didn’t try this earlier.

Curran finishes with two for 45 off nine. I hope his back isn’t too stiff tonight.

48th over: Netherlands 248-9 (Edwards 54, Boissevain 5) A big over for the batters as they forage their way to 11 off Topley with some ones and twos, plus a nicked four. The 250 is on!

Fifty to Edwards!

Scott Edwards tucks for two and reaches a fine fifty off 45 balls, a good effort after having to keep wicket through the blitz. He is the Netherlands’ top scorer in the so-called World Cup Super League, in which, alas, they are bottom.

47th over: Netherlands 237-9 (Edwards 49, Boissevain 0) Here comes Philippe Boissevain, who is somewhat overdrawn after conceding 108 off his ten overs this morning. Mind you, when it comes to the most expensive ODI bowling, he’s not even on the podium.

Wicket! Dutt b Topley 0 (Netherlands 236-9)

46th over: Netherlands 236-9 (Edwards 48) And another one! Aryan Dutt tries a whip across the line and if he misses, Topley hits.

Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

45th over: Netherlands 233-8 (Edwards 46, Dutt 0) A successful return for Sam Curran, still the man who makes things happen.

“I’ve enjoyed the OBO commentary,” says Matt D, “as I’ve slugged through my work day in a similar fashion to England’s batters so thanks as always!” Our pleasure.

“Just wondering, do you get less emails when it’s an England ODI on account of the team actually being quite good? I’ve said before about the Test team that we enjoy the misery, and of course everyone likes to be an armchair captain / selector. Can’t really do that with Morgan and co. can we?” Just try and stop us.

“Anyway, just remember, even when you think you’re on your own in the OBO, there’s always someone watching over you. So stay on your best behaviour.” Ha.

For what it’s worth, we got loads of emails when England were tearing up the Test-match textbook on Tuesday. And when they won the World Cup on that Sunday afternoon at Lord’s, we got so many that I was still going through them on the Wednesday.

Wicket! Snater b Curran 4 (Netherlands 232-8)

As with the ball, Snater can’t quite deliver on his early promise. He plays all round Curran’s yorker and leaves his team in danger of not making it to Simon McMahon’s revised target of 250.

44th over: Netherlands 228-7 (Edwards 42, Snater 4) Here’s Shane Snater, who gave the home fans hope a long long time ago, by dismissing his cousin Jason Roy. He starts well with the bat too, dancing down the track to wallop Willey for four.

Wicket! Seelaar b Willey 25 (Netherlands 224-7)

Willey, coming round the wicket, angles the ball into leg stump, and if Seelaar misses, he hits. The Netherlands’ captain departs with his team needing 43 runs an over.

43rd over: Netherlands 223-6 (Edwards 41, Seelaar 25) A hint of defiance as Scott Edwards lofts Rashid for six. Rashid finishes with none for 59 off his ten (plus a great catch). He bowled better than that, not that it will rankle.

42nd over: Netherlands 212-6 (Edwards 30, Seelaar 24) Just a couple of singles off Willey. Do you get the feeling this is a bit of a formality?

41st over: Netherlands 210-6 (Edwards 30, Seelaar 23) Moeen has finished his stint, with three for 57, so Rashid is back at the slow end. His over goes for seven, which means the Dutchmen have avoided the heaviest defeat ever in ODIs. The record still belongs to Ireland, who lost by 290 runs to New Zealand in 2008. In Aberdeen, of all places. That man Brendon McCullum! Check out the opening partnership.

40th over: Netherlands 203-6 (Edwards 26, Seelaar 20) Willey continues at the left-arm end. The batters take five off the over, which means the 200 is up and the target comes crashing down below 300. Just 296 needed off the last ten.

39th over: Netherlands 198-6 (Edwards 24, Seelaar 17) Hold the back page: the Dutchmen are going for it! Edwards sweeps Moeen for four, then does it again, in reverse. Thirteen off the over! The required rate, cruel as ever, climbs to 27.

“Hello Tim, I’m Simon (Capricorn) and I like all formats of cricket,” says Simon McMahon. “If the Netherlands can get halfway to England’s total, they might claim some sort of moral victory. Make 250, yet lose by 250 runs. That’s not something you would have thought possible in 1977.” At the teenage disco, we talked of little else.

38th over: Netherlands 185-6 (Edwards 14, Seelaar 14) Yet another over, from Topley, goes for three. The three left-arm seamers all have much the same figures: a wicket apiece, for between 28 and 34. The two spinners are va study in contrasts, with three wickets for Moeen and none for Rashid.

Liam Livingstone is going off again, with a hobble. Last time he was thoroughly disgruntled, but this time he’s smiling.

37th over: Netherlands 182-6 (Edwards 12, Seelaar 13) Fortified by a drink, Seelaar hits Moeen for four. Off the edge! That may be a catch missed by Jos Buttler, not that it will stop him being the player of the match.

“Is there a rule,” wonders Michael Quinton, “that when the required run rate exceeds 36 per over the match is won? At current rates this will probably be with 7 or 8 overs to go.” There probably should be.

36th over: Netherlands 175-6 (Edwards 12, Seelaar 6) Topley returns at the leaft-arm-seam end, concedes three, and takes us to drinks. You can probably work out which team are on top.

Meanwhile Dominic Cork is commentating, and, thrilling though he was as a swing bowler, he’s not adding much value. He says he can’t for the life of him understand why Broad and Anderson were dropped [from the Test squad in the Caribbean], but then adds that England will need to try out younger seamers to see who could succeed them. That’s exactly why they were left out. You may not agree with it, but there was method in Andrew Strauss’s madness.

Now, in a most unexpected development, we have an email. “Hello fellow Tim,” says Tim Hoult in Tetbury. “Reading back over the OBO of England’s innings made it sound a bit like a game of Stick Cricket – especially Liam Livingstone’s 22 ball bludgeoning. Must… resist… urge… to… play…”

35th over: Netherlands 172-6 (Edwards 12, Seelaar 3) Seelaar finally gets off the mark, cutting his eighth ball (from Moeen) for two. The Dutchmen are idling along at three or four an over when they need 21. I suppose there are worse things to go through than the motions.

34th over: Netherlands 168-6 (Edwards 11, Seelaar 0) Scott Edwards, the Dutch keeper, is trying to do what Vikramjit Singh did at the start – get the runs by himself. If he had a fortnight, it might just work.

33rd over: Netherlands 165-6 (Edwards 8, Seelaar 0) So here is Pieter Seelaar, the captain who has the misfortune of having conceded the highest score in 50-over history. He arrives to find the required run rate a shade under 20: time, surely, for a captain’s innings.

Wicket! van Beek c Roy b Moeen 6 (Netherlands 165-6)

A clip to midwicket, a third scalp for Moeen, and a catch for Jason Roy, who slightly missed out earlier, when he made 1/498th of England’s runs. He looks comically delighted.

Moeen gets his man.
Moeen gets his man. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

32nd over: Netherlands 162-5 (Edwards 5, van Beek 6) Sam Curran is given a slip, but can’t persuade the batters to get a nick. Three off the over: it’s been a nice gentle outing for Sammy C, who has one for 25 from his five overs.

31st over: Netherlands 159-5 (Edwards 3, van Beek 5) And now we have a collector’s item: a poor field setting from Eoin Morgan. With two new batters in, he fails to give Moeen a slip. Logan van Beek plays a regulation nick and gets four for it. Slip is a run-saving position!

After regaling us with Hi Ho Silver Lining, the PA has moved onto Dancing Queen. Someone has clearly handed them the playlist of the teenage disco I went to in Rutland in August 1977. Next up: Float On by the Floaters.

Wicket! Cooper c Salt b Moeen 23 (Netherlands 151-5)

One brings two! Cooper tries to go large but doesn’t fully commit and gives Phil Salt a comfortable catch at deep midwicket, the cherry on top of his first England hundred.

30th over: Netherlands 151-4 (Cooper 23, Edwards 0) That partnership had just reached 50, but there wasn’t much cause for celebration as it had eaten up 11.2 overs.

Wicket! de Leede c Livingstone b Curran 28 (Netherlands 150-4)

Sam Curran, the man who makes things happen, bowls a waspish bouncer and Bas de Leede can only pull it to Liam Livingstone, who is back on the field.

29th over: Netherlands 149-3 (Cooper 21, de Leede 28) Moeen replaces his mate Adil and goes for five runs. More interestingly, a caption shows the highest men’s ODI team scores of all time. The top one, England’s 498 today, and the fourth, by Sri Lanka, both took place at this ground, Amstelveen on the outskirts of Amsterdam. The second and third highest scores both came at Trent Bridge. It’s official: Nottingham is the Amsterdam of the west.

28th over: Netherlands 144-3 (Cooper 20, de Leede 24) Bas de Leede has got the memo! As David Willey gives way to the less rapid Sam Curran, Bas gives it a bash, dancing down the track and lofting for six. A few bits and bobs make 10 off the over. If only they didn’t need 16…


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