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Netherlands set England a victory target of 245 to complete a 3-0 series whitewash

Netherlands set England a 245 win target to complete a 3-0 series with captain Scott Edwards winning half a century more as David Willey takes four wickets

  • Jos Buttler won the toss, but chose to field for the third ODI in Amstelveen
  • England was without their captain Eoin Morgan because of a groin complaint
  • Three Dutch batsman batted half a century but they couldn’t get to 300 . Push
  • Scott Edwards scored the highest score with 64 out of 72 balls while the Netherlands came out for 245
  • David Willey took four wickets for 36 and Brydon Carse got two scalps

David Willey took four wickets while England limited the Netherlands to a score of 244 in the third and final one-day international in Amstelveen.

Despite half a century ahead of Scott Edwards, Max O’Dowd and Bas de Leede, the hosts found themselves unable to place a total closer to 300 as England aim to complete a 3-0 series .

England were left without captain Eoin Morgan as a precaution due to a minor groin injury, which has put the debate over his form on hold after successive ducks in the previous two games.

David Willey celebrates taking Logan van Beek's wicket during the third ODI

David Willey celebrates taking Logan van Beek’s wicket during the third ODI

England limited the Netherlands to 245 because they want to complete a 3-0 series

England limited the Netherlands to 245 because they want to complete a 3-0 series

Jos Buttler skippered, but surprisingly turned down the chance to bat first after winning the toss, despite having expressed his ambition that England aim for a score of 500 in a match with 50 over, which had just fallen short last Friday.

Willey broke through and grabbed the scalp of Dutch opener Vikramijt Singh for the third time in the series after his inconclusive pull shot caught the top edge and looped to Dawid Malan, who pushed the catch forward.

David Payne, who came on the England squad for his debut in place of Reece Topley, was disciplined in his early overs and should have been rewarded.

Tom Cooper was out of luck when he also took a pull shot. It seemed like an easy catch for Liam Livingstone, but he seemed to lose sight of the ball in the blazing sun and kept looking confused at midwicket.

Dutch skipper Scott Edwards plays a sweep shot en route to another half century

Dutch skipper Scott Edwards plays a sweep shot en route to another half century

He was eventually fired by debutant David Payne after making 64 of 72 deliveries

He was eventually fired by debutant David Payne after making 64 of 72 deliveries

For a while that seemed expensive. Cooper scored three limits on one Willey over and then steadily gathered alongside opener Max O’Dowd in a score of 72 for the second wicket.

But with the Netherlands at 88 for one, Livingstone reconciled with a controlled catch on the border after Cooper was tricked into Brydon Carse’s spectacular bouncer’s shot.

And Livingstone’s off-spin made a third breakthrough to remove O’Dowd after his carefully constructed fifty of 68 deliveries, a feathered edge through to wicketkeeper Buttler.

Edwards, who has performed well in the series, and De Leede were cautious, but they brought the total above 200 and laid the foundation for a competitive score.

Liam Livingstone celebrates with Jos Buttler after taking Tom Cooper's wicket

Liam Livingstone celebrates with Jos Buttler after taking Tom Cooper’s wicket

De Leede passed his half-century of 71 balls and Edwards got a lifeline when Malan spilled a steepling catch when he was at 32.

As the 40th ticked past, both Carse hit the rope, but the fast bowler reacted quickly to claim his second wicket as De Leede spooned a pull shot skyward and Adil Rashid took the catch on square-leg.

Edwards duly completed his third half-century of the series with just 54 balls, but the problem was that no one could stay to support their captain.

Bas de Leede marks his half-century as the Netherlands strives for the third and final ODI

Bas de Leede marks his half-century as the Netherlands strives to win the third and final ODI

Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle and Aryan Dutt left in short order before Payne claimed his first wicket when Edwards was caught halfway through for 64.

Willey, who finished with figures of four for 36 out of 8.2 overs, cleared the tail with just four deliveries left when he threw Paul van Meekeren.

It left England with a 245 win goal to clean the series.

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