Netherlands set England a victory target of 245 for 3-0 whitewash

Netherlands set England a victory target of 245 to complete a 3-0 series whitewash with captain Scott Edwards hitting another half-century as David Willey takes four wickets

  • Jos Buttler won the toss but elected to field ahead of third ODI in Amstelveen
  • England were without their captain Eoin Morgan because of a groin complaint
  • Three Dutch batsman hit half-centuries but they couldn’t push towards 300
  • Scott Edwards top scored with 64 off 72 balls as Netherlands bowled out for 245
  • David Willey took four wickets for 36 with Brydon Carse getting two scalps 

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

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

England were without their captain Eoin Morgan as a precautionary measure due to a minor groin injury, putting on hold the debate about his form after consecutive ducks in the previous two matches.

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

England restricted the Netherlands to 245 as they seek to complete a 3-0 series whitewash

Jos Buttler stood in as skipper but surprisingly declined the opportunity to bat first after winning the toss despite stating his ambition that England are aiming for a score of 500 in a 50-over match having fallen just short last Friday.

Willey made the breakthrough, taking the scalp of Netherlands opener Vikramijt Singh for the third time in the series after his unconvincing pull shot caught the top edge and looped to Dawid Malan, who took the catch diving forward.

David Payne, who came into the England team for his debut in place of Reece Topley, was disciplined in his early overs and should have picked up a reward.

Tom Cooper was on naught when he too fluffed a pull shot. It appeared to be a simple catch for Liam Livingstone but he appeared to lose sight of the ball in the bright sun and was left looking confused at midwicket.

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

He was eventually dismissed by debutant David Payne after making 64 off 72 deliveries

For a little while that looked to be costly. Cooper scored three boundaries off one Willey over and then accumulated steadily alongside opener Max O’Dowd in a stand of 72 for the second wicket.

But with Netherlands on 88 for one, Livingstone atoned with a composed catch on the boundary after Cooper was tempted into the spectacular shot off a Brydon Carse bouncer.

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

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

Liam Livingstone celebrates with Jos Buttler after picking up the wicket of Tom Cooper

De Leede passed his half-century off 71 balls and Edwards received a lifeline when Malan spilled a steepling catch when he was on 32.

As the 40th over ticked by, both hit Carse to the rope but the speedy bowler soon responded to claim his second wicket when De Leede spooned a pull shot skywards and Adil Rashid took the catch at square-leg.

Edwards duly completed his third half-century of the series off just 54 balls but the trouble was nobody could stick around to support their captain.

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

Teja Nidamanuru, Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle and Aryan Dutt departed in short order before Payne claimed his first wicket when Edwards was caught at mid-on for 64.

Willey, who ended with figures of four for 36 off 8.2 overs, cleaned up the tail with just four deliveries left when he bowled Paul van Meekeren.

It left England with a victory target of 245 to complete the series clean sweep.

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