Germany and the Netherlands Selection have won today's matches in the ladies invitation tournament at Meise, Belgium.
Germany v Hungary - Winners Germany
Germany; 113 for 4; Stefanie Frohnmayer 18 not out; Monika Loverday 16; Claudia Balogh 1-11 off 4 overs; Brigi Hotea 2-26 of 4 overs
Hungary; 83 for 9; Claudia Balogh 8 not out; Maura Breuer 4-13 off 4 overs; Stefanie Frohnmayer 2-11 off 4 overs; Teresa Harrainer 2-18 of 4 overs
Netherlands Selection v Belgium - Winners Netherlands Selection
Belgium; 102 for 6; Poppy McGeown 18; Francesca Moore 9 not out; Aishu Sharma 3 – 12 off 3 overs; (double wicket maiden); Tiarda Buma 2 – 23 off 5 overs
Netherlands Selection; 104 for 0; Ingrid 53 not out; Sophie 17 not out (first 6 of the tournament)
Captain Tiarda Buma delegated the toss to Aishu Sharma, who duly won it and decided to field first (captain’s orders). Suzanne van der Harten opened the bowling, conceded a few wides, but triggered Sue Moore into playing a “really bad shot” (Sue said) which meant Belgium were already one down, caught and bowled by Suzanne van der Harten. The bowlers kept things pretty tight and Aishu Sharma (3 wickets) could celebrate a double-wicket maiden. The Dutch dropped a few catches, but there were more wickets for Tiarda Buma (2), who was on a hat-trick at one stage. Ingrid van der Elst took a nice diving low catch at short cover. Belgium finished on 102 runs in their 20 overs.
The Holland girls opened the batting with Sophie Luikinga and Ingrid Van der Elst. Once they got going, there wasn’t much the Belgian bowlers could do. Luikinga hit her first ever six, also the first of the tournament. Van der Elst, an experienced campaigner, hit the ball for six as well, and the Dutch innings finished with a flourish of runs in the 15th and 16th overs, cheered by their happy Dutch team-mates. They hit the winning runs in the 17th over without having lost a wicket: 104/0. Luikinga 17 not out and Van der Elst 53 not out. The Belgian bowlers generally bowled a good line and length and the fielders supported their bowlers very well. Poppy McGeown received a Kampong-Cap as most valuable Belgian players (18 runs, 0-20/4 and excellent cover fielding).