29th October 2019
Ackermann qualifies for T20 World Cup
Colin Ackermann and the Netherlands booked their place at the T20 World Cup in Australia next year following a comfortable victory over the United Arab Emirates earlier today.
The Dutch Lions finished second in group A, setting up a fixture with third place in group B; United Arab Emirates which would see the winner proceed to the World Cup.
The competition began in a concerning fashion for Ackermann after suffering a blow to the ribs in the nets prior to their first qualifier against Kenya.
The Netherlands, though, began quickly, earning victories over Kenya and Namibia in their two opening fixtures.
The game against Singapore saw Ackermann make a meaningful return as he posted 34no as the Lions raced to the top of the group.
A top-of-the-table clash against Papua New Guinea followed, and the Lions’ dominance ended following a 5-wicket defeat which saw Papua New Guinea leapfrog the Netherlands into first place.
A man-of-the-match performance from the Foxes’ white ball captain ensued, after hitting 43no and taking 1 for 6 from 3 overs against Bermuda to see them continue their charge towards Australia.
The Netherlands’ fifth win from six in the group stage saw them finish the group in second place, setting up the fixture against the United Arab Emirates. In this one, Ackermann posted 22 with the bat and 1 for 22 with the ball against Scotland, claiming the wicket of former teammate George Munsey.
Earlier today, Ackermann posted 18 with the bat and 0 for 2 from 1 over with the ball as the Lions ran out comfortable winners over the United Arab Emirates by 8 wickets with 5 overs remaining.
Throughout the qualifying campaign, Ackermann was one of the most consistent players for the Netherlands with the bat, posting 127 in total at an average of 42.33. He also chipped in with the ball as well claiming three wickets at 23.
The 2020 T20 World Cup is scheduled to start on Sunday 18th October 2020.