Anderson lifts England spirits

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  • Monday, 17 Feb 2003

EAST LONDON (South Africa): James Anderson's career-best one-day international haul of four for 25 set up a six-wicket win over Holland as England finally got their World Cup campaign underway here at Buffalo Park yesterday. 

Anderson's haul helped restrict the Dutch to 142 for nine from 50 overs. 

DOWN BUT NOT OUT:England's bowler James Anderson slips during their World Cup Group A match against Holland in East London,South Africa yesterday.England won by six wickets.

Although England made harder work than they should have done of reaching their victory target, a pair of stylish 51s from Michael Vaughan and Nick Knight were the cornerstones of a win that came with more than 25 overs to spare. 

At the close, Ian Blackwell was 22 not out and Paul Coillingwood five not out. 

But Holland, beaten by India in their opener, could take heart from middle-order batsman Tim de Leede's unbeaten 58 and part-time leg-spinner Daan Van Bunge's haul of three for 16. 

England should have started their campaign against Zimbabwe in Harare on Thursday but instead boycotted the match on security grounds and were docked four points. 

Lancashire 20-year-old quick bowler Anderson, England's find of the Ashes tour, bowled his 10 permitted overs straight through. 

After a steady start Anderson struck in the sixth over when he had Daan van Bunge caught in the gully by Craig White for four to leave Holland 15 for one. 

His second victim came in the 10th over when left-hander Luke van Troost played across the line and was lbw for eight. 

Holland's problems got worse when, on 31, they lost three wickets for no runs in 10 balls. 

Bas Zuiderent (2), who has played for Sussex, then chipped Anderson straight to Hussain at mid-off. 

Two balls later Klaus van Noortwijk went for a duck, caught by diving wicket-keeper Alec Stewart down the legside. 

Anderson's county colleague Andrew Flintoff then had one-day international debutant Nick Statham lbw for seven. 

But de Leede hit back with some well-struck boundaries, his fifty coming off 72 balls including five fours as England failed to fully capitalise on Anderson's start. 

White, playing despite a recurrence of the side strain that ended his Ashes tour, got through 10 overs, taking two for 22. 

England's reply got off to a poor start when Marcus Trescothick was bowled by Edgar Schiferli for 12 as he advanced down the track. 

But a second-wicket stand of 89 between Knight and Vaughan ruled out any hopes of an upset before Vaughan fell to van Bunge. 

Two balls later Flintoff was caught off the spinner for a duck and van Bunge later snared Knight with England 126 for four before Blackwell and Collingwood finished the game. - AFP 

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