World Twenty20 2014: Dismal England Lose To Netherlands


England completed their winter of discontent on a new low with an abject 45-run defeat against the Netherlands at the World Twenty20 in Chittagong.

Neither side had a chance to reach the semi-finals but the cricketing minnows raced to 84-1 in 11 overs before Ravi Bopara's 1-15 limited them to 133-5.

But England mustered only four fours in reply, Bopara top-scoring with 18.

They were 88 all out to suffer an even more painful loss than the four-wicket reverse by the Dutch at Lord's in 2009.

If 12 defeats in 13 matches against Australia on the Ashes tour was difficult to explain, a comprehensive thrashing by a part-time team who do not play Test cricket was even more difficult to fathom.

It was certainly difficult viewing for interim coach Ashley Giles in his quest to be given the job on a permanent basis.