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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hick's Hot Licks Lead English Past Dogged Dutch

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Graeme Hick confirmed his fitness with a punishing century to lead England to a 49-run win in its World Cup Group B match with the Netherlands on Thursday.


The win all but guaranteed the English a quarterfinal place, but their limitations were exposed by the weaker side.


Hick, who missed his side's last outing against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday with a hamstring injury, plundered an unbeaten 104, and with Graham Thorpe making 89, England reached 279 for four in their 50 overs after winning the toss.


That should have led to a comfortable victory but the Dutch, far from overawed, made a spirited reply, responding with 230 for six in their full quota, easily the best performance by a non-test Dutch team so far.


Their efforts never truly threatened to lead to victory, but their aggressive approach left much of England's out-cricket looking ragged.


Hick needed just 133 balls, also hitting six fours. He had also been England's top scorer in his other tournament appearance with 85 against New Zealand last week.


Among the pre-tournament favorites thus far, India has impressed with a five-wicket win over the West Indies on Wednesday.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)