Borren enjoys 'fantastic opportunity'

  • Last Updated: March 23 2014, 13:54 GMT

Holland captain Peter Borren is proud to be flying the flag for Associate cricket when the Dutch begin their Super 10 campaign at the World Twenty20.

Peter Borren hopes for more celebrations
Peter Borren hopes for more celebrations

A staggering run chase of 190 in just 13.5 overs against favourites Ireland in their final first round fixture earned them a place in Group 1, where they will face Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and England.

Group favourites Sri Lanka are up first at Chittagong's ZACS Stadium on Monday and, while Borren knows that is the toughest of asks against a team rated number one in the format, merely being on the biggest stage is a sizeable achievement.

With hosts Bangladesh winning through to Group 2, the Dutch are the only Associate member still involved in the tournament - and everyone's new favourite underdogs.

"We are very proud to represent the Associates here and we hope to do the other countries proud," he said.

"We know we will have the support of all the other Associates and that's really important.

"We haven't qualified for the World Cup next year so we're not sure when we will next get the opportunity to play at this level. So this is a fantastic opportunity to leave a legacy for a team which I feel has competed very well for a number of years."

Borren is not simply content with turning up for the next four fixtures, though, and has targeted a major scalp to match their defeat of England in the 2009 competition.

"We made a bit of a splash against Ireland but we'd really like to knock over a full member in the next few games.

"Winning a game or two here would leave a nice legacy for a few guys who have played for Holland a long time and put a lot of energy in."

Sri Lanka put themselves in a strong position to top the section with a five-run win over South Africa on matchday one, with Kusal Perera claiming man of the match honours for his 61 off 40 balls.

But if they are to go all the way, they will need to see bigger contributions from veteran trio Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

They managed just 23 between them against the Proteas but will see Holland as the ideal opponents to play themselves into form.

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