Netherlands vs Kenya
Brief scores: Netherlands 166/4 (Max ODowd 53, Ben Cooper 36; Collins Obuya 3-16) beat Kenya 136/8 in 20 overs (Collins Obuya 63; Paul van Meekeren 3-27, Fred Klaassen 2-23) by 30 runs
The Netherlands sailed to a comfortable 30-run victory against Kenya, starting their campaign on a winning note unlike joint defending champions Scotland. Opting to bat first, Netherlands did not shoe any batting concerns as they cruised through the powerplay being 61-1 after the end of six overs. But Kenya tightened their grip on the game with the field spread and with a period of six overs with no boundaries hit. But a late cameo from Captain Pieter Sealer was enough to push the Dutch total to 166-4.
Knowing that the runs might not be enough, the Dutch bowlers stepped up, conceding only 30 runs in the powerplay and claiming the wickets of openers Alex Obanda and Dhiren Gondaria. Veteran Collins Obuya tried to keep Kenya in the game, but with 45 required off the last three overs, it was only going to get tougher for the Kenyans. In the end, the Kenyans fell short by 30 runs, handing the Dutch an early advantage in the tournament.