Roy, Buttler power England to Dutch sweep

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Jason Roy has cracked his 10th ODI century in England's latest win over the Netherlands.
Camera IconJason Roy has cracked his 10th ODI century in England's latest win over the Netherlands. Credit: AP

Jason Roy has struck 101 and Jos Buttler a 64-ball 86 as England chased down 245 with 119 balls to spare to win the third one-day international against the Netherlands and clinch the series 3-0.

The first ODI matches between the two countries outside a Cricket World Cup have followed an expected course, with England winning by 232 runs, six wickets and now eight wickets over the past six days in Amstelveen.

The Netherlands' total of 244 on Wednesday, which included 64 off 72 balls from captain Scott Edwards, never looked enough against world-champion opposition on a batter's short-boundary paradise outside Amsterdam.

The only blip in England's reply saw Phil Salt (49) and Dawid Malan get dismissed in the space of three balls, but Roy, with 15 fours in his 101, and Buttler got the innings back on track with an unbroken partnership of 163 off 125 balls.

It was Roy's 10th ODI century and Buttler then got England to their target with a nonchalant flick down the ground for six as England finished on 2-248 off 30.1 overs.

Buttler, standing in as captain for the injured Eoin Morgan, hit seven fours and five sixes.

Max O'Dowd (50) and Bas de Leede (56) also weighed in with half-centuries for the Dutch at Amstelveen, where England smashed a world-record 4-498 last week in winning the first ODI.

David Willey took 4-36 off 8.2 overs, including the final wicket of Paul van Meekeren (two), as the Dutch were dismissed with four balls remaining of their allotted 50 overs.

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