England's World Twenty20 campaign ended on a low, with the Netherlands making a mockery of their associate nation standing to inflict a comfortable 45-run win in the final group game in Chittagong.
The Dutch famously stole a victory in the same competition at Lord's in 2009, but this was different—a resounding win, with England's batting an embarrassment.
Having won the toss, Stuart Broad's side opted to field first, restricting the Dutch to 133-5 in their 20 overs.
It looked as if it was some way below par, but that was before England had their turn.
The top order scored at a crawl, with Ravi Bopara top-scoring with just 18.
They were then bowled out for just 88 in 17.4 overs, a calamitous run-out the cherry on top as England bowed out in ignominy.
If England had salvaged a little bit of positivity from their successful chase against Sri Lanka and with the bat in defeat to South Africa, this result must surely strip it away.
Their only consolation is surely that this match marks the end of their winter. They surrendered the Ashes 5-0, won just one international match in any format all tour long, then looked desperately short in this tournament to cap it off.
|England vs. Netherlands, World T20 Scorecard|
|Swart||c Parry||b Broad||13||17||15|
|Myburgh||c Hales||b Bopara||39||46||31|
|Cooper||c Jordan||b Broad||8||18||15|
|Borren||c Parry||b Broad||7||14||10|
|Extras||0nb 6w 4b 7lb||17|
|Total||for 5||133||(20.0 ovs)|
|Lumb||c Cooper||b Bukhari||6||12||8|
|Moeen||c Cooper||b Borren||3||24||7|
|Morgan||c Borren||b van der Gugten||6||6||8|
|Buttler||c Seelaar||b van Beek||6||19||14|
|Bopara||c Seelaar||b van Beek||18||29||20|
|Bresnan||run out (Bukhari)||5||7||6|
|Jordan||c Swart||b van Beek||14||17||14|
|Broad||c Barresi||b Bukhari||4||10||5|
|Tredwell||run out (Swart)||8||11||6|
|Extras||0nb 3w 0b 2lb||5|
|Total||for 10||88||(17.4 ovs)|
|van der Gugten||3.0||0||11||1|
The Netherlands built steadily. Michael Swart and Stephan Myburgh added 34 for the first wicket, and Wesley Barresi then followed in with a 45-ball 48 to top score.
There was neither the pyrotechnics that typified their victory over Ireland to reach the Super 10 stage nor the kamikaze batting that had seen them crumble against Sri Lanka earlier in the group.
However, as England stifled them late at the death—with more expansive players like Tom Cooper and Peter Borren falling for single-figure scores at low strike rates—the feeling was that they had taken control of the match.
It was not to be.
Michael Lumb started the rot by mistiming Mudassar Bukhari to the covers, with Alex Hales bowled by his next delivery.
England's plight worsened as Eoin Morgan edged Timm van der Gugten to slip, and when Moeen Ali then drove expansively and recklessly to Peter Borren's first ball, thoughts of a shock became real.
No batsman could settle the team down—Jos Buttler was fidgety and couldn't find his timing, put out of his misery when he picked out midwicket with a pull.
Tim Bresnan's run out, trying for two and left well short of his ground by Bukhari's throw, made it 52-6.
England took 14 overs to reach the halfway point in the chase—when they got there, it had been 50 balls without a boundary.
Bopara had to strike out as the run rate increased, but his slog to cow corner was held on the rope by Pieter Seelaar off the bowling of Logan van Beek.
Chris Jordan followed suit, picking out the man at long off.
James Tredwell managed a streaky boundary to end the four-less streak, but if that's what passes for good news in the team at present, England have a lot to do before their summer begins.