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Ason Roy hit 101 from 86 balls while substitute captain Jos Buttler hit 86 from 64 as England chased a 245 target with 119 balls to spare to seal an emphatic victory over the Netherlands.

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

The Netherlands’ tally of 244, including 64 from 72 through captain Scott Edwards, never looked enough against world champion opposition and what has been a goalscoring paradise outside of Amsterdam given the fast outfield and short boundaries.

The only blow in England’s response saw Phil Salt (49) and Dawid Malan fired in the space of three balls, but Roy and Buttler put the innings back on track with an unbroken 163-run partnership on 125 bales.

Buttler got England home with a nonchalant drive down six as England finished 248-2 from 30.1 overs. Buttler, as captain of injured Eoin Morgan, hit seven fours and five sixes.

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

David Willey took 4-36 from 8.2 overs, including Paul van Meekeren’s last wicket (2), as the Dutch were sent off with four balls remaining from their 50 overs allowed.

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