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Players of all levels can sympathise with this moment from England’s record win

Cricket of the very highest quality was on show in the opening ODI of the Netherlands v England series as Eoin Morgan’s side made a record-breaking 498 in their 50 overs but amongst it all, there was still a moment that all players – even those that never got beyond the village green – will recognise well.

Less than a week on from Jonny Bairstow’s heroics at Trent Bridge, and with some big names missing, England marked the start of the Matthew Mott era in style at the VRA Ground by breaking the world record for the biggest score ever in an ODI or List A fixture – surpassing their own record for the former and Surrey’s for the latter.

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The new white-ball head coach must’ve been impressed with what his players produced as Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, and Jos Buttler all brought up three figures before Liam Livingstone narrowly missed out on bettering the record held by AB De Villiers for the fastest ODI 50 ever (16 balls).

England then bowled out their hosts for 266, with three wickets for Moeen Ali and two for Sam Curran, Reece Topley, and David Willey, to win by 232 runs and take a 1-0 series lead with two more games to play.

You feel Mott’s side will want to become the first team to ever break 500 in an ODI at some point during the Netherlands tour but even as Buttler and co. strive to push the boundaries at the very peak of the sport, the series opener contained a moment that cricket players of any level will be able to sympathise with.

We’ve all been there, a batter smashes one across the boundary and into the undergrowth causing play to stop and a search party to be recruited to recover it.

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That’s exactly what happened at the VRA Ground on Friday as during Malan and Salt’s 200-plus run second-wicket stand the ball was launched into the forest surrounding the ground (one of the things that makes it a special place to play and watch cricket).

The all too familiar search then began with members of the ground staff joined by plenty of others, including TMS’ Henry Moeran, hoping to find the ball to enable play to restart.

In true club cricket style, even the Netherlands players were involved in trying to recover the ball.

It was a wonderful moment on an unforgettable day at the VRA Ground!