The Dutch cricket team achieved Associate Membership of the ICC in 1966 and has taken part in all eight ICC Trophy tournaments, winning the competition in Canada in 2001 and finishing as runners-up twice (in 1986 and 1990). The Netherlands have also participated in the 1996, 2003, 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups with 1996 marking the first time they qualified. However, they didn't progress past the first round, though giving a good account of themselves in the match against England.
1995 saw the Dutch enter the NatWest Trophy in England for the first time, and they would spend 10 years in the tournament, their best performance coming in 1999, when they progressed to the 4th round, beating Durham along the way. One of the matches of the 1999 World Cup was played in Netherlands, however the team had not qualified for the event.
They won the ICC Trophy in 2001 by beating Namibia in the final in Toronto, something that got them to the 2003 World Cup. They again failed to progress beyond the first round in the tournament, but recorded their first ODI win over Namibia during the tournament. They gained one-day International status in 2005 and in their first ODI
with this status they conceded a record 443 runs against Sri Lanka.
The Netherlands caused a sensation in the cricketing world by beating England in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20
2009 whilst being rank outsiders.They lost their second match to the eventual winners Pakistan and did not qualify for the super 8 stage based on run rate.
On July 20, 2010, The Netherlands beat a full-member nation for the first time in an ODI. In a one-off match shortened by rain to 30 overs a side, they beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets.
Their impressvie performances against England continued when they posted their highest ever total against a full-member nation, scoring 292 against England, in the World Cup 2007. Their journeyman cricket Ryan Ten Doeschate top scored with 119 from 110 balls. However, the Netherlands were unable to defend their strong total and failed to pull off a huge shock, England winning by 6 wickets with 2 overs to spare.
Several Dutch cricketers have also played at first-class level elsewhere, the most successful of these probably being Roland Lefebvre who played for Somerset and Glamorgan in English county cricket as well as for Canterbury in New Zealand. Ryan ten Doeschate who has represented Essex, the Kolkata Knight Riders, Tasmania, Canterbury etc and Dirk Nannes Dirk Nannes who has played for Victoria in Australian first-class cricket and for Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League are two of the most well known players in the history of Netherlands cricket.