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, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Hosts the Netherlands qualified for the best eight play-offs at the World Softball Championship in Haarlem on Thursday.
The reigning European champions crushed Botswana 12-0 in four innings in the final match of the seventh and final match round. Also in Section A nine-time world champions the United States beat Italy 7-0, Australia defeated the Dominican Republic 7-0 and Chinese Taipei were too strong for Britain (7-0).
With the maximum of seven wins the United States finished as group winners, Australia (6 wins) ended as second, Chinese Taipei (4) third and the Netherlands (4) was the last country to qualify for the best eight play-offs.
In Group A title holders Japan beat the Czech Republic 7-0, Canada used the same figures against Cuba, China defeated Russia 8-1 and New Zealand beat Puerto Rico 3-1. Besides number one Japan (7 wins) and number two Canada (6), China (4) and New Zealand (3) also went through to the final eight.