New Zealand 148 for 7 wickets (Guptill 45) defeated Netherlands 132 (De Leide 66, ticker 4-27, Sears 3-22) by 16 runs
Tickner then knocked down the Netherlands top-order, including the unintentional dismissal of Max O’Dowd, who was left flat at the crease after trying to scoop, as they scored 15 for 3 in the fourth over. had slipped.
Sears then ran into problems with his pace, keeper Dave Cleaver leapt to take another smart catch to find the top of Teja Nidamanuru.
The game was settled at 93 for 7 and it was very difficult for D Lead to overhaul despite a good hand of 66 off 53 balls, which ended in the final over to give Tickner his fourth.
New Zealand were unable to stamp their authority with the bat with Finn Allen, despite a six, not going into the powerplay, which cost them 33 for 2 after six overs.
They were only able to score 60 for 2 at the halfway point and by the 15th over, legspinner Shariz Ahmed removed Daryl Mitchell and Phillips to make 95 for 5. Guptill started the innings with a deep square out.
The pace changed in the 17th over when Neesham took Logan van Beek for 22, which included two sixes, though he fell off the last ball of the over. Ish Sodhi then helped him to take 20 runs in the 19th over which included a brace of sixes for him.
Between them the Netherlands spinners, with Ahmed and Tim Pringle taking 4 for 80 in their 12 overs, were particularly impressive.
The second and last T20 match will be held on Friday.