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Stelling owed some of his success to Luuk van Troost, the Dutch captain, who dropped himself from the team to make room for the seamer.
Stelling might have taken more wickets had Daan van Bunge, who was hit for six sixes in an over by South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs last week, not dropped two slip catches off his bowling
Please explain the highlighted words. [I think had means told in the above context]
Also, `not dropped two slip.....' could be `if not dropped..................'
I think here `if' is omitted.
Am I right?
1 Some of his success was the result of Luuk's actions
2 Had...- if he hadn't dropped two catches (slip- this is a position in the field. I think they stand behind the batsman and to the side)