Topklasse Team of the Year 2018

Rod Lyall and Bertus de Jong 09/09/18

As the dust settles on another Topklasse campaign, Bertus de Jong and Rod Lyall discuss their Team of the Year.

Overseas players

Jay Bista
Jay Bista

RL: In my view four players stand out: Taruwar Kohli (Dosti United), Jay Bista (Quick Haag), Lorenzo Ingram (Excelsior), and Sharn Gomes (HBS Craeyenhout). Kohli’s form early in the season shot Dosti up the table, and in addition to his three centuries and two fifties in his first seven innings he took valuable wickets as well. He was less dominant as the campaign progressed, but even so, only his early departure prevented him from topping the batting aggregates. That honour went instead to Bista, whose contribution to a struggling Quick side was enormous, and he was more responsible than anyone for his team staying in the top flight.

Gomes, too, was at his most consistent in the first half, with six half-centuries and a hundred in his first ten innings, but thereafter he fell away, while Ingram, after hitting back-to-back centuries at the end of May, was less influential as Excelsior’s title defence foundered. Kohli and Bista are therefore my pick for the two overseas player spots.

BdJ: Yep, Kohli and Bista are probably the easiest picks in this little exercise. Without them it would be hard to see Dosti or Quick surviving the season. Kohli’s efforts saw Dosti top the table early and ensured they were never in any real danger of relegation, with four centuries and leading the run aggregates when he departed with 722 runs at an average of 60+ he faces no real competition for his spot. Bista meanwhile would be my pick for season MVP, holding Quick above water all-but single-handedly, making 800+ runs largely from the opening spot and stepping up to take the captaincy in Jeroen Brand’s absence.

Were we permitted a third overseas player my pick would be Bryce Street ahead of Gomes or Ingram though. In trying to fill the shoes of Jonathan Vandiar, Street probably had the toughest assignment of any of the league’s overseas coaches, and he delivered admirably for HCC. With 650 runs at a shade over 40, as well as chipping in a valuable 23 wickets over the season the young Queenslander has had an excellent debut season and is pretty unlucky to miss out on a team of the year spot in my book.

Opening batsmen

BdJ: With Bista having scored heavily from the top of the order I’d say that one of the slots here has already been filled, and indeed it’s not easy to say anyone’s made a convincing case to take the second. ACC’s Richardt Frenz is ruled out as the overseas slots are full, though his contribution to the Amsterdammers’ fortunes after being promoted to open should not be underrated, with 657 runs at 40 he is statistically the most successful opener behind Bista. A case might also be made for his opening partner Rehmat Zulfiqar, who has rather outshone his siblings in domestic cricket this season and memorably smashing the season’s top-score of 188 against Quick from the top of the order.

Tobias Visée
Tobias Visée

A more conservative option might be VRA’s Dan ter Braak, who has accumulated an unshowy 620 runs at 38 over the season, but my preference would be for aggression at the top. With 523 runs at a strike rate over 150, I’d be tempted to have HBS skipper Toby Visée as a specialist batsman even were he not also top of the dismissals table with the gloves. In a season where “decent but unspectacular” could be applied to most of the league’s openers, I’m picking the one who can win a game in the first few overs.

RL: No disagreement from this quarter about opening with Visée: his ability to knock new-ball bowlers off their stride makes him an obvious choice. But given his methods you have to allow for the possibility that he won’t come off, and for that reason I’d be inclined to have Jay Bista at three rather than as an opener. That creates room for Rehmat Zulfiqar who, as m’ colleague notes, has been the most consistently successful of the four brothers this time round. A top four of Rehmat, Visée, Bista and Kohli should be enough to daunt any opening attack.

Top and middle order

RL: My proposal would then leave us with two, or at most three, specialist batting places to fill – three if, as is often the case, one or more of the batsmen is also a useful bowler. (Bista and Kohli, indeed, would also be likely to feature in the attack, as perhaps would Rehmat, so maybe we could go all the way down to No. 8 with the batsmen . . . )

The leading contenders on my list would be Ben Cooper and Peter Borren (both VRA), VOC captain Pieter Seelaar, Mohammad Hafeez (Dosti), and Wesley Barresi (HBS). These are all, of course, well established names, and it’s a little worrying that there are so few young guns forcing their way into consideration. Tonny Staal (HCC) played some valuable innings, and despite injury Sikander Zulfiqar (ACC) did so as well. But in a crowded field, it’s hard to go past the left-handed Cooper (third in the aggregates with 661 runs at 47.21), Seelaar, Borren and Hafeez, with Barresi possibly just edging out Borren.

BdJ: Indeed going purely on stats it would seem churlish to exclude Cooper, but then I am nothing if not churlish. Aside from being reluctant to disturb Kohli from his position at first drop, where he’s scored four centuries, I feel it should be pointed out that of his five fifties in the season, only Cooper’s 69 against HBS won VRA a match that mattered.

Pieter Seelaar
Pieter Seelaar

I’d also be hesitant to chance Bista as a front-line bowler given his mixed results with the ball for Quick, though obviously I’d not say the same of Hafeez, who is the only player this season who would likely make the team on the strength of both his batting and bowling. Peter Borren probably comes closest on that front, despite having what he himself described as a “pretty ordinary” season (though having averaged over 100 last year perhaps his expectations of himself have become somewhat unreasonable). The former Dutch skipper picked up 29 scalps to finish joint 5th in the wicket-taking tables, as well as scoring 565 runs from number 5. His successor at the helm of the national team, Pieter Seelaar, has had an equally successful season, with 555 runs and 50.5 and 21 wickets at 13.7 not to mention captaining his side to the title, the VOC skipper is surely a must-pick.


BdJ: Having settled on Visée at the top of the order our hands are rather tied here, though with 34 dismissals behind the stumps HBS’ skipper’s glove-work is hardly in question. One might otherwise make a strong case for VOC’s Scott Edwards, who despite trailing Visée by eleven dismissals has arguably shown himself the tidier keeper, conceding just 9 byes in 16 matches as well as racking up 576 runs at an average of 52.36 – one of only four players to average over fifty over the season.

RL: Indeed, including both Visée and Edwards, one of them as a specialist batsman, would not be a daft move. That’s probably worth looking at when we review the overall balance of the team. And we’re agreed that they are the two outstanding keepers of the season.


RL: This is an interesting one. If we assume seam from both ends initially, there are several contenders for the new ball: Sparta’s Mudassar Bukhari, who was pipped by Hafeez as leading wicket-taker but who claimed 34 wickets at 13.82; Ali Ahmed Qasim and Hidde Overdijk, both of HCC and both with 32 wickets; and Fred Klaassen (VOC), who took 29. There are pros and cons in all four cases: Bukhari played half his games at bowler-friendly Bermweg; Ali Ahmed took 14 of his wickets in just two devastating performances; Overdijk mostly bowled first change for HCC, who preferred pairing Ali Ahmed with spinner Ryan Ninan; and Klaassen surely benefited from having Pierce Fletcher at the other end. But the VOC man was outstanding in claiming early wickets, and his left-arm pace could be genuinely threatening.

Hidde Overdijk
Hidde Overdijk

A few other seamers are certainly worthy of consideration, even if their statistics are less impressive than those of this foursome: the HBS new-ball pairing of Wessel Coster and Berend Westdijk, the latter plagued by injury, as well as their team-mate Farshad Khan; VRA’s Quirijn Gunning, and Sikander Zulfiqar, who despite also being injured has a reasonable claim as an all-rounder.

But my pick would be Klaassen and Ali Ahmed, with Overdijk as first change.

BdJ: Klaassen is a sure pick for me, consistently finding early wickets and outstanding at the death, though the question of who he shares the new ball with is a little trickier. Bukhari’s duties with Belgium took precedence over his bid to best Hafeez at the top of the wickets table in the final round, but sheer weight of wickets is hard to argue with regardless of where he took them, and as it happens he took more than half of them away from home. He would just edge Ahmed in my book, though reasonable minds may differ on that. We agree on Overdijk though, if anything, his ability to take wickets with an older ball is a plus, as first-change is a somewhat less hotly-contested spot and a creditable average just shy of 20 with the bat only strengthens his case.

Rather overlooked in the role of seam-bowling all-rounder, however, is the veteran Doc Mol, who has quietly played an absolute blinder for Quick, and is arguably as much responsible for their survival in the top flight as was Jay Bista. In the midst of what might charitably called a transitional phase for the club (less charitably as a shambles of a season) Mol’s 480 runs (including a maiden century) and 26 wickets make him their lead wicket-taker and second behind Bista in the runs. Mol’s numbers may still be modest in the scheme of things, but given the context and the pressure Quick were under from the start, it’s hard to think of a player who’s been more crucial to his side this year.


BdJL With Seelaar and Hafeez sure of their spots the slow-bowling question more or less takes care of itself, but there’s certainly some honourable mentions to be made. First among them is Seelaar’s spinning partner at VOC, Max O’Dowd. He had the help of traditionally spin-friendly conditions at Hazelaarweg of course, but nonetheless 21 wickets at a shade over ten apiece is a remarkable effort. Leon Turmaine (VRA) also bowled better than his (still perfectly decent) figures suggest, whilst Lorenzo Ingram would be a tempting option had we another overseas slot.

RL: Turmaine’s team-mate at VRA, the evergreen Adeel Raja again demonstrated that he is, when available, still able to winkle out opposing batsmen, while Wesley Barresi would no doubt also wish to be seen as a spinning option, having claimed 16 wickets in his limited opportunities with the ball, at a strike rate of 26.06. But only O’Dowd (with a strike rate of 19.33, the best in the competition) is a real contender to balance off-spin against the very different left-armers in Seelaar and Hafeez.

So, with all the above in mind, we have:

Our Topklasse Team of the Year:

Jay Bista (Quick Haag), Tobias Visée (HBS, wk), Taruwar Kohli, Mohammad Hafeez (both Dosti United), Wesley Barresi (HBS), Peter Borren (VRA), Pieter Seelaar (VOC, captain), Geert Maarten Mol (Quick Haag), Hidde Overdijk (HCC), Mudassar Bukhari (Sparta 1888), and Fred Klaassen (VOC).

Scorecard | Punjab vs Quick | 26.08.18

Punjab I Vs Quick Haag I
1-Innings Match Played At Zomercomplex, Rotterdam, 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Quick Haag I Win by 58 runs
Round 18
Toss won by Quick Haag I
Umpires HM Butt – R Kaulingfreks
Scorers N Mohammed – S van der Vlekken
Home Side Punjab I
Points Awarded Quick Haag I 2, Punjab I 0
Quick Haag I 1st Innings 233/10 All Out (Overs 49.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JG Bista* c M Bajwa b Mubashar Hussain 1 4 0 0
SB Davey b AK Bamunusinghe 83 88 11 1
TJB Landheer c A Raza b S Tariq 1 10 0 0
GMC Mol c AK Bamunusinghe b R Faiz 41 56 5 1
GN Trappenburg lbw b R Faiz 11 25 1 1
S Ekelmans+ b S Tariq 8 31 0 0
D Vierling lbw b Mubashar Hussain 44 50 8 0
E Schiferli c SJ Myburgh b S Tariq 3 9 0 0
LW Stokkers c Mubashar Hussain b M Latif 11 22 0 0
MB van Schelven not out 2 2 0 0
TC de Mooij run out 0 1 0 0
extras (b0 lb10 w15 nb3) 28
TOTAL 10 wickets for 233
1-7(JG Bista) 2-12(TJB Landheer) 3-132(GMC Mol) 4-154(SB Davey) 5-154(GN Trappenburg) 6-187(S Ekelmans) 7-191(E Schiferli) 8-230(D Vierling) 9-232(LW Stokkers) 10-233(TC de Mooij)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 0 41 3
Mubashar Hussain 10 0 43 2 1
JRR Farid 3 0 30 0 2 1
AK Bamunusinghe 10 2 33 1 2
R Faiz 10 2 45 2 3
M Latif 3.4 0 21 1 2 2
M Bajwa 3 0 10 0
Punjab I 1st Innings 175/10 All Out (Overs 34)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c LW Stokkers b SB Davey 0 1 0 0
AK Bamunusinghe c D Vierling b E Schiferli 16 32 2 1
Mudassar Hussain c S Ekelmans b JG Bista 8 30 1 0
Y Usman c GN Trappenburg b GMC Mol 27 19 3 2
A Raza+ c SB Davey b TC de Mooij 35 33 3 2
M Latif b E Schiferli 31 35 2 1
R Faiz c S Ekelmans b E Schiferli 19 9 3 1
JRR Farid run out 27 22 1 2
M Bajwa c SB Davey b TC de Mooij 5 11 0 0
Mubashar Hussain c JG Bista b MB van Schelven 1 8 0 0
S Tariq* not out 1 4 0 0
extras (b0 lb1 w4 nb0) 5
TOTAL 10 wickets for 175
1-0(SJ Myburgh) 2-24(AK Bamunusinghe) 3-37(Mudassar Hussain) 4-60(Y Usman) 5-100(A Raza) 6-130(R Faiz) 7-143(M Latif) 8-159(M Bajwa) 9-160(Mubashar Hussain) 10-175(JRR Farid)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
SB Davey 8 2 32 1 1
E Schiferli 7 2 22 3 1
JG Bista 5 0 28 1
GMC Mol 4 0 35 1 2
TC de Mooij 8 0 36 2
MB van Schelven 2 1 21 1

Scorecard | Sparta vs ACC | 26.08.18

Sparta I Vs ACC I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Bermweg, Capelle a/d IJssel, 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
ACC I Win by 91 runs
Round 18
Toss won by ACC I
Umpires MA Din – M Prabhudesai
Home Side Sparta I
Points Awarded ACC I 2, Sparta I 0
ACC I 1st Innings 211/8 Closed (Overs 51)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RH Frenz c S Yaqub b MB Hoornweg 3 10 0 0
R Zulfiqar st AF Buurman b F Iqbal 77 117 4 3
AA Zulfiqar+ run out TIM de Kok 14 41 0 0
SM Zulfiqar* b U Saleem 0 4 0 0
SA Zulfiqar c JM Snoep b TIM de Kok 35 71 3 0
SR Rasool c TIM de Kok b F Iqbal 30 36 2 0
MA Raza c MA Pollard b F Iqbal 14 9 2 0
CM Knoll c U Saleem b F Iqbal 21 17 0 1
A Zaidi not out 1 1 0 0
S Potdar dnb
A Kumar dnb
extras (b0 lb0 w14 nb2) 16
TOTAL 8 wickets for 211
1-8(RH Frenz) 2-38(AA Zulfiqar) 3-46(SM Zulfiqar) 4-140(R Zulfiqar) 5-148(SA Zulfiqar) 6-171(MA Raza) 7-208(SR Rasool) 8-211(CM Knoll)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
D Muhammed 6 1 18 0 2
MB Hoornweg 6 0 9 1 2 1
U Saleem 10 2 27 1 1
S Yaqub 5 0 22 0 1
S Sardha 2 0 19 0 1
JM Snoep 2 0 14 0
TIM de Kok 10 0 52 1 2
F Iqbal 10 0 50 4
Sparta I 1st Innings 120/10 All Out (Overs 31.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
F Iqbal c A Kumar b SA Zulfiqar 11 17 2 0
JM Snoep* c AA Zulfiqar b A Kumar 1 8 0 0
TIM de Kok lbw b SA Zulfiqar 6 25 0 0
MA Pollard c CM Knoll b A Kumar 2 9 0 0
AF Buurman+ c A Zaidi b CM Knoll 74 71 8 3
CP Ambrose b A Zaidi 0 12 0 0
S Sardha lbw b S Potdar 0 6 0 0
D Muhammed b CM Knoll 6 22 0 0
S Yaqub c&b CM Knoll 6 14 0 0
U Saleem lbw b CM Knoll 0 2 0 0
MB Hoornweg not out 1 4 0 0
extras (b1 lb2 w10 nb0) 13
TOTAL 10 wickets for 120
1-8(JM Snoep) 2-14(F Iqbal) 3-18(MA Pollard) 4-36(TIM de Kok) 5-46(CP Ambrose) 6-61(S Sardha) 7-110(D Muhammed) 8-113(AF Buurman) 9-113(U Saleem) 10-120(S Yaqub)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
SA Zulfiqar 8 1 20 2
A Kumar 5 1 13 2 3
CM Knoll 7.4 1 23 4 3
A Zaidi 2 0 11 1
S Potdar 3 0 15 1
SM Zulfiqar 6 0 35 0 1

Scorecard | HBS vs Excelsior | 26.08.18

HBS I Vs Excelsior 20 I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 175 runs
Round 18
Toss won by HBS I
Umpires Z Hussain – P Muthucumaru
Scorers MAP Wiegers – EM Heggelman
Home Side HBS I
Points Awarded HBS I 2, Excelsior 20 I 0
HBS I 1st Innings 244/10 All Out (Overs 37.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SP Gomes lbw b JR Hilditch 17 12 4 0
WT Coster lbw b JR Hilditch 6 17 1 0
A Ahmed c&b TJ Heggelman 11 15 2 0
Navjit Singh b TJ Heggelman 1 8 0 0
TP Visée*+ c GG Kroesen b LT Ingram 69 31 7 5
J Morgan c RWA van Troost b S Bhatti 35 28 5 1
FJ Vink c TC Etman b LT Ingram 13 33 1 1
W Barresi c TC Etman b LT Ingram 65 46 7 3
J de Mey not out 10 25 1 0
BA Westdijk b TJ Heggelman 1 7 0 0
F Khan b TJ Heggelman 2 5 0 0
extras (b0 lb1 w12 nb1) 14
TOTAL 10 wickets for 244
1-22(SP Gomes) 2-27(WT Coster) 3-38(A Ahmed) 4-53(Navjit Singh) 5-120(TP Visée) 6-146(J Morgan) 7-207(FJ Vink) 8-239(W Barresi) 9-240(BA Westdijk) 10-244(F Khan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
GG Kroesen 1 0 16 0
RWA van Troost 6 0 38 0 2 1
JR Hilditch 8 0 47 2
TJ Heggelman 5.4 0 37 4
LT Ingram 9 0 56 3 2
S Bhatti 6 0 30 1 4
J Kroesen 2 0 19 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 69/10 All Out (Overs 17.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman c TP Visée b WT Coster 12 14 2 0
RTF Verhagen+ b WT Coster 1 4 0 0
J Kroesen b BA Westdijk 1 4 0 0
LT Ingram c TP Visée b Navjit Singh 8 18 1 0
SG Shankar c W Barresi b Navjit Singh 22 16 5 0
DA Woutersen lbw b Navjit Singh 13 19 2 0
JR Hilditch c TP Visée b Navjit Singh 0 1 0 0
TJ Heggelman* c TP Visée b F Khan 1 14 0 0
GG Kroesen not out 3 9 0 0
RWA van Troost b Navjit Singh 5 5 1 0
S Bhatti c J de Mey b Navjit Singh 0 1 0 0
extras (b0 lb0 w3 nb0) 3
TOTAL 10 wickets for 69
1-2(RTF Verhagen) 2-16(TC Etman) 3-16(J Kroesen) 4-47(LT Ingram) 5-48(SG Shankar) 6-48(JR Hilditch) 7-61(TJ Heggelman) 8-61(DA Woutersen) 9-69(RWA van Troost) 10-69(S Bhatti)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 5 0 31 1
WT Coster 4 0 15 2 1
Navjit Singh 4.3 1 17 6 1
F Khan 4 2 6 1

Scorecard | VRA vs VOC | 26.08.18

1-Innings Match Played At Amstelveen (VRA), 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 122 runs
Round 18
Toss won by VRA I
Umpires HKG Jansen – WPM van Liemt
Scorers T Jansen Schoonhov – M van Everdingen
Home Side VRA I
Points Awarded VRA I 2, VOC I 0
VRA I 1st Innings 273/5 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh b UF Baker 74 103 7 0
DJ ter Braak c MP O'Dowd b UF Baker 41 73 4 0
BN Cooper lbw b SA Edwards 75 64 5 2
E van den Burg* c UF Baker b R Upadhyaya 2 4 0 0
PW Borren lbw b SA Edwards 3 4 0 0
ES Szwarczynski not out 49 42 5 0
MB Lees+ not out 12 11 0 0
QWM Gunning dnb
HG Mia dnb
MG Dunlop dnb
MAK Raja dnb
extras (b0 lb0 w16 nb1) 17
TOTAL 5 wickets for 273
1-97(DJ ter Braak) 2-158(V Singh) 3-168(E van den Burg) 4-169(PW Borren) 5-238(BN Cooper)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
PJ Fletcher 5 0 14 0 1
R Upadhyaya 10 1 33 1 1 1
ZDA van Baren 6 0 53 0 4
UF Baker 10 0 55 2
T Moorman 5 0 19 0 2
SA Edwards 10 0 60 2
BW Hanif 4 0 39 0 1
VOC I 1st Innings 151/8 All Out (Overs 32.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MP O'Dowd lbw b QWM Gunning 2 6 0 0
SP van Lent+ b QWM Gunning 0 11 0 0
ZDA van Baren c ES Szwarczynski b MAK Raja 41 53 2 0
SA Edwards c HG Mia b MAK Raja 78 79 8 0
PM Seelaar* c PW Borren b MG Dunlop 13 17 1 0
R Upadhyaya c PW Borren b DJ ter Braak 6 16 0 0
UF Baker c&b DJ ter Braak 4 8 0 0
PJ Fletcher lbw b MAK Raja 1 3 0 0
BW Hanif not out 0 1 0 0
CL Rutgers Absent Hurt
T Moorman Absent Hurt
extras (b0 lb2 w4 nb0) 6
TOTAL 8 wickets for 151
1-2(MP O'Dowd) 2-4(SP van Lent) 3-111(ZDA van Baren) 4-138(SA Edwards) 5-142(PM Seelaar) 6-148(UF Baker) 7-151(R Upadhyaya) 8-151(PJ Fletcher)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 5 0 24 2
HG Mia 4 1 19 0 2
PW Borren 6 0 25 0 1
BN Cooper 4 0 20 0 1
MG Dunlop 6 0 29 1
MAK Raja 6.2 1 29 3
DJ ter Braak 1 0 3 2

Scorecard | HCC vs Dosti | 26.08.18

HCC I Vs Dosti United I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 142 runs
Round 18
Toss won by HCC I
Umpires D Das – JPAW Molenaar
Home Side HCC I
Points Awarded HCC I 2, Dosti United I 0
HCC I 1st Innings 272/6 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
R Ninan st RI Ahmed b M Hafeez 73 98 4 3
DA Trijzelaar c A Davids b M Hans 0 3 0 0
AJ Staal* b AV Atwarie 68 83 1 4
BE Street b M Hafeez 45 57 3 2
LJF Lagas+ c W Masood b M Hafeez 2 12 0 0
DL Walhain c A Davids b M Hafeez 23 13 0 3
HC Overdijk not out 32 24 1 2
MBS Jonkman not out 6 11 0 0
DJ Hennop dnb
AA Qasim dnb
RR Bijloos dnb
extras (b0 lb1 w19 nb3) 23
TOTAL 6 wickets for 272
1-7(DA Trijzelaar) 2-136(AJ Staal) 3-189(R Ninan) 4-193(LJF Lagas) 5-230(BE Street) 6-237(DL Walhain)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
A Davids 10 0 40 0 2
M Hans 7 0 43 1 2
M Hafeez 10 2 41 4 1 2
K Diwan 8 1 47 0 4
AV Atwarie 2 0 23 1 1
W Masood 9 0 58 0 1
Asief Hoseinbaks 4 0 19 0 1 1
Dosti United I 1st Innings 130/10 All Out (Overs 26.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RI Ahmed+ c RR Bijloos b HC Overdijk 48 47 3 3
VAB Tewarie* c DJ Hennop b AA Qasim 2 14 0 0
S Ghori c HC Overdijk b R Ninan 2 3 0 0
M Hafeez c R Ninan b RR Bijloos 32 42 4 1
K Diwan c DJ Hennop b RR Bijloos 1 3 0 0
A Davids b R Ninan 7 11 0 0
M Hans c LJF Lagas b RR Bijloos 6 10 0 0
Arief Hoseinbaks b DJ Hennop 7 10 0 0
W Masood b RR Bijloos 8 7 0 0
Asief Hoseinbaks b RR Bijloos 9 11 0 0
AV Atwarie not out 1 2 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w5 nb0) 7
TOTAL 10 wickets for 130
1-7(VAB Tewarie) 2-13(S Ghori) 3-56(RI Ahmed) 4-68(K Diwan) 5-96(A Davids) 6-99(M Hafeez) 7-107(M Hans) 8-117(Arief Hoseinbaks) 9-118(W Masood) 10-130(Asief Hoseinbaks)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
R Ninan 6 0 13 2
AA Qasim 6 0 29 1 1
RR Bijloos 7.4 0 35 5 2
HC Overdijk 5 0 35 1
DJ Hennop 2 0 16 1 2

The Topklasse goes gently into hibernation

Rod Lyall 27/08/18

It was the time of year on Sunday when new names appear in Topklasse scorecards and established names appear in new roles as with all the major issues settled clubs give younger players a chance to demonstrate what they can do.

As luck would have it, every match pitted teams against their nearest rivals, and the result was a couple of adjustments in the final ordering of the table.

VRA Amsterdam’s victory over champions VOC Rotterdam in the Amsterdamse Bos may not have produced any change in the rankings, but it did confirm that with a little more consistency the home side could have run the Rotterdammers closer than in fact they managed.

Batting first, VRA took full advantage of the absence of Fred Klaassen and the decision of Pieter Seelaar not to take the ball himself or to give it to Max O’Dowd, and ran up a resounding 273 for five. Vikram Singh (74) and Dan ter Braak gave them an excellent start with a stand of 97, and after Singh departed having made his highest Topklasse score Ben Cooper contributed 75 and Eric Szwarczynski an unbeaten 49.

There were two wickets apiece for Umar Baker and, remarkably, international wicketkeeper Scott Edwards, who completed a useful 10-over spell.

Quirijn Gunning removed Max O’Dowd in his first over and Sebastiaan van Lent in his second, but then Dirk van Baren (41) and Edwards (78) contributed a third-wicket stand of 107. Both fell to Adeel Raja, however, and thereafter the innings fell away quickly as with two batsmen absent through injury VOC were dismissed for 151, Raja finishing with three for 29.

At Craeyenhout, HBS claimed third place with a comprehensive 175-run win over Excelsior ‘20, who ended their season with another dramatic collapse.

Chasing an HBS total of 244 in which Tobias Visée contributed a characteristic 31-ball 69 and Wesley Barresi, again batting at eight, a 46-ball 65, Excelsior were routed by seamer Navjit Singh, who took six for 17 in just 28 deliveries as the Schiedammers were dismissed for 60.

Earlier, Tom Heggelman had a season’s-best return of four for 37 and Lorenzo Ingram claimed three for 56, but the batsmen had no answer to Singh, who ensured that his side jumped ahead of the former champions.

HCC,, too, leaped over of their nearest rivals, Dosti United Amsterdam with a 142-run victory at De Diepput, and moved into fifth place.

Their total of 272 for six, built on a 129-run second-wicket stand between Ryan Ninan (73) and Tonny Staal (68) and extended by 45 from Bryce Street and 32 not out from Hidde Overdijk, always seemed likely to be beyond the reach of Dosti, for whom Mohammad Hafeez took four for 41 and thus confirmed his position as the season’s leading wicket-taker.

Rahil Ahmed led the chase with an aggressive 48, but once he and Hafeez (32) had gone the innings folded fairly quickly, and Dosti were all out for 130. Reinier Bijloos was another who achieved his best figures of the season with five for 35.

The pattern of chasing sides falling short was repeated in both the remaining matches, with ACC beating Sparta 1888 at Sportpark Bermweg and Quick Haag inflicting a final defeat on already-relegated Punjab Rotterdam at Het Zomercomplex.

Opener Rehmat Zulfiqar capped a fine season with 77 and Sikander Zulfiqar and Shirase Rasool chipped in with 35 and 30 respectively as ACC posted 211 for eight, Faisal Iqbal the best of the Sparta bowlers – who were missing both Mudassar Bukhari and Warren Bell – with four for 50.

Only Atse Buurman batted with any conviction for Sparta, and despite his 71-ball 74 the home side were all out for 120, with Chris Knoll taking four for 23 for ACC.

Punjab did rather better against Quick Haag, but their total of 175 was still 58 runs short of Quick’s 233 all out.

Sean Davey top-scored for Quick, and he and Geert Maarten Mol (41) put on 120 for the third wicket, while Punjab skipper Suleiman Tariq took three for 41.

Davey’s dismissal of Stef Myburgh off the first ball of the Punjab reply was a huge blow, and although Ali Raza made 35 and Momeen Latif 31, the Rotterdammers never seemed likely to mount a successful chase.

Veteran returnee Edgar Schiferli claimed three for 22, taking his tally of wickets in the top flight to 469 and proving that he is still a force to be reckoned with.