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Gallery|ACC Amsterdam v HCC The Hague at het Loopveld Round 17 |19.08.2018

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Rod Lyall and Bertus de Jong 16/08/18


With the championship now in the hands of VOC Rotterdam, the remaining interest in the Topklasse shifts to the lower reaches of the table, where fellow-Rotterdammers Punjab still have an outside chance of avoiding relegation.

RL: Punjab’s first task is, however, massive, as they must take on the new champions at Hazelaarweg. VOC have demonstrated the kind of resilience which took Excelsior to the title in the past two seasons: even when not playing particularly well, they have the knack of finding someone to produce the match-winning performance. Last week it was Pierce Fletcher with the bat and Bobby Hanif with the ball, but everyone in the side has delivered at some stage in a notable winning streak. Punjab at last found heroes other than Myburgh and Raza against Dosti last Sunday, but with the official handover of the trophy planned for Hazelaarweg it won’t be easy for Mamoon Latif and Asif Khan – or anyone else in the side – to reproduce that sort of effort against Pieter Seelaar’s side.

BdJ: Punjab’s remarkable win last week means they will most likely take their hopes of Topklasse survival into the final round, and they’re in with a real shot of setting up a de facto relegation play-off against Quick in their last game. Besting the new Champions away would significantly improve their odds, and given that VOC’s job is effectively done and several of the squad are carrying injuries there’s a decent chance they will rest players on Sunday. If Punajb can pull off an upset against their Rotterdam rivals their fate will be in their own hands heading into the final round, but even a below strength VOC will take some beating on their own turf.


RL: The Rotterdammers’ nearest rivals in the relegation race, ACC are at home to HCC at Het Loopveld West, and after last week’s final-over defeat at the hands of Excelsior this is a game they absolutely have to win. As always, it will probably be down to some combination of Zulfiqars to make that possible, although Shirase Rasool’s contribution last Sunday may be evidence that the younger brigade is beginning to settle into the Topklasse. Having dismissed VRA for 153, HCC seemed down and out until Douwe Walhain produced the innings of a lifetime, but Tonny Staal will be looking for his side to take a more conventional route to victory this time. In Hidde Overdijk and Ali Ahmed Qasim the Hagenaars have the new-ball attack to unsettle the ACC top order, and that will surely be the key.

BdJ: ACC need at least 2 points from their next two games to be safe, and will not want to head to Bermweg next week with relegation still on the line. Raza and Rasool have both begun to grow into their roles in the side this season, but the Amsterdammers remain rather Zulfiqar-dependent. HCC have blown rather hot and cold this season, knocking over top table sides but conversely showing themselves capable of losing to anyone, and ACC came out on top at de Diepput in their last encounter. Nevertheless the visitors have momentum on their side as they head to het Loopveld, and ACC every reason to be nervous.


RL: Not yet completely out of danger, Quick Haag have what is nominally a home fixture against neighbours HBS Craeyenhout, but they will instead make the short journey through the Bosjes van Pex to their rivals’ ground. Now the league’s leading run-scorer, Jay Bista remains their trump card, but it’s hard to see the Quick attack causing the sort of problems to the HBS top order that VOC were able to do last week. For Tobias Visée and his men, of course, the challenge will be to lift themselves after the disappointment of that defeat, but second place on the table is still up for grabs, and one would hope that that would be sufficient incentive for HBS to stage a big finish in this, the club’s 125th anniversary year.

BdJ: What was always likely to be a “transitional” year for Quick has turned out even tougher than expected as injuries, retirements and departures have left them struggling to field a competitive side. Even Bista – the season’s nailed-on MVP – has not been able to drag them out of danger, and they have work to do if they’re to avoid a transition to the Hoofdklasse. With help from VOC they may be able to secure safety on Sunday, but even a disappointed and thus far disappointing HBS side will be heavy favourites at Craeyenhout. Again the hosts’ own injury niggles may prevent them from fielding a full strength side, especially as the format has left them little to play for, but all the pressure will be on Quick come Sunday, and they will likely need than Bista, Mol and motivation to bag two points at Craeyenhout.


RL: Elsewhere, honour and final rankings are the only issues at stake – not that either of these is unimportant in itself. VRA Amsterdam are at Sportpark Drieburg to take on Dosti United. They, too, have to cope with last week’s double disappointment: another poor batting display, followed by HCC’s extraordinary recovery after the Amsterdammers seemingly had them on the ropes. Dosti, too, managed to lose a game they seemed well on the way to winning, and they will need Anees Davids to contribute more against VRA than he was able to do against Punjab. At their best, VRA are more than a match for any side in the competition, and with Dosti clearly missing Taruwar Kohli it’s hard to see the home side taking the points.

BdJ: It’s remarkable given VRA’s poor start to the season and consistently inconsistent batting that they were able to take their title challenge as deep as they did, and it will be interesting to see whether the are able to perform any better under a total lack of pressure. On paper a Dosti side lacking Kohli should be no match for them, but then Emile van den Burg’s team have demonstrated an ability to lose in the face of weaker opposition from week one. The evergreen Mohammad Hafeez has been the stand-out bowler in the competition this season, and his contribution to Dosti’s mid-table finish is on a par with Kohli’s. He was curiously under-used last week however, as was Davids – bowling just six overs between them – and if their lightened workload was due to injury then an already diminished Dosti line-up looks still thinner.


RL: The day’s final contest is between two sides who have had a very disappointing second half of the season, with Excelsior ‘20 at home to Sparta 1888 at Thurlede. Both could be forgiven if they were now thinking about next year, and with Gijs Kroesen now taking the Schiedammers’ new ball – and bowling effectively at the death as well – they may be doing just that. Sparta’s early results probably gave a somewhat flattering impression, and neither side will have forgotten their demolition of Excelsior’s batting at Bermweg. But Thurlede is a completely different proposition, and with James Hilditch back in the side Excelsior will be out to prove that they are a better side than some of their performances this year have suggested.

BdJ: Hilditch’s early return was somewhat unexpected and how long his hamstring will hold out is something of an open question, much like why on earth he’s taking the field at all given that Excelsior are long safe. That said, he appears to have succeeded in pulling Excelsior out of their late-season slump, whilst Sparta’s continues unabated (their win against Quick last week was their first in seven rounds) and the Capelle side’s cause is not helped by the absence of Warren Bell. Though Sparta’s early victories were won without him and Mudassar Bukhari has looked a scarcely-diminished force with the ball since his Topklasse return, Excelsior will fancy their chances on home turf, at least if they can negotiate the early overs. The hosts’ tail is long but has been lively of late, whilst Sparta’s batting has looked rickety all season. Under a different format either or both teams might have been fighting for a top four finish and a long-shot run at the finals, but as it stands there’s still pride to play for, and the crowd at Thurlede will be expecting a hard fought-finish in Excelsior’s final home match.


Rod Lyall’s tips: VOC, ACC, HBS, VRA, Excelsior.
Bertus de Jong’s tips: VOC, HCC, HBS, VRA, Excelsior.

Scorecard | HBS vs VOC | 12.08.18

VOC I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 61 runs
Round 16
Toss won by VOC I
Umpires HKG Jansen – WPM van Liemt
Scorers MAP Wiegers – H Reijmer-Steens
Home Side (neutral)
Points Awarded VOC I 2, HBS I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 194/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JD Schoonheim c SP Gomes b WT Coster 22 18 4 0
CL Rutgers c SP Gomes b F Khan 12 12 0 1
ZDA van Baren c WT Coster b F Khan 32 41 4 1
MP O'Dowd c Navjit Singh b FJ Vink 18 62 1 0
PM Seelaar* c TP Visée b FJ Vink 10 31 0 0
SA Edwards+ c J de Mey b FJ Vink 7 34 0 0
SP van Lent run out 8 25 1 0
FJ Klaassen not out 15 34 0 0
UF Baker c F Khan b W Barresi 4 8 1 0
PJ Fletcher not out 34 35 3 2
BW Hanif dnb
extras (b1 lb12 w19 nb0) 32
TOTAL 8 wickets for 194
FOW
1-29(JD Schoonheim) 2-55(CL Rutgers) 3-81(ZDA van Baren) 4-108(PM Seelaar) 5-112(MP O'Dowd) 6-129(SA Edwards) 7-137(SP van Lent) 8-142(UF Baker)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 10 1 56 0 3
WT Coster 3 0 23 1 1
F Khan 9 1 25 2 2
J de Mey 4 0 18 0 2
Navjit Singh 10 2 27 0 4
FJ Vink 10 2 15 3 2
W Barresi 4 0 17 1
HBS I 1st Innings 133/9 All Out (Overs 38.5)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
WT Coster c SA Edwards b FJ Klaassen 0 5 0 0
TP Visée*+ c SA Edwards b PJ Fletcher 8 8 1 0
SP Gomes b BW Hanif 5 21 0 0
J Morgan c UF Baker b PM Seelaar 74 56 9 3
W Barresi c PM Seelaar b BW Hanif 3 16 0 0
Navjit Singh c MP O'Dowd b BW Hanif 17 60 2 0
D Coster Retired Not Out 1 19 0 0
FJ Vink c SA Edwards b BW Hanif 3 8 0 0
J de Mey not out 9 31 0 0
BA Westdijk c JD Schoonheim b FJ Klaassen 5 8 0 0
F Khan c BW Hanif b PM Seelaar 0 3 0 0
extras (b0 lb5 w2 nb1) 8
TOTAL 9 wickets for 133
FOW
1-1(WT Coster) 2-14(TP Visée) 3-53(SP Gomes) 4-72(W Barresi) 5-112(J Morgan) 6-118(FJ Vink) 7-121(Navjit Singh) 8-131(BA Westdijk) 9-133(F Khan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Klaassen 8 0 25 2 1 1
PJ Fletcher 4 0 36 1 1
BW Hanif 8 2 27 4
PM Seelaar 8.5 5 7 2
UF Baker 10 0 33 0

Scorecard | HCC vs VRA | 12.08.18

HCC I Vs VRA I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 4 wkts
Round 16
Toss won by HCC I
Umpires DJ Kalloe – P Muthucumaru
Scorers K Pattiselanno – K Holdsworth
Home Side HCC I
Points Awarded VRA I 0, HCC I 2
VRA I 1st Innings 153/10 All Out (Overs 49.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh b HC Overdijk 20 23 3 0
DJ ter Braak run out 9 45 0 0
ES Szwarczynski c AJ Staal b AA Qasim 9 54 0 0
BN Cooper b RR Bijloos 23 19 3 1
PW Borren c BE Street b RR Bijloos 6 6 0 0
E van den Burg* c AA Qasim b R Ninan 31 42 4 0
MB Lees+ c AJ Staal b R Ninan 0 1 0 0
LA Turmaine c BHG Gorlee b AA Qasim 2 8 0 0
MAK Raja not out 22 46 1 0
QWM Gunning run out 5 23 0 0
HG Mia c AA Qasim b BE Street 14 29 0 0
extras (b0 lb4 w8 nb0) 12
TOTAL 10 wickets for 153
FOW
1-30(V Singh) 2-37(DJ ter Braak) 3-66(BN Cooper) 4-72(PW Borren) 5-107(E van den Burg) 6-107(MB Lees) 7-107(ES Szwarczynski) 8-110(LA Turmaine) 9-121(QWM Gunning) 10-153(HG Mia)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
R Ninan 10 4 17 2
AA Qasim 7 2 26 2 2
MBS Jonkman 7 0 28 0 6
HC Overdijk 9 3 17 1
RR Bijloos 7 1 24 2
BE Street 9.3 1 37 1
HCC I 1st Innings 154/6 (Overs 42.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
R Ninan c ES Szwarczynski b QWM Gunning 4 12 0 0
MBS Jonkman lbw b PW Borren 16 50 1 0
AJ Staal* c DJ ter Braak b QWM Gunning 6 10 1 0
BE Street c LA Turmaine b PW Borren 18 30 1 0
BHG Gorlee st MB Lees b MAK Raja 14 34 0 0
HC Overdijk not out 21 58 1 0
JZ-X van Kessel c PW Borren b QWM Gunning 1 6 0 0
DL Walhain not out 63 55 5 5
AA Qasim dnb
LJF Lagas+ dnb
RR Bijloos dnb
extras (b0 lb2 w9 nb0) 11
TOTAL 6 wickets for 154
FOW
1-4(R Ninan) 2-16(AJ Staal) 3-39(MBS Jonkman) 4-54(BE Street) 5-66(BHG Gorlee) 6-67(JZ-X van Kessel)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 10 2 29 3 5
HG Mia 8 1 22 0 3
PW Borren 9.3 2 41 2
LA Turmaine 9 0 32 0
MAK Raja 6 1 28 1

Scorecard | ACC vs Excelsior | 12.08.18

ACC I Vs Excelsior 20 I
1-Innings Match Played At Het Loopveld West, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Excelsior 20 I Win by 7 runs
Round 16
Toss won by Excelsior 20 I
Umpires HM Butt – R Kaulingfreks
Scorers DC Schinkel – EM Heggelman
Home Side ACC I
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 2, ACC I 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 191/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman b A Kumar 7 14 1 0
TJ Heggelman* c R Zulfiqar b SA Zulfiqar 0 5 0 0
J Kroesen c R Zulfiqar b SM Zulfiqar 28 61 3 0
LT Ingram c A Zaidi b MA Raza 74 117 5 2
JR Hilditch run out R Zulfiqar 29 58 1 0
DA Woutersen+ c SA Zulfiqar b MA Raza 0 3 0 0
SG Shankar c Ahmed Zulfiqar b R Zulfiqar 24 20 2 1
RWA van Troost b SA Zulfiqar 8 10 0 0
GG Kroesen c MA Raza b SA Zulfiqar 6 8 0 0
HA Khan not out 2 4 0 0
S Bhatti not out 0 0 0 0
extras (b1 lb0 w12 nb0) 13
TOTAL 9 wickets for 191
FOW
1-5(TJ Heggelman) 2-9(TC Etman) 3-93(J Kroesen) 4-148(LT Ingram) 5-148(DA Woutersen) 6-156(JR Hilditch) 7-181(RWA van Troost) 8-187(SG Shankar) 9-191(GG Kroesen)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
SA Zulfiqar 10 2 33 3
A Kumar 5 1 20 1 3
MA Raza 10 0 39 2
Ahmed Zulfiqar 6 0 22 0
R Zulfiqar 9 0 35 1 2
SM Zulfiqar 10 0 41 1 1
ACC I 1st Innings 184/6 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RH Frenz c SG Shankar b JR Hilditch 29 59 3 0
R Zulfiqar c DA Woutersen b GG Kroesen 7 8 1 0
AA Zulfiqar+ b JR Hilditch 22 38 3 0
SM Zulfiqar* lbw b JR Hilditch 1 4 0 0
SA Zulfiqar c HA Khan b RWA van Troost 49 84 2 2
SR Rasool c HA Khan b RWA van Troost 37 61 3 0
MA Raza not out 17 24 0 0
Ahmed Zulfiqar not out 10 21 0 0
W Alim dnb
A Kumar dnb
A Zaidi dnb
extras (b1 lb4 w7 nb0) 12
TOTAL 6 wickets for 184
FOW
1-14(R Zulfiqar) 2-57(AA Zulfiqar) 3-59(SM Zulfiqar) 4-66(RH Frenz) 5-152(SA Zulfiqar) 6-155(SR Rasool)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
GG Kroesen 6 0 32 1 2
RWA van Troost 10 2 30 2
JR Hilditch 10 0 33 3
S Bhatti 10 1 29 0 3
HA Khan 5 0 18 0 1
LT Ingram 4 0 20 0
TJ Heggelman 5 1 17 0 1

Scorecard | Sparta vs Quick |12.08.18

Quick Haag I Vs Sparta I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Bermweg, Capelle a/d IJssel, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Sparta I Win by 5 wkts
Round 16
Umpires Z Hussain – JPAW Molenaar
Scorers A Smelt – JWM Krulder
Home Side (neutral)
Points Awarded Quick Haag I 0, Sparta I 2
Quick Haag I 1st Innings 133/10 All Out (Overs 37.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
HJ van Gigch b M Bukhari 0 6 0 0
JG Bista* c MB Hoornweg b S Yaqub 78 70 8 1
JA Brand c AF Buurman b M Bukhari 15 33 1 1
GMC Mol c&b U Saleem 6 14 0 0
LW Stokkers c AF Buurman b U Saleem 0 14 0 0
SB Davey c AF Buurman b S Yaqub 14 53 1 0
SJ Allema lbw b U Saleem 3 7 0 0
D Vierling+ b S Yaqub 3 11 0 0
TJB Landheer not out 0 8 0 0
MB van Schelven lbw b M Bukhari 1 4 0 0
T de Mooij run out 0 5 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w11 nb0) 13
TOTAL 10 wickets for 133
FOW
1-0(HJ van Gigch) 2-46(JA Brand) 3-58(GMC Mol) 4-78(LW Stokkers) 5-111(JG Bista) 6-127(SJ Allema) 7-127(SB Davey) 8-132(D Vierling) 9-133(MB van Schelven) 10-133(T de Mooij)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 9 3 30 3 1
MB Hoornweg 4 0 24 0 6
D Muhammed 6 0 16 0
U Saleem 10 4 28 3
JM Snoep 3 0 15 0
S Yaqub 5.3 1 18 3 2
Sparta I 1st Innings 134/5 (Overs 35.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Rattu c D Vierling b GMC Mol 1 8 0 0
M Bukhari c D Vierling b SB Davey 17 30 3 0
TIM de Kok lbw b JA Brand 21 54 3 0
MA Pollard not out 43 73 5 0
AF Buurman+ b JG Bista 12 15 3 0
D Muhammed c LW Stokkers b JG Bista 2 12 0 0
S Sardha not out 15 22 1 1
U Saleem dnb
JM Snoep* dnb
S Yaqub dnb
MB Hoornweg dnb
extras (b11 lb5 w6 nb1) 23
TOTAL 5 wickets for 134
FOW
1-3(V Rattu) 2-27(M Bukhari) 3-68(TIM de Kok) 4-88(AF Buurman) 5-96(D Muhammed)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
GMC Mol 6 1 23 1 3
SB Davey 8.3 3 26 1
JA Brand 6 0 22 1 1 1
LW Stokkers 4 0 15 0
MB van Schelven 5 0 15 0
JG Bista 6 1 17 2 2

Scorecard | Punjab vs Dosti | 12.08.18

Punjab I Vs Dosti United I
1-Innings Match Played At Zomercomplex, Rotterdam, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Punjab I Win by 2 wkts
Round 16
Toss won by Dosti United I
Umpires AND van den Dries – J Hilhorst
Home Side Punjab I
Points Awarded Dosti United I 0, Punjab I 2
Dosti United I 1st Innings 266/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RI Ahmed+ c AK Bamunusinghe b S Tariq 11 14 0 0
VAB Tewarie* c SJ Myburgh b AK Bamunusinghe 60 75 10 0
S Ghori run out M Bajwa 13 35 2 0
M Hafeez not out 102 98 9 4
A Davids c AK Bamunusinghe b R Faiz 0 4 0 0
M Hans lbw b AK Bamunusinghe 7 26 0 0
Vimal Tewarie b R Faiz 5 13 1 0
Asief Hoseinbaks c R Faiz b AK Bamunusinghe 10 12 1 0
W Masood c SJ Myburgh b S Tariq 0 4 0 0
Arief Hoseinbaks not out 19 18 3 0
J Kumar dnb
extras (b13 lb4 w22 nb0) 39
TOTAL 8 wickets for 266
FOW
1-35(RI Ahmed) 2-76(S Ghori) 3-116(VAB Tewarie) 4-118(A Davids) 5-156(M Hans) 6-169(Vimal Tewarie) 7-194(Asief Hoseinbaks) 8-200(W Masood)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 0 39 2 2
Mubashar Hussain 8 0 55 0 9
Asif Khan 5 0 47 0 2
R Qadri 7 0 34 0
R Faiz 10 2 39 2 1
AK Bamunusinghe 10 0 35 3 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 270/8 (Overs 43.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c Arief Hoseinbaks b M Hans 1 2 0 0
AK Bamunusinghe lbw b A Davids 2 17 0 0
Y Usman lbw b M Hans 4 12 0 0
A Raza b Asief Hoseinbaks 21 16 5 0
R Qadri c S Ghori b Asief Hoseinbaks 19 26 4 0
M Latif c VAB Tewarie b Asief Hoseinbaks 100 73 14 5
Asif Khan st RI Ahmed b M Hafeez 76 80 8 5
R Faiz not out 28 30 5 1
M Bajwa+ b M Hafeez 0 1 0 0
Mubashar Hussain not out 0 4 0 0
S Tariq* dnb
extras (b11 lb4 w3 nb1) 19
TOTAL 8 wickets for 270
FOW
1-2(SJ Myburgh) 2-12(Y Usman) 3-16(AK Bamunusinghe) 4-52(A Raza) 5-61(R Qadri) 6-224(M Latif) 7-266(Asif Khan) 8-266(M Bajwa)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Hans 10 1 49 2 1
A Davids 3 2 3 1
W Masood 10 1 66 0
Asief Hoseinbaks 10 1 38 3 1
Arief Hoseinbaks 3 0 40 0 1
RI Ahmed 1 0 20 0
VAB Tewarie 2 0 22 0
M Hafeez 3 1 6 2
J Kumar 1.1 0 11 0