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Voorburg conquer Punjab, but HCC march on

Rod Lyall 10/08/20


Punjab Rotterdam’s unbeaten run came to an end at Westvliet on Sunday as batsmen prospered and bowlers sweltered on the warmest weekend of this exceptional summer.

It had been an open question how the Rotterdammers’ batting would respond if they were put under real pressure, and Bas de Leede and his Voorburg side put them to the test by running up an imposing 274 for four, De Leede himself making an unbeaten 106 and sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 120 with Tom de Grooth (65).

Once De Grooth had departed Philippe Boissevain piled on the agony for the tiring Punjab attack, smacking three sixes in his 17-ball 37 not out.

But Punjab were unfazed, and Stef Myburgh and Rehmat Zulfiqar gave their side a dream start, putting on 101 in 17 overs before the former was run out for 54.

Rehmat continued in tandem with brother Asad, and the total had advanced to 172 before Boissevain secured the breakthrough, Asad caught by Viv Kingma for 22.

Now on 81, Rehmat pressed on to his hundred, but as soon as he had reached that milestone he, too, fell to Boissevain, and his departure triggered a mid-order collapse which saw Punjab go from 196 for two to 200 for five and then to 222 for six.

It was now left to Teja Nidamanuru to manage the tail, but with wickets falling at the end and the asking rate steadily climbing, he was unable to raise the tempo sufficiently, Kingma bowling with admirable control at the death and Ali Ahmed Qasim chipping in with two wickets in an over.

Punjab closed on 257 for nine, 18 runs short of their target, with Nidamanuru on a run-a-ball 28, while Boissevain finished with three for 57.

Punjab’s narrow defeat meant that HCC moved clear at the top by virtue of their 153-run victory over Sparta 1888 at the Bermweg.

Their total of 237 was a real team effort, Felix Vecchi top-scoring with a maiden Topklasse 50, opener Musa Nadeem Ahmed contributing 34 at the outset, and Olivier Klaus smacking 34 once Vecchi had gone, helping his side well clear of the 200 mark.

Manminder Singh was again the most successful of the Sparta bowlers with three for 38, and there were two wickets apiece for Max Hoornweg, Lenert van Wyk and Joost Martijn Snoep.

HCC’s attack has been as vital for their victories this season as Punjab’s batting for theirs, and Hidde Overdijk immediately seized control, taking four quick wickets, including that of Van Wyk, to leave Sparta struggling.

Then Klaus took over, and when he removed Mudassar Bukhari for 23 seven wickets were down for 73 and there was no way back for the home side.

Clayton Floyd cleaned up the tail and Sparta were all out for 84, Overdijk finishing with four for 24, Klaus three for 9, and Floyd three for 21.

Another beneficiary of Voorburg’s victory was VRA Amsterdam, who triumphed by 30 runs over a spirited ACC in the Amsterdam derby at Het Loopveld West.

VRA posted 259, stand-in captain Vikram Singh again leading the way with 48 and sharing useful partnerships with Shirase Rasool (38) and Marcus Andrew (52).

They, too, suffered a mid-order collapse, but they were rescued by an enterprising 41 from Quirijn Gunning and an unbeaten 40 by Mitch Lees, while Chris Knoll was the pick of the ACC bowlers with three for 24.

ACC made a positive reply, and at 100 for two they seemed to be well placed to take the points.

But another three-wicket haul for Luke Hartsink pegged them back, and it took a sixth-wicket stand of 70 between Ram Ramesh Babu (47) and Shreyas Potdar (41) to bring the home side back into contention.

VRA’s trump card turned out to be Ben Cooper, who removed first Babu and then Potdar, and the innings closed on 229; Hartsink had three for 32 and Cooper three for 31.

After a shaky start to their season Excelsior ‘20’s youngsters continued their run into form with a comfortable six-wicket victory over HBS Craeyenhout at Thurlede.

The Schiedammers seized control of the match from the moment Niels Etman had Tobias Visée caught by Umar Baker for an 8-ball 19 which included four fours, and although Adil Ahmed top-scored with 26 it took some late resistance from Wessel Coster and Steven Vink to get them through to 140.

Rens van Troost and Baker took three for 18 and three for 27 respectively.

A second-wicket stand of 96 between 18-year-old opener Stan van Troost and Etman set Excelsior well on the way to victory, and Van Troost batted throughout the reply, finishing on 65 not out – another maiden Topklasse half-century – as the home side reached their target with more than 15 overs to spare.

The two remaining winless teams, VOC Rotterdam and Dosti-United Amsterdam, fought out a somewhat attritional battle at the Hazelaarweg.

VOC were in trouble early on, Waheed Masood claiming two quick wickets and Mahesh Hans also collecting a couple to reduce the home side to 40 for five.

Corey Rutgers led a fightback, however, first in company with Jelte Schoonheim and then with Ayaz Durrani; he made 63 and Durrani 37, and with Vinoo Tewarie taking four for 32, including both the main run-scorers, VOC finished 179.

Dosti’s reply began promisingly, Tewarie and Masood putting on 69 before Bobby Hanif removed the latter for 35, but with the departure of Tewarie for 37 with the total on 82, a flurry of wickets suggested that another of the Amsterdammers’ dramatic collapses might ensue.

At 103 for six they seemed to be down and out, but Sukumar Raji stiffened the resistance, initially in company with Farid Hoseinbaks, and when the total reached 160 for seven the balance appeared to have swung Dosti’s way.

The last three wickets, however, fell without further addition to the score, Raji going for 33 and Hanif finishing with four for 46, and VOC took their first points with a 19-run victory.

Gallery | VOC vs Dosti | 09.08.20

Preview Round 6

Rod Lyall & Bertus de Jong 07/08/20


The luck of the draw gives us an absorbing set of match-ups this week, with every game of great potential significance for the final standings, and in some cases a real index of the longer-term prospects of clubs which are – or more worryingly, are not – pursuing strong youth development policies.

RL: HCC’s visit to the Bermweg to take on Sparta 1888 has been given extra zest by the hosts’ nail-biting victory over Voorburg last week. Leading sides have found in the past that the Capelle ground can be something of a banana skin, and Sparta have the attack, led by Mudassar Bukhari, to exploit the fragilities of HCC’s batting. On the other hand, the fact that Sparta had to rely on heroics from their last pair to get them past Voorburg’s less-than-imposing total points to batting weaknesses of their own, and if neither Lenert van Wyk nor Bukhari makes a substantial contribution they can soon be in serious trouble. The Leeuwen managed to survive without Boris Gorlee or Hidde Overdijk last Sunday, and if they are back to anything like full strength they might be expected to carry the day again. But at the Bermweg anything can happen.

BdJ: Van Wyk and Bukhari both have been in menacing form with the bat of late, the former especially in the T20 competition, and Manminder Singh has looked increasingly confident with the bat down the order. Nonetheless the line-up remains top-heavy, and as Hidde Overdijk and Reinier Bijloos showed against VRA a couple of weeks ago, HCC do have an attack that can make things happen. That said, they lack a spinner of the quality of Flip Boissevain and the seam attack isn’t quite the same calibre as that of VCC. Given the difficulty of prognosticating on events at Bermweg, this seems as good a game as any for a sporting disagreement.


RL: Very clearly the team to beat now, Punjab Rotterdam will travel to Westvliet full of confidence for their clash with Voorburg. The encounter between their powerful top order and the home side’s seam attack will fill any neutral cricket fan with anticipation, and with Stef Myburgh in outstanding form and a quartet of Zulfiqars to keep him company, Viv Kingma and Co. will need to be at their best if they are to prevent the visitors from getting way to another lightning start. Voorburg’s batting is a good deal less intimidating, but then so is Punjab’s attack. This asymmetry makes the outcome more difficult to predict, but barring some drama at the top of the Punjab innings it would be surprising if the Rotterdammers came away without the points.

BdJ: Given Boissevain’s showing last week and Viv Kingma’s form in the KNCB intra-squad games this last week, VCC look to be the side best placed to break Punjab’s march toward the title, but the depth that the quartet of Zulfiqars lends to Punjab’s batting lends the Rotterdammers a degree of resilience that VCC have yet had to face. No doubt the Voorburgers will pose Punjab their toughest challenge thus far, but they remain marginal favourites going in.


RL: One of the longest-standing derbies in Dutch cricket, the game between ACC and VRA Amsterdam at Het Loopveld is all the more intriguing this year because of the youthfulness of the two sides. This is not new for the hosts, whose team has for a couple of seasons past, in addition to the now-departed Zulfiqars, featured – at some cost to its results – teenagers like Shirase Rasool, Aryan Kumar, Jamieson Mulready, Ammar Zaidi and Shreyas Potdar. Now Rasool has crossed the Buitenveldertselaan to join VRA, but several of his peers are playing an increasingly significant role in a reconstructed side and have now been joined by Mees van Vliet. VRA, of course, have a rising star in Vikram Singh, stand-in captain last week in the absence of the injured Peter Borren and now developing an opening partnership with Rasool. But with seamer Ashir Abid, allrounder Debrup Dasgupta and left-arm spinner Luke Hartsink all enjoying some success, this match could be a forerunner of Amsterdam derbies for years to come.

BdJ: The injury that Borren acquired at the two team’s last meeting in the T20 comp last week will likely keep him out for the rest of the season, but given what else happened that game that’ll be of little comfort to the hosts. Their main memory will be Ben Cooper making runs for fun against a promising but still raw young attack, who will have to raise their game if they are not to repeat the experience. Having poached Rasool, VRA have the edge in terms of properly-blooded youngsters too. ACC have done better this season than many had expected, but a win over their neighbours would nonetheless be a serious upset – but doubtless one they will be reminding their rivals of for years to come should they pull it off.


RL: Having posted their first win of the season at the expense of Dosti last Saturday, Excelsior ’20 Schiedam will entertain HBS Craeyenhout at Thurlede. Neither side has had a very convincing start to the season but, while it’s hard to take the true measure of the win against hapless Dosti, the success of the opening partnership of Luuk Kroesen and Roel Verhagen, together with the return to batting form of Joost Kroesen and Lorenzo Ingram, suggests that the Schiedammers may be beginning to find some rhythm. The return of Tom Heggelman from holiday adds substance to the side, and they may be too strong for a rather stuttering HBS, distinctly second-best against HCC last week. The Crows’ batting depends so much on Tobias Visée that his early dismissal almost guarantees a modest total, and the attack has too often found itself defending indefensibly low scores. If HBS field first, however, the bowling is talented – and varied – enough to cause Excelsior some problems.

BdJ: After an underwhelming start, Excelsior’s youngsters have warmed to their task. A win against a hollowed-out Dosti side admittedly says little, but nonetheless things look to be coming belatedly together for the title-holders. With HBS’ once-vaunted batting depth looking increasingly like the Aral Sea, it’s hard to see the Crows coming out on top in the absence of another hitting exhibition from Visée. An unbeaten 139 in last week’s T20 from the Crows’ skipper rather underlined that ever-present danger, but bar some thus-far absent support from the middle order, Visée will struggle to win it on his own.


RL: Two sides still looking for their first win, VOC Rotterdam and Dosti-United meet at the Hazelaarweg. Even without Pieter Seelaar the Rotterdammers have not been a million miles away from breaking their duck in recent weeks, and the return to the attack of first Bobby Hanif and then Ahsan Malik has given it a much more menacing look. Dosti, on the other hand, have looked completely out of their depth, and even Touseef Ahmed has not been able to give them a competitive edge. Deprived not only of their core overseas players but also of Rahil Ahmed, Anees Davids and Mohammed Hafeez, they are a shadow of their former selves, and the absence of a strong group of young players to support Vinoo Tewarie and Mahesh Hans is desperately worrying for the future of the club. For VOC, by contrast, 16-year-old Siebe van Wingarden has been bowling ten economical overs every week, and with Arnav Jain and the returning Tim de Kok having slotted into the side they will be confident of claiming their first points this week.

BdJ: There’s little more to be said there. Dosti have been abject this season, and despite Tewarie and Hans occasionally hauling them toward respectability and Waheed Masood enjoying a personally solid season, VOC will have to lower their game substantially if they are to get through the season with their record unblemished by points.


Rod Lyall’s tips: HCC, Punjab, VRA, Excelsior, VOC.

Bertus de Jong’s tips: Sparta, Punjab, VRA, Excelsior, VOC.

Scorecard | Sparta vs VCC | 02.08.20

Sparta I Vs Voorburg I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Bermweg, Capelle a/d IJssel, 02-Aug-2020, Topklasse
Sparta I Win by 1 wkts
Round 5
Toss won by Sparta I
Umpires J Hilhorst – Z Hussain
Home Side Sparta I
Points Awarded Voorburg I 0, Sparta I 2
Voorburg I 1st Innings 191/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
R Pieterse b M Singh 51 104 3 0
TN de Grooth lbw b MB Hoornweg 4 17 0 0
BFW de Leede* c MB Hoornweg b L van Wyk 26 59 2 0
A Dutt lbw b M Singh 28 26 4 0
FJ de Lange c PB Balwantsingh b M Singh 4 17 0 0
PRP Boissevain lbw b M Singh 20 25 1 0
R van der Giessen+ b MB Hoornweg 9 12 0 0
AA Qasim not out 19 22 0 0
VJ Kingma lbw b MB Hoornweg 19 15 1 1
N Kulkarni not out 1 1 0 0
ST Mulder dnb
extras (b0 lb1 w8 nb1) 10
TOTAL 8 wickets for 191
FOW
1-11(TN de Grooth) 2-61(BFW de Leede) 3-110(A Dutt) 4-120(FJ de Lange) 5-133(R Pieterse) 6-144(PRP Boissevain) 7-155(R van der Giessen) 8-184(VJ Kingma)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 6 2 24 0 2
MB Hoornweg 10 1 32 3 4
U Saleem 6 1 16 0 1
JM Snoep 10 2 23 0
L van Wyk 5 0 28 1 1
N Ibrahimkhil 3 0 14 0
M Singh 10 0 53 4 1
Sparta I 1st Innings 192/9 (Overs 47.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
M Latif b AA Qasim 2 6 0 0
CP Ambrose b VJ Kingma 19 10 3 0
L van Wyk c R Pieterse b A Dutt 36 61 3 1
M Bukhari* c R van der Giessen b PRP Boissevain 36 48 0 0
M Singh lbw b PRP Boissevain 3 6 0 0
A Raza+ c VJ Kingma b PRP Boissevain 20 31 2 1
PB Balwantsingh lbw b PRP Boissevain 5 10 1 0
JM Snoep lbw b PRP Boissevain 6 43 0 0
MB Hoornweg lbw b PRP Boissevain 4 2 1 0
N Ibrahimkhil not out 26 41 3 0
U Saleem not out 21 25 2 0
extras (b0 lb3 w11 nb0) 14
TOTAL 9 wickets for 192
FOW
1-3(M Latif) 2-30(CP Ambrose) 3-97(L van Wyk) 4-104(M Bukhari) 5-109(M Singh) 6-121(PB Balwantsingh) 7-138(A Raza) 8-142(MB Hoornweg) 9-150(JM Snoep)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
VJ Kingma 9.1 0 31 1 2
AA Qasim 5 0 30 1
BFW de Leede 6 0 28 0 2
ST Mulder 8 0 40 0 1
A Dutt 10 1 26 1
PRP Boissevain 9 1 34 6 2

Scorecard | Punjab vs ACC | 02.08.20

Punjab I Vs ACC I
1-Innings Match Played At Zomercomplex, Rotterdam, 02-Aug-2020, Topklasse
Punjab I Win by 8 wkts
Round 5
Toss won by Punjab I
Umpires MS Ahmad – R Kaulingfreks
Home Side Punjab I
Points Awarded ACC I 0, Punjab I 2
ACC I 1st Innings 209/10 All Out (Overs 47.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JM Mulready+ c&b Y Usman 5 17 1 0
CD Burnett c Mubashar Hussain b SA Zulfiqar 16 23 2 1
S Potdar lbw b SM Zulfiqar 29 82 3 0
RK Ramesh Babu lbw b SA Zulfiqar 0 2 0 0
MA Raza* c AT Nidamanuru b SA Zulfiqar 22 21 4 0
KHA Krishna c MMA Bajwa b Mubashar Hussain 25 27 3 1
S Kothari b Mubashar Hussain 2 4 0 0
RA Kumar c Mudassar Hussain b AT Nidamanuru 51 54 7 1
AE Alangara Napoleon b SM Zulfiqar 18 31 2 0
M van Vliet c Mudassar Hussain b AT Nidamanuru 14 23 1 0
D Arya not out 1 2 0 0
extras (b11 lb3 w12 nb0) 26
TOTAL 10 wickets for 209
FOW
1-13(JM Mulready) 2-37(CD Burnett) 3-38(RK Ramesh Babu) 4-74(MA Raza) 5-121(KHA Krishna) 6-123(S Potdar) 7-123(S Kothari) 8-175(AE Alangara Napoleon) 9-200(RA Kumar) 10-209(M van Vliet)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 9 0 48 0
Y Usman 6 0 25 1 2
SA Zulfiqar 10 0 49 3 7
Mubashar Hussain 10 1 24 2 1
SM Zulfiqar 10 2 37 2 1
AT Nidamanuru 2.4 0 12 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 212/2 (Overs 27.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh not out 127 95 15 8
RU Zulfiqar b D Arya 41 36 5 2
AA Zulfiqar c RK Ramesh Babu b RA Kumar 12 18 2 0
SM Zulfiqar not out 21 16 1 2
SA Zulfiqar dnb
AT Nidamanuru dnb
Y Usman dnb
Mudassar Hussain dnb
MMA Bajwa+ dnb
Mubashar Hussain dnb
S Tariq* dnb
extras (b2 lb6 w3 nb0) 11
TOTAL 2 wickets for 212
FOW
1-89(RU Zulfiqar) 2-151(AA Zulfiqar)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
RA Kumar 6 0 38 1 2
M van Vliet 4.3 0 39 0 1
D Arya 7 0 44 1
AE Alangara Napoleon 5 1 36 0
MA Raza 3 0 26 0
S Kothari 2 0 21 0

Scorecard | VRA vs VOC | 02.03.20

VRA I Vs VOC I
1-Innings Match Played At Amstelveen (VRA), 02-Aug-2020, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 26 runs
Round 5
Toss won by VRA I
Umpires RJ Campbell – D Das
Home Side VRA I
Points Awarded VRA I 2, VOC I 0
VRA I 1st Innings 186/9 All Out (Overs 42.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh* not out 72 113 5 0
SR Rasool lbw b MAA Jamil 21 23 2 1
D Dasgupta c MA Durrani b BW Hanif 6 15 0 0
BN Cooper c TIM de Kok b MAA Jamil 0 2 0 0
MB Luten run out 17 48 1 0
MW Lake c&b BRA Ruyters 0 6 0 0
MB Lees+ c TIM de Kok b RR Upadhyaya 42 44 2 0
QWM Gunning c&b RR Upadhyaya 0 2 0 0
MAK Raja lbw b RR Upadhyaya 0 1 0 0
A Abid b MAA Jamil 0 1 0 0
L Hartsink Absent Hurt
extras (b0 lb3 w25 nb0) 28
TOTAL 9 wickets for 186
FOW
1-32(SR Rasool) 2-49(D Dasgupta) 3-51(BN Cooper) 4-109(MB Luten) 5-110(MW Lake) 6-181(MB Lees) 7-181(QWM Gunning) 8-181(MAK Raja) 9-186(A Abid)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
MAA Jamil 8.3 2 23 3 3
SB van Wingerden 10 0 33 0
BW Hanif 7 0 36 1 6
RR Upadhyaya 6 0 35 3 16
JD Schoonheim 3 0 11 0
BRA Ruyters 3 0 14 1
MA Durrani 2 0 15 0 1
TIM de Kok 2 0 15 0
A Jain 1 0 1 0
VOC I 1st Innings 160/10 All Out (Overs 44)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MA Durrani c MB Lees b V Singh 15 37 2 0
R Malik lbw b A Abid 4 15 1 0
TIM de Kok+ lbw b D Dasgupta 38 38 4 1
A Jain b L Hartsink 8 22 0 0
MAA Jamil lbw b L Hartsink 0 2 0 0
RR Upadhyaya lbw b MAK Raja 14 31 1 0
JD Schoonheim c L Hartsink b MAK Raja 1 8 0 0
CL Rutgers* not out 44 60 3 0
BRA Ruyters c MB Lees b MAK Raja 7 27 0 0
SB van Wingerden lbw b MAK Raja 5 19 0 0
BW Hanif b D Dasgupta 3 5 0 0
extras (b0 lb4 w17 nb0) 21
TOTAL 10 wickets for 160
FOW
1-16(R Malik) 2-52(MA Durrani) 3-75(A Jain) 4-75(MAA Jamil) 5-81(TIM de Kok) 6-87(JD Schoonheim) 7-100(RR Upadhyaya) 8-139(BRA Ruyters) 9-149(SB van Wingerden) 10-160(BW Hanif)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 8 0 36 0 4
A Abid 4 1 20 1 7
MAK Raja 10 0 34 4 1
V Singh 4 0 15 1 3
L Hartsink 10 0 29 2 1
D Dasgupta 4 0 10 2 1
BN Cooper 4 0 12 0

Scorecard | HCC vs HBS | 02.08.20

HCC I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 02-Aug-2020, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 7 wkts
Round 5
Toss won by HBS I
Umpires N Bathi – ML Hancock
Home Side HCC I
Points Awarded HBS I 0, HCC I 2
HBS I 1st Innings 127/10 All Out (Overs 45.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
WT Coster lbw b J-WM Overdijk 12 32 1 0
TP Visée*+ c DA Trijzelaar b RR Bijloos 3 5 0 0
BFL Boddendijk c AJ Staal b J-WM Overdijk 10 26 1 0
Navjit Singh lbw b DG Crowley 7 29 1 0
A Ahmed run out 4 15 0 0
FJ Vink lbw b DG Crowley 43 68 3 1
JI de Mey c AJ Staal b OO Klaus 0 7 0 0
RP Mason st LJF Lagas b C Floyd 4 24 0 0
M Scholte c LJF Lagas b RR Bijloos 22 29 0 0
SP Geenevasen not out 7 20 0 0
SP Vink c DA Trijzelaar b C Floyd 2 19 0 0
extras (b0 lb1 w12 nb0) 13
TOTAL 10 wickets for 127
FOW
1-5(TP Visée) 2-28(WT Coster) 3-29(BFL Boddendijk) 4-36(A Ahmed) 5-43(Navjit Singh) 6-47(JI de Mey) 7-65(RP Mason) 8-117(FJ Vink) 9-117(M Scholte) 10-127(SP Vink)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
C Floyd 7.4 0 28 2 2
RR Bijloos 10 0 25 2 3
J-WM Overdijk 8 1 30 2 3
DG Crowley 10 2 20 2 3
OO Klaus 10 1 23 1 1
HCC I 1st Innings 128/3 (Overs 25.5)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
DA Trijzelaar c RP Mason b A Ahmed 14 44 1 0
AJ Staal* c Navjit Singh b FJ Vink 15 28 1 1
DG Crowley c TP Visée b WT Coster 21 21 2 1
YJ Patel not out 34 38 4 0
FF Vecchi not out 32 38 2 1
C Floyd dnb
LJF Lagas+ dnb
J-WM Overdijk dnb
OO Klaus dnb
JP Trijzelaar dnb
RR Bijloos dnb
extras (b0 lb1 w11 nb0) 12
TOTAL 3 wickets for 128
FOW
1-28(AJ Staal) 2-51(DA Trijzelaar) 3-63(DG Crowley)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Vink 8.5 1 33 1
Navjit Singh 4 0 19 0 5
WT Coster 6 0 31 1 5
A Ahmed 2 0 13 1
JI de Mey 3 0 9 0 1
SP Vink 1 0 11 0
SP Geenevasen 1 0 11 0

Scorecard | Dosti vs Excelsior | 01.08.20

Dosti United I Vs Excelsior 20 I
1-Innings Match Played At Thurlede, Schiedam, 01-Aug-2020, Topklasse
Excelsior 20 I Win by 180 runs
Round 5
Toss won by Excelsior 20 I
Umpires N Bathi – M Prabhudesai
Scorers B Kroesen
Home Side Dosti United I
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 2, Dosti United I 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 296/4 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
LA Kroesen run out 48 80 4 0
RTF Verhagen+ lbw b NB Perumal 85 110 7 2
NT Etman b NB Perumal 9 12 0 1
J Kroesen not out 60 50 5 0
RWA van Troost st S Ravichandran b M Hans 28 33 1 0
LT Ingram not out 43 15 4 3
R Heinsbroek dnb
SG Shankar dnb
TJ Heggelman* dnb
UF Baker dnb
GG Kroesen dnb
extras (b3 lb6 w14 nb0) 23
TOTAL 4 wickets for 296
FOW
1-143(LA Kroesen) 2-161(RTF Verhagen) 3-166(NT Etman) 4-240(RWA van Troost)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Hans 10 1 44 1 1
S Raji 7 1 33 0 1
T Ahmed 7 0 55 0
Asief Hoseinbaks 7 0 30 0 3
W Masood 8 0 57 0 4
VAB Tewarie 7 0 43 0 2
NB Perumal 4 0 25 2 3
Dosti United I 1st Innings 116/9 All Out (Overs 36.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
VAB Tewarie* c RTF Verhagen b GG Kroesen 17 31 2 0
M Hans c SG Shankar b NT Etman 10 22 1 0
S Ravichandran+ c RTF Verhagen b TJ Heggelman 0 1 0 0
S Raji c RTF Verhagen b GG Kroesen 5 21 0 0
AG Dhaduti b UF Baker 9 44 0 0
W Masood c RTF Verhagen b J Kroesen 56 50 5 3
T Ahmed b UF Baker 1 11 0 0
F Hoseinbaks b LA Kroesen 5 26 0 0
NB Perumal not out 1 12 0 0
J Kumar c LT Ingram b LA Kroesen 0 3 0 0
Asief Hoseinbaks Absent Hurt
extras (b1 lb3 w7 nb1) 12
TOTAL 9 wickets for 116
FOW
1-24(M Hans) 2-29(S Ravichandran) 3-34(VAB Tewarie) 4-41(S Raji) 5-81(AG Dhaduti) 6-89(T Ahmed) 7-114(W Masood) 8-116(F Hoseinbaks) 9-116(J Kumar)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
NT Etman 4 0 16 1
TJ Heggelman 4 1 11 1 1
RWA van Troost 4 1 4 0 1
GG Kroesen 5 0 11 2 3
UF Baker 10 1 43 2
R Heinsbroek 6 1 24 0 2 1
J Kroesen 3 0 3 1
LA Kroesen .4 0 0 2

Gallery | Sparta vs VCC | 02.08.20

Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg CC at Bermweg – 02/08/20
scorecard | as it happened

Sparta’s last pair win a thriller

Rod Lyall 03/08/20


Leaders Punjab Rotterdam and HCC both had comfortable wins on Sunday to preserve their unbeaten records, but most of the drama of the round came at the Bermweg, where Sparta 1888 hung on to achieve a remarkable one-wicket victory over Voorburg.

Chasing Voorburg’s relatively modest total of 191 for eight, Sparta began well, a useful third-wicket stand between Lenert van Wyk and Mudassar Bukhari, both of whom made 36, getting them almost halfway to their target.

But once they had gone, a mid-order collapse triggered by international leg-spinner Philippe Boissevain saw the home side slump from 104 for three to 150 for nine.

42 were still needed when Usman Saleem joined Nasratullah Ibrahimkil at the crease, and with Boissevain in rampant mood Voorburg appeared to be on the brink of victory.

But there were plenty of overs in hand, and Sparta’s final pair gradually picked off the runs, doing so so effectively that the winning runs came with 17 deliveries remaining. Boissevain finished with six for 34.

Earlier, Voorburg opener Righardt Pieterse had posted a maiden Topklasse half-century, facing 104 deliveries and sharing useful partnerships with Bas de Leede and Aryan Dutt.

Pieterse eventually became one of four victims for Manminder Singh (at a cost of 53 runs), who worked his way through the middle order, while Max Hoornweg collected three for 32.

The individual batting performance of the day again came from Punjab’s international opening batsman Stef Myburgh, who struck a 95-ball, unbeaten 127 as his side made short work of pursuing ACC’s 209 at the Zomercomplex. Myburgh hit 15 fours and eight sixes.

That ACC managed to reach 209 was due in large part to Aryan Kumar, playing for the first time this season, who came to the wicket at 123 for six and proceeded to make a brisk 51.

Sikander Zulfiqar took three for 49, and there was a brace of wickets apiece for his brother Saqib, Mubashar Hussain and Teja Nidamanuru.

Then Myburgh and Rehmat Zulfiqar got Punjab off to a lightning start, smacking 76 off the first ten overs and pushing their opening stand to 89 before Rehmat was bowled by Devanshu Arya for a 36-ball 41.

But Myburgh was unstoppable, adding 50 of a second-wicket stand of 62 with Asad Zulfiqar and a further 36 in a more equal partnership of 61 with Saqib Zulfiqar, who finished on 21.

The task for HCC’s batsmen at De Diepput was a good deal easier: HBS Craeyenhout never recovered from the early dismissal of the talismanic Tobias Visée, and were dismissed for 127, Ferdi Vink’s fighting 43 and his eighth-wicket stand of 52 with young Martijn Scholte the only bright spots in an otherwise disappointing effort.

All HCC’s bowlers had a piece of the action, with Clayton Floyd, Reinier Bijloos, Jan-Wieger Overdijk and Damian Crowley each picking up a couple of wickets and Olivier Klaus one.

In the absence of Boris Gorlee and Hidde Overdijk HCC might have experienced a mild flutter at 63 for three in reply, but Yash Patel and Felix Vecchi rose to the occasion, more than doubling the score in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand and making 34 and 32 respectively, seeing their side to a seven-wicket victory with almost half the overs remaining.

It is increasingly looking as if meeting between Punjab and HCC on 23 August will have the character of a non-title decider.

Another of Sunday’s absentees was VRA Amsterdam skipper Peter Borren, who split the webbing of his left hand during Friday evening’s T20 Cup match, and this led to Vikram Singh, at 17 years and 206 days, perhaps becoming the top division’s youngest-ever captain in the match against VOC Rotterdam in Amstelveen.

Singh led from the front after winning the toss, carrying his bat and making 72 not out as VRA were dismissed for 186, young spinner Luke Hartsink unable to bat because he, too, is carrying a hand injury.

The skipper was well supported by Mitch Lees, who made 42 in sixth-wicket stand of 71, while for VOC there were three wickets apiece for returning former international Ahsan Malik and for Ramdas Upadhyaya, at a cost of 23 and 35 respectively.

The Rotterdammers made a creditable fight of their response, with both Tim de Kok (38) and Corey Rutgers (44 not out) giving them some prospect of achieving their first win of the season, but the spin of Hartsink (two for 29) and veteran Adeel Raja (four for 34) proved too effective, and in the end Rutgers was left stranded with the total on 160.

On Saturday Excelsior ’20 Schiedam had secured their first points of the season with a thumping 180-run victory over Dosti-United Amsterdam at Thurlede.

The Schiedammers dominated from the outset, Luuk Kroesen and Roel Verhagen putting on 143 for the first wicket before the former was run out for 48, just short of a maiden Topklasse fifty and Verhagen then went on to a personal best of 85.

Then Kroesen’s eldest brother Joost contributed an unbeaten 60, he and Lorenzo Ingram (43 not out) pushing Excelsior’s total up to an imposing 296 for four.
Dosti never seemed likely to put up a serious challenge, and although Waheed Masood made a defiant 50-ball 56 before becoming one of four victims for keeper Verhagen, falling to the leg spin of Joost Kroesen.

The wickets were shared as Dosti’s innings closed on 116, Umar Baker and the third Kroesen, Gijs, picking up two each, and Luuk taking two for none in four deliveries to finish off what was little short of a Kroesen family triumph.