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HBS vs VOC at Craeyenhout Round 16|01.08.2021

Scorecard | HBS vs VOC | 01.08.21

HBS I Vs VOC I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 01-Aug-2021, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 62 runs
Round 16
Toss won by HBS I
Umpires RJ Akram – D Das
Home Side HBS I
Comment Match reduced to 37 overs
Points Awarded VOC I 4, HBS I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 271/4 Closed (Overs 37)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MP O’Dowd c FJ Vink b SP Geenevasen 118 99 7 9
ZDA van Baren c TP Visée b R Klein 0 2 0 0
TIM de Kok c TP Visée b R Klein 0 1 0 0
SA Edwards+ c SP Vink b FJ Vink 0 11 0 0
CL Rutgers not out   114 99 13 3
PM Seelaar* not out   26 11 2 2
MA Durrani dnb          
JD Schoonheim dnb          
RR Upadhyaya dnb          
PJ Fletcher dnb          
SB van Wingerden dnb          
extras   (b4 lb1 w7 nb1) 13      
TOTAL   4 wickets for 271      
FOW
1-1(ZDA van Baren) 2-1(TIM de Kok) 3-14(SA Edwards) 4-200(MP O’Dowd)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
R Klein 8 1 40 2
FJ Vink 6 0 48 1 2
JI de Mey 7 0 52 0
SP Geenevasen 8 0 59 1 4
W Barresi 4 0 24 0 1
BFL Boddendijk 1 0 15 0 1
SP Vink 2 0 16 0
Navjit Singh 1 0 12 0
HBS I 1st Innings 209/9 Closed (Overs 37)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TP Visée+ c MP O’Dowd b PJ Fletcher 26 13 3 2
JI de Mey run out   21 44 1 0
T Walbrugh c TIM de Kok b ZDA van Baren 4 9 0 0
Navjit Singh   b SB van Wingerden 36 51 3 0
W Barresi c MP O’Dowd b RR Upadhyaya 19 21 1 0
RP Mason c RR Upadhyaya b SB van Wingerden 17 18 1 0
R Klein   b SB van Wingerden 2 4 0 0
FJ Vink* run out   16 11 1 1
BFL Boddendijk c TIM de Kok b JD Schoonheim 10 7 2 0
SP Vink not out   7 20 0 0
SP Geenevasen not out   37 24 4 2
extras   (b0 lb2 w12 nb0) 14      
TOTAL   9 wickets for 209      
FOW
1-32(TP Visée) 2-42(T Walbrugh) 3-74(JI de Mey) 4-112(W Barresi) 5-121(Navjit Singh) 6-127(R Klein) 7-142(RP Mason) 8-154(FJ Vink) 9-164(BFL Boddendijk)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
PJ Fletcher 5 0 27 1
SB van Wingerden 7 0 51 3
ZDA van Baren 7 0 35 1 3
RR Upadhyaya 7 1 29 1 5
JD Schoonheim 8 0 44 1 4
MP O’Dowd 3 0 21 0

Scorecard | HCC vs Excelsior | 01.08.21

HCC I Vs Excelsior 20 I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 01-Aug-2021, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 6 wkts
Round 16
Toss won by HCC I
Umpires PGHA van Giezen – WPM van Liemt
Scorers C de Lange – EM Heggelman
Home Side HCC I
Comment Match reduced to 49 overs
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 0, HCC I 4
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 180/10 All Out (Overs 43.2)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman c AJ Staal b RR Bijloos 16 20 3 0
LA Kroesen c YJ Patel b H Venter 14 22 2 0
LT Ingram   b MN Ahmad 69 87 4 2
MCI van Gelderen c MN Ahmad b H Venter 0 7 0 0
SL van Troost+ c C Floyd b J-WM Overdijk 28 49 4 0
J Kroesen* lbw b C Floyd 0 6 0 0
NT Etman c AJ Staal b RR Bijloos 17 33 2 0
JJ van Troost lbw b MN Ahmad 0 3 0 0
DA Woutersen c C Floyd b MN Ahmad 17 23 2 0
RWA van Troost not out   1 5 0 0
KHJ Roelfsema c RR Bijloos b C Floyd 1 5 0 0
extras   (b0 lb1 w16 nb0) 17      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 180      
FOW
1-32(LA Kroesen) 2-36(TC Etman) 3-37(MCI van Gelderen) 4-98(SL van Troost) 5-105(J Kroesen) 6-147(NT Etman) 7-153(JJ van Troost) 8-171(LT Ingram) 9-179(DA Woutersen) 10-180(KHJ Roelfsema)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
C Floyd 9.2 0 35 2 2
RR Bijloos 8 1 27 2 1
H Venter 7 0 30 2 2
J-WM Overdijk 8 1 27 1 4
OO Klaus 5 0 31 0 1
MN Ahmad 5 0 21 3 2
DG Crowley 1 0 8 0
HCC I 1st Innings 181/4 (Overs 39.3)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MN Ahmad   b KHJ Roelfsema 8 9 1 0
DJ Hennop run out TC Etman   2 9 0 0
BHG Gorlee* c DA Woutersen b NT Etman 10 17 0 1
DG Crowley not out   93 111 12 1
AJ Staal c DA Woutersen b LT Ingram 50 83 3 2
YJ Patel+ not out   1 9 0 0
C Floyd dnb          
OO Klaus dnb          
H Venter dnb          
J-WM Overdijk dnb          
RR Bijloos dnb          
extras   (b4 lb6 w6 nb1) 17      
TOTAL   4 wickets for 181      
FOW
1-12(DJ Hennop) 2-12(MN Ahmad) 3-42(BHG Gorlee) 4-161(AJ Staal)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
KHJ Roelfsema 8 0 38 1 5
NT Etman 8 1 37 1 1
LT Ingram 8.3 0 36 1
RWA van Troost 10 1 39 0 1
JJ van Troost 3 0 13 0
J Kroesen 2 0 8 0

Scorecard | Punjab vs Sparta | 01.08.21

Punjab I Vs Sparta I
1-Innings Match Played At Zomercomplex, Rotterdam, 01-Aug-2021, Topklasse
Punjab I Win by 247 runs
Round 16
Toss won by Sparta I
Umpires ML Hancock – N Uduwage
Home Side Punjab I
Comment Match reduced to 39 overs
Points Awarded Punjab I 4, Sparta I 0
Punjab I 1st Innings 325/6 Closed (Overs 39)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh lbw b Manminder Singh 84 51 6 6
RU Zulfiqar c G Tarr b N Ibrahimkhil 1 8 0 0
AA Zulfiqar+ c M Latif b Manminder Singh 53 63 8 1
AT Nidamanuru c M Latif b Manminder Singh 23 20 2 1
SM Zulfiqar not out   69 52 6 4
SA Zulfiqar c Manminder Singh b N Ibrahimkhil 57 34 6 3
Y Usman lbw b IS Hoornweg 0 1 0 0
S Tariq* not out   12 4 0 2
I Ul Haq dnb          
Mubashar Hussain dnb          
S Mian dnb          
extras   (b4 lb1 w18 nb3) 26      
TOTAL   6 wickets for 325      
FOW
1-3(RU Zulfiqar) 2-137(AA Zulfiqar) 3-158(SJ Myburgh) 4-187(AT Nidamanuru) 5-302(SA Zulfiqar) 6-306(Y Usman)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
PB Balwantsingh 6 0 37 0 3
N Ibrahimkhil 8 1 73 2 1 1
I Choudry 8 0 55 0 3
IS Hoornweg 8 0 67 1 5
Manminder Singh 8 0 65 3 1 1
M Latif 1 0 23 0 1
Sparta I 1st Innings 78/10 All Out (Overs 24.1)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
AW Umar run out Mubashar Hussain   5 15 1 0
R Deol   c&b I Ul Haq 16 25 1 0
G Tarr*+ c SA Zulfiqar b I Ul Haq 38 35 3 2
Manminder Singh   c&b SM Zulfiqar 1 4 0 0
N Ibrahimkhil c AA Zulfiqar b I Ul Haq 0 1 0 0
D Umar c AA Zulfiqar b I Ul Haq 9 20 1 0
PB Balwantsingh c AT Nidamanuru b SM Zulfiqar 1 11 0 0
M Latif c AA Zulfiqar b SM Zulfiqar 0 2 0 0
I Choudry   b Mubashar Hussain 2 11 0 0
T Hoornweg c AT Nidamanuru b I Ul Haq 4 13 0 0
IS Hoornweg not out   0 8 0 0
extras   (b0 lb0 w2 nb0) 2      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 78      
FOW
1-13(AW Umar) 2-57(R Deol) 3-58(Manminder Singh) 4-62(N Ibrahimkhil) 5-63(G Tarr) 6-72(PB Balwantsingh) 7-72(M Latif) 8-72(D Umar) 9-78(T Hoornweg) 10-78(I Choudry)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
Mubashar Hussain 4.1 0 10 1 1
S Mian 4 0 33 0 1
SM Zulfiqar 8 2 24 3
I Ul Haq 8 2 11 5

Scorecard | ACC vs VCC | 01.08.21

ACC I Vs Voorburg I
1-Innings Match Played At Het Loopveld West, 01-Aug-2021, Topklasse
Voorburg I Win by 8 wkts
Round 16
Toss won by ACC I
Umpires DJ Kalloe – FLA van Lent
Home Side ACC I
Comment Match reduced to 45 overs
Points Awarded ACC I 0, Voorburg I 4
ACC I 1st Innings 91/7 Closed (Overs 45)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
S Potdar c LV van Beek b BFW de Leede 4 32 0 0
KHA Krishna c R Pieterse b LV van Beek 7 15 0 0
A Zaidi c M Hingorani b LV van Beek 0 2 0 0
RK Ramesh Babu c M Hingorani b VJ Kingma 10 27 1 0
MA Raza* lbw b ST Mulder 0 20 0 0
RA Kumar lbw b LV van Beek 20 78 0 0
M van Vliet not out   16 79 0 0
QT Brouwer lbw b LV van Beek 1 3 0 0
J White+ not out   6 17 0 0
Z Master dnb          
D Arya dnb          
extras   (b3 lb3 w18 nb3) 27      
TOTAL   7 wickets for 91      
FOW
1-14(KHA Krishna) 2-14(A Zaidi) 3-31(S Potdar) 4-33(RK Ramesh Babu) 5-40(MA Raza) 6-72(RA Kumar) 7-76(QT Brouwer)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
LV van Beek 9 3 17 4 3
GK Nieuwoudt 4 2 10 0 5
VJ Kingma 4 1 10 1 1 2
BFW de Leede 8 3 15 1 5 1
A Dutt 7 2 12 0 2
ST Mulder 7 2 10 1 1
PRP Boissevain 6 1 11 0 1
Voorburg I 1st Innings 92/2 (Overs 27.5)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
A Dutt c RK Ramesh Babu b A Zaidi 25 50 1 1
M Hingorani+ c J White b D Arya 9 22 0 0
BFW de Leede* not out   40 63 5 0
SA Engelbrecht not out   8 33 0 0
GK Nieuwoudt dnb          
LV van Beek dnb          
R Pieterse dnb          
VJ Kingma dnb          
PRP Boissevain dnb          
L Boissevain dnb          
ST Mulder dnb          
extras   (b2 lb0 w7 nb1) 10      
TOTAL   2 wickets for 92      
FOW
1-33(M Hingorani) 2-43(A Dutt)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
D Arya 9 1 23 1
RA Kumar 3 0 12 0 3
M van Vliet 3 0 11 0 3
A Zaidi 7 2 21 1 1
Z Master 3.5 1 17 0 1
S Potdar 2 1 6 0

Scorecard | Dosti vs VRA | 01.08.21

Dosti United I Vs VRA I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Drieburg, 01-Aug-2021, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 5 wkts
Round 16
Toss won by VRA I
Umpires J Hilhorst – M Prabhudesai
Home Side Dosti United I
Comment Match reduced to 43 overs; rain stopped play, Dosti 31-2 (12.1 overs); match further reduced to 39 overs. DLS target 128.
Points Awarded Dosti United I 0, VRA I 4
Dosti United I 1st Innings 127/7 Closed (Overs 39)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RI Ahmed+   c&b QWM Gunning 4 6 0 0
M Hans   b V Singh 60 111 1 2
JRM Wegecsanyi c Z Khan b QWM Gunning 0 5 0 0
VAB Tewarie*   b LA Turmaine 15 45 0 0
Asief Hoseinbaks c D Dasgupta b LA Turmaine 13 29 1 0
NB Perumal c A Abid b MB Luten 1 14 0 0
W Masood c MB Lees b QWM Gunning 12 15 1 0
Arief Hoseinbaks not out   5 8 0 0
S Shazai not out   1 1 0 0
A Nawaz dnb          
S Mahendram dnb          
extras   (b0 lb2 w14 nb0) 16      
TOTAL   7 wickets for 127      
FOW
1-4(RI Ahmed) 2-7(JRM Wegecsanyi) 3-57(VAB Tewarie) 4-76(Asief Hoseinbaks) 5-84(NB Perumal) 6-106(W Masood) 7-126(M Hans)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 8 0 24 3 6
A Abid 8 1 19 0 3
V Singh 7 1 25 1 1
LA Turmaine 8 0 19 2 1
PW Borren 4 0 30 0 2
MB Luten 4 1 8 1 1
VRA I 1st Innings 128/5 (Overs 22)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh   b Asief Hoseinbaks 14 17 0 2
Z Khan   c&b Asief Hoseinbaks 44 31 5 1
SR Rasool c unknown b NB Perumal 27 47 2 0
QWM Gunning run out Asief Hoseinbaks   10 19 0 0
D Dasgupta c Arief Hoseinbaks b A Nawaz 2 8 0 0
M Khan not out   1 5 0 0
PW Borren* not out   6 6 0 0
MB Lees+ dnb          
MB Luten dnb          
LA Turmaine dnb          
A Abid dnb          
extras   (b12 lb2 w9 nb1) 24      
TOTAL   5 wickets for 128      
FOW
1-33(V Singh) 2-89(Z Khan) 3-103(SR Rasool) 4-110(D Dasgupta) 5-113(QWM Gunning)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
Asief Hoseinbaks 8 0 45 2 4
W Masood 3 0 19 0
M Hans 2 0 16 0 1
A Nawaz 5 0 14 1 1
NB Perumal 3 0 13 1 2
S Mahendram 1 0 7 0

O’Dowd and Rutgers take VOC back into the four

Rod Lyall 02/08/21

A fine stand of 186 between Max O’Dowd and Corey Rutgers enabled VOC Rotterdam to recover from a perilous 14 for three and reach 271 for four against HBS at Craeyenhout on Sunday, laying the foundation for a 62-run victory and taking them back into fourth spot in the densely-packed table.

The total was all the more remarkable because the match had been cut to 37 overs a side after overnight rain, which means that it was equivalent to more than 350 over a full 50 overs.

HBS had a dream start after winning the toss, with Dirk van Baren, Tim de Kok and Scott Edwards all dismissed without scoring in the space of the first 23 deliveries, two falling to Ryan Klein in the first over and the third to Ferdi Vink, but this brought O’Dowd and Rutgers together for the partnership which turned the game around.

O’Dowd passed fifty for the eighth time in 14 innings and went on to post his third century of the season, taking his tally to 810; he faced 99 deliveries and hit nine sixes to go with his seven fours.

Rutgers continued in company with Pieter Seelaar, returning after missing six games with a back injury, after O’Dowd departed for 118, and this pair added 71 in five and a half overs, Rutgers finishing on 114 not out, also made from 99 deliveries.

This left HBS with a massive task, and although they began brightly enough, their chances receded once Tobias Visée fell to Pierce Fletcher and, even more decisively, Dirk van Baren removed leading run-scorer Tayo Walbrugh.

The hosts never recovered, and although Navjit Singh made 36 before he became the first of three victims for Siebe van Wingerden, and last man Sander Geenevasen weighed in with a defiant 37 not out in the dying overs, their closed on 209 for nine.

If VOC’s total was imposing it was surpassed by Punjab Rotterdam’s 325 for six in 39 overs against Sparta 1888 at the Zomercomplex.

There were four half-centuries in the Punjab innings, Stephan Myburgh making a 51-ball 84 and sharing a second-wicket stand of 134 with Asad Zulfiqar (53), and Saqib Zulfiqar (69 not out from 52 deliveries) adding 115 for the fifth wicket with Sikander Zulfiqar (57 from 34).

Between them the Punjab batting line-up smacked 28 fours and 17 sixes off Sparta’s long-suffering attack, which was missing both Mudassar Bukhari and Max Hoornweg; Manminder Singh was the most effective with three for 65 from his eight overs.

Sparta reached 57 for two in reply, but then spinners Saqib Zulfiqar and Irfan ul Haq took over, and the last eight wickets fell for just 21 runs, Saqib taking three for 24 and Ul Haq five for 11 in eight overs as the side was all out for 78, Garnett Tarr top-scoring with 38.

Excelsior ‘20 became the first side in seven games to take more than 50 off the HCC attack, but their total of 180 was insufficient to stop HCC’s batters from pulling off a six-wicket victory as Damian Crowley (93 not out) and Tonny Staal (53) added 119 for the fourth wicket and took their side to within sight of their target.

Earlier, Lorenzo Ingram played a largely lone hand in Excelsior’s innings with 69, but apart from Stan van Troost (28) he received little support; HCC missed Hidde Overdijk from the attack, but Musa Nadeem Ahmad claimed three for 21 and Clayton Floyd extended his season’s tally to 37 with two for 35.

At Het Loopveld Voorburg stayed on terms with HCC with a comfortable win over ACC, whose batting woes continued as they struggled to 91 for seven in 45 overs in a rain-punctuated innings.

Logan van Beek celebrated his return to the Voorburg colours with four for 17, while Viv Kingma also bowled for the first time in weeks, collecting a wicket.

Bas de Leede then steered his side to an eight-wicket victory with an unbeaten 40.

VRA Amsterdam kept their outside chances of a play-off place alive with a five-wicket win over Dosti Amsterdam at Sportpark Drieburg.

Here, too, rain interrupted Dosti’s innings, which was held together by a career-best 60 from opener Mahesh Hans as they reached 127 for seven in 39 overs, Quirijn Guinning leading the VRA attack with three for 24.

Zamaan Khan’s 31-ball 44 set VRA on the path to victory, but they lost five wickets along the way before completing the win with 17 overs to spare.

Preview Round 16

Rod Lyall & Bertus de Jong 30/07/21


Three rounds to go, and still seven teams in the hunt for a place in the top four. The weather may have done its best to ruin a season which was always going to be a difficult one, but the outcome is one of the most exciting contests in a very long time – helped, of course, by the reintroduction of the play-off system. With seven points (less than two matches) separating second from seventh there is little room for any mis-steps, and only the most sure-footed will be contesting the semi-finals towards the end of August.

RL: The undoubted Eight-pointer of the Day pits HBS (currently fourth) against VOC Rotterdam (fifth) at Craeyenhout. Buoyed by the return of Tayo Walbrugh and Ryan Klein and the presence of Wesley Barresi, the Crows had a good win over Excelsior last week, and they will need to carry that form into another clash with a key rival. Victory here would enable VOC to leapfrog over their opponents and back into the four, and with Excelsior and HCC yet to play they have one of the tougher assignments in the final weeks. They, too, were boosted by the return of Bobby Hanif from injury, but the batting remains a worry once Max O’Dowd and Scott Edwards have returned to the side-line. They disposed of Dosti efficiently enough last Sunday, but Pieter Seelaar’s absence leaves a massive gap in both batting and bowling, and in this Aesopic contest between the Crows and the Bloodhounds it’s the men in black who seem more likely to come out on top.

BdJ: Word is the Dutch skipper may yet be seen again in VOC colours this season, perhaps even as early as Sunday. Certainly his return would go some way toward steadying a shaky middle order even if he doesn’t bowl his full quota. Even so it’s hard to look past Walbrugh and Klein’s form thus far this season, combined with the fact that VOC haven’t won a game against a side that wasn’t Dosti in the last five rounds.

RL: One can imagine that a lot of people in Schiedam are cursing the South African Warriors for not having started their pre-season training a week later, but as it is Excelsior ‘20 (sixth) will go into their match against HCC (second) at De Diepput without Tristan Stubbs. The Lions’ ruthless demolition of Sparta has made the statistics we quoted last week even more striking: over their last six matches HCC’s attack has now taken 60 wickets at an average cost of 8.15 runs per wicket. Excelsior, even without Stubbs, are likely to put up more resistance than Sparta, but even so they will need to be at their absolute best to cope with the threat of Overdijk, Bijloos, Klaus and Floyd. HCC have won all those six matches by bowling first and skittling their opponents, so winning the toss and attempting to put the home side’s top order under pressure might well be Excelsior’s best option. That said, the last time HCC batted first they recovered from 11 for four to post 237 for eight, so there’s no question but that they bat in depth.

BdJ: Excelsior’s strangle and chase strategy generally comes off best on home turf, and it’s worth noting that Stubbs’ departure also weakens their slow bowling attack somewhat. His absence thus puts even more on the shoulders of Lorenzo Ingram. Together with Umar Baker, who’s had a rather inconspicuous season thus far. With their last two games pitting them against fellow potential top-four contenders VOC and VRA, the Schiedammers route to the play-offs is far from easy. HCC could in principle afford to drop points this week, though they will likely have their sights on a top two slot at this stage. A home encounter with a weakened Excelsior will look to the Lions like a fine opportunity to stake that claim.

RL: Leaders Punjab Rotterdam, smarting from their defeat by Voorburg last Sunday, will entertain Sparta 1888, whose collapse against HCC was spectacular even by their standards. They were, of course, missing Mudassar Bukhari as well as their Belgian contingent, which left them ill-fitted to face the onslaught of the HCC attack. Punjab’s bowling is a different proposition, exponents of line and length rather than out-and-out cutting power, but they will also test their visitors’ resolution, albeit in a different way. Then there’s the home side’s top and middle order: they may have been out of sorts in recent weeks, but on their own patch, where they seem to have measured to the last millimeter the distance to every corner of the boundary, they can take a visiting attack to pieces in double-quick time if they’re in the mood. It’s hard to know at this stage what Sparta’s side will look like this week, but they will all need to come to the party if they’re not to see Punjab reverse their losing run.

BdJ: If one defeat is a hiccough and a second is a stumble, then heaven knows how mixed up that metaphor will get should Punjab be forced to call housekeeping on Sunday. The loss of Bukhari leaves a significant hole in both the batting and bowling for Sparta,  and on the face of it the match looks like a fine chance for the table leaders to get back to their winning ways as they look to build some momentum going into the play-offs. Conversely, though dropping out of the top four altogether is no longer a risk for the Rotterdammers, the prospect of taking a losing streak into the bottom half of the draw is not one they will relish.

RL: If HBS-VOC is the Eight-pointer of the Day, Voorburg’s visit to ‘t Loopveld to take on ACC is perhaps the Banana Skin of the Round. VOC discovered to their cost a fortnight ago that a trip to Amstelveen can be far from straightforward, and on a ground where runs can be at a premium Voorburg’s problems with pacing an innings could well be magnified. On the other hand, their attack has stepped up impressively, with Sajjad Kamal and Stef Mulder outstanding in last week’s win over Punjab, and they will seek to impose themselves on an ACC line-up which has been struggling for runs. With Dosti their next opponents Voorburg will be keen to consolidate their top four spot before they face HBS in the final round, while their hosts have nothing except honour to play for. That, though, should be incentive enough, and the younger component of their side have reputations to establish in advance of what is likely to be a much tougher campaign next season.

BdJ: Though ACC’s ambitions likely did not extend much further than team-building and development this season, the flip side of that is that for much of their young side this season is effectively an audition for a regular first team spot in 2022, when the Amsterdammers are expected to bring in some bigger guns. At home they have occasionally proved a handful when they get runs on the board, aided by the turgid outfield at het Loopveld and, at least early in the season, a remarkably disciplined approach to fielding. That discipline has slipped somewhat in recent weeks but, as VOC showed, timing a chase remains a tricky proposition as indeed does scoring rapid risk free-runs at any point with attempted acceleration usually resulting in wickets falling. Such considerations are not enough to make VCC underdogs by any stretch, but putting together a win at het Loopveld remains a different sort of challenge to the one the met at home against Punjab last week.

RL: Every match day is High Noon for VRA Amsterdam now, given that they are six points outside the four in seventh spot, and they need not only to win all their remaining games but to see the other results go their way. Even if all goes well they may need to improve their NRR considerably as well, and they will no doubt view their visit to Sportpark Drieburg to take on Dosti Amsterdam in that light. They posted 302 for six when the sides met in the Bos at the end of May, and Dosti’s fortunes have if anything declined further since then. VRA’s line-up has tended to vary from week to week, but Luke Scully and Jack Balbirnie have added significantly to their batting resources, compensating for the absence of Ben Cooper and the variable availability of Eric Szwarczynski, while the attack benefits from the continued development of Ashir Abid and Luke Hartink. It’s hard to know what remains to be said about Dosti, except that the end of the league phase probably can’t come quickly enough for Vinoo Tewarie and his embattled outfit.

BdJ: VRA’s improbable procession of injuries has continued unabated meanwhile, with Hartsink reportedly out for the rest of the season with a fractured wrist, Cooper still recovering, and Udit Nashier out with a shoulder complaint it’s not even clear that they will have 11 men on Sunday. Still two wins short of a top four slot they can’t afford any slip-ups, and losing to Dosti would certainly be an emphatic way to end their play-off hopes. Given the state of Dosti at the moment it’s likely that any side VRA cobble together will start as favourites of course, but no Topklasse team has ever been due a win more than Vinoo Tewarie’s side, and given the season-ending consequences of defeat for VRA this match would be my pick for the round’s pre-eminent banana skin.


RL’s picks: HBS, HCC, Punjab, Voorburg, VRA.
BdJ’s picks: HBS, HCC, Punjab, Voorburg, VRA.

Scorecard | VCC vs Punjab | 25.07.21

Voorburg I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Westvliet, Voorburg, 25-Jul-2021, Topklasse
Voorburg I Win by 8 wkts
Round 15
Toss won by Voorburg I
Umpires RJ Akram – D Das
Home Side Voorburg I
Points Awarded Punjab I 0, Voorburg I 4
Punjab I 1st Innings 84/10 All Out (Overs 31.3)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c TN de Grooth b GK Nieuwoudt 4 10 1 0
RU Zulfiqar c BFW de Leede b ST Mulder 5 41 0 0
AA Zulfiqar+   b S Kamal 23 52 4 0
AT Nidamanuru c N Kulkarni b ST Mulder 3 12 0 0
SM Zulfiqar   b ST Mulder 7 25 0 0
Y Usman   b S Kamal 3 6 0 0
SA Zulfiqar   b S Kamal 3 10 0 0
S Tariq* run out A Dutt   13 11 2 0
I Ul Haq lbw b A Dutt 1 5 0 0
Mubashar Hussain c M Hingorani b ST Mulder 0 7 0 0
S Mian not out   0 11 0 0
extras   (b0 lb5 w16 nb1) 22      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 84      
FOW
1-8(SJ Myburgh) 2-30(RU Zulfiqar) 3-48(AA Zulfiqar) 4-48(AT Nidamanuru) 5-54(Y Usman) 6-59(SA Zulfiqar) 7-79(S Tariq) 8-83(I Ul Haq) 9-83(SM Zulfiqar) 10-84(Mubashar Hussain)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
GK Nieuwoudt 8 1 15 1 5
BFW de Leede 8 3 23 0 5
S Kamal 5 1 16 3 2
ST Mulder 7.3 2 19 4 2
A Dutt 3 1 6 1 1 1
Voorburg I 1st Innings 86/2 (Overs 27.4)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
M Hingorani+ not out   35 71 4 0
TN de Grooth c AA Zulfiqar b SM Zulfiqar 7 25 1 0
BFW de Leede* c AT Nidamanuru b SM Zulfiqar 26 36 4 0
SA Engelbrecht not out   16 34 2 0
A Dutt dnb          
R Pieterse dnb          
GK Nieuwoudt dnb          
N Kulkarni dnb          
R Goncalves dnb          
ST Mulder dnb          
S Kamal dnb          
extras   (b0 lb2 w0 nb0) 2      
TOTAL   2 wickets for 86      
FOW
1-21(TN de Grooth) 2-61(BFW de Leede)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Mian 4 1 6 0
S Tariq 3 0 12 0
AT Nidamanuru 5 0 11 0
SM Zulfiqar 7 0 36 2
I Ul Haq 5.4 0 19 0
Mubashar Hussain 3 3 0 0

Scorecard | Excelsior vs HBS | 25.07.21

Excelsior 20 I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Thurlede, Schiedam, 25-Jul-2021, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 6 wkts
Round 15
Toss won by Excelsior 20 I
Umpires N Bathi – ML Hancock
Scorers EM Heggelman – MAP Wiegers
Home Side Excelsior 20 I
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 0, HBS I 4
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 171/6 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman c MM Scholte b R Klein 5 6 1 0
RTF Verhagen+ c TP Visée b W Barresi 28 47 4 0
LT Ingram c MM Scholte b SP Geenevasen 22 77 0 0
T Stubbs c Navjit Singh b BFL Boddendijk 24 45 2 0
J Kroesen* c Navjit Singh b JI de Mey 27 60 2 0
NT Etman not out   36 48 1 0
RWA van Troost   b JI de Mey 1 5 0 0
SL van Troost not out   6 12 0 0
LA Kroesen dnb          
KHJ Roelfsema dnb          
R van Bochove dnb          
extras   (b2 lb2 w13 nb0) 17      
penalty runs     5      
TOTAL   6 wickets for 171      
FOW
1-6(TC Etman) 2-54(RTF Verhagen) 3-78(LT Ingram) 4-113(T Stubbs) 5-136(J Kroesen) 6-143(RWA van Troost)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Vink 6 1 25 0 2
R Klein 10 2 28 1 2
W Barresi 8 0 25 1 2
SP Geenevasen 10 1 23 1 4
JI de Mey 10 1 37 2
SP Vink 4 0 14 0
BFL Boddendijk 2 0 10 1
HBS I 1st Innings 172/4 (Overs 47.1)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TP Visée c J Kroesen b LT Ingram 5 9 1 0
JI de Mey c J Kroesen b KHJ Roelfsema 0 3 0 0
T Walbrugh lbw b KHJ Roelfsema 7 9 1 0
Navjit Singh not out   73 135 6 0
W Barresi c KHJ Roelfsema b J Kroesen 48 94 7 0
R Klein not out   20 35 3 0
FJ Vink* dnb          
BFL Boddendijk dnb          
SP Vink dnb          
MM Scholte+ dnb          
SP Geenevasen dnb          
extras   (b2 lb7 w8 nb2) 19      
TOTAL   4 wickets for 172      
FOW
1-2(JI de Mey) 2-14(TP Visée) 3-18(T Walbrugh) 4-127(W Barresi)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
LT Ingram 10 1 32 1 1
KHJ Roelfsema 7 1 15 2 1
NT Etman 7.1 1 24 0 1 1
RWA van Troost 2 0 16 0 1 1
T Stubbs 10 0 37 0 2
R van Bochove 2 0 11 0
J Kroesen 9 1 28 1