|Toss won by||HCC I|
|Umpires||D Das – JPAW Molenaar|
|Home Side||HCC I|
|Points Awarded||HCC I 2, Dosti United I 0|
|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|
|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)|
|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)|
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.
Bertus de Jong 25/08/18
The business of the season is done, VOC are deserved champions, last week Punjab’s last hope of survival was snuffed out, and indeed for most of the mid-table there’s been little but pride on the line for a while. There’s still a round to finish however, as the ten teams all look to sign off on a high.
Punjab Rotterdam will play their final Topklasse match until 2020 at least against their erstwhile relegation rivals Quick Haag, who secured their safety with a win over HBS last week. Quick’s captain, coach and MVP Jay Bista has an outside shot at breaking 1,000 runs for the season, needing 147 to reach the milestone, whilst returning veteran Edgar Schiferli needs three wickets to pass Luuk van Troost and claim second place in the all-time Topklasse wickets standings. Such statistical considerations aside, what could have been a tense relegation play-off is just an opportunity to banish memories of a disappointing season for both sides.
Meanwhile ACC, whose season has been little better, need only turn up to play Sparta 1888 to avoid a wooden spoon finish, and judging by last week’s performance they probably need the motivation. Mudassar Bukhari, currently joint top with Dosti’s Mohammad Hafeez as top wicket-taker for the season, will be looking to add to his 34 wicket tally when he runs in against his old club, who could certainly have used him this season. A top-5 finish is still notionally within reach for Sparta, though they’d need a tie or a wash-out at de Diepput to get there.
Though the weather’s taken an appropriate turn for the damp and dreary at the fag end of the season, neither outcome is terribly likely when HCC take on Dosti-United. The departure of Taru Kohli has seen Dosti’s fortunes declineafter a strong start to the season, and HCC will start as favourites in front of a home crowd. Young Hidde Overdijk is still in contention for the top spot on the wicket-taking table, whilst Tonny Staal needs only a half-decent knock to break 500 runs, the performance of both gives HCC hope of a better showing next year, though as predicted they have missed Jonathan Vandiar’s runs.
In the meantime Craeyenhout will witness the battle for bronze when fourth-placed HBS welcome third-placed Excelsior ’20. James Hilditch’s ill-advised return has strengthened Excelsior’s line-up even as it has aggravated his hamstring, but if HBS’ thus-far misfiring top order manage to go out with a bang the crow crowd will likely go into hibernation happy.
The day’s final game is the final that might have been, as champions VOC Rotterdam head to the Bos to take on runners-up VRA. It’s been quite a turnaround for both sides since they were playing off for the wooden spoon just two years ago, but VRA stumbling out of the blocks against Quick and HCC in their first two games more-or-less cost them a shot at the title in the end. They’ll back themselves to bag some bragging rights at least in their final match. Though VOC are not champions without good reason, they have looked more vulnerable away from home. Whoever takes the honours tomorrow the match-up is doubtless the match of the day.
BdJ’s Tips I guess just enjoy yourselves and try not to worry about how pointless it all seems.
|Toss won by||Quick Haag I|
|Umpires||AND van den Dries – HKG Jansen|
|Scorers||S van der Vlekken – MAP Wiegers|
|Home Side||Quick Haag I|
|Points Awarded||Quick Haag I 2, HBS I 0|
|HJ van Gigch||c A Ahmed||b F Khan||13||14||1||0|
|JG Bista*||c SP Gomes||b Navjit Singh||37||36||6||1|
|JA Brand||c TP Visée||b FJ Vink||6||14||1||0|
|SB Davey||b WT Coster||79||108||7||1|
|LW Stokkers||b A Ahmed||39||48||5||2|
|E Schiferli||c TP Visée||b J de Mey||22||32||3||0|
|D Vierling+||c W Barresi||b FJ Vink||2||6||0||0|
|SJ Allema||c FJ Vink||b J de Mey||5||14||0||0|
|MB van Schelven||c FJ Vink||b F Khan||1||8||0||0|
|S Ekelmans||b WT Coster||0||4||0||0|
|TJB Landheer||not out||10||7||1||0|
|extras||(b0 lb6 w23 nb0)||29|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||243|
|1-38(HJ van Gigch) 2-57(JG Bista) 3-61(JA Brand) 4-134(LW Stokkers) 5-191(E Schiferli) 6-195(D Vierling) 7-208(SJ Allema) 8-228(MB van Schelven) 9-228(S Ekelmans) 10-243(SB Davey)|
|J de Mey||8||0||43||2||1||–|
|SP Gomes||run out||0||6||0||0|
|WT Coster||b JA Brand||4||29||1||0|
|A Ahmed||c LW Stokkers||b JG Bista||43||79||5||1|
|Navjit Singh||b SB Davey||76||94||3||6|
|TP Visée*+||b E Schiferli||69||29||7||5|
|J Morgan||c JG Bista||b E Schiferli||5||6||1||0|
|FJ Vink||lbw||b E Schiferli||4||7||1||0|
|W Barresi||not out||4||11||0||0|
|J de Mey||c TJB Landheer||b SB Davey||2||14||0||0|
|L van Rijn||b JA Brand||0||7||0||0|
|F Khan||lbw||b LW Stokkers||0||6||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb5 w12 nb1)||18|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||225|
|1-0(SP Gomes) 2-26(WT Coster) 3-106(A Ahmed) 4-201(TP Visée) 5-211(J Morgan) 6-213(Navjit Singh) 7-217(FJ Vink) 8-223(J de Mey) 9-224(L van Rijn) 10-225(F Khan)|
|MB van Schelven||6||0||33||0||–||1|
|Toss won by||ACC I|
|Umpires||N Bathi – WPM van Liemt|
|Home Side||ACC I|
|Comment||Rain stopped play, ACC 24-0 (3.5 overs); match reduced to 48 overs|
|Points Awarded||ACC I 0, HCC I 2|
|RH Frenz||c BE Street||b R Ninan||15||15||3||0|
|R Zulfiqar+||c BE Street||b AA Qasim||38||83||2||1|
|AA Zulfiqar||c AJ Staal||b HC Overdijk||5||17||1||0|
|SM Zulfiqar*||c BHG Gorlee||b MBS Jonkman||3||11||0||0|
|SA Zulfiqar||c R Ninan||b MBS Jonkman||7||14||0||1|
|SR Rasool||c AJ Staal||b R Ninan||8||16||0||0|
|MA Raza||c LJF Lagas||b BE Street||0||6||0||0|
|CM Knoll||c&b R Ninan||3||8||0||0|
|Ahmed Zulfiqar||run out HC Overdijk||27||27||0||1|
|A Kumar||not out||4||16||0||0|
|BM te Boekhorst||c R Ninan||b AA Qasim||1||6||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb0 w8 nb2)||10|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||121|
|1-25(RH Frenz) 2-35(AA Zulfiqar) 3-45(SM Zulfiqar) 4-63(SA Zulfiqar) 5-74(SR Rasool) 6-75(MA Raza) 7-84(CM Knoll) 8-115(R Zulfiqar) 9-117(Ahmed Zulfiqar) 10-121(BM te Boekhorst)|
|R Ninan||lbw||b SA Zulfiqar||2||6||0||0|
|MBS Jonkman||b SA Zulfiqar||1||13||0||0|
|AJ Staal*||run out RH Frenz/AA Zulfiqar||27||36||3||0|
|BE Street||not out||59||67||4||1|
|BHG Gorlee||not out||30||59||3||1|
|JZ-X van Kessel||dnb|
|extras||(b2 lb2 w3 nb0)||7|
|TOTAL||3 wickets for||126|
|1-2(R Ninan) 2-12(MBS Jonkman) 3-59(AJ Staal)|
|Toss won by||Dosti United I|
|Umpires||R Kaulingfreks – P Muthucumaru|
|Home Side||Dosti United I|
|Comment||Rain stopped play, Dosti 12-0 (2.3 overs); match reduced to 45 overs|
|Points Awarded||Dosti United I 0, VRA I 2|
|VAB Tewarie*||c MB Lees||b BN Cooper||27||77||3||0|
|RI Ahmed+||c QWM Gunning||b HG Mia||17||21||3||0|
|S Ghori||lbw||b PW Borren||2||8||0||0|
|M Hafeez||c&b PW Borren||60||82||4||3|
|K Diwan||run out BN Cooper||32||40||3||1|
|A Davids||not out||15||16||1||0|
|M Hans||c V Singh||b PW Borren||0||3||0||0|
|Arief Hoseinbaks||c LA Turmaine||b BN Cooper||1||3||0||0|
|W Masood||not out||19||20||2||1|
|extras||(b1 lb2 w26 nb0)||29|
|TOTAL||7 wickets for||202|
|1-28(RI Ahmed) 2-36(S Ghori) 3-88(VAB Tewarie) 4-154(K Diwan) 5-162(M Hafeez) 6-162(M Hans) 7-164(Arief Hoseinbaks)|
|V Singh||run out K Diwan||15||36||1||0|
|DJ ter Braak||lbw||b K Diwan||27||30||4||0|
|BN Cooper||not out||84||88||3||6|
|PW Borren||lbw||b Asief Hoseinbaks||24||42||1||2|
|ES Szwarczynski||lbw||b A Davids||1||4||0||0|
|E van den Burg*||b Asief Hoseinbaks||19||17||2||0|
|MB Lees+||not out||20||39||1||1|
|extras||(b4 lb1 w11 nb0)||16|
|TOTAL||5 wickets for||206|
|1-44(DJ ter Braak) 2-48(V Singh) 3-110(PW Borren) 4-111(ES Szwarczynski) 5-140(E van den Burg)|