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Scorecard | HCC vs Sparta | 25.08.19

Sparta I Vs HCC I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Bermweg, Capelle a/d IJssel, 25-Aug-2019, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 36 runs
Round 18
Toss won by HCC I
Umpires HM Butt – E Ruchtie
Scorers AO Smelt – K Pattiselanno
Home Side Sparta I
Points Awarded HCC I 2, Sparta I 0
HCC I 1st Innings 237/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
AJ Staal* c AT Fletcher b M Bukhari 0 2 0 0
AO Wiffen lbw b AT Fletcher 64 99 2 0
BE Street c AF Buurman b JM Snoep 7 19 0 0
BHG Gorlee lbw b M Singh 34 65 2 0
BR Itagi c A Raza b JM Snoep 51 57 1 3
HC Overdijk c AF Buurman b AT Fletcher 12 23 0 0
MW Hay c MB Hoornweg b JM Snoep 3 6 0 0
DL Walhain not out 26 16 1 1
AA Qasim lbw b AT Fletcher 0 2 0 0
OO Klaus not out 18 11 2 0
LJF Lagas+ dnb
extras (b1 lb7 w14 nb0) 22
TOTAL 8 wickets for 237
FOW
1-1(AJ Staal) 2-19(BE Street) 3-90(BHG Gorlee) 4-174(AO Wiffen) 5-176(BR Itagi) 6-187(MW Hay) 7-197(HC Overdijk) 8-197(AA Qasim) /td>
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 8 1 39 1 1
JM Snoep 10 1 40 3 5
MB Hoornweg 4 0 19 0 1
U Saleem 8 0 33 0 3
M Singh 10 0 39 1
AT Fletcher 10 0 59 3 4
Sparta I 1st Innings 201/10 All Out (Overs 48.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
AT Fletcher lbw b BE Street 8 16 1 0
RS Tasawar Iqbal lbw b AA Qasim 5 27 0 0
TIM de Kok c BE Street b MW Hay 29 55 3 0
M Bukhari c DL Walhain b BR Itagi 103 120 9 2
AF Buurman+ c DL Walhain b OO Klaus 19 30 3 0
A Raza b BE Street 15 15 2 0
M Singh c OO Klaus b BR Itagi 10 22 0 0
N Ibrahimkhil c BE Street b BR Itagi 0 1 0 0
U Saleem b BE Street 0 1 0 0
MB Hoornweg c LJF Lagas b BE Street 0 1 0 0
JM Snoep* not out 1 1 0 0
extras (b4 lb2 w4 nb1) 11
TOTAL 10 wickets for 201
FOW
1-11(AT Fletcher) 2-19(RS Tasawar Iqbal) 3-91(TIM de Kok) 4-125(AF Buurman) 5-148(A Raza) 6-192(M Singh) 7-193(N Ibrahimkhil) 8-194(U Saleem) 9-195(MB Hoornweg) 10-201(M Bukhari)/td>
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
AA Qasim 10 1 43 1
BE Street 9 1 30 4 1
OO Klaus 10 1 44 1
MW Hay 10 3 33 1
BR Itagi 9.1 0 45 3 2

Scorecard | Excelsior vs VRA | 25.08.19

Excelsior 20 I Vs VRA I
1-Innings Match Played At Thurlede, Schiedam, 25-Aug-2019, Topklasse
Excelsior 20 I Win by 59 runs
Round 18
Toss won by Excelsior 20 I
Umpires HKG Jansen – WPM van Liemt
Scorers EM Heggelman – K Holdsworth
Home Side Excelsior 20 I
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 2, VRA I 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 221/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman run out HG Mia 27 54 3 0
RTF Verhagen+ b HG Mia 18 30 3 0
LT Ingram c MB Lees b TK Long 9 17 1 0
BA Parchment c MB Lees b BN Cooper 29 30 2 1
L van Wyk c TK Long b BN Cooper 19 37 1 0
S Bhatti c PW Borren b BL Graber 54 53 2 3
SG Shankar b BN Cooper 3 7 0 0
DA Woutersen c TK Long b PW Borren 32 50 2 0
RWA van Troost not out 8 12 0 0
UF Baker c TK Long b BL Graber 5 6 1 0
TJ Heggelman* not out 1 4 0 0
extras (b2 lb2 w12 nb0) 16
TOTAL 9 wickets for 221
FOW
1-41(RTF Verhagen) 2-54(LT Ingram) 3-74(TC Etman) 4-104(L van Wyk) 5-108(BA Parchment) 6-112(SG Shankar) 7-202(DA Woutersen) 8-207(S Bhatti) 9-215(UF Baker)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
HG Mia 10 1 32 1 1
PW Borren 10 0 47 1 4
LA Turmaine 10 1 36 0 3
TK Long 3 0 18 1 1
BL Graber 9 0 33 2
BN Cooper 8 0 51 3 1
VRA I 1st Innings 162/10 All Out (Overs 41.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh c LT Ingram b S Bhatti 28 52 3 0
E van den Burg* b BA Parchment 10 20 0 0
D Dasgupta c DA Woutersen b RWA van Troost 0 11 0 0
BN Cooper c LT Ingram b TJ Heggelman 35 37 4 1
ES Szwarczynski b S Bhatti 4 10 0 0
PW Borren b LT Ingram 40 47 5 0
LA Turmaine c TC Etman b LT Ingram 8 23 1 0
MB Lees+ b LT Ingram 8 9 2 0
TK Long c L van Wyk b UF Baker 10 17 0 0
BL Graber c BA Parchment b TC Etman 9 13 0 1
HG Mia not out 3 13 0 0
extras (b0 lb1 w4 nb2) 7
TOTAL 10 wickets for 162
FOW
1-23(E van den Burg) 2-33(D Dasgupta) 3-55(V Singh) 4-71(ES Szwarczynski) 5-101(BN Cooper) 6-127(PW Borren) 7-134(LA Turmaine) 8-149(TK Long) 9-151(MB Lees) 10-162(BL Graber)

Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Parchment 5 0 19 1 1
TJ Heggelman 8 1 27 1 1 1
S Bhatti 6 1 19 2 2
RWA van Troost 7 0 42 1
UF Baker 4 0 25 1
LT Ingram 10 2 19 3
TC Etman 1.4 0 10 1 1

Scorecard | ACC vs Dosti | 25.08.19

ACC I Vs Dosti United I
1-Innings Match Played At Het Loopveld West, 25-Aug-2019, Topklasse
ACC I Win by 35 runs
Round 18
Toss won by ACC I
Umpires J Hilhorst – FLA van Lent
Scorers DC Schinkel – R Seetal
Home Side ACC I
Points Awarded ACC I 2, Dosti United I 0
ACC I 1st Innings 196/10 All Out (Overs 49.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JM Mulready+ b S Zakhil 13 45 0 0
RU Zulfiqar c VS Tewarie b M Hans 18 46 1 0
SM Zulfiqar* c K Diwan b A Davids 67 71 4 4
SR Rasool b K Diwan 36 48 3 3
SA Zulfiqar b K Diwan 31 40 0 1
BL Barends c VS Tewarie b S Zakhil 10 17 0 0
CM Knoll b S Zakhil 0 1 0 0
BM te Boekhorst c S Zakhil b K Diwan 10 26 0 0
RA Kumar lbw b K Diwan 0 1 0 0
M van Vliet run out VAB Tewarie/RI Ahmed 0 1 0 0
D Arya not out 1 1 0 0
extras (b1 lb0 w9 nb0) 10
TOTAL 10 wickets for 196
FOW
1-27(RU Zulfiqar) 2-42(JM Mulready) 3-119(SR Rasool) 4-147(SM Zulfiqar) 5-164(BL Barends) 6-164(CM Knoll) 7-187(BM te Boekhorst) 8-188(RA Kumar) 9-188(M van Vliet) 10-196(SA Zulfiqar)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
K Diwan 9.4 1 15 4
M Hans 10 0 36 1 1
Asief Hoseinbaks 10 0 44 0
S Zakhil 7 0 29 3 1
VS Tewarie 6 0 39 0 1
A Davids 7 0 32 1 1
Dosti United I 1st Innings 161/10 All Out (Overs 39.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RI Ahmed+ c RU Zulfiqar b BL Barends 59 64 8 0
VAB Tewarie* lbw b SM Zulfiqar 28 43 5 0
M Hans c M van Vliet b SM Zulfiqar 0 9 0 0
S Zakhil b BL Barends 0 5 0 0
A Davids b BL Barends 0 2 0 0
VS Tewarie lbw b BL Barends 0 2 0 0
K Diwan c SR Rasool b SA Zulfiqar 26 33 0 6
S Ghori c RU Zulfiqar b SM Zulfiqar 5 13 1 0
Asief Hoseinbaks c BM te Boekhorst b SA Zulfiqar 6 35 1 0
Arief Hoseinbaks c&b D Arya 16 23 2 0
AV Atwarie not out 0 6 0 0
extras (b2 lb0 w19 nb0) 21
TOTAL 10 wickets for 161
FOW
1-84(VAB Tewarie) 2-90(M Hans) 3-92(S Zakhil) 4-100(A Davids) 5-101(VS Tewarie) 6-102(RI Ahmed) 7-111(S Ghori) 8-142(K Diwan) 9-144(Asief Hoseinbaks) 10-161(Arief Hoseinbaks)/td>
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BL Barends 10 1 34 4 3
RA Kumar 5 0 21 0 6
D Arya 5.1 0 32 1 1
M van Vliet 2 0 19 0 1
SM Zulfiqar 10 1 29 3 1
SA Zulfiqar 7 1 24 2 2

Scorecard | VOC vs HBS | 25.08.19

VOC I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 25-Aug-2019, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 6 wkts
Round 18
Toss won by HBS I
Umpires Ali Mohammed – M Prabhudesai
Scorers H Reijmer-Steens – MAP Wiegers
Home Side VOC I
Points Awarded VOC I 0, HBS I 2
VOC I 1st Innings 183/10 All Out (Overs 34.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MP O'Dowd b BA Westdijk 18 6 2 1
SP van Lent+ b ZN Gibson 2 7 0 0
RR Upadhyaya lbw b BA Westdijk 11 23 1 0
MA Durrani c TP Visée b BA Westdijk 5 15 1 0
PM Seelaar* c WT Coster b JI de Mey 24 26 4 0
JD Schoonheim c&b JI de Mey 23 30 4 0
R Malik c&b SP Gomes 1 14 0 0
SA Edwards lbw b JI de Mey 0 5 0 0
CL Rutgers b ZN Gibson 14 25 0 0
BW Hanif c S Vink b SP Gomes 56 45 9 1
DM Mullett not out 11 22 1 0
extras (b0 lb4 w14 nb0) 18
TOTAL 10 wickets for 183
FOW
1-18(MP O'Dowd) 2-25(SP van Lent) 3-39(MA Durrani) 4-50(RR Upadhyaya) 5-90(JD Schoonheim) 6-91(PM Seelaar) 7-91(SA Edwards) 8-92(R Malik) 9-140(CL Rutgers) 10-183(BW Hanif)/td>
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 6 1 40 3 1
ZN Gibson 9 0 46 2 4
JI de Mey 5 1 12 3
SP Gomes 7.3 1 32 2
F Khan 3 0 19 0 4
Navjit Singh 3 0 16 0
WT Coster 1 0 14 0
HBS I 1st Innings 187/4 (Overs 24.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TP Visée* b BW Hanif 3 6 0 0
BA Westdijk b RR Upadhyaya 5 5 0 0
ZW Elkin+ not out 77 66 7 0
ZN Gibson c CL Rutgers b RR Upadhyaya 17 10 1 1
SP Gomes run out 71 55 11 0
FJ Vink not out 1 3 0 0
S Vink dnb
JI de Mey dnb
WT Coster dnb
Navjit Singh dnb
F Khan dnb
extras (b0 lb1 w11 nb1) 13
TOTAL 4 wickets for 187
FOW
1-10(BA Westdijk) 2-10(TP Visée) 3-37(ZN Gibson) 4-175(SP Gomes)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BW Hanif 5 0 30 1 1
RR Upadhyaya 4 0 32 2 1
JD Schoonheim 5 0 24 0 4
CL Rutgers 2 0 15 0
MA Durrani 4 0 47 0 1 1
R Malik 3.1 0 23 0 4
DM Mullett 1 0 15 0

Gallery | Excelsior vs VRA | 25.08.19

Excelsior ’20 Schiedam vs VRA at Thurlede – 25.08.19
scorecard | as it happened

Quick Haag relegated after defeat at Westvliet

Rod Lyall 26/08/19


While Topklasse champions Excelsior ’20 performed their lap of honour at Thurlede on Sunday, most of the interest outside Schiedam centred on Capelle aan den Ijssel and Voorburg, where Sparta 1888 and Quick Haag were fighting to avoid relegation.

Having lost the toss at Sportpark Bermweg, Sparta made a great start against HCC, removing Tonny Staal and, crucially, Bryce Street with just 19 runs on the board.

But Adam Wiffen and Boris Gorlee restored HCC’s fortunes with a third-wicket stand of 71, and after Gorlee departed for 34 Wiffen (64) and Bharat Itagi (51) carried the total on to 174.

Even so, it looked as if HCC might struggle to get past 200 until Douwe Walhain and Olivier Klaus added a brisk 40 for the ninth wicket to get their side up to 237 for eight, a pretty imposing target at the Bermweg.

Martijn Snoep took three for 40 for Sparta, including the key wickets of Street and Itagi, while Andrew Fletcher claimed three for 59.

Sparta needed a solid start in reply, but Street and Ali Ahmed Qasim quickly accounted for the openers, and it was left to Tim de Kok and Mudassar Bukhari to work the side back into the game with a third-wicket stand of 72.

Once De Kok departed for 29, however, only Bukhari stood firm, taking 67 deliveries to reach his half-century as partners came and went.

The asking rate had been creeping upwards, but Bukhari now accelerated the scoring as the wickets continued to fall, Street taking four for 30 and Itagi three for 45.

Bukhari reached his century, the fourth of his career in the top flight and his first for Sparta, with nine wickets down, and when he was last out, caught by Walhain off Itagi’s bowling for 103, Sparta were still 36 short of HCC’s total.

By that time, however, it had become apparent that the relegation threat had disappeared, thanks to Quick Haag’s defeat by Voorburg at Westvliet.

The home side had reserved one of their more convincing batting performances of the season for their final game, reaching 175 for two before collapsing to 210 for nine.

Noah Croes led the way, sharing stands of 80 for the first wicket with Tom de Grooth (41) and 91 for the third with Nic Smit (46) before, with partners and overs rapidly disappearing, he was run out for 97 just one over from the end, looking to retain the strike and give himself a chance of reaching his second Topklasse century.

Quick were handicapped by the withdrawal from their attack of Prathamesh Dake, suffering from a hamstring injury, after he had bowled only three and a half overs, and it was Jeroen Brand who was the main wicket-taker with three for 43.

Jay Bista took two for 22 in ten extremely tight overs while Edgar Schiferli, back in the top flight for the first time this season, bowled a double wicket maiden at the end.

Brandon Glover and Viv Kingma produced hostile spells when Quick replied – the latter’s marred by a succession of no-balls – and even Jay Bista was unable to get his side off to its usual commanding start.

Glover eventually had him caught behind for 34, and although Geert Maarten Mol (31) and Brand (26) almost doubled the total in a fourth-wicket partnership, once Philippe Boissevain and Nic Smit came into the attack Quick seemed to have no answer.

Boissevain finished with four for 20 and Smit three for 16 as Quick were dismissed for 143, a result which ensured that they would be playing in the Hoofdklasse next season.

Far removed from any anxieties about relegation, Excelsior ‘20 completed their campaign with a 59-run victory over VRA Amsterdam at Thurlede.

The Amsterdam side had, of course, spent the first half of the season in the wooden spoon position themselves, but a rally thereafter had taken them to safety.

Sunday saw their opponents stage a rally of their own, when having been reduced to 112 for six, they were able to almost double their total thanks to a somewhat improbable stand of 90 between Sohail Bhatti, promoted to number six and celebrating the occasion with a maiden half-century, and David Woutersen, who made 32.

Bhatti was eventually dismissed by Brandon Graber for 54, but it was Ben Cooper who was VRA’s most successful bowler with three for 51.

VRA were never really in the hunt as they tried to chase down Excelsior’s 221 for nine, and although Vikram Singh made 28, Cooper 35 and Peter Borren 40, they were dismissed for 162, Lorenzo Ingram taking three for 19 for the champions.

There was another rally and another maiden demi-centurion at Hazelaarweg, where VOC Rotterdam’s tail staged a considerably more remarkable comeback against HBS Craeyenhout.

Berend Westdijk, Zak Gibson and Julian de Mey had combined to reduce the Rotterdam side, who had perhaps celebrated their previous day’s T20 Cup final victory over the same opponents a little too thoroughly, to 92 for eight, but then Bobby Hanif, in company first with Corey Rutgers and then with David Mullett, managed to get them up to 183 before Sharn Gomes removed him for a defiant 56.

Hanif then removed danger-man Tobias Visée for just three, but although two wickets for Ramdas Upadhyaya had HBS briefly in trouble at 37 for three, a fourth-wicket partnership of 138 between Zac Elkin (77 not out from 66 deliveries) and Gomes (71 from 55) took the Craeyenhout side to within nine runs of victory, and they completed the six-wicket win with more than 25 overs to spare.

At Het Loopveld ACC retained third place on the table by beating Dosti United by 35 runs.

Saqib Zulfiqar top-scored with 67, sharing a third-wicket stand of 77 with Shirase Rasool (36) and then brother Sikander held the middle and lower order together as Kuldeep Diwan cemented his position as the league’s leading wicket-taker with four for 15, bringing his tally for the season to 36 in just 14 games, and Saber Zakhil chipped in with three for 29 as ACC were dismissed for 196.

Rahil Ahmed and Vinoo Tewarie gave Dosti a great start with an opening stand of 84, but once Tewarie was trapped in front by Saqib Zulfiqar the innings again subsided alarmingly.

Four ducks, three of them the work of Brady Barends, saw Dosti slump to 101 for five, and when Ahmed became Barends’ fourth victim and departed for 58, it was left to Diwan (26) and Arief Hoseinbaks (16) to carry on the battle.

The side was eventually dismissed for 161, Barends finishing with four for 34 and Saqib Zulfiqar claiming three for 29.

Preview Round 18

Bertus de Jong & Rod Lyall 23/08/19

So we arrive at the denouement of this season’s Topklasse, the championship decided last week with Excelsior reclaiming the title with a convincing win over an understrength Dosti side, and all that remains to be resolved is which of Quick and Sparta will be replaced by Punjab Rotterdam next season.

BdJ: Sparta 1888 still need a win, a tie or a washout against HCC at Bermweg on Sunday to be sure of their Topklasse survival, having failed to put the question to bed when they sank to a 64-run loss against relegation rivals Quick Haag last week. Though Andrew Fletcher has finally found some form after a disappointing season, Max Hoornweg’s progress has proved sufficient to catch the eye of national selectors and Mudassar Bukhari is bowling as well as ever, going up against the second-placed HCC is an unenviable final fixture for a side in Sparta’s position. The Cappelle side has won just one match in the second half of the season, whilst HCC are six from eight. The form of Bryce Street has been a major factor in HCC’s success thus far, currently leading the batting averages as well as boasting 20 wickets and 15 catches so far this season. Adam Wiffen has had a fine season with the bat, and comes off a couple of solid performances for Netherlands A against Jersey in the past week. It’s been an all-round effort from HCC to keep in the title hunt for as long as they did however, and Sparta will have to hope that they arrive at Bermweg somewhat deflated after falling short in the quest for the championship.

RL: No question that HCC have the edge over Sparta, who were distinctly the weaker party in their match against Quick Haag last week. They do have a potential match-winner in Mudassar Bukhari, who shares the season’s leading wicket-taker spot with Dosti’s Kuldeep Diwaan at 32, and who remains a threatening presence in the batting line-up. Sparta are, of course, a tougher proposition at home, where their bowlers are a more imposing unit than elsewhere, but HCC’s batting is both strong and relatively deep; although Hidde Overdijk didn’t come off last Sunday he is also capable of scoring quickly should circumstances demand it. Sparta will want to ensure that events at Westvliet are irrelevant to their survival, but it will take a much improved effort if they are end their season with a win.


BdJ: Also in contention for the wooden spoon are Quick Haag, currently languishing at the bottom of the table on 9 points from 17 games. They will need both HCC to best Sparta on Sunday as well as taking two points home themselves when they face VCC at Westvliet. Their win over Sparta last week kept their hopes alive one more week, though it again rather underscored the importance of Jay Bista to the side. Though Bob van Gigch and Jeroen Brand came through with half-centuries in support, it was Bista’s six wickets in the second innings that sealed the win. That said, VCC will not have forgotten the 194 that the Mumbaiker racked up against them in their previous encounter. Though one might hope Quick will be the more motivated of the two sides come Sunday, VCC bounced back from a string of poor results to find an unlikely last ball win away at VRA last week, perhaps enjoying some cricket with the pressure off.

RL: One of the season’s great enigmas is Voorburg’s failure to have a more significant impact on their return to the Topklasse: they have undoubtedly missed the contribution of Bas de Leede, but their batting has consistently been unable to fulfil its promise and they have only intermittently shown what they ought to be capable of. Quick, on the other hand, demonstrated last week that even without Geert Maarten Mol they can produce a convincing effort when it is needed, and it will never be more acutely needed than it is this week at Westvliet. They could turn on another winning performance only to find that Sparta have squeezed them out; but they know that without such a performance it won’t matter what happens in Capelle. Voorburg have the bowlers to cut through Quick’s batting, but if the latter show the resilience they did against Sparta this is a relegation battle which could go all the way to the wire.


BdJ: Meanwhile VRA have the chance to put a bit of a downer on the party at Thurlede when they take on the newly-crowned <b.Excelsior ‘20. Despite a rather sloppy performance against VCC that saw them concede some 29 extras and eventually the game, they remain entirely capable of bringing the champions down to earth. The loss of Quirijn Gunning to injury takes some of the sting from the attack, but on the batting side of things the Amsterdammers are beginning to live up to their paper strength. Vikram Singh continues to mature, crossing 500 runs for the season last week and looking in good nick for Netherlands A, and together with Peter Borren and Ben Cooper VRA now have three players with 500 runs to their name, whilst Excelsior, quite remarkably, have none. That stat is of course something of a testament to Excelsior’s strength in the field, and indeed the Schiedam side has looked more than the sum of its parts throughout the season.

RL: Brenton Parchment and Lorenzo Ingram may have had relatively quiet seasons for Excelsior with the bat, but they are massive presences in the side, and their efforts in the field far outweigh their mere statistics. With skipper Tom Heggelman and Rens van Troost in great form with the ball the Schiedammers’ demolition of Dosti last week was a fitting climax to their pursuit of the title, but the whole team will be keen to ensure that the season doesn’t end in anti-climax at home to VRA. The Amsterdam side are, of course, extremely dependent on a few outstanding players, including the rapidly-emerging Singh, and their batting will provide a stiff test for Excelsior’s attack.


BdJ: What remains for the rest is mid-table positional play, though for last year’s champions VOC Rotterdam even a top-five finish is more than they can now hope for. They welcome fourth-placed HBS Craeyenhout to Hazelaarweg on Sunday, though one expects both sides will be more concerned with events the preceding day when they contest the final round of the T20 competition along with ACC and HCC. One suspects if one side or other can carry some momentum in from Saturday’s contest at VCC it may prove decisive for the final 50-over contest of the season for these two underperforming sides.

RL: Every game of cricket matters, or ought to, and there will at least be pride at stake when HBS take on VOC on Sunday. Some of the individual battles, too, are intriguing: HBS’s battery of seamers against O’Dowd, Seelaar and Edwards, for example, and Seelaar’s spin against that powerful HBS batting line-up. If that suggests that HBS have the edge in both departments that’s because they do, but if VOC’s international trio perform as they are capable of doing, or other key team-members like Dirk van Baren and Bobby Hanif play their part, then this could be a closer match than form indicates.


BdJ: And finally ACC, who rather fell away after making the early running in the Topklasse, will take on the wildly erratic Dosti-United at Het Loopveld, again largely for bragging rights. ACC staged something of a resurgence after their late season slump, besting HBS at De Diepput last week to ensure they’d finish top of the Amsterdam clubs this season, whilst Dosti collapsed to 61 all-out against Excelsior to hand the Schiedammers the title on a platter. Dosti were rather understrength last week, with Kohli long gone and Bali and Davids also absent, but there is little indication they will field a substantially stronger outfit come Saturday. Though both Vinoo Tewarie and Rahil Ahmed have stepped up on occasion to produce some fine innings over the season, Dosti will need both to fire and the rest of the regulars to offer some support if they’re to finish on a high this season.

RL: It’s been a difficult season for Dosti, and not only in the Topklasse, and this was underlined very firmly by last week’s disappointing effort against Excelsior. With Amitoze Singh also missing from the teamsheet and Waheed Masood forced out of the attack after bowling just ten deliveries, the attrition of resources is reaching critical levels, while ACC’s roller-coaster season has at last seen the emergence of some of their younger talents, especially Aryan Kumar and, to a degree, Shirase Rasool. But Brady Barends has been the star of their show, and with the Zulfiqar brothers making runs last week they look a much more impressive outfit than they did a month or so ago.


Bertus de Jong’s tips: HCC, VCC, VRA, HBS, ACC

Rod Lyall’s tips: HCC, Quick, Excelsior, HBS, ACC.