|Toss won by||VRA I|
|Umpires||N Bathi – DJ Kalloe|
|Scorers||T Jansen Schoonhov – JWM Krulder|
|Points Awarded||VRA I 2, Quick Haag I 0|
|V Singh||lbw||b MB van Schelven||27||48||2||0|
|DJ ter Braak||c&b JG Bista||49||82||4||0|
|BN Cooper||c D Vierling||b LW Stokkers||45||40||3||1|
|ES Szwarczynski||run out TJB Landheer||5||11||0||0|
|PW Borren||b MI Khan||42||57||3||0|
|E van den Burg*||c D Vierling||b SB Davey||10||18||0||0|
|LA Turmaine||c TJB Landheer||b SB Davey||23||26||1||0|
|MB Lees+||not out||26||18||3||0|
|QWM Gunning||not out||0||0||0||0|
|RM ter Braak||dnb|
|extras||(b3 lb1 w7 nb0)||11|
|TOTAL||7 wickets for||238|
|1-52(V Singh) 2-125(BN Cooper) 3-129(DJ ter Braak) 4-137(ES Szwarczynski) 5-157(E van den Burg) 6-206(PW Borren) 7-232(LA Turmaine)|
|MB van Schelven||10||0||48||1||1||–|
|HJ van Gigch||c MB Lees||b RM ter Braak||18||17||4||0|
|TJB Landheer||b QWM Gunning||0||4||0||0|
|S Ekelmans||c MB Lees||b PW Borren||6||24||1||0|
|JG Bista||c PW Borren||b QWM Gunning||13||13||3||0|
|SB Davey||c MB Lees||b QWM Gunning||5||13||1||0|
|LW Stokkers||lbw||b QWM Gunning||4||4||1||0|
|GMC Mol||c QWM Gunning||b PW Borren||8||11||1||0|
|D Vierling+||lbw||b DJ ter Braak||30||32||4||0|
|MB van Schelven||c MB Lees||b QWM Gunning||0||7||0||0|
|MI Khan||c QWM Gunning||b DJ ter Braak||30||31||5||0|
|J van der Horst||not out||13||14||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb3 w7 nb0)||10|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||137|
|1-6(TJB Landheer) 2-25(HJ van Gigch) 3-41(S Ekelmans) 4-41(JG Bista) 5-45(LW Stokkers) 6-52(SB Davey) 7-72(GMC Mol) 8-73(MB van Schelven) 9-113(D Vierling) 10-137(MI Khan)|
|RM ter Braak||3||0||17||1||1||–|
|DJ ter Braak||2.2||0||10||2||1||–|
Rod Lyall 25/06/18
There cannot have been many more extraordinary afternoons in the recent history of Dutch top division cricket than Sunday’s – in particular there was an hour in which wickets were tumbling all around the country as top orders fell apart and seam bowlers had a field day.
Nowhere was the mayhem more spectacular than at De Diepput, where after coming back well to restrict hosts HCC to a relatively modest 189, Sparta 1888 saw their hopes of consolidating their position at the top of the table torn apart by a concentrated burst of well-directed hostility from Ali Ahmed Qasim.
He took six for 18 in the space of just 38 deliveries as Sparta slumped to 21 for six, and although they managed to prolong the innings long enough to reach 65 they never seemed remotely likely to mount an effective challenge.
Earlier, Sparta’s bowlers had done well to get their side back into the game after HCC had reached 132 for three, stand-in captain Tonny Staal making 49 and Bryce Street 56, with support from Boris Gorlee (25).
HCC squandered that good start, however, the last five wickets producing just 27 runs as Mudassar Bukhari, who had begun by removing both openers, came back to clean up the tail and finish with season’s best figures of five for 32.
It all proved in vain as 40 minutes of lively pace from Qasim, who had similarly demolished HBS earlier in the season, tore the heart out of Sparta’s response.
The chief beneficiaries of the Sparta collapse were new leaders VOC Rotterdam, who themselves needed to recover from 41 for four batting first against Dosti United Amsterdam at Hazelaarweg and eventually reached 177 before bowling their opponents out for 128.
They owed their total to a useful partnership of 44 between Pieter Seelaar and Scott Edwards, but even more to the contribution of Bobby Hanif, whose unbeaten 36 held the tail together and frustrated the Dosti bowlers, for whom Anees Davids and Mohammad Hafeez had led the way with three for 22 and three for 31 respectively.
Then Pierce Fletcher quickly removed the in-form Vinoo Tewarie and the talismanic Taruwar Kohli, who again failed to score, and Dosti never really recovered from these twin setbacks, despite a dogged 30 from Hafeez and some late aggression from Asief Hoseinbaks and Wahid Masood.
Hanif followed up his heroics with the bat with two for 9, while Fletcher finished with two for 14 and skipper Pieter Seelaar took two for 38.
The closest encounter of the day was, a little surprisingly, at Thurlede, where relegation-threatened Punjab Rotterdam made a decent fist of chasing Excelsior ‘20’s 219 for seven, eventually falling just 19 runs short.
Although Lorenzo Ingram went cheaply, significant contributions from opener Tim Etman (37), Roel Verhagen (38 on his return from injury), Sandeep Shankar (36) and David Woutersen (36) enabled the defending champions to reach a competitive total, sufficient at least to give their attack something to work with.
Stef Myburgh gave his side a rapid start with a 47-ball 48 when Punjab replied, but wickets were falling at the other end, and despite 34 from Mamoon Latif it was again left to Ahsan Bamunusinghe to hold the middle and lower order together.
43 were still needed when the ninth wicket fell, but in company with last man Mubashar Hussain Bamunusinghe gradually worked his way to a well-deserved half-century and reduced the target in the process.
But it was Ingram who had the last word, eventually bowling Hussain to seal the victory for Excelsior and keep them well in the hunt for a third successive title.
Just behind the three leaders, HBS Den Haag also maintained their challenge with a comprehensive victory over ACC, another team to implode during Sunday’s Hour of Death.
Given a great platform by a second-wicket stand of 136 between Wessel Coster (64) and the remarkably consistent Sharn Gomes (66), HBS assembled a challenging total of 235, helped by a 41-ball knock of 48 from Wesley Barresi.
Sikander Zulfiqar, deputising as captain for his injured brother Saqib, kept his side in the game by removing both Coster and Gomes and finishing with three for 51, while Dewald Botha claimed three for 41.
ACC’s batting has fared much better in recent weeks, but form deserted them this time, as they were bundled out for just 62, Berend Westdijk taking five for 35 after Coster had removed both Richardt Frenz and Rehmat Zulfiqar by the time 28 runs were on the board.
Across Amstelveen in the Amsterdamse Bos, VRA Amsterdam took full advantage of playing on the own ground against Quick Haag, running up the highest total of the day with 238 for seven and then dismissing their opponents for 127.
VRA were given a solid start by Vikram Singh (27), Dan ter Braak (49) and Ben Cooper (45) as this trio took them to 129 for three, and Peter Borren built on this with 42, supported by Leon Turmaine, who in turn shared a useful partnership with Mitch Lees.
Quirijn Gunning then joined the national seamers’ bonanza by ripping through the Quick top and middle order, his career-best five for 36 reducing the notional home side on 52 for six and 73 for eight.
Only some enterprising resistance from Daan Vierling and Imran Khan, each of whom made 30, got Quick past the hundred mark, but when Dan ter Braak finished things off by removing both of them the score was still 101 short.
Not the least remarkable feature of a remarkable day was the fact that of the five winning sides four had started the season by losing to the same opponents, only Excelsior making it a double by again prevailing over Punjab – and even that proved to be hard work. Such are the glorious uncertainties of this season’s Topklasse.
Rod Lyall and Bertus de Jong 21/06/18
As the Topklasse moves beyond the halfway point the first round of matches this Sunday pits each of the current top five against a team from the lower half of the table, with the former jockeying for advantage and the latter keen to stay clear of the relegation zone.
RL Having started the campaign with a home win over HCC and now sitting at the top of the table, Sparta 1888 will travel to De Diepput with a stiff breeze in their sails. With nine wickets in his last two matches Dost Muhammad has emerged as an unheralded key figure in a varied attack, while the side’s remarkable victory over ACC last week underlines what a dangerous, resilient combination the Capelle club has assembled. Michael Pollard confirmed his class with a century in that game, but his opposite number in the HCC line-up, Bryce Street, is showing signs of running into form as well. The Hagenaars certainly need him to succeed consistently, since the batting looks brittle otherwise, and the bowling fires somewhat erratically.
BdJ One imagines that Sparta’s position at the top of the table at the half-way stage likely comes as a surprise even to them, but it’s hard to call it a fluke. The two defeats they have suffered this season (at the hands of HBS and VOC) may betray a capacity for spectacular implosion, but it is remarkable how little either seems to have shaken their self-belief. Street firing either with bat or ball (or ideally both) is likely a necessary but not sufficient condition for HCC to put the brakes on the Sparta train. A return to form for Mark Jonkman might help too.
RL After starting a little shakily VOC Rotterdam have demonstrated that their strength is not just on paper, while conversely Dosti United have slumped rather since beginning the season on a high. That included, of course, an opening-day victory over Sunday’s opponents, driven by the first of Taruwar Kohli’s three hundreds so far, but he has gone cheaply in several recent innings. His side will need him to be at his best this week, even though VOC seem likely to be without international Max O’Dowd, who sustained a thigh injury during the first of the T20s against Scotland. Still, the Rotterdam side are well balanced in both batting and bowling, and with Pieter Seelaar in great form with the bat they will know that they cannot afford another slip-up if they are to maintain their challenge for the club’s first title since 1994.
BdJ O’Dowd’s addition to a sick list that already includes Ahsan Malik and possibly Corey Rutgers (bot suffering from finger trouble) does leave something of a hole in VOC’s line up, and comes as all the more bitter a blow given his recent return to form. Much will depend on skipper Pieter Seelaar, though the Dutch captain does not look a bad man to rely on just now. Averaging 93 with the bat and a shade under 11 with the ball, Seelaar looks the most valuable player in the league by a distance at the moment, certainly on a VOC pitch that has played to his strengths. Yet if Dosti are at their best Seelaar will struggle to win it on his own. Vinoo Tewarie and Rahil Ahmed stepped up admirably following Kohli’s failure last week, and despite the loss to HCC there were plenty of positives to take from the game. Mahesh Hans will doubtless also be looking forward to a trip to Hazelaarweg, and though VOC certainly start as favourites, this match looks a candidate for an upset.
RL Mention of slip-ups leads us naturally to Excelsior ‘20, whose two defeats in their last two matches have seen them knocked off the top of the table for the first time for over a year. They will have an excellent chance of getting things back on track on Sunday, when they are at home to bottom-placed Punjab Rotterdam, who may have escaped with a fine – at least for the time being – in their dispute with the KNCB over player eligibility, but who are finding life just as difficult on the field as in the committee room. With just one win in eight matches they will need to achieve a substantial turnaround in form if they are to avoid a repeat of Excelsior’s comfortable win on the opening day of the season. The champions may be overly dependent on the success of Lorenzo Ingram with the bat, but their attack remains strong, and they are likely to have too many guns for Punjab.
BdJ One suspects if Excelsior were allowed to pick their opponents next week the beleaguered Rotterdammers would likely have been near the top of the list, but arguably the reverse might just apply too. Excelsior’s vaunted discipline with the ball seemed to desert them last week when they gifted HBS some 27 extras in the innings, which can be only partly explained by apprentice wicketkeeper Woutersen’s struggles behind the sticks. Though Stephan Myburgh may only be semi-fit he will doubtless be looking forward to a return to Thurlede, and he puts on a show at the top of the order it will be interesting to seem how well Exclesior’s rattled attack hold together. Nonetheless there’s little to suggest that Punjab have the depth to really challenge the defending champions, nor, on recent showing, do they seem to have the appetite.
RL Two successive century opening stands indicate that ACC’s promotion of Richardt Frenz was an inspired move but the revival of the side’s fortunes with the bat has not been matched by the attack, and their dramatic defeat by Sparta last week will be in the backs of their minds as they take on HBS Den Haag at Het Loopveld. Nor will their cause be helped if skipper Saqib Zulfiqar’s injury, sustained during the second T20I on Wednesday, keeps him out of the side or significantly restricts his contribution. Even away from Craeyenhout the HBS top order has the firepower to cause the ACC bowlers plenty of problems, and the Amsterdammers’ win in the corresponding match at the start of the season – one of only two they have achieved so far – must now seem a very long time ago. The HBS attack, too, demonstrated against Excelsior last week that they can be an extremely effective unit.
BdJ Little argument here. ACC have looked a decent side at times, even dangerous when the Zulfiqars were all firing, and Frenz’ coming into form makes them a better team than their position on the points table suggests, but a lack of bench strength has long been an issue and they can little afford to lose even one first choice player. A key effect of Frenz taking responsibility from the top of the order has been to free the consistently underrated Rehmat Zulfiqar to pursue the sort of belligerent game which makes him arguably the most dangerous of the brothers at Topklasse level (the elder Zulfiqar has hit as many boundaries this season as his three brother combined) but even so it’s hard to see the hosts out-hitting the HBS top order.
RL Quick Haag’s defeat of VRA Amsterdam at the start of May has also proved to be a false dawn, as the Hanen have won only twice more since. They will, however, return to the scene of that success on Sunday, since the construction work at Nieuw Hanenburg means that VRA will again be playing on their own ground. VRA have problems of their own: the batting, despite some flashes of excellence, has been underwhelming overall, and with Viv Kingma on the casualty list the attack has also lacked a degree of incisiveness. Leon Turmaine has done well with both bat and ball since his return, but with Eric Szwarczynski having a miserable season the top order continues to look vulnerable. Whether Quick have the resources to make it two out of two is another question, but the game is likely to be closer than the sides’ relative positions on the table suggest.
BdJ Whilst the visiting Ross ter Braak may provide something of a temporary solution to the gap Kingma leaves in VRA’s attack, no easy solution to the misfiring middle-order presents itself. It will be interesting to see if skipper Emile van den Burg is tempted to play with the batting order or will prefer to back his batters to come good. Quick’s attack have been on the receiving end of a battering in recent weeks, and ought not to present too much of a threat to the quality in VRA’s batting card, but then the same was true last time round. Another loss to Quick would likely see VRA slip still further behind a crowded upper table and likely be the end of their title challenge, and it’s not entirely out of the question either. The man to make it happen would be Jay Bista one suspects, he missed out on his first trip to VRA after an attractive-looking 17, and Sunday may just look like a free do-over for the mumbaikar.
Rod Lyall’s tips: Sparta, VOC, Excelsior, HBS, Quick
Bertus de Jong’s tips: Sparta, VOC, Excelsior, HBS, VRA
|Toss won by||Excelsior 20 I|
|Umpires||PGHA van Giezen – S Tovey|
|Scorers||EM Heggelman – MAP Wiegers|
|Home Side||Excelsior 20 I|
|Points Awarded||HBS I 2, Excelsior 20 I 0|
|TP Visée*+||c GG Kroesen||b LT Ingram||25||24||3||1|
|FJ Vink||b JR Hilditch||1||5||0||0|
|SP Gomes||c SG Shankar||b GG Kroesen||68||111||4||0|
|J Morgan||b TJ Heggelman||11||22||1||0|
|W Barresi||not out||89||105||7||0|
|A Ahmed||lbw||b LT Ingram||4||4||1||0|
|Navjit Singh||run out TJ Heggelman||26||28||2||0|
|BA Westdijk||not out||1||1||0||0|
|J de Mey||dnb|
|extras||(b11 lb2 w14 nb0)||27|
|TOTAL||6 wickets for||252|
|1-2(FJ Vink) 2-30(TP Visée) 3-56(J Morgan) 4-188(SP Gomes) 5-193(A Ahmed) 6-245(Navjit Singh)|
|RWA van Troost||3||0||25||0||3||–|
|TC Etman||c SP Gomes||b W Barresi||30||50||0||2|
|SG Shankar||c WT Coster||b W Barresi||11||30||2||0|
|LT Ingram||c Navjit Singh||b WT Coster||21||27||1||1|
|JR Hilditch||c W Barresi||b WT Coster||1||11||0||0|
|J Kroesen||c BA Westdijk||b W Barresi||26||48||1||0|
|TJ Heggelman*||c BA Westdijk||b FJ Vink||1||6||0||0|
|DA Woutersen+||c WT Coster||b FJ Vink||10||14||1||0|
|GG Kroesen||c W Barresi||b BA Westdijk||12||22||1||0|
|RWA van Troost||not out||16||23||2||0|
|HA Khan||c TP Visée||b BA Westdijk||7||21||1||0|
|S Bhatti||c&b BA Westdijk||3||5||0||0|
|extras||(b1 lb0 w12 nb2)||15|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||153|
|1-16(SG Shankar) 2-53(LT Ingram) 3-58(JR Hilditch) 4-85(TC Etman) 5-88(TJ Heggelman) 6-106(J Kroesen) 7-119(DA Woutersen) 8-133(GG Kroesen) 9-143(HA Khan) 10-153(S Bhatti)|
|J de Mey||6||0||24||0||–||–|
|Toss won by||VRA I|
|Umpires||Z Hussain – JM Mulders|
|Scorers||H Reijmer-Steens – T Jansen Schoonhov|
|Home Side||VOC I|
|Points Awarded||VRA I 0, VOC I 2|
|BN Cooper||b PM Seelaar||45||68||6||0|
|DJ ter Braak||c BW Hanif||b PM Seelaar||31||48||3||0|
|ES Szwarczynski||c&b FJ Klaassen||7||18||0||0|
|PW Borren||run out MP O'Dowd||22||43||1||0|
|E van den Burg*||c CL Rutgers||b BW Hanif||4||16||0||0|
|V Singh||c FJ Klaassen||b PM Seelaar||3||21||0||0|
|LA Turmaine||lbw||b PM Seelaar||24||32||3||0|
|QWM Gunning||b ZDA van Baren||21||24||2||0|
|MB Lees+||c UF Baker||b ZDA van Baren||19||21||3||1|
|RM ter Braak||not out||14||8||0||1|
|P Rathore||not out||2||2||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb5 w14 nb0)||19|
|TOTAL||9 wickets for||211|
|1-72(DJ ter Braak) 2-78(BN Cooper) 3-100(ES Szwarczynski) 4-120(E van den Burg) 5-121(PW Borren) 6-142(V Singh) 7-149(LA Turmaine) 8-180(MB Lees) 9-202(QWM Gunning)|
|ZDA van Baren||2||0||18||2||–||–|
|JD Schoonheim||c MB Lees||b QWM Gunning||10||12||2||0|
|CL Rutgers||lbw||b LA Turmaine||19||38||3||0|
|ZDA van Baren||lbw||b PW Borren||15||19||2||1|
|MP O'Dowd||b LA Turmaine||9||15||1||0|
|PM Seelaar*||not out||80||87||6||0|
|SA Edwards+||b PW Borren||56||87||5||1|
|SP van Lent||b LA Turmaine||4||2||1||0|
|FJ Klaassen||c V Singh||b P Rathore||5||10||1||0|
|UF Baker||not out||0||0||0||0|
|extras||(b4 lb4 w4 nb3)||15|
|TOTAL||7 wickets for||213|
|1-26(JD Schoonheim) 2-53(ZDA van Baren) 3-53(CL Rutgers) 4-74(MP O'Dowd) 5-186(SA Edwards) 6-191(SP van Lent) 7-207(FJ Klaassen)|
|RM ter Braak||6||1||31||0||2||1|
|DJ ter Braak||2||0||13||0||1||–|
|E van den Burg||1||0||3||0||–||–|
|Toss won by||Sparta I|
|Umpires||J Hilhorst – DJ Kalloe|
|Home Side||ACC I|
|Points Awarded||ACC I 0, Sparta I 2|
|RH Frenz||c WE Bell||b D Muhammed||100||128||9||0|
|R Zulfiqar||c U Saleem||b TIM de Kok||79||96||8||3|
|AA Zulfiqar+||st AF Buurman||b F Iqbal||6||14||0||0|
|SM Zulfiqar*||c WE Bell||b D Muhammed||30||35||2||1|
|SA Zulfiqar||not out||23||15||2||0|
|SR Rasool||b D Muhammed||5||5||0||0|
|MA Raza||b D Muhammed||0||1||0||0|
|DJ Botha||not out||4||6||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb3 w4 nb0)||7|
|TOTAL||6 wickets for||254|
|1-140(R Zulfiqar) 2-162(AA Zulfiqar) 3-222(SM Zulfiqar) 4-222(RH Frenz) 5-234(SR Rasool) 6-234(MA Raza)|
|TIM de Kok||3||0||13||1||–||–|
|CP Ambrose||b A Kumar||1||–||–||–|
|F Iqbal||c SA Zulfiqar||b DJ Botha||0||–||–||–|
|TIM de Kok||b Ahmed Zulfiqar||16||–||–||–|
|MA Pollard||b A Kumar||108||–||–||–|
|M Bukhari||run out R Zulfiqar||6||–||–||–|
|WE Bell||c SM Zulfiqar||b Ahmed Zulfiqar||11||–||–||–|
|AF Buurman+||c R Zulfiqar||b MA Raza||72||–||–||–|
|JM Snoep*||run out||13||–||–||–|
|D Muhammed||not out||2||–||–||–|
|U Saleem||not out||2||–||–||–|
|extras||(b7 lb5 w10 nb2)||24|
|TOTAL||8 wickets for||255|
|1-1(CP Ambrose) 2-8(F Iqbal) 3-50(TIM de Kok) 4-66(M Bukhari) 5-101(WE Bell) 6-189(MA Pollard) 7-250(JM Snoep) 8-250(AF Buurman)|
|Toss won by||HCC I|
|Umpires||ML Hancock – P Muthucumaru|
|Scorers||R Seetal – K Pattiselanno|
|Home Side||Dosti United I|
|Points Awarded||HCC I 2, Dosti United I 0|
|R Ninan||lbw||b A Davids||5||15||1||0|
|HC Overdijk||b TS Kohli||7||10||1||0|
|AJ Staal||b M Hans||12||24||1||0|
|BE Street||c&b TS Kohli||82||98||8||1|
|BHG Gorlee||st RI Ahmed||b M Hafeez||29||65||4||0|
|MBS Jonkman*||c Vimal Tewarie||b M Hafeez||19||47||2||0|
|DA Trijzelaar||run out RI Ahmed||1||6||0||0|
|DL Walhain||st RI Ahmed||b M Hafeez||6||10||1||0|
|LJF Lagas+||not out||23||21||3||0|
|JWA Overdijk||not out||10||7||1||0|
|extras||(b1 lb0 w12 nb1)||14|
|TOTAL||8 wickets for||208|
|1-6(R Ninan) 2-17(HC Overdijk) 3-33(AJ Staal) 4-97(BHG Gorlee) 5-145(MBS Jonkman) 6-148(DA Trijzelaar) 7-160(DL Walhain) 8-180(BE Street)|
|VAB Tewarie*||lbw||b MBS Jonkman||63||104||8||0|
|M Hafeez||c LJF Lagas||b HC Overdijk||17||14||4||0|
|TS Kohli||c LJF Lagas||b BE Street||0||2||0||0|
|RI Ahmed+||lbw||b HC Overdijk||41||62||4||0|
|Vimal Tewarie||lbw||b BE Street||7||16||1||0|
|A Davids||c TF Peters||b JWA Overdijk||51||52||1||3|
|M Hans||b MBS Jonkman||0||3||0||0|
|Asief Hoseinbaks||c LJF Lagas||b HC Overdijk||1||4||0||0|
|P Singh||run out LJF Lagas||2||7||0||0|
|Arief Hoseinbaks||lbw||b MBS Jonkman||0||7||0||0|
|F Hoseinbaks||not out||6||26||0||0|
|extras||(b4 lb4 w7 nb0)||15|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||203|
|1-27(M Hafeez) 2-29(TS Kohli) 3-110(RI Ahmed) 4-126(Vimal Tewarie) 5-155(VAB Tewarie) 6-155(M Hans) 7-170(Asief Hoseinbaks) 8-180(P Singh) 9-181(Arief Hoseinbaks) 10-203(A Davids)|