VOC stay ahead of the pack

Rod Lyall 02/07/18

VOC Rotterdam retained their position at the top of the table with a comfortable victory over HCC on Sunday, but wins for HBS Craeyenhout and VRA Amsterdam over near rivals Sparta 1888 and Excelsior ’20 Schiedam respectively mean that the battle in the upper half remains extremely tight, with all five teams having a realistic chance of grabbing the silverware.

Only 0.33 of an average point now separates Sparta in fifth place from the leaders, and while two defeats in succession have seen the Capelle side’s challenge subside somewhat – not to mention three defeats in four matches for defending champions Excelsior – no side has been consistent enough to emerge from the chasing pack.

VOC again needed to recover from the loss of early wickets after winning the toss at Hazelaarweg, and it was a fourth-wicket stand of 108 between Max O’Dowd (57) and Pieter Seelaar (80) which enabled them to reach 238 for six, while Hidde Overdijk was the most successful of the HCC bowlers with three for 42.

The quick removal of both openers by Fred Klaassen and Pierce Fletcher soon had HCC on the back foot when they replied, but Tonny Staal (66) and Bryce Street (36) shared another valuable partnership, adding 89 before O’Dowd separated them.

O’Dowd went on to take six for 40 as HCC’s batting crumbled, and they were eventually all out for 161 to lose by 77 runs.

HBS moved into second spot with another powerful display, beating Sparta 1888 by 84 runs at Craeyenhout.

The highlight of the home side’s 259 for eight was a fine century by Sharn Gomes, who passed 50 for the seventh time in ten innings but this time went on to three figures, sharing stands of 97 with opener Wessel Coster (43) and 72 with Jaron Morgan (24).

With Wesley Barresi chipping in with a 24-ball 30, HBS posted a challenging target which their attack proved more than capable of defending, and Sparta’s batsmen never looked likely to approach it after Coster removed both openers by the time 9 runs were on the board.

Tim de Kok (29), Michael Pollard (27) and Mudassar Bukhari (37) – who had taken three for 39 in the HBS innings – all got a start, but with wickets falling at regular intervals the Sparta reply never really gained momentum.

Farshad Khan removed both Pollard and Bukhari, going on to finish with four for 35, and with spinner Julian de Mey contributing a useful spell for two for 28 even the dogged resistance of Atse Buurman (39 not out) was insufficient, and the innings closed on 175.

In the Amsterdamse Bos VRA reached 203 for two thanks to half-centuries from Dan ter Braak and Peter Borren and a splendid 89 from Ben Cooper, but a flurry of wickets in the final ten overs saw the side dismissed for 260 an over before the end, Sohail Bhatti cleaning up the tail with four for 54.

The Excelsior top order mounted a decent reply, Lorenzo Ingram making 42 and Joost Kroesen a career-best 74, and at 175 for three and ten overs remaining it seemed that the Schiedammers had an outside chance of pulling off the victory.

But they, too, collapsed in dramatic fashion, and with VRA’s former internationals Adeel Raja and Borren taking four for 38 and three for 37 respectively they were dismissed for 235.

ACC’s stop-start season took another extraordinary turn at Het Zomercomplex, where they ran up a total of more than 320 for two against a hapless Punjab Rotterdam (exact scores from this match are unfortunately currently unavailable).

Sikander Zulfiqar hit the highest score of the season with an unbeaten 150, while his brother Asad was left on 97 not out as the pair put on a record 227 (approximately) for the third wicket.

For the second week running Punjab belied their lowly position with a spirited response, but despite half-centuries from opener Stef Myburgh, Rohan Qadri and Yasir Usman they fell some 40 runs short of their massive target.

Veteran Ahmed Zulfiqar was ACC’s main wicket-taker.

Dosti United consolidated their mid-table position with two home wins over the weekend, beating Punjab by 95 runs on Saturday in a rearranged match and then prevailing over Quick Haag on Sunday.

Taruwar Kohli was again the star of Saturday’s show, posting his fourth century of the season as Dosti reached 252 for six, while in the absence of Anees Davids second-team coach Amitoze Singh contributed 53.

Waheed Masood then took four for 38 as Punjab were dismissed for 157, only Barend Vorster showing any real resistance with 48.

Singh and Masood underlined their value again on Sunday, the former making 99 in Dosti’s total of 201 all out against Quick and the latter picking up three for 48 as the Nieuw Hanenburg side were dismissed for 177.

This defeat coupled with ACC’s win sees Quick drop to ninth place in the table, but they, like ACC, are two wins ahead of Punjab and not yet in serious relegation trouble.

Scorecard | Dosti vs Punjab | 30.06.18

Dosti United I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Drieburg, 30-Jun-2018, Topklasse
Dosti United I Win by 95 runs
Round 7
Toss won by Dosti United I
Umpires RJ Akram – ML Hancock
Scorers R Seetal – N Mohammed
Home Side Dosti United I
Points Awarded Dosti United I 2, Punjab I 0
Dosti United I 1st Innings 252/7 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
VAB Tewarie* c SJ Myburgh b R Qadri 21 42 4 0
M Hafeez c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 2 3 0 0
TS Kohli c SJ Myburgh b Mubashar Hussain 123 146 4 2
RI Ahmed+ b R Qadri 3 6 0 0
A Singh c M Bajwa b M Latif 53 60 3 0
S Khan c Y Usman b R Qadri 29 31 4 0
W Masood st M Bajwa b R Faiz 8 9 0 0
Vimal Tewarie not out 1 2 0 0
M Hans not out 0 1 0 0
S Ghori dnb
Asief Hoseinbaks dnb
extras (b4 lb0 w8 nb0) 12
TOTAL 7 wickets for 252
1-6(M Hafeez) 2-50(VAB Tewarie) 3-60(RI Ahmed) 4-159(A Singh) 5-214(S Khan) 6-241(W Masood) 7-251(TS Kohli)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 8 1 33 0
Mubashar Hussain 10 0 44 2 2
BI Vorster 10 0 42 0
R Qadri 10 0 61 3
R Faiz 7 0 44 1
M Latif 5 0 24 1 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 157/10 All Out (Overs 43.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh lbw b W Masood 19 20 2 1
A Raza b W Masood 0 2 0 0
Mudassar Hussain c RI Ahmed b W Masood 0 3 0 0
BI Vorster run out S Ghori/RI Ahmed 48 59 1 2
M Latif b S Khan 18 35 1 0
R Qadri b W Masood 17 39 1 0
Y Usman b M Hafeez 12 21 0 1
R Faiz st RI Ahmed b M Hafeez 10 25 0 1
M Bajwa+ not out 2 30 0 0
Mubashar Hussain c Asief Hoseinbaks b A Singh 1 18 0 0
S Tariq* run out S Ghori/RI Ahmed 6 9 1 0
extras (b9 lb4 w10 nb1) 24
TOTAL 10 wickets for 157
1-6(A Raza) 2-7(Mudassar Hussain) 3-39(SJ Myburgh) 4-87(M Latif) 5-95(BI Vorster) 6-120(Y Usman) 7-134(R Faiz) 8-137(R Qadri) 9-147(Mubashar Hussain) 10-157(S Tariq)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Hans 7.2 0 23 0 2
W Masood 8 0 38 4 4
A Singh 5 0 26 1 1 1
S Khan 5 0 17 1 1
Asief Hoseinbaks 8 1 27 0 1
M Hafeez 10 4 13 2

Round 11 Preview

Bertus de Jong & Rod Lyall 29/06/18

With six games scheduled for the coming weekend, attention turns to the mid-table for the eleventh round of Topklasse matches where several clubs will be looking to distance themselves from a looming relegation battle, or face must-win matches to maintain their title hopes.

BdJ: For Dosti-United the former is likely the principal concern, having sunk back into the lower half of the table after a bright start to the season. They have two chances this weekend to climb back up toward relative safety, the first a rescheduled 7th-round match against Punjab Rotterdam, currently languishing at the bottom of the pile with just a solitary win.

Dosti will start as favourites at home, but their recent slide has highlighted their dependence on league lead run-scorer Taru Kohli to post winning totals. They themselves have managed to avoid defeat only once this season without a Kohli century, and he has gone scoreless in their last two games. Yet against a Punjab attack that has yet to bowl anyone out this season another ton looks at least as likely as another duck and with three other bats having racked up 200+ runs and Mohammad Hafeez leading the wicket-taking table the Amsterdammers are hardly a one man band.

While their opponents can take heart from the return of Stephan Myburgh, the Netherlands opener is still not fully fit and may not play both games at the weekend. And Punjab have barely looked competitive without him. Myburgh remains their lead run-scorer despite having sat out four games, and despite showing some admirable fight against Excelsior last week it’s hard to argue Punjab haven’t earned their place at the bottom of the table.

RL: Having pushed Excelsior all the way last Sunday Punjab may go into this game with a certain degree of hope – if not confidence – despite their lowly position in the table. Ashan Bamunusinghe has been a slightly surprising keystone of both their batting line-up and their attack, but he and Barend Vorster have received too little support from the rest of the team. Myburgh’s battle for fitness is obviously a continuing concern, and against a Dosti outfit which is capable of much more than they have shown in recent weeks the visitors are likely to struggle.

BdJ: Punjab’s real four-pointer will come on Sunday however, when they face their nearest rivals for the wooden spoon ACC at the Zomercomplex. ACC currently have a 2 point lead over the Rotterdammers, though that may not be the case by the time they meet. Though ACC’s lamentable lack of bench strength was pointed out as a weakness before the season began, but few would have picked them as relegation contenders. They were exposed again by HBS last week however, losing by a calamitous 173 runs as they collapsed to 62 all-out. The promotion of Richardt Frenz to partner Rehmat Zulfiqar at the top of the order has paid off on occasion, but the middle order remains fragile and the tail long.

Whether Punjab have the bowling to capitalise is questionable of course, but likewise ACC’s attack has lacked for penetration at times. Devon Botha has had a creditable debut season thus far but is arguably rather wasted on Dutch wickets, and should Myburgh play one suspects he’ll enjoy himself. Given that two of the three wins these teams have between them have been built on big opening partnerships, and there’s little reason to expect different come Sunday.

RL: ACC provided Punjab with their sole victory so far, when Myburgh and Raza shared a big opening partnership at Het Loopveld back in May. Neither has repeated that form in such a sustained way since, although in the former’s case that is scarcely surprising. Both teams show the shallowness of the talent pool at the highest domestic level, raising legitimate questions about the wisdom of the ten-team Topklasse format. Yet the best of the ACC squad (most of them named Zulfiqar) would grace any team, and they have been much more prolific with the bat in recent weeks – last Sunday’s dramatic collapse against HBS excepted. This is a crucial match for both teams, and even more a must-win occasion for Punjab than for their visitors.

BdJ: Also still in the relegation mix are Quick Haag, who will be Dosti’s second opponents this weekend. If Dosti have looked dependent on Kohli thus far, Quick have been no less so on Jay Bista, who remains the only Quick bat to have passed 200 runs this season. Another side that might be said to be in a transitional phase, Quick have tested a number of youth and former second team players this season, but their depth has thus far proved as lacking as that of ACC. Though seamer Josh Davey has proved a solid signing for them and Bista’s current 3rd spot in the run aggregates probably undersells his talents, the two overseas have lacked any consistent support from the rest of the side who, Geert Maarten Mol apart, have looked an underperforming team that wasn’t too strong in the first place.

RL: This, too, is a vital match for both sides, with Quick just one win clear of ACC and Dosti currently only just ahead of Quick on points average. A mid-table position beckons for the winner, but the loser may face a nerve-wracking battle in the weeks ahead. Quick have indeed looked vulnerable for much of the season, and while a late rally spared at least some of their blushes against VRA last Sunday the collapse of the top and middle order confirms that concern. The attack, too, lacks bite and the variation provided in different ways by Henk-Jan Mol and Asief Hoseinbaks last year, and undoubtedly Dosti have the batsmen in Vinoo Tewarie, Kohli, Rahil Ahmed and Anees Davids to take full advantage.

: The league’s new front-runner VOC Rotterdam meanwhile will take on the mercurial HCC at Hazelaarweg, looking to consolidate their place at the top of the table. Though HCC will be coming off the back of a crunching win over erstwhile front-runners Sparta, the odds are against them taking two points back from Rotterdam. Given the traditionally slow and spin-friendly conditions at Hazelaarweg the Hagenaars’ principal match winners Ali Ahmed Qasim and Hidde Overdijk are unlikely to be at their most effective, whilst the conditions are expected to play in favour of VOC’s spinners Umar Baker and current MVP favourite Pieter Seelaar. Even without Max O’Dowd, Ahsan Malik and probably Corey Rutgers, the hosts head into the game with the wind in their sails and the bookies’ backing.

RL: If m’colleague’s reading of the Hazelaarweg conditions is correct, then the influence of Ryan Ninan on this match should not be under-estimated. He bowled with great control last week while Ali Ahmed Qasim was creating havoc at the other end, and is likely to find the Rotterdam environment much more to his liking. VOC’s batting was in early trouble against Dosti last Sunday, and they too needed a vigorously wagging tail to set an adequate target. I think this may be a closer game than many expect, and while the strength of their batting leads me to favour VOC on balance, it would not surprise me if the leadership of the table had again changed hands by Sunday evening.

BdJ: Tougher to call will be VRA’s return match against defending champions Excelsior ‘20, who travel to the Bos without the usual benefit of a well-established winning habit. The Schiedammers looked altogether unconvincing against bottom-placed Punjab last week, clinging on for a 19-run win to break an all-but unprecedented 2-game losing streak. Nonetheless Excelsior’s lower-middle order again showed an encouraging resilience after the bedrock pair of Ingram and Hilditch both fell cheaply, suggesting that containing or removing the pair remains a necessary but not sufficient condition for besting the title-holders.

VRA certainly have the attack to do it, though the continued side-lining of Vivian Kingma means skipper Van den Burg does not have quite the flexibility he might like should anyone have an off-day. Moreover, off-days have been rather par for the course in the VRA middle-order of late, which has yet to really live up to its potential thus far. In short, this looks like anyone’s game, and two points will likely go to whoever underperforms the least.

RL: Another of the three top-six encounters which this week’s draw offers, this match-up of two clubs who have won twenty championships between them in the past 26 years has plenty of history behind it as well as a fascinating immediate context. Excelsior struggled to reach a modest target of 177 when the sides met on 10 May, owing their victory to a fine innings from Hilditch, and neither has been completely convincing in recent weeks – or, in VRA’s case, all season. There’s an opportunity for one of the big guns – Ingram or Hilditch, Cooper, Borren or Gunning – to stamp their influence on the game, but the result may well depend on how much support they receive from the rest of their team.

BdJ: The round’s final game pits a resurgent HBS against former table-toppers Sparta 1888, who have struggled to maintain their early momentum into the mid-season. The Crows have not lost a game at home since their defeat at the hands of HCC in the third round, when Ali Qasim ran riot for the first time, and though in Dost Mohammad and Mudassar Bukhari Sparta have seamers capable of doing a similar job on HBS’ explosive top order, now that all four of Gomes, Barresi, Visée and Morgan have runs under their belt the chance of such a repetition looks more remote. Sparta have some big hitters of their own of course in Pollard and Bell, not to mention the belligerent Bukhari and Atse Buurman down the order also capable of clearing the ropes, so it’s tough to say what a safe first innings score might be.

RL: Sparta will return to Den Haag with the shadow of last week’s collapse hanging over them, but they will also remember the initial sting of Bukhari, Mohammad and Bell and the way they fought back to dismiss HCC for a fairly modest total. Especially at Craeyenhout, HBS has the most imposing top six in the competition, and Sparta’s five seamers and spinner Faisal Iqbal will need to be at their absolute best if they are to contain them. Warren Bell was very unlucky last week, and if he and Michael Pollard are able to take advantage of the Craeyenhout outfield we could be in for some prolific scoring, and the bowlers could be in for a tough time.

Bertus de Jong’s tips: Dosti, Dosti, VOC, VRA, Punjab, HBS.

Rod Lyall’s tips: Dosti, Dosti, VOC, Excelsior, ACC, HBS.

Scorecard | HCC vs Sparta | 24.06.18

HCC I Vs Sparta I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 24-Jun-2018, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 124 runs
Round 10
Toss won by Sparta I
Umpires RJ Akram – P Muthucumaru
Scorers K Pattiselanno – A Smelt
Home Side HCC I
Points Awarded HCC I 2, Sparta I 0
HCC I 1st Innings 189/10 All Out (Overs 48.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
HC Overdijk c AF Buurman b M Bukhari 0 1 0 0
R Ninan c AF Buurman b M Bukhari 4 18 0 0
AJ Staal* c AF Buurman b U Saleem 49 73 0 0
BE Street b F Iqbal 56 98 5 0
BHG Gorlee b JM Snoep 25 54 1 0
DA Trijzelaar b M Bukhari 14 26 0 0
AA Qasim b MB Hoornweg 5 7 0 0
DL Walhain c TIM de Kok b M Bukhari 13 6 0 1
LJF Lagas+ not out 4 6 0 0
JWA Overdijk b M Bukhari 0 1 0 0
RR Bijloos c MA Pollard b U Saleem 0 1 0 0
extras (b0 lb7 w11 nb1) 19
TOTAL 10 wickets for 189
1-0(HC Overdijk) 2-13(R Ninan) 3-80(AJ Staal) 4-132(BHG Gorlee) 5-162(BE Street) 6-165(DA Trijzelaar) 7-179(AA Qasim) 8-187(DL Walhain) 9-189(JWA Overdijk) 10-189(RR Bijloos)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 10 2 32 5 2
D Muhammed 10 1 27 0 2
WE Bell 8 2 26 0 1
MB Hoornweg 5 0 31 1 1 1
F Iqbal 7 0 27 1
U Saleem 4.3 0 18 2 3
JM Snoep 4 0 21 1
Sparta I 1st Innings 65/10 All Out (Overs 30.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
F Iqbal b AA Qasim 1 6 0 0
CP Ambrose c LJF Lagas b AA Qasim 6 28 0 0
TIM de Kok b AA Qasim 0 1 0 0
MA Pollard b AA Qasim 1 8 0 0
M Bukhari b AA Qasim 1 11 0 0
WE Bell c LJF Lagas b AA Qasim 8 17 1 0
AF Buurman+ c LJF Lagas b HC Overdijk 15 25 3 0
JM Snoep* not out 19 58 0 0
D Muhammed c LJF Lagas b BE Street 1 14 0 0
U Saleem run out HC Overdijk 0 3 0 0
MB Hoornweg c BHG Gorlee b R Ninan 12 13 1 0
extras (b0 lb0 w1 nb0) 1
TOTAL 10 wickets for 65
1-5(F Iqbal) 2-5(TIM de Kok) 3-7(MA Pollard) 4-9(M Bukhari) 5-16(CP Ambrose) 6-21(WE Bell) 7-37(AF Buurman) 8-41(D Muhammed) 9-41(U Saleem) 10-65(MB Hoornweg)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
R Ninan 6.3 5 3 1
AA Qasim 8 0 25 6
HC Overdijk 9 4 24 1 1
BE Street 7 2 13 1

Scorecard | VOC vs Dosti | 24.06.18

VOC I Vs Dosti I
1-Innings Match Played At Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 24-Jun-2018, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 49 runs
Round 10
Toss won by VOC I
Umpires AND van den Dries – J Hilhorst
Scorers H Reijmer-Steens – R Seetal
Home Side VOC I
Points Awarded VOC I 2, Dosti I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 177/10 All Out (Overs 49.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SP van Lent run out RI Ahmed 9 41 1 0
JD Schoonheim lbw b A Davids 7 4 1 0
ZDA van Baren c Vimal Tewarie b W Masood 18 33 2 0
MF van Ierschot lbw b M Hafeez 0 13 0 0
PM Seelaar* lbw b A Davids 24 40 4 0
SA Edwards+ lbw b A Davids 27 34 4 0
FJ Klaassen c&b M Hafeez 14 28 1 0
UF Baker b W Masood 13 30 1 0
RW van Ierschot jr c Asief Hoseinbaks b M Hafeez 5 8 1 0
BW Hanif not out 36 47 2 2
PJ Fletcher c VAB Tewarie b TS Kohli 15 22 1 0
extras (b0 lb2 w5 nb2) 9
TOTAL 10 wickets for 177
1-7(JD Schoonheim) 2-34(ZDA van Baren) 3-34(SP van Lent) 4-41(MF van Ierschot) 5-85(PM Seelaar) 6-90(SA Edwards) 7-101(FJ Klaassen) 8-111(RW van Ierschot jr) 9-143(UF Baker) 10-177(PJ Fletcher)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
A Davids 10 2 22 3 2
W Masood 10 1 34 2 1
M Hans 10 3 29 0 1
M Hafeez 10 3 31 3 1 1
Asief Hoseinbaks 4 0 34 0 1
TS Kohli 2.3 0 16 1
VAB Tewarie 3 0 9 0
Dosti I 1st Innings 128/10 All Out (Overs 45.5)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
VAB Tewarie* c FJ Klaassen b PJ Fletcher 1 9 0 0
M Hafeez b JD Schoonheim 30 88 3 0
TS Kohli c FJ Klaassen b PJ Fletcher 0 4 0 0
RI Ahmed+ b UF Baker 11 27 0 0
Vimal Tewarie run out 4 12 1 0
A Davids run out 1 3 0 0
M Hans c&b PM Seelaar 11 42 1 0
S Ghori c UF Baker b PM Seelaar 3 17 0 0
Asief Hoseinbaks c SP van Lent b BW Hanif 28 35 3 0
W Masood b BW Hanif 27 32 2 0
Arief Hoseinbaks not out 1 6 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w9 nb0) 11
TOTAL 10 wickets for 128
1-3(VAB Tewarie) 2-3(TS Kohli) 3-17(RI Ahmed) 4-23(Vimal Tewarie) 5-25(A Davids) 6-62(M Hans) 7-62(M Hafeez) 8-83(S Ghori) 9-120(Asief Hoseinbaks) 10-128(W Masood)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Klaassen 10 3 16 0 3
PJ Fletcher 7 1 14 2 5
BW Hanif 6.5 2 9 2
UF Baker 8 0 39 1
PM Seelaar 10 1 38 2
JD Schoonheim 4 0 10 1 1

Scorecard | Excelsior vs Punjab | 24.06.18

Excelsior 20 I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Thurlede, Schiedam, 24-Jun-2018, Topklasse
Excelsior 20 I Win by 19 runs
Round 10
Toss won by Excelsior 20 I
Umpires HKG Jansen – WPM van Liemt
Scorers EM Heggelman – N Mohammed
Home Side Excelsior 20 I
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 2, Punjab I 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 219/7 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman c M Bajwa b A Khan 37 62 4 0
J Kroesen c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 7 8 1 0
LT Ingram b S Tariq 8 14 2 0
RTF Verhagen+ c M Bajwa b Mubashar Hussain 38 98 3 0
JR Hilditch c&b BI Vorster 1 5 0 0
SG Shankar c AK Bamunusinghe b S Tariq 36 50 2 2
TJ Heggelman* not out 21 30 0 0
DA Woutersen c M Bajwa b AK Bamunusinghe 36 31 3 0
RWA van Troost not out 4 2 0 0
S Bhatti dnb
GG Kroesen dnb
extras (b9 lb13 w9 nb0) 31
TOTAL 7 wickets for 219
1-15(J Kroesen) 2-35(LT Ingram) 3-64(TC Etman) 4-65(JR Hilditch) 5-146(SG Shankar) 6-157(RTF Verhagen) 7-209(DA Woutersen)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 1 40 2 1
Mubashar Hussain 10 0 40 2 3
BI Vorster 10 2 22 1
A Khan 9 0 49 1 1
AK Bamunusinghe 10 0 40 1
H Din 1 0 6 0 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 200/10 All Out (Overs 45.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c JR Hilditch b S Bhatti 48 47 6 1
A Raza c LT Ingram b RWA van Troost 2 2 0 0
A Khan c LT Ingram b JR Hilditch 7 26 1 0
BI Vorster lbw b LT Ingram 9 24 1 0
M Latif c TJ Heggelman b S Bhatti 34 35 4 0
AK Bamunusinghe not out 59 91 7 0
M Bajwa+ lbw b TJ Heggelman 0 2 0 0
Y Usman c RTF Verhagen b RWA van Troost 19 21 2 1
S Tariq* c DA Woutersen b LT Ingram 0 5 0 0
H Din run out RWA van Troost 0 1 0 0
Mubashar Hussain b LT Ingram 8 24 1 0
extras (b2 lb5 w3 nb4) 14
TOTAL 10 wickets for 200
1-15(A Raza) 2-50(A Khan) 3-74(BI Vorster) 4-96(SJ Myburgh) 5-125(M Latif) 6-127(M Bajwa) 7-169(Y Usman) 8-169(S Tariq) 9-173(H Din) 10-200(Mubashar Hussain)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
JR Hilditch 10 1 47 1 1 2
RWA van Troost 7 0 42 2 1
LT Ingram 9.4 1 24 3 1
TJ Heggelman 9 1 22 1
S Bhatti 8 1 39 2
GG Kroesen 2 0 19 0 2

Scorecard | ACC vs HBS | 24.06.18

1-Innings Match Played At Het Loopveld West, 24-Jun-2018, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 173 runs
Round 10
Toss won by HBS I
Umpires ML Hancock – Z Hussain
Scorers SM Zulfiqar – MAP Wiegers
Home Side ACC I
Points Awarded HBS I 2, ACC I 0
HBS I 1st Innings 235/10 All Out (Overs 48.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TP Visée*+ c AA Zulfiqar b A Kumar 1 2 0 0
WT Coster lbw b SA Zulfiqar 64 89 4 1
SP Gomes lbw b SA Zulfiqar 66 96 4 0
J Morgan c MA Raza b SA Zulfiqar 20 22 1 1
W Barresi lbw b DJ Botha 48 41 2 0
A Ahmed lbw b A Kumar 0 3 0 0
Navjit Singh c AA Zulfiqar b Ahmed Zulfiqar 12 19 0 0
BA Westdijk b DJ Botha 0 3 0 0
J de Mey c SR Rasool b DJ Botha 6 11 0 0
F Khan c S Potdar b Ahmed Zulfiqar 1 2 0 0
FJ Vink not out 1 3 0 0
extras (b1 lb7 w8 nb0) 16
TOTAL 10 wickets for 235
1-4(TP Visée) 2-140(SP Gomes) 3-141(WT Coster) 4-173(J Morgan) 5-182(A Ahmed) 6-210(Navjit Singh) 7-211(BA Westdijk) 8-233(J de Mey) 9-233(W Barresi) 10-235(F Khan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
W Alim 4 0 19 0 1
A Kumar 6 0 31 2 3
DJ Botha 9 1 41 3 2
Ahmed Zulfiqar 9.3 1 36 2 1
MA Raza 10 0 49 0 1
SA Zulfiqar 10 0 51 3
ACC I 1st Innings 62/10 All Out (Overs 22)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RH Frenz c TP Visée b WT Coster 10 20 1 0
R Zulfiqar c F Khan b WT Coster 16 18 1 1
AA Zulfiqar+ c TP Visée b BA Westdijk 3 11 0 0
SA Zulfiqar* c TP Visée b BA Westdijk 3 7 0 0
SR Rasool lbw b BA Westdijk 0 3 0 0
Ahmed Zulfiqar lbw b BA Westdijk 2 5 0 0
MA Raza c J Morgan b F Khan 4 11 1 0
S Potdar c J Morgan b BA Westdijk 2 3 0 0
DJ Botha not out 11 17 2 0
A Kumar c W Barresi b A Ahmed 7 34 1 0
W Alim c F Khan b A Ahmed 0 3 0 0
extras (b0 lb1 w3 nb0) 4
TOTAL 10 wickets for 62
1-17(RH Frenz) 2-28(R Zulfiqar) 3-30(AA Zulfiqar) 4-30(SR Rasool) 5-34(Ahmed Zulfiqar) 6-40(SA Zulfiqar) 7-42(S Potdar) 8-42(MA Raza) 9-62(A Kumar) 10-62(W Alim)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 10 1 35 5 2
WT Coster 6 1 21 2
F Khan 3 2 1 1 1
A Ahmed 2 0 3 2
Navjit Singh 1 0 1 0

Scorecard | Quick vs VRA | 24.06.18

VRA I Vs Quick Haag I
1-Innings Match Played At Dennenstraat, Nijmegen, 24-Jun-2018, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 101 runs
Round 10
Toss won by VRA I
Umpires N Bathi – DJ Kalloe
Scorers T Jansen Schoonhov – JWM Krulder
Home Side (neutral)
Points Awarded VRA I 2, Quick Haag I 0
VRA I 1st Innings 238/7 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
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
MAK Raja 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)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
MI Khan 8 1 37 1 1
SB Davey 10 0 54 2 3
JG Bista 10 0 41 1 1
MB van Schelven 10 0 48 1 1
GMC Mol 3 0 21 0
LW Stokkers 9 0 33 1
Quick Haag I 1st Innings 137/10 All Out (Overs 28.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
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)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 10 1 36 5 1
RM ter Braak 3 0 17 1 1
PW Borren 5 1 21 2 1
MAK Raja 6 0 33 0
LA Turmaine 2 0 17 0 1
DJ ter Braak 2.2 0 10 2 1

Sparta’s lead short-lived as the seamers run riot

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.

Round 10 Preview

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