New European Champions League cues immediate controversy

Bertus de Jong 08/12/18


The announcement of a new European “Champions League” competition for clubs from around the continent has precipitated immediate controversy in the Netherlands, with HBS Craeyenhout contesting VOC Rotterdam’s right to represent the Dutch in the tournament.

CaptureThe new initiative will see clubs from the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Russia and Spain meet at the Desert Springs facility in Almería in southern Spain at the end of July next year to compete for the title of European Champions. The KNCB announced yesterday that they had nominated 2018 Topklasse champions VOC as the Dutch representatives, but HBS maintain that as winners of the T20 Cup last year by rights they should be the ones making the trip. “We will be contesting VOC’s nomination. It makes no sense to send the TK champion to a T20 tournament” incoming HBS cricket Chair Ewout Boendermaker told TKcricket.

As it turns out the first edition of the European Cricket League will in fact be contested in the newly-fashionable T10 format, organisers confirmed today, but the eight clubs participating have qualified through various formats. “Each federation has chosen their top competition champion – some 50 over, some 40 over, some T20.” a spokesman for the ECL clarified. It is hard to argue that the Topklasse is certainly the more prestigious title in the Netherlands, with the T20 competition even suffering from occasional no-shows, yet it’s difficult to deny that the choice of 50-over Champions for a 10-over competition is on the face of it rather surprising.

Dutch cricket, of course, loves nothing better than a spot of controversy and Dutch fans are quick to pounce on the merest hint of competitievervalsing, indeed the ECL would hardly be a proper competition if there wasn’t someone at the ALV decrying it as a stitch-up. Yet while rumours of a berth at a new European club championship for the Topklasse champions have been circulating since at least mid-July, it’s nonetheless concerning that some clubs appear to have been better-informed than others.

Not for the first time Dutch cricket finds itself plunged into a needless controversy that could have been headed off by better communication or consultation, though at least the organisers of the new competition can take comfort from the evident fact that a place at the European Championships is seen as a prize worth fighting over.


The European Cricket League will take place from July 30th to August 1st 2019 at Desert Springs Club, Almería. The following sides have qualified:

SG Findorff Cricket Bremen (Germany)
Svanholm CC (Denmark)
VOC Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
Brescia CC (Italy)
Cluj CC (Romania)
St Petersburg (Russia)
Dreux CC (France)
Catalunya CC (Spain)

Scorecard | HBS vs Excelsior | 26.08.18

HBS I Vs Excelsior 20 I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 175 runs
Round 18
Toss won by HBS I
Umpires Z Hussain – P Muthucumaru
Scorers MAP Wiegers – EM Heggelman
Home Side HBS I
Points Awarded HBS I 2, Excelsior 20 I 0
HBS I 1st Innings 244/10 All Out (Overs 37.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SP Gomes lbw b JR Hilditch 17 12 4 0
WT Coster lbw b JR Hilditch 6 17 1 0
A Ahmed c&b TJ Heggelman 11 15 2 0
Navjit Singh b TJ Heggelman 1 8 0 0
TP Visée*+ c GG Kroesen b LT Ingram 69 31 7 5
J Morgan c RWA van Troost b S Bhatti 35 28 5 1
FJ Vink c TC Etman b LT Ingram 13 33 1 1
W Barresi c TC Etman b LT Ingram 65 46 7 3
J de Mey not out 10 25 1 0
BA Westdijk b TJ Heggelman 1 7 0 0
F Khan b TJ Heggelman 2 5 0 0
extras (b0 lb1 w12 nb1) 14
TOTAL 10 wickets for 244
FOW
1-22(SP Gomes) 2-27(WT Coster) 3-38(A Ahmed) 4-53(Navjit Singh) 5-120(TP Visée) 6-146(J Morgan) 7-207(FJ Vink) 8-239(W Barresi) 9-240(BA Westdijk) 10-244(F Khan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
GG Kroesen 1 0 16 0
RWA van Troost 6 0 38 0 2 1
JR Hilditch 8 0 47 2
TJ Heggelman 5.4 0 37 4
LT Ingram 9 0 56 3 2
S Bhatti 6 0 30 1 4
J Kroesen 2 0 19 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 69/10 All Out (Overs 17.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman c TP Visée b WT Coster 12 14 2 0
RTF Verhagen+ b WT Coster 1 4 0 0
J Kroesen b BA Westdijk 1 4 0 0
LT Ingram c TP Visée b Navjit Singh 8 18 1 0
SG Shankar c W Barresi b Navjit Singh 22 16 5 0
DA Woutersen lbw b Navjit Singh 13 19 2 0
JR Hilditch c TP Visée b Navjit Singh 0 1 0 0
TJ Heggelman* c TP Visée b F Khan 1 14 0 0
GG Kroesen not out 3 9 0 0
RWA van Troost b Navjit Singh 5 5 1 0
S Bhatti c J de Mey b Navjit Singh 0 1 0 0
extras (b0 lb0 w3 nb0) 3
TOTAL 10 wickets for 69
FOW
1-2(RTF Verhagen) 2-16(TC Etman) 3-16(J Kroesen) 4-47(LT Ingram) 5-48(SG Shankar) 6-48(JR Hilditch) 7-61(TJ Heggelman) 8-61(DA Woutersen) 9-69(RWA van Troost) 10-69(S Bhatti)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 5 0 31 1
WT Coster 4 0 15 2 1
Navjit Singh 4.3 1 17 6 1
F Khan 4 2 6 1

Scorecard | Quick vs HBS | 19.08.18

Quick Haag I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 19-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Quick Haag I Win by 18 runs
Round 17
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
Quick Haag I 1st Innings 243/10 All Out (Overs 48.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
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
FOW
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)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
WT Coster 6.3 0 36 2
F Khan 8 0 38 2 1
Navjit Singh 7 0 30 1 3
FJ Vink 8 2 18 2 7
J de Mey 8 0 43 2 1
W Barresi 5 0 31 0
A Ahmed 6 0 41 1
HBS I 1st Innings 225/10 All Out (Overs 48)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
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
FOW
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)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
SB Davey 10 4 29 2 1
E Schiferli 10 2 45 3 2
JA Brand 9 0 38 2 3
LW Stokkers 5 0 20 1 1
JG Bista 8 0 55 1 1
MB van Schelven 6 0 33 0 1

Scorecard | HBS vs VOC | 12.08.18

VOC I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 61 runs
Round 16
Toss won by VOC I
Umpires HKG Jansen – WPM van Liemt
Scorers MAP Wiegers – H Reijmer-Steens
Home Side (neutral)
Points Awarded VOC I 2, HBS I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 194/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JD Schoonheim c SP Gomes b WT Coster 22 18 4 0
CL Rutgers c SP Gomes b F Khan 12 12 0 1
ZDA van Baren c WT Coster b F Khan 32 41 4 1
MP O'Dowd c Navjit Singh b FJ Vink 18 62 1 0
PM Seelaar* c TP Visée b FJ Vink 10 31 0 0
SA Edwards+ c J de Mey b FJ Vink 7 34 0 0
SP van Lent run out 8 25 1 0
FJ Klaassen not out 15 34 0 0
UF Baker c F Khan b W Barresi 4 8 1 0
PJ Fletcher not out 34 35 3 2
BW Hanif dnb
extras (b1 lb12 w19 nb0) 32
TOTAL 8 wickets for 194
FOW
1-29(JD Schoonheim) 2-55(CL Rutgers) 3-81(ZDA van Baren) 4-108(PM Seelaar) 5-112(MP O'Dowd) 6-129(SA Edwards) 7-137(SP van Lent) 8-142(UF Baker)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 10 1 56 0 3
WT Coster 3 0 23 1 1
F Khan 9 1 25 2 2
J de Mey 4 0 18 0 2
Navjit Singh 10 2 27 0 4
FJ Vink 10 2 15 3 2
W Barresi 4 0 17 1
HBS I 1st Innings 133/9 All Out (Overs 38.5)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
WT Coster c SA Edwards b FJ Klaassen 0 5 0 0
TP Visée*+ c SA Edwards b PJ Fletcher 8 8 1 0
SP Gomes b BW Hanif 5 21 0 0
J Morgan c UF Baker b PM Seelaar 74 56 9 3
W Barresi c PM Seelaar b BW Hanif 3 16 0 0
Navjit Singh c MP O'Dowd b BW Hanif 17 60 2 0
D Coster Retired Not Out 1 19 0 0
FJ Vink c SA Edwards b BW Hanif 3 8 0 0
J de Mey not out 9 31 0 0
BA Westdijk c JD Schoonheim b FJ Klaassen 5 8 0 0
F Khan c BW Hanif b PM Seelaar 0 3 0 0
extras (b0 lb5 w2 nb1) 8
TOTAL 9 wickets for 133
FOW
1-1(WT Coster) 2-14(TP Visée) 3-53(SP Gomes) 4-72(W Barresi) 5-112(J Morgan) 6-118(FJ Vink) 7-121(Navjit Singh) 8-131(BA Westdijk) 9-133(F Khan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Klaassen 8 0 25 2 1 1
PJ Fletcher 4 0 36 1 1
BW Hanif 8 2 27 4
PM Seelaar 8.5 5 7 2
UF Baker 10 0 33 0

Scorecard | Dosti vs HBS | 05.08.18

Dosti United I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Drieburg, 05-Aug-2018, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 19 runs
Round 15
Toss won by HBS I
Umpires J Hilhorst – R Kaulingfreks
Scorers R Seetal – MAP Wiegers
Home Side Dosti United I
Points Awarded HBS I 2, Dosti United I 0
HBS I 1st Innings 141/10 All Out (Overs 45.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
WT Coster lbw b VAB Tewarie 44 93 4 1
SP Gomes st RI Ahmed b M Hans 20 42 2 0
D Coster run out 0 9 0 0
J Morgan+ b M Hafeez 3 5 0 0
W Barresi not out 29 52 0 1
Navjit Singh c M Hafeez b A Davids 1 9 0 0
A Ahmed b A Davids 0 5 0 0
FJ Vink* run out 16 46 0 0
S Vink b M Hafeez 0 4 0 0
J de Mey b A Davids 0 4 0 0
F Khan c M Hans b M Hafeez 0 4 0 0
extras (b0 lb4 w24 nb0) 28
TOTAL 10 wickets for 141
FOW
1-71(SP Gomes) 2-74(D Coster) 3-81(J Morgan) 4-87(WT Coster) 5-90(Navjit Singh) 6-93(A Ahmed) 7-139(FJ Vink) 8-139(S Vink) 9-140(J de Mey) 10-141(F Khan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
A Davids 9 0 22 3 6
W Masood 7 0 27 0 4
M Hans 10 2 33 1 3
Asief Hoseinbaks 2 0 17 0 1
M Hafeez 7.3 0 13 3
VAB Tewarie 10 2 25 1
Dosti United I 1st Innings 122/10 All Out (Overs 39.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
VAB Tewarie* b WT Coster 3 10 0 0
S Ghori st J Morgan b W Barresi 3 68 0 0
RI Ahmed+ c W Barresi b J de Mey 1 5 0 0
M Hafeez c J Morgan b W Barresi 28 48 1 1
Vimal Tewarie b F Khan 2 8 0 0
A Davids c Navjit Singh b F Khan 23 21 2 1
M Hans c SP Gomes b W Barresi 6 5 1 0
Asief Hoseinbaks lbw b F Khan 0 5 0 0
W Masood c J Morgan b FJ Vink 18 28 2 0
Arief Hoseinbaks b WT Coster 12 36 0 1
AV Atwarie not out 0 2 0 0
extras (b5 lb3 w17 nb1) 26
TOTAL 10 wickets for 122
FOW
1-9(VAB Tewarie) 2-10(RI Ahmed) 3-47(M Hafeez) 4-52(Vimal Tewarie) 5-58(S Ghori) 6-66(M Hans) 7-73(Asief Hoseinbaks) 8-86(A Davids) 9-122(W Masood) 10-122(Arief Hoseinbaks)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
WT Coster 8.2 0 12 2 3
J de Mey 7 0 28 1 2
F Khan 10 0 30 3 2
Navjit Singh 2 0 8 0 2
W Barresi 10 0 29 3 2 1
FJ Vink 2 0 7 1

Scorecard | HBS vs VRA | 22.07.18

HBS I Vs VRA I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 22-Jul-2018, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 39 runs
Round 14
Toss won by VRA I
Umpires Z Hussain – M Prabhudesai
Scorers MAP Wiegers – T Jansen Schoonhov
Home Side HBS I
Points Awarded VRA I 2, HBS I 0
VRA I 1st Innings 226/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
ES Szwarczynski c TP Visée b BA Westdijk 19 23 2 0
DJ ter Braak c J Morgan b BA Westdijk 16 20 3 0
BN Cooper c TP Visée b BA Westdijk 13 10 3 0
PW Borren c J de Mey b WT Coster 4 5 1 0
MJG Rippon b BA Westdijk 13 16 2 0
E van den Burg* run out J Morgan/TP Visée 16 33 2 0
V Singh c FJ Vink b A Ahmed 29 66 3 0
LA Turmaine c W Barresi b J de Mey 19 28 0 0
MB Lees+ c TP Visée b FJ Vink 44 55 4 1
QWM Gunning not out 16 31 1 0
HG Mia not out 14 12 1 0
extras (b1 lb1 w21 nb0) 23
TOTAL 9 wickets for 226
FOW
1-23(ES Szwarczynski) 2-48(BN Cooper) 3-52(DJ ter Braak) 4-56(PW Borren) 5-83(MJG Rippon) 6-89(E van den Burg) 7-115(LA Turmaine) 8-165(V Singh) 9-201(MB Lees)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 10 1 48 4 2
WT Coster 10 0 59 1 9
Navjit Singh 10 1 36 0 4
FJ Vink 7 0 25 1
J de Mey 5 0 18 1
W Barresi 3 0 18 0 2
A Ahmed 5 1 20 1 3
HBS I 1st Innings 187/10 All Out (Overs 49)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TP Visée*+ c MB Lees b HG Mia 3 8 0 0
WT Coster c MB Lees b HG Mia 13 36 0 0
SP Gomes c LA Turmaine b QWM Gunning 4 14 0 0
J Morgan c MB Lees b QWM Gunning 0 5 0 0
W Barresi c QWM Gunning b HG Mia 52 62 6 0
A Ahmed c MB Lees b QWM Gunning 1 3 0 0
D Coster c QWM Gunning b PW Borren 19 52 0 0
Navjit Singh not out 55 74 1 2
FJ Vink c&b MJG Rippon 20 29 0 0
BA Westdijk c ES Szwarczynski b MJG Rippon 1 3 0 0
J de Mey run out QWM Gunning/MB Lees 6 7 1 0
extras (b1 lb2 w9 nb1) 13
TOTAL 10 wickets for 187
FOW
1-8(TP Visée) 2-19(SP Gomes) 3-22(J Morgan) 4-24(J Morgan) 5-30(A Ahmed) 6-74(D Coster) 7-109(W Barresi) 8-167(FJ Vink) 9-170(BA Westdijk) 10-187(J de Mey)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 10 4 26 3
HG Mia 10 0 35 3 1 1
MJG Rippon 10 0 36 2
PW Borren 9 2 31 1
LA Turmaine 10 0 56 0 3

Scorecard | Punjab vs HBS | 15.07.18

Punjab I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Zomercomplex, Rotterdam, 15-Jul-2018, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 5 wkts
Round 13
Toss won by Punjab I
Umpires N Bathi – R Kaulingfreks
Scorers N Mohammed – MAP Wiegers
Home Side Punjab I
Points Awarded Punjab I 0, HBS I 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 135/10 All Out (Overs 29.5)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c F Khan b J de Mey 41 36 6 2
A Raza c TP Visée b WT Coster 0 1 0 0
BI Vorster lbw b WT Coster 0 5 0 0
R Qadri c TP Visée b BA Westdijk 9 25 2 0
M Latif c TP Visée b F Khan 9 21 1 0
AK Bamunusinghe c TP Visée b F Khan 17 30 3 0
Y Usman c FJ Vink b WT Coster 43 35 4 3
R Faiz c W Barresi b F Khan 0 2 0 0
M Bajwa+ run out 1 7 0 0
Mubashar Hussain c J de Mey b WT Coster 4 17 1 0
S Tariq* not out 1 1 0 0
extras (b0 lb4 w6 nb0) 10
TOTAL 10 wickets for 135
FOW
1-0(A Raza) 2-0(BI Vorster) 3-31(R Qadri) 4-62(SJ Myburgh) 5-82(M Latif) 6-86(AK Bamunusinghe) 7-86(R Faiz) 8-94(M Bajwa) 9-130(Y Usman) 10-135(Mubashar Hussain)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
BA Westdijk 7 1 27 1 1
WT Coster 5.5 2 28 4 1
F Khan 8 0 41 3 1
J de Mey 8 2 22 1 2
W Barresi 1 0 13 0 1
HBS I 1st Innings 141/5 (Overs 27.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TP Visée*+ c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 8 10 1 0
WT Coster c A Raza b R Qadri 23 37 3 1
SP Gomes c A Raza b BI Vorster 26 30 4 0
J Morgan c A Raza b BI Vorster 6 7 1 0
W Barresi not out 40 32 5 1
A Ahmed lbw b BI Vorster 9 14 2 0
D Coster not out 17 36 2 0
J de Mey dnb
FJ Vink dnb
BA Westdijk dnb
F Khan dnb
extras (b0 lb7 w4 nb1) 12
TOTAL 5 wickets for 141
FOW
1-9(TP Visée) 2-64(SP Gomes) 3-66(WT Coster) 4-76(J Morgan) 5-92(A Ahmed)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 6 2 22 0 1
Mubashar Hussain 5 1 21 1 1
R Qadri 4 0 34 1
BI Vorster 5 0 29 3
R Faiz 4 0 8 0
AK Bamunusinghe 3 0 13 0 2
A Raza .2 0 7 0 1