Scorecard | Sparta vs ACC | 26.08.18

Sparta I Vs ACC I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Bermweg, Capelle a/d IJssel, 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
ACC I Win by 91 runs
Round 18
Toss won by ACC I
Umpires MA Din – M Prabhudesai
Home Side Sparta I
Points Awarded ACC I 2, Sparta I 0
ACC I 1st Innings 211/8 Closed (Overs 51)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RH Frenz c S Yaqub b MB Hoornweg 3 10 0 0
R Zulfiqar st AF Buurman b F Iqbal 77 117 4 3
AA Zulfiqar+ run out TIM de Kok 14 41 0 0
SM Zulfiqar* b U Saleem 0 4 0 0
SA Zulfiqar c JM Snoep b TIM de Kok 35 71 3 0
SR Rasool c TIM de Kok b F Iqbal 30 36 2 0
MA Raza c MA Pollard b F Iqbal 14 9 2 0
CM Knoll c U Saleem b F Iqbal 21 17 0 1
A Zaidi not out 1 1 0 0
S Potdar dnb
A Kumar dnb
extras (b0 lb0 w14 nb2) 16
TOTAL 8 wickets for 211
FOW
1-8(RH Frenz) 2-38(AA Zulfiqar) 3-46(SM Zulfiqar) 4-140(R Zulfiqar) 5-148(SA Zulfiqar) 6-171(MA Raza) 7-208(SR Rasool) 8-211(CM Knoll)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
D Muhammed 6 1 18 0 2
MB Hoornweg 6 0 9 1 2 1
U Saleem 10 2 27 1 1
S Yaqub 5 0 22 0 1
S Sardha 2 0 19 0 1
JM Snoep 2 0 14 0
TIM de Kok 10 0 52 1 2
F Iqbal 10 0 50 4
Sparta I 1st Innings 120/10 All Out (Overs 31.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
F Iqbal c A Kumar b SA Zulfiqar 11 17 2 0
JM Snoep* c AA Zulfiqar b A Kumar 1 8 0 0
TIM de Kok lbw b SA Zulfiqar 6 25 0 0
MA Pollard c CM Knoll b A Kumar 2 9 0 0
AF Buurman+ c A Zaidi b CM Knoll 74 71 8 3
CP Ambrose b A Zaidi 0 12 0 0
S Sardha lbw b S Potdar 0 6 0 0
D Muhammed b CM Knoll 6 22 0 0
S Yaqub c&b CM Knoll 6 14 0 0
U Saleem lbw b CM Knoll 0 2 0 0
MB Hoornweg not out 1 4 0 0
extras (b1 lb2 w10 nb0) 13
TOTAL 10 wickets for 120
FOW
1-8(JM Snoep) 2-14(F Iqbal) 3-18(MA Pollard) 4-36(TIM de Kok) 5-46(CP Ambrose) 6-61(S Sardha) 7-110(D Muhammed) 8-113(AF Buurman) 9-113(U Saleem) 10-120(S Yaqub)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
SA Zulfiqar 8 1 20 2
A Kumar 5 1 13 2 3
CM Knoll 7.4 1 23 4 3
A Zaidi 2 0 11 1
S Potdar 3 0 15 1
SM Zulfiqar 6 0 35 0 1

Scorecard | Excelsior vs Sparta | 19.08.18

Excelsior 20 I Vs Sparta I
1-Innings Match Played At Thurlede, Schiedam, 19-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Excelsior 20 I Win by 209 runs
Round 17
Toss won by Sparta I
Umpires HM Butt – DJ Kalloe
Scorers EM Heggelman – A Smelt
Home Side Excelsior 20 I
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 2, Sparta I 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 250/6 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman not out 142 146 17 1
RTF Verhagen lbw b M Bukhari 4 8 1 0
J Kroesen lbw b MB Hoornweg 0 5 0 0
LT Ingram b S Khan 8 33 0 0
JR Hilditch c AF Buurman b JM Snoep 39 70 4 0
S Bhatti b MB Hoornweg 17 22 0 1
SG Shankar c MB Hoornweg b M Bukhari 12 15 0 0
DA Woutersen+ not out 1 2 0 0
TJ Heggelman* dnb
RWA van Troost dnb
GG Kroesen dnb
extras (b0 lb1 w25 nb1) 27
TOTAL 6 wickets for 250
FOW
1-12(RTF Verhagen) 2-14(J Kroesen) 3-50(LT Ingram) 4-131(JR Hilditch) 5-181(S Bhatti) 6-226(SG Shankar)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 10 1 39 2 5 1
MB Hoornweg 10 0 72 2 10
S Khan 8 0 16 1 3
S Yaqub 8 2 43 0
D Muhammed 7 0 34 0
TIM de Kok 3 0 16 0
JM Snoep 4 0 29 1
Sparta I 1st Innings 41/10 All Out (Overs 20)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
M Bukhari b GG Kroesen 0 5 0 0
JM Snoep* b GG Kroesen 1 13 0 0
TIM de Kok b LT Ingram 7 31 0 0
MA Pollard lbw b JR Hilditch 1 14 0 0
AF Buurman+ lbw b JR Hilditch 27 25 5 0
V Rattu lbw b JR Hilditch 0 11 0 0
K Pawa c J Kroesen b LT Ingram 0 3 0 0
D Muhammed b LT Ingram 0 2 0 0
S Yaqub lbw b JR Hilditch 0 9 0 0
MB Hoornweg c TJ Heggelman b LT Ingram 0 2 0 0
S Khan not out 2 5 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w1 nb0) 3
TOTAL 10 wickets for 41
FOW
1-0(M Bukhari) 2-4(JM Snoep) 3-9(MA Pollard) 4-21(TIM de Kok) 5-38(V Rattu) 6-39(K Pawa) 7-39(AF Buurman) 8-39(D Muhammed) 9-39(MB Hoornweg) 10-41(S Yaqub)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
GG Kroesen 6 2 12 2 1
RWA van Troost 4 2 3 0
JR Hilditch 6 1 15 4
LT Ingram 4 1 9 4

Scorecard | Sparta vs Quick |12.08.18

Quick Haag I Vs Sparta I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Bermweg, Capelle a/d IJssel, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
Sparta I Win by 5 wkts
Round 16
Umpires Z Hussain – JPAW Molenaar
Scorers A Smelt – JWM Krulder
Home Side (neutral)
Points Awarded Quick Haag I 0, Sparta I 2
Quick Haag I 1st Innings 133/10 All Out (Overs 37.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
HJ van Gigch b M Bukhari 0 6 0 0
JG Bista* c MB Hoornweg b S Yaqub 78 70 8 1
JA Brand c AF Buurman b M Bukhari 15 33 1 1
GMC Mol c&b U Saleem 6 14 0 0
LW Stokkers c AF Buurman b U Saleem 0 14 0 0
SB Davey c AF Buurman b S Yaqub 14 53 1 0
SJ Allema lbw b U Saleem 3 7 0 0
D Vierling+ b S Yaqub 3 11 0 0
TJB Landheer not out 0 8 0 0
MB van Schelven lbw b M Bukhari 1 4 0 0
T de Mooij run out 0 5 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w11 nb0) 13
TOTAL 10 wickets for 133
FOW
1-0(HJ van Gigch) 2-46(JA Brand) 3-58(GMC Mol) 4-78(LW Stokkers) 5-111(JG Bista) 6-127(SJ Allema) 7-127(SB Davey) 8-132(D Vierling) 9-133(MB van Schelven) 10-133(T de Mooij)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 9 3 30 3 1
MB Hoornweg 4 0 24 0 6
D Muhammed 6 0 16 0
U Saleem 10 4 28 3
JM Snoep 3 0 15 0
S Yaqub 5.3 1 18 3 2
Sparta I 1st Innings 134/5 (Overs 35.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Rattu c D Vierling b GMC Mol 1 8 0 0
M Bukhari c D Vierling b SB Davey 17 30 3 0
TIM de Kok lbw b JA Brand 21 54 3 0
MA Pollard not out 43 73 5 0
AF Buurman+ b JG Bista 12 15 3 0
D Muhammed c LW Stokkers b JG Bista 2 12 0 0
S Sardha not out 15 22 1 1
U Saleem dnb
JM Snoep* dnb
S Yaqub dnb
MB Hoornweg dnb
extras (b11 lb5 w6 nb1) 23
TOTAL 5 wickets for 134
FOW
1-3(V Rattu) 2-27(M Bukhari) 3-68(TIM de Kok) 4-88(AF Buurman) 5-96(D Muhammed)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
GMC Mol 6 1 23 1 3
SB Davey 8.3 3 26 1
JA Brand 6 0 22 1 1 1
LW Stokkers 4 0 15 0
MB van Schelven 5 0 15 0
JG Bista 6 1 17 2 2

Scorecard | VOC vs Sparta | 05.08.18

VOC I Vs Sparta I
1-Innings Match Played At Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 05-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 64 runs
Round 15
Toss won by VOC I
Umpires MA Din – DJ Kalloe
Scorers H Reijmer-Steens – A Smelt
Home Side VOC I
Points Awarded VOC I 2, Sparta I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 169/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SP van Lent c M Bukhari b WE Bell 1 7 0 0
JD Schoonheim run out WE Bell 34 43 3 0
ZDA van Baren c CP Ambrose b WE Bell 0 5 0 0
MP O'Dowd c CP Ambrose b M Bukhari 53 147 3 0
CL Rutgers lbw b D Muhammed 14 24 2 0
PM Seelaar* b WE Bell 27 28 3 0
SA Edwards+ lbw b M Bukhari 10 27 0 0
FJ Klaassen not out 11 10 0 0
UF Baker c&b M Bukhari 0 2 0 0
PJ Fletcher not out 4 7 0 0
BW Hanif dnb
extras (b2 lb5 w7 nb1) 15
TOTAL 8 wickets for 169
FOW
1-1(SP van Lent) 2-1(ZDA van Baren) 3-43(JD Schoonheim) 4-63(CL Rutgers) 5-116(PM Seelaar) 6-148(MP O'Dowd) 7-151(SA Edwards) 8-151(UF Baker)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 10 3 15 3 2
WE Bell 10 3 34 3 1
D Muhammed 7 0 35 1
U Saleem 10 3 23 0
S Yaqub 4 0 10 0 3
JM Snoep 6 0 25 0 1 1
TIM de Kok 3 0 20 0
Sparta I 1st Innings 105/10 All Out (Overs 38.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Rattu c JD Schoonheim b FJ Klaassen 8 12 2 0
WE Bell lbw b PJ Fletcher 4 6 1 0
MA Pollard lbw b BW Hanif 14 39 1 0
TIM de Kok c UF Baker b PM Seelaar 6 31 0 0
M Bukhari lbw b BW Hanif 3 14 0 0
AF Buurman+ c SA Edwards b PM Seelaar 1 13 0 0
CP Ambrose not out 37 61 6 0
JM Snoep* st SA Edwards b PM Seelaar 0 3 0 0
D Muhammed c BW Hanif b MP O'Dowd 17 42 2 0
U Saleem run out 5 13 0 0
S Yaqub c UF Baker b BW Hanif 0 2 0 0
extras (b2 lb1 w6 nb1) 10
TOTAL 10 wickets for 105
FOW
1-8(WE Bell) 2-12(V Rattu) 3-33(MA Pollard) 4-38(TIM de Kok) 5-39(M Bukhari) 6-41(AF Buurman) 7-41(JM Snoep) 8-80(D Muhammed) 9-105(U Saleem) 10-105(S Yaqub)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Klaassen 10 2 28 1 3 1
PJ Fletcher 5 1 15 1 1
PM Seelaar 10 4 19 3
BW Hanif 7.1 0 18 3 2
UF Baker 2 0 9 0
MP O'Dowd 4 0 13 1

Scorecard | Sparta vs Dosti | 22.07.18

Sparta I Vs Dosti United I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Bermweg, Capelle a/d IJssel, 22-Jul-2018, Topklasse
Dosti United I Win by 100 runs
Round 14
Toss won by Dosti United I
Umpires RJ Akram – N Bathi
Scorers A Smelt – R Seetal
Home Side Sparta I
Points Awarded Dosti United I 2, Sparta I 0
Dosti United I 1st Innings 183/10 All Out (Overs 49.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
VAB Tewarie* c TIM de Kok b WE Bell 5 23 0 0
S Ghori b M Bukhari 2 15 0 0
TS Kohli c TIM de Kok b M Bukhari 0 6 0 0
RI Ahmed+ c M Bukhari b U Saleem 35 83 2 0
M Hafeez b JM Snoep 52 65 4 3
Vimal Tewarie c V Rattu b S Sardha 16 22 2 0
A Davids lbw b M Bukhari 25 20 3 0
M Hans c M Bukhari b JM Snoep 12 30 0 0
W Masood c TIM de Kok b JM Snoep 2 10 0 0
Arief Hoseinbaks not out 6 17 0 0
Asief Hoseinbaks c&b WE Bell 5 8 0 0
extras (b6 lb4 w12 nb1) 23
TOTAL 10 wickets for 183
FOW
1-9(VAB Tewarie) 2-9(S Ghori) 3-12(TS Kohli) 4-104(RI Ahmed) 5-115(M Hafeez) 6-141(Vimal Tewarie) 7-161(A Davids) 8-169(W Masood) 9-174(M Hans) 10-183(Asief Hoseinbaks)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 10 3 22 3
WE Bell 9.4 1 33 2 2
D Muhammed 10 0 28 0 3
U Saleem 8 2 26 1 1
JM Snoep 6 0 32 3 1
S Sardha 3 0 20 1 2
MB Hoornweg 3 0 12 0 4
Sparta I 1st Innings 83/10 All Out (Overs 37.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Rattu c VAB Tewarie b A Davids 1 11 0 0
WE Bell lbw b A Davids 11 15 0 0
MA Pollard run out A Davids 12 25 2 0
TIM de Kok+ c RI Ahmed b M Hans 13 46 1 0
M Bukhari c Arief Hoseinbaks b W Masood 0 1 0 0
CP Ambrose c&b W Masood 1 8 0 0
JM Snoep* run out 21 71 0 0
D Muhammed c RI Ahmed b Asief Hoseinbaks 8 23 1 0
S Sardha c RI Ahmed b A Davids 6 16 1 0
U Saleem c S Ghori b M Hafeez 3 17 0 0
MB Hoornweg not out 0 3 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w4 nb1) 7
TOTAL 10 wickets for 83
FOW
1-8(V Rattu) 2-18(WE Bell) 3-36(MA Pollard) 4-36(M Bukhari) 5-38(CP Ambrose) 6-45(TIM de Kok) 7-58(D Muhammed) 8-73(S Sardha) 9-83(U Saleem) 10-83(JM Snoep)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
A Davids 9 1 23 3 1 1
W Masood 8 3 17 2 1
M Hafeez 6 1 11 1 1
M Hans 8 0 19 1 1
Asief Hoseinbaks 6 0 11 1
TS Kohli .3 0 0 0

Scorecard | VRA vs Sparta | 15.07.18

VRA I Vs Sparta I
1-Innings Match Played At Amstelveen (VRA), 15-Jul-2018, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 10 wkts
Round 13
Toss won by Sparta I
Umpires RJ Akram – AND van den Dries
Scorers T Jansen Schoonhov – A Smelt
Home Side VRA I
Points Awarded Sparta I 0, VRA I 2
Sparta I 1st Innings 138/10 All Out (Overs 41.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Rattu c E van den Burg b PW Borren 16 47 1 0
WE Bell lbw b LA Turmaine 44 41 8 0
TIM de Kok b LA Turmaine 7 15 1 0
MA Pollard b LA Turmaine 4 8 0 0
M Bukhari c MG Dunlop b LA Turmaine 8 14 0 1
CP Ambrose b PW Borren 17 49 2 0
JM Snoep* b PW Borren 7 23 1 0
D Muhammed c PW Borren b MG Dunlop 10 28 0 0
U Saleem c ES Szwarczynski b MG Dunlop 2 5 0 0
MB Hoornweg b PW Borren 0 3 0 0
S Khan not out 2 14 0 0
extras (b5 lb2 w14 nb0) 21
TOTAL 10 wickets for 138
FOW
1-64(WE Bell) 2-71(V Rattu) 3-76(TIM de Kok) 4-93(MA Pollard) 5-102(M Bukhari) 6-120(JM Snoep) 7-121(CP Ambrose) 8-125(U Saleem) 9-126(MB Hoornweg) 10-138(D Muhammed)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 10 1 37 0 5
HG Mia 6 1 29 0 1
PW Borren 10 0 30 4 2
LA Turmaine 10 2 26 4 1
MG Dunlop 5.1 1 9 2 1
VRA I 1st Innings 141/0 (Overs 28.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
ES Szwarczynski not out 65 89 10 0
DJ ter Braak not out 63 87 5 0
PW Borren dnb
E van den Burg* dnb
V Singh dnb
D Dasgupta dnb
LA Turmaine dnb
QWM Gunning dnb
MG Dunlop dnb
MB Lees+ dnb
HG Mia dnb
extras (b8 lb2 w3 nb0) 13
TOTAL 0 wickets for 141
FOW
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M Bukhari 7.1 0 26 0
S Khan 6 0 21 0
WE Bell 3 0 17 0
U Saleem 2 1 8 0 1
D Muhammed 2 0 11 0
JM Snoep 2 0 9 0
MA Pollard 2 0 16 0
MB Hoornweg 4 0 23 0 2

Round 13 preview

Bertus de Jong & Rod Lyall 12/07/18


We’re very much over the hump now and heading rapidly toward the business end of the season with just six games to play, and the table has duly divided itself neatly in three. At the top end VOC, HBS and VRA remain very much in the running for a shot at the title, whilst defending champions Excelsior have joined former frontrunners Dosti and Sparta, together with HCC, as near-certain also-rans this time round, and Punjab, Quick and ACC look set for a nervy relegation battle.


BdJ: A win against table-toppers VOC Rotterdam might just keep Excelsior ‘20’s hopes alive another week, but given their recent run that’s the tallest of orders and the continued absence of batting linchpin and opening bowler James Hilditch won’t help their cause. VOC have looked all-but invulnerable at fortress Hazelaarweg, where a three-wicket win over VRA has been the closest they’ve come to defeat. Both Corey Rutgers and Max O’Dowd showed they were more than capable of pulling their weight for the frontrunners last week against Quick, both notching 80+ scores despite O’Dowd carrying a gluteal niggle and Rutgers a finger fractured six ways from Sunday. With skipper Pieter Seelaar’s imperious run of form showing no signs of stalling, an away match at VOC remains the toughest proposition in the league at this point.

RL: With several key acquisitions over the winter VOC were seen as a good championship bet before the campaign started, and while they took a little while to get into their stride – and despite some misfortunes with injuries – they have evolved into a formidable unit. They still have several big matches to play, and a few weeks ago this would have been one of them: after all, Excelsior were the last team to beat them, back on 19 May. But as VOC’s star has risen Excelsior’s has waned, and it would take a significant reversal of form for the defending champions to take the points back to Schiedam. The VOC new-ball pairing of Fred Klaassen and Pierce Fletcher is another of the Rotterdammers’ trump cards, and without Hilditch the Excelsior attack looks a lot less menacing.


BdJ: Should the title-holders spring a surprise, HBS Craeyenhout are currently best placed to take advantage as they head to meet bottom-placed Punjab Rotterdam at the Zomercomplex. On paper a match-up between the second-placed HBS and bottom-placed Punjab should be a fairly easy call, but then on paper the Crows’ top order ought to be delivering regular 300+ totals. Instead against HCC last week they clung on to defend 138 in an entirely unconvincing 15-run win, and Punjab’s opening pair of Stephan Myburgh and Ali Raza demonstrated that that sort of score would be unlikely to suffice come Sunday, racking up 149 runs in an unbroken partnership against Sparta at the traditionally bowler-friendly Bermweg. That said, last week HBS were facing a bowling attack featuring two of the league’s top five wicket-takers, whilst Punjab can boast not a single bowler in the top twenty, and indeed last week was the first time they managed to take all ten wickets. It will take a remarkable turnaround in form for Punjab to contain HBS’ battery of big hitters given the short boundaries at the Zomercomplex and one suspects delivering a third victory will be beyond even the powers of Raza and Myburgh.

RL: HBS, too, have settled into a winning pattern based on a powerful top five batsmen backed up by a well-balanced attack, and showed last week that even when the former fails to deliver the latter can defend a low total. Farshad Khan has been incisive since his return to the side, and together with Berend Westdijk and Wessel Coster heads a seam department capable of troubling any batting line-up. Punjab rely more on spin, and unless they can make early inroads into that HBS top order they may find themselves chasing an awful lot of leather. It is indeed hard to see Punjab upsetting one of the main title contenders, but Rohan Qadri has certainly made a difference to the side and the Rotterdammers know that every point is vital if they are to lift themselves away from the bottom of the table.


BdJ: Third placed VRA will be hoping for upsets in both the above-mentioned games, in which case a win against Sparta 1888 at the Bos could get them to second place and just one win behind VOC. The Amsterdammers’ home record may not inspire a huge amount of confidence, and continued questions over Viv Kingma’s fitness are also a concern, nonetheless they remain marginal favourites to take two points on the day. Though Sparta won the first encounter earlier in the season, the sort of cricket played at VRA is traditionally a different beast from what one sees at Bermweg. That said, the game is far from a foregone conclusion, with the hosts’ top order in patchy form and the bowling attack likely understrength. Though Sparta have stalled rather after an impressive early run, seamers Dost Muhammed and Mudassar Bukhari remain a dangerous combination, and Michael Pollard will doubtless be looking forward to a run out on the league’s best batting wicket. Though Sparta’s three consecutive defeats in the last three games have put them pretty much out of contention for the title, they remain more than capable as acting as spoilers for VRA’s hopes too.

RL: Even without Ben Cooper and Viv Kingma VRA were impressive against an injury-weakened ACC last week, with Quirijn Gunning and Haseeb Gul Mia doing the vital early damage and spinners Adeel Raja and Leon Turmaine doing the rest. If Eric Szwarczynski has definitely put his run of poor form behind him the batting, too, will have a more solid feel, and with some of the air having escaped from Sparta’s early-season balloon the home side should go into this game with plenty of confidence. Pollard is, obviously, a potential match-winner, and so too is Warren Bell, who has not so far had the impact in the Topklasse which he had during his side’s promotion-winning run last season. It should be a good tussle, with the encounter between former international team-mates Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari one to savour.


BdJ: Similarly HCC find themselves more-or-less safe but solidly out of contention following back-to-back losses, a position their opponents Quick Haag will nonetheless envy. Already weakened by retirements and departures, the Hanen have been plagued by injuries, illness and unavailability issues throughout the season, and now find themselves in real danger of relegation. Still groundless, they return to De Diepput for their nominal home match against their hosts again as underdogs, though HCC’s own shaky batting will give them some hope, as will the form of Quick overseas Jay Bista. The mumbaiker’s near-chanceless 124 against VOC last week consolidated his claim to the title of best player in the competition, and even the impressive collection of scalps dangling from the belts of Hidde Overdijk and Ali Ahmed Qasim are unlikely to faze him. The fitness of his fellow overseas Sean Davey remains doubtful, however, and as events last week again demonstrated it’s pretty tough to win a Topklasse match on your own.

RL: This is probably the toughest game to tip about this week, given the evident vulnerability of both sides, especially with the bat. Overdijk and Qasim can be a very effective pairing, as their demolition of Sparta demonstrated, and the dismissal of HBS for 138 should give Quick – and any other visitors to De Diepput – pause. Bista is obviously a key factor, and HCC will be hoping that Ryan Ninan, who has had a lean season so far, will rise to the challenge and have at least a great an impact on this match. They also need Tonny Staal and Bryce Street to deliver with the bat, while Quick will be looking to the experience of the likes of Geert Maarten Mol and Lesley Stokkers to give Bista the support he needs. If I were going to break the unanimity of this week’s predictions this is where I would do it, but on balance I tend to go with m’colleague and predict a home win.


BdJ: It will be a similar situation at Drieburg where hosts Dosti-United are safely ensconced in the mid-table whilst visitors ACC are barely more than one defeat away from the wooden spoon spot. A washout against Excelsior means ACC are just a hair above Quick on points average, but nonetheless they’ll be desperate to put some more distance between themselves and their relegation rivals. Though likely the more motivated of the two teams, they remain underdogs when they head across the Amstel, especially if they are again unable to field a full complement of Zulfiqars. With Dosti coming off the back of a comfortable win against (an admittedly under-strength) Excelsior and Taru Kohli still in flying form with the bat and now in the wickets as well, two points will take some getting at Drieburg.

RL: ACC have been the Jekyll and Hyde of this season’s Topklasse, and much will depend on which of the two incarnations turns up at Sportpark Drieburg. A young and inexperienced team, they are desperately dependent on a good start, and with Anees Davids back in the Dosti line-up the home side are well placed to deny it to them. Their own top order has also been inconsistent, especially on the rare occasions when Kohli has failed to deliver, but ACC’s bowling is their weaker department, and they really missed the injured Sikander Zulfiqar against VRA last week. But if Richardt Frenz and the Zulfiqars who do play stay around for a while, Dosti may need to be at their best to take the points.


BdJ’s tips: VOC, HBS, VRA, HCC, Dosti.
RL’s tips: VOC, HBS, VRA, HCC, Dosti.