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 | VRA vs VOC | 26.08.18

VRA I Vs VOC I
1-Innings Match Played At Amstelveen (VRA), 26-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 122 runs
Round 18
Toss won by VRA I
Umpires HKG Jansen – WPM van Liemt
Scorers T Jansen Schoonhov – M van Everdingen
Home Side VRA I
Points Awarded VRA I 2, VOC I 0
VRA I 1st Innings 273/5 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh b UF Baker 74 103 7 0
DJ ter Braak c MP O'Dowd b UF Baker 41 73 4 0
BN Cooper lbw b SA Edwards 75 64 5 2
E van den Burg* c UF Baker b R Upadhyaya 2 4 0 0
PW Borren lbw b SA Edwards 3 4 0 0
ES Szwarczynski not out 49 42 5 0
MB Lees+ not out 12 11 0 0
QWM Gunning dnb
HG Mia dnb
MG Dunlop dnb
MAK Raja dnb
extras (b0 lb0 w16 nb1) 17
TOTAL 5 wickets for 273
FOW
1-97(DJ ter Braak) 2-158(V Singh) 3-168(E van den Burg) 4-169(PW Borren) 5-238(BN Cooper)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
PJ Fletcher 5 0 14 0 1
R Upadhyaya 10 1 33 1 1 1
ZDA van Baren 6 0 53 0 4
UF Baker 10 0 55 2
T Moorman 5 0 19 0 2
SA Edwards 10 0 60 2
BW Hanif 4 0 39 0 1
VOC I 1st Innings 151/8 All Out (Overs 32.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MP O'Dowd lbw b QWM Gunning 2 6 0 0
SP van Lent+ b QWM Gunning 0 11 0 0
ZDA van Baren c ES Szwarczynski b MAK Raja 41 53 2 0
SA Edwards c HG Mia b MAK Raja 78 79 8 0
PM Seelaar* c PW Borren b MG Dunlop 13 17 1 0
R Upadhyaya c PW Borren b DJ ter Braak 6 16 0 0
UF Baker c&b DJ ter Braak 4 8 0 0
PJ Fletcher lbw b MAK Raja 1 3 0 0
BW Hanif not out 0 1 0 0
CL Rutgers Absent Hurt
T Moorman Absent Hurt
extras (b0 lb2 w4 nb0) 6
TOTAL 8 wickets for 151
FOW
1-2(MP O'Dowd) 2-4(SP van Lent) 3-111(ZDA van Baren) 4-138(SA Edwards) 5-142(PM Seelaar) 6-148(UF Baker) 7-151(R Upadhyaya) 8-151(PJ Fletcher)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 5 0 24 2
HG Mia 4 1 19 0 2
PW Borren 6 0 25 0 1
BN Cooper 4 0 20 0 1
MG Dunlop 6 0 29 1
MAK Raja 6.2 1 29 3
DJ ter Braak 1 0 3 2

Scorecard | VOC vs Punjab | 19.08.18

VOC I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 19-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 108 runs
Round 17
Toss won by VOC I
Umpires RJ Akram – ML Hancock
Scorers F van Lent – N Mohammed
Home Side VOC I
Points Awarded VOC I 2, Punjab I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 283/5 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SP van Lent c A Raza b F Bajwa 25 39 4 0
JD Schoonheim c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 0 2 0 0
ZDA van Baren c F Bajwa b AK Bamunusinghe 47 70 4 0
MP O’Dowd c A Raza b F Bajwa 33 64 4 0
PM Seelaar* c SJ Myburgh b S Tariq 62 52 4 5
SA Edwards+ not out 72 61 7 1
FJ Klaassen not out 26 12 1 2
PJ Fletcher dnb
BW Hanif dnb
UF Baker dnb
CL Rutgers dnb
extras (b5 lb4 w9 nb0) 18
TOTAL 5 wickets for 283
FOW
1-4(JD Schoonheim) 2-52(SP van Lent) 3-100(ZDA van Baren) 4-125(MP O’Dowd) 5-227(PM Seelaar)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 0 80 1 2
Mubashar Hussain 9 0 69 1 2
F Bajwa 10 0 33 2
Asif Khan 5 0 41 0
AK Bamunusinghe 10 3 19 1 1
R Faiz 6 0 32 0
Punjab I 1st Innings 175/10 All Out (Overs 40.2)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh c PM Seelaar b MP O’Dowd 59 53 9 1
AK Bamunusinghe c SA Edwards b UF Baker 16 44 3 0
Y Usman c UF Baker b MP O’Dowd 24 46 3 0
A Raza+ c PM Seelaar b MP O’Dowd 0 4 0 0
M Latif c sub b MP O’Dowd 2 8 0 0
F Bajwa lbw b MP O’Dowd 11 16 2 0
Asif Khan c PM Seelaar b JD Schoonheim 41 35 4 2
R Faiz b MP O’Dowd 0 1 0 0
Mubashar Hussain b JD Schoonheim 6 13 1 0
M Bajwa not out 8 17 1 0
S Tariq* c SA Edwards b JD Schoonheim 2 5 0 0
extras (b0 lb2 w4 nb0) 6
TOTAL 10 wickets for 175
FOW
1-62(AK Bamunusinghe) 2-92(SJ Myburgh) 3-96(A Raza) 4-102(Y Usman) 5-112(M Latif) 6-120(F Bajwa) 7-120(R Faiz) 8-140(Mubashar Hussain) 9-169(Asif Khan) 10-175(S Tariq)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Klaassen 5 1 16 0 1
PJ Fletcher 3 0 19 0
BW Hanif 2 0 18 0
UF Baker 10 1 36 1
ZDA van Baren 5 0 19 0
MP O’Dowd 10 3 32 6 2
JD Schoonheim 5.2 1 33 3 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 | 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 | ACC vs VOC | 22.07.18

ACC I Vs VOC I
1-Innings Match Played At Het Loopveld West, 22-Jul-2018, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 2 wkts
Round 14
Umpires HM Butt – DJ Kalloe
Scorers DC Schinkel
Home Side ACC I
Points Awarded ACC I 0, VOC I 2
ACC I 1st Innings 217/7 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RH Frenz c BW Hanif b PM Seelaar 82 99 7 0
R Zulfiqar c PM Seelaar b PJ Fletcher 4 11 1 0
AA Zulfiqar+ st SA Edwards b UF Baker 40 74 2 0
SA Zulfiqar c SA Edwards b ZDA van Baren 13 32 1 0
SM Zulfiqar* c SA Edwards b PJ Fletcher 57 62 0 3
SR Rasool b PJ Fletcher 8 16 0 0
Ahmed Zulfiqar run out PJ Fletcher 6 5 1 0
MA Raza not out 1 1 0 0
DJ Botha not out 0 0 0 0
A Kumar dnb
AM Shoaib dnb
extras (b0 lb1 w5 nb0) 6
TOTAL 7 wickets for 217
FOW
1-12(R Zulfiqar) 2-91(AA Zulfiqar) 3-124(SA Zulfiqar) 4-162(RH Frenz) 5-188(SR Rasool) 6-216(Ahmed Zulfiqar) 7-216(SM Zulfiqar)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Klaassen 10 0 37 0 1
PJ Fletcher 10 1 42 3
BW Hanif 8 0 39 0
PM Seelaar 8 0 37 1
MP O'Dowd 3 0 17 0
UF Baker 3 0 15 1
ZDA van Baren 8 1 29 1 2
VOC I 1st Innings 218/8 (Overs 49.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JD Schoonheim c SA Zulfiqar b Ahmed Zulfiqar 28 33 3 0
CL Rutgers b DJ Botha 4 5 1 0
ZDA van Baren b DJ Botha 4 9 0 0
MP O'Dowd c Ahmed Zulfiqar b SM Zulfiqar 25 61 1 0
PM Seelaar* run out RH Frenz 52 66 2 2
SA Edwards+ not out 64 66 3 1
MF van Ierschot c AA Zulfiqar b MA Raza 4 8 0 0
FJ Klaassen c AA Zulfiqar b DJ Botha 14 34 1 0
UF Baker run out AA Zulfiqar/Ahmed Zulfiqar 2 4 0 0
PJ Fletcher not out 10 10 0 1
BW Hanif dnb
extras (b1 lb3 w7 nb0) 11
TOTAL 8 wickets for 218
FOW
1-6(CL Rutgers) 2-20(ZDA van Baren) 3-44(JD Schoonheim) 4-93(MP O'Dowd) 5-139(PM Seelaar) 6-148(MF van Ierschot) 7-182(FJ Klaassen) 8-199(UF Baker)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
DJ Botha 10 1 34 3 1
A Kumar 4 0 24 0
Ahmed Zulfiqar 10 0 35 1 1
SA Zulfiqar 9.1 0 42 0 2
MA Raza 10 0 36 1 1
SM Zulfiqar 4 0 23 1
R Zulfiqar 2 0 20 0 1

Scorecard | VOC vs Excelsior | 15.07.18

VOC I Vs Excelsior 20 I
1-Innings Match Played At Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 15-Jul-2018, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 108 runs
Round 13
Toss won by VOC I
Umpires ML Hancock – Z Hussain
Scorers H Reijmer-Steens – EM Heggelman
Home Side VOC I
Points Awarded VOC I 2, Excelsior 20 I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 191/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JD Schoonheim lbw b TJ Heggelman 0 1 0 0
CL Rutgers c RTF Verhagen b RWA van Troost 0 6 0 0
ZDA van Baren c TJ Heggelman b S Bhatti 40 65 6 0
MP O'Dowd lbw b LT Ingram 23 68 2 0
PM Seelaar* c RTF Verhagen b S Bhatti 0 3 0 0
SA Edwards+ c SG Shankar b GG Kroesen 69 82 6 1
MF van Ierschot c S Bhatti b GG Kroesen 3 15 0 0
FJ Klaassen c RTF Verhagen b TJ Heggelman 11 29 1 0
UF Baker c RTF Verhagen b S Bhatti 21 24 1 0
PJ Fletcher not out 12 9 0 1
BW Hanif not out 0 0 0 0
extras (b1 lb0 w9 nb2) 12
TOTAL 9 wickets for 191
FOW
1-0(JD Schoonheim) 2-2(CL Rutgers) 3-56(ZDA van Baren) 4-56(PM Seelaar) 5-80(MP O'Dowd) 6-89(MF van Ierschot) 7-121(FJ Klaassen) 8-158(UF Baker) 9-183(SA Edwards)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
TJ Heggelman 9 2 29 2 1
RWA van Troost 7 1 26 1 1 1
S Bhatti 10 2 34 3 2
LT Ingram 10 3 19 1 1
SG Shankar 6 0 36 0
GG Kroesen 8 0 46 2 3 1
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 83/10 All Out (Overs 28.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman lbw b FJ Klaassen 14 26 1 0
TJ Heggelman* c UF Baker b PJ Fletcher 0 10 0 0
LT Ingram c MP O'Dowd b FJ Klaassen 10 29 2 0
J Kroesen lbw b FJ Klaassen 2 9 0 0
RTF Verhagen+ b BW Hanif 7 31 1 0
SG Shankar b MP O'Dowd 4 11 0 0
DA Woutersen st SA Edwards b MP O'Dowd 17 21 3 0
GG Kroesen b MP O'Dowd 13 24 2 0
RWA van Troost st SA Edwards b UF Baker 0 5 0 0
HA Khan lbw b MP O'Dowd 0 1 0 0
S Bhatti not out 4 4 0 0
extras (b0 lb0 w12 nb0) 12
TOTAL 10 wickets for 83
FOW
1-6(TJ Heggelman) 2-25(TC Etman) 3-29(J Kroesen) 4-36(LT Ingram) 5-48(RTF Verhagen) 6-48(SG Shankar) 7-74(DA Woutersen) 8-79(GG Kroesen) 9-79(HA Khan) 10-83(RWA van Troost)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Klaassen 8 2 13 3 5
PJ Fletcher 7 0 29 1 6
MP O'Dowd 7 0 25 4 1
BW Hanif 5 0 14 1
UF Baker 1.3 0 2 1