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 | Dosti vs VRA | 19.08.18

Dosti United I Vs VRA I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Drieburg, 19-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 5 wkts
Round 17
Toss won by Dosti United I
Umpires R Kaulingfreks – P Muthucumaru
Scorers R Seetal
Home Side Dosti United I
Comment Rain stopped play, Dosti 12-0 (2.3 overs); match reduced to 45 overs
Points Awarded Dosti United I 0, VRA I 2
Dosti United I 1st Innings 202/7 Closed (Overs 45)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
VAB Tewarie* c MB Lees b BN Cooper 27 77 3 0
RI Ahmed+ c QWM Gunning b HG Mia 17 21 3 0
S Ghori lbw b PW Borren 2 8 0 0
M Hafeez c&b PW Borren 60 82 4 3
K Diwan run out BN Cooper 32 40 3 1
A Davids not out 15 16 1 0
M Hans c V Singh b PW Borren 0 3 0 0
Arief Hoseinbaks c LA Turmaine b BN Cooper 1 3 0 0
W Masood not out 19 20 2 1
Asief Hoseinbaks dnb
AV Atwarie dnb
extras (b1 lb2 w26 nb0) 29
TOTAL 7 wickets for 202
FOW
1-28(RI Ahmed) 2-36(S Ghori) 3-88(VAB Tewarie) 4-154(K Diwan) 5-162(M Hafeez) 6-162(M Hans) 7-164(Arief Hoseinbaks)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 9 0 46 0 1
HG Mia 7 0 29 1 7
PW Borren 9 2 24 3 2
LA Turmaine 6 0 38 0 1
BN Cooper 9 0 30 2 6
MAK Raja 5 0 32 0
VRA I 1st Innings 206/5 (Overs 42.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh run out K Diwan 15 36 1 0
DJ ter Braak lbw b K Diwan 27 30 4 0
BN Cooper not out 84 88 3 6
PW Borren lbw b Asief Hoseinbaks 24 42 1 2
ES Szwarczynski lbw b A Davids 1 4 0 0
E van den Burg* b Asief Hoseinbaks 19 17 2 0
MB Lees+ not out 20 39 1 1
QWM Gunning dnb
LA Turmaine dnb
HG Mia dnb
MAK Raja dnb
extras (b4 lb1 w11 nb0) 16
TOTAL 5 wickets for 206
FOW
1-44(DJ ter Braak) 2-48(V Singh) 3-110(PW Borren) 4-111(ES Szwarczynski) 5-140(E van den Burg)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
A Davids 9 1 43 1 4
W Masood 3.3 0 22 0
K Diwan 8 0 25 1
M Hans 8 1 37 0 1
M Hafeez 7 1 32 0 2
Asief Hoseinbaks 6 0 30 2
VAB Tewarie 1 0 12 0

Scorecard | HCC vs VRA | 12.08.18

HCC I Vs VRA I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 12-Aug-2018, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 4 wkts
Round 16
Toss won by HCC I
Umpires DJ Kalloe – P Muthucumaru
Scorers K Pattiselanno – K Holdsworth
Home Side HCC I
Points Awarded VRA I 0, HCC I 2
VRA I 1st Innings 153/10 All Out (Overs 49.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh b HC Overdijk 20 23 3 0
DJ ter Braak run out 9 45 0 0
ES Szwarczynski c AJ Staal b AA Qasim 9 54 0 0
BN Cooper b RR Bijloos 23 19 3 1
PW Borren c BE Street b RR Bijloos 6 6 0 0
E van den Burg* c AA Qasim b R Ninan 31 42 4 0
MB Lees+ c AJ Staal b R Ninan 0 1 0 0
LA Turmaine c BHG Gorlee b AA Qasim 2 8 0 0
MAK Raja not out 22 46 1 0
QWM Gunning run out 5 23 0 0
HG Mia c AA Qasim b BE Street 14 29 0 0
extras (b0 lb4 w8 nb0) 12
TOTAL 10 wickets for 153
FOW
1-30(V Singh) 2-37(DJ ter Braak) 3-66(BN Cooper) 4-72(PW Borren) 5-107(E van den Burg) 6-107(MB Lees) 7-107(ES Szwarczynski) 8-110(LA Turmaine) 9-121(QWM Gunning) 10-153(HG Mia)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
R Ninan 10 4 17 2
AA Qasim 7 2 26 2 2
MBS Jonkman 7 0 28 0 6
HC Overdijk 9 3 17 1
RR Bijloos 7 1 24 2
BE Street 9.3 1 37 1
HCC I 1st Innings 154/6 (Overs 42.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
R Ninan c ES Szwarczynski b QWM Gunning 4 12 0 0
MBS Jonkman lbw b PW Borren 16 50 1 0
AJ Staal* c DJ ter Braak b QWM Gunning 6 10 1 0
BE Street c LA Turmaine b PW Borren 18 30 1 0
BHG Gorlee st MB Lees b MAK Raja 14 34 0 0
HC Overdijk not out 21 58 1 0
JZ-X van Kessel c PW Borren b QWM Gunning 1 6 0 0
DL Walhain not out 63 55 5 5
AA Qasim dnb
LJF Lagas+ dnb
RR Bijloos dnb
extras (b0 lb2 w9 nb0) 11
TOTAL 6 wickets for 154
FOW
1-4(R Ninan) 2-16(AJ Staal) 3-39(MBS Jonkman) 4-54(BE Street) 5-66(BHG Gorlee) 6-67(JZ-X van Kessel)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 10 2 29 3 5
HG Mia 8 1 22 0 3
PW Borren 9.3 2 41 2
LA Turmaine 9 0 32 0
MAK Raja 6 1 28 1

Scorecard | VRA vs Punjab | 05.08.18

VRA I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Amstelveen (VRA), 05-Aug-2018, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 76 runs
Round 15
Toss won by VRA I
Umpires RJ Akram – ML Hancock
Scorers K Holdsworth
Home Side VRA I
Points Awarded VRA I 2, Punjab I 0
VRA I 1st Innings 283/10 All Out (Overs 48.4)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
ES Szwarczynski run out 1 6 0 0
DJ ter Braak c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 5 5 1 0
BN Cooper c AK Bamunusinghe b S Tariq 11 12 2 0
PW Borren c A Raza b R Qadri 153 126 14 1
E van den Burg* c M Latif b Asif Khan 9 27 1 0
MB Lees+ c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 34 31 4 1
LA Turmaine c A Raza b Mubashar Hussain 6 10 1 0
QWM Gunning c Y Usman b Mubashar Hussain 7 7 1 0
MAK Raja run out 36 64 2 0
MG Dunlop run out 1 2 0 0
HG Mia not out 3 2 0 0
extras (b3 lb3 w11 nb0) 17
TOTAL 10 wickets for 283
FOW
1-6(DJ ter Braak) 2-7(ES Szwarczynski) 3-23(BN Cooper) 4-51(E van den Burg) 5-121(MB Lees) 6-135(LA Turmaine) 7-149(QWM Gunning) 8-275(PW Borren) 9-280(MAK Raja) 10-283(MG Dunlop)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 1 37 1 1
Mubashar Hussain 10 0 50 4 2
Asif Khan 6.4 0 42 1 1
AK Bamunusinghe 4 0 25 0 2
R Qadri 9 0 53 1 1
R Faiz 2 0 20 0 2
M Latif 2 0 18 0
M Bajwa 5 0 32 0 3
Punjab I 1st Innings 207/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SJ Myburgh run out 27 29 5 0
AK Bamunusinghe c E van den Burg b LA Turmaine 21 48 3 0
Y Usman c MB Lees b MAK Raja 30 35 3 0
A Raza+ st MB Lees b DJ ter Braak 57 85 3 0
R Qadri c E van den Burg b PW Borren 5 16 0 0
M Latif c MB Lees b HG Mia 19 36 1 0
Asif Khan lbw b DJ ter Braak 0 6 0 0
R Faiz c QWM Gunning b MAK Raja 14 11 1 0
Mubashar Hussain c E van den Burg b DJ ter Braak 10 16 1 0
M Bajwa not out 1 12 0 0
S Tariq* not out 1 6 0 0
extras (b6 lb1 w14 nb1) 22
TOTAL 9 wickets for 207
FOW
1-39(SJ Myburgh) 2-60(AK Bamunusinghe) 3-109(Y Usman) 4-118(R Qadri) 5-172(M Latif) 6-177(Asif Khan) 7-186(A Raza) 8-194(R Faiz) 9-207(Mubashar Hussain)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
QWM Gunning 8 1 36 0 2 1
HG Mia 7 2 38 1 5
LA Turmaine 7 1 23 1 2
MG Dunlop 3 0 17 0
PW Borren 7 1 28 1 2
MAK Raja 10 0 41 2
DJ ter Braak 8 0 17 3 2

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 | 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.