On This Day

2 June
ON THIS DAY in 2002 Darron Reekers hit a record 15 sixes in an innings of 172 for Quick Haag against Jinnah in Abcoude. He also hit eight fours, and shared a record third-wicket stand of 273 with skipper Henk-Jan Mol (98); Quick made 323 for four, and Jinnah were dismissed for 206.

1 June
ON THIS DAY in 1905 C van Velzen took eight for 38 for Ajax Leiden against HCC at De Diepput. But HCC still made 204, and bowled Ajax out for 50 and 148 to win by an innings.

31 May
ON THIS DAY in 1981 Albert van Nierop (123 not out) and Peter Swart (113 not out) shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 219 as VRA reached 254 for two against De Kieviten in Amstelveen in a match reduced to 45 overs. De Kieviten were then dismissed for 120 to give VRA victory by 134 runs. In 1986 Emmerson Trotman made an unbeaten 154, including 14 fours and three sixes, to help Excelsior ’20 to 264 for eight against Bloemendaal at the Donkerelaan; with Garfield Charles taking six for 60, the home side could only manage 153 in reply.

30 May
ON THIS DAY in 1993 M Dann performed a hat-trick for Kampong Utrecht against Sparta 1888 at Maarschalkerweerd. Sparta made 261 for nine, and in a thrilling finish Kampong won by two wickets with four balls to spare. Sensationally, Dann performed the same feat again the next day, this time finishing off the HBS innings on 238 at Craeyenhout and taking six for 46; this time Kampong found the chase too much for them, and ended on 213 for eight.

29 May
ON THIS DAY in 2005 Rauf Wain hit ten fours and ten sixes in an innings of 123 for VVV against Quick Haag at Nieuw Hanenburg. VVV were all out for 311, but Quick could only manage 282 in reply, and lost by 29 runs.

28 May
ON THIS DAY in 1905 a nine-man Rotterdam CC side was bowled out for 9 in their second innings against Volharding. They had managed 38 in their first knock, to which Volharding replied with 130 all out. But then followed a complete collapse, Albert van Renterghem taking three for 2 and Ferman four for 6, and Volharding won by an innings and 83 runs. The second-innings total remains a record low in the Dutch top division.

27 May
ON THIS DAY, a massive one in the history of Dutch domestic cricket, in 1990 Nolan Clarke made the highest ever individual score, hitting 265 not out for Quick Haag against Bloemendaal and sharing in an unbroken opening stand of 428 with Dick Vierling, who made 117 not out. Quick’s total is the highest of the limited-overs era. In 1912, Constant Feith of HCC became only the third player to pass 150 in a competition match, making 154 against Haarlem (which later became Bloemendaal) at De Diepput. And in an extraordinary match at the Zomercomplex in Rotterdam in 2017 Jarod Morgan of HBS smashed 11 fours and 13 sixes in a knock of 163 not out from 77 balls which enabled his side to reach 328 for five, only for Shoaib Minhas to respond in kind for Punjab. He struck 12 fours and nine sixes in a comparatively restrained 134-ball 170 not out, which saw Punjab to a five-wicket victory off the final ball of their scheduled overs. Back in 1900, AJ Nijland took all ten wickets at a cost of 34 runs as Hercules bowled Amstel’s out for 87 and won by 24 runs.

26 May
ON THIS DAY in 1918 JCW MacBryan hit 141 on his debut for Prisoners of War A, playing against Hermes at the Damlaan. In 1935, Carel Alandt became the first Dutch wicketkeeper to take six catches in an innings when he did so for VVV against Hermes-DVS at the Zuidelijke Wandelweg in Amsterdam.

25 May
ON THIS DAY in 1995 the brothers Diederik and Steven Visée posted an opening stand of 209 for HBS against ACC at Craeyenhout. Diederik made 114 and Steven 100, and HBS finished with 321 for three in their 55 overs. ACC replied with 217 for nine to give HBS comfortable victory. In 2015 Steven Smidt took eight for 14 as Quick Haag, after making 306 for six (Wesley Barresi 108), shot home side Hermes-DVS out for just 34 at Sportpark Harga.

24 May
ON THIS DAY in 1990 Peter Cantrell (116 not out) and René Schoonheim (83) put on 204 for the first wicket for Kampong against VOC at Maarschalkerweerd, setting the basis for a 60-over total of 275 for five. VOC could only manage 203 in reply, one fewer than the Cantrell-Schoonheim partnership.

23 May
ON THIS DAY in 1926 J Engering claimed eight second-innings wickets for 13 runs as Hermes-DVS dismissed VOC for 62 at the Damlaan in Schiedam. Earlier, VOC had made 102 and then bowled Hermes out for 81, but Engering’s performance left the home side needing 83 for victory, and they knocked off the runs for the loss of three wickets. Exactly fifty years later, in 1976, René Schoonheim was left on 99 not out when VOC skipper Anton Bakker declared at 268 for five against Kon. UD at Laag Zestienhoven. The declaration still came a little late, however, since the Deventer side held on to finish on 194 for eight and secure the draw.

22 May
ON THIS DAY in 1892 Rood en Wit were dismissed by Amstel’s for 15 in a match at Velzen in which 40 wickets fell in the day for a grand total of 146 runs. Batting first, Amstel’s made 37 (Posthuma five for 24, Tromp de Haas four for 7), but with Van den Berg and JC Schröder taking five for 9 and five for 4 respectively, Rood en Wit ended 22 behind on the first innings. Then Amstel’s managed 55 at their second attempt (Tromp de Haas seven for 15), and Rood en Wit again collapsed to 39 all out.

21 May
ON THIS DAY in 2009 Daan van Bunge made 155 not out for Excelsior ’20 against his old club, Voorburg, at Thurlede. He shared in a second-wicket partnership of 173 with Mark Cleary, and Excelsior finished on 313 for five. Usman Malik (another ex-Voorburger) then claimed four for 40 as the visitors were dismissed for 146.

20 May
ON THIS DAY in 1894 WR Solomon took eight for 24 including a hat-trick (probably the first in the competition) for Amstel’s against HCC at Oud-Roosenburgh in Amsterdam. Playing his first competition match, Solomon’s effort enabled Amstel’s to bowl the opposition out for 66, and the home side then made 77 to win by 11 runs. In 1906 Carstjan Posthuma took 14 wickets for 29 runs (eight for 19 and six for 10) for Rood en Wit against Ajax Leiden in Heemstede; after Rood en Wit declared at 169 for five, Posthuma’s efforts demolished the Leidenaars for 36 and 18, and his side won by an innings and 115 runs.

19 May
ON THIS DAY in 1912 Albert van Renterghem took nine for 94 in 27 overs for Volharding against Rood en Wit at the Spanjaardslaan as the Haarlemmers made 226 in reply to Volharding’s 66 all out (FMJ Holdert seven for 21). With one player absent the Amsterdam side could only manage 99 when they batted again, so despite Van Renterghem’s feat Rood en Wit won by an innings. In 1996 Roger Bradley (155) and Nick Statham (84) shared a third-wicket stand of 200 for Hermes-DVS against ACC in Amstelveen; the Schiedammers posted 314 for four in their 55 overs, and ACC could reach only 201 for nine in response.

18 May
ON THIS DAY in 1913 Wijn van Waveren had the remarkable figures of nine for 2 off 8.4 overs, with seven maidens, as Rood en Wit dismissed Hilversum for 39 at the Gnoelaan. Rood en Wit replied with 219, and then Hilversum, helped perhaps by the fact that neither Van Waveren nor Carstjan Posthuma bowled, made 123 in their second dig, losing by an innings and 57 runs.

17 May
ON THIS DAY in 2009 there were two tied matches in single day: in the Schiedam derby at Sportpark Harga Excelsior ’20 were dismissed for 164 but the Hermes-DVS innings ended on the same total when Erik Hartong was run out off the final ball of the game, while at Nieuw Hanenburg an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 64 between Jeroen Brand and Alex Pototsky could do no more than bring Quick Haag level with VOC’s 219 for nine. With six needed off the final ball, Brian Jurisich bowled a no ball which went for two, but the free hit yielded just two more and the match was tied.

16 May
ON THIS DAY in 1993 Kenny Jackson hit 209 for Voorburg against VOC at Voorburg’s old Duivestein ground. Jackson shared an opening stand of 306 with Maurits Houben (76), and the side’s total of 385 all out remains a club record for the top division. The South African then took four for 80 as the visitors managed only 272 in reply.

15 May
ON THIS DAY in 1927 JHM van Eeghen carried his bat with 53 not out for Rood en Wit against VOC at the Spanjaardslaan. It proved a match-winning effort, since VOC fell 66 short of Rood en Wit’s total of 141, PPJ Hoomans claiming six for 28 for the home side.

14 May
ON THIS DAY in 1911 Henri van Booven carried his bat for 99 not out for Hilversum against Volharding Amsterdam (later amalgamated with Amstel’s to form VRA). Hilversum were chasing the Amsterdammers’ total of 188, but they were dismissed for 160, Albert van Renterghem taking eight for 66, and Van Booven was left stranded one short of what would have been his first Eerste Klas century. He did it later in the season, however, in the return match against Volharding at the Kruislaan, where he made 103.

13 May
ON THIS DAY in 1973 Hercules beat VOC by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller at Sportpark Voordorp. Hercules bowled VOC out for 66 with Barend Stel taking seven for 17 in 21.3 overs, but then Hercules struggled in their turn, and the last pair were together when they finally scored the winning run.

12 May
ON THIS DAY in 2008, again at Amstelveen, Ryan Maron (117) and Eric Szwarczynski (116) put on 238 for the fourth wicket in a record stand which saw VRA to 323 for five against Voorburg – their second total of 300-plus in as many days. The visitors were then dismissed for 160, giving VRA the win by 163 runs. Also on this day, in 2002, Merrick Pringle took seven for 26 for VOC against Excelsior ’20 at Thurlede, and Excelsior fell just seven runs short of VOC’s 205 for eight.

11 May
ON THIS DAY in 2008 Tjade Groot hit 20 boundaries in a not-out innings of 130 as VRA amassed 320 for three against Quick Haag in Amstelveen. But then Wes Thomas matched Groot’s effort with a 119-ball 128 not out, hitting the winning runs of the last ball of the penultimate over to give Quick victory by five wickets.

10 May
ON THIS DAY in 1913 A Boeljon took five for 14 including a hat-trick for Haarlem against Hilversum at Gnoelaan in Hilversum; the hat-trick ended the Hilversum first innings on 122, and after Haarlem ended the first knock seven runs behind they bowled the home side for 69 (JEC Schmeink seven for 44) and won by three wickets.

9 May
ON THIS DAY in 2013 Quick Haag made 343 for seven against Dosti United at Craeyenhout (Lesley Stokkers 98), only to lose as Dosti replied with 346 for seven and reached their target with three balls to spare. Charles Coventry smacked a match-winning 89-ball 137 for Dosti, including 13 fours and eight sixes, and Yasir Hameed made 83.

8 May
ON THIS DAY in 1988 Roland Lefebvre took four for 11 in 12.2 overs, with seven maidens, to help VOC dismiss Hermes-DVS for 88 at Sportpark Harga. He then made 22 not out as VOC eased to a seven-wicket victory.

7 May
ON THIS DAY in 1893 Carstjan Posthuma took nine for 14 (in 12.3 five-ball overs) and five for 21 as Rood en Wit dismissed Achilles Leiden for 30 and 44 in Velzen, winning by an innings and 58 runs. Posthuma took 14 wickets in a match twice more, in 1906 and 1927.

6 May
ON THIS DAY in 1995 Nolan Clarke made 213 for Sparta 1888 against Rood en Wit at Spanjaardslaan, sharing a second-wicket partnership of 296 with AT Stuart, who was dismissed for 97 in his first Hoofdklasse innings. Sparta finished with 343 for three, and won by 65 runs. Stuart and Clarke’s stand remains an all-time competition record for the second wicket.

5 May
ON THIS DAY in 1990 Excelsior’s new pro Tim Zoehrer hit 153 on his debut for the club against Kampong at Maarschalkerweerd. But Peter Cantrell had earlier made 158 for the home side, who won a thriller by just 3 runs. 23 years later Steve Cazzulino made 101 (again a hundred on debut) and Daan van Bunge 125 not out in a third-wicket stand of 232 at Sportpark Drieburg, and Excelsior beat Dosti by 50 runs despite a fighting 87-ball unbeaten 100 from Mohammad Hafeez.

4 May
ON THIS DAY in 2008 Mark Cleary took five for 11 for Excelsior ’20 against Voorburg at Thurlede and then hit an unbeaten 63 out of 88 as Excelsior chased down Voorburg’s total and won by ten wickets. In 2013 Mudassar Bukhari took six for 29 for ACC but couldn’t prevent his side losing to Hermes-DVS by 72 runs.

3 May
ON THIS DAY in 2009 HBS Den Haag’s Tobias Visée became the eighth keeper to take six catches in a single innings in the Dutch top flight. He did it against HCC at Craeyenhout, as the opposition were dismissed for 74 to give HBS a 93-run victory; seamer Sjoerd Weurman, who provided Visée with three of those catches, had the remarkable figures of 6 – 4 – 6 – 4.

2 May
ON THIS DAY in 1993 the 22-year-old New Zealander Nathan Astle announced his arrival in the Netherlands by hitting an unbeaten 118 off 140 deliveries in Amstelveen, with seven fours and six sixes, as VOC beat VRA by six wickets. Astle played in only four matches that season, but the following year he made 1257 runs at an average of 66.16, a record season’s aggregate which still stands.