Topklasse Live | Round 17 | As it Happened

 Bertus de Jong  19:22
So a phenomenal fightback from Quick to secure their Topklasse berth next year,that’s a wrap for us, and indeed the season but for end-of-term dead rubbers next week. Join us again for that nonsense, I’m off for a Barco.

The points table after Round 17

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  19:18
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 225 all out (46 overs)
And gone, Khan LBW to Stokkers! Punjab’s hopes are snuffed out. They’ll be headed back to the Hoofdklasse next season, Quick survive, thanks in large part to the returning Edgar Shiferli, who came back to take 3-45 as Visee looked to be taking the game away from them.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  19:11
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 224-9 (45 overs)
And van Rijn gone too, bowled Brand. Last man Farshad Khan joins Barresi. 20 needed for the last wicket.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  19:07
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 223-8 (44 overs)
Davey strikes again! De Mey caught, Lukas van Rijn in to join Barresi.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  19:04
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 221-7 (43 overs)
Maiden over for the 42nd, 43rd goes for 3. 23 needed from seven with three in hand.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  18:54
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 206-5 (42.3 overs, target 204 in 45)
Cooper finishes things off with a booming six onto the Korfball courts off Masood. He finishes on 84*, all eyes turn to Craeyenhout.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:53
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 218-7 (41 overs)
Schiferli again, and Vink the man to go. De Mey joins Barresi.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  18:51
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 199-5 (42 overs, target 204 in 45)
The runs keep coming, VRA just one hit away now. Three overs to find 5 runs.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:50
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 213-6 (40 overs)
Could there be another twist here? Morgan goes cheaply thanks to a great catch from Bista off Schiferli, and now Singh’s innings is brought to an end by Davey, who bowls him for 76. Vink and Barresi in now and both yet to score, 31 still needed…

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  18:45
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 186-5 (40 overs, target 204 in 45)
Five overs to go, 18 runs to get. Cooper’s on 70 now, Lees with him on 15. Some aggressive if not terribly well coordinated running from this pair and the game is VRA’s to lose from here. Hans to bowl the 41st.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:35
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 201-4 (36 overs)
Schiferli gets Visee, but not before he’s hit 69 off 25 balls and, one would think, won the game for HBS. They needed 133 from 22 when he walked in, now they need 43 from 14.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:26
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 185-3 (35 overs)
Fifty for Visee, he’ll have overtaken Singh in a couple of overs if he keeps this up.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  18:24
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 164-5 (36 overs, target 204 in 45)
Lees hits the sixth six of the innings, putting Hafeez back over his head onto the football pitch again. I suspect, though I’d have to check, that Hafeez has been hit for more sixes in this innings than in the entire season to date.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:16
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 177-3 (34 overs)
Visee looking rather more than positive in fact. Bista goes for 6,4,6. Visee two short of a fifty already off not a lot of balls.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  18:14
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 149-5 (33 overs, target 204 in 45)
A straight six off Hoseinbaks and a push to long for one on sees Cooper to fifty, Lees blocks out the over. Hafeez is back.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:07
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 144-3 (32 overs)
The late acceleration has come early at Craeyenhout, Singh into the 60s and Visee looking positive.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  18:04
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 140-5 (31 overs, target 204 in 45)
Another entertaining cameo comes to an end as van den Burg plays Hosienbaks on following an attractive 19 from 17. Lees joins Cooper, who’s on 42*.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:03
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 119-3 (30 overs)
Bista has Ahmed caught for 43, but that only brings Visee to the crease. HBS need a shade over sixes from the last 20 overs, though with Barresi and Morgan to come the 20 over champions may not be too unhappy with that equation.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:50
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 105-2 (26 overs)
Hundred up for HBS at Craeyenhout, solid platform for the hosts, Singh and Ahmed both in the 40s and Quick will need wickets in a hurry one feels.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  17:44
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 111-4 (26 overs, target 204 in 45)
And that’s why you don’t see many people walking on LBW’s I guess. Szwarczynski down the track to Davids, struck on the knee roll and looks rather taken aback when his attention is drawn to the umpire’s finger, which is pointed skywards. Might have been some bat there too. Nonetheless, Van den Burg to the middle.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  17:40
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 111-3 (25 overs, target 204 in 45)
Well you don’t see that too often. Borren back in the crease to Hoseinbaks, looking to brush him off the pads, but doesn’t connect and that looks plumb from here. We’ll have to wait till after the match for the umpire’s opinion though, as Borren has walked, adjudging himself out after an entertaining 24. Szwarczynski in.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:37
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 91-2 (23.3 overs)
Last word from Craeyenhout is that Ahmed and Singh are upping the pace, 32 off the last 21 balls.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  17:30
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 96-2 (23 overs, target 204 in 45)
Borren’s taken a couple of overs to have a look, but looks to be done looking now. He dumps Hafeez (who is averaging 9 with the ball this season) back over his head for two huge sixes onto the recently vacated football field. Davids returns.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  17:26
ACC: 121 all out (36.2 overs)
HCC: 127-3 (30.1 overs)
And Gorlee finishes it with a six off Saqib to end on 31 not out. Street’s 58 at the other end. Events in Rotterdam may be letting ACC off the hook, but it has to be said that their performance today has been deeply unimpressive.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:24
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 59-2 (20 overs)
Ahmed and Singh still for HBS, though they look to be leaving it for a late surge. Plenty of batting to come though so perhaps not a bad strategy.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  17:20
ACC: 121 all out (36.2 overs)
HCC: 111-3 (29 overs)
Street reaches a thoroughly-deserved half-century by smiting Saqib over long on for six. He has 54 from 65 deliveries, while Gorlee has moved on to 20. 11 needed.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  17:19
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 175 all out (40 overs)
O’Dowd bags his seventh with his last ball, and the last ball of the match, as he nicks off Tariq for 2. 7-32 in 10 his figures, VOC win by 108 runs and Punjab are all but out of it now. Even if Quick lose to HBS today, Punjab will need to make up a substantial net run rate deficit next week if they are to avoid relegation.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  17:13
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 169-9 (39 overs)
Asif Khan was putting on a remarkable counterattack at Hazelaarweg, albeit in what still looked a lost cause. But as I type Jelte Schoonheim puts a stop to it. He’s holes out for 41 off 35. Tariq and Bajwa last pair.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  17:07
ACC: 121 all out (36.2 overs)
HCC: 88-3 (24 overs)
Bryce Street is playing a fine innings for his side, nothing spectacular, but a wide range of shots and some excellent running between the wickets. Gorlee is showing great composure as well, and while Saqib Zulfiqar is running through his bowlers he’s beginning to run out of options.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:02
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 42-2 (15 overs)
Ahmed and Singh now for HBS, Coster bowled, still 202 to get for the hosts or the competition will likely be entirely settled today.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  16:59
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 48-2 (13 overs, target 204 in 45)
Singh’s run himself out here in the meantime, Borren joins Cooper.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  16:57
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sparta 41 all out (20 overs)
Hilditch wraps it up, trapping Yaqub LBW and Exclesior have revenged their 41 all out at Bermweg by knocking Sparta over for precisely the same today.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  16:55
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 46-1 (11 overs, target 204 in 45)
Had my head down for a bit there I’m afraid, but Dan ter Braak’s managed to get himself out somehow. LBW to Diwan says the scorebook, Coooper joins Singh, who’s on 15. Diwan and Mahesh Hans bowling.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  16:50
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sparta 40-9 (19 overs)
Ingram’s ripping through the Sparta tail meanwhile, wickets falling too fast to recount here.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:48
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 131-7 (32 overs)
O’Dowd may yet have reason to regret Baker bagging that wicket earlier or he might have been on for all ten. 6-11 in six his figures now and he’s put this game to bed early.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  16:44
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sparta 39-7 (17 overs)
Wheels are off for Sparta and spinning away over the horizon. Hilditch adds Buurman’s wicket to his tally, Ingram does for Pawa. Muhammad and Yaqub in the middle now, both scoreless.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:40
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
HBS: 24-1 (10 overs)
HBS meanwhile are looking to recover from the early run-out of Gomes, Coster and Ahmed looking to see off the new ball, plenty of batting to come though.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:38
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 114-5 (28 overs)
O’Dowd cleaning house at Hazelaarweg, Latif the next to go. Khan in.

< ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  16:37
ACC: 121 all out (36.2 overs)
HCC: 59-3 (15.1 overs)
The breakthrough comes in controversial fashion, as a quick single to Frenz produces a vociferous and insistent appeal for a run-out. There’s some discussion about whether the ball was taken cleanly, the umpires confer, and eventually Staal has to go, for 27. Boris Gorlee joins Street.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  16:35
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 28-0 (6 overs, target 204 in 45)
Steady start for VRA meanwhile, ter Braak especially playing some attractive shots, Davids and Masood still unchanged.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  16:35
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sparta 38-5 (16 overs)
The collapse slouches on. Rattu now LBW to Hilditch, Buurman still there on 26, Pawa in at seven.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:32
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 102-4 (26 overs)
Hundred up for Punjab before O’Dowd makes Usman his third victim, Bajwa joins Latif.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  16:25
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sparta 30-4 (14 overs)
Sparta four down in the meantime, De Kok bowled Ingram, Rattu joins Buurman.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:22
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 96-3 (23.1 overs)
And O’Dowd strikes again in his next, Bamunusinghe gone for a duck. Latif in

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:18
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 96-2 (23 overs)
O’Dowd claims the much-needed wicket of Myburgh, caught Seelaar for 59. Bamunusinghe joins Usman, who’s on 19*.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  16:15
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs, closed)
VRA: 3-0 (1 over, target 204 in 45)
And we’re back here, Singh and ter Braak opening for VRA, Davids and Massod sharing the new ball.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  16:11
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sparta 10-3 (10 overs)
Hilditch pins Pollard in front and Sparta look dead and buried ten opvers into the innings.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  16:10
ACC: 121 all out (36.2 overs)
HCC: 36-2 (9 overs)
Chris Knoll has replaced Kumar, but Staal and Street are batting like men who know that time and overs are on their side. As indeed they are.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:10
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 86-1 (20 overs)
Myburgh has slowed appreciably since the field spread but he’s still putting bad balls away, 56* off 48 now, VOC beginning to haul back the rate though.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  15:55
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sparta 8-2 (8 overs)
Two for Kroesen, Snoep manages just one better than Bukhari. Pollard joins de Kok and Sparta already in serious trouble.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  15:49
ACC: 121 all out (36.2 overs)
HCC: 12-2 (4.2 overs)
Another for Sikander Zulfiqar, as a full delivery crashes through Jonkman’s defences and hits the base of off stump. HCC in trouble as Street joins Staal.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  15:36
ACC: 121 all out (36.2 overs)
HCC: 2-1 (1 over)
Sikander Zulfiqar bowls from the Uilenstede End, and the last ball of his opening over takes Ninan’s pad. Umpire Van Liemt is in no doubt, and the finger goes up. Tonny Staal in early, but it’s Mark Jonkman who faces Aryan Kumar.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  15:37
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 62-1 (13 overs)
Umar Baker meanwhile puts an end to a fine opening partnership, having Raza caught behind for 16. Myburgh now on 44 is joined by Usman.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  15:35
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sparta 0-1 (1 over)
Gijs Kroesen strikes in the opening over of Sparta’s reply, Bukhari cleaned up for a duck on the fifth ball.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  15:32
Dosti: 202-7 (45 overs)
A frankly embarrassing drop from Ben Cooper at gully lets Masood off in the penultimate over, a swirling top edge off Mia which Lees might have taken. Insult to injury in the last as a nick through slip off Gunning adds four to the score. Davids finds four more over cover and 202 the total after 45, impressive recovery after a middle order collapse.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  15:25
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
Punjab: 54-0 (10 overs)
Punjab meanwhile have made a solid start to this chase, Myburgh driving the
scoring, he’s on 41* and together with Raza he’s put on 54 without loss in the powerplay.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:20
Quick: 243 all out (48.3 overs)
Davey has got them something to boiwl at, though defending anything sub-250 is a big ask at Craeyenhout. He’s last man out for 74 but just didn’t get the requisite support from the lower middle order.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  15:09
Dosti: 163-7 (40 overs)
The collapse continues here, Hoseinbaks spoons Cooper up to Turmaine at mid-off and Masood comes in to join Davids.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  15:05
Dosti: 163-6 (39 overs)
And one brings two, Borren finally dislodges Hafeez drawing a mistimed drive that pops up for an easy return catch. Hans in. And two brings three, Big top edge falls to Singh at cover, who makes no mistake. Hoseinbaks in.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  14:59
Dosti: 161-4 (38 overs)
Ghori survives the first chance in a while as a big top edge off Gunning is spilled in the deep, but not for long as a direct hit from Ben Cooper catches him short, at least in the view of the umpire. Davids in at six.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  14:59
ACC: 121 all out (36.2 overs)
Zulfiqar senior takes on Overdijk’s arm at shortish midwicket, and the direct hit finds him just short. Then last man Beau te Boekhorst holes out to Ninan off Qasim, and it’s all over.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:55
Quick: 209-7 (43 overs)
Davey still there, but he’s fast running out of partners – Vierling and Allema both go for single figure scores.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  14:49
Dosti: 142-3 (35 overs)
Fifty partnership for Hafeez and Ghori, the latter driving the scoring now 27*, Hafeez just one away from fifty. Gunning replaces Raja, still Cooper from the other end.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  14:45
Excelsior: 250-6 (50 overs)
Sure enough Etman cuts loose at the death, he loses Shankar along the way, caught off Bukhari for 12, but kicks on with Woutersen for company. He takes them to 250 exactly at the close, having carried the bat for 142*.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  14:44
ACC: 115-8 (32.2 overs)
Finally, Rehmat miscues an attempted pull off Ali Ahmed Qasim, and Street drops back at mid-on to take the catch. A very sober 38 for Rehmat, as Aryan Kumar joins Ahmed Zulfiqar, who’s on 26.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:25
Quick: 191-5 (36.5 overs)
Fifty for Davey, but he loses another partner, Schiferli caught behind for 22 triggers drinks. Vierling will join Davey after the break.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  14:22
Excelsior: 207-5 (45.2 overs)
Meanwhile at Thurlede Tim Etman brings up his century, he’s taken Excelsior past 200 and will be looking to go big with five overs left.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  14:19
Dosti: 102-3 (27 overs)
Hundred up for Dosti meanwhile, Hafeez on 37*. Cooper and Raja still for VRA.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  14:18
ACC: 85-7 (26.2 overs)
Three wickets for Ninan, as the spinner grabs an aerial prod from over his head to dismiss Knoll. Ahmed Zulfiqar the new man.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:17
Quick: 182-4 (35 overs)
Davey closing in on a half century at Craeyenhout, and Schiferli lending solid support. They’re on 47* and 21* now and Quick have a solid platform with 15 to go.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  14:16
ACC: 85-6 (26 overs)
Raza doesn’t last long, caught behind by Laurens Jan Lagas off Street. Chris Knoll comes in, and Rehmat swings Ninan away through fine leg for a much-needed boundary.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  14:09
Dosti: 88-3 (24 overs)
Turmaine is duly replaced after drinks, with Ben Cooper getting a rare run-out with the ball. And the gamble pays off handsomely as Tewarie nicks off on the fifth ball. Kuldeep Diwan joins Hafeez. Raja replaces Borren at the other end

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  14:04
VOC: 283-5 (50 overs)
VOC have ended on 5/283. They have made 105 off there last 7 overs, Edwards hitting a splendid 72* along with support from Seelaar, Van Baren and Klaassen. Punjab with an uphill battle to stay in Topklasse but cricket’s a funny game and will be back in 40 minutes to see.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  14:02
ACC: 75-5 (22.2 overs)
After a drinks break Ninan comes back in place of Overdijk, and immediately gets Rasool caught at slip by Staal. ACC in big trouble now, as Anees Raza joins Rehmat Zulfiqar, who’s on 28.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:02
Quick: 153-4 (30 overs)
Davey holding things together for Quick, he’s on 40* but has lost Stokkers who fell for 30. Schiferli with him now.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  13:59
Dosti: 86-2 (23 overs)
Turmaine coming in for some serious tap here now, Hafeez has hit him for three sixes now, Tewarie too starting to play more freely and the rate strating to climb.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:57
VOC: 260-5 (48 overs)
Klassen arrives to the crease and bombs two sixes, while Edwards Switch hits a bomb, its raining bombs for the current Landskampioenen at Hazelaarweg.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  13:53
Excelsior: 157-4 (40 overs)
Etman and Bhatti press on for Excelsior, Etman on 78* and looking to accelerate.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:51
VOC: 244-5 (47 overs)
Seelaar is caught by Myburgh off Tariq for 62, but it doesn’t slow Edwards, who’s on 62* himself Klaassen with him, three overs to go.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:45
Quick: 119-3 (25 overs)
Stokkers and Davey doing good work for Quick, they’re on 30 and 21 respectively.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:43
VOC: 222-4 (45 overs)
Seelaar and Edwards exploding now, the the last 2 overs going for 39 runs. Seelaar moves to 62* with 5 overs to go.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  13:41
Dosti: 48-2 (17 overs)
Hafeez steps down to Turmaine and launches him straight for six, Tewarie more circumspect at the other end, plays out another maiden to Borren.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  13:40
ACC: 63-3 (17.2 overs)
Sikander smacks Overdijk over wide mid-on for six, but then miscues a Jonkman delivery to mid-off, where Ninan’s under it. Asad, Saqib and Sikander have 15 between them, as Shirase Rasool comes to the crease.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  13:38
Excelsior: 131-4 (36 overs)
Snoep breaks the partnership at 81, Hilditch caught behind for 39. Etman still there on 60, and is joined, we hear, by Sohail Bhatti.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:35
VOC: 178-4 (43 overs)
VOC putting the foot down here, both Seelaar 35* and Edwards 29* playing various ramps, cuts, and sweeps.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  13:28
Dosti: 37-2 (13 overs)
And the change works, Borren has Ghori LBW with the first ball of his second over to bring Hafeez to the crease, and might have had two in two as he gets one to pop at Hafeez and finds the outside edge, but nobody can get hands on it. Another thick outside edge on the drive carries over extra cover and falls safe.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  13:22
Excelsior: 119-3 (34 overs)
And that’s fifty for Tim Etman, he and Hilditch have put on a crucial 69 run stand for the fourth wicket.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  13:20
Dosti: 32-1 (10 overs)
First bowling change here, Borren replaces Gunning at the Korfball end.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  13:20
ACC: 45-3 (12 overs)
Mark Jonkman replaces Qasim from the Uilenstede End, and opens with a no-ball bouncer. But then another Zulfiqar departs, as Saqib edges him to Boris Gorlee in the gully. Enter Sikander, with Rehmat on 14 at the other end.

 ⛅ Weather Update ⛅  13.19
First hint of sunshine here at Drieburg, still looks rather unsettled though…

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:18
VOC: 150-4 (39 overs)
150 up for VOC still 4 Down and a good base to launch with 11 overs remaining.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:16
Quick: 80-3 (18 overs)
Drinks at Craeyenhout, Stokkers and Davey with a job to do for Quick. They’re on 6* and 8* respectively.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  13:10
Dosti: 28-1 (8 overs)
Ahmed gets a little carried away perhaps, looks to pull Mia away square but it’s uppish and straight down Gunning’s throat at deep backward square. Ghori in.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  13:05
ACC: 35-2 (9 overs)
Asad goes, caught by Tonny Staal at first slip in Hidde Overdijk’s first over from the River End. Saqib Zulfiqar in at four. The match, incidentally, has been slightly abbreviated – 48 overs a side.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  13:01
Excelsior: 102-3 (28 overs)
Hundred up for Excelsior meanwhile and a fifty partnership between Etman and Hilditch and Etman five short of his own half century. Bukhari back into the attack.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  13:02
Dosti: 21-0 (6 overs)
And we’re back underway here, Gunning and Mia still for VRA, but Twearie and Ahmed have the makings of a partnership now. Leaving judiciously and punishing anything loose.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  12:58
VOC: 127-4 (33 overs)
O’Dowd out for 33 caught behind. Punjab picking up regular wickets to look after the rate

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:56
Quick: 66-3 (14 overs)
Another down at Craeyenhout as Vink strikes in his first over, Brand caught behind for six. Stokkers in.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  12:53
ACC: 31-1 (6 overs)
We’re back on, and almost immediately Frenz chips Ninan to mid-on, where Bryce Street clings onto the catch. Asad Zulfiqar joins Rehmat, and gets of the mark by cutting Qasim to the third man boundary.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  12:50
VOC: 124-3 (31 overs)
Seelaar showing real intent here, paddles a four then charges down the ground for a wee six, he moves to 14*, O’Dowd slowly onto 33*.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:46
Quick: 58-2 (10.~ overs)
Big wicket at Craeyenhout, Navjit Singh has Bista caught for 37. Davey joins Brand who’s on 5.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  12:42
Dosti: 12-0 (2.3 overs)
Covers off, umpires are satisfied. Restart in ten minutes and they’ll play 45 overs.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  12:32
VOC: 100-3 (25 overs)
VOC batting well here, and just as I say those word’s Van Baren hits a loose drive to mid-off off Bamunusinghe, out for a well compiled 47. Seelaar joins O’Dowd.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  12:31
ACC: 24-0 (3.5 overs)
A 12:45 resumption is planned, we are informed. A. Zulfiqar senior is currently sweeping the pitch.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:26
Quick: 38-1 (5.~ overs)
But HBS find the breakthrough, van Gigch caught for 13 off Khan. Brand joins Bista.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:24
Quick: 36-0 (4 overs)
Quick still rollicking along meanwhile, going at nines in the first four overs. And news comes that Edgar Schiferli is making his Topklasse return in Quick’s hour of need.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  12:22
Dosti: 12-0 (2.3 overs)
Umpires have had a look here but it’s still quite wet out there. They’ll try again in half an hour.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  12:20
Excelsior: 50-3 (15.4 overs)
Big wicket at Thurlede, Khan finds Ingram’s stumps, bowled for 8. Hilditch in.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  12:12
VOC: 81-2 (20 overs)
Plenty of cricket at Hazelaarweg at least, 20 overs in before drinks and the hosts are on 81-2, van Baren on 39* and O’Dowd 17*.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:07
Quick: 10-0 (1 over)
And they’re underway at Craeyenhout, Bob van Gigch gets the visitors off to a sprightly start, taking ten off the first over.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  12:06
ACC: 24-0 (3.5 overs)
The umpires are intent on getting the game back on. So the home side are breaking up the dampness of the outfield with a net, and some attempt will be made to dry the business areas of the pitch. No sign of that so far. They’ll have another look in half an hour, but there’s no sign at the moment of the sun and wind we need.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  11:55
VOC: 66-2 (16 overs)
Van Lent goes caught behind for 25, off the bowling of Bajwa. O’Dowd joins van Baren.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  11:53
ACC: 24-0 (3.5 overs)
They’ve taken the covers off, and there’s an inspection of the pitch going on at the moment. The problem’s not the rain we’ve just had, but the condition of the pitch before that. The umpires remain out there, deep in discussion.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  11:48
Excelsior: 38-2 (9 overs)
Etman and Ingram digging in for the hosts, Khan takes over from Hoornweg.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:45
And they’ve managed a toss at Craeyenhout, Bista wins it for Quick and decides to bat first. Start scheduled for noon, no overs off as yet.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  11:33
VOC: 33-1 (9 overs)
Some lovely drives from van lent 16* and van Baren 17* as VOC move to 33-1 off 9 overs.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  11:27
Dosti: 12-0 (2.3 overs)
Gunning struggling a bit with the slippery ball, Ahmed takes back to back fours off him through the off side. Single get off strike, and then the rain gets heavier. They’re off here too.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  sup>11:26
ACC: 24-0 (3.5 overs)
The covers are now going on, but there’s some uncertainty about whether and/or when the pitch was covered overnight. It seems that it’s really quite wet out there, and we may need some drying weather once they can get the covers off. Don’t hold your breath.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  11:21
Excelsior: 15-2 (4 overs)
Kroesen doesn’t last though, Hoornweg has him LBW for a duck. Ingram in.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  11:19
ACC: 24-0 (3.5 overs)
Some aggression from Frenz against Qasim, cutting him over point and then driving through cover off his first over. Then, off the first ball of his next, he leans back and pulls him powerfully wide of mid-on. Rehmat joins the party with a cut behind point. The outfield may be damp, but the ball’s certainly running. There’s some issue about the pitch at the Uilenstede End: the umpires confer, and the players are leaving the field.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  11:18
Excelsior: 13-1 (3 overs)
Bukhari strikes in his second over, trapping Verhagen LBW. Joost Kroesen in.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  11:17
Dosti: 1-0 (1 over)
Close enough to dry here the umpires decide. Vinoo Tewarie and Rahil Ahmed take to the middle for Dosti, Gunning opens the bowling for VRA. Tidy from him, just a single through cover off the last ball. Mia to share the new ball.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  11:10
Excelsior: 11-0 (2 overs)
Tidy from Mudassar Bukhari first over, just one from it, but Max Hoornweg’s first goes for ten, two wides one of which beats the keeper and goes to the rope.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  11:08
VOC: 5-1 (1.5 overs)
Early breakthrough for Punjab as Jelte Schoonheim is caught off Mubarrak Hussain, that’s Ali Raza’s 20th catch this season. Van Baren joins van Lent

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  11:06
ACC: 2-0 (1 over)
Ryan Ninan starts from the River End, and Richardt Frenz takes a single off the first ball.Just a wide thereafter, as Rehmat Zulfiqar plays out a tidy over. Ali Ahmed Qasim from the Uilenstede End.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  10:55
Drizzling here at Drieburg too now, covers coming on.

 Quick Haag vs HBS Craeyenhout  10:53
Seems the forecast was unduly optimistic, rain at Craeyenhout has delayed the toss.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Punjab Rotterdam  10:44
VOC have won the toss and elected to bat first in a crucial match for Punjab, a lovely wicket produced here today promises for a intriguing contest – comes word from CR.

 Excelsior ’20 vs Sparta 1888  10:38
And down at Thurlede Sparta win the toss, but they prefer to bowl first.

 ACC Amsterdam vs HCC den Haag  10.36
And the hosts have the toss at het Loopveld too, ACC will bat.

 Dosti-United vs VRA Amsterdam  10:35
News here at Drieburg is that Dosti have the toss and will bat.

 Rod Lyall  10:22
And good morning (/afternoon/evening) from Rod Lyall, at a somewhat underpopulated and distinctly grey Loopveld. But the teams and the umpires are here, and so are we, to bring you live updates from ACC’s attempt to put themselves out of danger. There is a definite end-of-season, almost autumnal feel to things – and not much mellow fruitfulness.

 ☁ Weather Update ☁  10.01
A bit grey this morning, overcast and muggy here in Amsterdam and a similar situation elsewhere we gather. There’s no rain expected and we’ve even been promised a little sunshine later, but for now it’s the sort of weather that, rightly or wrongly, swing bowlers traditionally get excited about.

 Bertus de Jong  09:59
Good Morning all and welcome back for this penultimate round of Topklasse matches. Just fun and games at the top of the table now that VOC have bagged the title, but still plenty serious at the bottom end, with Punjab, Quick and ACC still at risk of relegation. Punjab have the most to worry about, though a win against VOC at Hazelaarweg will keep their survival hopes alive another week. Quick can secure safety with a win against HBS at Craeyenhout if Punjab can’t find a win against the Champions, otherwise their final game against Punbjab may well turn out to be a straight shoot-out for Topklasse survival. ACC need either of their rivals to lose, or to bag points today when they take on HCC at het Loopveld. Meanwhile at Drieburg Dosti take on VRA in what is now a largely ceremonial Amsterdam Derby, whilst at Thurlede Excelsior welcome Sparta as they jostle for pride and mid-table position. We’re about half an hour from tossing time, in the meanwhile, here’s the preview.