Topklasse Live | Round 18 | As it Happened

 Bertus de Jong  18.38
So that’s wrap from us, check back later in the week for final stats, maybe a team of the tournament and other sundry post-season fun. Thanks again to all our supporters, scorers and informers, without whom we would of course be wholly lost.

The Final 2018 Topklasse Table

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  18:37
HCC: 272-6 (50 overs)
Dosti: 130 all out (26.4 overs)
130 all out we belatedly here, and a five-fer for Bijloos. HCC claim a deserved top-five finish.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  18:10
HCC: 272-6 (50 overs)
Dosti: ? all out
HCC have won. That’s all we’ve got for you I fear.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  17.37
ACC: 211-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 120 all out (31.4 overs)
Buurman goes for 74, caught off Chris Knoll, who finishes with figures of 4-23 as Sparta rapidly collapse to 120 all-out..

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  17:25
Quick: 233 all out (49.4 overs)
Punjab: 175 all out (34 overs)
And Quick have seen off Punjab, Raza top-scores with 35, Schiferli more than deserved 3-22 to finish pick of the bowlers.

VRA vs VOC Rotterdam 17:22
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
VOC: 151-8 (32.2 overs)
Dan ter Braak into the attack, and he claims two wickets in is first over: Baker with a return catch, and then Upadhyaya to another slip catch by Borren. Raja traps Fletcher in front, and suddenly it’s all over: neither Tizo Moorman (broken fingernail) nor Corey Rutgers is able to bat, and the innings closes. What an extraordinary end to the season!

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  17.17
ACC: 211-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 110-7 (28 overs)
Buurman is playing a defiant knock here for Sparta, he’s on 72*, but the game’s a long way gone.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  17:16
HCC: 272-6 (50 overs)
Dosti: 120-9 (24 overs)
Dosti capitulating meanwhile, Hafeez manages 33 but nobody’s looking likely to do better. Bijloos has four scalps in something of a return to form for him.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  17:05
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
VOC: 142-5 (28 overs)
And Seelaar falls to a great catch at slip by Borren off George Dunlop, as VOC find themselves in real trouble.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  16:58
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
VOC: 138-4 (27 overs)
Edwards holes out to Haseeb Gul Mia at mid-off, and VOC have to rebuild again, with Upadhaya joining Seelaar.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  16:45
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
VOC: 120-3 (24 overs)
Van Baren and Edwards did an excellent job keeping their side ahead of the DLS rate as the clouds close in, but when the former miscues a catch to Szwarczynski at short cover off Adeel Raja they’re suddenly behind again. But that doesn’t last long, as Pieter Seelaar takes the bowlers on from the get-go. Edwards, meanwhile, has moved on to 64.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  16:45
Quick: 233 all out (49.4 overs)
Punjab: 143-7 (27.~ overs)
Punjab seven down now, should have been a couple more but dropped catches off Edgar Schiferli are holding up the collapse. We’ve no further information for you I’m afraid.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  16:36
HCC: 272-6 (50 overs)
Dosti: 68-4 (14.2 overs)
Hafeez is trying to hold things together for Dosti, but getting little support. Dosti well behind DLS with rain inbound.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  16.15
ACC: 211-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 36-4 (12.4 overs)
Sparta in trouble, two wickets each for Kumar and Sikander, 212 looking a long way off.

VRA vs VOC Rotterdam 16:10
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
VOC: 82-2 (15 overs)
Borren and Cooper have replaced Gunning and Mia, but Van Baren and Edwards are putting together a very useful stand. They’re on 31 and 43 respectively.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  16:04
Quick: 233 all out (49.4 overs)
Punjab: 74-4 (18 overs)
Hussain and Usman gone. Raza and Latif now for Punjab looking to get some runs under the belt before they turn out for Belgium next week.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  15:56
HBS: 244 all out (37.4 overs)
Excelsior: 69 all out (17.3 overs)
One ball in fact. Six for Singh, Excelsior all out for 69 and HBS claim bronze.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  15:55
HBS: 244 all out (37.4 overs)
Excelsior: 69-9 (17.2 overs)
Things are not going well for Excelsior. Navjit Singh is the principle reason. Five wickets for him. Won’t be long now.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:45
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
VOC: 34-2 (8 overs)
Van Baren and Edwards are busy rebuilding the innings after those two quick wickets, Edwards distinctly the more aggressive of the two. Gunning and Haseeb Gul Mia are maintaining the pressure, but the batsmen are looking increasingly comfortable.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  15:34
Quick: 233 all out (49.4 overs)
Punjab: 24-2 (10 overs)
And another down at the Zomercomplex, Bamunusinghe caught for 16. Hussain and Usamn in.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  15:27
HBS: 244 all out (37.4 overs)
Excelsior: 48-5 (10 overs)
Two wickets for Navjit Singh and Exclesior are in a state. Ingram and Shankar gone, Hilditch and Woutersen in.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:24
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
VOC: 4-2 (3 overs)
And another for Gunning, as Van Lent gets his judgement of the line wrong and leaves one which clips his off stump. Scott Edwards in at four.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:14
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
VOC: 2-1 (1 over)
Quirijn Gunning from the City End opens to Max O’Dowd, who clips his fourth ball off the pads for a couple. He tries to do the same off the last, is struck on the pad, and umpire Jansen’s finger goes up. An early blow for VRA, as Dirk van Baren joins Sebastiaan van Lent.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  15:07
Quick: 233 all out (49.4 overs)
Punjab: 13-1 (5 overs)
Big wicket first up, Myburgh gone for a duck. Caught off Davey.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  15:05
HBS: 244 all out (37.4 overs)
Excelsior: 21-3 (6 overs)
Coster and Westdijk have done a number on the Excelsior top order, Etman, Verhagen and Kroesen all back in the box. Shankar in with Ingram now and work to be done.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  14:46
HCC: 272-6 (50 overs)
More than handy unbeaten 32 from Overdijk keeps the scoreboard ticking, with support from Mark Jonkman he gets them to 272.

VRA vs VOC Rotterdam 14:38
VRA: 273-5 (50 overs)
The usual flurry in the final overs sees VRA through to 273, and Szwarczynski on to 49. That will take some getting, and there’s no guarantee that the rain will stay away for the duration.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  14.35
ACC: 211-8 (50 overs)
ACC finish on 211-8 from there 50, 200+ will take some chasing at Bermweg.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  14:26
HCC: 256-6 (48 overs)
Walhain gone after a typically entertaining cameo, caught at deep midwicket off Hafeez who is now a pretty safe bet for top wicket-taker this season. Overdijk in and continues where Walhaine left off. Two overs to come.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  14:17
Quick: 233 all out (49.4 overs)
Vierling goes for 44 and Quick stumble into the death, two balls unused in the end as they finish on 233-10.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  14:13
VRA: 238-5 (45.5 overs)
Cooper falls to Edwards, trapped in front sweeping and not waiting for the umpire’s finger. An excellent 63-ball 75. Mitch Lees joins Szwarczynski, who’s on 28.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  14.11
ACC: 171-6 (43.5 overs)
Wickets still coming at Bermweg, stifling attempts at acceleration. Sikander gone for 36, Raza follows now.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  14:06
HCC: 200-4 (41 overs)
200 up for HCC too now, Ninan has departed though we don’t know quite how many he made in the end. Street and Walhaine in now and hitting big we hear.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  14:05
HBS: 244 all out (37.4 overs)
A freewheeling innings from HBS comes to an end meanwhile, bowled out for 244 with 12.2 overs unused. Heggelman knocks over the last two to finish with 4-37.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  14:00
VRA: 208-4 (42 overs)
Cooper reaches his half-century from 53 deliveries, and then proceeds to smash Edwards back over his head for the first six of the match. It could be a tough last eight for VOC, with Szwarczynski also looking to be in the mood.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  13:57
Quick: 197-7 (45 overs)
Quick are edging toward 200 but they’ve lost more wickets along the way, Ekelmans gone for 8, Schiferli’s been and gone, Stokkers in now with Vierling, who’s on 27*.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  13.51
ACC: 140-4 (37.5 overs)
Rehmat Zulfiqar goes for 77, stumped by Buurman off Iqbal.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  13:50
HBS: 240-8 (35 overs)
Barresi goes, caught off Ingram for 65. Westdijk joins de Mey.

 Rod Lyall  13.46
Apologies to Vikram Singh, who has appeared to remind us that he made 55 against Punjab last season.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  13.44
ACC: 137-3 (35 overs)
Rehmat Zulfiqar creeping up the aggregate run rankings. He’s on 75* now, Sikander still with him on 30*.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  13:38
VRA: 169-4 (37.1 overs)
It was Upadhyaya who got Van den Burg, we learn. But now it’s Edwards who gets Borren, going back on his stumps and trapped in front. That’s the cue for another drink.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  13:37
HBS: 230-7 (32 overs)
Barresi’s lost Vink but not the initiative, he’s on 62 off about 40 balls now, Julian de Mey with him

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  13:34
VRA: 168-3 (34.3 overs)
Van den Burg doesn’t last long before skying a catch to Baker in front of point off the second delivery from Bobby Hanif, who has just replaced Baker at the City End. Peter Borren to the crease.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  13:26
VRA: 158-2 (34.3 overs)
And indeed, the tempo has been accelerating markedly, with both batsmen taking full advantage of the advent of Scott Edwards into the attack. But then Singh sweeps at Baker once too often, and is bowled round his legs for a splendid 74. Emile van den Burg joins Cooper, on 28.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  13:20
Quick: 166-5 (38 overs)
Bamunusinghe bowls Davey for 83, and Trappenburg’s back in the pavilion now too. Vierling and Ekelmans in.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  13:19
HBS: 207-6 (28 overs)
Barresi building on the good work of Visee and Morgan, 200 on the board with 22 overs to go. Could be a big score if he stays there. Vink still with him.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  13.15
ACC: 91-3 (28 overs)
Another fifty for Rehmat Zulfiqar, been a more than decent season for him. Sikander with him on 12*

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  13:04
VRA: 112-1 (27 overs)
A maiden Topklasse half-century for Vikram Singh, who has batted very well indeed and looked comfortable from the outset. Cooper is settling in at the other end, and things are looking ominous for VOC.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  12:56
HCC: 137-2 (27 overs)
Belated breakthrough for Dosti as Staal is bowled for 69, Street joins Ninan, who has brought up his half-century.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  12:55
HBS: 156-6 (23 overs)
150 up for HBS too, though they’ve lost Morgan along the way, caught off Bhatti for 35. Barresi in with Vink now.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  12:52
Quick: 152-3 (31 overs)
150 up for Quick, Davey into the 80’s now. Trappenburg has started positively too, he’s on 11*

VRA vs VOC Rotterdam 12:48
VRA: 97-1 (23 overs)
Baker gets the breakthrough, as Ter Braak edges to slip where Max O’Dowd takes a good diving catch. He departs for 41, while at the other end Singh has moved on to 43, his best Topklasse score. He’s joined by Ben Cooper.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  12.49
ACC:61-3 (22 overs)
Rehmat on to 36*, Sikander with him now.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  12:43
Quick: 132-3
Century partnership for Davey and Doc Mol too, but the latter’s gone now – caught for 45. Trappenburg joins Davey, who’s on 71*.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  12:36
HCC: 117-1 (14 overs)
Staal and Ninan still for HCC. Century partnership up, Ninan 5 away from 50, Staal ten over. Big score on the cards.

VRA vs VOC Rotterdam 12:30
VRA: 81-0 (19 overs)
Drinks in the Amsterdamse Bos, with VRA sailing along comfortably enough. Both Singh and Ter Braak batting positively now, and the boundaries are starting to flow as the outfield quickens up. Umar Baker comes on for Van Baren, while from Mulder’s End Tizo Moorman replaces Upadhyaya. But Singh and Ter Braak have moved to 34 and 35 repectively.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  12.24
ACC: 46-3 (17.1 overs)
Double breakthrough at Bermweg, Asad Zulfiqar run out and Saqib bowled by Saleem for a duck.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  12:20
HBS: 120-5 (16 overs)
Hundred up for HBS, Visee one run away from fifty now. Scratch that he’s on 69*. Scratch that, he’s out. Takes Lorenzo Ingram for 20 off five balls but then goes for one hit too many and is caught by Gijs Kroesen for 69 off 31. Vink joins Morgan.

 Bertus de Jong  12.17
A quick self-congratulatory statistical snippet here, we’ve just hit a half-million page views for the season. Big thanks to all of you.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  12:13
Quick: 94-2 (19 overs)
Davey doing good work for Quick after their early troubles. He’s reached his half century, Mol still with him on 31.

VRA vs VOC Rotterdam 12:08
VRA: 39-0 (12 overs)
The steady progress continues, with both batsmen using their feet well against the medium pacers. A couple of straight drives for four by Singh are the main features of the morning so far. Dirk van Baren has replaced Fletcher from the City End.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  12.08
ACC: 37-1 (15 overs)
Rehmat and Asad Zulfiqar building a partnership after the early loss of Frenz

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  12:05
HBS: 92-4 (10 overs)
Visee on the counterattack now, he’s hit 43 off 20 balls with three sixes.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  12:03
HCC: 78-1 (14 overs)
Staal and Ninan motoring along nicely now, they’re on 41* and 26* now.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  11:51
HBS: 53-4 (10 overs)
And Heggleman again, Singh bowled for one. Morgan joins Visee.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  11:45
HCC: 51-1 (9 overs)
Fifty up for HCC, and 500 runs this season for Tonny Staal.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  11:42
VRA: 18-0 (5 overs)
Ramdas Upadhyaya from Mulder’s End, and just one off his first. The runs flow more freely from Fletcher, and VRA are off to a steady start. Both batsmen on 9.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  11:40
Quick: 32-2 (10 overs)
Davey and Mol look to steady things for Quick, they’re on 23* and 6* respectively.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  11:37
HBS: 39-3 (7.2 overs)
HBS in a spot of bother now, Hilditch has Coster LBW, and then Heggleman holds a return catch off Ahmed. Singh and Visee the new batsmen.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  11:30
HCC: 36-1 (6 overs)
One down at de Diepput, Trijzelaar gone we’re told, Staal and Ninan push on for the hosts, the former needs just ten more to pass 500 runs for the season.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  11:26
VRA: 4-0 (1 over)
In the absence of Fred Klaassen – reportedly having a trial with Kent – Pierce Fletcher opens from the City End to Vikram Singh, with Dan ter Braak at the other end. Four off the first, a single apiece, and then two through the gully for Singh.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  11:25
Quick: 12-2
Quick stumble out of the blocks, no four figures for Jay Bista this season, he and Landheer both back int the Pavilion already. Doc Mol in.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  11.18
ACC: 8-1 (3.5 overs)
Hoornweg with the early breakthrough at Bermweg, and a big wicket too. Frenz caught Yaqub

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  11:17
HBS: 22-1 (3 overs)
HBS off to a swift start at Craeyenhout, Gomes driving the scoring, but after a brisk 17 from 12 he’s pinned LBW by Hilditch. Ahmed joins Coster.

 HCC den Haag vs Dosti United  10:48
HCC win the toss and follow the crowd, they’ll have a bat too.

 HBS Craeyenhout vs Excelsior ’20  10:45
The hosts win the toss at Craeyenhout, HBS will bat first.

 Punjab Rotterdam vs Quick Haag  10:39
Quick win the toss at the Zomercomplex, they’ll bat first too.

ACC Amsterdam vs Sparta 1888  10.36
At Bermweg ACC have won the toss and elected to bat.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  10:35
Last night’s rain has taken its toll at the Bos, damp patches at the City End. Inspection in ten minutes time, hoping for an 11.15 start.

 ☀ Weather Update ☀  09.55
The Sun is out here in Amsterdam, but there’s a bit of an autumnal feel in the air. Cool for now and unlikely to get much past 20 degrees, with rain expected to arrive late this afternoon in the south of the country and gradually head this way.

 Bertus de Jong  09.55
Good morning all and welcome to the final round of the 2018 Topklasse Season. Just position and pride to play for today, but plenty of the latter on offer. VRA welcome the champions VOC to the Bos for the final that wasn’t, whilst HBS and Exelsior contest the de-facto third place play-off at Craeyenhout. HCC and Dosti are efftectively playing for fifth at de Diepput, ACC and Sparta will be looking to claim 7th, while Quick Haag and the relegated Punjab Rotterdam will be looking to finish disappointing seasons on a positive note at the Zomercomplex.