Topklasse Live | Round 5 | As it Happened

played won lost tied n/r points x̅ pts NRR
PJB 5 5 10 2.00 2.470
HCC 5 5 10 2.00 1.814
VRA 5 4 1 8 1.60 0.856
SPT 4 3 1 1 6 1.50 1.657
VCC 5 3 2 6 1.20 -0.084
ACC 5 2 3 4 0.80 -0.421
EXC 4 1 3 1 2 0.50 -0.406
HBS 5 1 4 2 0.20 -1.607
VOC 5 5 0.00 -1.074
DOS 5 5 0.00 -2.701

The Topklasse table after Round 5

 Rod Lyall  18:15
So the top four all won today, and VOC and Dosti remain without a win, although for the second week in a row VOC made a fight of it. Stars of the day are Stef Myburgh with the bat and Philippe Boissevain with the ball. The heroes of the week, however, are Sparta’s final pair, Nasratullah Ibrahimkil and Usman Saleem, who added 42 to see their side to an improbable win over Voorburg. We hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend’s coverage, and this is Rod Lyall saying goodbye for now on behalf of the Tkcricket team.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   18:09
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 192-9 (47.? overs)
And win it they do! It all seemed to be over when the ninth wicket fell with 41 still needed, but Voorburg were unable to claim that final wicket. That was extraordinary!

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   18:06
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 188-9 (47 overs)
Three needed off 18 deliveries! Sparta look like pulling off a remarkable victory!

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   18:02
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 177-9 (45 overs)
Which End, however, is yet uncertain, as Sparta’s final pair are taking it down to the wire!

 Punjab CC vs ACC  17:41
ACC: 209 all out (47.4 overs)
Punjab: 212-2 (27.3 overs)
Confirmation at last from the Zomercomplex of a thumping eight-wicket victory for leaders Punjab, for whom Stef Myburgh cracked an unbeaten 127.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   17:38
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 150-9 (38 overs)
Another LBW for Boissevain, and the End is Nigh.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  17:26
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 160-10 (44 overs)
Just like that it’s all over. A defiant innings of 44* by Rutgers who signs off with a shrug and a sigh to the press of “Beers, early beers,”. Hanif goes bowled by Dasgupta who claims his second to finish it off. All in all, a wonderful day in de Bos.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   17:22
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 142-8 (34 overs)
And I make that a Michelle for Boissevain.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   17:20
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 138-7 (34 overs)
A catch for Kingma off Boissevain. Sparta have plenty of overs, but it’s the wickets that are killing them.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  17:17
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 150-9 (42 overs)
Raja gets another and it looks like VOC are staring at the inevitable here. Van Wingerden is replaced in the middle by Bobby Hanif the number 11.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  17:03
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 141-8 (38 overs)
Raja gets the breakthrough but not the one VRA were after, Ruyters gone for 7 but danger man Rutgers is still at the crease on 35 having dislocated his finger earlier today. Cooper bowling in tandem.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  16:58
ACC: 209 all out (47.4 overs)
Punjab: 89-1 (13 overs)
We’re told that Punjab have won and that Myburgh has posted another century, but this is unconfirmed and we have no other details. Frustrating doesn’t begin to describe it.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   16:54
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 121-6 (26 overs)
Another LBW for Boissevain, and the wheels appear to be detaching themselves from the Sparta vehicle.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   16:41
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 108-5 (25 overs)
And three: another for Boissevain, LBW this time, and the game seems to be swinging Voorburg’s way.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  16:43
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 126-7 (33 overs)
Resilience for VOC as Rutgers winds his way to 27, Ruyters still with him on 3. Gunning´s 2nd spell slightly more expensive than his first. Hartsink still going strong from the other end.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   16:41
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 106-4 (?? overs)
One brings two: Bukhari follows, stumped by Van der Giessen off Boissevain. That’s a huge change in the balance of the game!

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   16:35
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 97-3 (22 Overs)
But that’s a big wicket, as Lenert van Wyk departs, caught by Pieterse off Dutt.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   16:26
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 82-2 (20 Overs)
The answer, trusty snapper S Tholen informs us, is Van Wyk and Bukhari, and as long as that’s the case you have to make Sparta the favourites from here.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  16:25
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 99-7 (26 overs)
Upadhyaya departs LBW for 14 off the bowling of Raja who bags his second. Ruyters joins Rutgers in the middle.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  16:17
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 86-6 (24.4 overs)
Hartsink. Just can´t keep him out of the game. Taking a one handed screamer at backward square off the bowling of Raja to end Schoonheim´s stay in the middle.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:13
HBS : 127 all out (45.4 overs)
HCC: 128-3 (25.5 overs)
Patel and Vecchi do indeed finish it off, making 34* and 32* respectively, and adding 65 for the fourth wicket .

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  16:01
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 80-5 (20 overs)
Wickets galore for VRA, de Kok goes for 38, LBW to Dasgupta. VRA´s youngsters showing their prowess. Tricky for VOC from here, but new batsman Schoonheim will be hoping to have something to say about that.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:59
HBS : 127 all out (45.4 overs)
HCC: 105-3 (23 overs)
Patel moves on to 27 and Vecchi 16, and HCC appear to have two points in the bag.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:55
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 75-4 (17.6 overs)
Make that; Single, dot , dot, wicket, dot, wicket! 2 in 3 balls for the boys in blue as Ahsan Malik goes without scoring. Dasgupta into the attack replacing Singh. New man at the crease is Ramdas Upadhyaya.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   15:53
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 46-2 (10 Overs)
Sparta making reasonable progress, despite a wicket for Viv Kingma. A lot depends, of course, on who’s out, and that we unfortunately know not.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:47
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 75-3 (17.4 overs)
Single, dot, dot, wicket! Hartsink gets the breakthrough VRA needed with Jain heading back to the sheds having his stumps disrupted by the young spinner.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:47
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 74-2 (17 overs)
De Kok trucking along nicely on 34 having carted Singh for back to back boundaries off the first 2 balls of his 4th over. Jain still keeping him company on 8. Hartsink replaces Raja.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  15:46
ACC: 209 all out (47.4 overs)
Punjab: 89-1 (13 overs)
Punjab are off to a flyer, with 76 runs coming off the first 10 overs. But then Rehmat Zulfiqar goes for 41, bowled by Arya. Myburgh’s still there though, and 36* already.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:43
HBS : 127 all out (45.4 overs)
HCC: 80-3 (18 overs)
Yash Patel and Felix Vecchi batting for HCC.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:32
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 52-2 (12.1 overs)
Durrani goes for one too many big shots and only manages to find the keeper. Singh gets his first, VRA have 2 and it´s game on in de Bos. New man in is Jain.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:22
HBS : 127 all out (45.4 overs)
HCC: 64-3 (15 overs)
And now Damian Crowley, splendidly caught by keeper Visée off Wessel Coster’s bowling.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:17
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 41-1 (11 overs)
Skipper Singh takes matters into his own hands and replaces Gunning at the other end. Back of a length balls into the wicket seems to be the order he gave himself, Durrani playing him out cautiously for a maiden.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:15
HBS : 127 all out (45.4 overs)
HCC: 52-2 (13 overs)
Trijzelaar goes as well, caught off Adil Ahmed.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   15:12
Voorburg: 190-8 (50 overs)
Sparta: 3-1 (? Overs)
A wicket for Ali Ahmed Qasim. The rest is silence.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  15:10
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 40-1 (9 overs)
Boundaries or nothing at the moment for VOC, with a couple of tasty shots pinging off the bat of de Kok. VRA decide Abid should have a spell and bring on Raja who has a close LBW shout first ball.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  14:58
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 21-1 (6 overs)
Speak of the devil. Abid gets his line right, traps Malik infront, Campbell raises the finger and he´s gone for 4. VRA has their first.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  14:53
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 15-0 (5 overs)
Abid makes up for his 13 ball first over with a maiden in his next. Tight bowling by Gunning at good pace restricts VOC to only 6 runs off the bat in the first 4.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:53
HBS : 127 all out (45.4 overs)
HCC: 28-1 (8 overs)
Breakthrough for HBS: Staal goes.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:42
HBS : 127 all out (45.4 overs)
HCC: 19-0 (5 overs)
A confident start by Tonny Staal and Daniël Trijzelaar against Ferdi Vink and Navjit Singh.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  14:35
VRA : 186 all out (42.3 overs)
VOC : 5-0 (1 overs)
Durrani and Malik face up to Gunning and Abid, Malik works the former off his pads for a fine leg boundary.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   14:08
Voorburg 190-8 (50 overs)
Ali Ahmed Qasim is on 20 not out at the end.

 Rod Lyall  14:24
At 17 years 206 days, it’s a fair bet Vikram Singh, captaining VRA today, is the youngest skipper in the history of the Dutch top flight competition.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:19
HBS : 127 all out (45.4 overs)
At De Diepput Clayton Floyd, Reinier Bijloos, Jan Wieger Overdijk and Damian Crowley had two wickets each. Ferdi Vink’s 43 the top score for HBS, with a creditable 22 from Martijn Scholte.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  14:12
ACC: 209 all out (47.4 overs)
Mees van Vliet is the last to go, out for 14. Sikander Zulfiqar’s three for 49 the best bowling figures, with two apiece for Saqib Zulfiqar, Mubashar Hussain and Teja Nidamanuru.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   14:08
Voorburg 155-7 (?? overs)
Remco van der Giessen the latest to go.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  14:05
ACC: 204-9 (46 overs)
Kumar out for 51.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   13:55
Voorburg 144-6 (42 overs)
Pieterse goes for 51, followed soon afterwards by Boissevain.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  13:43
VRA 186 all out (42.3 overs)
Singh ramps Malik over the shoulder for four first ball, but then concedes the strike driving out to long on for one. He regrets the decision next ball when Malik castles Abid, bringing the innings to a close

 Punjab CC vs ACC  13:51
ACC: 175-8 (41 overs)
Napoleon bowled by Saqib Zulfiqar for 18. Saqib finishes with two for 37.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  13:43
VRA 181-8 (42 overs)
Lees departs for 40, driving Upadhyaya to extra cover, where Tim de Kok, who has relinquished the glovess, takes a fine catch above his head. Gunning in, and Gunning out as Upadhyaya holds a low return catch two balls later. Raja joins Singh and then deserts him immediately, plumb LBW first ball. Three in four balls and Upadhyaya will be on a hattrick next over if the game lasts that long, with Luuk Hartsink still unable to bat, Abid will be last man. Ahsan Malik returns.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  13:44
ACC: 175-7 (40 overs)
Kumar moves to 33*, supported by Antony Alangara Napoleon, who’s on 18*.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:41
HBS : 127 all out (?? overs)
We hope to have more detail ere long.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   13:39
Voorburg 120-4 (?? overs)
Floris de Lange doesn’t last long, but meanwhile Righardt Pieterse has reached a maiden half-century. Philippe Boissevain’s with him now.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  13:33
VRA 167-5 (39 overs)
Fifty partnership here meanwhile, Lees providing commendable support to Singh. Umpire and bondcoachCampbell is called upon to take up an addition role as medic,sorting out Corey Rutgers’ finger after he dislocated it fielding off Lees.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:03
HBS : 116-8 (39 overs)
Ferdi Vink LBW to Crowley for 42.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  13:19
ACC: 142-7 (33 overs)
10 come off Mubashar Hussain’s final over; he finishes with two for 24. Aryan Kumar is on 10*.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  13:13
VRA 137-5 (35 overs)
Hanif back from the City End and beats Singh’s edge first ball, and a muted appeal for leg before on the second looking to glance fine, but he makes it to fifty driving out to the cover sweeper in the end, crucial knock in the circumstances. Lees still with him.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   13:09
Voorburg 110-3 (?? overs)
Dutt is leg-before for 28.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  13:06
ACC: 123-7 (?? overs)
Another for Mubashar Hussain: Sahil Kothari bowled for 2

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:03
HBS : 100-7 (?? overs)
A useful stand at De Diepput between Ferdi Vink, who’s reached 35, and Martijn Scholte.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  13:01
ACC: 123-6 (29 overs)
Hosur Ananda Krishna is caught behind by Bajwa off Mubashar Hussain’s bowling for 25, and Potdar goes, LBW sweeping Saqib, in the following over.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  12:49
VRA 112-5 (29 overs)
Lake doesn’t last long, pops a return catch to Ruyters for a six-ball duck. Lees in at seven.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  12:49
VRA 109-4 (28 overs)
Luten’s cameo comes to an end on the first ball of the 28th, sent back by Singh to certain doom, some debate on the balcony whether there was a single there. He made an attractive 17, Singh still there on 39*, Lake joins him now and blocks out the over.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  12:45
VRA 108-3 (27 overs)
Luten gives the home fans something to cheer for with a cracking drive through extra cover for four off Schoonheim to bring up the hundred from VRA, then cuts van Wingerden away fine for a couple more in the next.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:45
HBS : 65-7 (27 overs)
Reece Mason goes, stumped by Lagas off Crowley.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  12:43
ACC: 112-4 (24 overs)
Hosur Ananda Krishna has moved to 20, partly thanks to hitting Sikander over square leg for six; he’s replaced by brother Saqib. Potdar’s on 28.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   12:38
Voorburg 61-2 (?? overs)
Bas de Leede goes, Aryan Dutt joins Pieterse.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  12:35
VRA 93-3 (24 overs)
Schoonheim into the attack, tidy from him and just a single off his first over. Van Wingerden still from the Mulders end, and just the one one off the 24th too.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:28
HBS : 47-6 (20 overs)
A wicket for Ollie Klaus, Julian de Mey caught by Staal at slip.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  12:25
VRA 83-3 (21 overs)
Upadhyaya’s stuggles continue as Mr Extras cashes in, five wides and then a couple more in the 21st, Luten and Singh playing a supporting role for now. 11 off the over, just one off the bat.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  12:10
VRA 68-3 (17 overs)
Luten and Singh rebuilding for VRA, and a double bowling change we think, but the scorers are at a loss to know who’s come on at the Mulders end, we reckon it’s Upadhyaya from the city end though. Bit wayward from him, two wides in a row, the second eluding de Kok and running almost to the rope to a couple more. Two balls later and another down leg. 68 the score, Singh on 23* and Luten on 4*. Van Wingerden now takes over from whoever that was.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  12:09
ACC: 75-4 (1? overs)
A third wicket for Sikander Zulfiqar as Raza is caught in the covers for 22. Potdar is joined by Hosur Ananda Krishna.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:07
HBS : 43-5 (17 overs)
Gnomic messages from De Diepput inform us that Ahmed and Singh have both gone, run out and LBW respectively. HCC well and truly on top there.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  12:03
ACC: 68-3 (13 overs)
A bit more detail from the Zomercomplex: Punjab won the toss and elected to field. Jamieson Mulready went for 5, Charles Burnett for 16 and Ram Ramesh Babu without scoring, Sikander Zulfiqar getting the latter pair in his first over. Shreyas Potdar on 16, and Raza (who’s hit Sikander for three boundaries in an over) on 18.

 Punjab CC vs ACC  11:56
ACC: 68-3 (13 overs)
Apparently ACC are batting at the Zomercomplex. Potdar and Raza currently at the crease.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  11:54
VRA 50-3 (13 overs)
Malik bags another, and a big wicket too. Cooper on the front foot and reaching, feather edge and de Kok makes no mistake. Luten in, off the mark on the final ball with a thick outside edge wide of the slips for two. Hanif to continue.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  11:44
VRA 50-2 (12 overs)
Another down here as Dasgupta spoons Hanif up high and straight, Durrani takes it safely backpedaling from mid on. Cooper in at four.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:43
HBS : 30-3 (?? overs)
Another at De Diepput: Boddendijk gone. Adil Ahmed joins Navjit Singh at the crease.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  11:41
VRA 46-1 (10 overs)
Bobby Hanif into the attack now, a bit leaky, a wide a leg bye a two and a couple of singles keeps the scoreboard ticking. Malik still at the other end, tidy from him with just a wide first up adding to the total. Comedy overthrows on the last ball spoil Hanif’s next over, five from it all told . In other news Ladies and Gentlemen, Thijs Luten is here today in VRA blues, Matt Lake sat next to him similarly attired.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   11:38
Voorburg 11-1 (? overs)
Umpires’ fingers are overworked this morning: De Grooth also out LBW.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:37
HBS : 28-2 (8.3 overs)
No sooner written than Coster goes, trapped in front.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:35
HBS : 16-1 (6 overs)
Wessel Coster and Benno Boddendijk are rebuilding for HBS, facing Bijloos and spinner Clayton Floyd

 Punjab CC vs ACC  11:30
We’d love to tell you what’s happening at the Zomercomplex, but unfortunately the match seems to be taking place in secret. Even my binoculars aren’t that good!

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  11:26
VRA 34-1 (7 overs)
Malik brings the promising partnership to an end for 32 on the second shout, huge appeal for LBW on the first ball of the 7th, primes the pump, and when he’s struck on the pad again in the second the finger shoots up. Dasgupta in at three.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   11:25
Voorburg 9-0 (5 overs)
Pieterse and De Grooth open for Voorburg. That’s all she wrote.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  11:10
VRA 14-0 (3 overs)
Ahsan Malik is back for VOC and opens the bowling today, with a maiden to Singh, who’s opening with Shirase Rasool. Van Wingerden shares the new ball, and Rasool takes the first boundary of the innings sweeping powerfully behind square. Singh gets in on the action next over taking putting Malik across the rope twice in the over. A lively start from this pair.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:10
HBS : 5-1 (1.1 overs)
Reinier Bijloos gets the wicket HCC will have most wanted: Tobias Visée caught by Daniel Trijzelaar off the left-armer’s opening delivery.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  11:04
VRA : 0-0 (1 over)
In the Amsterdamse Bos VRA have won the toss and batted. The returning Ahsan Malik opens from the City End to Vikram Singh, bowling a tidy maiden which gets a couple past the outside edge. Young Siebe van Wingerden to Shirase Rasool from Mulder’s End.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  10:42
HBS : ( overs)
And the news from De Diepput is that Tobias Visée has called correctly and elected to bat.

 Sparta 1888 vs Voorburg   10:39
Voorburg ( overs)
Sparta have won the toss at the Bermweg and have elected to field.

 VRA vs VOC Rotterdam  10:35
News from the Bos is that Vikram Singh will be the happier of the two substitute captains, having won the toss and elected to bat. Peter Borren won’t be playing for the hosts, having split the webbing on his hand taking a catch in Friday’s T20 against ACC, and with VOC’s Pieter Seelaar still out with back trouble. It seems both the big dogs will be sidelined for this fight. Bondscoach Ryan Campbell will be taking up umpiring duties again though, standing with Deepraj Das today.

 Rod Lyall  10:10
Good Morning (or afternoon, or evening) once again, and welcome to our coverage of this Sunday’s Topklasse fixtures. Just four games today, Excelsior ’20 having stolen a march on the rest by Kroesing to victory over Dosti yesterday, with all three Kroesen brothers and Lorenzo Ingram making significant contributions. So we’re up 1-nil already in the tipping stakes. Bertus will be at VRA today, and Sander and his camera will be at the Bermweg, while I’ll be mopping up the rest of the news from Sydney. Fortunately, I have very good binoculars.

 Bertus de Jong  17:46
Hoseinbaks indeed unavailable to bat, having been subbed off in the first innings. So Excelsior have their first points, though given the meek opposition (Masood excepted) it would be tough to say it marks a comeback exactly. We’ll be back tomorrow for the rest of the round, do join us then.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  17:43

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 116-9 (36.4 overs)

Thurlede has gone radio silent, and apparently Excelsior have claimed the victory. Seems that Asief Hoseinbaks didn’t come out to bat.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  17:33

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 116-9 (36.4 overs)

Mahsood goes for 56, caught behind off Joost Kroesen to become Verhagen’s fourth victim, and that cues the collapse. Hopseinbaks, Ahmad and Perumal all gone for single figure scores and Dosti down to their last pair, still one short of their best score for the season.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  17:10

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 108-6 (30 overs)

Mahsood throwing caution to the wind here, brings up his half century and the 100 for Dosti as he takes three boundaries off Heinsbroek in the 30th.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  16:50

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 89-6 (27 overs)

Mahsood still playing a defiant knock, hits Baker for six for the third time on the first ball of the 27th, but Baker’s robbed him of two more partners – Dahuti and Ahmad cleaned bowled in successive overs. Hoseinbaks in.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  16:30

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 59-4 (19 overs)

Spin now with Baker into the attack. Masood hits him for consecutive fours in his first over, then for six on the first ball of his next. Still some fight in this Dosti side at least, even if their position is all but hopeless again.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  16:16

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 42-4 (16 overs)

Kroesen has another and another catch behind the stumps for Verhagen, Raji goes for 5. Masood in.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  15:57

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 37-3 (12 overs)

Double bowling change with Rens van Troost and Gijs Kroesen introduced, and the latter finds quick reward, nicking off the Dosti skipper for 17. Dhadutiin. Van Troost follows up with a maiden to Raji and Dosti are on the ropes again.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  15:42

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 29-2 (8 overs)

Hans goes, caught off Etman for 10, and Heggelman strikes next over to have Ravichandran caught behind for a golden duck. Raji in to join Tewarie, who’s on 16*.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  15:32

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 17-0 (6 overs)

Slow and steady from Tewarie and Hans so far. Heggelman and Etman still unchanged.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  15:14

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Dosti : 2-0 (1 over)

And we’re back. Tewarie and Hans opening for Dosti, Etman with the new ball for the hosts. Tewarie takes a couple off the first ball but that’s it for the over. Heggelman from the other end.

 Bertus de Jong  14:31
So 297 will be the target for Dosti after Lunch. For context, they’ve only managed 306 runs from their last four innings combined…

 Dosti vs Excelsior  14:30

Excelsior : 296-4 (50 overs)

Ingram takes Ahmad for the same four-six combo in the next, but can’t get back on strike on the last. Kroesen finds a single on the first ball of the 50th though, with Masood bowling. Ingram finds two more boundaries in the over, finishing with a six to take them to 296-4 at the break.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  14:17

Excelsior : 267-4 (48 overs)

Kroesen brings up his fifty with a boundary off Ahmad, 11 off the over. Ingram gets in on the fun in the next, taking Hans for four and six on consecutive balls. 16 off it.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  14:10

Excelsior : 240-4 (46 overs)

Van Troost looking to force the pace and stumped off Hans for 28. Ingram in.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  13:58

Excelsior : 215-3 (42 overs)

Kroesen cutting loose now, hits Masood for back to back fours in the 42nd, 15 off the over. Big finish could see them close to 300 here.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  13:38

Excelsior : 175-3 (37 overs)

And Perumal bags another in his next, Etman bowled for 9. Rens van Troost in at five, Ingram and Heggelman still to come.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  13:25

Excelsior : 162-2 (33 overs)

Verhagen meanwhile brings up a personal milestone next over, welcoming Perumal into the attack by hitting his second ball for six to go to 85*, surpassing his previous best top-flight score of 79* against HCC back in 2016 (thanks to the good professor for that one). But Perumal has his revenge two balls later, pinning Verhagen LBW before he could add to his score. Joost Kroesen in.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  13:15

Excelsior : 152-1 (32 overs)

Finally a breakthrough! Though still no wicket to credit to a bowler. Kroesen run out 2 short of a half century. Niels Etman in. Tewarie persists with his legspin but is clubbed for six by Etman on the first ball of the 32nd.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  12:51

Excelsior : 122-0 (26 overs)

Tewarie brings himself on now, but has no more luck than the rest of his bowlers, boundaries for both batsmen and 11 off the over. Hans brought back at the other end.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  12:38

Excelsior : 102-0 (23 overs)

Kroesen hits Hoseinbaks for four on the first ball of the 23rd to bring up the 100 partnership. He’s on 34*, Verhagen 57*.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  12:22

Excelsior : 81-0 (19 overs)

Masood into the attack now but still no now for Dosti, Verhagen brings up his half century in the 19th with a two off Hoseinbaks, Kroesen on 24*.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  12:03

Excelsior : 60-0 (14 overs)

Verhagen brings up the fifty partnership with a boundary off Raji on the first ball of the 14th, and then earns himself a mention in the short scores with a six off the last to go to 35*, Kroesen still with him on 20*. Meanwhile Hoseinbaks has replaced Ahmad at the other end.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  11:43

Excelsior : 32-0 (10 overs)

Dosti still searching for the breakthrough, Verhagen and Kroesen remain circumspect until the introduction of Ahmad into the attack. He replaces Hans and starts with three dots but is taken for 8 off the last three balls of the ninth. Raji still at the other end.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  11:20

Excelsior : 3-0 (5 overs)

Steady stuff from the Excelsior openers, Kroesen takes the first and thus far only boundary off Raji in the second over, but otherwise comparatively becalmed.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  11:05

Excelsior : 3-0 (1 over)

Mahesh Hans opens the bowling for Dosti, Luuk Kroesen and Roel Verhagen at bat. Three off the first over, all to Kroesen on the fourth ball. Raji to share the new ball.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  10:45

Well scratch that, the hosts win the toss and bat it seems.

 Dosti vs Excelsior  10:35

And the word from Thurlede is that Vinoo Tewarie has called correctly and elected to bat first.

 Bertus de Jong  10:16
Good Morning all and welcome to the early edition of the Round 5 live blog. Just the one game on today, with Dosti lacking a ground they’ll be playing Excelsior at Thurlede today, with the remaining four games still on for tomorrow as scheduled. Both sides have had a somewhat underwhelming season thus far, but will be hoping to put their first win on the board today.