Topklasse Live | Round 8 | As it Happened

Rod Lyall  19:35
Another absorbing day’s cricket, with the top of the table again being reshuffled at the end of it. The rain stayed way enough to produce five results, and we had centuries from Ben Cooper (VRA) and Garnett Tarr (Sparta). Excelsior had the most convincing win, and are rewarded by moving to the head of the table on net run rate (or, if you prefer, by virtue of having beaten HBS on Saturday). After two final-over games in three days, there may be a distinct shortage of finger-nails at Craeyenhout. One more round to the half-way mark, so we look forward to bringing you next Saturday’s action – let’s hope it’s as gripping as today’s!

played won lost tied n/r points x̅ pts NRR
EXC 8 6 2 12 1.50 0.422
HBS 8 6 2 12 1.50 0.366
ACC 7 5 2 10 1.43 0.763
HCC 7 5 2 10 1.43 0.453
VOC 7 3 4 6 0.86 0.583
DST 7 3 4 6 0.86 -0.173
VCC 7 3 4 6 0.86 -0.447
SPT 8 3 5 6 0.75 -0.710
QCK 8 2 6 4 0.50 -0.621
VRA 7 1 6 2 0.29 -0.667


 Voorburg vs VRA   19:08
VRA : 189 all out (50 overs)
VCC: 143-2 (26.1 overs)
While that was happening, Noah Croes and Nic Smit were seeing their side through to an eight-wicket victory which was clearly on the cards even before the break for rain.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   19:02
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 205-8 (50 overs)
“Just one dot from you!” is the call to Coster at the top of his run up. He does better than that. Full, fast and straight, into the pads. Stone dead. Saqib out for 61 and HBS hold on for a 2 run win.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   19:01
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 205-7 (49.5 overs)
Dot first up, Barends down the track but Coster thinks better of a shy at the stumps after gathering in his follow through. The next is pushed into the off side and they look to get back for the second but Barends is short. Run out but he’s got Saqib back on strike. Kumar in and inside edge fine gives two, out to midwicket for one and four needed off the last two. Flicked fine for one by Kumar and Saqib needs three off the last.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   18:54
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 200-6 (49 overs)
Nerves creeping in, overthrows and misfields see them to 191 by the start of the 49th, which will be bowled by Gibson. Dot first up but the next is whipped around fine by Saqib for four and his fifty. Just singles off the next two and a hard run two. Single to finish and ACC ahead of par for the first time heading into the last over. Eight needed from it, Coster to bowl it, Saqib on strike.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   18:44
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 183-6 (47 overs)
Getting tense here as Barends and Zulfiqar keep closing the gap, Westdijk full toss is clipped off the shins for four more fine by Zulfiqar, who’s closing on a half century. Coster takes the ball for the 48th.

Etman and Verhagen see Excelsior home Photo: Luuk van Troost

 Excelsior vs Dosti  18:41
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 147-0 (35 overs)
And they complete a 10-wicket win with 11 overs to spare: Etman ends on 66 and Verhagen on 63 in a thoroughly convincing performance by Tom Heggelman’s side.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   18:34
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 166-6 (44 overs)
And a much needed wicket here, Zulfiqar and Mulready had got them up at par as the skies continue to darken, but Singh gets the breakthrough as Mulready tries one shot too many and is caught by De Mey, who anticipates well coming round on the square boundary to take the catch head high on the rope. Barends in.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 18:36
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
Sparta : 181-4 (42.? overs)
Tarr is bowled by Mol for 116, but he’s done a great job for his side.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  18:00
VOC : 198-9 (50 overs)
HCC 199-4 (43 overs)
Gorlee goes for 5, but Hidde Overdijk supports Street through to a six-wicket victory. Street ends on 52 not out.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  18:29
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 130-0 (31 overs)
Excelsior are closing in on their target, with Etman on 58 and Verhagen on 54. 12 needed now off 15 overs.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   18:22
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 143-5 (41 overs)
Young Mulready hits the ground running, seems to have a knack for chipping the ball just high enough to tantalise the HBS fielders as they hurl themselves full length after it only to see it evade their fingertips. Zulfiqar’s found a change of gear too and the rate is ticking up. They’ve closed the DLS deficit to ten runs as the first rumbles of thunder are heard.

 Voorburg vs VRA   18:21
VRA : 189 all out (50 overs)
VCC: 89-2 (18 overs)
There will be a resumption at Westvliet at 18:30, with a revised target of 142 from 33 overs.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 18:18
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
Sparta : 161-3 (39 overs)
Tarr brings up his century as Sparta look to be cruising to victory, Bukhari in support now.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   18:04
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 124-5 (38 overs)
Raza’s been looking to hit out but hasn’t found the rope since that big over off Barresi, looks to target Navjit Singh but chips one to mid off where Barresi himself is waiting and looks entirely delighted to take the catch. Mulready in.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  18:06
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 96-0 (25 overs)
Play has resumed, with Verhagen now on 45 and Etman on 34. Tewarie brings Waheed Masood into the attack, but Dosti are on the ropes here.

 Voorburg vs VRA   18:04
VRA : 189 all out (50 overs)
VCC: 89-2 (18 overs)
The covers are coming off at Westvliet.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  18:00
VOC : 198-9 (50 overs)
HCC 156-3 (32 overs)
Staal goes caught behind for 77, and Boris Gorlee joins Bryce Street, who is on 27.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   17:52
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 107-4 (35 overs)
Rain looks to be staying away, but the outfield is still wet. Slips out of Westdijk’s hand and a beamer that beats everyone is the result, five no balls and then Saqib lofts the free hit out high over long on for four more. 101 to get off the last 15 overs.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  17:52
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 89-0 (22 overs)
The rain has gone at Thurlede, and they’ll be starting again at 18:00. The match has been reduced to 46 overs, with a revised target of 142.

  ☀ Weather Update ☀   17:42
To the surprise of all, the sun has made a return here at het Loopveld.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 17:43
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
Sparta 123-3 (32 overs)
Jeroen Brand picks up a much-needed wicket, but Tarr’s still there on 75 at a run a ball, and he’s the one Quick have to get.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  17:40
VOC : 198-9 (50 overs)
HCC 134-2 (28 overs)
A half-century for skipper Tonny Staal as HCC appear to be pretty much in command at the Hazelaarweg.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 17:38
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
Sparta 112-2 (30 overs)
Garnett Tarr has his side well in front at the Bermweg, and has moved onto 69. Sparta are 23 ahead on DLS at this stage.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   17:34
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 85-4 (31 overs)
Some 30 behind on DLS, Raza seems to sense the urgency of the situation, depositing Wesley Barresi over cow for six, and then taking a further two boundaries off the over, the second a particularly fine looking straight drive. Still a lot of work ahead for this pair though. .

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   17:17
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 66-4 (26.2 overs)
And indeed we may not even reach the rain, brainless run-out here does for Rasool and the hosts in real trouble. Two new bats in the middle as Raza joins his captain .

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   17:15
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 66-3 (26 overs)
Three for Gibson, Sikander loses his off stump. Replaced by Saqib. ACC now 25 off the pace according to DLS, though the radar is suddenly more promising.

 Voorburg vs VRA   17:16
VRA : 189 all out (50 overs)
VCC: 89-2 (18 overs)
Rain interrupts the Voorburg chase, with two overs required for a valid result. I reckon Voorburg are well ahead on DLS at the moment, but they’ll need to get back out at some stage.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   17:03
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 55-2 (23 overs)
We have a game, and indeed may get a full one as the rain seems to be staying away. ACC still off the pace here and HBS containing well, almost 20 behind DLS par, but plenty of wickets in hand and looks like we’ve a few more overs to play.

 Voorburg vs VRA   17:05
VRA : 189 all out (50 overs)
VCC: 70-2 (14 overs)
Tom de Grooth is caught behind for 38.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  16:45
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 89-0 (22 overs)
The rain duly arrives in Schiedam, with Excelsior very favourably placed on DLS – by my unofficial count they’re currently 50 ahead.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   16:36
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 36-2 (14 overs)
And we’re back, Coster resumes from the other end, big shout for LBW on Rehmat as a full toss hits him on the knee roll, turned down. Coster makes sure next ball though, clean bowled and you don’t have to appeal too hard for those today. Sikander in.

 Voorburg vs VRA   16:38
VRA : 189 all out (50 overs)
VCC: 41-1 (7 overs)
A breakthrough at Westvliet: Matt Smit gone, caught at gully by Lake off Peter Borren’s bowling.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  16:33
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 80-0 (19 overs)
To Dosti’s enormous credit, they’ve got 19 overs in before the first drinks break – no hanging about waiting for the rain to arrive. Roel Verhagen’s now on 36, Tim Etman on 30.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 16:28
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
Sparta 45-2 (10 overs)
Despite those early wickets Sparta are up with DLS at the 10-over mark, thanks to a brisk 25 not out from Garnett Tarr.

 Voorburg vs VRA   16:24
VRA : 172-7 (43 overs)
VCC: 19-0 (5 overs)
Voorburg also make a steady start, and it’s the sort of afternoon where everybody will have one eye on the DLS printout and the other on the weather radar.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   16:13
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 34-1 (13. overs)
And the rain is here, but doesn’t look to be lasting long. The players have scurried off but the umpires are already striding back out, drier now than what they’ve been playing in all innings.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  16:12
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 61-0 (12 overs)
Etman and Verhagen are steaming along now: Tewarie has already tried five bowlers in his quest for a wicket, but they’re on 24 each and apparently intent on an early finish.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   16:02
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 32-1 (12 overs)
First bowling change as Gibson replaces Coster, and immediate result as Marais chases a wide one and feathers through to Visee. Rasool in and spoons one up ovver long on, they run back and forth but will only get one for it, one short is the call. 54 now the target after 20 now assuming now more wickets, still just drizzling slightly

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 16:01
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
Sparta 14-2 (5 overs)
Prathamesh Dake has grabbed a couple of quick wickets (no pun intended, again or ever), and Sparta are in early trouble. Andrew Fletcher continues his miserable season, and Ali Raza followed immediately.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  15:58
VOC : 198-9 (50 overs)
HCC 16-1 (6.3 overs)
The match has resumed at Hazelaarweg, and HCC have lost an early wicket, that of Adam Wiffen. Tonny Staal joins Bharat Itagi at the crease.

 Voorburg vs VRA   15:49
VRA : 189 all out (49.3 overs)
A start at 16:00, we are told, and no reduction of overs. There is, of course, an hour’s grace allowed before overs start coming off.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  15:47
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 28-0 (5 overs)
Etman and Verhagen have made a steady start to their chase, and Dosti are in desperate need of a breakthrough or three.

 Voorburg vs VRA   15:45
VRA : 172-7 (43 overs)
We understand that the improving weather has reached Voorburg, and the covers are coming off there.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   15:33
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 17-0 (6 overs)
And they might have had one there, Marais with a leading edge off Coster that’s spilled at mid on diving forward. Still just spitting here, looks like they’ll be playing through for the time being at least.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   15:28
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 11-0 (5 overs)
First drops of rain here now with ACC at 11 without loss after five overs. they would need to be on 46 at 20 overs for the win assuming no wickets fall, add another 8 or so runs per wicket for the first few that may or may not go down.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  15:26
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
Excelsior: 3-0 (1 over)
The second innings is under way at Thurlede, Davids opening to Tim Etman and Roel Verhagen. 3 runs off the first over, with Kohli starting from the other end.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 15:25
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
The rain has passed in Capelle, and they’re looking at a 15:35 start. Still 50 overs, and the target still 200.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   15:13
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 6-0 (1 over)
Weather looking ominous here too of a sudden, but we’ll have some play before what looks an inevitable interruption. Marais and Rehmat opening for ACC, Westdijk takes the first over. Marais slaps a wide one in front of point for a couple second ball, wide single and Wesdijk beats Rehmat outside off final ball. Otherwise uneventful. Coster from the other end.

Rod Lyall 15:00
The threatened rain seems to be moving in from the south: the covers are on in Capelle and Rotterdam, and Voorburg may be next in line. There’s a band of rain now, and another in a couple of hours, so we may be in for a frustrating afternoon.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 14:40
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
Aaaaargh!!! The alarming news from Capelle a/d IJssel is that it has started raining during the innings break.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  14:27
Dosti : 151-9 (50 overs)
A fighting unbeaten 48 from Anees Davids enables Dosti to get past 150 – just! It’s unlikely to be enough, one suspects, but it’s given the Dosti attack something to bowl at.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   14:26
HBS : 207-8 (50 overs)
Barends takes Gomes’ poles as he looks to swing hard across the line, gone for a largely unsupported 81. Coster joins De Mey and all singles for the rest. Barends finishes with 1-24 from his ten. Sikander takes the ball for the final over, starts with a wide and is then put back over his head for four by Coster. Bags a wicket two balls later as De Mey skies a pull, held by Saqib. They’ve crossed though and back on strike Coster bags a hard-run two and then thumps the next over long on for six. Dies by the sword on the final ball though, caught Saqib again, but a more than handy 15 off 6 to get them to 207-8. Well clear of par here you’d say..

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 14:23
Quick : 199-8 (50 overs)
A stand of 49 between Vierling and Brand gets Quick through to a respectable 199 for eight; Vierling finished with 33 not out and Brand was out for 30.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   14:17
HBS : 187-6 (48 overs)
Just singles off the antepenultimate over, bowled by Sikander. Already the highest score on this ground this season though. Two overs to get to 200, Barends to bowl the 49th.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  14:16
VOC : 198-9 (50 overs)
The last pair see them through, however, and HCC will need to make 199 to win.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  14:11
VOC : 185-9 (47.2 overs)
Wickets all over the place as the death becomes a massacre: Kamawi goes for one at Hazelaarweg, and VOC seem doomed to fall a little short.

 Voorburg vs VRA   14:08
VRA : 172-7 (43 overs)
All that good work by Szwarczynski and Cooper is somewhat wasted now, as Lake and Lees both go without scoring, the first leg-before to Floyd and the latter run out.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  14:05
Dosti : 119-8 (45.2 overs)
Waheed Masood is trapped in front by Umar Baker, and the Dosti decline continues. Davids is still there on 30, though.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   14:04
HBS : 171-6 (45 overs)
Barends is back, with Saqib operating at the other end ACC keeping a lid on things as we head toward the death, a wicket or two here could forestall a big finish. And as I write one arrives, Singh down the track to Saqib, swing and an miss and stumped. Gibson joins Gomes, who’s on 69* And Gibson goes. Pushes one to mid off and jogs after it down the track, and can keep jogging to the pavilion. Run out by a country mile as Gomes rightly refuses to budge. Double wicket maiden for the 45th, De Mey in.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  14:02
VOC : 182-8 (46.1 overs)
But Edwards is dismissed for 36, and 200 looks a lot further off now.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  14:01
Dosti : 112-7 (44.1 overs)
Another one for Ingram, as Hans is bowled for 4.

 Voorburg vs VRA   13:59
VRA : 170-5 (41 overs)
Having trapped Borren in front in his previous over, Philippe Boissevain has Cooper caught by De Grooth at 45 for 107. Matt Lake and Mitch Lees at the crease now.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  13:56
VOC : 176-7 (45.1 overs)
Jelte Schoonheim goes for 15, but with Edwards still there VOC might just get past the 200 mark.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  13:52
VOC : 170-6 (44 overs)
From Deep Throat (Hazelaarweg division): The sweepologist Edwards is at work with various reverses and conventional sweeps coming along. Edwards 30* Schoonheim 13*.

 Voorburg vs VRA   13:49
VRA : 158-3 (3? overs)
Ben Cooper brings up his second century of the season off a free hit, putting Kingma back over his head for four and moving to 101 not out.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   13:46
HBS : 156-4 (40.3 overs)
Gome brings up his half century reaching for a sweep out square for a single, 150 up for HBS too as we enter the powerplay. Gomes puts Saqib into the bushes over extra on the bounce third ball of the 41st and a brief ball-hunting expedition ensues.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  13:46
Dosti : 103-6 (40.2 overs)
Vinoo Tewarie’s long vigil comes to an end, as he’s bowled by Ingram for 38. Davids is still there on 26, and is joined now by Mahesh Hans.

 Voorburg vs VRA   13:36
VRA : 148-3 (36 overs)
Which they get, as Matt Smit runs Szwarczynski out for 33. Borren joins Cooper, who’s on 95.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   13:33
HBS : 139-4 (37 overs)
Breakthrough here, second wicket for Sikander, second catch for Raza and Barresi goes for 17, and Navjit Singh in at six to join Gomes, who’s closing in on a half-century – unbeaten on 46.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  13:33
Dosti : 88-5 (36 overs)
Tewarie and Davids have almost doubled Dosti’s score now, with the skipper still very watchful on 27 from 90 deliveries and Davids on 22. Heggelman has turned to spin, with Baker and Ingram operating at the moment.

 Voorburg vs VRA   13:27
VRA : 143-2 (35 overs)
By the second drinks break Cooper has gone on to 92, with Szwarczynski still with him on 31. Voorburg are in serious need of a wicket.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   13:20
HBS : 133-3 (35 overs)
Barresi and Gomes continue to accumulate, ACC toiling away manfully but when the chance finally comes it is spurned. Gomes loose on the pull to Sikander and spliced to deep midwicket, Rasool runs around it and spills in on the slide. Drinks.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 13:23
Quick : 130-6 (38 overs)
Brings three: Van Schelven doesn’t last long, and Quick are in trouble as Jeroen Brand joins Vierling.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 13:12
Quick : 127-5 (36 overs)
One brings two at Bermweg as well, as Brain goes in the same way, having made a fine 51. Thijs van Schelven joins skipper Daan Vierling, with still plenty to do.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  13:09
VOC : 125-5 (34.4 overs)
But now Seelaar goes for 41, and VOC are back onto the back foot.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 13:04
Quick : 122-4 (32 overs)
A badly-needed breakthrough for Sparta, as Manminder Singh has Mol caught by Bukhari for 31.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   12:59
HBS : 115-3 (30 overs)
Hundred up for HBS meanwhile, Barends has had a second spell but goes unrewarded despite some tight bowling. Arya back now and is driven through extra by Gomes for the first boundary in some time. HBS with a solid platform now, Gomes on 35*, Barresi on 10*.

 Voorburg vs VRA   12:59
VRA : 100-2 (27 overs)
Cooper and Szwarczynski continue their vital stand at Westvliet, with Cooper now on 65 and his partner playing a sheet-anchor role on 18.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  12:57
VOC : 117-4 (31.1 overs)
Max O’Dowd goes for 54, bowled by Bharat Itagi. Scott Edwards joins Seelaar in the VOC engine-room.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  12:47
VOC : 108-3 (29 overs)
Our Hazelaarweg correspondent writes: ‘The standard VOC consolidation continues with the score moving to 3/108 off 29 overs… O’Dowd on 48* Seelaar swiftly onto 36*’.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   12:41
HBS : 96-3 (25 overs)
Saqib strikes! Pushes this one through quickly, Ahmed rocks back attempting an ungainly hoick over square but it goes on with the arm and through him into the stumps. Barresi at five, Gomes still there on 26*.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 12:42
Quick : 100-3 (26 overs)
Some serious rebuilding work going on for Quick, with Brain now on 36 not out and Mol on 26.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  12:38
Dosti : 46-5 (22.2 overs)
Another one – and an important one, at that – goes at Thurlede, with Singh caught by Joost Kroesen off Niels Etman’s bowling without scoring. Anees Davids comes in, but with no Kuldeep Diwan in the side Dosti are really struggling here!

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  12:24
VOC : 65-3 (21 overs)
Pieter Seelaar has joined Max O’Dowd at the crease, with the latter now on 34. A vital partnership this for VOC.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  12:21
Dosti : 39-4 (17.2 overs)
Drinks claim another victim at Thurlede, where Bali’s first Topklasse knock is ended by Rens van Troost, the catch taken by Shankar. He made 18, and is succeeded by Amitoze Singh. Tewarie on a painstaking 4.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   12:17
HBS : 74-2 (18 overs)
Drinks here at het Loopveld and welcome relief for ACC, who had started to leak rapid runs. Kumar and Sikander operating in tandem, but Ahmed and Gomes looking positive on 9 and 15 respectively, the latter’s back foot straight drive off Kumar grazing the non-striker’s stumps end on its way to the rope the pick of a flurry of boundaries.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 12:18
Quick : 70-3 (20 overs)
Brain and Lesley Stokkers carried out a valuable rebuilding exercise for Quick, before Stokkers went for 23 just after drinks. Hayden Brain is still there, though, on 25, batting now with Geert Maarten Mol.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  12:15
Dosti : 39-3 (17 overs)
Runs are at a premium everywhere this morning, and nowhere more so than at Thurlede, where Bali and Vinoo Tewarie have battled their way to drinks without further damage.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   12:01
HBS : 53-2 (15 overs)
Sikander comes in for some punishment in his second over, Elkin lifting him over the cordon for four and then pulling him away through midwicket and straight through the boundary rider for four. The misfield seems to wind him up though, and he springs back with a wicket next ball, through Elkin’s defence into the base of the stumps. Elkin goes for 25, Ali Ahmed the new man.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  12:01
VOC : 43-3 (15 overs)
David Mullett has been and gone at Hazelaarweg, without scoring. VOC again have some rebuilding to do!

 Voorburg vs VRA   11:58
VRA : 38-2 (14 overs)
We learn that Vikram Singh was the first to go at Westvliet, followed by Leon Turmaine. Szwarczynski and Cooper are currently lending some much-needed solidity to the VRA innings.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   11:52
HBS : 44-1 (13 overs)
Gomes and Elkin have settled into their task, and double bowling change as Raza relieves Arya, and then Sikander Zulfiqar takes over from Barends at the Amsel end. Doesn’t look to be unduly troubled by the side strain he had been carrying, but not alarming the batsmen either.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  11:46
VOC : 35-2 (10.2 overs)
Sebastiaan van Lent is dismissed for 6. How and by whom, we wot not.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   11:35
HBS : 37-1 (9 overs)
Things have calmed down rather here after Visée’s departure, as they usually do. Still Barends and Arya, Gomes and Elkin watchful, though the latter does punish Arya when he drops short, pulling him away behind square for four. Barends gives up a free hit in the 9th but Elkin can’t get bat on the bouncer.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  11:33
Dosti : 24-3 (7.1 overs)
A direct hit by Niels Etman accounts for Ghori, and Dosti are in real trouble.

 Voorburg vs VRA   11:31
VRA : 18-2 (7 overs)
Another one goes at Westvliet, a catch by Nic Smit off Kingma, but the carrier pigeon remains reticent about the opposition’s players.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  11:29
VOC : 22-1 (7.1 overs)
Corey Rutgers goes for 9. No further information available at this stage.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  11:27
Dosti : 23-2 (5.5 overs)
A huge wicket for Excelsior, as Tom Heggelman bowls Kohli for 8. Shahdab Ghori joins Bali at the crease.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   11:22
HBS : 25-0 (5.1 overs)
BUt Arya has his revenge on the first ball of the sixth, top edge comes down for Raza at short midwicket and no mistake. Visée gone for 18, Gomes in at 3.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   11:21
HBS : 25-0 (5 overs)
Quick correction here, it is in fact Divanshu Arya sharing the new ball with Barends, though he’s not having the best time of it, Visée hits him for consecutive sixes over midwicket, as is his wont. Elkin comparatively becalmed at the other end as Barends gives up just a single from the fifth.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 11:19
Quick : 11-2 (4 overs)
Quick in early trouble at the Bermweg, with Andrew Fletcher removing first Jay Bista, caught behind by Buurman, and then trapping Abhinav Gill in front.

  ☀ Weather Update ☀   11:12
Contrary to expectations, the weather’s turned out rather nice today. Clear skies and a bit of a breeze at het Loopveld, altogether clement. Similar story elsewhere we’re told. Nice day to get along to a game if you can.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  11:16
Dosti : 12-1 (3 overs)
A wicket in the first over at Thurlede as well: Rahil Ahmed caught behind by Verhagen off Parchment’s fifth delivery. Taruwar Kohli in early again, joining debutant Abhinav Bali.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 11:13
Quick : 9-0 (2 overs)
Hayden Brain has been promoted to an opening slot as Quick look for a more solid batting line-up. He and Bista weather the first couple of overs, bowled by Bukhari and Fletcher.

 Voorburg vs VRA   11:10
VRA : 1-1 (1 over)
A wicket for Viv Kingma in the opening over at Westvliet, but the carrier pigeon failed to inform us of the identity of the victim.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   11:05
HBS : 2-0 (1 over)
And we’re underway here at het Loopveld under surprisingly sunny skies. Brady Barends opens with a wide, then a leg bye, but no runs off the bat from the first over. Visée and Elkin opening for HBS. Arjan Kumar to share the new ball.

 ACC vs HBS Craeyenhout   10:49
And at Het Loopveld ACC have won the toss and elected to field.

 Sparta 1888 vs Quick Haag 10:45
Daan Vierling is another to make the right call, and Quick too will have a bat at the Bermweg.

 Excelsior vs Dosti  10:43
Vinoo Tewarie calls correctly at Thurlede, and also decides to bat first.

 VOC Rotterdam vs HCC  10:41
Pieter Seelaar wins the toss at Hazelaarweg, and elects to have a bat.

 Voorburg vs VRA   10:38
At Westvliet, the home side have won the toss and elected to field.

Rod Lyall 10:15
Good morning/afternoon/evening once again, and welcome to TKcricket’s Pentecostal live coverage. There will be a switch of roles today, with Bertus de Jong bringing you all the action from the big match of this eighth round, ACC taking on HBS at Het Loopveld in Amstelveen, while I’ll be gathering updates from the other four games. The sun is currently shining, and there’s a light cloud cover: we may get some rain later in the day, but it seems likely that all five matches will get underway on time. If you haven’t already read Bertus’s preview or my account of Saturday’s games, you can find them here and here