Topklasse Live | Finals Playoffs | As it Happened

 Bertus de Jong  18:47
So HCC have booked themselves a showdown against Voorburg at Wetvliet next weekend, Saturday if weather permits, Sunday the reserve day. We’ll be back for that of course, do join us again for the 2022 Topklasse Final which, if it’s anything like the games we’ve had this weekend, should be a classic.

 Bertus de Jong  18:40
Three runs the margin and frankly that undersells how close that was. HCC held their nerve and their chances, HBS fall agonisingly short despite the efforts of Barresi to put HBS back in the driving seat, and de Mey’s defiant rearguard capping off an exceptional personal all-round performance. Yash Patel diserves credit for marshalling the lower order to get the hosts to a score that proved just enough, as do HCC’s left-arm spin trio, Floyd the stand-out today, for slowly pulling the hosts back into the game. But it was the Overdijks that took the wickets when mattered, and one imagine it will be that last over for which the game will be remembered.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:36
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 203 all out (50 overs)
Outside edge, safe but a single. The next beats the bat and Patel’s not letting them sneak the bye. Six or nothing needed for Vink. Steps across, full ball swings and connects but that won’t be enough. Taken in the deep and gone. Hidde Overdijk the hero as HCC scrape into the final.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:31
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 202-9 (49.3 overs)
Full outside off, thick outside edge, in the air and gone! Two in two! The injured Stephen Vink to the middle, Overdijk on a hattrick.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:30
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 202-8 (49.2 overs)
First ball wide outside off and skids on under de Mey’s bat, the next in a similat area draws a big flash, out square on the off side and Floyd’s under it. Held. Gone. Five off four needed. Vink on strike, looks like Scholte to join him.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:26
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 202-7 (49 overs)
Short on off first ball, top-edged pull but falls agonisingly short of the man back at fine leg. Just singles off it otherwise and one past the outside edge for a dot. Five to win from the last. Hidde Overdijk to bowl it.

 Bertus de Jong  18:22
We interrupt our coverage to inform you that Hermes DVS have comfortable beaten Quick Haag by 106 runs in the Hoofdklasse Final, and will face Sparta 1888 in the promotion/relegation match next Sunday.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:21
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 196-7 (48 overs)
Too wide outside off third ball from Overdijk, overcorrects next ball and de Mey flicks it away all the way through the long grass for four. Three singles, ten needed off the last two, de Mey on strike. Jan-Wieger Overdijk to bowl the penultimate over.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:16
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 187-7 (47 overs)
Slot from Crowley second ball and de Mey swings through, up and away over long on for six. Confident drive for two, a smattering of singles, 12 off. Pressure back on HCC. Overdijk returns. 20 needed off 18.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:13
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 175-7 (46 overs)
Three balls in and Vink misses a swing at a wide one, Patel gathers and hovers over the stumps as Vink rehearses the shot, then takes the bails and tries unsuccessfully to convince the square leg umpire that Vink drifted out. Nothing doing. Wide and full working though, just two off it. Pringle finishes with 1-41. Crowley still at the far end.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:08
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 173-7 (45 overs)
And the pressure tells, Crowley from arround the wicket, fired in full and Klein falls over the shot. Into the pads. Straight enough for the umpire and gone. Ferdi Vink joins de Mey, off strike with a scrambled single before de Mey misses on the walk and draws another huge appeal. Outside the line in the umpire’s opinion. Just three off it though, HCC well on top. Pringle to bowl his last.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:02
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 170-6 (44 overs)
De Mey and Klein the younger are hanging in there, but HCC’s left arm spin trio are turning the screw. Asking rate over a run a ball now. Crowley to continue…

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:46
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 150-6 (39.1 overs)
Damian Crowley into the attack from the Scoreboard End, but it’s Pringle who gets the breakthrough, bowling Klein for 4. Kyle Klein in to succeed his big brother.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:31
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 144-5 (36 overs)
Hidde Overdijk replaces his younger brother, and Barresi brings up his half-century, pushing to midwicket. De Mey’s finding the going tough, but it’s important for the HBS cause that he continues to keep Barresi company. Which requires, of course, that Barresi stays there, but now he’s gone, skying Overdijk to deep midwicket, there Bennett takes the catch. They take another drink, with HCC now definitely favourites.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:15
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 135-4 (32.1 overs)
Jan Wieger Overdijk from the Van Hogenhoucklaan End, HCC giving away a couple of unnecessary runs with an overthrow. Barresi tries to go big over the bowler’s head, but he’s a little under it and it plus short of the sightscreen. All told, seven from the over. Then Mason walks across his stumps, trying to dab Floyd fine, and is bowled for 22. Julian de Mey joins Barresi, who’s on 46*.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:06
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 127-3 (30 overs)
Floyd back from the Scoreboard End, just a Barresi single coming from his over. But then Barresi pulls Pringle over the midwicket fence, and when off the next delivery a return hits Barresi he immediately complains to the umpires, who have an extended and apparently firm word with Gorlee and his team.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:59
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 118-3 (28 overs)
Barresi brings out the reverse sweep, sending Pringle to the backward point boundary, then pulls him hard and high behind square for four more. He’s moved on to 34*, with Mason on a patient 17*.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:51
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 107-3 (25 overs)
Felix Bennett replaces Overdijk, just a single off it. Barresi pulls Pringle in front of square, beating Bennett’s dive on the boundary. Still nicely poised at the halfway mark, with HBS just ahead as long as Barresi’s there.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:40
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 94-3 (22 overs)
Pringle on immediately after drinks, bowling a maiden to Mason. Plenty of aggression from Hidde Overdijk from the other end, but when he drops a little short again Barresi’s onto it, pulling him wide of mid-on for four.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:28
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 88-3 (19 overs)
Hidde Overdijk back from the Scoreboard End, but when he drops a little short Barresi pulls him high over square leg for six. It’s been pretty quiet for a while, and HBS needed that. Time for a drink.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:11
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 70-3 (14 overs)
A dreadful mix-up mid-pitch leads to Kaplan being run-out for 29, Then an appeal for a leg-side catch by Patel, diving to his left, off Jan Wieger Overdijk, is turned down, but when Singh edges to the keeper later in the same over the finger does indeed go up. HBS crumbling here, with Barresi in at five.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:00
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 66-1 (11.2 overs)
Walbrugh has made it to 35, but then he swings as Jan Wieger Overdijk, skies it towards backward point, and Floyd is under it. Reece Mason in to join Kaplan, who’s on 29*.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:50
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 58-0 (9 overs)
Jan Wieger Overdijk replaces Bijloos, with Floyd coming on at the Scoreboard End. Walbrugh greets the spinner by sweeping him fine for four, while Kaplan smacks him over mid-on before pulling him off the back foot, uppishly but safely, for a couple.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:37
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 30-0 (6 overs)
A flashing edge from Walbrugh off Overdijk flies past second slip for four, and he plays a more controlled shot next ball, along the ground this time, allowing them to take three into the third-man corner. A square drive by Kaplan off Bijloos brings four more, then Walbrugh edges another through the slips. It’s a bit chancy, but HBS are off to a promising start.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:30
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 15-0 (4 overs)
A pretty hostile opening from Overdijk and Bijloos, but Walbrugh gets off the mark with a single, and then plays Overdijk confidently wide of mid-on for a couple. Kaplan is looking pretty comfortable, meanwhile.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:20
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
HBS : 1-0 (1 over)
After a delay occasioned by an ambulance called to attend to a footballer injured in a match on the second ground, we’re back in business. Hidde Overdijk starts from the Scoreboard End, bowling to Tayo Walbrugh, who almost goes first ball – again – playing uppishly into the on side and just evading the fielder. There’s a raucus appeal for leg-before as well, mostly from the crowd, to be fair, and he’s off strike with a leg-bye. Yet to get off the mark, though. Reinier Bijloos from the Van Hogenhoucklaan End.

 Rod Lyall  14:37
At Nieuw Hanenburg, meanwhile, Hermes-DVS have recovered from 88 for five to reach 192 for nine, thanks to a very useful 37 from Zaffar Chaudhary. Both games very nicely poised at the break.

 Rod Lyall  14:34
Two decent fightbacks from HCC there, and at the very least they’ve given themselves something to bowl at. HBS would probably have been happier to keep the total below 200. But as so often, early wickets will be the key.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:29
HCC : 206 all out (49.1 overs)
Ferdi Vink back from the Van Hogenhoucklaan End, but Overdijk and Bijloos are equal to the challenge, Bijloos usefully edging the last of the over just past Scholte and down to the fence. That brings up the 200, and the home support celebrate noisily as the final pair see off Klein’s last over. But off the first ball from Vink they try for a second, and Overdijk is beaten by the direct hit from long off – great throw!

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:20
HCC : 192-9 (46.2 overs)
Full toss from Ryan Klein, hammered back by Floyd, and Klein leaps to take a one-handed catch over his head. Reinier Bijloos the last man.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:16
HCC : 192-8 (46 overs)
Ryan Klein returns from the Scoreboard End, Kaplan bowling his last from the other. Floyd pulls him hard over midwicket for six, otherwise singles and a wide. Kaplan finishes with three for 27 from his ten.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:05
HCC : 179-8 (43.3 overs)
Another for Kaplan, as he takes the shoulder of Bennett’s bat and Walbrugh dives forward at cover to take the catch just above the ground. Jan Wieger Overdijk in at ten.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:57
HCC : 174-7 (41.3 overs)
Kaplan back, and Overdijk edges his third delivery low to Scholte. Felix Bennett in to join Floyd.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:55
HCC : 174-6 (41 overs)
The departure of Patel cues a more aggressive approach from Overdijk, who lifts Navjit over the pavilion and onto the tennis courts beyond. It takes a while before they get it back. Then there’s a moment of low comedy in De Mey’s next, when Overdijk sends Floyd back, and he would have been run out by a couple of yards had keeper Scholte not fumbled the ball in taking the stumps. Floyd celebrates by smacking the next over long on. Overdijk now on 31*, Floyd on 9*

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:42
HCC : 157-6 (38.2 overs)
Patel lifts Navjit over backward square for six, and Vink brings Julian de Mey back from the Scoreboard End, persisting with spin for the moment. And it works, as Patel, on 40, attempts the aerial route once too often and the ball flies to Vink himself at mid-off. Clayton Floyd joins Overdijk, who’s on 23*.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:24
HCC : 137-5 (34 overs)
Patel continues to go after Barresi, cutting him strongly in front of point for four, then hoicking him over wide mid-on for a couple more. As they take a drink Patel’s moved on to 26*, Overdijk on 21*, and HBS could again do with a wicket.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:10
HCC : 126-5 (31 overs)
A messy old over from Kyle Klein concedes 13 runs, 7 of them in wides but also including a lovely straight-driven four for Patel. He and Overdijk are gradually rebuilding HCC’s innings after that mini-slump. In Barresi’s next Patel produces a splendid slog-sweep, just clearing the man on the square leg boundary.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:53
HCC : 103-5 (28 overs)
Wesley Barresi on from the Scoreboard End, starting with a maiden. Stephan Vink replaces Kaplan, but his hamstring appears to go in his second delivery stride, and Kyle Klein has to finish the over, bowling a couple of wides in the process.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:40
HCC : 88-5 (24 overs)
Klein returns from the Scoreboard End, and Overdijk unleashes a superb cover drive for four. The next one’s shorter, but Overdijk cracks it back through mid-off for another. At the other end, Patel treats Kaplan with elaborate respect until he drops one short, and Patel pulls it hard through midwicket to get off the mark with a boundary.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:25
HCC : 73-5 (20.5 overs)
Overdijk has the answer, cutting De Mey over Mason’s head for a single. With the straight field up, Gorlee safely plants De Mey back over his head for four, but then he guides the ball straight into the hands of Kaplan at slip. Very soft dismissal, and he departs for 29. HCC in real trouble now! Yash Patel joins Overdijk.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:15
HCC : 66-4 (18.2 overs)
Pringle doesn’t last long, cutting at De Mey, and a third catch for Mason! He’s a magnet in the field today. Hidde Overdijk in at six.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:08
HCC : 65-3 (17.1 overs)
Another big LBW appeal, this time by Kaplan on Gorlee, but umpire Akram is unmoved. He gets the breakthrough in the next over, though, as Staal goes back to cut, and the ball carries to Mason again, in the gully. He goes for a 32-ball 33, having slowed appreciably after his initial flurry, and that’s the cue for a drink. Tim Pringle in to join Gorlee, who’s on 25*.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:00
HCC : 64-2 (15 overs)
Gavin Kaplan replaces Vink, and he too concedes three singles (plus a wide) as Staal and Gorlee keep the scoreboard moving. Gorlee again opts for the aerial route against De Mey, lofting him back over his head for a couple. The stand’s worth 58 now, with Staal on 32* and Gorlee on 25*.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:48
HCC : 49-2 (12 overs)
The powerplay ends with HCC on 42 for two, and Julian de Mey is immediately into the attack from the Scoreboard End, and Gorlee drives him through mid-on for four. Then uses his feet to push the single to mid-on. Tidy enough first over. Vink continues from the Van Hogenhoucklaan End, restricting the scoring to a trio of singles.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:32
HCC : 41-2 (8 overs)
Things have settled a little, although Staal survives a very loud appeal for leg-before off Klein. He’s moved to 25* from 17 deliveries, with Gorlee on 7*.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:19
HCC : 24-2 (4 overs)
Staal flicks Klein off his pads to the midwicket boundary, then lofts one into the legside outfield, not altogether convincingly, for a couple. A meaty square drive for four completes a fairly expensive over for Klein. Four dots from Vink, a single for Gorlee, and then a no-ball, the free hit disappearing over wide long on for six.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:11
HCC : 6-2 (2 overs)
A single for Staal, but then Worden drives at Vink and the ball flies to Ryan Klein at cover point. A sensational start for HBS! Boris Gorlee in to join Staal.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:06
HCC : 4-1 (1 over)
After a minute’s silence for the greatly-respected umpire Willem Molenaar, who died this week, we’re under way. Ryan Klein starts from the Scoreboard End, bowling to Damian Crowley, with Tonny Staal the non-striker. Crowley’s off the mark with a push to the cover boundary, but he slashes uppishly at the final delivery and Reece Mason dives to his left at gully to take a stunning catch. Zac Worden in early. Ferdi Vink from the Van Hogenhoucklaan End.

 HCC vs HBS Craeyenhout  10:46
HCC have won the toss and elected to bat.

 Rod Lyall  10:45
It’s hard to believe we’re suddenly here, on (barring unforeseen weather events) the penultimate day of the 2022 Topklasse campaign. It’s been quite a ride, but if yesterday’s games are any guide the excitement’s not quite over yet. I’m at De Diepput today to bring you my take on all the action, with Sander Tholen’s camera giving us a pictorial record, and we’ll be keeping an eye on events at Nieuw Hanenburg as well, where Quick Haag and Hermes-DVS are battling it out to determine who will face Sparta 1888 next week for a place in next year’s 10-team Topklasse.

 Bertus de Jong  19:00
Well that was a fine day’s cricket all round. HCC ran Voorburg close but some unfortunate running and a middle order collapse meant they couldn’t quite back up an excellent bowling performance with the bat. Engelbrecht a de Leede’s partnership in the first innings was instrumental in getting the hosts to a total, along with a late flourish from the lower order, but while Staal and Worden’s partnership looked to have set HCC on track for a comfortable chase, Bennet was the only other bat to break double figures. HCC will have another shot at making the final when they take on HBS tomorrow, the Crows having held their nerve to knock out Excelsior. We’ll be back for that in the morning of course, do join us again then.

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:56
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 220 all out (49.1 overs)
And done. Kingma goes short, Bijloos swipes but can only miscue high toward mid off, Engelbrecht takes the catch and Voorburg are through to the final.

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:54
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 220-9 (49 overs)
Four singles to start, then Bijloos manages to get under a wide one to lift it over the off side for a couple. Seven off it, 15 needed from the last, Kingma to bowl with Bijloos facing…

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:50
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 213-9 (48 overs)
Trijzelaar gets one out of the middle, full and driven up over mid off for four. De Leede has his man four balls later though, Trijzelaar down the track and swinging hard at a short ball, big top edge goes a long way up, de Leede tracks back to take it himself. 22 needed off 2, Bijloos last man. Malan still from the other end.

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:45
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 206-8 (47 overs)
Tight over from Malan to calm VCC nerves, just three off it. 29 needed off three now. De Leede back.

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:40
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 203-8 (46 overs)
A rare error from Hingorani as he’s unsighted and a fuller ball from Shariz beats everyone, away for four byes and a glimmer of hope for HCC. 32 to get in the last four overs. Malan still from the paddock end.

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:35
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 194-8 (45.2 overs)
Shariz strikes again, Floyd on one knee looking to go high over backward square but doesn’t get enough of it and held in the deep. Justin Trijzelaar in and VCC closing in on a place in the final…

 Bertus de Jong  18:30
Meanwhile Hermes DVS have seen off Bloemendaal in the Hoofdklasse qualifier semi, and will meet Quick Haag (for the fifth time this season) at Nieuwe Hanenburg in the Hoofdklasse final tomorrow, with the winner facing off against Sparta in the promotion/relegation play-off.

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:20
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 186-7 (43 overs)
Boissevain gets Patel, back in the crease looking to work the ball to leg, misses, and good enough for the umpire. 235 looking a long way away of a sudden. Bennett joins Floyd.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  18:19
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 251 all out (47.5 overs)
Dropped! Gone anyway! Baker looks to push a shorter ball from Navjit out on the off side, in the air toward gully but goes down. Shankar’s already down the track though and Baker is still ballwatching. Throw comes in to Singh who takes the bails. All over. HBS through to the qualifying semi, Excelsior’s season is over.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  18:17
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 249-9 (47 overs)
Collapse continues, Stephen Vink has van Troost chasing a wide one and a thick edge flies straight to Ferdi at short third. Baker last man. 12 to get off three. Singh to bowl the 48th.

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:10
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 182-6 (41 overs)
Huge wicket at Westvliet too as Malan has Worden pinned in front for 80. Floyd in.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  18:09
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 247-8 (46 overs)
Ingram loses another partner, Etman with a big top edge off Najit, comes down for Barresi at third and gone. Next ball and Ingram himself goes, looking to run it fine through third but only directing it into the gloves. Shankar and Rens van Troost in now with just 15 to get.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  17:39
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 247-8 (46 overs)
Ingram loses another partner, Etman with a big top edge off Najit, comes down for Barresi at third and gone. Next ball and Ingram himself goes, looking to run it fine through third but only directing it into the gloves. Shankar and Rens van Troost in now with just 15 to get.

 Voorburg vs HCC  18:00
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 181-5 (39 overs)
Another down at Westvliet, loose drive from Overdijk at Malan and Hingorani takes a good catch standing up. Yash Patel in.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:38
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 172-4 (37 overs)
Worden’s not gonna be the most popular guy when he gets back to the HCC dressing room. Bunts to cover and sets off for an impossible single, Pringle sacrifices himself. Overdijk in.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  17:39
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 219-6 (40 overs)
Three for Klein as Joost Kroesen is bowled for 6. Luuk Kroesen in, and gone LBW missing a sweep at Barresi. Hint of pressure back on the hosts now, though Ingram’s still there, Niels Etman with him.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:38
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 163-3 (30 overs)
Gorlee down the track to Boissevan and misses, loses off stump. Pringle joins Worden, who’s on 65*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:18
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 148-2 (30 overs)
Worden goes to fifty cutting Shariz out in front of point. Malan on at the other end now, but the hosts are looking rather short of ideas. When the wicket comes it’s flatly farsical. Staal forces a back foot drive back past Malan for a quick single, both bats running the same line, veer in the same direction and collide. Worden scampers back to the non-strikers and leaves Staal stranded. Gorlee in, Bas de Leede back.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  17:13
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 202-4 (34.1 overs)
Low full toss from Singh and van Troost sweeps it round the corner for four to bring up his half-century. 200 up for Excelsior too, but next over van Troost has to go, struck on the pad in front of leg and Klein has his second..

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  17:03
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 186-3 (31 overs)
Klein back into the attack, first ball in met with a flat bat over mid off for four for van Troost, but four balls later Verhagen is clean bowled backing away looking for room to cut a fuller straight ball. Ingram in.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  16:53
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 179-2 (29 overs)
Navjit almost bags another but can’t cling on to a high return catch to his left off Verhagen. Van Troost then slams Stephen Vink over long on for another six, and Verhagen gives him the same treatment four balls later. Excelsior stil on track for a comfortable chase so far.

 Voorburg vs HCC  16:42
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 102-1 (19 overs)
Staal goes to fifty glancing Boissevain fine, then brings up the hundred for HCC driving straight for a single. Shariz Ahmad returns.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  16:36
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 144-2 (24 overs)
Navjit Singh into the attack and first ball of his second over has Heggelman caught at midwicket. Verhagen joins van Troost.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  16:23
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 129-1 (20 overs)
Stan van Troost takes over from where Etman left off, slog-sweeping Barresi for six, and again three balls later. Stephen Vink replaces Barresi now, still de Mey from the far end. Excelsior halfway to the total with 30 overs to go, HBS in dire need of another wicket.

 Voorburg vs HCC  16:22
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 70-1 (15 overs)
Boissevain and Ali Ahmed now for VCC and the scoring has slowed somewhat after the powerplay, but HCC look wwell set, Staal on 42*, Worden on 19*.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  16:02
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 106-1 (16 overs)
De Mey and Barresi still but they’re struggling to contain Etman. Another slog-sweep nets him six more off Barresi, then skips down to lof de Mey over long on. Inside out over cover first ball of de Mey’s next takes Etman to 78* and the hosts past the hundred-mark, but he’ll get no further, three balls later looks to repeat the shot but miscues to cover. Stan van Troost in at three.

 Voorburg vs HCC  15:55
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 51-1 (9 overs)
De Leede into the attack now, looking threatening in parts but overstps in the fourth and Staal pulls the free hit away for four. Fifty up for HCC.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  15:35
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 60-0 (8 overs)
Ètman getting after de Mey now, four fours in the 7th all rocking back to pull over the on side. Fifty up in quick time, Etman’s got 43 of them.

 Voorburg vs HCC  15:31
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 24-1 (4 overs)
Tonny Staal taking a liking to Kingma, two slips in but doesn’t seem to be swinging, Staal putting away anuthing too wide or fulll, he’s on 18 off 11 already.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  15:25
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 31-0 (4 overs)
Tim Etman’s got the hosts of to a flyer at Thurlede meanwhile, Ferdi Vink thrice offering toommuch width in the first over and three fours the result, Kaplan taking over for the third and taken for two in a row two. Ryan Klein keeping things quiet at the other end though, de Mey into the attack.

 Voorburg vs HCC  15:16
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
HCC : 4-1 (1 over)
They’re back on ath Westvliet. Hosts opening with spin, and Shariz Ahmad needs just two balls to take Crowley’s polls. Worden in with Staal now, Kingme from the pavilion end.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  14:25
HBS : 261-8 (50 overs)
Heggleman bowls the last and does a fine job, just a couple of singles and a tight two off the last sees HBS finish on 261-8. The hosts have done an impressive job dragging them back from 188-1, Kaplan and Barresi dominating the first half of the innings but the middle order unable to capitalise. Excelsior still have work to do with the bat however, 262 still a tough chase at Thurlede.

 Voorburg vs HCC  14:24
VCC : 234-6 (50 overs)
Overdijk and Bennet close out the innings , the Ahmads can’t find the rope off Overdijk but Ali charges Bennet in the last and dumps him over long off for six, only to be bowled behind his legs next ball. Boissevain in and makes sure the host have the last laugh however, slog-sweeping the final ball for six.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  14:15
HBS : 254-8 (48 overs)
Ingram back and benefits from some inexplicable running as Vink and Klein look for an impossible single, and Vink is run out for two. Mason in, and Mason out, holing out to deep midwicket off Heggleman. Scholte at 10.

 Voorburg vs HCC  14:10
VCC : 203-5 (47 overs)
Overdijk back and a low full toss is driven wide of long off for four by de Leede, but two balls later he’s gone, reaching for a wide one looking to go over point, but Worden’s there and snatches it from the sky one handed. De Leede goes for 86, Ali Ahmad in. Overdijk oversteps on what was to be the last ball of the over though and follows it up with a beamer as Voorburg pass 200. Free hit eventually goes for a couple, taking Shariz to 16 off 10.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  14:05
HBS : 244-6 (46 overs)
The Exelsior fight-back continues, as Singh looks to fetch a wider delivery from Heggelman over the on side bu picks out van Troost at long on. Ferdi Vink in.

 Voorburg vs HCC  14:03
VCC : 190-4 (46 overs)
De Leede advances on Pringle and lifts him back for a straight six, string of twos and 12 of the over. Bijloos back at the other end, and Shariz finds his first bounday carving over short cover for four.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  13:55
HBS : 232-5 (43 overs)
Joost Kroesen finds the wicket they’re looking for, Kaplan across his stumps and reaching, nicked behind and Verhagen takes it. Kyle Klein joins Singh, who slogs-sweeps for six three balls later..

 Voorburg vs HCC  13:53
VCC : 163-4 (43 overs)
Engelbrecht holes out to long on off Overdijk for 61, Shariz Ahmad in.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  13:50
HBS : 222-4 (42 overs)
Heggelman back into the attack and finds rapid reward, de Mey dries the ball back at him a takes a reflex catch in his follow through. Navjit Singh in.

 Voorburg vs HCC  13:41
VCC : 145-3 (41 overs)
Engelbrecht down the track and drives Crowley straight for four to go to fifty. Century stand between this pair now and and tempo notably increasing.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  13:38
HBS : 209-3 (40 overs)
Etman has three, Klein nicks behind looking to punch off the back foot, de Mey in.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  13:30
HBS : 206-2 (39 overs)
200 up for HBS as Kaplan drives Etman out through point for one, brings up his century on the first ball of the next pushing Kroesen out through the covers for another single.

 Voorburg vs HCC  13:30
VCC : 126-3 (38 overs)
Bennet back after drinks and might have had de Leede first ball, looked an outside edge but put down behind the wicket. Brings up his fifty next over driving Floyd out to long off for one.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  13:13
HBS : 188-2 (34 overs)
Niels Etman finally finds the long-sought breakthrough, angling across Barresi who swings hard across the line, leading edge spirals into the off side and held by Shankar. Ryan Klein at four.

 Voorburg vs HCC  13:04
VCC : 98-3 (31 overs)
Signs of acceleration at Westvliet too as Englebrecht reverse-sweeps Pringle for four behind point on the last ball of the 30th. Trijzelaar on at the pavilion end, and is driven straight for four by Engelbrecht as the hosts close in on three figures.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  13:00
HBS : 177-1 (30 overs)
Niels Etman back looking for the breakthrough, Kaplan plants his second ball back over his head into the sight screen. Both bats in the 80s now and HBS on course for a very big score.

 Voorburg vs HCC  12:46
VCC : 75-3 (25 overs)
Tim Pringle into the attack, de Leede comes down the track to drive wide on mid on for four. Still slow going for the hosts though, Engelbrecht and de Leede both going at barely over a 50 strike rate.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  12:44
HBS : 145-1 (25 overs)
Baker keeping things tight at one end, but Barresi is Luuk Kroesen seemingly intent on hitting Kroesen out of the attack at the other, breaks out the reverse sweep to pick up another boundary. Seems to have worked too, as Luuk is replaced by Joost Kroesen next over.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  12:30
HBS : 121-1 (21 overs)
Double bowling change after drinks at Thurlede, Luuke Kroesen and Umar Baker on. Barresi has been rather starved of strike of late, but finally brings up his fifty forcing Kroesen away through the on side off the back foot for four.

 Voorburg vs HCC  12:22
VCC : 45-3 (18 overs)
Back after drinks and Bennet traps Hingorani in front well back in the crease, Engelbrecht joins de Leede with VCC in trouble.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  12:15
HBS : 107-1 (18 overs)
Hundred up for HBS as Barresi turns van Troost behind square for a single, and he’s overstepped again. Too wide on the next, then Kaplan slashes the free hit away through point for four to bring up his fifty. Barresi on 48*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  12:02
VCC : 31-2 (13 overs)
Floyd on at Westvliet now, de Leede picks up his first boundary with a lofted straight drive. Hingorani finds the rope too in Floyd’s next, sweeping hard through fine leg. Bennet takes over from Bijloos.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  11:55
HBS : 81-1 (13 overs)
Rens van Troost into the attack and oversteps first ball, looks for the wide yorker on the next and misses the cut strip. Kaplan pust the free hit away for a straight six, then guides the next ball wide of third for four more. Tough start fo van Troost, still Ingram from the other end.

 Voorburg vs HCC  11:42
VCC : 16-2 (8 overs)
Another for Bijloos as Musa miscues a pull straight to midwicket, Bas de Leede joins Hingorani, who’s yet to score.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  11:40
HBS : 54-1 (9 overs)
Barresi dealing mostly in boundaries at Thurlede, Etman oversteps and Barresi clubs the free hit over midiwcket for six. Ingram into the attack now, and Kaplan brings up the fifty partnership lifting his second ball over mid on for four.

 Voorburg vs HCC  11:32
VCC : 14-1 (6 overs)
Big wicket at Westvliet as Malan mistimes a fullish delivery from Bijloos, leading edge comes down at midwicket where Gorlee takes a running catch. Hingorani at three.

 Voorburg vs HCC  11:24
VCC : 11-0 (5 overs)
First boundary for VCC as Overdijk strays onto the pdas and is flicked through fine leg by Malan, been tidy otherwie from HCC so far though.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  11:23
HBS : 27-1 (5 overs)
Kaplan and Barresi putting the pressure back on the hosts, pair of square drives off Heggleman net Kaplan a brace of boundaries in the second, Barresi finds the rope lofting Etman over mid on, then flicking him over midwicket in his next over.

 Voorburg vs HCC  11:10
VCC : 6-0 (2 overs)
Steadier start at Westvliet meanwhile, where Andre Malan and Musa Ahmad are opening for the hosts, Overdijk and Bijloos share the new ball.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  11:05
HBS : 2-1 (1 over)
Perfect start for the hosts, and another duck for Walbrugh who pushes Niels Etman’s first ball back past the bowler, who clings on to a low reurn catch one-handed to his right. Kaplan is joined by Barresi.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs HBS  10:35
Down at Thurlede HBS have won the toss and also decided to have a bat.

 Voorburg vs HCC  10:33
And word comes in from Westvliet, where Voorburg win the tos and elect to bat.

 Bertus de Jong  10:15
Good morning (or timezone-appropriate greeting) all, and welcome to the beginning of the end of the 2022 Topklasse season. The season’s expanded field has been duly whittled down to just the final four teams in action today, with favourites Voorburg.looking to secure themselves a home final in their top-table clash with HCC at Westvliet, while Excelsior and HBS face off in the de-facto quarter-final at Thurlede. We’re still about 15 minutes from the tosses, news on those as we get it. In the meanwime, your preview.