Topklasse Live | Round 14 | As it Happened

 Rod Lyall  18:23
That defeat, of course, further deepens Sparta’s relegation gloom, although they will have been encouraged by an improved batting effort for the first 30 overs or so. Their remaining games are both at home, against VOC and a resurgent Dosti, while Kampong will be at home to Salland and away to VOC, and Dosti are away twice, at ACC and Sparta. ACC are now mathematically safe, so the only issue in the relegation pool is who finishes third from bottom and thus earns a herkansing against the Hoofdklasse champions. Join us next week for the next enthralling episode! For now this is Rod Lyall saying goodbye, and have a good week!

 Salland vs Sparta  18:12
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 190-7 (39.2 overs)
Malik finishes with two for 22 from his ten overs. Just a single off Bukhari’s last. Ahmadi reverts to the Pavilion End. Three singles, a leg-bye and a wide leave two required. Singh back from the Railway End, and Khan hammers his second ball wide of mid-on to give Salland the victory.

 Salland vs Sparta  17:58
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 179-7 (36.4 overs)
Ahmadi switches to the Railway End, and Naqash promptly lifts him over mid-off for four. Malik’s last, and he gets the vital wicket of Naqash, who hits him back over his head and holes out to Ahmadi. He made 59. Hashim Khan in. They take another drink, though Salland need only nine now.

 Salland vs Sparta  17:50
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 172-6 (35 overs)
Naqash reaches fifty by slashing Bukhari for four through the covers, but Ahsan Malik’s nagging accuracy from the Pavilion End gets its reward when he bowls Van Molen. Could this game have another twist in the tail? Nasir joins Naqash, who’s on 54* now.

 Salland vs Sparta  17:42
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 164-5 (33 overs)
The tempo accelerating now, Naqash pulling Ahmadi in front of square for four, and then, after he oversteps for the second time in this spell and the ball goes for four byes, launching the free hit into the far distance beyond long on. There’s a comedy moment when he thinks he’s hit another and both batters are at one end before finally settling for a single. But 16 come off that one, and Salland need 24 now. Naqash 48*.

 Salland vs Sparta  17:35
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 145-5 (31 overs)
Ahmadi returns to the attack, but a misfield at deep point gives Naqash another boundary. Only 43 needed now, with Naqash on 35*.

 Salland vs Sparta  17:24
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 129-5 (28 overs)
And a third for Bukhari, as Bharathi top-edges an easy catch to Ahmadi at fine leg. Sparta really back in this now, as Gijs van Molen joins Naqash.

 Salland vs Sparta  17:17
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 125-4 (25.5 overs)
Gohil replaces Manminder Singh, and Naqash smacks his third delivery over the midwicket rope for six. And just as it seemed to be drifting away from Sparta, Bukhari gets them back into the game, as Khan drives uppishly at him and is caught at point. Elam Bharathi joins Naqash, who’s on 22*.

 Salland vs Sparta  17:01
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 107-3 (23 overs)
Talha Khan warming to the task now, hitting boundaries off both Singh and Bukhari and moving on to 31*. Naqash gets into the act with a four off Singh as well, and Salland need 81 as they take a drink.

 Salland vs Sparta  16:49
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 89-3 (19.4 overs)
Spin at both ends, Manminder Singh replacing Snoep. He and Raza are convinced they have Khan caught behind off his first delivery, but the umpire disagrees. Just the one off it, though. Then Bukhari strikes! Ottachchige, on 20, comes down the pitch, is beaten, and Raza whips off the bails. Sahir Naqash in to join Khan, who’s also currently on 20*.

 Salland vs Sparta  16:40
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 87-2 (18 overs)
Bukhari does come into the attack, but uncharacteristically bowling spin. Ottachchige drives him through the covers for three, then Khan turns him square for a couple, adding a single to long off. But at least the whole over was on the spot.

 Salland vs Sparta  16:33
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 76-2 (16 overs)
Extras are comfortably top scorer here: 28 now, 17 of them wides as Saleem adds three more to the tally, plus a no ball. Khan’s on 13*, Ottachchige on 14*. None of it is a pleasing prospect for Salland.

 Salland vs Sparta  16:18
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 63-2 (14 overs)
Slow progress by Salland, especially since Snoep has replaced the rather wayward (but undoubtedly menacing) Ahmadi. Usman Saleem on now at the Railway End, raising the question whether Bukhari may not be fit to bowl after injuring his leg while batting. Khan survives a strong LBW appeal, which the Spartans pursue fairly vigorously, and rubs it in by running the ball down to third man for a couple, then drives him to the long off boundary. Four wides in the over as well.

 Salland vs Sparta  16:00
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 48-2 (11 overs)
A bit of excitement as Ottachchige is bowled by Ahmadi. But it’s off the second free hit, the first following the no ball having been a wide. Snoep replaces Ahmadi, and hits Ottachchige on or about the helmet with a lifting delivery. All concerned take a drink while he gets some attention.

 Salland vs Sparta  15:33
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 28-2 (5 overs)
Lubbers was looking confident against Ahmadi, clipping him through midwicket for four and then guiding him down to third man for another. That took him to 17, but then Ahmadi bowls a fuller delivery, it hits off stump, and Lubbers is on his way. Ottachchige joins Talha Ahmad.

 Salland vs Sparta  15:21
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
Salland : 15-1 (2.3 overs)
Back at ‘t Schootsveld, Ahmadi opening from the Pavilion End to Ganesan. A single to him and a boundary to Victor Lubbers. Ahsan Malik from the Railway End, and Ganesan takes a three, Lubbers a single. But then Ahmadi bowls Ganesan with a very good yorker. Talha Khan in at three.

 Salland vs Sparta  14:28
Sparta : 187 all out (49.2 overs)
The final pair are Usman Saleem and Joost Martijn Snoep. Lubbers gets Saleem caught by Hashim Khan, and after a promising start Sparta are all out for 187. At least this time they got to 135 before they collapsed. But Salland have the momentum at the break.

 Salland vs Sparta  14:24
Sparta : 183-9 (48.2 overs)
Balwantsingh caught by Nasir off Bharathi, and then Ahsan Malik is stumped by Ottachchige off Gopinath. Sparta have lost seven for 49, and four for 15.

 Salland vs Sparta  14:15
Sparta : 176-7 (46.2 overs)
Another wicket for Gopinath, and another catch for Talha Ahmad: Manminder Singh gone for 14. Ahsan Malik in to join Prithviraj Balwantsingh.

 Salland vs Sparta  14:09
Sparta : 169-6 (44.4 overs)
But it’s too good to last, and Ahmadi is caught by Talha Khan off Gopinath for 17.

 Salland vs Sparta  14:05
Sparta : 167-5 (44 overs)
Singh and Ahmadi give some much-needed momentum to the innings, Ahmadi hoisting Ganesan for six and Singh hitting a boundary off Gopinath. 200 is still on the cards for Sparta here.

 Salland vs Sparta  13:57
Sparta : 144-5 (41.3 overs)
The slide continues, as Raza is stumped by Ottachchige off Ganesan. Khalid Ahmadi in to join Singh.

 Salland vs Sparta  13:42
Sparta : 140-4 (38.4 overs)
A big wicket for Bharathi, as Gohil is caught behind by Ottachchige for 32. Manminder Singh joins Raza, with Sparta now in a spot of bother.

 Salland vs Sparta  13:36
Sparta : 135-3 (37.2 overs)
Obviously hampered by that leg injury Bukhari goes for 23, caught by Naqash off Ganesan. Ali Raza in to join Gohil, who’s on 30*.

 Salland vs Sparta  13:26
Sparta : 124-2 (35.4 overs)
Trouble for Bukhari as he has to hustle for a second after sweeping Ganesan, and he goes down with a problem in his leg. He’s OK to resume though. Just don’t expect any quick singles.

 Salland vs Sparta  13:21
Sparta : 121-2 (35 overs)
Gohil enjoying the luxury of coming in after the powerplay and with a half-decent total on the board, strokes a lovely straight drive off Gopinath for four. The return of Bharathi from the Pavilion End is the response, but Bukhari despatches him meatily wide of mid-on for another boundary. Still Ganesan from the Railway End. There was some confusion for a while about who was facing (surprisingly enough, given it’s Gohil and Bukhari), but we currently have Gohil on 24* and Bukhari on 15*.

 Salland vs Sparta  12:55
Sparta : 89-2 (28 overs)
One brings two: Noor swings Sherzad high over cow for six, but then prods forward at Gopinath, fails to get over it, and Van Molen takes the catch at shortish cover. He departs for 43, and Mudassar Bukhari joins Gohil in the middle. Venkat Ganesan into the attack from the Railway End.

 Salland vs Sparta  12:41
Sparta : 71-1 (24 overs)
Another double change, with Abbas Sherzad from the Railway End and Akhil Gopinath from the other. Noor keeps swinging away at Sherzad, but he also plays a really fluent straight drive for four. And then Sherzad gets the breakthrough, Ambrose failing to get on top of another square drive and being caught by Lubbers at point. He goes for 31, Noor’s on 34*, and is joined by Samit Gohil.

 Salland vs Sparta  12:18
Sparta : 48-0 (18 overs)
Nasir and Bharathi continue; back-to-back maidens keep up the pressure, and Noor is a little fortunate when he drives a Bharathi delivery head-high just wide of Victor Lubbers’s dive at shortish cover. Ambrose, though, produces a slog-sweep for four which is an authentically good shot. He’s on 25* now, Noor on 17*.

 Salland vs Sparta  11:53
Sparta : 39-0 (13 overs)
Maiden from Lubbers to Noor. Gul Ahmad Nasir from the Railway End, and Ambrose pulls his first delivery through midwicket for a couple. The next is driven square for a single, and then Noor takes one off the last. Elam Bharathi replaces Lubbers, Noor lofting a full loss over mid-off for four and then another single. Ambrose on 20*, Noor on 14*.

 Salland vs Sparta  11:42
Sparta : 30-0 (10 overs)
We are now in the happy position of being able to tell you that Sparta won the toss at Het Schootsveld and elected to bat, and that Craig Ambrose and Raza Noor have made a good start against the bowling of Victor Lubbers and Hashim Khan. Lubbers continuing from the Pavilion End.

 Rod Lyall  10:30
And welcome back, everyone, for the last of the weekend’s matches, with Sparta having made the journey to Deventer to take on Salland. This is even more important for the Capelle side after Dosti’s second successive win yesterday, with the battle to avoid the two automatic relegation places now in its final throes. We’ll be keeping you posted here.

 Bertus de Jong  18:42
Well, what looked a decisive weekend has decided little so far, except that VOC are safe thanks to Jelte Schoonheim. VRA keep their championship hopes alive another week, while Dosti are prizing open an escape hatch with a win over the luckless Kampong. Salland could still secure their survival tomorrow when they face Sparta, but otherwise both ends of the competition remain improbably open with two rounds to go.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:29
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 200 all out (50 overs)
Dutt to bowl the last. Ferdi Vink gets under his first ball, and an easy catch for Dasgupta at cover. A single apiece for Scholte and Stephan Vink to get the total to 200, but then Dutt bowls Scholte with the final delivery, and VRA win by 24 runs. Dutt finishes with figures of 10 – 5 – 12 – 4.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  18:25
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 141 all out (38.2 overs)
Winding to a close here, a lazy mix-up sees Etman run out for 8, Rens van Troost caught behind off Saqib in the next. Umar Baker opens his account with a six but it’s just for fun really. Clean bowled by Jappie in the next over and all out for 141.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:23
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 198-8 (49 overs)
De Mey keeps HBS interested with a meaty pull over midwicket for four, but Borren’s field placings are immaculate, and when Walbrugh tries to smack Nashier over the long on boundary Singh is under it. He goes for 102, and with him the Crows’ last real hope of victory. In case there was any doubt, Nashier bowls De Mey next ball for 59. Ferdi Vink and Scholte at the crease for the final over.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:17
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 191-6 (48 overs)
An on drive off Balbirnie takes Walbrugh to 100* from 132 deliveries, but still there are only five off it, Walbrugh struck painfully as he goes down to try to slog-sweep the last ball. 34 off two.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:13
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 186-6 (47 overs)
Finally there’s a bit of urgency in the HBS approach, De Mey reversing against Nashier to go to 50. Walbrugh goes to 98*, 11 off the over. 39 off three.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:08
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 175-6 (46 overs)
Just four singles off Nashier’s next. De Mey lofts Balbirnie wide of mid-on for four and they get nine off the over, but it’s not nearly enough. 50 needed off four. Walbrugh 96*, De Mey 43*.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  18:02
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 162-6 (44 overs)
63 needed from six now, and HBS need a miracle. Nashier back from Mulder’s End, but VRA are still cutting out the boundaries.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:58
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 155 all out (37.3 overs)
All over at Westvliet: De Leede takes a brace off twos off Bennett, but then he comes down the wicket, swings across the line, and is bowled for 57. Big, big win for HCC.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  17:57
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 104-7 (33 overs)
Saqib has Kroesen trapped in front for 7, Niels Etman joins Shankar.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:54
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 151-6 (42 overs)
Walbrugh and De Mey have added 84 now, but they still need 74 with only eight overs remaining. Borren and Balbirnie have been keeping the brakes on, and it would take a huge effort from here. Walburgh 84*, De Mey 32*.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  17:44
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 227-8 (44 overs)
Schoonheim finishes it with a six off Van Vliet. He ends on 59* from 35 deliveries, and after being 111 without loss ACC lose by two wickets.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:50
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 148-9 (35.4 overs)
Kingma plays tentatively at his first delivery, Lagas takes it, the field goes up, and so does the umpire’s finger. Kingma is outraged, but he has to go. Stef Mulder in to face the hat-trick ball. HCC’s turn for disbelief, as they all go up for another catch behind, but the umpire’s unmoved. A solid defensive shot to complete the over. A first Topklasse Michelle for Felix Bennett.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:47
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 148-8 (35.3 overs)
Bas de Leede has reached fifty, but Stijn edges Bennett through to keeper Lagas. Kingma to the crease, Bas de Leede on 51*.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  17:45
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 96-6 (29 overs)
Verhagen goes swiping across the line at Zulfiqar and clean bowled. Just a matter of time now. Shankar in.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  17:44
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 212-8 (42 overs)
Van Vliet from the River Amstel End, overpitches, and Schoonheim lifts him over midwicket for six. Schoonheim 46* now, VOC need 15, ACC need two wickets.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:40
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 129-6 (37 overs)
Borren’s on from Mulder’s End, doing his Boycott act and bowling in a cap, but Walbrugh and De Mey are still there, now on 67* and 27*. 96 needed from 13 overs.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  17:52
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 91-5 (26 overs)
Hampton gone, cuts to point and sets off, there’s no run there but not sure Verhagen’s helped the hosts cause sending him back. Lot of pressure on Verhagen to carry the rest of the innings himself now. And it will take some caryying. Luuk Kroesen in.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  17:36
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 201-8 (40.4 overs)
Hobson bowls Malik. Hoes in to join Schoonheim, whose knock is now absolutely crucial. If the others can stay there.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  17:33
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 194-7 (39.2 overs)
Rutgers gets under an attempted scoop to fine leg, and Wegener takes the catch. Rutgers gone for 30, Schoonheim on 31*, Rohan Malik in, and this could become very interesting indeed!

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:31
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 143-7 (31.5 overs)
Van Beek lofts Bennett effortlessly over point for six, but then he clips him straight to Floyd at point and goes for 13. Stijn de Leede in to join Bas, who’s on 45*.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  17:27
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 192-6 (39 overs)
Rutgers and Schoonheim have taken the game by the scruff of the neck, Schoonheim hammering two sixes and Rutgers one, and now VOC are cruising. Rutgers now on 30*, Schoonheim on 31* from 21 deliveries.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  17:20
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 87-4 (25 overs)
Hampton slog-sweeps Saqib for six more last ball of the 24th to move into the 30s, going at well over a run a ball now. Verhagen’s still only managed the one boundary off 71 balls. More needed. Jappie still from the other end.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:18
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 124-6 (27.5 overs)
Boissevain goes without scoring, turning Floyd to short midwicket where Vecchi again dives to his right to take the catch. Van Beek joins De Leede.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:13
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 102-6 (30 overs)
Singh finishes with four for 32 from his ten overs, while Balbirnie replaces Nashier at the City End. But as long as Walbrugh is still there HBS remain in contention, and De Mey’s giving him good support. Walbrugh on 49* now, De Mey on 18*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:08
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 123-5 (26.1 overs)
Big breakthrough at Westvliet: Shariz pushes to point, comes back for a second and is beaten by the throw. He departs for 35, De Leede on 39*, Boissevain in.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  17:05
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 67-4 (20 overs)
Verhagen’s had enough, one step and smokes Saqib over long on for six. Hampton’s been motoring at the other end, on 18 off 15. This partnership is up with the rate, but Excelsior well behind. 187 needed off 30 overs.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  17:03
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 147-6 (32.3 overs)
Kumar returns from the Uilenstede End, De Kok goes for a mighty heave, Smith runs back to dive and take the catch. He goes for 44, and Schoonheim joins Rutgers.

 Voorburg vs HCC  17:00
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 116-4 (25 overs)
De Leede and Shariz gradually working their way towards their target, on 33* and 34* respectively now. Bijloos on from the Pavilion End, Floyd from the other. The partnership’s worth 65, and HCC need a wicket.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  16:56
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 146-5 (32 overs)
Van Vliet back from the River Amstel End, but De Kok and Rutgers are building a useful partnership, and with only 81 needed from 18 overs they’re not under any serious scoreboard pressure. De Kok’s on 44*, Rutgers on 16*.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  16:50
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 51-4 (18 overs)
The fifty finally comes up for the hosts, but they’ve lost Stan van Troost along the way, lasting all of three balls before being caught off Nidamanuru, who now has 4-18. Hampton in with Verhagen now has 10 off 47.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:43
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 70-6 (21 overs)
Ahmed’s reprieve doesn’t last long, Singh getting him LBW in his next over. Julian de Mey joins Walbrugh, who is the helpless witness of the mayhem at the other end and has reached 34*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  16:40
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 83-4 (19 overs)
What’s this with wicketkeeper’s suddenly deciding they’re going to be spin bowlers? Yash Patel’s the latest, on from the Pavilion End at Westvliet, Laurens Lagas having taken back the first-team gloves. In more customary news, De Leede is rebuilding his side’s fortunes, in company with Shariz Ahmad. Still a long way to go, though.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:35
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 67-5 (19 overs)
Two wickets in three balls for Vikram Singh, Navjit of that Ilk trapped in front, and then Ryan Klein caught behind by Lees. He reckons he’s got another as well, pinning Ali Ahmed, but that was probably a bit high. Nashier replaces Dutt, who has figures of 9 – 5 – 10 -2 at this point.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  16:31
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 110-5 (24.5 overs)
Anis Raza breaks a crucial partnership, Edwards stumped by Smith for 23. De Kok’s still there on 32*, joined now by Corey Rutgers.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  16:30
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 31-3 (13.1 overs)
Nidamanuru again! And a big wicket too, Inrgam pushing forard pops a low return catch back to him and held inches off the ground. Verhagen still there on 7 off 31, is joined by Stan van Troost.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:25
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 65-3 (17 overs)
Peter Borren, a few days short of 39 years young, takes a magnificent one-handed catch at slip to remove Kaplan, edging Singh and departing for 11. Navjit Singh in to join Walbrugh, on 30*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  16:08
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 51-4 (9.5 overs)
Another for Bennett, Hingorani lunging forward and well caught at short midwicket by Felix Vecchi, diving to his right. What’s the collective noun for Felixes? Shariz Ahmad in to join De Leede, with Voorburg in real trouble.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  16:05
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 70-4 (20 overs)
At ‘t Loopveld Smit has been caught behind off Knoll for 40, bringing Scott Edwards in at six to join De Kok. Make or break time for VOC, you’d think.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  16:03
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 23-2 (8 overs)
Excelsior in early trouble as Nidamanuru has Etman LBW in his second over, then Heggleman well caught at short midwicket by Jappie in his fourth. Ingram joins Verhagen.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:01
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 50-2 (12 overs)
Barresi ruins Dutt’s figures by lofting him over wide mid-on for four, but then restores them when he’s given leg-before, forward defending. How to interpret that slight wave of the bat? But he’s gone for 9, and a lot now depends on Walbrugh, on 26*.

 Dosti vs Kampong  15:55
Kampong : 112 all out (36.4 overs)
Dosti : 113-4 (21.2 overs)
Tewarie in a hurry, takes Sharma for four and six the first two balls of the 21st, but holes out off Van der Harten’s first ball of the next with six still needed. Diwan walks out and takes just one one ball to get them, ball out of the ground, Dosti their second win in two weeks and third in two years.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:52
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 36-1 (10 overs)
And a wicket in the Bos, where Dutt, who’s bowled three maidens in his first four overs, gets Mason, holing out to Balbirnie at mid-on and not waiting for the catch to be completed. This one’s a wicket maiden: 5-4-2-1. Enter Barresi.

 Voorburg vs HCC  15:48
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 34-3 (4.3 overs)
Triple breakthrough at Westvliet: Felix Bennett gets Musa caught by Lagas for 18, and then Overdijk bowls the dangerous Malan for 12. Sybrand Engelbrecht in to join Mohit Hingorani. Two balls later Engelbrecht joins them in the pavilion. Bas de Leede in with Voorburg struggling.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  15:43
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 48-3 (14.5 overs)
VOC in trouble here, as Van Wingerden falls to Knoll, caught by McInerney as he skies the ball into the covers. Tim de Kok in to join Smit’ who’s on 34*, and they take a drink.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  15:38
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 44-2 (13.3 overs)
Niaz goes very unfortunately, as Hobson touches a straight drive from Smit into the stumps and the non-striker is stranded. Siebe van Wingerden promoted to four.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  15:36
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Excelsior : 12-0 (2 overs)
They’re back in action at Thurlede too, Heggleman opening with Tin Etman. Extras doing most all of the scoring though, smatteing of wides and four leg byes in Salarazai’s first, Nidamanuru gives up just two runs in the seond.

 Voorburg vs HCC  15:34
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 20-0 (2 overs)
Musa edges Bijloos fine for four, but then cuts a lifting delivery behind point, a much better shot. Two more follow, a flowing drive through extra cover and a pull behind square when the bowler drops short. Voorburg off and running.

 Dosti vs Kampong  15:33
Kampong : 112 all out (36.4 overs)
Dosti : 72-3 (16.3 overs)
Touseef Ahmad falls for 8, caught behind off van Harten. Next over Raja, having just clubbed Sharma for six, holes out to Cooper for 38. Tewarie in the middle now, joined by Amitoze Singh.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:28
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 10-0 (4 overs)
Quiet start for HBS, Abid and Dutt keeping it tight. 4* for each of the openers.

 Voorburg vs HCC  15:27
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Voorburg : 2-0 (1 over)
They’ve resumed at Westvliet as well, with Malan and Musa Ahmad facing Overdijk from the Pavilion End. Overdijk starts with two wides, followed by dots. Reinier Bijloos from the Paddock End.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  15:20
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 35-1 (10 overs)
Hobson on from the River Amstel End in place of Kumar, conceding just a couple of singles. Smit’s gone to 26*, dominating the scoring at the moment.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:18
VRA : 224 all out (46 overs)
HBS : 4-0 (1 over)
Back in the Bos, Abid opening from Mulder’s End to Tayo Walbrugh, whose partner is Mason. Just a wide until the last ball, which Walbrugh clips off his toes through midwicket for three. Dutt from the City End.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  14:59
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 16-1 (4.5 overs)
Jain survives a confident appeal for leg-before by Van Vliet, but four balls later they all go up for a catch at the wicket by Smith. The umpire agrees, and Jain’s on his way for 5. Niaz in to join Smit, who’s on 9*.

 Dosti vs Kampong  14:49
Kampong : 112 all out (36.4 overs)
Dosti : 32-1 (8 overs)
First down for Dosti as Roy holds a return catch to dismiss Rahil for 18. Touseef Ahmad in.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  14:45
Punjab : 253-5 (50 overs)
Vandiar flicks Hampton over the on side for four and a century on the penultimate ball of the innings, sweeps fine for four more on the last. 254 will be the target, usually a tall order at Thurlede but the wicket’s looked rather quicker and flatter today.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  14:47
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
VOC : 5-0 (2 overs)
VOC have started their chase at ‘t Loopveld. No Max O’Dowd today, and Smit opens with Jain for the Bloodhounds. Just a single for Smit off Van Vliet’s opening over from the Uilenstede End, then a two and a single off Kumar from the other.

 Voorburg vs HCC  14:43
HCC : 224-6 (50 overs)
Overdijk and Floyd pick up ones and twos off Kingma’s last, but Voorburg’s cause is not helped by four byes as Floyd swings at De Leede. Otherwise singles, and HCC close on what seems to be about par today.

 Voorburg vs HCC  14:37
HCC : 208-6 (48 overs)
Patel goes first ball, caught by De Leede on the midwicket boundary. Hidde Overdijk in to join Pringle. De Leede bowling at the death from the Pavilion End, and Pringle skies him to Van Beek at long off. Clayton Floyd in.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  14:32
Punjab : 220-5 (47 overs)
Vandiar heaves Etman over midwicket for six to take Punjab past 200 last ball of the 45th, Zulfiqar lofts Hampton over the covers for four in the next.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:29
VRA : 224 all out (49.5 overs)
Borren and Abid contribute one of those irritating little last-wicket partnerships, but off the penultimate ball of the innings Nashier calls Borren back for a second and he’s run out by a mile. He made 112 from 125 deliveries, and he’s given his side a chance of keeping their season alive. Barresi the most successful of the bowlers with three for 36.

 Voorburg vs HCC  14:25
HCC : 203-4 (46.3 overs)
Gorlee comes down the wicket to Kingma, but lofts him only as far as Stan de Leede at deep mid-off. He goes for 31, bringing Yash Patel in to join Pringle.

 Dosti vs Kampong  14:24
Kampong : 112 all out (36.4 overs)
Dosti : 11-0 (2 overs)
They’re back out there at Drieburg, Rahil and Raja for the hosts, Nana and Roy sharing the new ball. Rahil off the mark second ball with a four, TRaja likewise on the first ball of the second over.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  14:16
Punjab : 189-5 (44 overs)
Excelsior have kept things reasonably quiet heading into the death, until Etman goes too short and is pulled over midwicket by Vandiar, who moves to 70*. Sikander still with him on 20*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  14:14
HCC : 188-3 (44 overs)
Kingma, meanwhile, has returned to bowl Staal for a patient 78, bringing Tim Pringle in to join Gorlee, who’s now on 27*.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:12
VRA : 208-9 (46 overs)
A late cut to third man off Klein brings Borren his tenth top-flight century, from 111 deliveries, not one of the most spectacular but by no means one of the least valuable. Ashir Abid is with him now.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:08
VRA : 203-9 (45 overs)
Kaplan returns from the City End, and Borren squeezes the ball out to point to move to 99. A couple for Nashier, but then he plays into the covers, Borren calls him through, there’s a moment’s hesitation, and Nashier’s run out by half the length of the pitch. Borren sinks to his knees in mortification. He survives an appeal for leg-before off the last, and a leg-bye gets him to the other end.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:58
VRA : 194-8 (43 overs)
Barresi bowls Lees for 16, but Borren’s still there on 95*, joined now by Udit Nashier.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  13:56
Punjab : 170-5 (40 overs)
Fifty for Vandiar cutting Baker behind point, then pulls square off the last ball of the over for four. Rens van Troost from the other end and Zulfiqar helps him down leg for four more. Signs of urgency now with 10 overs to go.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  13:54
ACC : 226 all out (46 overs)
Schoonheim finishes it off, Zaidi caught at point by Tim de Kok. Three for 27 for Van Wingerden, to go with Smit’s three for 53 and Edwards’s three for 33. After a great start ACC will be a bit disappointed with that total, but it gives them something to bowl at.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  13:52
ACC : 226-9 (45 overs)
Van Wingerden hasn’t bowled much this year, but he’s making the most of his chance today, bowling Kumar for 32 and then having Mees van Vliet caught by Jain for 2. Joseph Reddy the last man.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:48
VRA : 179-7 (40 overs)
Ferdi Vink returns, and is promptly lofted wide of mid-on for four by Borren. By over’s end the VRA captain is on 88*, with Lees on 8*. But the Amsterdammers need these two to stay together deep into the final powerplay.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  13:46
Punjab : 148-5 (37 overs)
Ingram again, Saqib never got going and ends up driving to extra for 8 off 23. Vandiar not found much fluency yet either, but closing in on a half century, 49* off 83. Sikander joins him.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  13:43
ACC : 219-7 (43 overs)
Edwards finishes his spell with a very respectable three for 33, and is replaced from the Uilenstede End by Jelte Schoonheim. Kumar on 29*, Zaidi on 4*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  13:41
HCC : 148-2 (37.1 overs)
Breakthrough at Westvliet: Worden, on 55, comes down the wicket to Shariz and is bowled. Boris Gorlee in to join Staal, who’s on 73*.

 Dosti vs Kampong  13:37
Kampong : 112 all out (36.4 overs)
Plenty of resistance but not a lot of runs, Nana and van der Harten hold things up for five more overs until the latter is caught behind off Hoseinbaks to close the innings at 112 all out. Could it be a London Buses day for Dosti?

 Voorburg vs HCC  13:31
HCC : 139-1 (35 overs)
A reasonably tidy spell from De Leede, and Staal and Worden have yet to start going through the gears. But Worden’s reached his half-century and Staal’s on 68* now, so you’d think an acceleration can’t be far off with plenty of wickets in hand.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  13:25
ACC : 190-7 (35 overs)
A wicket for Van Wingerden as Wegener hits a soft return catch to the young spinner and departs for 35. Ammar Zaidi in to join Kumar.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:22
VRA : 149-7 (33 overs)
Drinks, as so often, bring the breakthrough as Dasgupta drives Barresi uppishly to cover and Navjit Singh takes the catch. Mitch Lees in to join Borren.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  13:19
Punjab : 123-4 (31 overs)
Breakthrough at Thurlede meanwhile as Ingram floats up a fuller delivery and had Nidamanuru playing down the wrong line, LBW for 37 to trigger drinks. Sikander in to join Vandiar, who’s on 39*.

 Dosti vs Kampong  13:17
Kampong : 101-9 (32 overs)
The slide is back on as Hans catches Roy off Diwan with Kampong still a run short of three figures. Kirtan Nana in at ten. Next over Jacod holes out off Masood, hundred up but last pair at the crease as Van der Harten joins Nana.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  13:16
ACC : 181-6 (34 overs)
A useful stand at ‘t Loopveld as well, where Wegener and Kumar are working to reverse ACC’s slide. Edwards still on, with Siebe van Wingerden into the attack now from the River Amstel End.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:14
VRA : 149-6 (32 overs)
A useful little stand is developing between Borren, now on 71*, and Dasgupta, with De Mey and Barresi continuing for HBS. Drinks in the Bos.

 Dosti vs Kampong  13:07
Kampong : 95-7 (30 overs)
Jacod and Bakker just beginning to look settled when Masood finds the breakthrough, Jacod cleaned up for six. Alex Roy in.

 Voorburg vs HCC  13:06
HCC : 109-1 (29 overs)
Bas de Leede into the attack, but Staal and Worden continue, now on 55* and 37*. It’s not spectacular, but it’s effective.

 Dosti vs Kampong  13:00
Kampong : 86-6 (28 overs)
Jacod and Bakker now for Kampong, but it’s slow going. Masood back into the attack.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  12:56
Punjab : 107-3 (25 overs)
Baker into the attack and is driven through the covers for four by Nidamanuru, Vandiar lofts him over midwicket four balls later. Hundred comes up in Ingram’s next, turning into an important partnership.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:56
VRA : 123-6 (27 overs)
Another wicket-keeper turned spinner, Wesley Barresi, has bowled Balbirnie. Borren’s still there on 54*, joined now by Debrup Dasgupta.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  12:54
ACC : 152-6 (27.1 overs)
Scott Edwards, demon left-arm spinner, bowls Charles McInerney as ACC’s slide continues. Aryan Kumar joins Fergus Wegener at the crease, with Edwards’ figures currently three for 4. Pakistan take note . . .

 Voorburg vs HCC  12:49
HCC : 102-1 (25 overs)
Kingma back from the Paddock End, and Staal turns him to fine leg to reach his fifty. Worden on 35* at the other end, and the stand’s worth 101.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:45
VRA : 112-5 (24 overs)
Borren brings up his half-century at exactly a run a ball with a single off De Mey, but then Dutt, on 31, is caught by Mason at point. Jack Balbirnie joins Borren in the middle.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  12:41
ACC : 144-5 (23.4 overs)
Scott Edwards gets a bowl for the first time since 2019, and he gets a wicket with his second delivery, Hobson given caught behind by stand-in keeper Corey Rutgers. Anis Raza comes and goes, another catch for Rutgers, off Smit this time. And then a third catch for the keeper, again off Edwards, as Potdar joins the procession. Extraordinary turnaround at ‘t Loopveld!

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  12:6
Punjab : 83-3 (19 overs)
Vandiar and Nidamanuru rebuilding for Punjab meanwhile, they’re on 11 and 23 respectively. Ingram into the attack.

 Dosti vs Kampong  12:35
Kampong : 78-6 (23 overs)
Chatruvedi doesn’t last long, bowled two balls later for a duck. Stijn Bakker in, but the collapse continues as Hoseinbaks castles Malik in the next over.

 Dosti vs Kampong  12:27
Kampong : 76-4 (22 overs)
Big wicket at Drieburg as Raja has Cooper caught for a 39-ball 37. Chaturvedi in.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:28
VRA : 84-4 (20 overs)
Klein returns after drinks in the Bos, but Borren and Dutt continue to rebuild VRA’s innings, Dutt willing to hoist De Mey into bovine territory when the opportunity offers. He’s on 22* now, Borren on 31*.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  12:25
ACC : 135-2 (18 overs)
Smith moves to his half-century with four off Jain, then celebrates by slog-sweeping Smit over midwicket for six. But when he tries to belt him over long on later in the over he holes out to debutant Boris Hoes instead, and goes for 57 (off 46 deliveries). Shreyas Potdar in to join Hobson.

 Voorburg vs HCC  12:19
HCC : 70-1 (17 overs)
Staal goes after Malan, hooking a lifting delivery over the rope at backward square and then, as the bowler continues his short-pitched policy, lifting him there again. Shariz is tighter from the Pavilion End, and Stef Mulder comes on for Malan. Staal’s moved to 42*, Worden on 15*.

 Dosti vs Kampong  12:12
Kampong : 53-3 (18 overs)
Sudden acceleration from Cooper as he puts Touseef Ahmed out of the ground twice in the 16th to take Kampong past fifty, Diwan locks the scoring back down with a maiden, and Raja follows it up with another.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  12:05
ACC : 111-1 (12.5 overs)
Nelson strikes! In the person of Matt Smit who, after being smacked for four and six by Knoll, gets one past the bat and knocks back the off stump. Knoll departs for a 46-ball 69 (seven fours, four sixes), to be replaced by Thomas Hobson. Smith on 37*.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:03
VRA : 64-4 (14 overs)
De Mey on from Mulder’s End, Borren uses his feet to drive him through mid-on for a couple, then cuts him through cover point for a comfortable three. Dutt stands up tall to drive through cover, beating the fielder’s dive. Borren on 24* now, Dutt on 9*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  11:59
HCC : 38-1 (13 overs)
They’re taking a drink at Westvliet (a concession to the weather, one assumes), where Staal has moved on to 23*, with Worden on 11*. Shariz Ahmad has joined Malan in the attack.

 Dosti vs Kampong  11:54
Kampong : 27-3 (14 overs)
Diwan again, Alphonse trapped in front for 7. Usman Malik in to join Cooper, who’s finding it tough out there too. He’s on 2 off 12, Kampong under real pressure.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  11:55
ACC : 89-0 (10 overs)
Arnav Jain and Matt Smit into the attack, but Knoll smashes the former for four over extra and then for six over midwicket to race to a remarkable 33-ball half-century. Since Jain’s bowling from the Uilenstede End, that means a ball-hunt in the extensive undergrowth. Knoll’s on 55* now, Smith on 29*.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  11:53
Punjab : 40-3 (11 overs)
Another down at Thurlede, Zulfiqar caught behind off Etman. Nidamanuru in to join Vandiar, who’s on just 1 off 16 balls.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:52
VRA : 47-4 (11 overs)
Borren takes a couple of boundaries off Vink, but then Smal fails to get over a square drive off Kaplan and is caught by Ryan Klein. Aryan Dutt joins Borren, and they set about rebuilding an increasingly precarious innings.

 Dosti vs Kampong  11:41
Kampong : 25-2 (11 overs)
Diwan into the attack and strikes first ball, Cole Briggs smatly stumped thrying to break the shackles, gone for a 24-ball 4. Cooper in to join Alphonse, who’s on 6 off 27.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  11:38
Punjab : 37-2 (9 overs)
Etman strikes in the next, thick edge from Myburgh flashing outside off and great work from the keeper. Vandiar in with Asad now, both very watchful.

 Voorburg vs HCC  11:40
HCC : 19-1 (9 overs)
Staal and Worden have been intent on survival against Kingma and Van Beek, and progress has been slow at Westvliet. Andre Malan replaces Kingma, and Worden picks up his first boundary.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:37
VRA : 26-3 (6.1 overs)
Gavin Kaplan replaces Klein from the City End, and Rasool tries to put his first delivery into the Hurley hockey complex beyond long on. Instead of which it’s snaffled by Julian de Mey, and he goes for 14. Peter Borren in with his side in trouble. Not for the first time . . .

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  11:34
ACC : 65-0 (7 overs)
Smith and Knoll continue to plunder Niaz and Hanif: two fours and a six by Knoll off Niaz’s fourth take him on to 37*, while Smith’s on 23*.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:29
VRA : 26-2 (5.2 overs)
Another one down in the Bos, as Khan plays at and misses a Ferdi Vink delivery which clips the top of his off stump. Johan Smal in to join Rasool, who’s on 14*.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  11:28
Punjab : 35-1 (6 overs)
Heggelman has the breakthrough, Jappie LBW on the first ball of the 6th. Asad in to join Myburgh, and blocks out a maiden.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  11:22
ACC : 28-0 (4 overs)
A brisk start at Het Loopveld, where Smith and Knoll take on Niaz and Bobby Hanif. A six apiece, and two fours for Knoll, who’s on 17*, Smith on 7*.

 Voorburg vs HCC  11:19
HCC : 3-1 (3 overs)
Action at Westvliet as well, where Felix Vecchi goes for a duck, caught behind by Hingorani off Van Beek. Zac Worden joins Tonny Staal in the middle.

 Dosti vs Kampong  11:18
Kampong : 14-1 (5 overs)
Masood strikes in his second over, pinning Sharma in front for 1. Briggs in to join Alphonse.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  11:15
Punjab : 27-0 (3 overs)
Myburgh survives an appeal for caught behind down leg, pulls the next ball hard in front of sqaure for four. Four byes next up, then next over Jappie takes Etman for back-to-back fours over midwicket and then through point. Brisk start for Punjab.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:15
VRA : 11-1 (3 overs)
Ferdi Vink from Mulder’s End: Rasool takes a two and a single, and then there’s a massive appeal for caught behind against Singh off the last ball of the over. Turned down, but a murder of Crows (really, that’s the collective noun) surround Singh and there appears to be a free and frank discussion. Klein has an appeal for leg-before against Rasool in his next, no dice again, but when Singh plays uppishly to point next ball, Reece Mason dives to his right to take a very good catch. Singh gone without scoring, and Zamaan Khan in at three. Off the mark immediately, and after Klein oversteps Rasool gets a single off the free hit delivery. It’s all happening in the Bos!

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  11:05
Punjab : 6-0 (1 over)
Niels Etman takes the new ball for Excelsior,Myburgh opening with Jappie. Etman oversteps second ball, but Myburgh can only scuff the free hit to midwicket. Jappie finds the rope three balls later though, glancing fine for four. Heggelman shares the new ball.

 ACC vs VOC Rotterdam  11:07
ACC : 6-0 (1 over)
Robin Smith and Chris Knoll open against Burhan Niaz, Tim de Kok having won the toss and invited ACC to have a bat. A six by Smith gets the scoreboard moving.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:04
VRA : 2-0 (1 over)
Ryan Klein starts from the City End bowling to Shirase Rasool, who’s partnered by Vikram Singh. He opens with a wide down the leg side, and Rasool cuts his fourth legitimate delivery behind point to get off the mark.

 Dosti vs Kampong  11:03
Kampong : 0-0 (1 over)
They’re underway at Drieburg, Ratha Alphonse and Tushar Sharma in the middle, Asief Hoseinbaks opens the bowling and starts with a maiden. Wahid Masood from the other end.

 Voorburg vs HCC  11:01
HCC won the toss and are batting at Westvliet.

 Dosti vs Kampong  10:47
Kampong win the toss and bat at Drieburg, they’re at full strength today. Dosti seemingly happy to play today so they’ll have Tom Cooper to deal with.

 Excelsior ‘20 vs Punjab  10:39
Punjab win the toss and bat at Thurlede, Myburgh and Salarazai back in the side today.

 VRA vs HBS Craeyenhout  10:37
At the Amsterdamse Bos VRA have won the toss and elected to bat.

 Rod Lyall  10:20
We will, of course, bring you news of the tosses as soon as we have it/them.

 Rod Lyall  10:15
Greetings once again, everyone, and welcome to another day’s coverage on a glorious, sun-soaked Dutch morning. We have five games for you today, with the relegation battle between Salland and Sparta taking place tomorrow. Quite a lot is likely to be settled today as we’re deep into the competition’s endgame, so whether you’re at the beach, or following this from the other side of the world, or even at one of the matches, settle in for what should be another fascinating day’s cricket.