Topklasse Live | Round 16 | As it Happened


played won lost tied n/r points x̄ pts NRR
VCC 10 9 1 18 1.80 0.690
HCC 8 5 3 2 10 1.25 0.407
EXC 9 4 5 1 8 0.89 0.035
HBS 8 3 5 2 6 0.75 -0.619
VRA 9 3 6 1 6 0.67 -0.489
PJB 10 3 7 6 0.60 -0.188


played won lost tied n/r points x̄ pts NRR
SAL 10 8 2 16 1.60 0.643
VOC 10 6 4 12 1.20 0.513
ACC 8 4 4 2 8 1.00 -0.215
SPT 10 4 6 8 0.80 -0.637
KAM 9 3 6 1 6 0.67 -0.129
DOS 9 3 6 1 6 0.67 -0.137

The final Topklasse Phase 2 Tables

 Bertus de Jong  18:45
So we’re looking at a Voorburg-HCC preliminary final at Westvliet, with the winner hosting the big one. Meanwhile Exclesior will host HBS is the eliminator, both teams here at the Bos done for the season but all in reasonably good spirits regardless. And rightly so really, lovely days cricket and a fine season for both when you take a step back. We’ll be back next week of course, until then this is Bertus de Jong signing off from the Bos.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  18:38
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 179-9 (47 overs)
Well theat’s an ugly end to a thrilling game, van Vliet strays a ways down leg and Smith somehow misses it, though for five wides and done.

 Bertus de Jong  18:35
Meanwhile Muhammad Imran Khan has castled Tijn van Giezen to seal a 35-run victory for Quick over Hermes, taking Quick Haag to the Hoofklasse final. Hermes will have another chance against Bloemendaal in the Repechage semi, with a showdown against Sparta for a place in next year’s Topklasse on the line.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  18:28
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 172-9 (45.1 overs)
Hashim Khan comes in and clobbers Hobson for three consecutive fours, then edges van Vliet behind with another furious pull. Inexplicable with a handful of runs needed. Jarriullah last man, four neeed for Salland, one wicket for ACC.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  18:25
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 243 all out (48,1 overs)
And don, down the track and lofted to long on agaion, Singh doesn’t drop those for VRA. Both teams done for the season too, good game in the end but it’s HBS that will be celebrating.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  18:22
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 243-9 (48 overs)
50 to get off the last three for a place in the last four, Nashier to bowl the 48th. Saqib puts the first ball across the rope at long off, but the next over long on won’t have the legs, held by Rasool we think. Salarazai in but they’ve crossed, next ball is heaved almost over the tree by Usman, but the next he dances past and stumped.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  18:13
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 158-8 (44 overs)
Lubbers down the track flashing and a thick outside edge flies to gully. Gone. 18 to get off the last six.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  18:08
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 158-7 (43 overs)
Bharathi forces a six over square, muscling Arya off his hip. But three balls later his stumps are spread, half forward and done. Nasir in.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  18:05
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 200-7 (44 overs)
Saqib with the reverse deserves more than the two he’ll get. Does bring up the 200 though. 83 needed from 6.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  18:01
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 195-7 (43 overs)
Another goes, Nidamanuru now for 31. Down the track to Nashier again and Singh again at long on. And next ball Rehmat has a crack and finds Borren at long on. Nashier on a hat-trick, Saqib blocks it. Usman with him now, Balbirnie from the other end.

 Rod Lyall  18:00
In the Hoofdklasse semi-finals, Bloemendaal have eliminated Rood en Wit with a nail-biting 14-run victory, dismissing their local rivals for 113 despite Jason Smith’s 51; three for 19 for Karl Marais and three for 26 for Masood Khan. Hermes-DVS are currently 132 for seven, chasing Quick Haag’s 184 for seven.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:57
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 143 all out (41 overs)
Shariz wraps it up, van Oosterom goes after a wide one and nicks to second slip. Crows’ eyes turn to the Amsterdam Forest…

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  17:55
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 141-6 (40 overs)
Kumar rushes Lubbers on the pull and nicked through. Keeping things interesting at Deventer. The day’s least significant match may prove the most interesting. Victor Lubbers in.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  17:53
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 189-4 (38.3 overs)
Pringle finishes it, smacking Etman back through long off for four, and HCC finish second on the table.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  17:52
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 185-5 (41 overs)
Asking rate is telling now, Sikander looking to take Nashier straight and picks out Singh at long on. Saqib in.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  17:50
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 185-4 (37.4 overs)
Overdijk hits Heggelman through cover point for four, but then he clips him to Luuk Kroesen at mid-on. Yash Patel in with three required.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:47
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 133-9 (38 overs)
Boissevain back and removes de Mey, wild cross-batted swipe really but excusable in the cirumstances, edged and Hingorani is a safe pair with the gloves. Van Oosterom last man.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  17:46
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 179-3 (36.2 overs)
Back-to-back boundaries for Pringle off Etman, nine off Heggelman’s next. But then Gorlee goes over the top once too often, and is caught by Shankar at extra cover off Etman for 67. Too little too late, you’d think, as Overdijk joins Pringle.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:40
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 127-8 (39 overs)
Shariz back and Vink shanks it to mid on for a five ball duck. HBS’s hopes look increasingly dependent on events here at the Bos now. Scholte in .

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  17:35
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 131-5 (26 overs)
Van Vliet back meanwhile and Lubbers finds his first boundary glancing off the toes for four, going to double figures off his 44th ball. Not a bad innings in the circumstances though, Bharathi at the other end is on 27* off 52.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  17:33
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 162-3 (34 overs)
HCC cruising now as Ingram and Heggelman return. They’re taking a drink with Gorlee on 58* and Pringle on 6*. HCC need 26. Excelsior need several wickets extremely quickly.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  17:32
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 164-4 (36 overs)
Big wicket here, Vandiar cutting it too close to Borren and Scully collects the edge standing up. Sikander in.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:30
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 119-7 (35 overs)
De Leede back and pegs back Klein’s off stump with the second ball of the 35th. Kyle Klein in and a big shout for LBW first up, but no joy until two balls later, when he too loses his off stump. Ferdi Vink in.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  17:22
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 149-3 (34 overs)
Another half-century for Vandiar, lifting Balbirnie over mid on for four. Nidamanuru in with him now, plenty of batting to come but a lot of runs to get and just 16 overs to get them.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  17:24
Sparta : 253-7 (50 overs)
Dosti : 101 all out (?? overs)
It’s all over at the Bermweg, and Sparta will be waiting for whoever comes out on top in the Hoofdklasse.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  17:22
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 146-3 (32 overs)
Rens van Troost on now from the Chalet End, and Gorlee plays a premeditated pull for six past square leg. The usual quest for the Precious ensues. Lots of conversation among the fielders in the meantime. Gorlee hoists Kroesen over cow for four, but the youngster completes another very good spell with figures of two for 41. Gorlee on 47*, Pringle on 3*.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:05
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 109-5 (31 overs)
Barresi drifting out of his crease to Malan who spears one down leg, Hingorani has the bails off in a flash and Barresi doesn’t bother waiting. Game recognise game as they say. He goes for 36, Ryan Klein in.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  17:10
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 131-3 (31 overs)
Jappie brings up his fifty but Borren sends him to the clubhouse soon after, I’ll admit I had my head down at the time but I’ve assembled some opinions from the balcony. My immediate neighbours inform me that he was certainly out as he’s leaving the field, a little further down I’m told it must be caught behind as the stumps are undisturbed. The veterans’ table claim he was clean bowled, whereas the groundsman and scorers claim he played on, inside edge half-forward offering a prodding defensive shot. Being an impressionable sort, I’m inclined to believe the last person I spoke to.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  17:05
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 100-4 (29 overs)
De Mey brings up the hundred tucking Malan to leg for one, Barresi struck on the pad deep in the crease next ball but the celebrappeal falls on deaf ears.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  17:04
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 123-3 (27.4 overs)
They may only need singles, but Worden’s not one to pass up an opportunity for a boundary, and when Luuk Kroesen bowls him a full toss he smacks it dismissively away over cow. The next ball, however, is cut uppishly to point, Ingram’s there, and Worden departs for 43. Tim Pringle in at five.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  17:01
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 122-2 (28 overs)
Mitch Lees into the attack, looking to bait the bats into giving up a wicket perhaps? No big shots but a risky two to deep point could have cost a wicket but Jappie’s quick. Six off it. Borren from the Mulder end now.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  17:00
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 115-2 (27 overs)
Umar Baker replaces Joost Kroesen from the Chalet End, but Worden and Gorlee know that all they need to do is go on picking off the singles. Six of them off Baker’s second, and Worden’s now on 35*, Gorlee on 27* from 19.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  16:58
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 100-5 (27 overs)
Hundred up for Salland as Kumar falls away in his action and floats one down leg, not enough on the board to be giving away extras at this point, but runs off the bat hard to come by.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  16:54
Sparta : 253-7 (50 overs)
Dosti : 87-8 (24.4 overs)
Not long now, as Asief Hoseinbaks is caught by Malik off Usman Saleem for 2.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  16:49
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 98-5 (26 overs)
Slower yorker from Reddy and Ganesan is beaten all ends up, stumps spread and gone for 28. Reinder Lubbers in.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  16:49
Sparta : 253-7 (50 overs)
Dosti : 82-7 (23.1 overs)
Masood is the next to go, bowled by Malik for 5.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:45
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 92-2 (23 overs)
Has been Turmaine and Borren for VRA, keeping Jappie and Vandiar contained for now, but the partnership is simmering ominously. Nashier into the attack now, this pair are going to have to go at some point…

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  16:44
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 79-2 (21.1 overs)
Luuk Kroesen bowled well yesterday without taking a wicket, but he’s got a massive one today as Staal tries to put him over the long off fence and only gets the ball as far as the safe hands of Rens van Troost. He goes for 47. In comes Boris Gorlee to join Worden, who’s on 27*

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  16:42
Sparta : 253-7 (50 overs)
Dosti : 77-6 (21.5 overs)
Ashween Hanoeman is caught by Usman Saleem off Ahsan Malik for 5.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  16:40
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 231-7 (37.4 overs)
Nana carves Edwards through point for four, a two and a one level the score, and then Malik sweeps for the boundary that gives Kampong their fifth win of the season. It’s a bittersweet victory as they head back to the Hoofdklasse. But it would not be a surprise if we see them in the Topklasse again soon.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:35
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 78-4 (23 overs)
Malan into the attack and driven straight for four by De Mey first ball as HBS make a start to the rebuild at Westvliet .

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  16:34
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 70-1 (19 overs)
After the introduction of yesterday’s hero Luuk Kroesen from the City End it’s big brother Joost into the attack from the other, and he concedes just a couple of singles. But Staal and Worden are still there, on 45* and 20*, and it’s looking ominous for Excelsior.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  16:30
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 75-4 (21 overs)
Raza brings himself on and Bharathi greets him with a wristy sweep that bounces high over backward square for the first boundary in a while, goes again next ball in front of the man for four more. Hosts are creeping back into contention.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  16:31
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 214-7 (35 overs)
Roy falls to Van Wingerden, caught by Seelaar for 28, but this brings Usman Malik to the crease at nine, and he proceeds to hit Schoonheim for two fours, reducing the deficit to just 14. Tim de Kok turns to mystery spinner Scott Edwards.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  16:22
Sparta : 253-7 (50 overs)
Dosti : 58-5 (17.4 overs)
It’s all falling apart for Dosti: Hans run out for 9, Amitoze Singh caught by Latin off Ahmadi, and Vinoo Tewarie bowled by Snoep for 1. Their 11-year stay in the top flight appears to be coming to an end.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  16:16
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 193-6 (30.1 overs)
Schoonheim gets Van der Harten, again caught by O’Dowd at long on for 23. Roy’s on 22*, joined now by Kertan Nana.

 Rod Lyall  16:14
In the Hoofdklasse semi-finals, Hermes-DVS are on 47 for two after 20 overs, chasing Quick Haag’s 184 for seven. Rood en Wit are on 51 for five in pursuit of Bloemendaal’s 127 all out.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:11
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 56-2 (14 overs)
Borren into the attack, last ball of his first is through Zulfiqar’s defensive prod and into the woodwork. Vandiar in.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  16:11
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 189-5 (28 overs)
Jelte Schoonheim into the attack, and Roy smacks him for back-to-back boundaries. Kampong now within 40 runs of their target, with Van der Harten on 23* and Roy on 18*.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  16:06
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 48-4 (14 overs)
Naqash gone too, pops a return catch to Arya in the latter’s first over. Bharathi in.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  16:05
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 55-4 (15 overs)
Boissevain bags a second, Mason forward and slashing at air, into the pad and gone. De Mey in.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  16:03
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 51-1 (12 overs)
Jappie brings up the fifty with a cheeky scoop over the shoulder off Dutt, and the fifty partnership of course, a very handy one for the visitors. With HBS in some trouble at Westvliet things going Punjab’s way in the 2nd inningses so far.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  16:00
Sparta : 253-7 (50 overs)
Dosti : 50-2 (13.1 overs)
Joost Martijn Snoep traps Ahmed in front for 32.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  15:58
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 164-5 (25.2 overs)
Another for Upadhyaya, as Chaturvedi holes out to O’Dowd at long on and goes for 10. Pierre Jacod in to join Van der Harten, but then he’s caught by Fletcher off Van Wingerden. Kampong’s traditional shedding of wheels seems to be on. Roy in at seven.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:55
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 52-3 (12 overs)
Boissevain into the attack and second ball Visée looks to go straight, gets too far under it and held in the deep, gone for 35 off 32. Barresi in.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  15:52
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 46-3 (12 overs)
Gopinath goes, miscues van Vliet over mid off where Reddy tracks back and snatches it one handed, looks to have lost control of it or thrown it away way low and too quick, but given a catch it seems. Ganesan in.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  15:52
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 47-1 (9 overs)
Staal goes after Heggelman, one bounce four just to the left of the sightscreen, then into the fence beyond long off for six. He does it again off Etman, over long off again and apparently into the water. He’s gone to 39*, with Worden content to play second fiddle on 4*.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  15:48
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 145-3 (22.3 overs)
Upadhyaya gets the breakthrough, Briggs looping a catch to Hoes at mid-off and departing for 40. Vikram Chaturvedi in at five.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  15:45
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 145-2 (22 overs)
Siebe van Wingerden into the attack from the Pavilion End, but Briggs and Van der Harten keep the scoreboard ticking over. Briggs now on 40*, Van der Harten on 9*.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  15:43
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 13-1 (7 overs)
Aryan Dutt sharing the new ball, three overs and three maidens so far. Still Abid at the other end.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:42
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 47-2 (9 overs)
Visée still rollicking along, uppercuts Ali Ahmad over point for four to move into the thirties, Mason comparatively becalmed at the other end.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  15:28
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 18-1 (3.3 overs)
Etman oversteps, and Staal plants the resulting free hit into the far distance. Excelsior can’t afford that kind of thing, but it will help that in the next over Heggelman traps Kooistra in front. Worden in to join Staal.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:25
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 28-2 (5 over)
Shariz again, Kaplan pushed onto the back foot, misses and dead plumb. Visée counters by slog-sweeping for six two balls later, dot, then same again. All happening.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  15:21
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 116-2 (16.1 overs)
Alphonse down the wicket again to Upadhyaya, on now from the Airport End, and he edges a straightforward catch to keeper Edwards. He goes for a 60-ball 77; as farewells to the Topklasse (at least for now) go, that was pretty memorable. Robert van der Harten in to join Briggs, who’s on 23*.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  15:20
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 16-2 (5 overs)
Salland two down early, Khan the victim of a needless mix-up and run out for five, new man Piyaranga lasts two balls before Van Vliet nicks him off. Naqash in with Gopinath.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  15:17
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
Punjab : 0-1 (0.1 overs)
Back on here too, Jappie and Myburgh for Punjab, Ashir Abid with the new ball and Myburgh chops the first ball straight to Balbirnie at point. Asad Zulfiqar at three.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  15:16
Sparta : 253-7 (50 overs)
Dosti : 7-1 (2.5 overs)
An early breakthrough for Sparta, Ahsan Malik bowling Waqas Raja for 6. Mahesh Hans in to join Rahil Ahmed.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  15:14
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
HCC : 6-0 (1 over)
They’re back at Thurlede, Niels Etman starting from the Chalet End to Joost Kooistra, who’s partnered by Tonny Staal. Six off the first, five of them for Staal. Heggelman from the City End.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:09
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 0-1 (1 over)
And what a pay-off, Walbrugh pushes down the wrong line and LBW second ball! Toby Visée pays a rare visit to the crease at three.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  15:07
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 93-1 (13 overs)
A bright and breezy, not to say impudent, half-century from Alphonse, who twice pulls Jain off his stumps to the fine leg boundary before using his feet and smacking him over extra cover. He has 65* now, Briggs on 17*.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  15:04
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
HBS : 0-0 (0 overs)
Good to go again at Westvliet too, Walbrugh and Kaplan in the middle, looks like VCC are opening with spin, Shariz Ahmad with ball in hand.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  15:03
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Salland : 7-0 (2 overs)
Back on at Deventer, Gopinath and Khan opening for the hosts, Mees va Vliet and Aryan Kumar sharing the new ball..

 Rod Lyall  14:54
For those who are interested in the Hoofdklasse semi-finals, Quick Haag finished on 184 for seven against Hermes-DVS at the Loopuyt Oval in Schiedam, while Rood en Wit have dismissed Bloemendaal for 127 at Sportpark Eindenhout. The winner of the former match goes straight into the grand final, while the loser will take on the winner of the second in the qualifying final.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  14:51
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 55-1 (8.5 overs)
Sharma flashes at Jain, gets an edge, and this time Fletcher takes the catch at slip. Cole Briggs joins Alphonse, now on 44*.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  14:46
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 51-0 (8 overs)
Alphonse continues to play freely, and when Hoornweg tries a slower ball, overpitching, he swings him effortlessly over square leg for six. It almost ends in a moment of tragicomedy two balls later, when he skies Hoornweg to long off, the catch isn’t taken, and he’s almost run out going for a very confused second. Refreshments all round while he recovers. He’s on 41*, Sharma on 9*.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  14:36
Sparta : 253-7 (50 overs)
A meaty 39 from Khalid Ahmadi gets Sparta up to their highest total of the season, with Diwan and Waqas Raja taking three wickets each for Dosti.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  14:33
Excelsior : 187 all out (49.3 overs)
Pringle gets Rens van Troost in the final over, and when Umar Baker skies a return catch off the next ball it’s all over. Three wickets apiece for Pringle and Floyd.

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 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  14:31
VRA : 282-7 (50 overs)
SIngh wrests some momentum back for the hosts at the death, Pulling Jappie high over square leg for six in the final over. Bit of squabbling over the strike there, Khan now refusing to run a likely two off the final ball. You do not love to see it.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:24
VCC : 236-5 (50 overs)
Engelbrecht drives Kaplan for a straight four off the final ball of the innings to finish on a 69-ball 69. Nice. Ahmad’s 33 off 35 also more than handy, VCC finish on 236-5.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  14:25
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 14-0 (2 overs)
Alphonse down the pitch to drive Hoornweg to the extra cover boundary, then makes room to flat-bat him through point for another. The next goes over point for four more, but he edges the final ball to Fletcher at slip, where the catch goes down.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  14:23
Excelsior : 171-8 (47 overs)
Kroesen hits a simple return catch to Overdijk, and Excelsior are in ever-deeper trouble. Rens van Troost joins Etman.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  14:21
VRA : 263-7 (48 overs)
Salarazai takes Turmaine’s poles in his next, and Jappie does the same to Lees. Zaman Khan in to join Singh. Punjab having the better of the death here.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  14:19
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Kampong : 2-0 (1 over)
Arnav Jain starts from the Airport End to Tushar Sharma, who opens with Ratha Alphonse. A single apiece off the first. Max Hoornweg from the Pavilion End.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  14:14
VCC : 212-5 (48 overs)
Fifty for Engelbrecht meanwhile as VCC accelerate at the back end, Ahmad still with him. Two overs to go.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  14:11
ACC : 175 all out (49.5 overs)
Raza looking to get as many off the last over as he can, chops Khan out behind square but is run out coming back for the second. Arya goes in like fashion next ball and ACC are all out for 175 with a ball unused.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  14:11
Sparta : 214-5 (47 overs)
Raza goes for 122, but the hard work has been done. Dosti have a mountain to climb.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  14:10
VRA : 253-5 (46 overs)
Good 45th from Salarazai, just two singles off it. Borren breaks out the reverse sweep to Jappie in the next, connects well enough but straight to Saqib at backward point, gone for 11. Singh in.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  14:10
Excelsior : 161-7 (44 overs)
Shankar holes out to Bijloos at long off, and another Excelsior batting collapse seems to be on the cards. Niels Etman in at nine.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  14:08
Excelsior : 154-6 (42.1 overs)
Big wicket for Overdijk, as Ingram plays at a ball outside off, gets the finest of inside edges, and Patel celebrates. Shankar in to join Luuk Kroesen.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  14:05
Excelsior : 154-5 (41.5 overs)
Van Troost tries to plant Floyd onto the next-door football field, misses, and is bowled. Luuk Kroesen in to join Ingram, who’s on 43*.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  14:00
VRA : 245-4 (44 overs)
Risky two out to midwicket, direct hit at the bowler’s end sees Balbirnie well short and gone for 13. Turmaine in to join Borren.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  13:58
ACC : 160-8 (48 overs)
Raza goes to fifty reverse sweeping Khan for four behind square. He’s held the innings together through the back end.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  13:58
Sparta : 190-4 (45 overs)
Ali Raza has chosen his moment to come good with the bat: he’s on 120*, and Sparta’s hopes of staying up look a little rosier.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  13:56
Excelsior : 144-4 (40 overs)
That said, Ingram scoops Bennett over fine leg for four, and when Van Troost gets a full toss he despatches it way over long off and into the water, occasioning a prolonged ball hunt. It returns whence it came next ball, but only for four. Ingram still can’t get Floyd away, and Patel misses a stumping chance which has the left-armer visibly frustrated. But it’s another maiden over.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:48
VRA : 224-3 (41 overs)
Rasool holes out pulling Saqib high into the hands of deep midwicket. Peter Borren makes his way to the middle.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  13:44
Excelsior : 129-4 (38 overs)
Runs still at a premium at Thurlede, where Ingram has gone on to 32*, with Van Troost on 6*. Floyd and Bennett keeping it tight for HCC.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:42
VCC : 162-5 (40 overs)
Another down at Westvliet too as de Grooth loses his off stump to Ferdi Vink. Shariz Ahmad in to join Engelbrecht, who’s on 29*.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  13:38
ACC : 130-8 (42 overs)
Across in Deventer two more have gone, the young Wolfe’s enterprising innings coming to an end when he holes out for 14 on the on side slog-sweeping Bharathi and Balk lasting just six balls before popping a leading edge to mid on in Bharathi’s next. Arya in with Raza now, the latter on 30*.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  13:39
VOC : 227 all out (35.2 overs)
Six and out for Seelaar, who lofts Nana back over his head but then tries to do it again and is caught at long on by Cole Briggs for 44. From 27 deliveries. Fletcher not out 32. All in all, a very strange scorecard. Three wickets apiece for Nana and Sharma.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:36
VRA : 207-2 (38.2 overs)
After a long time in the 90s, Rasool finally brings up his second Topklasse ton stroking Jappie out wide of mid off for a couple. Dutt still with him on 24*, still Saqib from the other end. And as I type the second wicket falls, Dutt spooning him high out toward long off, where Usman comes in off the rope to take a fine diving catch. Balbirnie in.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  13:32
Sparta : 146-3 (40 overs)
Diwan gets the breakthrough: Bukhari caught by Waheed Masood for 42. Raza on 89*, Mamoon Latif in.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  13:32
VOC : 221-9 (35 overs)
Two fours and a six for Seelaar in Sharma’s next, and the wrist spinner’s coming in for some serious tap now. Malik decides enough is enough, and brings Roy back from the Airport End. Fletcher edges him past the keeper for four. Twice. Nana from the Pavilion End.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  13:25
ACC : 123-6 (38 overs)
Handy partnership between Wolfe and Raza meanwhile, they’ve taken ACC to 123-6. Could yet put on something to bowl at.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:24
VRA : 200-1 (36 overs)
Jappie into the attack, oversteps in his second over and Dutt launches the free hit out toward the VRA bench on the midwicket rope, where Balbirnie takes the catch just over the rope. 200 up, Rasool on 97*, Dutt on 19*, and that’s drinks.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  13:19
Excelsior : 118-4 (32.4 overs)
Sho’ ‘nuff, Kroesen, after surviving a rather optimistic LBW appeal from Bennett, gets a leading edge and is caught by Floyd at backward point. Drinks at Thurlede, with a lot of onus on Ingram now.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  13:19
VOC : 195-9 (33 overs)
Seelaar seems to have found his range, smacking Sharma for four fours in an over. If he’s hampered in running by his back, belting boundaries is the way to go. In the same vein, Fletcher despatches Zalpuri over long off for six. Fletcher and Seelaar both on 23*.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  13:16
Excelsior : 117-3 (32 overs)
Verhagen swings across the line at Floyd, ball strikes pad, finger goes up. Verhagen waves his bat in protest at the harshness of the fates, and departs for a 69-ball 23. Ingram’s still there on 26*, joined by Joost Kroesen. With no Hampton to come in and thump it, Excelsior could have dug a bit of a hole for themselves here.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  13:12
VCC : 132-4 (32 overs)
Hingorani on the sweep at de Mey and misses, into the pad and no hesitation from the umpire, gone for 25. De Grooth joins Engelbrecht.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  13:09
VOC : 166-9 (30 overs)
It’s a funny old game at the moment at the Hazelaarweg, with Fletcher knocking the ball around but refusing the single, and Seelaar mostly content to play the ball to the fielder. Plenty of overs still, and the game has moved very quickly until now.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  13:08
ACC : 89-6 (33 overs)
ACC still sliding, Raza glances behind square and van Vliet wants the single. Made to regret it as he’s smartly run out. Wolfe in.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:08
VRA : 169-1 (31 overs)
Finally a wicket at the Bos as Scully plays Saqib out low to leg and Myburgh takes a fine diving catch at midwicket. He goes for 71, Dutt joins Rasool, who moves into the 90s.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  13:06
Excelsior : 112-2 (30 overs)
Still no real sign of acceleration at Thurlede, Verhagen on 22* and Ingram on 23* content for now to push the singles where they can. You’d think there needs to be a change of gear fairly soon.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  13:01
VRA : 152-0 (30 overs)
150 up for VRA as Rasool pulls Nidamanuru square for a single, he’s into the 80s now, Scully on 59*. Big score on the cards here.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  13:02
Sparta : 106-2 (31 overs)
Raza on 62* now, with Bukhari on 31*.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  12:55
VOC : 154-9 (26 overs)
Schoonheim tries to slog-sweep Sharma, top edge to deep square leg where Chaturvedi accepts the catch. 35 from 27 for Schoonheim, and Pieter Seelaar’s the last man.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:52
VCC : 119-3 (27 overs)
De Leede spoons De Mey up to mid on where Barresi collects another simple catch. Engelbrecht joins Hingorani.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  12:50
Sparta : 98-2 (28 overs)
Raza on 59* now, with Bukhari on 25*. A big stand for Sparta in what is reportedly Mudassar Bukhari’s last Topklasse game.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  12:49
VRA : 135-0 (26 overs)
Finally a chance at the Bos and it goes begging, Saqib finds Rasool’s outside edge but it goes down behind the wicket. Scully brings up his fifty in the next driving Nidamanuru straight for a couple, then sweeps behind square for four.<./em>

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  12:47
ACC : 82-5 (29 overs)
Collapse continues at Deventer as Kumar nicks Gopinath behind, Mees van Vliet to the crease to join Raza, who’s on 4 off 28.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  12:47
VOC : 144-8 (23.4 overs)
Hoornweg tries to go after Sharma, doesn’t get enough of it, and it’s down the throat of Roy at mid-off. Live stream pundit Pierce Fletcher in at ten.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  12:44
VOC : 143-7 (23 overs)
Sharma’s getting significant turn from the Pavilion End, and when Saurabh Zalpuri comes on from the Airport End he joins the Wicket With Your First Ball Club by bowling Hoes. Max Hoornweg joins Schoonheim, who now has 33* from just 23 deliveries.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:39
VCC : 103-2 (24 overs)
De Leede brings up the hundred for the hosts cutting de Mey in front of square for four, Hingorani on a typically circumspect 13* off 29 at the other end.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  12:37
Excelsior : 81-2 (22 overs)
Overdijk switches to the Chalet End, but Verhagen and Ingram continue to go along quietly.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:31
VCC : 97-2 (22 overs)
Malan goes for 52, a miscued pull off de Mey looping to Barresi at mid on. De Leede joins Hingorani .

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  12:31
VOC : 126-6 (20 overs)
Tushar Sharma into the attack from the Pavilion End, and a wicket with his first delivery, Upadhyaya looking to drive and caught by Jacod at cover point. Boris Hoes joins Jelte Schoonheim, who’s raced to 18*.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  12:30
VRA : 109-0 (19 overs)
Rasool brings up his fifty bunting Nidamanuru to the on side for a single, then brings up the century stand in the next over driving Sikander high and straight for four. <

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  12:28
ACC : 68-4 (23 overs)
Two more gone at Deventer, Potdar advances on Ganesan but too far across, Ganesan fires it down leg and smartly stumped. Hobson goes in Ganesan’s next, looking to go straight but more elevation than distance. Raza and Kumar in.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  12:19
Sparta : 66-2 (19 overs)
Raza on 42* now, with Bukhari on 13*.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  12:18
Excelsior : 71-2 (16.4 overs)
Drinks get the breakthrough at Thurlede, as Heggelman pulls at Trijzelaar and is bowled. Lorenzo Ingram in to join Verhagen.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:10
VCC : 77-1 (17 overs)
Hingorani’s played out ten dots to get his eye in before pulling Kaplan off his hip behind square for four to get off the mark. He’s gonna have to start again now though as that’s drinks.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  12:11
Excelsior : 70-1 (16 overs)
Justin Trijzelaar replaces Bennett from the City End. They’re taking a drink at Thurlede as well, with Heggelman on 16* and Verhagen on 6*.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  12:10
VOC : 97-5 (15.5 overs)
Hungry he may have been, but Jain chases a wideish delivery from Swanepoel, edging it to Alphonse, who tumbles to his right to take the catch. He goes for 35, and that’s the cue for a drink.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  12:09
ACC : 61-2 (17.4 overs)
ACC lose another as Wegener is caught off Ganesan for 22, and that brings drinks.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  12:07
VRA : 86-0 (15 overs)
Spin here at the Bos now too as Teja Nidamanuru comes into the attack. Fair to say pace wasn’t getting the job done. Scully on 43* now, Rasool on 35*.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  12:06
VOC : 92-4 (15 overs)
Jacod is called, and Jain punishes him by smacking him for six over long on. The rest of the over’s tidy enough, but Jain’s on 35* and looking hungry. Gert Swanepoel’s bowling from the Pavilion End.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  12:03
ACC : 57-1 (16 overs)
Spinners on at Salland, Bharathi and Ganesan for the hosts now. Potdar and Wegener making unhurried progress.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  12:00
VCC : 66-1 (14 overs)
Barresi breaks the stand with the last ball of his first over, Musa caught Klein for 33. Hingorani joins Malan, who’s on 33*.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  11:58
Sparta : 45-2 (15 overs)
Raza and Bukhari still there for Sparta, Raza now on 27*.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  11:54
Excelsior : 52-1 (11.4 overs)
Pringle gets Etman, who fences at one outside the off stump, Patel and the whole team go up, and he has to depart for 33. Verhagen in to join Heggelman, who’s on 11*.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  11:43
VOC : 76-4 (12 overs)
And another gone at the Hazelaarweg: De Kok down the pitch to Jacod, misses, and Alphonse whips the baills off. Ramdas Upadhyaya in at six.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:50
VCC : 50-0 (12 overs)
Fifty partnership up for Malan and Ahmad. Kaplan into the attack.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  11:47
VRA : 58-0 (10 overs)
Salarazai looking dangerous but expensive, beats the bat a couple of times but going for runs when he misses his line, Scully especially happy to use the pace. Both bats in the twenties now.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  11:45
Sparta : 31-2 (11 overs)
Two breakthroughs (?breaksthrough) at the Bermweg: Craig Ambrose leg-before to Asief Hoseinbaks for a duck, and Raza Noor bowled by Kuldeep Diwan for 8. Ali Raza’s there on 21*, joined by Mudassar Bukhari.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  11:43
VOC : 63-3 (10 overs)
Van Wingerden goes for a duck, caught by Alphonse off Roy. Tim de Kok in to join Jain, who’s on 20*.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:40
VCC : 41-0 (10 overs)
Malan and Ahmad looking steady at Westvliet, on 21* and 16* respectively. Still Klein and Vink for the visitors.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  11:38
Excelsior : 40-0 (7 overs)
An escape for Etman, who continues to go after the HCC seamers. He hits Bijloos through cover point for another four, but then swings hard, top-edging towards cover. The catch goes down, though, and he survives. Felix Bennett on from the City End.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  11:36
ACC : 25-1 (9 overs)
First down at Deventer, Smith looking to Slog-sweep Lubbers and skies it into the on side, Naqash holds tha catch and Lubbers looks extremely pleased with that wicket. Wegener in.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  11:35
VOC : 49-2 (8 overs)
Another wicket for Nana, Edwards trapped in front, also for 18. Siebe van Wingerden joins Arnav Jain in the middle.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  11:33
Excelsior : 40-0 (7 overs)
Runs continue to flow at Thurlede, Heggelman turning Overdijk for three and then Etman getting a fortunate edge past his leg stump for four. He produces a more authentic shot in Bijloos’s next, a square drive which goes all the way to the rope. He’s really going for his shots, pulling rather wildly at Overdijk and making no contact. That sort of thing just encourages the bowlers, but then he drives square again for another boundary before planting him over cover for yet another. He’s on 27* now, Heggelman on 8*.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  11:32
VRA : 42-0 (7 overs)
Too wide from Salarazai and Scully carves it over gully for four, and in his next over pulls him hard behind square, doesn’t seem troubled by the pace. Sikander takes over at the city end for the seventh, bit wayward from him three wides in his first, but a half-chance on the fifth ball as Scully half-connects looking to guide one through third and barely evades the keeper, but Scully survives and then pulls hard for six in front of square on the last. Quite an over there, and a change of ends for Salarazai.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  11:22
VOC : 37-1 (4.4 overs)
Big breakthrough for Kampong, as Nana has O’Dowd caught behind by Ratha Alphonse for 18. Arnav Jain in at three.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  11:18
ACC : 14-0 (4 overs)
Potdar found the rope off the second ball of the innings running Victor Lubbers down through third, Smith finds the rope for the first time three overs later with a lovely cover drive off Riender Lubbers.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  11:18
VOC : 36-0 (4 overs)
Edwards joins in the fun, hitting three fours off Alex Roy, and VOC are off to a flyer.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  11:15
Excelsior : 15-0 (4 overs)
Heggelman off the mark, turning Bijloos square for a couple. Etman likewise under way with a pull square off Overdijk for a single. The first boundary comes when Etman drives Bijloos wide of mid-on, and then he lifts him back over his head for six.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  11:14
VCC : 13-0 (3 overs)
Andre Malan and Musa Ahmad looking to reprise several successful partnerships this season, Ferdi Vink sharing the new ball with Ryan Klein, who is taken for two boundaries in the third over by Malan. Brisk start for the hosts.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  11:07
VRA : 5-0 (2 overs)
Luke Scully opening with Shirase Rasool today for VRA, Salarazai opening the bowling from the City End, good pace too. Tariq from the other end, rather gentler stuff. Tidy from both though, Rasool shows the first sign of adventure lifting Tariq over mid off for a couple, otherwise all a bit sedate.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  11:06
VOC : 17-0 (1 over)
A pretty hectic, not to say chaotic, start at the Hazelaarweg, where Max O’Dowd smacks a four and a six off Kertan Nana’s first over, which also includes a wide and a no ball. Scott Edwards batting at the other end.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  11:04
Excelsior : 1-0 (1 over)
Hidde Overdijk opens from the City End, bowling to Tim Etman, whose partner as usual is Tom Heggelman. Yash Patel back behind the stumps for HCC today, with Tonny Staal reverting to slip. Just a wide off the first over. Reinier Bijloos from the Chalet End.

 Salland Deventer vs ACC  11:01
ACC : 0-0 (0 overs)
ACC have won the toss and will bat first, in fact they’ll be doing so in a matter of moments. Potdar and Smith for the tourists, Victor Lubbers takes the new ball.

 VOC Rotterdam vs Kampong  10:48
And to complete the set, Tim de Kok has elected to bat at the Hazelaarweg after Usman Malik called incorrectly.

 Sparta 1888 vs Dosti  10:45
Sparta :
At the Bermweg Sparta have likewise won the toss and elected to bat.

 Voorburg vs HBS Craeyenhout  10:40
Down in Westvliet the hosts have the toss too, and will be batting too.

 VRA vs Punjab Rotterdam  10:35
Here at the Bos the hosts have won the toss and will have a bat.

 Excelsior ’20 vs HCC  10:37
Excelsior :
At Thurlede Boris Gorlee has called incorrectly, and Roel Verhagen has elected to have a bat.

 Bertus de Jong  10:17
Good Morning one and all and welcome back for this final round of Phase 2 games. In the bottom half of the table all eyes will be on Bermweg of course, where Sparta and Dosti’s clash is a de-facto eliminator with only the winner getting a shot at staying up through the relegation playoff. VOC and Kampong will be contending the Kaiser’s proverbial beard, while Salland and ACC’s match is likewise “de lana caprina”. Up top VCC and VRA have nothing to worry about in their matches against HBS and Punjab respectively, with VCC already top and VRA out of contention. The outcome of those matches will be of great interest to HCC and Excelsior however, who are contending with HBS and Punjab for the remaining three playoff slots.

 Rod Lyall  10:15
Good morning (/afternoon/evening) once again, and welcome to TKcricket’s live coverage of the final round of pool matches in the 2022 Topklasse. These games are crucial for at least seven of the sides, with the really big games the battle for second place between HCC and Excelsior at Thurlede and the struggle to avoid automatic relegation between Dosti and Sparta at the Bermweg. But Punjab’s visit to the Amsterdamse Bos is pretty significant too, and HBS could slip out of the four if they lose at Voorburg and results elsewhere don’t go their way. So as denouements go it’s something of a cliff-hanger (cue Twilight Zone theme music), and we’ll be here to bring you all the action as it happens.