Topklasse Live | Round 5 | As it Happened

played won lost tied n/r points NRR
SPT 5 4 1 8 1.508
VCC 5 4 1 8 1.271
VOC 5 3 2 6 1.206
VRA 5 3 2 6 0.849
PJB 5 3 2 6 0.243
ACC 5 3 2 6 -1.093
HCC 5 2 3 4 -0.766
SAL 5 2 3 4 -0.940
EXC 5 1 4 2 -0.754
HBS 5 5 -1.318

   Rod Lyall  
So finally, all ten teams have played five matches. Today’s results have seen VRA consolidate their fourth position, and ACC leapfrog Salland and HCC into sixth. HBS are still looking for their first win, and their visit to Thurlede on Saturday to meet Excelsior will be vital for both sides. Before that, though, they have an Ascension Day home match against Salland, which will also be a four-pointer. New leaders Sparta will take on VRA at the Bermweg on Thursday as well, and we’ll be here to bring you all the news from those games and the other three Ascension Day games. We’ll be updating the table in a moment, and there will be the usual review of the weekend’s events tomorrow. Plus galleries, our intrepid photographer Sander Tholen having returned from holiday, and scorecards, and the first batch of statistics for the season. So do drop back to catch up with the most comprehensive coverage of the Topklasse, and we’ll hope to talk to you again on Thursday and Saturday. Until then, this is Rod Lyall saying goodbye, and have a great week!

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 167 all out (46.5 overs) 

Eventually, Kuhn turns to Raza, and after Boddendijk smacks him three times for a couple of runs he skies one to cover, where Kuhn is waiting when the ball descends. Adendorff’s left not out on 47, but once again HBS fall short.  

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 154-9 (45 overs) 

And you’d be right. Boendermaker tries to loft Hans over midwicket, but can only find Shreyas Potdar in the deep. Spirited little knock, though. Adendorff’s resistance continues, as he lofts Hobson, who has returned from the Uilenstede End, over extra cover for six. Reddy switches to the River End, but the last pair keep picking off singles.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
164 all out (39.5 overs)  

Asking rate telling now, sharp bit of work from Balbirnie off his own bowling, picks up the bunt from Bartholomew in front of extra and whips it in to Peiris, Machiavello well short. Nidamanuru on from the other end and once again Turmaine’s changes pay off, Bartholomew holes out to deep midwicket, and four balls later Bharathi is stumped. Nidamanuru finishes with fetching figures of 2 for 2, Turmaine 3-24. VRA win by 120 runs.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 139-8 (40 overs) 

Well, that’s the uninhibited nature of youth. Kumar bounces 14-year-old Boendermaker, who hooks him behind square for four. Next ball’s short and lifting again, and this one goes all the way. 10 from two balls; this game’s pretty easy, isn’t it? Kumar’s next is pretty messy, with a big full toss, a couple of wides and a no ball, and with a six over midwicket by Adendorff to finish it costs 15 in total. But ACC have plenty in hand with ten overs left. You’d think . . .

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
153-7 (37 overs)  

Perhaps inspired by his brother’s efforts across the water, Balbirnie strikes after drinks. Van der Molen is reprieved first as a thick leading edge is shelled behind the bowler, but next ball he picks out deep midwicket. Machiavello joins Bartholomew.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 112-8 (37.1 overs) 

Kumar returns; another masterstroke from Kuhn, as De Mey cuts his first ball to the left of Hobson at one-and-a-halfth slip, and he dives at full length to take a fine catch. Young Elmar Boendermaker (who was responsible for that splendid direct hit in the ACC innings) comes in to join Adendorff.

   Bertus de Jong  14:45
Drinks again here at the Bos, Salland face an improbable task now with another 134 needed off the last 14 overs at a shade over 9.5. The loss of Lubbers especially hurts them, but van der Molen’s come out swinging and Bartholomew can clearly hold a bat. Will take a lot to even make VRA sweat from here though. Balbirnie’s more worried about the Ireland game and shouts up for the score during the break (his brother’s going all right along with Paul Stirling, they’re 98-1 over there chasing 275ish).

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
151-6 (36 overs)  

Van der Molen’s not going to die wondering, launched Balbirnie for six over the on side, then back to back maxima off Constant next over. Turmaine goes back to seam, Visser on from Mulder’s End.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 98-7 (31.2 overs) 

Reddy back from the Uilenstede End, and he gets the big wicket: Walbrugh plays around what looks like an off-cutter and is bowled. He goes for 33, and with him go most of HBS’s hopes of recording their first win of the season. Julian de Mey in at nine.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 90-6 (30 overs) 

Runs starting to flow a little more freely now, but the asking rate is creeping up towards six an over. That’s a pretty big ask on a day when four an over has been as much as anyone could manage, especially with only four wickets in hand. But Walbrugh remains HBS’s star turn, and if he can stay there, and find someone to stay with him, they’re not quite out of this.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
106-6 (29 overs)  

Bartholomew brings up the hundred for Salland pushing Turmaine out to long on. Still Constant at the other end and VRA turning the screw now. Bit of a gift for Salland there as one slips out of the hand and arrives at Bartholomew neck-high, pulled high out toward midwicket where Smal tracks back, and that’s a first in my time watching Topklasse live – a relay catch as Smal holds it on his way over and pops it up for van Luin. It won’t count though of course. No ball plus two. They get the wicket two balls later though as Lubbers drives to a suddenly lively Nidamanuru at mid on, who collects and rifles in the throw. Direct hit. Gone. Van der Molen joins Bartholomew.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 73-6 (25 overs) 

Hobson back for Master, who has three for 20 from five, with Ammar Zaidi replacing Kumar, three for 13 from six, next over. He almost gets a wicket, too, as Walbrugh’s surprised by the lift and spears the ball to cover, who dives valiantly forward but can’t quite get there. Short burst from Hobson, then Hans takes over from the River End. The rebuilding is gradual, but very badly needed.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
92-5 (23 overs)  

Lubbers still looking assured, but the procession continues at the other end. Naqash waltzes past one from Turmaine and doesn’t bother looking back as Peiris takes the bails off. Bartholomew in at seven.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
85-4 (21 overs)  

Young Adam Constant into the attack from Mulder’s End with some quickish wristspin handsomely driven for four past a dozing mid-off for four by Lubbers third ball, but otherwise tidy. A whole lot on the shoulders of Salland’s skipper now.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 61-6 (20 overs) 

Kumar’s earned himself three slips, a sight almost as rare in the Topklasse as batters in caps (see below), and he’s extracting much more life from a pitch which was pretty quiescent when HBS were bowling. That’s when it pitches: he unleashes a beamer at Walbrugh, and they get two off the resulting free hit. Walbrugh and Adendorff have managed to stop the rot for now, but there’s not a lot of batting left.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
72-4 (16.3 overs)  

Turmaine should have had another there, Lubbers on the sweep and a top edge comes down for Nidamanuru at short third, who seems rushed on what looked a straightforward catch, plamed up and out of reach. The insult to injury as a wild return throw beats everyone and buzzers for three. Van Luin still at the other end, plenty of fire but little assistance from the surface for him. Not so Turmaine, who’s looking a real handful, and does Raxworthy in the next. On the sweep and misses, no hesitation from the umpire as it thumps into the pad. That’ll be drinks.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 50-6 (15.5 overs) 

It was Kyle Klein, in fact, but he makes nonsense of the old ‘did not trouble the scorers’ shibboleth, edging Kumar to Hobson at second slip. ACC’s tails well and truly up, but they’ll have to wait until after drinks to press home their advantage.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 50-5 (15.1 overs) 

Er, no. First ball of Kumar’s next, Barresi prods uncertainly forward, Rahil Ahmed claims the catch, and the umpire agrees. HBS in all sorts now, as Nic Adendorff joins Walbrugh.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
52-3(13 overs)  

Turmaine brings himself on now, and it’s all paying off for him. Khan goes back to one and an ungainly swipe connects with nothing, the ball connects with the bail and gone. Lubbers in at five.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 47-4 (14.3 overs) 

Singh deposits Master into the shrubbery again, and this time they call for another ball. Water lurks beyond the bushes, so that’s an additional hazard. But Master gets his revenge, albeit with a juicy full toss. Master swings, overbalancing in the process, but he manages to hit the ball down the throat of Reddy at deep midwicket. Kamikaze stuff from HBS. Barresi in to restore some sanity, perhaps.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 40-3 (12.4 overs) 

Pote goes, swinging rather desperately across the line at Master and bottom-edging the ball into his stumps. Not the greatest choice from an opener. That brings Adil Ahmed to the crease, but two balls later he’s on his way as well, very well caught low to his left by Hans at slip. That one did carry! Enter Tayo Walbrugh, once more at a moment of crisis.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
47-2 (10 overs)  

Khan and Ganesan just looked to be settling, Turmaine brings on Visser from Mulder’s End. And immediate results. Ganesan on the drive and miscued up high on the off side, Smal’s at cover and comfortably taken. Raxworthy at four.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 36-1 (11 overs) 

A moment of controversy at the end of Kumar’s over, as Pote edges to slip and ACC claim the catch. The umpires consult about whether it carried, and appear to conclude that it didn’t. There’s a discussion with Heino Kuhn, but in the end ACC have to accept the decision and get on with the game. Zinesh Master on from the River End, and Singh plants him into the undergrowth beyond midwicket. They seem to find it readily enough, assuming it’s today’s ball. There must be several boxes’ worth in there.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 28-1 (9.3 overs) 

Mason seems intent on riding his luck, not quite in the Tobias Visée mould but still dashing the bat every chance he gets. He plays and misses as Hobson shapes the ball away, then edges the next wide of slip for a single. Pote’s approach is quite different, but they complement each other pretty well. When Reddy strays down leg, Mason pulls him into the corner by what may be the fourth green on the somewhat unorthodox golf course which is wrapped around ‘t Loopveld, and they get three. Aryan Kumar replaces Reddy from the Uilenstede End, and he gets Mason swinging and missing as he pursues a fifth-stump line. Then Mason does connect, lofting the ball high to deep mid-on, where Reddy is under it to take the catch. That had a certain inevitability about it. Manjinder Singh in at three.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
26-1 (6 overs)  

Stellar fielding from Smal at midwicket, Piyaranga turns one off his pads in front of square and looking for a single just a step or two down but Smal is on it like a shot, pick up and throw on the move with one to aim at and bullseye. Talha Khan at three.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 14-0 (5 overs) 

A big appeal for – and somewhat premature celebration of – a legside strangle against Mason off Reddy, but no change from the umpire. Things proceed quietly until Hobson overpitches slightly and Mason drives him square for four, a little uppishly but safely.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
1-0 (1 over)  

And we’re back, Ganesan and Piyaranga opening for Salland, Ashir Abid takes the new ball. Top edged pull over the keeper for a single the first scoring shot, then Piyaranga survives a loud but somehow unconvincing appeal for LBW. Van Luin from the other end.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 4-0 (1 over) 

We’re back at ‘t Loopveld, Hobson starting from the River Amstel End to Reece Mason, with Swapnil Pote at the non-striker’s end. A single for Mason and a three for Pote, turning the ball into the corner at deep fine leg. Joseph Reddy from the Uilenstede End.

   Bertus de Jong  14:45
“Good score” reckons Turmaine “it’s a good wicket to bat on but I think maybe 260 par.” Lubbers seems of a mind “could have been worse, was a lot of chasing leather and at one point it looked like we’d be chasing 300 plus. Still a big score though, will take some getting”. Certainly couldn’t ask for better conditions to have a crack at it though, glorious sunshine here. Do join us again after lunch.

   VRA
  284-7 (50 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Some technical difficulties here, but we’re back in time for a lunchtime summary. Salland have done well at the death to keep VRA from running away with it, Gopinath had van Luin bowled pushing down the wrong line, and Bartholomew had Peiris caught down the leg side. If 280 was par then VRA have their noses in front.

   Rod Lyall  
That ACC total is probably around par, and worth 220-230 pretty much anywhere else. Maybe 260-280 at Craeyenhout. It was built on the patience of Potdar and Hobson, a fine little knock from Kuhn, and Raza’s excellent contribution towards the end. The HBS bowlers worked hard and made full use of the conditions, but 206 will take some getting when they reply.

   ACC
  205-6 (50 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Yesterday’s batting hero, Ammar Zaidi, joins Raza, whose innings has been a fine contribution here. The two left-handers push hard, bringing up the magic 200 with four balls left. Zaidi’s wagon-wheel would be more a wagon-spoke, aimed at backward point, but he gets to 8*, Raza finishing with 44* from 51 deliveries. That was vital to ACC setting a pretty competitive total.

   ACC
  192-6 (48.2 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Klein again gives way, this time to Manjinder Singh, Barresi having perhaps provided another stocking-filler as he manages his death bowling. And indeed, it’s Klein to close things out from the River End. There’s not been much in this pitch for the seamers: Pote, Klein and Singh have at this point one wicket between them from 25 overs, although they have managed to keep the scoring down. As ACC look to accelerate, there’s another run-out: Raza drives into the covers, Kumar comes looking for a single, and has no chance of getting back.

   ACC
  174-5 (45 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Klein again gets just the one over before Barresi returns, Raza and Aryan Kumar content to milk the bowling for the most part. But they keep the board ticking along, a total around 200 still just about on the cards. That Barresi over means that Klein can now wrap things up from the Uilenstede End, since he has three overs left. He goes for five, and Barresi switches to the River End.

   VRA
  234-5 (42 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Second drinks break done, much needed in the sunshine now. Smattering of singles off Gopinath after the resumption takes VRA past the 200-mark. Singh goes to his hundred with a hard run two through the covers, then starts to hit out in earnest, clears Raxworthy at deep midwicket again off Gopinath, but finally holes out to long on looking to repeat the shot next ball. He goes for 112. And four balls later another wicket, Nidamanuru run out courtesy a direct hit from Khan in the deep. Van Luin and Balbirnie now for the hosts.

   ACC
  151-5 (40.5 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

The breakthrough comes with a run-out: Hans pushes to midwicket, goes for the quick single, and is beaten by a direct hit from side-on. Not sure by whom, but a very smart piece of fielding!

   ACC
  146-4 (40 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

De Mey finishes with one for 24 from his ten overs, an outstanding effort. Swapnil Pote succeeds him, with Barresi still on from the Uilenstede End; just three off the first of his new spell, as we head into the last ten overs and Klein returns.

   ACC
  128-4 (36 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Wicket maiden from De Mey, as HBS work their way back into this game. Big shout for leg-before from Barresi et suis, but it was angled across the left-handed Raza and the umpire’s not interested. Raza has joined the Scott Edwards School of Battery, sweeping both sides of the wicket with aplomb, but it mostly yields singles at this stage. That’s the second drinks break.

   VRA
  188-2 (35 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Singh on the back foot to Gopinath, in the slot and heaved away toward deep midwicket, it’s high and hard, Raxworthy on the rope leaps but can only palm it over. Nidamanuru next over bags his first boundary, picked up over backward square high and handsome for six. Ganesan takes the ball, Singh on 87* now. Unlucky for some . . .

   ACC
  122-4 (33.3 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Spin from both ends now, with Barresi deploying his off-breaks from the Uilenstede End. This means that we’re treated to the rare sight of Kuhn dispensing with a helmet, batting in a cap instead. Ah, nostalgia! It’s Raza, though, who reverse-sweeps Barresi for four behind point, not once but twice. De Mey, whose first, seven-over spell, cost just 17 runs, returns from the River End, after Ahmed came in for some tap last over. AND he gets Kuhn, down on one knee sweeping, and trapped in front. He made 28, and is succeeded by Mahesh Hans.

   VRA
  152-2 (30 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Driven back straight by Smal and Gopinath gets a hand on it, into the stumps but Singh has his bat down, then they steal a cheeky single off the ricochet. No luck for Salland today. Gopinath finds the breakthrough in the next over though, Smal on the front foot and miscued high toward long off, where Machiavello races in to take a fine running catch. He goes for 78, Nidamanuru in to join Singh, who’s on 71*. Naqash back from the City End.

   ACC
  100-3 (29.6 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Barresi greets Kuhn by bringing back Klein from the Uilenstede End. That lasts just one over, though, and Manjinder Singh’s back in his stead, Kuhn having in the meantime slog-swept Ahmed to that same legside boundary. When Singh strays down the leg side, Kuhn pulls him fine for another four; definite signs of an upping of the scoring-rate since the skipper’s arrival. It may be that the outfield’s beginning to quicken up, too, although the daisies are continuing to flourish. Potdar goes to 49* by pulling Ahmed in the air, but safely, though midwicket, then turns him square to reach a second half-century of the season. Two balls later Kuhn takes the total into three figures. ACC beginning to reap the rewards of their early caution – but then Potdar slashes at a wide one, and Boddendijk takes the catch at point. Anees Raza in to join Kuhn.

   VRA
  138-1 (26 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Smal skips down the track at Barathi and launches him high over long on’s head and into the water on the full, two balls later and driven over the rope wide of the same man. He’s on to 73* now, Singh on 64*. Could be on for a big score here, consensus on the balcony is that par’s up around 270-80.

   ACC
  71-2 (25.2 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Adil Ahmed’s leg-breaks now from the River Amstel End, and a Potdar slog-sweep produces the second boundary of the innings. That’s a relatively short square boundary in front of the pavilion, and probably the best chance of reaching the rope. De Mey continues from the Uilenstede End, still keeping the scoring down to singles. And it’s Ahmed who gets the breakthrough, as Hobson tries to go over the top, doesn’t get all of it, and Nic Adendorff at long off takes a very good catch, falling full-length but staying inside the boundary. He goes for 25, and Heino Kuhn joins Potdar, who’s on 39*.

   ACC
  59-1 (23 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Rain during the week has doubtless had its effect, and nothing’s really running – which means the batters have to. Quite a lot. There are signs, too, that they’re having trouble timing their shots, again a product of the conditions on a characteristic, bowler-friendly ACC pitch. Whatever par may be in the Bos today, on this side of Amstelveen it’ll be a good deal lower. Which makes this stand, now worth 51, all the more valuable; 32* for Potdar, 20* for Hobson.

   VRA
  101-1 (20 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Fifty for Singh pushing van der Molen out to the cover sweeper for a single, Smal follows suit in the next over, and that’s the century partnership too of course. Solid platform for the hosts but does look like a batter’s day today, the haze has burned off and the sun’s making its presence felt. Well worth swinging by if you’re in the area.

   ACC
  43-1 (18 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

No sooner written than Potdar cracks Singh through the covers for the first boundary of the morning! Otherwise it’s back to a diet of dots and singles, the field spread and Singh and De Mey bowling to it pretty effectively. And it’s time for a drink at ‘t Loopveld.

   VRA
  83-1 (16 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Scoring hasn’t slowed much since the field spread, Naqash has replaced Bartholomew from the city end but a couple of overpitched delvieries have been driven straight for four. And first six of the weekend here in the next over, Singh brings out the slog-sweep to Ganesan, not the cleanest connection but enough to carry it just over the midwicket rope. He’s on 45*, Smal on 38*. Barathi into the attack now.

   ACC
  33-1 (15 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

Double bowling change, with left-arm medium pacer Manjinder Singh replacing Klein and Julian de Mey on at the Uilenstede End. Potdar and Hobson negotiate this well enough, though it’s a measure of the HBS bowling (as well as of the conditions) that there has not yet been a boundary this morning.

   VRA
  49-1 (10 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Shot. Plenty of pace to work with from Bartholomew and Singh knows how to use it, checked square drive, holds the pose, four. Next over Lubbers gets the treatment, dead straight four more. Ganesan into the attack now, first ball pulled for four by Smal behind square and beats the man to the rope. Outfield’s still pretty zippy. All but the first ball of the powerplay has gone VRA’s way. Fair to say a par score today’s a good deal more than it was yesterday though.

   ACC
  19-1 (10 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

The first powerplay ends with Potdar and Hobson still playing cautiously against an accurate opening attack, Klein bowling with more pace from the River Amstel End, Pote’s gentle medium pace from the other. It’s a platform, but still a fairly low one.

   ACC
  8-1 (6.2 overs)

HBS   
 yet to bat  

A steady start by Rahil Ahmed and Shreyas Potdar against Swapnil Pote and Kyle Klein, making just 8 in the first six overs. But then Ahmed clips Pote off his toes to square leg, where Reece Mason dives (or more accurately, falls) to his left to take a low catch. Thomas Hobson in at three. We were, incidentally, misled on the team news: Bas van der Heyde isn’t playing for ACC, Ammar Zaidi is.

   VRA
  18-1 (5 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

Bartholomew strikes first ball to remove Rasool, back of a length and Rasool on the back foot defending, takes the edge and into the gloves. Smal in at three to join Singh, who gets away with a trademark bump over the slips next over off Lubbers. Deck does look a bit quicker than yesterday.

   Bertus de Jong  10:50
Morning all, and welcome back. I’m back at the Bos today for VRA-Salland. Bit hazier today but should clear up in the afternoon. Expect a sterner contest from an in-form Salland taking on a VRA side that’s looked out of sort of late. Victor Lubbers has won the toss and put the hosts in to bat, understandable given how it played here yesterday. Fresh deck today though and looks a better one to bat on is the word.

   VRA
  0-0 (0 overs)

Salland   
yet to bat  

First news from the Amsterdamse Bos is that Victor Lubbers has called correctly and elected to bowl. VRA bring in Sachin Peiris in place of Luke Scully; for Salland Tobias Machiavello replaces Reinder Lubbers.

   ACC
  yet to bat

HBS   
 yet to bat  

It’s a similar story at Het Loopveld, where Wesley Barresi wins the toss and inserts the hosts. Youngster Mark Wolfe and veteran Bas van der Heyde come in for ACC, replacing Devanshu Arya and Ammar Zaidi – both crucial figures in yesterday’s win against VRA – while for HBS Elmar Boendermaker replaces Martijn Scholte.

   Rod Lyall  10:20
We will, of course, bring you news of the toss and today’s teams as soon as we get them.

   Rod Lyall  10:16
And once again, good morning (afternoon/evening) everyone, and welcome (back) to our continuing coverage of what is promising to be a more interesting Topklasse competition than had initially seemed likely. The interest today will focus mainly on the middle to lower reaches of the table, with VRA (fifth after yesterday’s loss) at home to sixth-placed Salland and eighth-placed ACC (yesterday’s victors over VRA) taking on bottom side HBS, still winless after four games. These are, of course, rescheduled matches, after all but one of the opening day’s games were rained off. Today’s results could have a big influence on who makes it into the top six, so don’t go anywhere (except, perhaps, to one of the matches!).


   Bertus de Jong  18:32
That’s that. And perhaps not the most edifying day’s cricket but a good one for the competition. Voorburg suffer their first defeat of the season, Sparta go level at the top and the mid-table’s looking pretty crowded. HBS in a bit of a hole at the bottom now, though they’ve a chance to do something about that tomorrow against ACC, who stumbled over the line today against a VRA side that continues to underperform. They take on an increasingly threatening Salland sinde back here at the Bos tomorrow, do join us again then.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
218-4 (45.4 overs)  

Minhas takes a single to move to 94, Sikander takes another, and then Minhas finishes it with the six which takes him to 100* as well as settling the result. He will regard that as a very acceptable scenario. Punjab win by six wickets.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
211-4 (45 overs)  

They can do it in singles now, and the return of Kingma is perhaps Engelbrecht’s last throw of the dice. But Sikander can see the finish now, and he hits the pace man for another six to narrow the deficit to 12. This approach could deny Minhas a well-deserved century, but I doubt if that would upset him too much with the points in his pocket. 12 off the over in all, including a no ball, and nine more are required.

   Salland
   129-2 (26 overs)

Excelsior   
126 ao (38.5/40 overs)  

And done, Ganesan gets his fifty and finishes the match putting Etman across the boundary, Salland win by 8 wickets

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
198-4 (44 overs)  

A boundary for Sikander off the first ball of Shariz’s next eases the pressure a little; one boundary an over should be enough to see Punjab home. But it’s not enough for Sikander, who lifts Shariz’s final delivery for six! He moves to 30*, with Minhas on 89*. 19 needed off 30 balls.

   Salland
   122-2 (24.2 overs)

Excelsior   
126 ao (38.5/40 overs)  

Khan falls with the end in sight, caught off Rens van Troost for 15, Bartholomew in with 5 to get, Ganesan needs one for fifty

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
177-4 (42 overs)  

40 off eight, and Minhas still there. He has 84*, Sikander 17*. Levitt continues in tandem with Shariz.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
168-4 (40 overs)  

49 needed from the last ten, with Minhas now on 81*. All the key bowlers have overs in hand: three apiece for Kingma, Van Vliet and Nieuwoudt, two for Klein, and lots for the spinners. Everyone is no doubt fully aware that Minhas’s wicket is what will determine the outcome. But at last we’ve had a couple of tight finishes today!.

   HCC
  233-6 (48.3 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

And done. Doram picks de Mey up off his toes and away over the on-side for four. HCC win by 4 wickets

   HCC
  223-6 (47 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

Overdijk holes out on the slog-sweep to de Mey for a run-a-ball 28, Doram joins Floyd for the final stretch, 9 to get off three..

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
156-4 (36 overs)  

Minhas is doing what a professional does, moving on to 75* and getting sterling support from Sikander Zulfiqar. 14 overs to go, 61 needed. Engelbrecht rings the changes, trying Levitt now, and he knows he needs to get Minhas sooner rather than later.

   Salland
   83-1 (16 overs)

Excelsior   
126 ao (38.5/40 overs)  

the breakthrough comes as Piyaranga is run out by Niels Etman for 44, Khan in at three, but hard to see a way back for Excelsior from here.

   HCC
  218-5 (46 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

Singh drops short and Floyd with a short arm pull over square for six, then goes to fifty running him down to third. HBS’ look out of ideas here. 14 to get.

   HCC
  197-5 (44 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

Floyd and Overdijk likewise look well on course, the former closing in on fifty, 34 needed off the last six .

   Salland
   68-0 (13 overs)

Excelsior   
126 ao (38.5/40 overs)  

Ganesan and PIyaranga look set to knock these off on their proverbials. Half-way there without loss, plenty of overs left

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
138-4 (31.3 overs)  

Van Vliet gets the vital breakthrough, Saqib caught by Engelbrecht for 43, and the stand ends on 124. Sikander joins Minhas, who’s now on 69*, and you’d think that these two really need to get their side to within 20 or 30 of the target.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
131-3 (30 overs)  

They haven’t played each other very often in the top flight, but this is now Punjab’s highest fourth-wicket partnership against Voorburg, and their best for any wicket at Westvliet. Still a way to go before they challenge the 154 Asad Zulfiqar and Jonathan Vandiar posted for the third wicket at the Zomercomplex last season, and even further before they take their side anywhere near victory, but they’ve weathered the advent of Shariz and the return of Kingma, and 86 are now required..

   HCC
  157-5 (39 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

Big wicket at de Diepput, Vandiar feeling for one outside off and nicks Singh through to Alphonse. Hidde Overdijk joins FLoyd, who’s in the twenties.

   Salland
   47-0 (7 overs)

Excelsior   
126 ao (38.5/40 overs)  

Salland have starter their chase meanwhile, and Piyaranga and Ganesan are making it look easy. Hart’s been bashed out of the attack going for 26 in his first three, INgram takes over so spin from both sides, operating with Baker from the other end.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
113-3 (26 overs)  

The partnership’s now worth 99, with Saqib on 37* and Minhas having gone on to 49*. 104 required from 144 deliveries.

   HCC
  141-4 (36 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

Kloppenburg goes, launching Boddendijk into the off side, but not far enough. FLoyd in with Vandiar now, who’s accumulated a circumspect 30-odd. 91 to get off 14.

   Bertus de Jong  16:52
And Sachin Tendulkar (assuming he’s following us today) will be delighted with developments here at the Bos. Anticipating an early finish, the VRA Zamis and their opponents Groen Geel have each had a ten-over innings over the other side, and are now resuming their split-innings one-dayer on the main ground, 35-overs aside. Groen Geel resume with a first innings deficit of 21, or the other way round. Hotbed of innovation is Dutch cricket.

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
96-7 (40.2 overs)  

“Don’t drop the pro” will be the moral of the story today, especially when you’re defending 95, but credit to Zaidi here too. ACC owe their two points as much to his 23* as to the twice-reprieved Hobson’s 46. It’s Arya that hits the winning runs in the end, pushing van Luin through the covers for a couple. The groundsman may well complain that the batting hasn’t exactly flattered his wicket, but it has made for a remarkably tense game. ACC won by 3 wickets.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
54-3 (16 overs)  

Mees van Vliet and Ryan Klein take over the attack, but Saqib and Minhas continue their rebuilding operation. A long way to go, though!.

   HCC
  121-3 (30 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

A steday 48-run fourth-wicket stand between Kloppenburg and Vandiar has put HCC back in a decent position. Both bats in the 20s, double from thirty gets them home from here. Boddendijk into the attack.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
126 ao (38.5/40 overs)  

A dogged 15* from Luuk Kroesen gets Excelsior within sight of a total, but the tail folds around him. 129 will be the target. Even on a sodden Salland deck, advantage very much to the hosts.

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
86-7 (35 overs)  

Crucial 16-run partenership this in the context of the match, Zaidi looking determined to see his side home. Singh into the attack to try to make good his earlier drops. Ten to get.

   HCC
  90-3 (22 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

Staal and Gorlee’s underwehlming seasons continue, the latter caught off Singh and the former LBW to de Mey for 12 and 24 respectively. Vanidar and Koppenburg the younger for HCC now .

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
37-3 (10 overs)  

Minhas begins purposefully with a couple of boundaries, one off each of the bowlers, and with the help of a couple more wides this pair has tripled the score, albeit from a very low base.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
105-8 (32/40 overs)  

Excelsior’s collapse continues, Etman caught off a leading edge by Barathi off his own bowling, then van Troost skies a sweep off Gopinath. Shankar caught off Khan’s fourth ball next over, Rens van Troost and Luuk Kroesen trying to salvage something of the innings.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
13-3 (6.2 overs)  

Punjab are in serious trouble now, Rehmat Zulfiqar caught by Boissevain off Nieuwoudt. Minhas really has to make a big score here if his side is to have a realistic chance of chasing this target down

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
70-7 (27 overs)  

And got him! But is it too late? Turmaine draws Hobson forward, finds the edge, Scully makes no mistake, gone for 46. Arya in to join zaidi with 26 to get.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
85-5 (26/40 overs)  

Another for Ganesan, Ingram reaching for a wide one and feathered through. Stan van Troost in with Etman now.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
9-2 (4.6 overs)  

Another catch for Croes, this time Riaz, yet to get off the mark, who edges Nieuwoudt to the keeper. Sikander joins his big brother, who earlier drove Kingma sweetly to the extra cover boundary for the one real shot of the innings so far.

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
59-6 (23 overs)  

Hobson reprieved again! Wide from Turmaine and cut uppishly in front of point, where Singh gets a hand to it again but can’t hold on. Much tougher chance this time but really can’t be giving him two lives with a two-figure total to defend. Good chance that’s cost them the game.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
80-4 (23/40 overs)  

Three in a row for Ganesan and suddenly Excelsiot are in trouble. Etman LBW, Verhagen caught long on, then a return catch held to get rid of Hart. Niels Etman in with Ingram now.

   HCC
  62-1 (12 overs)

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

HCC are off in pursuit, Kyle Klein’s broken the opening stand at 37 taking Alphonse’ middle stump but Staal and Gorlee are keeping the scoreboard ticking nicely. .

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
3-1 (1.1 over)  

And after a wide first ball Kingma squares Asad up with a lifting delivery, which the batter edges through to keeper Croes. Mohsin Riaz to the crease very early indeed.

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
49-6 (20 overs)  

Hobson loses another partner as Visser has Kumar caught at slip. Zaidi in, Hobson on 31* now but getting more help from VRA than his batting partners.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
2-0 (1 over)  

Back on at Westvliet, with Rehmat and Asad Zulfiqar out in the middle to face, in the first instance, Karl Nieuwoudt from the Pavilion End. A couple of wides get Punjab started, but otherwise no action. Batting allrounder Viv Kingma from the Paddock End.

   Sparta
  118-4 (18.5 overs)

VOC   
117 ao (35.2 overs)  

Hoseinbaks has his revenge, Tarr back and bowled for 57, but it’s too late to matter. Kroesen and Clark wrap up the win with 31.1 overs to spare. Won’t hurt the net run rate, that. Sparta win by 6 wickets.

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
47-5 (17 overs)  

They’re back on after lunch here at the Bos too, and ACC are making a meal of this. Constant has a big LBW shout turned down, but Hans gifts him a return catch right after, ACC five-down. Kumar joins Hobson.

   Sparta
  88-3 (6 overs)

VOC   
117 ao (35.2 overs)  

Meanwhile at Bermweg Garnett Tarr’s batting like he has somewhere else to be, brings up his fifty lifting Hoseinbaks over long on for six. Sparta racing toward the win.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
63-1(15/40 overs)  

Heggelman goes, caught at cover off Bharathi, but Etman’s looking in fine nick as he’s joined by Verhagen. He’s on to 37* now. Still Ganesan from the other end.

   Bertus de Jong  14:32
VRA feel they’re still in this match, though skipper Turmaine concedes par was probably almost twice what they got. “It’s not easy to bat out there, par about 180 maybe”. The wicket’s not doing anything crazy but it’s seaming a bit and plenty in it for the spinners. ACC only need 55 runs though, everything would have to go right for the hosts after lunch if they’re to pull off an improbable defense here.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
41-0 (10/40 overs)  

Steady start for Excelsior, Etman and Heggelman still, the former on 26*, the latter’s not seen much of the strike, still in single figures. Ganesan and Bharathi now for the hosts.

   Voorburg
  216-8 (50 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

And indeed, with seven coming off Bhatti’s last and Kingma despatching a Minhas full toss over cow corner Voorburg get past the magic figure. Kingma’s knock isn’t just heave and hope: he’s played some very good shots off both the front and back foot, much more cultured than your average number ten. Sikander bowls the last, but with nine off that Punjab find themselves facing a larger total than seemed likely when they took their eighth wicket. Kingma finishes with a splendid 31-ball 39*.

   Sparta
  27-2 (6 overs)

VOC   
117 ao (35.2 overs)  

Another down at Berweg as Hoornweg has Ferguson pinned in front going back to a full one. Bukhari in.

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
41-4 (15 overs)  

Time for lunch here with ACC still needing 55. VRA have given ACC something to think about, but will likely regret dropping Hobson, who goes to lunch on 29*. One way or another will have an early finish here you’d think.

   Voorburg
  189-8 (47 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Bhatti from the Paddock End, until now a realm devoted entirely to spin. But it’s Saqib who’s cleaning up, as Boissevain is caught by Rehmat Zulfiqar at point, bringing Viv Kingma in to join Nieuwoudt. Four for 33 for Saqib, who has one over left to bowl

   Sparta
  15-1 (3 overs)

VOC   
117 ao (35.2 overs)  

They’re back on at Bermweg and Jain has an early breakthrough, Raza holing out to deep midwicket. Tarr joins Ferguson.

   Voorburg
  164-8 (43 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Bhatti from the Paddock End, until now a realm devoted entirely to spin. But it’s Saqib who’s cleaning up, as Boissevain is caught by Rehmat Zulfiqar at point, bringing Viv Kingma in to join Nieuwoudt. Four for 33 for Saqib, who has one over left to bowl

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
22-4 (12 overs)  

Turmaine into the attack, Turns one into Raza’s front pad and a huge shout, given! Raza looks pretty miffed, was a fair ways forward but that doesn’t help much these days. Did he get bat on it maybe? Umpire doesn’t think so. Hans in, and Visser on from the city end.

   Voorburg
  156-5 (40.5 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Saqib back as the Sikander experiment proves short-lived, and he soon gets one through Shariz’s defences and into the stumps. Another brace of wickets, and 200 looks a long way off as Karl Nieuwoudt joins Klein. It looks even further as three balls later Saqib removes Klein as well, again bowled, bringing Philippe Boissevain to the crease.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
12-0 (2/40 overs)  

And they’re finally on at Deventer, Etman and Heggleman opening for Excelsior. The former’s already got two boundaries under his belt. Reinder Lubbers and Fraser Bartholomew share the new ball.

Lunch review #5: Early lunch taken at Salland. Sandwiches with spreads and toppings. Long ride for just a sandwich. 5/10
Stan (without Gijs) xx

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
17-3 (9 overs)  

And Abid really should have had a fourth there, Hobson flashing at a wide one, edged and rgulation at slip, Singh plams it up but can’t cling on. Can’t be dropping the pro with 95 to defend.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
231-9 (50 overs)  

Walbrugh brings up his ton off the third ball of the 50th, a full toss from Venter pulled away for six. He holes out next ball for 103, but he’s got HBS to a score. Venter finishes with figures of 5-42.

   Voorburg
  154-5 (37.4 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Don’t think drinks can really be blamed there: Shariz cuts to short third, Engelbrecht comes looking for a single, slips and ends up in a heap, unable to get back before Mahmood tips off a bail. End of a very useful partnership as Engelbrecht departs for 33, and Ryan Klein comes to the crease.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
216-8 (48 overs)  

Walbrugh loses another two partners, Adendorff popping a leading edge into the on side off Overdijk, the Manminder Singh holes out three balls later. Scholte in, Walbrugh on 93*

   Sparta
  yet to bat

VOC   
117 ao (35.2 overs)  

And Clark finishes things off, Hoornweg caught Raza and VOC all out for 117.

   Voorburg
  153-4 (37 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Sikander Zulfiqar replaces Saqib, but that just seems to mean that the ball comes off the bat quicker and goes further. The stand’s now up to 70, with Shariz on 33* and his skipper on one less. Which is the cue for another drink.

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
7-1 (3 overs)  

Two in two for Abid as Potdar and Khun are nicked off in successive deliveries. Are VRA starting to believe? Raza joins Hobson. Still Nidamanuru at the other end.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
203-6 (45 overs)  

HCC finally break the stand between Walbrugh and Klein, the latter committing from the non-strikers as Walbrugh dabs to third, Wlabrugh hesitates and sets off, ball comes in to the keeper and sharp work, Klein run out for 39, Adendorff joins Walbrugh, who’s into the 80s.

   Sparta
  yet to bat

VOC   
117-9 (35 overs)  

Malik’s completed his five-fer meanwhile, Rami Upahyaya his fifth victim. Two for Joost Kroesen along the way and VOC down to last pair Hoseinbaks and Hoornweg.

   Voorburg
  125-4 (32 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

After those initial successes Mahmood and Saqib have found that the Westvliet pitch is a little less conducive to spin than they might have hoped, and Engelbrecht and Shariz make steady progress. An Engelbrecht paddle-sweep and a Shariz cover drive are the highlights so far, but the running between the wickets has also been a feature.

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
4-1 (1 over)  

Time for an hour’s play before lunch, VRA with all of 95 runs to defend. Good start at least, as Abid has Rahil Ahmed driving to Smal at cover first ball. Hobson at three joins Potdar, drives the last ball of the over out square for four. Looks like Nidamanuru from the other end. Interesting gambit..

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
0-0 (0/40 overs)  

13.40 start we hear, Salland win the toss and unsurprisingly put Exclesior in to bat. 40 overs aside

   VRA
  95 ao (31 overs)

ACC   
yet to bat  

And in a trice the collapse is complete. Constant whips Arya straight to midwicket, Visser miscues a slog-sweep off Hans down mid on’s throat, then last man Ashit Abid pops up a simple catch to Kuhn at midwicket. Arya finishes with figures of 4-8 in 8. VRA all out for 95, and lunch isn’t even ready yet. Time for a quick mini-session.

   Voorburg
  100-4 (26 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Some rebuilding necessary for Voorburg, but that doesn’t mean that Engelbrecht and Shariz aren’t prepared to play shots, the former unleashing a very effective reverse sweep off Mahmood. Shariz has started Labuschagning as a rejects a single, bat pointed towards his partner. Mahmood’s windmilling action is equally distinctive, but he can’t prevent Engelbrecht turning him fine to take the total into three figures.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
157-5 (38 overs)  

Walbrugh and Klein’s reconstruction job at de Diepput continues, Walbrugh goes to fifty running Vanter down to third for one, next over Klein takes the Crows past 150 with an inside edge down to fine leg. More convincing from Walbrugh next ball as he heaves Charumbira over midwicket for six. Getting up toward a score to bowl at now.

   Sparta
  yet to bat

VOC   
90-6 (26 overs)  

And another down at Bermweg, Fourie playing across the line at a full ball from Ahmadi and stumps spread, He goes for 26, the top score for VOC so far. Jelte Schoonheim in.

   VRA
  89-7 (26 overs)

ACC   
yet to bat  

VRA in freefall now, Scully goes back to a full ball from Arya and loses his off stump. Back to back wicket maidens for Arya now, Turmaine to the middle with his side in a state.

   Voorburg
  83-4 (22.1 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Again a wicket leads to a second, as Musa goes back, gets a leading edge, and Saqib snaffles the return catch. Punjab are getting on top here, as Shariz Ahmad comes in to join his captain.

   Voorburg
  83-3 (21.3 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Shafiq completes an outstanding spell with figures of one for 23, and Saqib Zulfiqar replaces Bhatti from the Pavilion End. Gigani drives his initial loosener through extra cover for four, and then takes a single to move to 49. Aaliyan Mahmood from the Paddock End, and Gigani’s innings ends tamely as he spoons a simple return catch. Shame, because he’d batted very well. Sybrand Engelbrecht joins Musa..

   VRA
  88-6 (24 overs)

ACC   
yet to bat  

Beginnings of a partnership at the BOs snuffed out as Balbirnie is rapped on the pads by Arya and up goes the finger. Adam Constant in on debut.

   Voorburg
  78-2 (19 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Gigani continues to play freely, not always with the middle of the bat, and Musa gets off the mark with a nicely-timed square drive for four off Bhatti. Otherwise just singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over. There’s some discussion about the state of the ball before Bhatti bowls his next, but the umpires decide against a change and Gigani and Musa push on to drinks, at which point the former has reached 44*, his highest Topklasse score.

   Sparta
  yet to bat

VOC   
57-5 (19 overs)  

Wickets still tumbling at Bermweg too, Jain gone now pinned LBW on the back pad by Snoep for 12. Niaz in with Fourie now..

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
yet to bat  

Early lunch at Salland, another inspection at 1pm.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
105-5 (27 overs)  

Hundred up for HBS as Walbrugh and Klein look to rebuild, Doram and Crowley now for the hosts.

   Voorburg
  53-2 (11.5 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Croes starts confidently, easing Bhatti through point for three, but then he tries a slog-sweep against Shafiq, down on one knee, misses, and the umpire’s finger goes up. One makes two as Musa Ahmad joins Gigani, who’s now on 30*.

   VRA
  69-4 (14 overs)

ACC   
yet to bat  

Collapse continues here at the Bos. Van Luin run out courtesy a direct hit from Heino Kuhn. Balbirnie in.

   Sparta
  yet to bat

VOC   
39-4 (13 overs)  

That’s the trifecta for Malik, Edwards moves across to ramp but only succeeds in directing the ball into his own stumps. De Kok in, and de Kok out, across his stumps and bowled behind his legs. Fourie in.

   Voorburg
  48-1 (10.1 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Breakthrough for Bhatti, and it’s the big wicket of Levitt, who fails to get over a drive and hits the ball chest-high to Sikander Zulfiqar at extra cover. Noah Croes in at three, with Gigani on 26*.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
91-5 (21 overs)  

Barresi gone too, Plays inside a full one from Overdijk, into the base of off stump. Kyle Klein in.

   VRA
  50-3 (10 overs)

ACC   
yet to bat  

VRA in trouble now as Hobson finds Smal’s outside edge and Rahil Ahmed collects. Van Luin at five, fifty up but the VRA top order underwhelms again.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
90-4 (20 overs)  

And another for Venter, Ahmed flashes at a wide one, bottom edge clatters into the stumps. Barresi joins Walbrugh.

   Voorburg
  47-0 (9 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Three more successive boundaries by Gigani off Tariq give rise to some flexing and stretching in the field, as if a bowling change might be imminent. First though, a paddle-sweep round the corner by Levitt off Shafiq yields him another four, and Punjab might be thinking their opponents are called Fourburg (profound apologies for that one!). The rest of the over’s tidy enough, and indeed it’s Sohail Bhatti who replaces Tariq from the Pavilion End. Busy as ever, he appeals for leg-before against Levitt but he gets no support, least of all from umpire Van Liemt.

   VRA
  46-2 (9 overs)

ACC   
yet to bat  

Reddy replaces Kumar and strikes in his second over, Rasool pushing down the wrong line and bowled. Nidamanuru in to join Smal, who’s played some attractive strokes for a run-a-ball 16*, aided by a swift outfield.

   Sparta
  yet to bat

VOC   
32-2 (9 overs)  

Another for Malik, and another big one as Berry chops on for 18. Edwards in.

   Voorburg
  27-0 (6 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

After a quiet start Levitt takes to Shafiq, lofting him back his head for six and then slashing him through cover point for four. Gigani had inflicted similar treatment on Tariq’s previous over, so Voorburg have made a good start..

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
74-3 (16 overs)  

And a third for Venter as Pote flicks a full ball uppishly in front of square and is caught for 12. Walbrugh in.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
yet to bat  

Very wet indeed we’re told. Another inspection in an hour’s time.

   Sparta
  yet to bat

VOC   
7-1 (3 overs)  

Big wicket early at Bermweg, O’Dowd advances on Malik, expansive drive and outside edge flies high to slip where Clark takes a fine catch above his head. Berry in to join Jain.

   Voorburg
  0-0 (1 overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

Michael Levitt takes strike to Tariq, who has elected to bowl from the Pavilion End. Nehaan Gigani at the non-striker’s end. After three very accurate deliveries Asad Zulfiqar comes up to the stumps, which is about as close as we get to any real action. Slow left-armer Muhammad Shafiq to start from the Paddock End.

   VRA
  16-1 (3 overs)

ACC   
yet to bat  

First wicket down at the Bos, and it’s catching practice for Hobson in the slips as Singh guides a shortish wide ball from Kumar straight to him. Smal at three, and puts his first delivery away through midwicket for four.

   Voorburg
  0-0 (overs)

Punjab   
yet to bat  

At Westvliet Sulaiman Tariq has won the toss for Punjab and, as is his wont, has invited Voorburg to have a bat. The home side understandably unchanged from last week; for Punjab Sohail Bhatti plays for the first time this season, replacing Mubashar Hussain.

   Sparta
  yet to bat

VOC   
0-0 (0 overs)  

And a Bermweg Sparta win the toss and will bowl first.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
43-2 (8 overs)  

HCC mixing it up early, Henrico Venter the fifth bowler in just the 8th over, and third change is the charm as Mason plays across a straight one and loses his middle stump. And three balls later he has another, Julian de Mey driving outside off and edging low to Vandiar at first slip. Ahmed in to join Pote.

   VRA
  0-0 (0 overs)

ACC   
yet to bat  

The hosts win the toss here at the Bos, and will bat first. Adma Constant into the side for the injured Aryan Dutt.

   Salland
   yet to bat

Excelsior   
yet to bat  

We’re going to be in for a delay here, very wet out there we’re told. They’ll be having another look at 11.

   Rod Lyall  10:19
And indeed, good morning from me, on what looks like a superb early summer’s day. Can Punjab become the first team to deny Voorburg as they march onwards? The next few hours will tell us, and I shall do my best to keep you up to date with the events at Westvliet. Starting with the toss and team news as soon as we have them.

   HCC
  yet to bat

HBS   
0-0 (0 overs)  

The hosts win the toss at de Diepput, and invite HBS to bat first. Vandiar back for the hosts, Pote and Mason will open for HBS.

   Bertus de Jong  09:22
Good morning all and welcome back. Bit of an early start today as HBS and HCC have decided to start an hour ealry. So should have news on the toss at de Diepput momentarily. Rod should be joining us soon, he’ll be keeping us posted on developments at Voorburg. I’ll be off down to the Bos shortly for the Amsterdam derby which, like the rest of the day’s games, will be starting at a more civilized 11am. So plenty of time to check out the preview.