Topklasse Live | Round 7 | As it Happened

Group A

played won lost tied n/r points NRR
HBS 7 6 1 12 0.008
PJB 7 5 2 10 1.219
HCC 7 5 2 10 0.960
SPT 7 2 5 4 -0.735
ACC 7 2 5 4 -0.749
KAM 7 1 5 2 -0.697

Group B

played won lost tied n/r points NRR
VCC 7 7 14 1.628
VRA 7 4 3 8 1.197
VOC 7 4 3 8 0.796
EXC 7 4 3 8 0.356
SAL 7 2 5 4 -2.080
DOS 7 7 0 -2.266

 Rod Lyall  18:38
Well, that was a terrific day’s cricket, with the bowlers having the edge in the morning but the batting sides generally prevailing in the afternoon. We’ll be back on Saturday to do it all again, and in the meantime don’t forget:

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 18:33
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 221-6 (49.3 overs)
A single for Ackermann, then two for Kumar. And he hits the next to the boundary to give ACC a tremendous victory. All credit to Hobson, whose 122 was the difference between the sides.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 18:30
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 214-6 (49 overs)
Six required off the last, and it’s Usman Saleem to bowl it.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 18:24
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 211-6 (48.2 overs)
Hobson takes two, but he’s caught by Saleem off the next. He made 122, but suddenly Sparta are back in it! Ackermann joins Kumar, who’s on 24*.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 18:24
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 209-5 (48 overs)
A three for Hobson helps a lot, and then he adds another. Ten from it in total, and now ACC can see the finish line. 11 from two, and Malik has the ball.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 18:19
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 199-5 (47 overs)
Malik to bowl 47 and 49. Eight from his first, leaving 21 to get. Ahmadi bowls 48.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 18:15
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 191-5 (46 overs)
Seven off it. 29 from four. Malik still has two to bowl, Ahmadi one. Who bowls the other one?

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 18:12
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 184-5 (45 overs)
Hobson moves on to 104*, Kumar on 15*. Two good overs for ACC; 36 required off five. Ahmadi to bowl the 46th.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 18:06
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 219-5 (48.5 overs)
All over at Maarschalkerweerd.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 18:01
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 170-5 (43 overs)
Hobson gets to three figures, batting now with Kumar. 50 needed off seven.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   17:57
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 195 all out (41.5 overs)
Etman back, Lees takes a single off the first out to long off, Abid does the same three balls later. Just seven to get, but they won’t be got. Squeezed out to point and they look to steal one, throw comes in, Abid dives, Verhagen takes the bails, Abid is sure he’s home but the square leg umpire is of a different opinion.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 17:57
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 161-5 (42 overs)
Knoll goes for 10, caught by Malik off Saleem. Hobson’s on 98*, but ACC need 59 from eight.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 17:52
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 202-5 (44.4 overs)
But Usman Malik has other ideas, trapping Navjit in front for 11. Only 17 needed now, though.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   17:49
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 193-9 (41 overs)
Abid blocks out a maiden to Ingram, Hampton from the other end. Just the one single off it, more than a few past the bat too. Getting very tense.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 17:47
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 148-4 (40 overs)
Hobson on 92* now, with Chris Knoll on 3*, but ACC need 72 off 10. Bukhari has one over left, Malik and Ahmadi two each.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 17:45
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 196-4 (43.1 overs)
It’s only a matter of time, you’d think.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   17:41
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 192-9 (39 overs)
Lees has looked happy to trust Abid with the strike in this last stand, and the youngster repays his faith blocking three dots to Hampton and then bagging two edging wide of the slips on the final ball of the 37th. Ingram still at the other end, and Lees slams the first ball of the 38th over long on for six, then drives through extra for two.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 17:40
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 173-4 (38 overs)
Kaplan made 44, it seems, and Barresi’s now gone for the same score. Navjit and Ryan Klein together to try to knock off the remaining runs.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 17:37
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 139-4 (38 overs)
Ahmadi bowls McInerney for 4, and equally important, there’s just one run off the over. 81 off 12, and Sparta look to be back in charge.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 17:32
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 138-3 (37 overs)
No further wicket at the Bermweg, but ACC still need 82, and they only have 13 overs to get them. Hobson, on 85*, remains key.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 17:26
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 172-5 (32 overs)
HCC complete a five-wicket victory, but not before there are some unpleasant scenes. Patel hooks a Salarazai bouncer off his eyebrows for six to long leg, and something appears to be said which brings Saqib and Asad Zulfiqar into an angry confrontation with the batters. Tariq gets involved as well, and there’s a fair bit of gesturing before the umpires usher him away. It would be surprising if we didn’t hear more about this. But the end comes in the next over, giving Punjab their second successive defeat.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   17:24
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 173-9 (35 overs)
And a well-directed bouncer from Hampton does the trick, Turmaine tries to sway away but doesn’t sway far enough, Ingram makes no mistake at slip. Abid last man.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   17:20
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 171-8 (34 overs)
Lees chops Ingram away behind point for four to release some of the pressure, but still very tense out there. Both bats on 5*. Hampton again from the other end.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 17:16
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 128-3 (33 overs)
The whiff of a possibility gets a little stronger as Smith falls for 2, caught by Allen off Bukhari. Charles McInerney in now, but Hobson’s is the wicket Sparta really need.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 17:11
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : ???-3 (? overs)
Kaplan has gone, caught at mid-off off Nana, but Barresi’s still there, joined now by Navjit Singh.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 17:10
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 127-2 (32 overs)
Ahmadi returns to remove Potdar, caught by Bukhari for 26. Hobson, on 80*, is joined by Robin Smith. Sparta may sniff the faintest hint of a chance.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   17:07
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 161-8 (31 overs)
Heggelman again and has Dutt fencing outside off, was there a nick? The umpire thinks so. He goes for 62, Turmaine joins Lees who has yet to score, and the remaining 41 runs look a big ask from here…

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 17:06
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 150-5 (28.5 overs)
Salarazai has been fairly expensive today, but he eventually gets Pringle, hooking at a bouncer and taken above his head by Asad Zulfiqar. The New Zealander made 17, but with only 22 needed as Patel comes to the crease you have to think that’s too little, too late for Punjab.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 16:59
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : ???-2 (? overs)
Likewise at Maarschalkerweerd, a solid stand from Barresi and Kaplan seems to be taking the match away from Kampong. The live score has stalled, but the flow of runs has not.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   16:57
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 159-7 (29 overs)
Short from Hampton and pulled away for four by Dutt, then pitched up and driven through extra for four more, but next over Heggelman has Borren for a duck, wide and flashing outside off edged through and gone. Real see-saw stuff. Lees in, 43 still needed.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 16:55
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 112-1 (28 overs)
At the Bermweg Hobson and Potdar have now added 87, with Hobson on 73* and Potdar on 23*. The game is drifting ACC’s way.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 16:50
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 134-4 (25.5 overs)
Salarazai back from the Scoreboard End, but Gorlee and Pringle take ten off his over. In Sikander’s next, Pringle, the non-striker, holds the bowler up in order to discard a sweater, but it’s his partner who suffers, chipping the following delivery over Sikander’s head to Salarazai at mid-off. Funny old game . . . Overdijk in, and LBW first ball. Even funnier old game!

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  16:49
Salland : 185-9 (50 overs)
VOC : 186-3 (30 overs)
VOC really going for the net run rate boost. Edwards departs after scoring 87 followed by Jelte Schoonheim for 12 off 5 balls. Fourie and Jain unbeaten as VOC cross the line in 30 overs. Seelaar and Fletcher signing off from Deventer.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   16:47
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 149-6 (27 overs)
Dutt goes to fifty in less than emphatic style, edging van Troost behind and through for four, but loses another parter two overs later as Nashier shanks a thick outside edge to point off Heggelman. Borren in, Hampton back into the attack.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 16:36
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 118-2 (27 overs)
Barresi and Kaplan are making steady progress, with 101 now needed from 23 overs. Barresi’s on 21*, Kaplan on 18*, and Cole Briggs is the seventh bowler tried by Malik.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   16:35
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 140-5 (25 overs)
Four more to Smal punching Heggelman away square off the back foot, but three balls later he’s gone. On the drive and miscued into the off side where Stan van Troost hold on in the deep. Nashier in to join Dutt, who’s on 46*.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 16:29
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 115-2 (21.5 overs)
Another for Sikander, and it’s the crucial scalp of Staal, who had just imperiously lofted him over extra cover for four. The next one jags back sharply, and Staal’s beaten, caught on the crease. No hesitation from the umpire, and Staal goes for 75. Pringle joins Gorlee.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  16:20
Salland : 185-9 (50 overs)
VOC : 153-3 (26 overs)
Ganesan with the breakthrough, good sharp catch at slip from Reinder Lubbers sees the back of Matt Smit for 20. Tim de Kok joins Edwards who is 80*, and a double strike in the over. Tim de Kok stumped for 0.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   16:25
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 126-4 (22 overs)
Heggelman back and Smal lifts him over a leaping cover for four, then clips the next ball off his toes for four more. Hosts getting worried now, and next over van Troost goes short and is pulled to the rope to take Smal to 49, pushes the next through cover to go to fifty.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 16:01
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 68-1 (20 overs)
Hobson’s gone on to 42*, Potdar on 10*. Saleem and Gohil operating for Sparta now, and it’s looking as if this could be another very tight finish.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   16:15
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 110-4 (20 overs)
Back of a length from van Troost and Dutt rocks back to heave him away over midwicket for four, bringing up the hundred for VRA. Smal gets in on the fun three balls later, driving hard through cover to the rope, then straighter through long off for four more. Both bats in the 30s now, been an impressive recovery.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 16:10
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 94-1 (17.4 overs)
Sikander Zulfiqar gets a desperately-needed breakthrough, Worden edging a wideish delivery to Asad and departing for 23. Staal’s on 62*, and they’ll take a drink.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 16:06
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 76-2 (18.4 overs)
Malik strikes again, with Mason this time falling to a brilliant caught-and-bowled, Malik diving well across to his left to take a low catch. Gavin Kaplan in to join Barresi.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  16:01
Salland : 185-9 (50 overs)
VOC : 129-1 (20 overs)
Drinks at het Schootsveld, 129 for 1 after 20. There was some confusion in the middle regarding the O’Dowd dismissal. O’Dowd thinking there were 5 man outside the 30 yard circle, but deep backward square entered the ring just in time, leaving O’Dowd in disbelief.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   16:01
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 81-4 (17 overs)
Heinsbroek into the attack, tidy early but then too wide and Smal cuts for four, next ball too short and pulled over the on side for four more.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 16:01
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 44-1 (14 overs)
Hobson and Potdar are building a stand, the former on 28* now, but they’re in danger of falling behind the rate required. Still, they’ve seen Malik off, and Ahmadi’s replaced him.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 15:56
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 71-1 (16.2 overs)
Malik delivers for his side, bowling Walbrugh through the gate for 43. Barresi joins Mason, who’s on 23*.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 15:54
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 77-0 (14 overs)
A very brisk half-century for Staal, who lofts Ashiqullah back over his head for a couple to move to 49*, is forced to defend the next, and then dismisses the next high over midwicket for four. Worden happy to adopt the watching/congratulating role.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 15:49
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 57-0 (14 overs)
Singh Jhala and Jacod on now for Kampong, but Walbrugh and Mason proceed undeterred, now on 41* and 12* respectively. Kampong in serious need of a wicket.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 15:46
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 68-0 (12 overs)
Ashiqullah Said replaces Salarazai, but a free hit delivery following a no ball is a full toss, despatched by Staal over midwicket. The over costs 13 in all, and HCC appear to be cruising: Staal on 45* from 42 balls, Worden 14*.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   15:45
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 65-4 (14 overs)
Hampton a bit loose here, on the pads to Smal and clipped away square for four, short and wide to Dutt and lifted over backward point for two better. Ingram tighter at the other end, just one off his next.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 15:40
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 25-1 (7.4 overs)
Bukhari gets the breakthrough, with Raza caught behind by his near-namesake for 7. Shreyas Potdar in to join Hobson, who’s on 17*.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   15:38
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 52-4 (12 overs)
Ingram into the attack and Dutt whips the first ball over midwicket for four, then blocks out the over. A lot of rebuilding to do from here…

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  15:35
Salland : 185-9 (50 overs)
VOC : 110-1 (15 overs)
VOC working on their net run rate here. 110 for 1 after 15. Scott Edwards on 55*, Max O’Dowd out for 49. Matt Smit in at three.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 15:32
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 45-0 (9 overs)
There have been some scoring issues at De Diepput, but we can now bring you up to date, with the news that Staal has been distinctly the more aggressive of the HCC pair, reaching 28* while Worden is on 11*. Tariq and Salarazai still operating for Punjab.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   15:30
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 44-4 (10 overs)
Dutt gets two full on the pads from Heggelman and puts both away through the on side for four, but Hampton’s introduction pays off as Balbirnie’s pinned in front for 9. Smal at six.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 15:26
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
HBS : 35-0 (8 overs)
Tayo Walbrugh and Reece Mason open for HBS, facing Kertan Nana and Usman Malik. Walbrugh’s started in a hurry, moving on to 30*, with his partner on 6*.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  15:25
Salland : 185-9 (50 overs)
VOC : 82-0 (12 overs)
Rollicking start by VOC. Edwards has brought his broomstick to Deventer and has swept his way to 41. Max O’Dowd on 32.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 15:21
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
ACC : 17-0 (3 overs)
ACC have started their chase at the Bermweg, with Anis Raza and Thomas Hobson facing Malik and Bukhari. No breakthrough as yet for the former international pair.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  15:09
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 118-1 (21.4 overs)
Perumal into the attack and cut away for four by Ahmad, three balls later and Ahmad strides down to cream him over midwicket for six. Just three to get, Hans still at the other end, bowling full and straight, single out to square leg for each batter, and another for Hingorani and done. He finishes on a restrained 25* off 49, Ahmad at the other end mostly responsible for the early finish, ending up on 66* off 55 deliveries. VCC win by 9 wickets with an afternoon to spare. That was not close.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  15:02
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 102-1 (20 overs)
Fifty for Musa Ahmad here meanwhile, and the hundred up for VCC. Hans into the attack to delay the inevitable.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  15:00
Salland : 185-9 (50 overs)
VOC : 13-0 (2 overs)
We are back at ‘t Schootsveld with the usual suspects opening the batting for VOC. Reinder Lubbers opening the bowling from the Pavilion end, 7 off the first. Gul Nasir from the other end, 6 off his first.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 15:00
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
HCC : 2-0 (1 over)
They’re back on at De Diepput, with Suleiman Tariq bowling to Zac Worfden and Tonny Staal. The former away with a single first ball, Staal hitting uppishly towards extra cover to get off the mark as well. Safiullah Salarazai from the Van Hogenhoucklaan End.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   15:00
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 17-2 (3 overs)
Scully seems to have been given the same hitting brief as Visser, drives Heggelman through the covers for four, then three balls later bombs him back over his head for six. First ball of the next Singh guides a wide ball from Etman through the off side for four more, but gets too much elevation trying to repeat the shot two balls later and caught. Dutt at four, it’s all happening.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  14:52
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 91-1 (17 overs)
Width from Diwan and Hingorani cuts hard, collision in the field and the ball runs away for four. Ahmad one hit away from fifty meanwhile.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   14:50
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
VRA : 2-1 (1 over)
And they’re back on at Thurlede, Singh and Visser opening for VRA. Niels Etman takes the new ball. And Visser’s presumably been instructed to go hard early again, in the event he merely goes early. Takes a knee, top-edged slog and Verhagen runs across to take it around backward square leggish. Scully at three, Heggelman from the other end.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  14:42
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 77-1 (14 overs)
It’s all slowed down a bit since Malan got out and the field spread, but Hingorani and Ahmad keep the total ticking up, and they’re hardly pressed for time. Hingorani on 10, Ahmad into the forties. Still Diwan and Raja for the hosts.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 14:30
Sparta : 219-8 (50 overs)
Eight off it for Ibrahimkhil and Usman Saleem, and ACC will need 220 to win. Arya finishes with three for 34.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 14:26
Sparta : 211-8 (49 overs)
Gohil misses out on a maiden Topklasse hundred, caught by Van Vliet off Ackermann for 93. Pity, but his innings brought Sparta back into the game. Hobson to bowl the last.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  14:25
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 62-1 (9 overs)
Bit of a ball-hunt there, and now a bowling change. Raja into the attack from the football end, but it’s a change at the other end that pays off, Diwan on and first ball has Malan caught at slip for the second time this season. He goes for 18, Hingorani in at three.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 14:21
Kampong : 218-9 (50 overs)
Van der Harten goes for a big heave off Kyle Klein’s final delivery and is caught at deep fine leg by Stephan Vink for 20. A decent total for the home side, but will it be enough?

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 14:18
Sparta : 197-7 (47 overs)
Arya gets his revenge, bowling Ahmadi, but Gohil has gone on to 84*, partnered now by Nasrat Inbrahimkhil. He’s on a charge in the final overs.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 14:15
Punjab : 171 all out (48.4 overs)
And Floyd finishes it off, bowling Saqib for an 82-ball 28. He has four for 25, Floris de Lange three for 37. Well short of par, you’d think, but the pitch doesn’t seem all that easy to bat on. We shall see.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   14:10
Excelsior : 201 all out (43.3 overs)
Another for Balbirnie, and it’s the one they wanted. Hampton playing across the line and a big leading edge falls to Visser coming in off the rope from long off. He goes for 45. Heinsbroek last man. Three balls later and it’s all over, van Troost sloggging into the on side but doesn’t get in cleanly and gone. VRA will have a target of 202 after lunch.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 14:15
Kampong : 205-8 (48 overs)
Jacod pulls Kyle Klein hard for four, but the next delivery sends his middle stump cartwheeling. He goes for a run-a-ball 20. Shivdutt Singh Jhala fences with the last of the over, and Martijn Scholte takes the catch.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  14:09
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 56-0 (7 overs)
Straight six from Malan, then Ahmad brings up the fifty sweeping hard behind square. And again. He’s on 25 off 17, Malan on 17 off 22. VCC halfway home already.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 14:07
Punjab : 170-9 (47 overs)
Floyd gets a double breakthrough at De Diepput, Salarazai holing out to Hidde Overdijk at long on and departing even before the catch is taken, then Ashiqullah Said trapped in front first ball. Double wicket maiden for the left-arm spinner.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  14:03
Salland : 185-9 (50 overs)
A strong finish for Salland. Finishing on 185 for 9, Naqash not out on 60.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 14:02
Sparta : 166-6 (43.5 overs)
The partnership’s broken at the Bermweg, Malik bowled by Arya for 31. Khalid Ahmadi to join Gohil, and promptly off the mark with a six.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  14:03
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 32-0 (5 overs)
Hoseinbaks coming in for some tap now, Ahmad lofts him over long off for a six, then a thick edge flies over slip for four more, and then a cracking drive through long off brings two more.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   14:00
Excelsior : 196-8 (42 overs)
Balbirnie into the attack, full toss first up and Shankar lifts him over mid off for four, but next ball is on the spot and plumb. Rens van Troost in and off the mark driving square for four.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 13:58
Kampong : 187-6 (45 overs)
Pierre Jacod and Robert van der Harten now at the crease for Kampong.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   13:55
Excelsior : 188-7 (41 overs)
Borren removes Kroesen’s off stump, Stan van Troost in, and out five balls later top edging a pull and Lees is round behind the keeper to take it at deep fine leg. Shankar in.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 13:55
Sparta : 155-5 (42 overs)
Half-century for Gohil, and he’s now on 60*, with Malik on 27*. The stand’s worth 79, with power to add.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  13:53
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 16-0 (2 overs)
Hmm this may not take long. Tidy enough from Hoseinbaks but Masood’s radar looks shot at the other end. Five wides to start, and both bats put him over the rope. 15 off it.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 13:51
Punjab : 156-7 (43 overs)
Floris de Lange back from the Van Hogenhoucklaan End, and he immediately gets Tariq caught behind for 15. Safiullah Salarazai in, and he hammers De Lange back over his head for six. Punjab need to push on here, but they’re running out of wickets. And Saqib has 19* from 64 deliveries.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   13:50
Excelsior : 185-5 (40 overs)
Hampton still motoring a long for Excelsior, takes a knee to Turmaine and slog-sweeps over the on side for a one-bouncer. He’s onto 36* off as many balls, Kroesen still with him on 21*, make that 42* for Hampton now, another slog-sweep clears the rope on the full.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 13:48
Kampong : 169-6 (42.1 overs)
Another for De Mey: Alphonse gets a full toss which he only succeeds in thumping to Ferdi Vink at mid-off. Then Malik holes out to Ryan Klein off Ferdi, and Kampong are in danger of throwing a good start away.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  13:45
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
VCC : 0-0 (0 overs)
We’re back in action here, Malan and Musa Ahmad for VCC, looks like the latter to face, Hoseinbaks with ball in hand.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  13:42
Salland : 138-8 (45 overs)
Salland’s slide continues as Niaz picks up his 3rd by pinning Nasir in front. Reinder Lubbers in at 10.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 13:40
Kampong : 160-4 (40 overs)
Malik and Alphonse, obviously, keen to cash in on the platform provided by Briggs and Van Biljon, but De Mey (now from the Pavilion End) and Ferdi Vink are keeping it tight. Accumulation rather than onslaught the current order of the day.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  13:35
Salland : 134-7 (43 overs)
Niaz replacing Hoornweg after drinks and strikes! Hashim Khan dismissed clean bowled. Naqash the key on 23*. Gul Nasir to the crease with 7 overs to go.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 13:35
Punjab : 130-6 (39 overs)
There’s been a post-drinks delay at De Diepput: not sure what the issue was, but it may have involved one or both of the balls. At any rate, we’re now good to go again.

The view from the scorer’s table | Photo: Pierce Fletcher

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  13:29
Salland : 132-6 (41 overs)
An eventful couple of overs, as Hoornweg is again deposited over his head by Naqash. In the next over, Hashim Khan slog sweeps Smit to Hoornweg at mid wicket but the chance goes begging. Drinks taken with the score on 132-6 after 41 overs. Overrate not an issue for VOC.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 13:25
Sparta : 129-5 (35 overs)
Sparta’s Thermopylae-like resistance continues, with Gohil now on 43* and Malik on 19*. They will, of course, be looking for a happier outcome than Leonidas and his men achieved, while ACC, in the role of the Persians, will want to finish this off a.s.a.p.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   13:23
Excelsior : 138-5 (33 overs)
Short from Visser and Hampton on the pull creams him over the on side for six. He’s on 15 off 19, Kroesen kept quiet at the other end on 1 off 10.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 13:19
Kampong : 151-4 (34.5 overs)
Malik hits De Mey for six, but then Briggs, on 61*, tries to belt him into the waste disposal area beyond cow, and his off stump is knocked back. Malik’s there on 18*, and is joined by Ratha Alphonse.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 13:15
Sparta : 121-5 (32 overs)
Gohil and Malik are still there, having now added 45 for the sixth wicket, and they’re starting to up the tempo. Gohil now on 36*, Malik on 18*. ACC in need of a wicket.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  13:13
Salland : 117-6 (37 overs)
Apologies to Talha Khan, who actually scored a well made 53. Another wicket goes down, as Gopinath is clean bowled by Hoornweg for 1.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  13:10
Salland : 116-5 (36 overs)
Hoornweg deposited over his head for 6 by Naqash. Smit continuing and picks up his 3rd, sharply caught by a bare handed Scott Edwards at mid wicket. Naqash the not out batter on 18.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   13:10
Excelsior : 128-4 (30 overs)
Big wicket at Thurlede as Peter Borren, bowling in a cap, tempts Ingram into a loose slash outside off and edged to wide slip. He goes for 17. Hampton in.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 13:08
Punjab : 118-6 (29 overs)
Floyd replaces Pringle, and Sikander is given run out attempting a quick single off the last of the over. Hard to judge, but there can’t have been much in it. Suleiman Tariq joins Saqib, who currently has 8* from 41 deliveries.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  13:06
Dosti : 117 all out (31.3 overs)
And a run out to wrap things up, Wegecsanyi gone for 2, Dosti all out for 117, Hoseinbaks unbeaten on 18, and a full lunch break coming we’re told.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   13:00
Excelsior : 122-4 (28 overs)
Turmaine rather loses his length and is taken for back-to-back fours through the off side by Etman, but the next does the trick, Etman on the back foot and flat-bats it over Turmaine’s shoulder, but Turmaine manages to twist and get his hands up, well held and gone for 16. Joost Kroesen in.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  12:59
Dosti : 115-9 (31 overs)
An entertaining partnership comes to an end as Potgieter returns to bowl Masood, Wegecsanyi last man.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  12:55
Massive wicket at ‘t Schootsveld, Matt Smit strikes bowling Talha Khan around his legs for a well made 30-odd. Hoornweg back into the attack, replacing Schoonheim.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 12:55
Kampong : 121-3 (28.4 overs)
A much-needed breakthrough for HBS, and no maiden Topklasse half-century for Van Biljon, who hits Julian de Mey uppishly to cover and is caught by Kaplan for 48. Briggs, however, has gone on to 50*, and is now joined by Usman Malik.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 12:53
Punjab : 101-5 (29 overs)
The end of a superb spell from Venter, whose ten overs have cost just 16 runs and produced one wicket. Considering how Punjab started, he’s brought his side back into the match. Pringle still from the other end.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  12:49
Dosti : 105-8 (28 overs)
Ahmad comes in for some tap in the 27th, Masood clubs him over long on for six, and Hoseinbaks drives for four down the ground four balls later. Masood gets stuck into Boissevain in the next too, twice for four through long off to take Dosti past the hundred mark.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  12:46
Salland : 91-3 (29.~ overs)
Into the 30th over, Salland trundling along. Matt Smit introduced into the attack. Victor Lubbers looking to take the game forward, stepping out to go over the top, a brilliant boundary save by Niaz stopping the ball going for 6. Two balls later Lubbers looking to club the ball and is caught by Tim de Kok at mid wicket. Khan into the 30’s is now joined by Naqash.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 12:46
Punjab : 98-5 (27 overs)
Reward for Venter, as Asad cuts at a lifting delivery, can’t get on top of it, and is caught by Floyd at point. He goes for 28, to be replaced by the third of the triplets, Sikander. Saqib has mustered 2* so far. Wicket maiden for Venter.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   12:45
Excelsior : 102-3 (24 overs)
Maiden for Borren to start, and a change at the other end too, Leon Turmaine on to bowl. And that’s worked out well for the visitors, draws Heggelman forward fourth ball and finds the edge, gone for 32. Niels Etman in.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 12:43
Sparta : 91-5 (22 overs)
It’s not quite stalemate at the Bermweg, but Gohil and Malik are making very slow progress, now facing Hobson and Joseph Reddy. Gohil’s on 16*, Malik on 8*.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  12:41
Dosti : 84-8 (25 overs)
Something to cheer for Dosti as Hoseinbaks sweeps Ahmad for four behind square, but the outlook remains poor for a full day’s cricket. Boissevain from the other end now.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   12:38
Excelsior : 100-2 (22 overs)
Nine off Dutt’s next sees Excelsior to three figures, Heggelman on 32* now, Ingram on 12*. Borren taking matters into his own hands now it seems.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 12:36
Punjab : 93-4 (24 overs)
Henrico Venter’s in the midst of a very economical spell for HCC, his seven overs so far having yielded just 11 runs. Tim Pringle’s now on from the Scoreboard End, but Asad Zulfiqar has moved on to 25*, his very watchful brother Saqib having made 1* from 21 deliveries.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  12:34
Dosti : 79-8 (23 overs)
The collapse continues here at Drieburg as Ahmad clean-bowls Ghori for a four-ball duck. Hoseinbaks in.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   12:31
Excelsior : 91-2 (21 overs)
Vikram Singh into the attack and shot of the day from Ingram, thumping him inside-out over extra cover for six. Next ball and he’s pushing forward, Singh beats the bat and VRA are convinced there’s an edge, but the umpire’s not.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  12:29
Dosti : 78-7 (22 overs)
Another down here, Mulder again as Hans is pinned on the back foot for 13. Masood in.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 12:29
Kampong : 89-2 (22 overs)
Stephan Vink on now from the University End, but what is clearly a very important partnership for Kampong continues to thrive. Van Biljon contributes by hammering Barresi over the midwicket boundary: he’s on 26*, with Briggs on 41*. Danger signs for HBS.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  12:20
Salland : 61-2 (21 overs)
Ottachchige was caught behind by Fourie off Arnav Jain we’re told. Victor Lubbers on 5* in with Khan who’s on 28*.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  12:24
Dosti : 73-6 (21 overs)
In the slot from Mulder and Diwan Diwans it over backward square for six.Hans takes his cue and finds the rope himself in the next, running Ahmad wide of slip for four, then Ahmad over-corrects and gives up five wides. Three balls later and Diwan’s back on strike, and strike he does. Dead straight and high over the sight screen onto the Korfball courts. Ahmad has his revenge next ball however, Diwan reaching and does enough to find the edge, gone for two-sixes-makes-twelve. Ghori in and big LBW shout first ball but no dice.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 12:21
Sparta : 76-5 (16 overs)
Another at the Bermweg: Manminder Singh leg-before to Hobson for 1. Ahsan Malik in with Gohil, as ACC appear to be firmly in charge.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   12:14
Excelsior : 74-2 (17 overs)
And a breakthrough at Thurlede too, Dutt into the attack and has Verhagen LBW for 20. Ingram joins Heggelman.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 12:14
Kampong : 63-2 (17 overs)
Drinks at Maarschalkerweerd as well, where Briggs has advanced to 33*. Van Biljon took a while to get off the mark, but he’s gone on to 8*. Barresi twirling away from the Pavilion End now.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  12:13
Salland : 60-2 (20 overs)
Another down at Salland we hear, Ottachchige gone, details to follow….

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  12:12
Dosti : 51-5 (19.1 overs)
Too wide from Ahmad and Mans profits, cutting him away for four through point. Not much else of not however, slow going out there. Fifty belatedly up in the 19th over. And as I type another breakthrough, Mulder has Perumal smartly stumped by Hingorani off the first ball of the 20th, Diwan in, but first drinks.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 12:12
Punjab : 82-4 (17.1 overs)
That’s it for Vandiar, however, as he drives Floyd uppishly into the covers and Zac Worden takes the catch. It’s also the cue for a drink.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 12:07
Punjab : 79-3 (16 overs)
Floyd back in the attack from the Scoreboard End, and Vandiar gets off the mark, pulling him powerfully for four over midwicket. Venter still operating from the other end.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   12:04
Excelsior : 69-1 (15 overs)
Too straight from Smal and whipped away through the on side for four by Verhagen, and next ball over-corrects and is driven through the covers off the front foot for two more.Next over Abid drops short to Heggelman and swivel-pulled square for four. Solid start for the hosts this, VRA need to make something happen…

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 12:02
Sparta : 74-4 (13 overs)
Van Vliet strikes, bowling Allen for a 12-ball duck. Mudassar Bukhari in to join Gohil, and he immediately hits Van Vliet for four. But then the youngster has him caught by Thomas Hobson; two in the over for Van Vliet, and Gohil, on 12*, may have to play the sheetanchor again.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  12:00
Dosti : 42-4 (16 overs)
Mulder strikes, swinging one past the bat and into the pads and good enough for the umpire. Raja goes for 21. Perumal in.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  11:56
Salland : 30-1 (13 overs)
Khan announces his arrival hitting van Wingerden for 6 over mid off. Bowling change from the Pavilion end, Hoornweg taking over from Niaz.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 11:56
Punjab : 71-3 (12 overs)
Nidamanuru loses patience and tries to lash De Lange through mid-on, the result being that he gets a thick edge which uproots his middle stump. He departs for 13, and Jonathan Vandiar comes to the crease for Punjab. Wearing what appears to be a gold HCC helmet, interestingly enough.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   11:54
Excelsior : 51-1 (13 overs)
Johan Smal into the attack, Heggelman squeezes him through the gap at midwicket for a couple to bring up the fifty for the hosts. Still Abid at the other end.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  11:53
Dosti : 40-3 (14 overs)
Shariz Ahmad now from the Korfball End, steady enough from him, and Mulder replaces Potgieter from the Football End. Speculative appeal for LBW on Hans fourth ball, but otherwise uneventful. Raja on 19* now, Hans just 1 off 9.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 11:51
Sparta : 63-2 (10 overs)
Gohil lifts Kumar for six, but otherwise the ACC bowlers are keeping it tight.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 11:49
Kampong : 40-2 (11 overs)
Kyle Klein into the attack from the University End. Slow going at Maarschalkerweerd at the moment, with Briggs and Van Biljon taking no chances against a menacing HBS attack.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 11:47
Punjab : 62-2 (10 overs)
Lots of fire from Overdijk, who almost takes keeper Patel’s head off with one that lifts alarmingly. But Nidamanuru and Asad are equal to the challenge so far.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   11:44
Excelsior : 45-1 (10 overs)
Five dots but then too wide from Visser, Heggelman lashes him away through the off side for four.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  11:43
Dosti : 31-3 (11.1 overs)
And another down, Potgieter goes short and Singh hooks but the trap is set, Kngma on the rope at fine leg and a simple catch.Captain to the crease, Hans in at five.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 11:41
Sparta : 50-2 (8.1 overs)
But Aryan Kumar gets Raza in the next, caught by Van Vliet for 36. Samit Gohil and Rikus Allen batting for Sparta now.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   11:36
Excelsior : 39-1 (8 overs)
Visser gets the breakthrough, swinging into Etman, squared up and it beats the bat, woodwork clatters and gone for 30. Heggelman at three and quickly off the mark. Verhagen quintuples his score with a flourishing front-foot drive through the covers for four, then dinks a single to the on side to retain strike.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 11:36
Sparta : 49-1 (7.2 overs)
First wicket down at the Bermweg: Devanshu Arya into the attack, and in his first over he bowls Latif for 9. Raza’s still there on 36* (from 27 deliveries).

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 11:33
Kampong : 35-2 (7.3 overs)
Abhyankar and Briggs steadily building a partnership against Vink and Klein. But then Klein uproots Abhyankar’s middle stump, and Kampong will have to start all over again. Pite van Biljon in to join Briggs, who’s on 16*.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  11:27
Salland : 15-1 (8.2 overs)
1st wicket down at Salland. Niaz strikes bowling Ganesan with an inswinging delivery.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  11:26
Salland : 15-0 (8 overs)
Conservative start by Salland, which is applauded by the Salland team with “great start”. Van Wingerden and Niaz opening the bowling for VOC

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 11:27
Punjab : 44-2 (5.3 overs)
Some relief for HCC, as De Lange bowls Myburgh for 32. Asad Zulfiqar joins Nidamanuru in the middle.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  11:25
Dosti : 24-2 (7 overs)
Tewarie goes, chipping Potgieter into the on side and well held low by de Leede. Singh in at four. Boissevain still at the other end.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   11:23
Excelsior : 30-0 (5 overs)
Four more for Etman, a controlled (?) edge away behind point, then crunches Abid through mid off again in the next. Two balls later and he puts him entirely out of the park, then edges the last through the cordon for four more. He’s onto a run-a-ball 28*, Verhagen yet to score, but then he’s only faced two balls.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 11:22
Punjab : 43-1 (5 overs)
Floris de Lange immediately replaces Floyd, and Myburgh eases his second delivery off the pads and over the midwicket boundary. Another off Overdijk, and the left-hander has moved very quickly to 32*, from 18 deliveries.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 11:18
Sparta : 26-0 (3 overs)
A rollicking start at the Bermweg, where Alis Raza has raced to 18* against Mees van Vliet and Rob Ackermann, with Mamoon Latif on 5*.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  11:15
Dosti : 13-1 (4 overs)
Potgieter drops short and is pulled up and over square for four by Ahmed, but a couple of balls later he’s gone, entirely sold up the river by his partner and run out. He makes his displeasure known to all. Tewarie at three.

  Excelsior ’20 vs VRA   11:13
Excelsior : 11-0 (3 overs)
Etman and Verhagen opening for Excelsior as usual, Abid and Visser sharing the new ball. Tidy from Abid first up, just one of his first, Visser gives up a couple of wides but not much off the bat, but Abid overpitches in his next and is driven for four through extra by Etman.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 11:10
Punjab : 21-1 (2.3 overs)
The sixfest continues at De Diepput, Floyd being hit for two of them by Myburgh, but then Rehmat goes big again and succeeds only in holing out to Henrico Venter at deep mid-on. Punjab’s new Dutch international, Teja Nidamanuru, in at three.

 Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC  11:07
Dosti : 5-0 (2 overs)
Ahmed and Raja opening for the hosts, and VCC start with spin, Philippe Boissevain from the Korfball end and a friendly full toss first up, pulled to deep midwicket for just one, and a couple more singles off the over. Potgieter from the other end, just a couple off him. Steady enough so far. Word is a number of VCC’s Dutch international bowlers will be held back to varying dergrees today in deference to the impending Windies series – de Leede and Kingma may not bowl at all and van Beek likely not his full quota.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 11:07
Kampong : 9-1 (1.3 overs)
A six for Sherry Butt off Ferdi Vink’s opening over at Maarschalkerweerd, but then Ryan Klein gets one through his defences and he departs, bringing Cole Briggs to the crease.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 11:04
Punjab : 9-0 (1 over)
Hidde Overdijk starts from the Van Hogenhoucklaan End, and after an initial wide Rehmat Zulfiqar hammers him over cover for six. A single apiece for Rehmat and for Steph Myburgh makes that a pretty expensive opening over. Clayton Floyd from the Scoreboard End.

Kampong vs HBS Craeyenhout 11:00
Kampong : 0-0 (0 overs)
Likewise, HBS have elected to bowl first at Maarschalkerweerd.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 10:58
Punjab : 0-0 (0 overs)
HCC won the toss at De Diepput, and Boris Gorlee has invited Punjab to have a bat.

 Salland vs VOC Rotterdam  10:54
Salland have won the toss and elect to bat first, Pieter Seelaar sitting out for VOC today.

Punjab Rotterdam vs HCC 10:42
Team : 0-0 (0 overs)
No news of the toss yet, but the big team news is that Punjab are fielding Jonathan Vandiar, who returns to the ground where he played in 2016-17, making 1779 runs for HCC at an average of 63.54. That will certainly add some extra solidity to the Punjab batting line-up!

Excelsior ’20 vs VRA 10:39
VRA win the toss at Thurlede, and invite their hosts to bat first.

Sparta 1888 vs ACC 10:39
Sparta : 0-0 (0 overs)

At the Bermweg Anis Raza has called correctly, and ACC will have a bowl.

Dosti Amsterdam vs VCC 10:32
The hosts have the toss here, and Dosti will bat first. Nieuwoudt and Engelbrecht missing for VCC, Mulder in and Hingorani back. Not seen a team list for Dosti yet, but seen Joe Wegecsanyi warming up. . .

 Rod Lyall  10:20
The tosses will take place in ten minutes or so, but meanwhile, in another part of the forest:

 Bertus de Jong  10:16
Morning all, and welcome back. A sneaky extra Ascension Day round now, and barely a break before the next is upon us on Saturday, so we should have a good idea of what phase two is likely to look like within days. One match that will have no influence at all on that is this one here at Drieburg, where Dosti welcome VCC for a de-facto friendly. I’ll also be keeping an eye on going-on at Thurlede and Deventer for you, while Rod will be bringing you the action from Group A. Once again the weather is smiling on us, hopefully a timely start all over. Still a little while to go though, so why not check out the preview if you’ve not already.

 Rod Lyall  10:15
Good morning/afternoon/evening, everyone, on a fine, mostly sunny Ascension Day in the Netherlands, and welcome to our live coverage of today’s action in Round 7 of the Topklasse. A lot of attention will focus on the clash between HCC and Punjab at De Diepput, but the glory of the Topklasse is that there can be surprises pretty much anywhere, and Bertus de Jong and I will be here to make sure you hear about them if and when they happen, while Sander Tholen will be out with his camera to create a photographic record of events. Bertus kindly gave me a day off last Saturday, but as the first phase enters its final rounds over the next couple of weeks we’ll both be right on top of it!