|Toss won by||Sparta I|
|Umpires||HM Butt – MA Din|
|Scorers||JWM Krulder – A Smelt|
|Home Side||Quick Haag I|
|Points Awarded||Quick Haag I 0, Sparta I 2|
|HJ van Gigch||st AF Buurman||b F Iqbal||55||60||5||1|
|TJB Landheer||b WE Bell||0||8||0||0|
|JG Bista||c U Saleem||b M Bukhari||1||3||0||0|
|SB Davey||c MA Pollard||b WE Bell||4||12||0||0|
|LW Stokkers||b WE Bell||2||5||0||0|
|GMC Mol||run out MA Pollard||26||60||1||2|
|JA Brand*||not out||34||63||2||1|
|MB van Schelven||c&b F Iqbal||0||8||0||0|
|D Vierling+||c U Saleem||b F Iqbal||4||33||0||0|
|RR Rooda||b MB Hoornweg||0||6||0||0|
|S Ekelmans||c AF Buurman||b MB Hoornweg||4||18||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb1 w9 nb0)||10|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||140|
|1-8(TJB Landheer) 2-9(JG Bista) 3-16(SB Davey) 4-24(LW Stokkers) 5-88(GMC Mol) 6-90(HJ van Gigch) 7-91(MB van Schelven) 8-114(D Vierling) 9-132(RR Rooda) 10-140(S Ekelmans)|
|MU Ishfaq||lbw||b GMC Mol||31||46||3||2|
|F Iqbal||c D Vierling||b SB Davey||4||9||0||0|
|MA Pollard||c D Vierling||b SB Davey||13||18||3||0|
|TIM de Kok||lbw||b MB van Schelven||0||6||0||0|
|M Bukhari||not out||42||45||5||2|
|WE Bell||not out||36||40||5||1|
|extras||(b5 lb0 w8 nb2)||15|
|TOTAL||4 wickets for||141|
|1-34(F Iqbal) 2-48(MA Pollard) 3-48(TIM de Kok) 4-62(MU Ishfaq)|
|MB van Schelven||6||0||22||1||–||–|
Bertus de Jong & Rod Lyall 01/06/18
After a hectic start to the season the Topklasse is settling back to a more languid one-round-a-week schedule, but after the opening exchanges the table is already starting to take shape.
BdJ: Solidly in the middle of the pack are VRA Amsterdam who have bounced back from another poor start to win three of their last four games and move into fifth place. The Amstelveen side take on HCC at the Bos on Saturday, who are also on six points from six games. The Amsterdammers’ intimidating top order have yet to really fire on all cylinders, but they showed against Punjab last week they have enough depth to recover from early setbacks to post big scores. The sidelining of Viv Kingma has drawn some of the sting from their new ball attack though, and with his new-ball partner Quirijn Gunning struggling for rhythm a pre-season strength is beginning to look like a weakness.
Their opponents have looked no more consistent with the bat however, though Bryce Street has settled in well he is still no replacement for Jonathan Vandiar, and while Tonny Staal has grown into his role at number three the rest of the line-up remains brittle. The bowling attack similarly has relied on stand-out individual performances, most notably Ali Ahmed’s 8-36 against HBS, but none of them have performed consistently or as a unit. With neither team having really settled into the season yet one feels this one could go either way.
RL: In Peter Borren VRA have a seasoned matchwinner, whose six centuries in the top flight are five more than the entire HCC squad. Add to him Eric Szwarczynski, another former international, who has yet to produce his form of recent seasons, the explosive left-hander Ben Cooper, openers Daan ter Braak and 15-year-old Vikram Singh, and skipper Emile van den Burg, and you have a top six which ought to be the terror of every attack in the competition. Yet their performances hitherto have been inconsistent at best, while HCC’s bowling has been reasonably effective. It’s the Hagenaars’ batting, Staal apart, which gives rise to greater doubt, and with VRA’s bowlers performing more consistently than the batsmen, the home side start as clear favourites in my opinion.
BdJ: Meanwhile VOC Rotterdam host HBS Craeyenhout for what looks to me to be the headline act this round. HBS’ much-hyped top order arsenal finally laid down the barrage we’d been waiting for against the hapless Dosti last week, whilst VOC’s new-ball pair of Fred Klaassen and Pierce Fletcher laid waste to Sparta at Bermweg, setting up what promises to be an enthralling duel at Hazelaarweg. Inevitably the encounter will be something of a grudge match with former HBS-ers Fletcher and Corey Rutgers taking the field against their old club for the first time, though it remains to be seen whether the occasion will inspire the latter to break fifty runs for the first time this season.
Though it has been HBS’ batting and VOC’s bowling that has made headlines thus far in the season, it is VOC’s batting that may prove decisive. With a line-up packed with somewhat underperforming talent, VOC boast three Dutch internationals in addition to Rutgers, who averaged almost 50 last season, but only Scott Edwards is among the top 20 run-scorers this season. On paper this batting quality gives them a clear advantage come Saturday, but then games aren’t decided on paper.
RL: No question that this is the match of the round. It’s true that it was the HBS top six who pulverised Dosti last Saturday while it was the VOC attack – or the new-ball pairing plus two deliveries from Pieter Seelaar – which disposed of Sparta in short order. But the Craeyenhout side’s bowlers also played their part, and they are capable of providing a stern test for VOC’s yet-to-gel batting line-up. Whether the HBS batsmen will be as formidable on the Hazelaarweg turf as they were at home is an open question; but they managed to reach 200 in the Amsterdamse Bos a fortnight ago. Both sides have explosive batsmen, and the side which keeps its discipline under fire may well prove to be the winner. A tight call, but home advantage may be decisive.
BdJ: An equally intriguing match-up, albeit for rather different reasons, will be playing out at Nieuw Hanenburg where Quick Haag will take on Sparta 1888. Quick had been little short of abject thus far, barring an opening win against an undercooked VRA and a couple of productive trips to the crease from new overseas Jay Bista, whilst Sparta had surprised many with an impressive return to the top division.
Last week saw a remarkable reversal in the fortunes of both sides, when an outstanding partnership between Lesley Stokkers and Geert Mol ensured Quick took two points off an admittedly unimpressive ACC side at het Loopveld, while Sparta fell apart entirely against VOC. Which of the two results was an aberration and which a return to type is not immediately clear, though Saturday promises to give some indication.
The return of Quick skipper Jeroen Brand from footballing commitments is something of a boon for the hosts, and with all-rounder Imran Khan also back they will be approaching full strength. They still lack the firepower with the new ball that blew Sparta away last week however, and the Capelle club have already shown what they are capable of at this level.
RL: Sparta’s form has been pretty inconsistent so far, in part because of their dependence on a few key players. Quick’s consistency has largely been of the wrong kind, and they continue to miss the experience of Wesley Barresi and Henk-Jan Mol. But the momentum is with the Nieuw Hanenburg team after that escape against ACC, while Sparta will need to bounce back from that humiliating defeat by VOC. That will be a real test of character, and it is hard to assess how effectively Martijn Snoep will be able to rally his troops. Jay Bista is too good a player to struggle for long, and with Jeroen Brand back in the side Quick may continue to recover from their very poor start to the season.
BdJ: Likewise looking to put last week behind them will be Dosti United and Punjab Rotterdam, who were both on the receiving end of 300+ scores last week against HBS and VRA respectively. Of the two only Dosti showed any real fight in the chase, skipper Vinoo Tewarie building aggressive partnerships with Taruwar Kohli and Anees Davids before the scoreboard pressure brought the inevitable collapse, whilst Punjab were content to block their way out of the game early, batting out their overs to finish 93 short.
Had Kohli managed to replicate his remarkable form this season one feels Dosti might even have had a shot at the 357 target, though the fact that they conceded it in the first place underscores the vulnerability of their bowling, Hafeez aside. Punjab’s problems look to run deeper however, with the gap left by Minhas and Shahzad beginning to tell. Stef Myburgh’s absence does not help matters of course, as the injured Netherlands opener’s quick runs at the top of the order figured large in Punjab’s pre-season plans. Finding someone to fill that role, and someone to remove Kohli for a less than ruinous score, will be two necessary conditions for a Punjab win one feels.
RL: A big worry for Dosti will be the fitness of Mohammad Hafeez, who had to bowl off a couple of paces last week and who was evidently in pain from his thigh strain when batting. His contribution in both roles is crucial to the side, and while the Amsterdammers are much more effective at Sportpark Drieburg than they are away from home – and especially bowling first in the unique conditions at Craeyenhout – they will be much weakened if he is unable to play a full part against Punjab. But the Rotterdam side is going through a very tough time on and off the field, and it will take a huge effort from them if they are to prevail over a Dosti side which has the trump cards of Kohli and Davids.
BdJ: The round’s final match will be a table-spanning encounter between bottom-placed ACC and defending champions Excelsior ‘20, who are again undefeated thus far. The Amsterdammers’ woeful performance against Quick last week gives little cause to expect an upset, underscoring not only their reliance on the Zulfiqar clan but also their ability to go to pieces in the field. Though Dewald Botha’s display with the ball was encouraging, removing the veteran Bob van Gigch and the dangerous Bista in succession, ACC let an understrength Quick off the hook with a series of drops and blunders, of which Mol and Stokkers took clinical advantage.
They will not be able to afford such mishaps against Excelsior. Though the title-holders are not immune to dropping a few themselves, as the luckless James Hilditch knows all-too-well, it has been a combination of discipline and refusal to roll over as much as the runs provided by Hilditch and Lorenzo Ingram that has kept the Schiedammers’ winning record intact so far. With skipper Tom Heggelman bowling as well as ever and young Gijs Kroesen looking to have benefited markedly from a season in Australia, there are few weaknesses in the Excelsior attack. Though the threat posed by the Zulfiqar brothers should not be dismissed and ACC’s supporting cast is not as weak as scorecards may suggest, anything but an Excelsior victory would be the surprise of the round.
RL: Unbeaten in five games, Excelsior continue to overcome all challengers, and they have seen off stronger sides than the current ACC outfit already this season. With only Sikander of the four Zulfiqar brothers producing any consistency with the bat so far, and an attack which is short on experience and less than incisive, ACC will start as clear underdogs against a Thurlede side which has the knack of winning even when playing below its best. If winning is a habit, then Excelsior have it in spades, while ACC have lost five on the trot and last week saw a potential winning position turn into another defeat. Anything can happen in cricket, but it would be a bold tipster who predicted a defeat for Excelsior here.
BdJ’s Tips: VRA, VOC, Sparta, Dosti, Excelsior
RL’s Tips: VRA, VOC, Quick, Dosti, Excelsior
Rod Lyall 28/05/18
VOC Rotterdam jumped ahead of Sparta 1888 and into second place on the Topklasse table with a comprehensive demolition of their rivals at Sportpark Bermweg on Saturday.
With VOC’s new-ball attack of Fred Klaassen and Pierce Fletcher in rampant form, only Michael Pollard among the home batsmen was able to reach double figures, top-scoring with 19. There were no fewer than six ducks in the Sparta innings, as the Capelle side were dismissed for 49.
Klaassen and Fletcher bowled unchanged for twenty overs, finishing with five for 28 and three for 20 respectively. Then Pieter Seelaar came on himself, and two deliveries were sufficient, not only to claim the final two wickets but to take the VOC captain past 300 wickets in the top flight.
VOC needed just 38 deliveries to reach their target, losing two wickets in the process. Dirk van Baren made 22, while Corey Rutgers ended on an unbeaten 19.
At De Diepput meanwhile, Excelsior ‘20 strengthened their position at the top of the table with an 89-run victory over HCC.
It was slow going much of the time, but Lorenzo Ingram’s 144-ball knock of 109, including 10 fours and two sixes, was the difference between the sides, as he saw the Schiedammers to a decent total of 209 for six.
Sanjit Shankar chipped in with 28, while skipper Tom Heggelman’s breezy 26 not out helped to get his side past the magic 200.
This, and a disciplined Excelsior attack, proved too much for HCC, who battled their way to 120 before they were all out in exactly 47 overs. Boris Gorlee’s patient 29 was their best effort, while Gijs Kroesen’s four for 31 represented his best return in the Topklasse.
On the artificial outfield at Craeyenhout, HBS Den Haag and Dosti United Amsterdam turned on a runfest, 578 runs coming in a match which was decisively won by the home side.
Tobias Visée got HBS off to great start with a remarkable 46-ball 85 which included 12 fours and four sixes, and then Sharn Gomes and Jaron Morgan added 151 for the third wicket as Dosti’s bowlers toiled in the heat.
Sheet-anchor Gomes eventually departed for 63, but Morgan went on to make his first century of the season, making 115 from 93 deliveries with eight fours and seven sixes before he fell to a sharp return catch by Anees Davids.
Then Wesley Barresi and Anil Ahmed took up the challenge, adding 79 quick runs to take their side past 350, 356 for four being a club record total in the top division. Barresi finished on 40 and Ahmed on 34.
It always looked likely to be too big an ask for Dosti, and when Wessel Coster had Taruwar Kohli caught at slip by Barresi for 29 and then Ahmed removed Davids for 39, the writing was on the wall. Vinoo Tewarie played a fine captain’s knock of 65 and Mahesh Hans posted a career-best 42 not out, but with Morgan capping a splendid allround performance with three for 19 and a stunning diving catch in the covers, Dosti were eventually dismissed for 222.
There was a century too for former VRA and Netherlands captain Peter Borren, whose 90-ball 105 included a fourth-wicket stand of 134 with Daan ter Braak (78). Their efforts, and an extremely rapid 41 from Leon Turmaine in the closing stages, saw the Amsterdam side through to 327 for eight against Punjab Rotterdam at Het Zomercomplex.
This, too, was too challenging a total to chase, and despite 85 from Berend Vorster the home side – again without Stef Myburgh – could only manage 233 for nine. Borren followed up his hundred with three for 42, while Ter Braak claimed two for 63 and George Dunlop two for 31.
The bottom-of-the-table clash between ACC and Quick Haag at Het Loopveld was won for the visitors by Lesley Stokkers (81 not out) and Geert Maarten Mol (70 not out), who saw their side home after they had been reduced to 62 for five chasing ACC’s 189.
The Amsterdammers were again disappointing with the bat, Sikander Zulfiqar top-scoring with 45 after elder brother Rehmat had made 30, while Quick’s Sean Davey claimed five for 30 – including three of the five Zulfiqars – and skipper Thijs van Schelven three for 39.
At 16 for three and then 62 for five the ACC bowlers appeared to have brought their side back into the game, but the experienced pair of Stokkers and Mol, helped by some indifferent catching, fought their way out of trouble and paced the chase perfectly, the winning runs coming with just three balls to spare.
|Toss won by||VRA I|
|Umpires||HM Butt – PGHA van Giezen|
|Scorers||N Mohammed – T Jansen Schoonhov|
|Home Side||Punjab I|
|Points Awarded||VRA I 2, Punjab I 0|
|V Singh||c AK Bamunusinghe||b MA Saleemi||12||15||2||0|
|DJ ter Braak||st AK Bamunusinghe||b BI Vorster||78||123||10||0|
|ES Szwarczynski+||c A Masood||b MA Saleemi||19||16||4||0|
|E van den Burg*||c A Masood||b MA Saleemi||12||15||2||0|
|PW Borren||c ?||b S Tariq||105||90||11||4|
|BN Cooper||c Y Usman||b S Tariq||18||9||0||2|
|LA Turmaine||run out||41||19||4||3|
|MB Lees||run out||19||13||2||0|
|QWM Gunning||not out||0||0||0||0|
|extras||(b10 lb3 w9 nb1)||23|
|TOTAL||8 wickets for||327|
|1-12(V Singh) 2-47(ES Szwarczynski) 3-68(E van den Burg) 4-202(DJ ter Braak) 5-237(BN Cooper) 6-301(PW Borren) 7-325(LA Turmaine) 8-328(MB Lees)|
|A Khan||run out BN Cooper||31||60||4||1|
|A Raza||b HG Mia||4||2||0||0|
|AK Bamunusinghe||c E van den Burg||b PW Borren||26||47||4||0|
|A Masood||c PW Borren||b MG Dunlop||7||24||1||0|
|BI Vorster||c V Singh||b PW Borren||85||89||7||3|
|SW Chaudhry||b MG Dunlop||2||4||0||0|
|MA Saleemi||c MB Lees||b DJ ter Braak||10||17||0||0|
|Y Usman||c ES Szwarczynski||b DJ ter Braak||23||29||1||1|
|M Latif||lbw||b PW Borren||2||4||0||0|
|M Bajwa+||not out||19||19||2||0|
|S Tariq*||not out||1||5||0||0|
|extras||(b2 lb9 w12 nb0)||23|
|TOTAL||9 wickets for||233|
|1-4(A Raza) 2-55(AK Bamunusinghe) 3-71(A Khan) 4-74(A Masood) 5-79(SW Chaudhry) 6-98(MA Saleemi) 7-173(Y Usman) 8-182(M Latif) 9-226(BI Vorster)|
|DJ ter Braak||10||0||63||2||3||–|
|Umpires||RJ Akram – R Kaulingfreks|
|Home Side||ACC I|
|Points Awarded||ACC I 0, Quick Haag I 2|
|AA Zulfiqar||c D Vierling||b SB Davey||10||22||2||0|
|R Zulfiqar||b SB Davey||30||25||2||2|
|SM Zulfiqar*||b GMC Mol||18||36||1||0|
|RH Frenz+||c D Vierling||b GMC Mol||13||30||0||0|
|SA Zulfiqar||c J van der Horst||b SB Davey||45||70||1||0|
|SR Rasool||b MB van Schelven||15||23||0||1|
|Ahmed Zulfiqar||c TJB Landheer||b MB van Schelven||16||34||1||0|
|MA Raza||c D Vierling||b MB van Schelven||8||24||0||0|
|A Kumar||c RR Rooda||b SB Davey||9||15||1||0|
|DJ Botha||c D Vierling||b SB Davey||8||9||1||0|
|S Potdar||not out||3||6||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb4 w6 nb4)||14|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||189|
|1-45(AA Zulfiqar) 2-46(R Zulfiqar) 3-76(RH Frenz) 4-87(SM Zulfiqar) 5-118(SR Rasool) 6-148(Ahmed Zulfiqar) 7-166(MA Raza) 8-172(SA Zulfiqar) 9-180(A Kumar) 10-189(DJ Botha)|
|J van der Horst||10||0||39||0||3||–|
|MB van Schelven||10||0||39||3||1||1|
|HJ van Gigch||c Ahmed Zulfiqar||b DJ Botha||2||2||0||0|
|TJB Landheer||lbw||b Ahmed Zulfiqar||20||51||2||0|
|JG Bista||c AA Zulfiqar||b DJ Botha||8||7||1||0|
|SB Davey||run out RH Frenz||0||7||0||0|
|LW Stokkers||not out||81||141||6||1|
|S Ekelmans||c AA Zulfiqar||b MA Raza||4||14||0||0|
|GMC Mol||not out||70||74||5||2|
|MB van Schelven*||dnb|
|J van der Horst||dnb|
|extras||(b0 lb1 w7 nb0)||8|
|TOTAL||5 wickets for||193|
|1-2(HJ van Gigch) 2-10(JG Bista) 3-16(SB Davey) 4-55(TJB Landheer) 5-62(S Ekelmans)|
|Toss won by||Sparta I|
|Umpires||PGHA van Giezen – HKG Jansen|
|Scorers||F van Lent|
|Home Side||Sparta I|
|Points Awarded||Sparta I 0, VOC I 2|
|F Iqbal||b FJ Klaassen||0||2||0||0|
|MU Ishfaq||b FJ Klaassen||0||2||0||0|
|MA Pollard||c MP O’Dowd||b FJ Klaassen||19||36||2||0|
|TIM de Kok+||c FJ Klaassen||b PJ Fletcher||0||4||0||0|
|M Bukhari||b PJ Fletcher||9||29||0||0|
|JM Snoep*||c SA Edwards||b FJ Klaassen||5||20||1||0|
|S Sardha||lbw||b PJ Fletcher||0||5||0||0|
|D Muhammed||not out||4||12||0||0|
|U Saleem||c UF Baker||b FJ Klaassen||0||1||0||0|
|MB Hoornweg||b PM Seelaar||4||11||0||0|
|AO Smelt||c ZDA van Baren||b PM Seelaar||0||3||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb1 w7 nb0)||8|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||49|
|1-1(F Iqbal) 2-2(MU Ishfaq) 3-12(TIM de Kok) 4-33(MA Pollard) 5-41(M Bukhari) 6-41(S Sardha) 7-41(JM Snoep) 8-41(U Saleem) 9-49(MB Hoornweg) 10-49(AO Smelt)|
|SA Edwards+||lbw||b M Bukhari||4||11||1||0|
|CL Rutgers||not out||19||33||3||0|
|ZDA van Baren||b D Muhammed||22||16||5||0|
|MP O’Dowd||not out||4||13||0||0|
|SP van Lent||dnb|
|extras||(b0 lb0 w1 nb0)||1|
|TOTAL||2 wickets for||50|
|1-4(SA Edwards) 2-31(ZDA van Baren)|
|Toss won by||Excelsior 20 I|
|Umpires||MA Din – ML Hancock|
|Scorers||EM Heggelman – K Pattiselanno|
|Home Side||HCC I|
|Points Awarded||Excelsior 20 I 2, HCC I 0|
|TC Etman||c AJ Staal||b FH de Lange||5||10||0||0|
|SG Shankar||c BHG Gorlee||b MBS Jonkman||28||52||3||0|
|LT Ingram||c LJF Lagas||b HC Overdijk||109||144||10||2|
|JR Hilditch||run out||8||35||1||0|
|J Kroesen||c BE Street||b HC Overdijk||6||21||0||0|
|TJ Heggelman*||not out||26||29||0||1|
|DA Woutersen+||b HC Overdijk||1||2||0||0|
|GG Kroesen||not out||5||8||0||0|
|RWA van Troost||dnb|
|extras||(b1 lb2 w17 nb1)||21|
|TOTAL||6 wickets for||209|
|1-11(TC Etman) 2-57(SG Shankar) 3-85(JR Hilditch) 4-132(J Kroesen) 5-197(LT Ingram) 6-200(DA Woutersen)|
|FH de Lange||10||4||15||1||2||1|
|BE Street||lbw||b HA Khan||11||52||0||0|
|AA Qasim||c J Kroesen||b RWA van Troost||4||26||0||0|
|AJ Staal||c LT Ingram||b HA Khan||8||22||0||0|
|BHG Gorlee||c GG Kroesen||b JR Hilditch||29||53||1||0|
|HC Overdijk||c DA Woutersen||b GG Kroesen||3||13||0||0|
|R Ninan||c RWA van Troost||b GG Kroesen||12||20||0||1|
|JZ-X van Kessel||c DA Woutersen||b S Bhatti||10||36||0||0|
|MBS Jonkman*||c LT Ingram||b JR Hilditch||11||13||2||0|
|TF Peters||c DA Woutersen||b GG Kroesen||6||23||0||0|
|LJF Lagas+||not out||9||22||0||0|
|FH de Lange||b GG Kroesen||4||3||1||0|
|extras||(b0 lb5 w7 nb1)||13|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||120|
|1-14(AA Qasim) 2-28(BE Street) 3-38(AJ Staal) 4-50(HC Overdijk) 5-72(R Ninan) 6-82(BHG Gorlee) 7-96(MBS Jonkman) 8-99(JZ-X van Kessel) 9-116(TF Peters) 10-120(FH de Lange)|
|RWA van Troost||7||0||13||1||4||–|
|Toss won by||HBS I|
|Umpires||DJ Kalloe – P Muthucumaru|
|Scorers||MAP Wiegers – R Seetal|
|Home Side||HBS I|
|Points Awarded||HBS I 2, Dosti United I 0|
|TP Visée*+||c N Sayed||b VAB Tewarie||85||46||12||4|
|D Coster||c VAB Tewarie||b A Davids||2||4||0||0|
|SP Gomes||c A Davids||b N Sayed||63||103||2||1|
|J Morgan||c&b A Davids||115||93||8||7|
|W Barresi||not out||40||30||5||0|
|A Ahmed||not out||34||24||2||0|
|extras||(b1 lb6 w8 nb2)||17|
|TOTAL||4 wickets for||356|
|1-3(D Coster) 2-115(TP Visée) 3-266(SP Gomes) 4-277(J Morgan)|
|VAB Tewarie*||st TP Visée||b J Morgan||65||79||7||0|
|RI Ahmed+||c SP Gomes||b W Barresi||0||1||0||0|
|TS Kohli||c W Barresi||b WT Coster||29||27||3||1|
|Vimal Tewarie||c TP Visée||b BA Westdijk||1||5||0||0|
|A Davids||c W Barresi||b A Ahmed||39||32||7||0|
|M Hafeez||c TP Visée||b A Ahmed||17||16||2||0|
|M Hans||not out||42||61||1||1|
|F Hoseinbaks||run out WT Coster/TP Visée||0||4||0||0|
|Asief Hoseinbaks||c J Morgan||b FJ Vink||0||2||0||0|
|Arief Hoseinbaks||c A Ahmed||b J Morgan||2||11||0||0|
|N Sayed||lbw||b J Morgan||2||6||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb0 w25 nb0)||25|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||222|
|1-5(RI Ahmed) 2-44(TS Kohli) 3-50(Vimal Tewarie) 4-119(A Davids) 5-147(M Hafeez) 6-192(VAB Tewarie) 7-198(F Hoseinbaks) 8-198(Asief Hoseinbaks) 9-216(Arief Hoseinbaks) 10-222(N Sayed)|
Rod Lyall & Bertus de Jong 25/05/18
RL: Having gone clear at the top of the table thanks to a comfortable victory over Quick on Monday, Excelsior ’20 will travel to De Diepput in good heart. But HCC were equally impressive in their demolition of Punjab, and with Tonny Staal in great form with the bat they will take on the champions with no lack of confidence. The Hagenaars started slowly, but three wins on the trot will have given them plenty of heart, and Ali Ahmed Qasim is, like Staal, a potential matchwinner. Nor should we forget HCC were the last team to beat the Schiedammers, at Thurlede on 13 August last year. That said, there’s more to Excelsior than their two seasoned overseas players, as the bowlers’ demolition of VOC on Saturday demonstrated, and they will start as favourites in what promises to be a tough old battle.
BdJ: It’s fair to say the HCC are hitting their stride this season, with Bryce Street and Hidde Overdijk also impressing in the Pro-Series this week. With a home crowd behind them they look set to provide Excelsior with probably their sternest challenge yet, and if the defending champion’s latest winning run is to be broken one feels tomorrow is the time. Still it’s hard to argue with Excelsior’s momentum, the bowling unit has been a model of discipline and if their batting line up remains somewhat top-heavy the lower middle order has shown they can get the job done if called upon. And then there’s the rumour that Ed Cowan’s in town…
RL: Without Pieter Seelaar and Max O’Dowd, VOC were all at sea against Excelsior, but they came storming back with a decisive win over ACC on Monday. They have yet to fire on all cylinders, and they will need to be at their best against a Sparta 1888 side which moved confidently into second place on Monday by virtue of their hard-fought victory over Dosti United. Michael Pollard confirmed his quality with a superb hundred in that game, and the attack then held its collective nerve as Kohli and Hafeez led the chase. The clash between VOC’s star-studded side and the more workmanlike Sparta outfit should be absorbing, and it would not be altogether surprising if it were the home side which came out on top.
BdJ: Sparta have had a solid start in their return season, and if the side lacks the start power of VOC they have certainly proved themselves more than the sum of their parts. It’s tough to call them underdogs at Bermweg, especially with Mudassar Bukhari fit and in form. Nonetheless they will need him or Dost Muhammad to take the top off VOC early. Though the Rotterdammer’s batting, as with HBS, has been something of a disappointment so far, and Bermweg isn’t the easiest track at the best of times, the quality is still there and they’ve more than a few batsmen due a score.
RL: Dosti United will be keen to put that defeat at the hands of Sparta behind them, and to reinforce their title aspirations with a win over HBS at Craeyenhout. But Monday confirmed just how reliant they are on Taruwar Kohli, and his 52 wasn’t enough to get them home, despite a fine 77 from Mohammad Hafeez. Anees Davids’s contributions are a lot less consistent, but he remains a danger to any opponents, while the artificial outfield at Craeyenhout has proved to the liking of Dosti’s batsmen in the past. HBS have been something of an enigma, but they proved against Punjab on Saturday that when the top order gets it right they can be the most powerful combination in the competition. Neither attack, perhaps, is of the same quality as the batting, so high totals may be on the cards.
BdJ: Though firm favourites on paper, especially at home, the big question for HBS remains who, if anyone, is going to take Kohli’s wicket tomorrow. Better attacks have tried and failed, and if he is not removed promptly one can imagine him thaking the game swiftly away from the hosts tomorrow. HBS’ cause will not be helped by the rumoured suspension of two first choice bowlers, who have reportedly fallen afoul of a newly-instituted policy barring 1st team cricketers from playing other sports in season. Nonetheless Dosti probably have more wickets to worry about than HBS, with Toby Visée and Wesley Barresi in the runs this week and the menace of Jaron Morgan and Sharn Gomes to come after them, Dosti’s attack will need to be on top of their game if they’re to contain the Crows.
RL: VRA Amsterdam will travel to Het Zomercomplex to take on a Punjab side which showed signs of complete collapse against HCC on Monday. Whether it was the absence of Stef Myburgh which threw them out of kilter or the continuing dispute over the eligibility of their Belgian-based players, but the batting slump and the bowling performance which followed suggested that the Rotterdammers, regardless of the eligibility regulations, may face an uphill struggle to avoid relegation. VRA have yet to hit a consistent vein of form, with their top order still failing to produce the starts they are capable of, but it will take a huge effort from Punjab if they are to prevent the Amsterdam side taking the points back north with them. And with half-centuries in his last two knocks, Peter Borren is starting to look ominous.
BdJ: Indeed as things stand Punjab’s dispute with the KNCB looks like it might turn out academic at least in so far as the Rotterdam club’s Topklasse survival is concerned, though Raza and Latif have shown in the past why Punjab are so keen to field them. The sidelining of Vivian Kingma due to a recurring ankle issue also takes some sting out of VRA’s new ball attack, and even in Myburgh’s absence Punjab have the firepower to take advantage. Nonetheless VRA’s mercurial middle order has enjoyed the Zomercomplex’s short boundaries before, and if Borren or van den Burg tee off it’s tough to imagine a score that would be out of reach.
RL: Like Punjab, ACC and Quick Haag have just one win from five games, and in normal circumstances both would be beginning to have serious worries about relegation. It’s ACC who will be at home on Saturday, and they will be fully aware that the four Zulfiqar brothers managed just 14 runs between them against VOC on Monday. On top of the failure of all except Sikander on Saturday, a side which is very dependent on that one family has genuine cause for concern. If ACC’s Richardt Frenz is just starting to run into form, Quick’s Jay Bista did so with a vengeance against Excelsior, and the Hanen will hope that he can do the same again this week. Quick are, perhaps, marginally less brittle at the moment than their hosts, and may start as favourites to prevail in what is a real four-pointer.
BdJ: Last weekend was certainly an emphatic demonstration of ACC’s weakness should all four (or five) Zulfiqars fail at once, with even Frenz’ firsts serious score of the season not enough to prevent comprehensive defeat. That said a look at the seasons’ stats does suggest that total Zulfiqar failure is something of an aberration, with Sikander especially looking in good nick, as he showed again during the Pro-Series this week. Jay Bista’s rapid acclimatisation to Topklasse cricket is Quick’s only real comfort in a season where they have first played down expectations and then played down to them, and even 127 rapid runs from the Mumbaiker were not enough to win any points last weekend.
RL’s tips: Excelsior, Sparta, Dosti, VRA, Quick.
BdJ’s tips: HCC, VOC, HBS, VRA, ACC.
|Toss won by||Sparta I|
|Umpires||RJ Akram – WPM van Liemt|
|Scorers||R Seetal – A Smelt|
|Home Side||Dosti United I|
|Points Awarded||Sparta I 2, Dosti United I 0|
|CP Ambrose||c Vimal Tewarie||b M Hans||39||44||7||0|
|F Iqbal||b M Hafeez||18||24||1||1|
|MA Pollard||b TS Kohli||124||121||13||4|
|TIM de Kok+||lbw||b M Hafeez||20||39||2||0|
|MU Ishfaq||b Asief Hoseinbaks||10||23||0||1|
|M Bukhari||c TS Kohli||b W Masood||11||16||1||0|
|JM Snoep*||not out||18||25||0||0|
|U Saleem||run out TS Kohli||0||1||0||0|
|S Sardha||b TS Kohli||0||1||0||0|
|D Muhammed||run out M Hans||1||6||0||0|
|MB Hoornweg||not out||0||0||0||0|
|extras||(b0 lb5 w10 nb0)||15|
|TOTAL||9 wickets for||256|
|1-42(F Iqbal) 2-84(CP Ambrose) 3-144(TIM de Kok) 4-200(MU Ishfaq) 5-252(MA Pollard) 6-253(M Bukhari) 7-253(U Saleem) 8-253(S Sardha) 9-256(D Muhammed)|
|VAB Tewarie*||c JM Snoep||b M Bukhari||10||14||1||0|
|RI Ahmed+||c U Saleem||b D Muhammed||16||21||2||1|
|TS Kohli||c F Iqbal||b U Saleem||52||73||6||0|
|M Hafeez||c MA Pollard||b F Iqbal||77||88||8||1|
|Vimal Tewarie||b F Iqbal||18||21||3||0|
|A Davids||c TIM de Kok||b U Saleem||1||5||0||0|
|M Hans||b MB Hoornweg||21||26||1||1|
|W Masood||run out||1||3||0||0|
|Asief Hoseinbaks||c D Muhammed||b F Iqbal||9||7||0||0|
|F Hoseinbaks||lbw||b D Muhammed||6||18||0||0|
|Arief Hoseinbaks||not out||2||5||0||0|
|extras||(b1 lb3 w9 nb2)||15|
|TOTAL||10 wickets for||228|
|1-24(VAB Tewarie) 2-30(RI Ahmed) 3-130(TS Kohli) 4-178(Vimal Tewarie) 5-182(A Davids) 6-190(M Hafeez) 7-193(W Masood) 8-208(Asief Hoseinbaks) 9-226(M Hans) 10-228(F Hoseinbaks)|