Scorecard | Kampong vs Punjab | 21.05.22

Kampong I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht, 21-May-2022, Topklasse
Kampong I Win by 2 wkts
Round A6
Toss won by Kampong I
Umpires N Bathi – E Ruchtie
Scorers N Hoffmann
Home Side Kampong I
Points Awarded Punjab I 0, Kampong I 2
Punjab I 1st Innings 145/10 All Out (Overs 49.2)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RU Zulfiqar c PJ van Biljon b MU Malik 18 58 3 0
SJ Myburgh c CJ Briggs b MU Malik 0 1 0 0
AA Zulfiqar+ c A Roy b MU Malik 27 56 3 0
AT Nidamanuru c A Roy b PJ Jacod 8 23 0 0
SM Zulfiqar c MR Alphonse b A Roy 9 17 0 0
SA Zulfiqar c MU Malik b KM Nana 37 59 2 0
S Tariq* c MU Malik b RTF van der Harten 8 18 2 0
S Salarazai c RTF van der Harten b S Singh Jhala 13 15 2 0
A Said c PJ van Biljon b S Singh Jhala 1 16 0 0
AR Tariq not out   2 30 0 0
Mubashar Hussain run out MU Malik   2 2 0 0
extras   (b0 lb3 w14 nb3) 20      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 145      
FOW
1-1(SJ Myburgh) 2-51(AA Zulfiqar) 3-52(RU Zulfiqar) 4-63(AT Nidamanuru) 5-80(SM Zulfiqar) 6-104(S Tariq) 7-122(S Salarazai) 8-124(A Said) 9-143(SA Zulfiqar) 10-145(Mubashar Hussain)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
KM Nana 9 0 33 1 1 1
MU Malik 10 4 15 3 1
A Roy 10 2 34 1 2
PJ Jacod 10 1 27 1 6 2
RTF van der Harten 4.2 0 22 1 3
S Singh Jhala 6 0 11 2 1
Kampong I 1st Innings 146/8 (Overs 40.4)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
S Abhyankar c S Salarazai b S Tariq 9 17 1 0
SY Butt   b S Salarazai 1 3 0 0
CJ Briggs c AT Nidamanuru b SM Zulfiqar 29 55 2 0
MU Malik*   b S Salarazai 1 5 0 0
PJ van Biljon lbw b S Salarazai 3 12 0 0
MR Alphonse+   b A Said 19 39 2 0
PJ Jacod lbw b SM Zulfiqar 0 2 0 0
A Roy not out   36 57 2 0
S Singh Jhala lbw b SM Zulfiqar 3 8 0 0
RTF van der Harten not out   36 46 1 0
KM Nana dnb          
extras   (b0 lb2 w7 nb0) 9      
TOTAL   8 wickets for 146      
FOW
1-2(SY Butt) 2-15(S Abhyankar) 3-21(MU Malik) 4-37(PJ van Biljon) 5-67(CJ Briggs) 6-67(PJ Jacod) 7-70(MR Alphonse) 8-75(S Singh Jhala)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 9 1 24 1
S Salarazai 10 1 36 3 4
Mubashar Hussain 4 0 14 0 1
SM Zulfiqar 9.4 1 37 3
A Said 6 0 20 1 2
SA Zulfiqar 2 0 13 0

Scorecard | HBS vs ACC | 21.05.22

HBS I Vs ACC I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 21-May-2022, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 9 wkts
Round A6
Toss won by HBS I
Umpires ML Hancock – Z Hussain
Home Side HBS I
Points Awarded ACC I 0, HBS I 2
ACC I 1st Innings 199/6 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MA Raza* c MM Scholte b FJ Vink 16 36 2 0
TG Hobson c FJ Vink b W Barresi 47 71 4 2
S Potdar c SP Vink b JI de Mey 12 33 1 0
R Smith+ c Navjit Singh b SP Vink 18 21 1 0
CEM McInerney c JI de Mey b W Barresi 32 57 3 0
CM Knoll c Navjit Singh b W Barresi 28 45 1 1
RA Kumar not out   17 19 1 0
R Ackermann not out   21 18 3 0
M van Vliet dnb          
D Arya dnb          
JS Reddy dnb          
extras   (b0 lb2 w6 nb0) 8      
TOTAL   6 wickets for 199      
FOW
1-29(MA Raza) 2-64(S Potdar) 3-86(TG Hobson) 4-107(R Smith) 5-160(CM Knoll) 6-160(CEM McInerney)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
FJ Vink 10 0 35 1 3
R Klein 9 1 34 0
JI de Mey 7 0 32 1
K Klein 10 2 24 0
W Barresi 9 0 50 3 2
SP Vink 5 1 22 1 1
HBS I 1st Innings 203/1 (Overs 43.2)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
T Walbrugh not out   105 116 13 0
RP Mason st R Smith b M van Vliet 1 2 0 0
W Barresi not out   91 142 13 0
G Kaplan dnb          
Navjit Singh dnb          
R Klein dnb          
K Klein dnb          
JI de Mey dnb          
MM Scholte+ dnb          
FJ Vink* dnb          
SP Vink dnb          
extras   (b0 lb1 w5 nb0) 6      
TOTAL   1 wickets for 203      
FOW
1-20(RP Mason)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M van Vliet 6 1 32 1 1
MA Raza 4 0 18 0
TG Hobson 8 2 27 0 2
D Arya 9 0 42 0
JS Reddy 5 0 15 0
R Ackermann 6 0 30 0
CM Knoll 3 0 18 0 1
CEM McInerney 2.2 0 20 0 1

Scorecard | HCC vs Sparta | 21.05.22

HCC I Vs Sparta I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 21-May-2022, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 144 runs
Round A6
Toss won by Sparta I
Umpires MA Din – M Prabhudesai
Scorers K Pattiselanno – AO Smelt
Home Side HCC I
Points Awarded HCC I 2, Sparta I 0
HCC I 1st Innings 260/10 All Out (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
ZA Worden c U Saleem b AAJ Malik 30 23 3 2
AJ Staal   b AAJ Malik 27 35 4 0
BHG Gorlee* c A Raza b AAJ Malik 4 4 1 0
DG Crowley lbw b K Ahmadi 38 44 4 0
TJG Pringle   b AAJ Malik 91 126 6 4
HC Overdijk lbw b N Ibrahimkhil 1 4 0 0
C Floyd   b AAJ Malik 48 47 2 2
YJ Patel+ c A Raza b K Ahmadi 6 4 1 0
H Venter not out   3 12 0 0
OO Klaus run out   1 1 0 0
FH de Lange run out   0 0 0 0
extras   (b0 lb3 w8 nb0) 11      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 260      
FOW
1-57(ZA Worden) 2-61(BHG Gorlee) 3-64(AJ Staal) 4-134(DG Crowley) 5-136(HC Overdijk) 6-237(C Floyd) 7-248(YJ Patel) 8-259(TJG Pringle) 9-260(OO Klaus) 10-260(FH de Lange)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
AAJ Malik 10 1 45 5 6
K Ahmadi 10 0 66 2 2
JM Snoep 8 0 43 0
U Saleem 7 1 33 0
SB Gohil 8 0 39 0
N Ibrahimkhil 4 0 13 1
Manminder Singh 3 0 18 0
Sparta I 1st Innings 116/10 All Out (Overs 34)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
M Latif c BHG Gorlee b FH de Lange 8 7 2 0
A Raza+ c OO Klaus b HC Overdijk 16 27 2 0
SB Gohil c OO Klaus b HC Overdijk 57 80 5 1
R Allen c BHG Gorlee b C Floyd 2 21 0 0
M Bukhari lbw b C Floyd 0 2 0 0
Manminder Singh c DG Crowley b C Floyd 3 17 0 0
AAJ Malik c OO Klaus b H Venter 7 17 1 0
N Ibrahimkhil   b OO Klaus 12 32 0 0
K Ahmadi c ZA Worden b OO Klaus 0 2 0 0
U Saleem c OO Klaus b HC Overdijk 3 5 0 0
JM Snoep* not out   0 0 0 0
extras   (b0 lb1 w6 nb1) 8      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 116      
FOW
1-11(M Latif) 2-35(A Raza) 3-49(R Allen) 4-49(M Bukhari) 5-55(Manminder Singh) >6-74(AAJ Malik) 7-97(N Ibrahimkhil) 8-107(K Ahmadi) 9-116(SB Gohil) 10-116(U Saleem)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
HC Overdijk 7 1 27 3 2 1
FH de Lange 5 0 18 1 3
C Floyd 5 1 10 3 1
H Venter 8 1 30 1
TJG Pringle 6 0 18 0
OO Klaus 3 0 12 2

Scorecard | VCC vs Excelsior | 21.05.22

Voorburg I Vs Excelsior 20 I
1-Innings Match Played At Westvliet, Voorburg, 21-May-2022, Topklasse
Voorburg I Win by 4 wkts
Round B6
Toss won by Voorburg I
Umpires PGHA van Giezen – FLA van Lent
Scorers EM Heggelman – CC Schinkel
Home Side Voorburg I
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 0, Voorburg I 2
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 180/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman c SA Engelbrecht b GK Nieuwoudt 7 25 0 0
RTF Verhagen+ c SA Engelbrecht b VJ Kingma 3 10 0 0
TJ Heggelman*   b GK Nieuwoudt 6 25 1 0
LT Ingram lbw b PRP Boissevain 30 65 2 0
J Kroesen   b S Ahmad 30 64 1 1
BR Hampton c JN Malan b PRP Boissevain 13 17 0 1
SL van Troost   c&b VJ Kingma 37 49 3 0
LA Kroesen c MN Ahmad b S Ahmad 4 13 0 0
NT Etman   b LV van Beek 10 21 1 0
RWA van Troost not out   8 11 0 0
UF Baker not out   0 1 0 0
extras   (b3 lb6 w22 nb1) 32      
TOTAL   9 wickets for 180      
FOW
1-9(RTF Verhagen) 2-17(TC Etman) 3-32(TJ Heggelman) 4-100(LT Ingram) 5-106(J Kroesen) 6-118(BR Hampton) 7-136(LA Kroesen) 8-156(NT Etman) 9-177(SL van Troost)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
VJ Kingma 8 1 23 2 2 1
LV van Beek 9 1 28 1 4
GK Nieuwoudt 5 0 12 2 7
D Potgieter 8 1 28 0 1
PRP Boissevain 10 0 53 2 1
S Ahmad 10 0 27 2 1
Voorburg I 1st Innings 184/6 (Overs 46.4)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MN Ahmad c RTF Verhagen b TJ Heggelman 24 29 3 0
JN Malan   b TJ Heggelman 0 1 0 0
BFW de Leede* st RTF Verhagen b RWA van Troost 36 51 5 0
D Potgieter c SL van Troost b TJ Heggelman 0 1 0 0
TN de Grooth c RTF Verhagen b BR Hampton 2 7 0 0
LV van Beek not out   70 102 5 0
GK Nieuwoudt c LA Kroesen b LT Ingram 22 52 1 0
S Ahmad not out   18 40 0 0
SA Engelbrecht+ dnb          
PRP Boissevain dnb          
VJ Kingma dnb          
extras   (b0 lb2 w7 nb3) 12      
TOTAL   6 wickets for 184      
FOW
1-8(JN Malan) 2-50(MN Ahmad) 3-50(D Potgieter) 4-55(TN de Grooth) 5-70(BFW de Leede) 6-131(GK Nieuwoudt)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
NT Etman 6 0 37 0 2
TJ Heggelman 8.4 0 31 3 1
BR Hampton 9 0 34 1
LT Ingram 10 1 26 1 1
RWA van Troost 9 1 38 1 2 3
UF Baker 4 0 16 0 1

Scorecard | VOC vs Dosti | 21.05.22

VOC I Vs Dosti I
1-Innings Match Played At Hazelaarweg, Rotterdam, 21-May-2022, Topklasse
VOC I Win by 19 runs
Round B6
Toss won by Dosti I
Umpires RJ Akram – D Das
Home Side VOC I
Points Awarded VOC I 2, Dosti I 0
VOC I 1st Innings 268/4 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SA Edwards+ c S Raji b M Hans 37 47 3 0
MP O’Dowd not out   130 165 6 3
MA Durrani c WA Raja b M Hans 7 9 0 0
A Jain   b VAB Tewarie 26 49 0 0
TIM de Kok   b K Diwan 30 20 1 2
JD Schoonheim not out   11 9 1 0
PM Seelaar* dnb          
B Niaz dnb          
MB Hoornweg dnb          
R Malik dnb          
SB van Wingerden dnb          
extras   (b2 lb2 w23 nb0) 27      
TOTAL   4 wickets for 268      
FOW
1-87(SA Edwards) 2-99(MA Durrani) 3-173(A Jain) 4-215(TIM de Kok)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
WA Raja 5 0 26 0 11
K Diwan 9 0 57 1 5
W Masood 8 0 51 0 7
Asief Hoseinbaks 6 0 22 0
A Singh 9 0 53 0
M Hans 8 0 27 2
VAB Tewarie 5 0 28 1
Dosti I 1st Innings 249/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
WA Raja lbw b JD Schoonheim 33 51 4 0
RI Ahmed+ c MB Hoornweg b A Jain 6 21 0 0
VAB Tewarie c TIM de Kok b PM Seelaar 36 62 3 0
A Singh c MB Hoornweg b SB van Wingerden 21 26 3 0
M Hans* c R Malik b A Jain 7 29 0 0
K Diwan c PM Seelaar b MB Hoornweg 113 73 6 9
S Raji c SA Edwards b JD Schoonheim 6 12 1 0
S Ghori lbw b JD Schoonheim 0 6 0 0
W Masood   b PM Seelaar 5 11 0 0
Asief Hoseinbaks not out   2 10 0 0
S Mahangoe not out   0 0 0 0
extras   (b2 lb2 w15 nb1) 20      
TOTAL   9 wickets for 249      
FOW
1-23(RI Ahmed) 2-67(WA Raja) 3-102(VAB Tewarie) 4-102(A Singh) 5-115(M Hans) 6-138(S Raji) 7-152(S Ghori) 8-197(W Masood) 9-249(K Diwan)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
B Niaz 6 0 28 0
A Jain 10 2 32 2 2
MB Hoornweg 10 1 60 1 5 1
JD Schoonheim 10 0 66 3 8
SB van Wingerden 10 1 38 1
PM Seelaar 4 0 21 2

Scorecard | Salland vs VRA | 21.05.22

Salland I Vs VRA I
1-Innings Match Played At Het Schootsveld, Deventer, 21-May-2022, Topklasse
VRA I Win by 7 wkts
Round B6
Toss won by Salland I
Umpires DJ Kalloe – WPM van Liemt
Scorers KA Holdsworth – B Haley
Home Side Salland I
Points Awarded Salland I 0, VRA I 2
Salland I 1st Innings 36/10 All Out (Overs 17.1)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
PP Ottachchige+ lbw b A Abid 4 10 1 0
A Gopinath c LA Turmaine b E Visser 0 8 0 0
VS Lubbers* c MB Lees b A Abid 0 8 0 0
G van Molen c J Balbirnie b E Visser 4 7 1 0
G Ginsburgh lbw b A Shah 9 18 1 0
H Khan   b A Abid 1 4 0 0
GA Nasir   b A Shah 8 25 0 0
RA Lubbers lbw b A Abid 0 5 0 0
J Ullah   b A Shah 1 14 0 0
A Sherzad   b A Abid 2 4 0 0
I Wickramarachchi not out   0 2 0 0
extras   (b0 lb1 w4 nb2) 7      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 36      
FOW
1-4(PP Ottachchige) 2-4(A Gopinath) 3-10(VS Lubbers) 4-10(G van Molen) 5-13(H Khan) 6-27(G Ginsburgh) 7-28(RA Lubbers) 8-33(J Ullah) 9-36(A Sherzad) 10-36(GA Nasir)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
A Abid 9 4 10 5 1
E Visser 4 1 13 2 2
A Shah 4.1 0 12 3 1 2
VRA I 1st Innings 37/3 (Overs 4.3)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh not out   28 17 4 0
E Visser c VS Lubbers b GA Nasir 0 3 0 0
A Dutt c I Wickramarachchi b GA Nasir 3 5 0 0
MB Lees+ c G van Molen b RA Lubbers 0 1 0 0
J Smal not out   0 1 0 0
J Balbirnie dnb          
PW Borren* dnb          
M Cilliers dnb          
LA Turmaine dnb          
A Shah dnb          
A Abid dnb          
extras   (b0 lb0 w5 nb1) 6      
TOTAL   3 wickets for 37      
FOW
1-13(E Visser) 2-36(A Dutt) 3-36(MB Lees)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
RA Lubbers 2.3 0 27 1 3 1
GA Nasir 2 0 10 2

Round 7 Preview

Bertus de Jong & Rod Lyall 24/05/22


With the traditional Ascension Day round upon us on Thursday the first phase of the Topklasse is accelerating toward a conclusion, and by this time next week at least some, conceivably even all of the contenders for the championship group will be known. For those teams in the lower halves of their respective tables, especially those in Group A, time for a comeback is rapidly running out.

Group A

BdJ: For Kampong, who face second-placed HBS Craeyenhout at Maarschalkerweerd on Thursday, practically every match is must-win from here if they’re to avoid the relegation pool. Realistically though, the outcome of the match will probably be of little consequence given the likelihood of the two teams ending up in different pools for the second phase. Kampong pulled off a remarkable upset win over the previously unbeaten Punjab last week which is likewise unlikely to matter much, perhaps suggesting that they rather enjoy playing with little on the line. Notably they bagged the points without any significant contribution from the newly-arrived Pite van Biljon, though one expects it won’t be long before he makes his presence felt. For HBS the fixture is principally a chance to take the pressure off somewhat for the rest of the first phase, as they’re unlikely to take any points won on Thursday through. Despite the heist Kampong pulled on Punjab the Crows remain firm favourites for this one, with Barresi and Walbrugh looking in good touch and Kaplan back (though unneeded last week) the potential return of the ever-busy Toby Visée would be a luxury they would welcome, but not necessarily require.

RL: Kampong have taken a while to settle to their task, but last week’s victory over Punjab showed that they are not as out of their depth at Topklasse level as might at one stage have appeared. With Van Biljon joining Cole Briggs in the batting line-up and the attack, spearheaded by Alex Roy and Usman Malik, an increasingly effective unit, the Utrecht side may be capable of springing more surprises from here on in. But HBS, off-days excepted, are a tough proposition for anybody, and they way they bounced back from their Zomercomplex debacle indicates an impressive toughness. One plus point for Kampong is home advantage: Maarschalkerweerd has proved a tricky venue for batting sides, and Malik’s side have shown themselves thoroughly capable of exploiting it. HBS are indeed favourites, but this game might be closer than the sides’ records so far suggest.


BdJ: Of greater probable consequence is the clash at De Diepput between third-placed HCC and current leaders Punjab Rotterdam, who could both seal their place in the top three this week. HCC’s emphatic win over Sparta last week took them two wins clear in third, and they may sense a chance to both solidify their position and bag crucial second-phase points against a Punjab side whose air of invincibility has comprehensively blown away. Nonetheless the Rotterdammers are defending champions for a reason, and though their batting failed them last week the bowling remains more formidable than what HCC faced last week, especially with the addition of Samiullah Salarazai, who lends the Punjab attack a cutting edge it had arguably lacked, and whether it will be enough to counter the in-form Tim Pringle may prove the key question come Thursday in what looks to be the headline match this round.

RL: HCC’s attack now looks back to full effectiveness, and they will undoubtedly fancy their chances against a Punjab side which had until last week continued winning despite performing distinctly below their best. But Kampong’s cause was greatly helped by the early removal of Steph Myburgh, and unless HCC are able to repeat that trick they could find themselves doing some serious leather-chasing. The Lions have proved adept at making the most of what DLS calls ‘resource’: they were all out off the last ball of their innings against ACC, but not before they had put on 260, and with Clayton Floyd coming in at seven and Yash Patel at eight they bat as deep as anyone in the competition. With Suleiman Tariq bowling as well as ever and Salarazai a real acquisition, Punjab’s bowling is pretty effective as well, and if the group has seemingly split early into a top and bottom three, that is compensated by the fact that the top three are very evenly balanced.


BdJ: Meanwhile in the Last Chance Saloon ACC will head to Bermweg to face Sparta 1888 with both sides looking in the first instance for probable second phase points to stave off relegation, with an outside chance of kicking off a late surge to the top-three should neutral results permit. Sparta scraped to a two-wicket win in a low-scoring dogfight at Het Loopveld earlier in the season and ACC will be keen to level the score on Thursday, though neither side can take much heart from current form. The arrival of Samit Gohil has gone some way toward shoring up the Sparta batting in the meantime, but the rest of the line-up has been desperately short of form. That said, a home outing against an ACC attack that has looked rather toothless last week might be just what the Spartan batting needs. It seems unlikely that they’ll be able to roll a rather more settled ACC batting line-up for as little this time round, so if Gohil can’t find support somewhere, or goes cheaply himself, even an underrated Sparta attack led by canny ex-internationals Malik and Bukhari will struggle to deliver two points with the ball, especially if Bukhari plays as a specialist bat as he did last week.

RL: The bottom three in Group A are fairly evenly matched as well, and with relegation likely to be extremely keenly contested these are crucial points for both teams. If ACC can weather the initial onslaught from Malik and whoever his new-ball partner is they have shown themselves capable of making a decent total, while Sparta’s problem is, as m’colleague observes, finding reliable partners for Gohil. ACC’s youngsters, after several seasons of having to fend for themselves, now have the support of a quintet of more experienced hands, and the likes of Shreyas Potdar and Mees van Vliet are showing signs of coming into their own. This will doubtless stand them in good stead as the season progresses, but their more immediate concern will be to pick up two points which the winners are very likely to carry with them all the way to September. The Last Chance Saloon is also the Too Close To Call division, and this is definitely one which could go either way.


Group A

BdJ: Over in Group A it’s all a bit tighter in the middle, and there’s every chance that  Excelsior ‘20 versus VRA at Thurlede could determine who ends up on which side of the cut-off when the music stops in June. Excelsior did a number on the VRA batting in their first encounter this season, with prodigal overseas Brett Hampton taking four wickets as the Amsterdammers collapsed to 57 all-out, but the Schiedammers’ recent results don’t inspire as much confidence. Both sides showed some fight against champions-presumptive VCC over the last couple of weeks, but VRA are coming off thumping Salland last week while Excelsior are still recovering from a shellacking at the hands of VOC. On paper the hosts remain favourites however, with VRA lacking the top-tier overseas reinforcement that Excelsior have in Ingram and Hampton, and the homegrown core of the Schiedam side is rather more seasoned that VRA’s array of recent youth graduates.

RL: With three teams currently fighting over two places in the Championship pool this game is doubly key: depending on other results the loser here could be the one to miss out, while if both go through and VOC are the ones to finish in the relegation pool, then the two points from a win here could be vital in the season’s closing stages. It was Ashir Abid who was instrumental in VRA’s demolition of Salland last week, but he will no doubt face greater and more determined resistance in Tom Heggelman and Co. Similarly, the Excelsior attack, in which skipper Heggelman led from the front against Voorburg, will present more of a challenge to a VRA batting line-up whose form has been (sometimes literally) hit and miss. Their profiles may differ but these sides look more evenly matched than the result in the Bos suggested, and in Peter Borren and Heggelman they have the two most seasoned captains in the competition.   


BdJ: The principal draw for the encounter between Salland and VOC at Deventer is the potential disaster that defeat would mean for the visitors. A second loss to the unfancied Salland would not only put VOC on track for the relegation pool, but would also potentially leave them profoundly short of points when they got there, should Salland likewise fail to make the cut. For Salland two points on Thursday would not only buy them some insulation against relegation, it could put them in contention for the still greater security of a top-three spot. An ignominious drubbing at the hands of VRA last week may not be the best preparation, but given the number of first-choice players absent need not have unduly dented their confidence as they look to knock over VOC for a second time. They will also have noted the vulnerability of VOC’s attack to a bat willing to tee-off with abandon, having had plenty of time to watch Kuldeep Diwan’s fireworks on Saturday. So long as VOC can put Edwards, O’Dowd and Seelaar on the field they will remain heavy favourites of course, but if you had to pick an upset this week (which for once I don’t) you could do worse than this match.

RL: What the man said. It’s hard to see VOC stumbling over this particular hurdle a second time, especially with Arnav Jain and Tim de Kok now running into form with the bat, although the contributions of Max O’Dowd, Scott Edwards and Pieter Seelaar remain fundamental to their prospects of making it into the Championship pool. Salland have had real continuity issues, having used no fewer than 21 players in six games, with only skipper Victor Lubbers, keeper and opening batter Piyaranga Ottachchige, Akhil Gopinath and Hashim Khan having been ever-present. They really need the presence of Venkat Ganesan and his German team-mates; as last week’s disaster demonstrated, they are a long way short of Topklasse standard when they are missing. VOC seem pretty certain to have too many guns for their Deventer hosts, even if the latter gain some reinforcements. 


BdJ: Finally in what seems certain to be the least consequential match of the round, the unbeaten Voorburg travel to Drieburg to take on the winless Dosti Amsterdam.  Given that, barring some implausible turn of events, VCC are guaranteed to make the top three and Dosti guaranteed to end up in the relegation pool, this Thursday’s game is effectively little more than a friendly. In that respect it would of course be entirely in-character for the luckless Dosti to go ahead and win it. As unlikely as such an outcome remains (which is to say, very) it is not quite so hard to imagine as it might have been last week, before we witness Kuldeep Diwan’s assault on the VOC bowling and two of VCC’s South African pros bag first ball ducks on Saturday. It’s also worth noting that VCC have not had to play on an artificial wicket yet this season, and that Amitoze Singh has belatedly arrived to bolster the Dosti ranks. All this of course has to be weighed against the obvious fact that Voorburg have a much stronger team in all respects, which often proves decisive in such encounters.

RL: And again. Voorburg may not always have been 100% convincing, but then, they have seldom needed to be. They may drop points before the season’s end, but it’s not likely to be on Thursday against a Dosti side which has consistently struggled to do itself justice. The addition of Amitoze may make some difference and skipper Mahesh Hans will be fervently hoping that Diwan’s knock last week wasn’t a flash in the pan, but it will take more than a repeat of that effort if the Amsterdammers are to mount a serious threat to a Voorburg side which is, one way or another, carrying all before it.     


BdJ’s tips: HBS, Punjab, ACC, Excelsior, VOC, Voorburg.

RL’s tips: HBS,HCC, ACC, VRA, VOC, Voorburg.

HBS vs ACC at Crayenhout|Round 6|21.05.2022

Kampong shock Punjab as Voorburg sail on

Rod Lyall 22/05/22

It’s been coming for a while, but Kampong Utrecht pulled off the upset of the season so far at Maarschalkerweerd on Saturday, dismissing previously-unbeaten defending champions Punjab Rotterdam by two wickets in a hard-fought match.

Punjab’s batting has shown some signs of vulnerability in earlier games, and Kampong skipper Usman Malik gave his side a great start by getting Steph Myburgh caught at point by Cole Briggs off the first ball he received.

Rehmat Zulfiqar and his brother Asad added 50 for the second wicket, but then Malik removed them both, and although Sikander Zulfiqar made 37 Punjab could only manage 145 before they were all out, Malik finishing with three for 15 from his ten overs.

Kampong were soon in trouble in their turn as they subsided to 37 for four, including overseas player Pite van Biljon, in the side for the first time this season, and at 75 for eight they seemed to be heading for a sixth defeat on the trot.

But Robert van der Harten now joined Alex Roy, and they knocked off the remaining runs in 15 overs, both finishing unbeaten on 36; Safiullah Salarazai took three for 36 for Punjab and Saqib Zulfiqar three for 37.

The victory enabled Kampong to leapfrog ACC, who suffered a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of HBS at Craeyenhout; their win also meant that the Crows have moved level with Punjab at the top of the Group A table.

The Craeyenhout side had little difficulty in chasing down ACC’s total of 199 for six, in which Thomas Hobson top-scored with 47, while Wesley Barresi claimed three for 50 with his off-breaks.

Barresi then joined Tayo Walbrugh in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 183 after Mees van Vliet had grabbed the early wicket of Reece Mason; Walbrugh took a century off the ACC attack for the second time this season, finishing on 105 not out, with Barresi making 91 not out.

In the remaining Group A game HCC consolidated their position in third with a 144-run victory over Sparta 1888 after reaching 260 all out, Tim Pringle top-scoring with 91.

Zac Worden’s run of half-centuries came to an end when he was dismissed by Ahsan Malik for a mere 30, but Clayton Floyd chimed in with 48, sharing a sixth-wicket stand of 101 with Pringle.

Malik was the pick of the Sparta attack with five for 45.

Samit Gohil played a lone hand when the Capelle side replied: he was ninth out having made 57 in a total of 116, but the HCC bowling was too strong for his team-mates, Hidde Overdijk taking three for 27 and Floyd three for 10.

An improvised Salland side, missing its German contingent, was no match for VRA Amsterdam in Deventer and was speedily dismissed for just 36, Ashir Abid taking five for 10 in nine overs and Anish Shah three for 12, and no-one in the Salland line-up reaching double figures.

VRA secured the win even more speedily, needing only 4.3 overs to complete a seven-wicket victory, Vikram Singh ending on 28 not out.

The victory enabled VRA to move clear in second place in Group B, although they are two wins behind leaders Voorburg, who had some uncomfortable moments before overcoming Excelsior ’20 Schiedam by four wickets.

After restricting Excelsior to 180 for nine, in which Stan van Troost made 37 and Lorenzo Ingram and Joost Kroesen 30 apiece, Voorburg were struggling on 70 for five, Tom Heggelman having dismissed both Janneman Malan and Delano Potgieter for golden ducks as well as collecting the wicket of Musa Nadeem Ahmad.

But Logan van Beek then set about rescuing his side, and his unbeaten 70, supported first by Karl Nieuwoudt and then by Shariz Ahmad, was enough to get Voorburg across the line with 20 deliveries to spare; Heggelman finished with three for 31.

This defeat saw Excelsior slip out of the top three, at least for the present, as VOC Rotterdam overtook them on net run rate after a somewhat surprisingly hard-fought encounter with Dosti Amsterdam at the Hazelaarweg.

Max O’Dowd’s 130 not out saw the Rotterdammers to the day’s highest total with 268 for four, Scott Edwards (37), Arnav Jain (26) and Tim de Kok (30) all making useful contributions, but Kuldeep Diwan hit back with 113, and Dosti came within 19 runs of their hosts.

Dosti still needed 61 with just three overs left and two wickets in hand, but Diwan launched a fierce onslaught, hitting Max Hoornweg for three sixes in two overs and Pieter Seelaar for two sixes and a four, but Hoornweg got his man with the penultimate delivery of the game.

Earlier, Jelte Schoonheim had picked up three for 66 and Jain and Seelaar two wickets apiece to put Dosti on the back foot, but Diwan’s innings, while the final flurry came a little too late, gave the Amsterdam side hope that before long they, like Kampong, might end their run of defeats.

Round 6 Preview

Rod Lyall & Bertus de Jong 18/05/22


The second round of the first phase sees the two groups in rather different situations: in Group A the six teams are arrayed in an orderly fashion, each one win ahead of their nearest rivals, but Group B is much more even, with the teams in second and third, and in fourth and fifth, separated only by net run rate. But in neither group is the final division into Championship and Relegation pools anything like settled, and there are likely to be some more tense struggles in the coming weeks.

Group A

RL: After their last-ball victory over Kampong last Saturday, Sparta 1888 are away again this week, facing HCC at De Diepput. On paper HCC are distinctly the stronger in both batting and bowling, but they had to battle hard to overcome ACC last week, and Sparta have proved if they are nothing if not a team of fighters (in the best possible sense). They have, moreover, been strengthened by the advent of Samit Gohil, whose batting looked genuinely first-rate against Kampong and who also gives skipper Mudassar Bukhari useful options with his bowling as well. The Lions’ attack was a little less incisive than usual against ACC, and will no doubt be hoping to make early inroads into the Sparta batting. Sparta missed former international Ahsan Malik at Kampong, his new-ball combination with Bukhari an important asset, and will hope to see him restored to the side as soon as possible. Specifically, they will need to find a way of neutralising the threat of Zac Worden, who is showing signs of becoming a permanent resident at the crease with five successive half-centuries for HCC.

BdJ: If there’s one thing to be said in defense of the two-pool format this season, it’s that it does lend greater consequence to this sort of mid-table clash. A win for HCC here would significantly strengthen their hold on a top three spot, giving them a two-win safety margin heading into the latter part of phase one, while a Sparta victory would put the two neck-and-neck for third place and the security that comes with it. Worden apart, HCC’s batting line-up has have looked rather inconsistent since their Tonny Staal-inspired opening win at Bermweg, but conversely one could say that most all of the top six have contributed at one point or another. The same cannot be said of Spartan bats, of whom all but Bukhari and Gohil average in the teens or worse this season. IF they are to break into the upper half of the table, they will likely need the rest of the line-up to step up come Saturday.


RL: HBS suffered a fairly traumatic defeat at Punjab last week, and will need to bounce back fast when they face ACC at Craeyenhout on Saturday. They were admittedly without the talismanic Tobias Visée and the injured Gavin Kaplan, but even so their batting collapse was dramatic enough to leave some scar tissue. ACC are, of course, a different proposition, and the Crows will be happy to be back at Craeyenhout for this encounter. Their attack is among the stronger units in the competition, but they need the batting to give them a defensible target. Or bowl first, obviously. Tayo Walburgh has had a rather mixed start to the season, and they will be hoping that he can find the sort of rich vein of form with which he began last year. ACC’s South Africans, Thomas Hobson and Robin Smith, have settled in well, while the progress made by Shreyas Potdar has also been a positive feature, as has the bowling of Mies van Vliet and of new acquisitions Joseph Reddy and Rob Ackermann, another member of the South African contingent.

BdJ:ACC have certainly had a slow start to the season, slow enough that they’ll already be more concerned about avoiding relegation than anything else. That said, they’ve assembled a side that might have set their sights higher had they settled sooner. With HBS’s glass cannon of a line-up shattering spectacularly at the Zomercomplex, the Amsterdammers may sense a chance to climb two points closer to the safety of the top three, though on paper the Crows at Craeyenhout remain favourites against most any team in the league.


RL: Defending champions Punjab Rotterdam go from strength to strength, and will be full of confidence for their expedition to Maarschalkerweerd to take on winless Kampong Utrecht. Winless but not totally off the pace, as that last-ball defeat by Sparta (and one or two other results) have shown. Whether that will be enough to halt Punjab’s relentless march is, of course, another question: the Rotterdammers were a class too good at the Zomercomplex on the season’s opening day, and although there has been the occasional stutter since, nobody has yet figured out a way of overcoming their varied and menacing attack, or of getting all the way through their powerful top seven. Kampong have a useful enough side, with Alex Roy’s bowling and the batting of Cole Briggs, Usman Malik and Ratha Alphonse impressive at times, but they are palpably short of match-winners, and a Punjab victory here appears to be one of the safer bets of the campaign.

BdJ: Kampong’s lack of star power has been a running theme this season, their long-announced but still absent overseas signings Pite van Biljon and Shubham Ranjane leaving a gap on the team-sheet that they’ve struggled to fill. Certainly individual players on the Kampong roster have shown they can make the step up to compete at Topklasse level, but the team as a whole looks to have more weak links than strong on any given day. Punjab have meanwhile continued their unbeaten streak where they left off last season, though it should be noted this will be there first test on a turf wicket since their group phase match away at VCC last year, which just happens to be the last match they lost.


Group B

RL: Voorburg, too, are riding high, and were too strong for Excelsior ’20 in their season’s opener. Both sides have been reinforced since then, Voorburg by the arrival of Janneman Malan and Logan van Beek, their opponents by the return of skipper Tom Heggelman and, after a somewhat longer absence, Brett Hampton. There is pretty general agreement that this Voorburg outfit is one of the strongest domestic sides ever to take the field in the Netherlands, and even though they had a few uncomfortable moments against VRA last week it would not come as a surprise if their first really serious challenge didn’t come until the Championship pool in the back half of the season. Excelsior may well join them there, but last week’s heavy defeat by VOC makes Group B a real contest, and even if they are on the wrong end of this one they will hope to restrict the damage to their net run rate inflicted upon them at the Hazelaarweg.

BdJ: With one foot in the championship pool already, VCC have the luxury of a four point cushion over their nearest rivals and six points over the cut-off line. That said, though they can afford a slip-up or two they’ll be keen to avoid one on Saturday, as a loss to Excelsior would more likely than not be carried forward into the final phase. In that respect they arguably have more to lose than the Schiedammers, who are unlikely to have banked on taking points home from Westvliet in their pre-season strategising. They are the last team to have done so however, rolling Voorburg for 116 last season on the way to a 7-wicket win. But this is a considerably stronger VCC side of course, and after their drubbing at the hands of VOC last week, repeating that trick would be quite the upset.


RL: VRA Amsterdam, similarly, will be aware that their position in the top half of the group is far from secure, and may view their journey to Deventer to take on Salland as a potential banana-skin. Salland skipper Victor Lubbers had a great game with both bat and ball against Dosti last Sunday, and will doubtless relish another opportunity, this time on home turf, to take on the club where, as a teenager, he first made an impression in senior cricket. Like Kampong, their fellow-promotees, Salland have plenty of useful players without many real stars, although German captain Venkat Ganesan and his international team-mate Elam Bharathi have shown themselves to be influential allrounders at this level. VRA’s youngsters, reinforced by Jack Balbirnie and Eduard Visser, have been impressive in fits and starts, although they will be hoping that Peter Borren has recovered sufficiently from last week’s indisposition to return to his steadying role at the head of the side.

BdJ: Given their rather modest ambitions at the start of the season, VRA will be more than pleased with their position as it stands, though with the realisation that a top-three finish is entirely with in their grasp one suspects that nerves may be creeping in ahead of their long trip out East to the largely unfamiliar Schootsveld. Salland have not had much opportunity to capitalise on home advantage as yet, playing their only home fixture thus far against a VCC side in their most hype-fulfilling form, and may sense a chance to bag some points against a road-weary VRA side, especially if Borren is absent or firing at less than 100%. Though VRA’s young side has outperformed expectations this season, they have nonetheless relied heavily on their evergreen skipper, Borren playing a key role with bat or ball in each of their three wins so far. By the same token, Salland have suffered for their own skipper’s slump in form, and will hope Lubbers’ showing against Dosti last week is a sign of things to come.


RL: By demolishing Excelsior last week VOC Rotterdam seemed to be emerging from the doldrums which had affected them for a couple of crucial weeks, and they will want to maintain that momentum when they take on Dosti Amsterdam at the Hazelaarweg. Dosti’s doldrums, by comparison, appear to be a veritable Sargasso Sea, and they will need to lift themselves considerably if they are to sail away from what seems an increasingly likely relegation. For VOC, the spectacular return to form of Tim de Kok and the continuing good form of young Belgian Burhan Niaz have taken some of the pressure off the three Dutch internationals, and they will hope for that to continue long enough to carry them securely into the top three. The contributions of Waqas Raja and Wahid Masood are enough to give Dosti hope of better days, but it will take more consistent support from more of the side if they are to reverse their now years-long barren period.

BdJ: While the season has shown that, outside of the three Dutch internationals, VOC’s batting line up-cannot be relied upon for runs, Tim de Kok delivered a timely reminder last week that the opposition can’t rely on them to fail either. With Dosti’s overseas reinforcements still held up by visa problems (though there are rumours that Amitoze Singh’s arrival in imminent) it’s difficult to see the Drieburgers getting through the VOC line-up without similar incident. Though the Dosti attack is capable of finding wickets, a full innings of sustained pressure has proved hard to produce, and likewise last week’s effort against Salland was the closest they have come to batting 50 overs. Given Dosti’s struggles, for VOC this looks a must-win fixture, securing two points that would keep their top-three hopes alive, but perhaps more importantly carry through to the second phase should they fail to make the cut and be faced with a tricky relegation fight at the back end of the season.


RL’s picks: HCC, HBS, Punjab, Voorburg, VRA, VOC.

BdJ’s picks: HCC, HBS, Punjab, Voorburg, VRA, VOC.