Scorecard | HBS vs Punjab | 11.06.22

HBS I Vs Punjab I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 11-Jun-2022, Topklasse
HBS I Win by 85 runs
Round A10
Toss won by Punjab I
Umpires DJ Kalloe – R Mahabier
Home Side HBS I
Points Awarded HBS I 2, Punjab I 0
HBS I 1st Innings 285/5 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
T Walbrugh lbw b S Salarazai 94 110 12 0
G Kaplan   b SA Zulfiqar 21 40 3 0
W Barresi c R Jappie b Mubashar Hussain 113 119 11 2
R Klein lbw b S Salarazai 13 14 1 0
Navjit Singh   b S Salarazai 21 15 1 1
K Klein not out   2 3 0 0
FJ Vink* not out   6 2 1 0
RP Mason dnb          
JI de Mey dnb          
BFL Boddendijk dnb          
MM Scholte+ dnb          
extras   (b0 lb7 w6 nb2) 15      
TOTAL   5 wickets for 285      
FOW
1-69(G Kaplan) 2-191(T Walbrugh) 3-220(R Klein) 4-267(Navjit Singh) 5-279(W Barresi)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
S Tariq 10 1 36 0
S Salarazai 10 0 67 3 2
SA Zulfiqar 10 0 62 1 4
Mubashar Hussain 9 0 53 1 1
SM Zulfiqar 10 0 53 0 1
AT Nidamanuru 1 0 7 0
Punjab I 1st Innings 200/10 All Out (Overs 44.4)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RU Zulfiqar lbw b R Klein 0 7 0 0
SJ Myburgh   b W Barresi 18 23 3 0
JD Vandiar c W Barresi b JI de Mey 37 46 6 0
AT Nidamanuru c K Klein b JI de Mey 5 13 0 0
SM Zulfiqar c R Klein b W Barresi 27 38 2 1
SA Zulfiqar   b FJ Vink 29 42 1 1
R Jappie run out T Walbrugh   10 16 0 0
AA Zulfiqar+ st MM Scholte b JI de Mey 15 37 1 0
S Salarazai c JI de Mey b FJ Vink 13 6 1 1
S Tariq* c K Klein b FJ Vink 22 27 3 1
Mubashar Hussain not out   9 13 1 0
extras   (b1 lb0 w14 nb0) 15      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 200      
FOW
1-1(RU Zulfiqar) 2-49(SJ Myburgh) 3-67(AT Nidamanuru) 4-74(JD Vandiar) 5-124(SM Zulfiqar) 6-128(SA Zulfiqar) 7-141(R Jappie) 8-160(S Salarazai) 9-178(AA Zulfiqar) 10-200(S Tariq)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
K Klein 8 1 42 0 6
R Klein 9 0 38 1
W Barresi 8 0 29 2
JI de Mey 10 1 39 3 5
FJ Vink 7.4 0 35 3 3
Navjit Singh 2 0 16 0

Scorecard | HCC vs ACC | 11.06.22

HCC I Vs ACC I
1-Innings Match Played At De Diepput, Den Haag, 11-Jun-2022, Topklasse
HCC I Win by 8 wkts
Round A10
Toss won by ACC I
Umpires PGHA van Giezen – P Muthucumaru
Home Side HCC I
Points Awarded ACC I 0, HCC I 2
ACC I 1st Innings 123/10 All Out (Overs 42.3)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TG Hobson   b C Floyd 18 33 1 1
MA Raza* st YJ Patel b ZA Worden 23 58 1 0
F Wegener   b TJG Pringle 4 14 0 0
R Smith+ c H Venter b J Trijzelaar 26 36 3 0
S Potdar c YJ Patel b J Trijzelaar 2 7 0 0
CM Knoll c YJ Patel b HC Overdijk 15 22 2 0
RA Kumar c BHG Gorlee b C Floyd 14 44 1 0
R Ackermann   b TJG Pringle 5 19 0 0
M van Vliet lbw b TJG Pringle 1 16 0 0
JS Reddy not out   0 2 0 0
Z Master   b TJG Pringle 1 6 0 0
extras   (b1 lb1 w10 nb2) 14      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 123      
FOW
1-35(TG Hobson) 2-44(F Wegener) 3-78(R Smith) 4-78(MA Raza) 5-92(S Potdar) 6-102(CM Knoll) 7-112(R Ackermann) 8-120(M van Vliet) 9-122(RA Kumar) 10-123(Z Master)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
HC Overdijk 8 1 25 1 3 1
RR Bijloos 8 2 22 0 2
C Floyd 9 2 18 2 1
TJG Pringle 8.3 2 23 4 1
J Trijzelaar 5 1 15 2 3
ZA Worden 4 0 18 1 1
HCC I 1st Innings 124/2 (Overs 24.4)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
BT Kuipéri c R Smith b R Ackermann 21 31 4 0
ZA Worden c R Ackermann b Z Master 41 62 5 1
AJ Staal not out   38 45 3 3
BHG Gorlee* not out   14 12 2 1
HC Overdijk dnb          
TJG Pringle dnb          
YJ Patel+ dnb          
C Floyd dnb          
H Venter dnb          
RR Bijloos dnb          
J Trijzelaar dnb          
extras   (b1 lb0 w7 nb2) 10      
TOTAL   2 wickets for 124      
FOW
1-45(BT Kuipéri) 2-88(ZA Worden)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
M van Vliet 4 0 19 0 2
RA Kumar 2 0 12 0 4
MA Raza 4 0 11 0 1
R Ackermann 4 1 17 1
JS Reddy 4 0 14 0 1
Z Master 4.4 0 31 1 1
CM Knoll 2 0 19 0

Scorecard | Sparta vs Kampong | 11.06.22

Sparta I Vs Kampong I
1-Innings Match Played At Sportpark Bermweg, Capelle a/d IJssel, 11-Jun-2022, Topklasse
Kampong I Win by 6 wkts
Round A10
Toss won by Sparta I
Umpires D Das – ML Hancock
Home Side Sparta I
Points Awarded Sparta I 0, Kampong I 2
Sparta I 1st Innings 102/10 All Out (Overs 34)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
A Raza+   b A Roy 11 7 2 0
CP Ambrose c PJ van Biljon b A Roy 1 16 0 0
SB Gohil c MR Alphonse b A Roy 12 17 0 1
M Bukhari*   b G Swanepoel 16 21 2 0
R Allen lbw b KM Nana 1 13 0 0
F Iqbal c V Chaturvedi b T Sharma 29 55 2 0
Manminder Singh c MR Alphonse b RTF van der Harten 3 4 0 0
AAJ Malik c V Chaturvedi b PJ Jacod 15 39 0 0
N Ibrahimkhil c G Swanepoel b T Sharma 2 13 0 0
JM Snoep not out   3 13 0 0
U Saleem c KM Nana b T Sharma 1 6 0 0
extras   (b0 lb0 w8 nb0) 8      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 102      
FOW
1-12(A Raza) 2-17(CP Ambrose) 3-28(SB Gohil) 4-33(R Allen) 5-45(M Bukhari) 6-56(Manminder Singh) 7-95(F Iqbal) 8-98(AAJ Malik) 9-98(N Ibrahimkhil) 10-102(U Saleem)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
KM Nana 6 1 20 1
A Roy 8 0 24 3 1
G Swanepoel 6 1 22 1 4
RTF van der Harten 3 0 13 1 3
T Sharma 6 0 14 3
PJ Jacod 5 1 9 1
Kampong I 1st Innings 104/4 (Overs 21.4)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Chaturvedi c U Saleem b AAJ Malik 0 3 0 0
MR Alphonse+ c F Iqbal b AAJ Malik 8 33 0 0
CJ Briggs c U Saleem b AAJ Malik 14 26 2 0
PJ van Biljon not out   47 26 4 3
MU Malik* c A Raza b N Ibrahimkhil 5 19 1 0
PJ Jacod not out   17 23 2 0
A Roy dnb          
RTF van der Harten dnb          
G Swanepoel dnb          
T Sharma dnb          
KM Nana dnb          
extras   (b0 lb0 w13 nb0) 13      
TOTAL   4 wickets for 104      
FOW
1-0(V Chaturvedi) 2-26(CJ Briggs) 3-49(MR Alphonse) 4-80(MU Malik)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
AAJ Malik 10 1 30 3 1
M Bukhari 3 0 11 0 5
JM Snoep 3 0 21 0 1
U Saleem 2 0 20 0 6
N Ibrahimkhil 2.4 0 11 1
SB Gohil 1 0 11 0

Scorecard | Voorburg vs VRA | 11.06.22

Voorburg I Vs VRA I
1-Innings Match Played At Westvliet, Voorburg, 11-Jun-2022, Topklasse
Voorburg I Win by 72 runs
Round B10
Toss won by Voorburg I
Umpires MA Din – AND van den Dries
Home Side Voorburg I
Points Awarded Voorburg I 2, VRA I 0
Voorburg I 1st Innings 231/7 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
JN Malan lbw b A Shah 9 26 1 0
MN Ahmad c L Scully b A Shah 15 23 2 0
BFW de Leede* lbw b J Balbirnie 81 111 8 1
D Potgieter c E Visser b PW Borren 33 56 3 0
M Hingorani+ st L Scully b A Dutt 26 41 1 0
TN de Grooth c J Balbirnie b A Dutt 12 13 1 0
GK Nieuwoudt c A Shah b A Dutt 10 10 0 0
S Ahmad not out   20 16 1 0
PRP Boissevain not out   7 6 1 0
AA Qasim dnb          
ST Mulder dnb          
extras   (b1 lb1 w14 nb2) 18      
TOTAL   7 wickets for 231      
FOW
1-22(JN Malan) 2-46(MN Ahmad) 3-114(D Potgieter) 4-183(M Hingorani) 5-195(BFW de Leede) 6-203(TN de Grooth) 7-214(GK Nieuwoudt)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
E Visser 9 1 34 0 2
A Dutt 10 0 38 3 1
A Shah 5 0 31 2 10
LA Turmaine 4 0 14 0
U Nashier 6 0 31 0 1
PW Borren 9 0 35 1 1
V Singh 2 0 15 0 1
J Balbirnie 5 0 31 1
VRA I 1st Innings 159/10 All Out (Overs 34.1)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Singh c M Hingorani b D Potgieter 1 15 0 0
L Scully c JN Malan b D Potgieter 4 5 1 0
J Smal c BFW de Leede b D Potgieter 3 13 0 0
A Dutt c TN de Grooth b GK Nieuwoudt 10 16 1 0
J Balbirnie c S Ahmad b AA Qasim 13 17 2 0
U Nashier   b PRP Boissevain 38 61 4 1
PW Borren* lbw b D Potgieter 28 33 4 0
MB Lees+ c AA Qasim b ST Mulder 36 25 2 3
E Visser   b AA Qasim 3 5 0 0
A Shah   b AA Qasim 0 5 0 0
LA Turmaine not out   7 10 1 0
extras   (b0 lb0 w16 nb0) 16      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 159      
FOW
1-6(L Scully) 2-8(V Singh) 3-21(J Smal) 4-21(A Dutt) 5-53(J Balbirnie) 6-110(PW Borren) 7-112(U Nashier) 8-118(E Visser) 9-123(A Shah) 10-159(MB Lees)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
GK Nieuwoudt 5 0 17 1 5
D Potgieter 10 0 28 4
AA Qasim 6 0 46 3 4
S Ahmad 5 0 29 0
ST Mulder 4.1 0 16 1 5
PRP Boissevain 4 0 23 1 2

Scorecard | Excelsior vs VOC | 11.06.22

VOC I Vs Excelsior 20 I
1-Innings Match Played At Thurlede, Schiedam, 11-Jun-2022, Topklasse
Excelsior 20 I Win by 6 wkts
Round B10
Umpires RJ Akram – WPM van Liemt
Scorers EM Heggelman – CCH Kaulingfreks
Home Side (neutral)
Points Awarded VOC I 0, Excelsior 20 I 2
VOC I 1st Innings 213/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
SA Edwards+ c RTF Verhagen b NT Etman 10 20 2 0
MP O’Dowd c RTF Verhagen b RWA van Troost 29 68 4 0
ML Smit   b BR Hampton 4 19 0 0
F Fourie c RTF Verhagen b RWA van Troost 18 45 1 0
TIM de Kok c BR Hampton b TJ Heggelman 35 37 2 1
A Jain c BR Hampton b RWA van Troost 0 2 0 0
B Niaz lbw b TJ Heggelman 38 65 3 0
RR Upadhyaya c sub b BR Hampton 5 13 0 0
PM Seelaar* not out   35 16 1 4
PJ Fletcher not out   10 17 0 0
MB Hoornweg dnb          
extras   (b1 lb8 w19 nb1) 29      
TOTAL   8 wickets for 213      
FOW
1-19(SA Edwards) 2-46(ML Smit) 3-82(MP O’Dowd) 4-87(F Fourie) 5-87(A Jain) 6-151(TIM de Kok) 7-163(B Niaz) 8-165(RR Upadhyaya)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
NT Etman 10 1 40 1 1
TJ Heggelman 9 2 40 2 4
BR Hampton 9 0 64 2 6 1
RWA van Troost 10 2 30 3 4
LT Ingram 10 2 25 0 1
UF Baker 2 0 5 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 214/4 (Overs 48)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman c SA Edwards b PJ Fletcher 10 18 2 0
RTF Verhagen+ lbw b ML Smit 38 86 6 0
LA Kroesen c PM Seelaar b ML Smit 19 49 1 0
LT Ingram not out   86 80 6 2
TJ Heggelman* c ML Smit b PJ Fletcher 15 31 0 0
BR Hampton not out   31 24 2 1
SL van Troost dnb          
NT Etman dnb          
RWA van Troost dnb          
SG Shankar dnb          
UF Baker dnb          
extras   (b0 lb1 w14 nb0) 15      
TOTAL   4 wickets for 214      
FOW
1-23(TC Etman) 2-69(LA Kroesen) 3-85(RTF Verhagen) 4-141(TJ Heggelman)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
A Jain 10 2 37 0
B Niaz 5 0 23 0
PJ Fletcher 9 0 54 2 6
PM Seelaar 9 2 33 0
ML Smit 9 0 31 2 1
MB Hoornweg 6 0 35 0 3

Scorecard | Salland vs Dosti | 11.06.22

Salland I Vs Dosti I
1-Innings Match Played At Het Schootsveld, Deventer, 11-Jun-2022, Topklasse
Salland I Win by 7 wkts
Round B10
Toss won by Salland I
Umpires Z Hussain – M Prabhudesai
Home Side Salland I
Points Awarded Dosti I 0, Salland I 2
Dosti I 1st Innings 103/10 All Out (Overs 36.3)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RI Ahmed+ c I Webber b VS Lubbers 9 19 1 0
WA Raja   b VS Lubbers 16 56 1 0
VAB Tewarie run out G van Molen   0 1 0 0
A Singh lbw b RA Lubbers 0 2 0 0
A Hanoeman c A Gopinath b RA Lubbers 0 20 0 0
M Hans* lbw b H Khan 10 32 1 0
K Diwan c S Naqash b H Khan 4 4 1 0
Asief Hoseinbaks   c&b A Gopinath 6 32 0 0
T Ahmed c PP Ottachchige b H Khan 16 11 3 0
H Bhutta   b H Khan 5 26 0 0
W Masood not out   16 16 2 0
extras   (b1 lb4 w16 nb0) 21      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 103      
FOW
1-15(RI Ahmed) 2-15(VAB Tewarie) 3-20(A Singh) 4-24(A Hanoeman) 5-39(WA Raja) 6-44(K Diwan) 7-54(M Hans) 8-71(Asief Hoseinbaks) 9-72(T Ahmed) 10-103(H Bhutta)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
VS Lubbers 10 2 15 2
RA Lubbers 10 2 23 2 5
H Khan 8.3 0 23 4 2
A Gopinath 6 0 27 1 4
S Naqash 2 0 10 0 5
Salland I 1st Innings 106/3 (Overs 36.1)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
PP Ottachchige+   b Asief Hoseinbaks 1 10 0 0
T Machiavello   c&b Asief Hoseinbaks 4 40 0 0
I Webber run out VAB Tewarie   1 22 0 0
S Naqash not out   49 76 2 3
VS Lubbers* not out   41 69 5 0
RA Lubbers dnb          
G van Molen dnb          
GA Nasir dnb          
G Ginsburgh dnb          
A Gopinath dnb          
H Khan dnb          
extras   (b0 lb1 w9 nb0) 10      
TOTAL   3 wickets for 106      
FOW
1-2(PP Ottachchige) 2-10(I Webber) 3-17(T Machiavello)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
K Diwan 10 4 16 0 5
Asief Hoseinbaks 10 4 15 2 1
M Hans 9.1 0 38 0 1
T Ahmed 1 0 10 0
VAB Tewarie 1 0 6 0
A Singh 4 0 16 0 2
W Masood 1 0 4 0

Excelsior ’20 vs VOC at Thurlede|Round 10|11.06.2022

Excelsior beat VOC to take final top-six spot

Rod Lyall 12/06/22

The structure of this season’s expanded Topklasse competition may not be to everyone’s liking, but the final round of Phase I matches on Saturday delivered plenty of interest, with the final placings in Group B in doubt almost to the end.

With the destination of Group A sides in the second phase already settled, most of the tension was located in Group B, where on Saturday morning three teams were still in contention for the two available places in the Championship pool alongside group leaders Voorburg.

By half past five one of the contenders, VRA Amsterdam had lost to Voorburg, but they had done enough to ensure that regardless of the outcome of the match between Excelsior ’20 Schiedam and VOC Rotterdam they would finish in the top three of the group.

The winners of that latter game would leapfrog over them into second place, while the losers would be heading into the Relegation pool, and at that stage the match was delicately poised, with Excelsior on 130 for three chasing VOC’s total of 213 for eight.

Excelsior’s seam attack had earlier done well to contain the VOC batting line-up, which had collapsed to 87 for five before 35 from Tim de Kok, 38 from Burhan Niaz and an unbeaten 35 from Pieter Seelaar, batting in an unaccustomed spot at nine, enabled them to post a score which they had some prospect of defending.

At 85 for three there seemed to be a chance that Excelsior were in trouble, but Lorenzo Ingram now took over, sharing a useful stand of 56 with Tom Heggelman and then adding another 73 in company with Brett Hampton, carrying his side to a six-wicket victory and into the Championship pool.

Ingram ended on 86 not out, made from just 80 deliveries, and Hampton had 31 not out as Excelsior won with two overs to spare.

At Westvliet, Voorburg skipper Bas de Leede’s 111-ball 81 was the foundation of his side’s 231 for seven against VRA, Aryan Dutt taking three for 38 for the Amsterdammers.

VRA knew that even if they lost a margin of less than about 115 would be sufficient to see them into the top three, but when Delano Potgieter and Karl Nieuwoudt reduced them to 21 for four inside nine overs that suddenly appeared a remote secondary target.

Voorburg had rested internationals Viv Kingma and Logan van Beek in advance of next week’s Super League series against England, but such are their resources that they scarcely seemed to miss them, and although the VRA middle order recovered sufficiently to get the deficit under 100, Udit Nashier making 38, Peter Borren 28 and Mitch Lees a hard-hitting 25-ball 36, Ali Ahmad Qasim ran through the tail for figures of three for 46, and the Amsterdam side were all out for 159.

In the remaining Group B game, in Deventer, Salland too had a shaky start chasing Dosti Amsterdam’s meagre 103, two wickets for Asief Hoseinbaks and a run out reducing them to 17 for three, but Sahir Naqash (49 not out) and Victor Lubbers (41 not out) then steered their side to a seven-wicket victory.

Earlier, Victor and his brother Reinder had had Dosti on the ropes at 39 for five, and then Hashim Khan picked up four for 23 to complete the demolition work.

The two points from this game may well stand Salland in very good stead in the relegation battles to come.

Crucial points in the struggle to avoid relegation were also at stake at the Bermweg, where Kampong Utrecht were looking to secure a first win against one of their rivals at the lower end of the table, home side Sparta 1888.

After bowling their side into a potential winning position against ACC last Monday, only to see the match rained off, the Kampong attack quickly seized the initiative after Sparta had elected to bat, and with Alex Roy collecting three early wickets, including that of the prolific Samit Gohil, Sparta soon found themselves on 45 for five.

Faisal Iqbal fought a rearguard action with his side’s top score of 29, but they were all out for 102, Tushar Sharma completing what Roy had started with three for 14 in the closing stages.

Ahsan Malik again created early pressure when Kampong replied, taking three for 30, but Pite van Biljon made an unbeaten 26-ball 47, and with Pierre Jacod contributing 17 not out the Utrecht side completed a six-wicket win with more than 28 overs to spare.

At the other end of the Group A table HBS Craeyenhout made sure of finishing on top with an impressive 85-run victory over defending champions and long-time group leaders Punjab Rotterdam.

Their total of 285 for five, the second-highest of the season to date, was mostly due to a second-wicket stand of 122 between Tayo Walbrugh and Wesley Barresi; Walbrugh narrowly missed out on a third century of the season when he was leg-before to Safiullah Salarazai for 94, but Barresi went on to post his eleventh top-flight hundred and his third for HBS, making a 119-ball 113, with eleven fours and two sixes, before he was out three deliveries before the end.

Salarazai came in for some punishment, but finished with three for 67.

It soon became evident that the chase was beyond Punjab, and although Jonathan Vandiar contributed 37 and there were smaller contributions from Saqib and Sikander Zulfiqar, they were dismissed for 200 in 44.4 overs; Julian de Mey claimed three for 39 and Ferdi Vink, cleaning up at the end, three for 35.

At De Diepput HCC consolidated their third position with a comfortable eight-wicket victory over ACC, dismissing their visitors for 123, Tim Pringle taking four for 23, and knocking off the runs with more than 25 overs to spare, Zac Worden making 41 and Tonny Staal 38 not out.

Round 10 Preview

Bertus de Jong & Rod Lyall 10/06/2022


Last week’s washout has denied us a proper denouement for the first phase of the Topklasse, in Group A at least, though there’s still some jockeying for position to be done before we head into the mid-season break. The teams in Group A already know where they’re headed for Phase 2, though there’s non-perishable points on offer in a couple of this week’s games. In Group B there remains a three-way race between VRA, Excelsior and VOC, one of whom will be headed into a relegation fight, while the clash between Dosti and Salland is functionally an early start to the relegation battle.

Group A

BdJ: At the top of the table HBS Craeyenhout will be looking to steal a march on defending champions Punjab Rotterdam when they welcome them the Hague, though on current form one would back the visitors to lead take another two points into the second half of the season. The title-holders rolled the Crows for just 57 when they met at the Zomercomplex earlier in the season, though HBS were notably missing Toby Visée and Gavin Kaplan for that game. Since then Punjab have been strengthened by the arrival of Jonathan Vandiar and fellow South African Rushdi Jappie, and while the eligibility of the latter for Phase 2 may yet be brought into question, he’s expected to take the field Saturday. A win this weekend would see Punjab into the Championship pool on a healthy 6 points, while HBS would have just their 2 points from besting HCC. Conversely a home victory would see all three of the Group A teams take four points through to the second phase.

RL: Punjab have not always looked completely convincing on their way through the first phase, but at their best they are without doubt one of the most explosive units in the competition, and in their hiccupping start against Sparta last week it was evident that Steph Myburgh was absolutely in the mood to launch one of his trademark onslaughts. Craeyenhout can be a cruel place for bowlers, and with Vandiar and Jappie in the side along with the four Zulfiqars and Teja Nidamanuru Punjab have the potential to post a big total, or to chase one down. But the Crows’ Kleins and Vinks spearhead a decent bowling attack, while with Tayo Walbrugh, Kaplan, Visée and Wesley Barresi (assuming the latter both play) they also have a batting line-up capable of inflicting serious damage on Punjab’s bowling. This could well be one of the best games of the season, but then again, it could also turn out to be another anticlimax. Let’s hope it doesn’t.


BdJ: With the weather sealing HCC’s spot in the top three last week their final phase one fixture against ACC is nothing but match practice for both, and even then of dubious utility given the length of the break. Both sides have had an extra week to come back from heavy defeats at the hands of Kampong and Punjab respectively, and though ACC did at least get to have a bat last week they scarcely looked more stable at Utrecht. Thomas Hobson does seem to be warming to his task at the top of the order now, and ACC are arguably looking a better side than when they took HCC to the wire in their last encounter. Nonetheless the hosts are headed to the championship pool for a reason, and if they put out a full strength side on Saturday they will start as favourites to take the ephemeral points on offer.

RL: The fact that this is the only one of the round’s six games which will have no impact on the way the season turns out suggests that perhaps there isn’t so much wrong with the format after all, and even this one could have been significant had things worked out differently last week. As it is, ACC will know that they could be in for a fierce battle to avoid relegation at the back end, and anything they can do now to build team morale and give the youngsters in their side more experience of cricket under pressure is likely to stand them in good stead later on. They faltered after a good start against Kampong last week and may well have regarded the rain as a welcome intervention, and they would benefit from a strong performance here. HCC’s battle will be at the other end of the table, and they too would doubtless like to go into the break in winning form. Winning can and should be a habit, and after their collapse against Kampong the Lions will be keen to avoid slipping on another banana skin here, no matter how irrelevant the points may be.


BdJ: Finally Kampong will have a chance to put some permanent points on the board when they head to Bermweg to take on Sparta 1888. The two teams fought out a dramatic last-ball, last-wicket thriller at Maarschalkerweerd when last they met, with Sparta closing out a narrow win. The arrival of Pite van Biljon has reinforced the Kampong line-up since even if his contributions have been somewhat understated thus far. Either way it’s fair to say Kampong have looked the stronger outfit since, even if Sparta has chosen their wins more wisely.

RL: There are few more important games this Saturday than this one, with the points on offer likely to be crucial when the Relegation Stakes enter the final furlong towards the end of August. Sparta can more than match Kampong’s Van Biljon with their own Samit Gohil, whose contribution since his arrival has given their batting much more substance and their bowling another valuable option. Kampong are entitled to feel more than a little aggrieved that the rain washed away the hard work they had done against ACC, but those 30 overs had again demonstrated that in Kertan Nana, Usman Malik, Alex Roy, Pierre Jacod and Robert van der Harten they have a more than serviceable attack, and if they could neutralise the threat presented by Gohil they would be strongly placed here. On the other side of the balance sheet, in Ahsan Malik and (if he plays) Mudassar Bukhari Sparta have a very effective new-ball attack, which Kampong will need to weather if they are to post a decent total. It promises to be another absorbing battle.


Group B

BdJ: Of the three teams whose Phase 2 destination is not yet known, VRA are best placed. A win away at Voorburg should seal their top three spot for sure, but enjoying a significant net run rate advantage over both VOC and Excelsior they need only avoid a three-figure defeat to be sure of finishing at least third. Add to that of course the fact that it’s not in VCC’s interests to inflict a particularly heavy defeat on VRA given the option, as they would presumably prefer to minimise the chances of VOC getting through if they can. Such byzantine strategising aside however, both teams will at least want to win. Nobody’s managed to best the pre-season favourites in their own back yard as yet, and with Janneman Malan finding some form at the top the VCC line-up looks improbably imposing. Nonetheless an under-strength VRA did look like they might have managed an upset had they got a few more runs on the board last time round. Certainly the visitors will be motivated with a phase 2 slot and points for the taking, and if VCC are to be bested at Westvliet this season VRA have as good a chance as any.

RL: Since Voorburg are likely to be joined by VRA in the Championship pool, the only sane option for the group leaders is to make sure they take the points from this encounter through with them, and to do whatever they can to protect their NRR advantage. Equally, two points here would stand VRA in extremely good stead in the latter half of the competition, putting them in a good position for mounting a title challenge later on. The Spirit of Cricket should therefore be under no threat from manipulation of the result, since both sides have every incentive to go hard and achieve the best outcome they can. Voorburg’s strengths in all departments are obvious enough, while VRA’s rather more mercurial efforts leave open the question of whether they will fire on all cylinders in this potential crucial encounter. If Vikram Singh takes into this game the form he displayed against the West Indies pace attack the home side’s quick men could be in for a hard time, while Peter Borren’s ability to flay opposing bowlers has scarcely diminished with the years. Voorburg will certainly start as favourites, but as m’colleague observes, it would be unwise to rule out another upset.


BdJ: Unquestionably the game of the round, Excelsior versus VOC at Thurlede will likely prove a straight knock-out. Both teams missed out on a chance to solidify their claim on a top three spot last week, and barring a blow-out at Westvliet the loser on Saturday will be headed to the lower half for Phase 2. Excelsior were looking in good shape with the bat against Dosti before the rain came down, and while VOC didn’t get on the park at all against VRA it was notable that the prodigal Corey Rutgers had been recalled for the day. Fair to expect that in what is undeniably a crunch game the Bloodhounds will do their utmost to get their best XI on the field come Saturday, though even at full strength it’s hard to call them favourites at Thurlede.

RL: In what shapes to be virtually an early Elimination Final, this tussle between two sharply contrasting teams is another to whet the appetite. With their three Dutch international stars it may seem surprising, even absurd, that VOC’s chances of challenging for the title should be on the line here, but the inconsistent form of the rest of the side is at least partly responsible, while Excelsior, without any current members of the Dutch side but with an experienced, canny captain in Tom Heggelman, two valuable overseas players in Lorenzo Ingram and Brett Hampton, and a very effective supporting cast, have thoroughly deserved their mid-table spot in the group without ever looking like title contenders. Apart from their Big Three VOC have a potential match-winner in young Belgian international Burhan Niaz, while the veteran Jelte Schoonheim, Tim de Kok and Arnav Jain have all made valuable contributions along the way. There may, however, be a question about the cutting power of the Bloodhounds’ attack, their outstanding effort against Voorburg notwithstanding, and if Tim Etman and Roel Verhagen can continue here where they left off against Dosti, Excelsior may be able to take full advantage.


BdJ: Finally in what is a certain four-pointer Salland welcome the still-winless Dosti to Deventer with both teams looking to bank points ahead of the coming relegation scrap. Neither side has looked at all convincing thus far, with the absence of overseas players telling against them for much of the season. Dosti can now call upon the services of both Kuldeep Diwan and Amitoze Singh, while Salland have at times struggled to get 11 men on the field. The participation of the venerable Steven Lubbers again last week is of course a fine thing for nostalgics and statisticians, but does rather underline the team’s troubles. Nonetheless home advantage is not to be underestimated in this case, with most of the Dosti side unfamiliar with conditions in Deventer and indeed the lengthy travel time involved.

RL: Germany’s international commitments have been a significant disruptive fact in Salland’s season, and there will have been a bittersweet tinge to Venkat Ganesan’s winning of a Player of the Match award at the international tri-series in Krefeld which will keep him and his team-mates out of the Deventer side for this very important game. Both they and Dosti seem certain to be battling against relegation come August, and with Singh and Diwan strengthening the Amsterdammers they will have a more than decent chance of at last breaking their sequence of defeats with victory at Het Schootsveld. Their hosts plugged away manfully against the might of Voorburg last week before the rain intervened, and they will no doubt be a different proposition on their own turf, but nevertheless Dosti must fancy their chances.


BdJ’s picks: Punjab, HCC, Kampong, VCC, Excelsior, Salland.

RL’s picks: Punjab, HCC, Kampong, VCC, Excelsior, Dosti.

Scorecard | VCC vs Salland | 06.06.22

Voorburg I Vs Salland I
1-Innings Match Played At Westvliet, Voorburg, 06-Jun-2022, Topklasse
No result
Round B9
Toss won by Salland I
Umpires ML Hancock – R Mahabier
Home Side Voorburg I
Comment Rain stopped play, Voorburg 133-1 (28 overs)
Voorburg I 1st Innings 219/2 Closed (Overs 42.4)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MN Ahmad lbw b V Ganesan 54 81 6 0
JN Malan not out   113 124 9 2
BFW de Leede* c V Ganesan b TA Khan 26 38 2 0
D Potgieter not out   12 14 1 0
TN de Grooth dnb          
LV van Beek dnb          
PRP Boissevain dnb          
S Ahmad dnb          
M Hingorani+ dnb          
AA Qasim dnb          
ST Mulder dnb          
extras   (b0 lb3 w11 nb0) 14      
TOTAL   2 wickets for 219      
FOW
1-125(MN Ahmad) 2-184(BFW de Leede)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
VS Lubbers 5 0 29 0
S Naqash 2 0 14 0 3
H Khan 6 0 33 0 1
A Gopinath 7.4 1 33 0 1
G van Molen 10 0 44 0 4
V Ganesan 5 0 20 1
TA Khan 4 0 16 1 1
J Ullah 3 0 27 0 1
Salland I 1st Innings
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
PP Ottachchige+ dnb          
A Gopinath dnb          
VS Lubbers* dnb          
V Ganesan dnb          
H Khan dnb          
S Naqash dnb          
G van Molen dnb          
TA Khan dnb          
J Ullah dnb          
F Ullah dnb          
SW Lubbers dnb          
extras   (b0 lb0 w0 nb0) 0      
TOTAL   0 wickets for 0      
FOW
 
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb