Scorecard | Excelsior vs HBS | 27.08.22

Excelsior 20 I Vs HBS I
1-Innings Match Played At Craeyenhout, Den Haag, 27-Aug-2022, Topklasse
Excelsior 20 I Win by 13 runs
Round C9
Umpires MA Din – AND van den Dries
Scorers MAP Wiegers – EM Heggelman
Home Side (neutral)
Points Awarded Excelsior 20 I 2, HBS I 0
Excelsior 20 I 1st Innings 250/10 All Out (Overs 49.5)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TC Etman c G Kaplan b R Klein 25 28 4 1
TJ Heggelman c MM Scholte b G Kaplan 46 105 2 0
RTF Verhagen*+ c W Barresi b Navjit Singh 24 50 1 0
LT Ingram c R Klein b G Kaplan 86 78 8 3
SL van Troost c MM Scholte b R Klein 50 28 3 7
NT Etman c JI de Mey b G Kaplan 2 4 0 0
J Kroesen   b R Klein 0 1 0 0
SG Shankar run out G Kaplan   4 1 0 0
LA Kroesen c sub b G Kaplan 1 2 0 0
RWA van Troost c JI de Mey b G Kaplan 1 2 0 0
UF Baker not out   0 0 0 0
extras   (b0 lb5 w6 nb0) 11      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 250      
1-33(TC Etman) 2-81(RTF Verhagen) 3-140(TJ Heggelman) 4-234(LT Ingram)5-243(SL van Troost) 6-243(J Kroesen) 7-247(NT Etman) 8-248(SG Shankar)9-250(LA Kroesen) 10-250(RWA van Troost)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
JI de Mey 4 0 26 0
R Klein 10 0 43 3 2
W Barresi 10 0 32 0
G Kaplan 9.5 0 43 5 2
Navjit Singh 7 1 34 1
FJ Vink 9 0 67 0 2
HBS I 1st Innings 237/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
T Walbrugh c SL van Troost b TJ Heggelman 0 6 0 0
G Kaplan run out SG Shankar/RTF Verhagen   93 96 11 0
W Barresi c TJ Heggelman b LT Ingram 38 53 8 0
R Klein c RWA van Troost b UF Baker 2 7 0 0
Navjit Singh   c&b NT Etman 28 60 2 0
RP Mason c SG Shankar b NT Etman 8 26 0 0
K Klein c RTF Verhagen b NT Etman 20 26 1 0
JI de Mey st RTF Verhagen b NT Etman 12 14 0 0
FJ Vink* run out RTF Verhagen   10 7 1 0
MM Scholte+ not out   2 2 0 0
SP Vink not out   6 5 0 1
extras   (b1 lb4 w11 nb2) 18      
TOTAL   9 wickets for 237      
1-1(T Walbrugh) 2-98(W Barresi) 3-101(R Klein) 4-169(G Kaplan) 5-178(Navjit Singh)6-184(RP Mason) 7-219(JI de Mey) 8-220(K Klein) 9-231(FJ Vink) 
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
TJ Heggelman 6 0 27 1 3
NT Etman 10 0 49 4 3
LT Ingram 10 0 52 1 3
RWA van Troost 4 0 35 0 2 2
UF Baker 10 0 48 1
LA Kroesen 10 0 21 0


Sparta vs Dosti at Bermweg | Round 16 | 28.08.22

HBS vs Excelsior at Crayenhout | Round 15 | 27.08.22

Ali Raza ton gives Sparta a lifeline

Rod Lyall 29/08/2022

A splendid century from wicketkeeper Ali Raza fired Sparta 1888 to their highest total of the season in the showdown match against Dosti Amsterdam at Sportpark Bermweg on Sunday, paving the way to a 152-run victory and a play-off against the Hoofdklasse champions to determine who will play in the Topklasse next season.

Raza came in after Asief Hoseinbaks had trapped Craig Ambrose in front with the first ball of the match and proceeded to hit 122, from 126 deliveries with seven fours and five sixes, sharing a third-wicket stand of 115 with Mudassar Bukhari.

In what was rumoured to be his final Topklasse match Bukhari, knowing how vital the game was for his club, made an a-typically cautious 42, and his partnership with Raza, and a lightning 17-ball 39 from Khalid Ahmadi in the closing stages, saw Sparta to 253 for seven.

Dosti, who had staged a semi-miraculous recovery in recent weeks to give themselves a chance of staying in the top flight, had no answer to this, former international Ahsan Malik (three for 22 in ten overs), Joost Martijn Snoep (two for 21) and Ahmadi (two for 23, including the vital wicket of Amitoze Singh) combining to dismiss the Amsterdammers for 101.

Only Rahil Ahmed (32) and Kuldeep Diwan (22) reached double figures, and it was appropriately Bukhari who returned to claim the final wicket.

In the Championship Pool the most significant match was at Thurlede, where HCC made sure of second place and a double opportunity of reaching the grand final on 10 September with a 5-wicket victory over Excelsior ’20.

Electing to bat first, Excelsior struggled for runs throughout their innings, Lorenzo Ingram top-scoring with a patient 43 and Tim Etman making 33, with left-arm spinners Tim Pringle (three for 18) and Clayton Floyd (three for 20) again dominant.

HCC’s strong top order then seemed comparatively untroubled in knocking off the runs, Tonny Staal making 47, Zac Worden 43 and skipper Boris Gorlee 67 as the side reached their target with eleven and a half overs to spare.

One bright spot for Excelsior was the bowling of Luuk Kroesen, who again contributed a fine spell, claiming two for 41 from his ten overs.

HCC’s main rivals for the second spot, HBS Craeyenhout, were meanwhile losing to leaders Voorburg at Westvliet, being dismissed for 143 in pursuit of their hosts’ 236 for five.

Andre Malan again led the way for Voorburg with 52, following up his unbeaten century on Saturday, but the key to their total was a run-a-ball 69 not out from Sybrand Engelbrecht, who shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 74 with Shariz Ahmad (33 not out).

Shariz then went on to break the back of the HBS reply, removing both openers and finishing with four for 40, while his fellow wrist-spinner Philippe Boissevain took three for 27.

Tobias Visée, back in the HBS side after a six-match absence, made 35, Wesley Barresi 36 and Julian de Mey 29, but they were the only batters to reach double figures as Voorburg comtinued their apparently irresistible march towards the title.

An opening stand of 166 between Shirase Rasool and Luke Scully set VRA Amsterdam on course to the highest total of the day against Punjab Rotterdam in the Amsterdamse Bos, Scully making 79 and Rasool going on to 108.

The Punjab bowlers worked their way through the middle order in the latter part of the innings, but after that great start the home side still finished with 282 for seven, Teja Nidamanuru the most economical of the Rotterdammers’ attack with just 37 coming from his ten overs.

Half-centuries from Rushdie Jappie (53) and Jonathan Vandiar (57) gave Punjab an outside chance of chasing down their massive target, but both were dismissed by Peter Borren, and after they had gone Udit Nashier ran through the later batters, completing his best-ever Topklasse haul with five for 46.

Punjab fought all the way to the end, but they were finally dismissed for 243, a result which enabled VRA to leapfrog over them and finish in fifth position on the table.

Kampong Utrecht, in many ways the most unfortunate team in this year’s competition, completed their programme with a 3-wicket win over VOC Rotterdam at the Hazelaarweg, but they will nevertheless be playing in the Hoofdklasse next season.

Kertan Nana set them on the way by removing both Max O’Dowd and Scott Edwards by the time 48 runs were on the board, and at 149 for nine, Tushar Sharma having claimed three of the wickets, VOC seemed doomed to post a very modest target.

But last man Pieter Seelaar, doubtless hampered by the back injury which has ended his international career, now joined Pierce Fletcher, and the pair proceeded to add 78 for the tenth wicket, 44 of them coming from Seelaar’s bat in just 27 deliveries.

Ratha Alphonse blasted a 60-ball 77, including 11 fours and a six, when Kampong replied, Cole Briggs contributing a run-a-ball 40, but once they had gone the innings threatened to subside until a determined 28 from Alex Roy and an unbroken stand between Nana and skipper Usman Malik saw the Utrechters home.

The closest match of the day was at Het Schootsveld, where Salland Deventer hung on to beat ACC by one wicket with three overs to spare.

ACC’s total of 175 was largely due to captain Anis Raza, who top-scored with 60, while Elam Bharathi claimed three for 24 for Salland.

Mees van Vliet took three for 40 when Salland replied, bringing his tally for the season to 31, but Bharathi’s 48 was the basis of the home side’s response, and in a tense conclusion with the last pair together the win came most unfortunately for ACC from five wides.

Wins for HCC, Excelsior set up another Sunday showdown

Rod Lyall 28/08/2022

Victories for second-placed HCC and for Excelsior ’20 on Saturday set up a final-round clash which would determine which of the two sides would join Voorburg in next week’s first semi-final, with a double chance of reaching the grand final on 10 September.

HCC had to battle all the way to overcome VRA Amsterdam at De Diepput, a defeat for the Amsterdam side which ended their already slim hopes of squeezing into the semi-finals.

After winning the toss and electing to bat HCC were soon reduced to 38 for four, including a bizarre first wicket when opener Joost Kooistra instinctively used his hand to deflect the ball away from his stumps and was given out Obstructing the field, the first such dismissal in the Topklasse since 2015.

It made a memorable debut over for VRA left-armer Aaditt Jain, who went on to remove Tonny Staal in more conventional fashion, while Vikram Singh accounted for Boris Gorlee and Damian Crowley.

The Lions were rescued by half-centuries from their two overseas players, Zac Worden (54) and Tim Pringle (51), and with Hidde Overdijk contributing 35 and a cameo 5-ball 15 not out from Felix Bennett they were able to get the total up to 184 for eight.

Singh finished with four for 43, while Jain had a promising debut with two for 36, including the prized wicket of Worden.

Shirase Rasool and Singh got VRA’s chase off to a decent start, and even after Overdijk had removed Rasool and Bennett had claimed the wickets of Udit Nashier and Luke Scully they reached 95 for three and seemed well-placed to knock off the runs.

But then HCC’s three-man spin attack of Clayton Floyd, Pringle and Crowley regained control, and once Overdijk had returned to remove Singh, caught behind by Staal for 48, wickets began to tumble.

Jack Balbirnie made 37, but with two wickets apiece for the three spinners VRA were eventually dismissed for 162, losing by 22 runs.

Excelsior had to overcome a fine double from Gavin Kaplan, who took five for 43 and made 93, before completing a gripping 13-run victory over HBS at Craeyenhout.

After Tom Heggelman made a patient 46 at the top of Excelsior’s innings Lorenzo Ingram (86) and Stan van Troost (50) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 94 to take their side to 234 for three, but then in a dramatic end to the innings six wickets fell in the space of just nine deliveries for the addition of seven runs as the Schiedammers subsided to 250 all out.

Kaplan was the chief agent of the collapse, also adding a run-out to his tally, while Ryan Klein chipped in with three for 43.

Heggelman struck an early blow when HBS replied, removing the dangerous Tayo Walbrugh before he had scored, but a stand of 97 between Kaplan and Barresi set the home side on course for the win.

Ingram broke the partnership, Barresi holing out to Heggelman at long on when he had made 38, and Excelsior gradually took control through a fine spell of spin bowling from young Luuk Kroesen, enjoying his most extended bowl in the Topklasse and conceding just 21 runs from his ten overs.

The crucial moment came when Kaplan was smartly run out attempting to get back for a second run, and thereafter the asking rate began to climb, some quick thinking by Roel Verhagen behind the stumps producing two more dismissals.

Niels Etman claimed three for 49 as HBS tried to force the pace, and with 21 needed off his final over even a six by last man Stephan Vink wasn’t enough, HBS closing on 237 for nine.

Leaders Voorburg, meanwhile, cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Punjab Rotterdam at Westvliet, an unbeaten 103 from Andre Malan and a half-century by Musa Ahmad enabling them to pass the defending champions’ total of 171 in 26.2 overs.

After winning the toss Punjab collapsed to 53 for six, Karl Nieuwoudt taking three wickets and Bas de Leede two, before Teja Nidamanuru (43) and Sikander Zulfiqar (57 not out) achieved a partial rescue with a seventh-wicket stand of 84.

Nieuwoudt finished with three for 26 and Shariz Ahmad removed the middle order for figures of three for 37, De Leede taking two for 28.

Malan and Musa then put up another century opening stand for Voorburg, leaving Punjab with a tricky visit to the Amsterdamse Bos on Sunday where even a win might not be enough to see them squeeze into the semi-finals.

Phase 2: Round 6 Preview

Rod Lyall and Bertus de Jong 26/08/2022

Writing this before the penultimate round of Championship Pool matches adds an element of unreality to the exercise: by Saturday evening we will have a clearer idea of what five of the top six will need to do on Sunday to make the semi-finals, or indeed whether that is still possible. In the Relegation Pool things are much more certain: most of the attention will be on events at the Bermweg, where Sparta and Dosti have a shoot-out to decide which of them gets the lifeline of a play-off against the champions of the Hoofdklasse (currently likely to be Hermes-DVS or Quick Haag, or just possibly Rood en Wit or Bloemendaal). The other four Relegation Pool sides will be playing for pride, and perhaps with an eye to next year.

RL: Depending upon the outcome of their Saturday encounters against HBS and VRA respectively, Excelsior and HCC may well be battling to stay in the four (in Excelsior’s case) or to hold on to second position, with its double-crack at the grand final (in HCC’s). Excelsior have the advantage of literally playing on their own turf, but they also know that despite a valiant Lorenzo Ingram century they fell just short against these opponents at De Diepput after Tonny Staal had hammered 143. Niels Etman, Tom Heggelman and Brett Hampton are a different proposition at Thurlede, but Excelsior will need early wickets to contain HCC’s batting line-up, while they will equally need their own top order to perform well against a well-balanced HCC attack. The Lions are finishing strongly after a patchy start to the campaign, but with so much at stake this is likely to be a very tight game indeed.

BdJ: With both teams reluctantly facing a double-header there’s a real question of what sort of a side each will be able to muster for the second fixture. The late notice for last Saturday’s switch is understood to have caused player-availability headaches for both captains for the weekend, and it’s possible the outcome will be determined by just how successful Gorlee and Heggelman have been in their respective last minute ring-rounds. One thing that is certain however, is that the hosts will be without Brett Hampton, whose departure will put even more on the shoulders of Ingram in the middle order, especially when it comes to dealing with HCC’s left arm spin threat.

RL: Having played fewer matches than their main rivals for a top four spot HBS Craeyenhout can be fairly sanguine about their final-round encounter with Voorburg at Westvliet, and will be especially so if they carry into this game the points from Saturday. There’s little more to say about the attributes of a Voorburg side which has lost just twice all season, and which will presumably be intent on completing their regular programme in style as they move into the finals phase. At their best (which means with Tayo Walbrugh and Wesley Barresi on song with the bat and Ryan Klein and Ferdi Vink cutting through with the ball) the Crows can be a match for anyone in the competition, and after being in second spot for much of the second phase they will be very keen to regain that privileged place if its humanly possible. With 809 runs under his belt with at least three matches (and perhaps as many as five) to go, moreover, Walburgh has an outside chance of becoming the first batter since 2017 to reach 1000 runs in a top-flight season.

BdJ: Another two teams hit with late-season departures, HBS are understood to be without Gavin Kaplan (and likely the semi-retired Toby Visée who has been only intermittently available all season) while Voorburg have lost Logan van Beek, who received a summons from New Zealand A over the weekend. The latter’s call-up alongside former Netherlands team-mate and newly-ascended Blackcap Michael Rippon will be of concern to the Oranje fans too of course, though such questions rather beyond the remit of a lowly Topklasse preview. The rest of VCC’s international contingent will be back however, having given good account of themselves against Pakistan. The game will of course be an exercise in momentum-building for the Voorburgers, already assured of the top spot, while for HBS it may yet prove decisive.

RL: Whether VRA Amsterdam still have a chance of reaching the four at 11:00 on Sunday will depend on Saturday’s events, and in particular on whether they have managed to bring the points back to Amstelveen from De Diepput. Either way, Peter Borren’s side will want to finish the regular season with a win over Punjab Rotterdam, whose own prospects of a semi-final spot may well demand a win here. They will, of course, be without Johan Smal, while Punjab will still have Jonathan Vandiar, the continuation of whose purple patch looks crucial to their hopes of – unlikely though it may appear from here – successfully defending their Topklasse title. If the weather holds the VRA ground could be the setting for a bonanza of runs, but that would need the home side’s top order to show what it is capable of rather more successfully than they have done for much of the season.

BdJ: While Ireland women did manage to rack up a record score there on Wednesday, the VRA square looks to be showing the effects of a long season in recent weeks. Neither the pitch nor the outfield are likely to be near as quick as they were when England visited, nor the boundaries as near as they were at the Zomercomplex when these sides last met. Despite the limitations of both sides bowling, expect runs to be somewhat harder to come by that in their last encounter, and fielding to have a more discernible role in the game. Depending on how other games shake out this fixture could prove a de-facto eliminator or an irrelevance to composition of the final four, though it will surely be keenly contested regardless.

RL: Nowhere will more be at stake on Sunday than at Sportpark Bermweg, where the loser of the encounter between Sparta 1888 and Dosti Amsterdam will head into next year’s Hoofdklasse, while the winners will meet this season’s Hoofdklasse champions to decide whether they stay up. Dosti began their three-match winning run by beating Sparta at Drieburg on 7 August, while Sparta lost four on the trot before beating a greatly-weakened VOC last Saturday. Now without Samit Gohil, Sparta are even more reliant on Mudassar Bukhari (who may, it is rumoured, retired after this game) and Ahsan Malik, while Dosti’s sudden return to winning form owes much to Amitoze Singh, Kuldeep Diwan and Waheed Masood. Dosti’s escape would be Houdini-esque were they to pull it off, and it is unquestionably they who will travel to Capelle with the wind in their sails.

BdJ: It’s faintly odd to be talking about the momentum of a side that’s barely won a game in the last two years, but there’s no question Dosti have looked a different team in the last few weeks. While Singh and Diwan have certainly started pulling their weight, they seem to have dragged the rest of the team in the same direction too. Vinoo Tewarie, Waqas Raja and Asief Hoseinbaks have also added occasional contributions, and a modicum of self-belief has crept into the Dosti dressing room. It will take something of a turnaround in the Spartan camp to derail the long-delayed Dosti train now, though a Bukhari valedictory could certainly still sink his old club.

RL: A strong second phase has seen Salland Deventer firmly established at the top of the pool table and confirmed as part of next year’s ten-team Topklasse, while ACC can travel to Het Schootsveld secure in the knowledge that despite last week’s loss to Dosti they, too, have avoided the drop, by virtue of having a better points average than any rivals even if they lose again here. Whether Salland’s Germans can outdo ACC’s South Africans is likely to be a key issue, although the brothers Lubbers for the hosts and Mees van Vliet for the Amsterdammers will ensure plenty of local interest as well.

BdJ: While of no particular import to the competition, the season’s final fixture still offers ACC and Salland the chance to finish on a high, the latter especially have something of a point to prove in their first season in the top-flight (in this incarnation at least). Young van Vliet has his place at the top of the wicket-taking table to shore-up before ACC sit out the final phase, while Smith and Hobson will both be eyeing up 500-run seasons. It may only be pride on the line, but then neither side lacks for that.

RL: VOC Rotterdam, likewise, are safe as houses, while Kampong Utrecht make the journey to the Hazelaarweg knowing that after a very disappointing season they are heading back to the Hoofdklasse. It would pretty much cap things off if, having beaten Punjab and HCC in Phase One, they were to add VOC to their scalps, but in reality a higher priority ought to be starting the process of building a side capable of gaining promotion again next year. In Alex Roy, Kertan Nana, Pierre Jacod and Tushar Sharma they have the nucleus of a much better team than they have been able to show this season, and they will doubtless have benefited from an exposure which cannot have been easy at times. VOC, also, have work to do, if they are to overcome their dependence on O’Dowd, Edwards and Seelaar, which narrowly cost them a place in the top six this year. There may not seem to be much to play for at the Hazelaarweg, but finishing the season with a strong performance would offer the players some slight consolation. #ThereAreNoDeadRubbers.

BdJ: Kampong have certainly been dealt a rough hand by the format-fates this season, playing most of their away games on mats and then seeing most of their hard-won points evaporate at the phase-change, and may well feel their impending return to the Hoofdklasse is something of an injustice. The loss of Pite van Biljon to illness at the crunch phase and stop-gap replacement Tom Cooper’s insistence on scoring all his runs against Pakistan rather than the likes of Salland or Dosti did not help their cause either, though their reliance on overseas players for runs (albeit a failing they share with luckier sides) suggests the step up to Topklasse was one they weren’t quite ready for. They will doubtless have a point to prove against the Bloodhounds come Sunday though, while VOC will likely be glad to return to their accustomed happy-go-lucky approach to Topklasse competition in a pressure-free finale. Said insouciance has rarely prevented O’Dowd or Edwards from racking up runs of course, nor even the mercurial Tim de Kok on occasion. With Cooper back in Australia already, Kampong’s attack will need to be at their best and the batting considerably better if they’re to take another scalp back down to the Hoofdklasse.

RL’s picks: Excelsior, Voorburg, VRA, Dosti, Salland, VOC
BdJ’s picks: HCC, Voorburg, VRA, Dosti, ACC, VOC

Round 5 Phase 2 Preview 2

Bertus de Jong & Rod Lyall 24/08/20

It’s the turn of the top six this Saturday, as the postponed Championship Pool matches from last Sunday are played the day before the final round of matches. Leaders Voorburg can afford to relax, but for everyone else there are burning issues to be settled: even bottom-placed VRA can squeeze into the top four with a brace of wins, while for the other four sides, level on points, two crucial matches will determine who gets a double crack at the grand final along with Voorburg and who misses out on a play-off place altogether. It could scarcely be a more thrilling climax to a unique Topklasse season.

BdJ: It remains a tough road to the top four for VRA and given their disadvantage in terms of points average and net run rate a win against HCC on Saturday looks necessary but perhaps not sufficient condition for a place in the play-offs. Word is HCC only reluctantly went along with the rescheduling, doubtless in part because VRA would otherwise miss two key players in Vikram Singh and Aryan Dutt, and potentially even skipper Peter Borren, while of HCC only Tim Pringle was currently in conclave with the national side. HCC being able to muster a full team for back to back fixtures this weekend is not a sure thing either, though by then VRA will be without the services of Johan Smal. The availability uncertainty makes prognosticating a tough task, but it seems as though HCC are the more worried of the two.

RL: One question is how quickly Pringle recovers from the toe injury he sustained in the second ODI against Pakistan, which may have contributed to his missing the final match of the series. That apart, HCC have the more balanced and experienced of the two attacks, although the key figure in their victory over Voorburg last time out was the least experienced of the lot, Felix Bennett. Neither side has performed consistently this season, but VRA have been particularly mercurial, and much will depend on whether they bring their A-game to De Diepput. Borren’s century against HBS was outstanding, and if he can repeat that form the Amsterdammers will have a real chance of extending their title challenge into the final game of the second round robin.

BdJ: Similarly Excelsior ‘20 will play HBS Craeyenhout a week late only under protest, with HBS originally implying they’d be willing to do without Ryan Klein and play this week only for Wesley Barresi to receive a surprise call-up. With Toby Visée in semi-retirement and Gavin Kaplan understood to be unavailable, the prospect of missing both Klein and Barresi too seemed a bit much for the Crows, who belatedly requested to move the match, to the Schiedammers’ evident irritation. The move does rather speak to HBS’s reliance on the quartet this season, with home-grown talents such as Ferdi Vink and Julien de Mey having a comparatively quiet 2022, the latter’s impressive rearguard stand at VRA notwithstanding. Excelsior too have gotten good value from Ingram and Hampton of course, but the local core of the side has generally offered more support. Walbrugh’s imperious form with the bat probably makes HBS marginal favourites at home, but it will likely take more than a solo effort to claim the points come next weekend.

RL: The encounter between these sides at Thurlede having been rained off with Excelsior in a fairly strong position at 175 for five, Roel Verhagen’s team will be keen to finish the job this time, especially since defeat here could put them at a real disadvantage in their battle to stay in the top four. The only one of the top six without any representative in the current national side, Excelsior have held their position by being more than the sum of their parts, helped of course by significant contributions with both bat and ball from Ingram and Hampton. Defeat by Punjab was clearly a major setback, but if Niels Etman and Tom Heggelman can get amongst the HBS top order early (and in particular if they can find a way of removing the always-threatening Walbrugh), they could have a real chance.

BdJ: Despite being secure in the top-spot already, Voorburg likewise have elected to wait on the return of their internationals before taking on Punjab. With the brothers Ahmad, Bas de Leede, Logan van Beek and Viv Kingma all on national duty that’s perhaps understandable, though only four of the five return to VCC as van Beek’s call-up for New Zealand A’s tour of India sees him miss the rest of the season. Still there’s no doubt every team but Punjab will be happy with the decision to postpone. That’s not to say the frontrunner’s victory is assured of course. Jonathan Vandiar has been in excellent touch and Punjab’s batting depth remains enviable. Nonetheless Voorburg are top of the table for a reason, and the very fact that they’re insisting on postponing the fixture suggests they’ve no intention of sliding to a second defeat this season.

RL: Released from the pressures of the national side’s busy programme, Voorburg’s bevy of Dutch representatives can focus on bringing the championship trophy to Westvliet for the first time – they were still playing at the old Duivesteijn ground when they took the title back in 2002 – and they are likely to prove a handful for the defending champions on Saturday. After losing four on the trot, including a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of Voorburg, Punjab came back in style with their 112-run win against Excelsior last time out, and they will need to raise their game still further if they are to reclaim a place in the top four this weekend. Vandiar’s tally of 476 runs in four innings is truly remarkable, and if he can further extend that run Voorburg could have a fight on their hands. But the home side’s overall strength seems likely to tell in the end.

BdJ’s picks: VRA, HBS, VCC.
RL’s picks: HCC, Excelsior, VCC.

Kampong vs Salland at Maarschalkerweerd | Round 15 | 20.08.22

Scorecard | ACC vs Dosti | 20.08.22

ACC I Vs Dosti I
1-Innings Match Played At Het Loopveld West, 20-Aug-2022, Topklasse
Dosti I Win by 59 runs
Round R9
Toss won by Dosti I
Umpires P Muthucumaru – N Uduwage
Home Side ACC I
Points Awarded Dosti I 2, ACC I 0
Dosti I 1st Innings 236/9 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
RI Ahmed+ c A Zaidi b M van Vliet 9 27 0 0
WA Raja c R Smith b RA Kumar 6 22 0 0
T Ahmad lbw b TG Hobson 11 20 1 0
VAB Tewarie st R Smith b D Arya 64 98 7 1
A Hanoeman st R Smith b JS Reddy 1 9 0 0
A Singh c JS Reddy b M van Vliet 82 76 5 3
K Diwan not out   19 24 0 1
W Masood   b M van Vliet 6 4 0 1
M Hans* c RA Kumar b TG Hobson 11 11 1 0
Arief Hoseinbaks run out JS Reddy   4 5 0 0
Asief Hoseinbaks not out   3 5 0 0
extras   (b0 lb5 w14 nb1) 20      
TOTAL   9 wickets for 236      
1-17(RI Ahmed) 2-19(WA Raja) 3-33(T Ahmad) 4-46(A Hanoeman) 5-188(VAB Tewarie) 6-190(A Singh) 7-196(W Masood) 8-215(M Hans) 9-224(Arief Hoseinbaks)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
RA Kumar 10 2 37 1 4
M van Vliet 10 0 45 3 5
JS Reddy 5 2 19 1 2
TG Hobson 9 1 30 2 2
D Arya 9 0 49 1 1
A Zaidi 2 0 16 0 1
MA Raza 5 0 35 0
ACC I 1st Innings 177/10 All Out (Overs 45.4)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
TG Hobson lbw b K Diwan 20 35 1 0
R Smith+ c VAB Tewarie b K Diwan 65 51 6 3
CEM McInerney c T Ahmad b Asief Hoseinbaks 14 28 1 0
RA Kumar c W Masood b M Hans 2 4 0 0
A Zaidi   c&b M Hans 4 14 0 0
MA Raza* c W Masood b K Diwan 34 51 1 0
S Potdar lbw b Asief Hoseinbaks 3 10 0 0
AJM Verbeek st RI Ahmed b K Diwan 7 20 0 0
M van Vliet run out RI Ahmed   5 20 0 0
D Arya   c&b K Diwan 9 28 0 0
JS Reddy not out   5 13 0 0
extras   (b0 lb0 w9 nb0) 9      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 177      
1-74(TG Hobson) 2-97(R Smith) 3-106(CEM McInerney) 4-106(RA Kumar) 5-110(A Zaidi) 6-115(S Potdar) 7-132(AJM Verbeek) 8-150(M van Vliet) 9-171(MA Raza) 10-177(D Arya)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
Asief Hoseinbaks 10 2 32 2
W Masood 7 0 38 0 6
T Ahmad 3 0 19 0
K Diwan 9.4 2 34 5 3
M Hans 10 0 38 2
WA Raja 6 0 16 0

Scorecard | Kampong vs Salland | 20.08.22

Kampong I Vs Salland I
1-Innings Match Played At Maarschalkerweerd, Utrecht, 20-Aug-2022, Topklasse
Salland I Win by 21 runs
Round R9
Toss won by Salland I
Umpires S Bhagat – WPM van Liemt
Home Side Kampong I
Points Awarded Salland I 2, Kampong I 0
Salland I 1st Innings 194/8 Closed (Overs 50)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
V Ganesan c M Hoffmann b PJ Jacod 31 47 2 0
A Gopinath c PJ Jacod b T Sharma 19 38 1 0
PP Ottachchige+ c SD Bakker b T Sharma 11 33 1 0
GA Nasir c MR Alphonse b RTF van der Harten 6 39 0 0
S Naqash run out PJ Jacod   52 70 6 0
G van Molen c SD Bakker b T Sharma 0 5 0 0
SV Elam Bharathi   c&b MU Malik 34 51 2 0
RA Lubbers*   b MU Malik 6 11 0 0
H Khan not out   5 5 0 0
A Sherzad not out   1 1 0 0
J Ullah dnb          
extras   (b4 lb5 w20 nb0) 29      
TOTAL   8 wickets for 194      
1-62(A Gopinath) 2-67(V Ganesan) 3-85(GA Nasir) 4-87(PP Ottachchige) 5-92(G van Molen) 6-157(SV Elam Bharathi) 7-182(S Naqash) 8-193(RA Lubbers)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
MU Malik 10 0 41 2 1
KM Nana 6 0 27 0 4
A Roy 10 0 55 0 3
PJ Jacod 10 6 6 1 1
T Sharma 10 2 32 3 2
RTF van der Harten 4 0 24 1 5
Kampong I 1st Innings 173/10 All Out (Overs 43.5)
Batter Fielder Bowler Runs Bls 4s 6s
MR Alphonse+ c PP Ottachchige b RA Lubbers 0 2 0 0
T Sharma c PP Ottachchige b RA Lubbers 1 5 0 0
CJ Briggs lbw b A Gopinath 60 82 4 0
PJ Jacod c PP Ottachchige b GA Nasir 10 23 0 0
V Chaturvedi   b V Ganesan 34 45 3 0
SD Bakker c J Ullah b SV Elam Bharathi 26 46 1 0
MU Malik* c A Sherzad b V Ganesan 4 9 0 0
A Roy lbw b A Gopinath 6 22 0 0
RTF van der Harten not out   17 19 0 0
M Hoffmann lbw b A Gopinath 0 5 0 0
KM Nana   c&b SV Elam Bharathi 0 5 0 0
extras   (b0 lb3 w12 nb0) 15      
TOTAL   10 wickets for 173      
1-0(MR Alphonse) 2-9(T Sharma) 3-36(PJ Jacod) 4-106(CJ Briggs) 5-117(V Chaturvedi) 6-121(MU Malik) 7-142(A Roy) 8-168(SD Bakker) 9-170(M Hoffmann) 10-173(KM Nana)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
RA Lubbers 7 2 24 2 2
H Khan 5 0 17 0 2
GA Nasir 2 0 13 1
V Ganesan 10 0 44 2
SV Elam Bharathi 8.5 0 40 2 2
A Gopinath 9 0 28 3 2
A Sherzad 2 0 4 0 2