VOC shock Excelsior, while VRA's batsmen run riot
VOC Rotterdam pulled off the shock of the latest Topklasse round on Sunday by bowling out the powerful Excelsior í20 side to win by 65 runs, while at Nieuw Hanenburg champions VRA Amsterdam set the highest total of the season so far, running up 324 for four against Quick Haag.
Elsewhere, Hermes-DVS stayed on top of the table with a comfortable victory over Rood en Wit in Haarlem, and ACC remained level on points with Hermes and VRA by beating HCC at Het Loopveld West.
The match at Thurlede began disastrously for VOC, who lost opener Jelte Schoonheim in the fifth over, struck on the hand by Mark Cleary and forced to retire, and then saw coach Wade Townsend caught behind by Marcel Schewe off the last ball of the same over.
When Cleary also removed Chris Free and Tom Heggelman accounted for Daan van Everdingen, the Rotterdam side were struggling on 37 for three, but Maarten van Ierschot proceeded to play a fine captainís innings, making 67 and taking the total on to 126 before he was sixth out.
Then Andrew Hoogstraten weighed in with a run-a-ball, undefeated 38, helped by Ben Goedegebuur (21) and Ashan Malik, and VOCís innings closed on 189 for seven. Cleary finished with two for 29 and Heggelman with two for 50.
Scott Kuggeleijn removed Cleary in the second over of Excelsiorís reply, and when he added Rifaiz Bakas and Roland van Gelderen to his scalps, while Hoogstraten accounted for Fred Klokker and Goedegebuur trapped the dangerous Usman Malik leg-before, Excelsior were suddenly 58 for seven.
Worse was to follow, however, for off the last two deliveries of the 17th over Goedegebuur bowled Schewe and had Adam Woutersen LBW, completing the hat-trick with the first ball of his next, bowling Joost Kroesen. Excelsior were now in deep trouble at 69 for eight.
Captain Luuk van Troost, deputising for the injured Daan van Bunge, brought about a partial recovery with a ninth-wicket stand of exactly 50 with Heggelman, but when Van Troost fell to Bobby Hanif for 32 VOC soon wrapped the game up as Excelsior were all out for 124.
Goedegebuurís figures were four for 30, and Kuggeleijn had three for 38.
If runs were hard to come by elsewhere, there was a positive feast at Nieuw Hanenburg, where VRA and Quick Haag piled up 599 between them.
The tone was set by one of Peter Borrenís patent onslaughts, which saw him race to a half-century off just 19 deliveries and his side reach 96 without loss in the first ten overs. It was a devastating display, and it saw Quick captain Henk-Jan Mol resorting to spin at both ends as early as the seventh over.
Borren proceeded on his merry way, however, well supported by Vinoo Tewarie, and the total reached 131 before, in the 19th over, the VRA skipper finally edged a delivery from his opposite number to keeper Stijn Allema. He had made 91 from 52 balls, with six sixes and ten fours.
Tewarie, batting with ever-greater confidence, went on to make 54, his second successive half-century, adding 71 with Wesley Barresi, and after the opener departed, soon followed by Tom Cooper, Barresi took over, reaching his second Topklasse century and dominating a partnership of 80 with coach Brad Moses.
The Quick attack fought back well after such a disastrous start, restricting the scoring to human proportions at around six an over in the last thirty overs, although they received a further setback when, after Barresi was eventually dismissed for a 96-ball 116, including seven sixes and the same number of fours, Eric Szwarczynski smashed 18 from just eight deliveries to see the total to 324.
Stijn Allema began the Quick reply as if he intended to get the runs on his own, hitting three splendid boundaries before he was caught behind off Sohail Bhatti in the second over. This forced Edgar Schiferli to play a relatively restrained role by his standards, but his 51 still came at a run a ball, and after he departed, the first of three victims for leg-spinner Tewarie, Geert Maarten Mol batted with typical determination.
He shared a useful half-century fifth-wicket stand with Alex Pototsky, but the required run rate continued to rise, and eventually both Pototsky (21) and Mol (64) fell to Tewarie as Quick subsided to 195 for seven.
They continued to fight, however, with Jeroen Brand making a defiant 39-ball 51, and the total finally reached 275 with the last pair together. Those runs may yet prove crucial if the placings in a tight Topklasse competition are eventually influenced by net run rate.
A hard-fought match at Het Loopveld West was eventually won by home side ACC, who beat HCC with five wickets and eight balls to spare.
Put in to bat, HCC suffered the early loss of Stephan Myburgh, but with Feiko Kloppenburg making 41 and Tom de Grooth contributing 36 in the latter stages, they finished on 194 for nine.
ACC pitched their reply perfectly, reaching 126 for one in the 26th over, thanks to a fine second-wicket stand between Zulfiqar Ahmed (49) and coach Heino Kuhn (64). Once they were out, Bas van de Heijde (36) continued the chase in partnership with Lloyd Madsen, who finished on 26 not out as ACC made sure of two more points.
At Spanjaardslaan, Hermes-DVS had little difficulty in condemning Rood en Wit to a fourth successive loss.
With Erik Hartong taking three for 28 and Pieter Seelaar four for 25 they bowled the home side out for 126, despite a dogged 43 from Jarrod Englefield.
Harro Seelaar then made 41 for Hermes, and with coach Greg Todd making an undefeated 40 the visitors completed with win off the first ball of the 38th over for the loss of just five wickets.