Following up on Sunday's round-up of arrivals and departures for 2015's top four, we take a look at how the other half of the Topklasse is shaping up.
Excelsior '20 haven't managed to tempt their top run getter of last seaon, Alex Ross, back to Schiedam for 2016, though Jamaican all-all-rounder Lorenzo Ingram will be back at Thurlede again this season. Sohail Bhatti also arrives from VRA, and Guateng's Matt-Kai McGillvray fills the second overseas slot, in place of the rumoured David White, continuing the trend of clubs bringing in seam-bowling all rounders as overseas players.
VRA's signing up Kiwi-born pace-bowling all-rounder Fred Klaasen is another example, though Klaasen is not technically an overseas player as he holds a Dutch passport. VRA will perhaps be rueing that fact, as Klaasen's eligibility saw him join the Netherlands A-team tour to Guernsey last week and end up breaking his finger, leaving him out of action several weeks. VRA will likely be without any overseas players this season. Josh Lenssen, who was rumoured to be moving to VRA from HBS, is currently also injured and back in New Zealand, their only further confirmed acquisition being young Dutch-Namibian batsman Ruben van der Berg, though an as-yet unnamed Afghan fast bowler is understood to have appeared in Amstelveen and been hastily signed up.
Hermes DVS will be without Kruger van Wyk this season, who left to take up the position of Director of Cricket at the South Africa's High Performance Centre in Pretotia. The prodigal Lesley Stokkers is returning to Quick Haag, and Hermes' initial overseas signing, South African paceman Ruan Sadler, pulled out at the last minute. Leg-spinning all-rounder and former Zimbabwe youth international Tendai Julian Chitongo comes in as his replacement, with Henrico Venter also arriving at Harga from VCC.
Newly-promoted HCC's side looks to be little different from that which recorded a near-perfect season in the Hoofdklasse last year. Coaches Jonathan Vandiar en Werner Coetsee are both returning and though Mark Jonkman takes over the captaincy from Tom de Grooth it is not believed that de Grooth has made himself unavailable for the first team.
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