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A Timeline of Dutch Cricket

1856 A cricket club in existence in Utrecht, involving students from The Netherlands and the Cape Colony.
1871 Amstels CC (Amsterdam) established.
1875 Utile Dulci Cricket Club (UD) formed in Deventer.
1878 Haagsche Cricket Club (HCC) founded.
1881 Uxbridge CC XI plays against 22 of The Netherlands at the Maliebaan, Den Haag; Uxbridge (95 all out) defeat the Dutch (14 and 33) by an innings and 48 runs.
Foundation of Rood en Wit (Haarlem).
1883 Formation of the Dutch Cricket Union (Nederlandsche Cricket Bond).
1884 Member clubs of the NCB are Achilles Amersfort, Arena I and Arena II (Rotterdam), Arnhemsche CC, Beverwijksche CC, Delftsche CC, EMM Middelburg, Frisia Leeuwarden, Gelria Nijmegen, Haagsche CC, Hercules Rotterdam, Hercules Utrecht, Hilversum, Olympia Den Haag, Sphaerinda Utrecht, Rotterdamsche CC, RUN Amsterdam, and UD Deventer. Of these, only four (HCC, Hercules Utrecht, Hilversum and UD Deventer) are still in existence.
Hermes Schiedam founded.
1884 First national tournament (23-27 August), won by HCC, who defeated RUN Amsterdam in the final.
1885 First matches between North and South Holland, both narrowly won by South Holland.
1886 English touring teams begin visiting The Netherlands.
1888 An English side led by Lord Sheffield plays in Den Haag.
1891 National tournament replaced by a league competition, initially with four 'first class' clubs; competition won by Amstels CC (Amsterdam), followed by Olympia Den Haag, Hercules Utrecht, and Rood en Wit Haarlem. First Dutch XI plays Rambling Britons (including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in Den Haag.
1892 HCC joins first division, again won by Amstels. First total of more than 100 in a first division match: Amstels 183 all out vs. Hercules Utrecht at Utrecht.
First tour by a representative Dutch side to England.
1893 Yorkshire Wanderers, including the England spinner Edmund Peate, play All Holland at Heemstede; Peate takes nine wickets in an innings in each of the two matches.
1894 Gentlemen of Holland play MCC (who make 429 for six, with Hattersley Smith making 139 and KS Ranjitsinjhi 137 not out) at Lords.
Rood en Wit Haarlem record first total over 200 (240 for nine vs. HCC at Haarlem) and then better this with 321 all out against Hercules, again at Haarlem.
CJ Posthuma (Rood en Wit) records first century in competition: 120 not out vs. HCC at Haarlem. He follows this with 125 in the side's 321 vs. Hercules.
1895 C Feith makes 102 for All Holland against the Gentlemen of Worcestershire at Heemstede.
1897 North Holland defeats the Yorkshire Wanderers; CJ Posthuma takes 12 wickets for 59 in the match.
1898 CJ Posthuma takes 17 wickets (eight for 12 and nine for 7) for Rood en Wit vs. HCC at Haarlem.
1899 CJ Posthuma makes 154 not out vs. Hercules at Utrecht, and takes five wickets in consecutive balls in another competition match.
1900 AJ Nijland (Hercules Utrecht) takes ten for 34 vs. Amstels in Utrecht.
CJ Posthuma takes 120 wickets in the competition, a record for one season.
1901 Dutch XI records 377 all out vs. MCC at Lords, but MCC wins with 485.
1905 First international match between The Netherlands and Belgium in Antwerp: Holland 154 all out (L van Gogh 71), Belgium 23 all out (CJ Posthuma six for 10) and 47 for four.
Rood en Wit make 461 for nine against Victoria Rotterdam in Haarlem. CJ Posthuma takes ten for 56 for Rood en Wit vs. Amstels at Haarlem.
1907 Introduction of the Telegraaf Beker (knock-out competition), won by HCC.
1908 JC Schröder makes 117 for The Netherlands in a total of 240 against Belgium at Antwerp.
1910 Quadrangular tournament in Brussels as part of the World Exposition: The Netherlands beat Belgium, but lose to MCC (winners of the tournament) and France.
1912 A van Gogh (Rood en Wit) records first individual double century: 203 vs. Haarlem at Haarlem.
1913 HCC record 580 for eight against Hilversum in Den Haag. JWG Coops (HCC) takes ten for 26 vs. Hermes Schiedam at Schiedam.
1915 Large numbers of British troops interned in neutral Holland after a defeat at Zeebrugge; some of these men play in Dutch cricket clubs, and cricket festivals involve teams of English Officers and interned other ranks (playing under the name of Timbertown).
Amstels and Volhaarding (Amsterdam) merge with football club RAP to form VRA.
1918 Two teams of interned British forces (Prisoners of War A and B) take part in first division competition, won by POW A.
1921 Free Foresters make first visit to The Netherlands; formation of Dutch touring side, the Flamingo's.
1922 First Flamingo's tour to England.
1925 HCC are so dominant that their second XI is admitted to the first division.
JHH Kessler (Hilversum) makes the then record individual score: 227 vs. PW Enschede at Bilthoven.
1926 The national title shared by HCC and HCC II.
1927 A Dutch XI records 430 all out vs. the Free Foresters at Haarlem (EJA Schill 97).
Abandonment of the Telegraaf Beker.
1928 HCC II wins the competition outright for the first time.
1930 H van Manen (HCC) is the first to score 1000 runs (1047) in a season.
1933 W van den Bosch (HCC) scores 231 not out vs. HCC II in Den Haag.
1934 Women's competition introduced, won by Rood en Wit (who also win in the following three seasons).
1935 JMCJ Offerman (Hermes DVS) scores 240 not out vs. Rood en Wit.
1937 Dutch women's side plays two matches against Australia, losing heavily in both.
1938 A Terwiel (VOC Rotterdam) sets a national record by taking 144 wickets in the season (including representative matches).
1940 Following the German invasion of The Netherlands cricket continues on a reduced, largely regional, basis.
1945 An emergency competition is played, but no national championship recognised.
1953 The Australian touring side plays The Netherlands in Den Haag, winning by 157 runs.
1955 First visit by a Danish side: two-day international in Den Haag results in a draw.
1957 West Indies touring side plays The Netherlands in Den Haag.
1958 NCB receives royal charter and becomes KNCB.
1963 WA Pierhagen takes fourteen wickets (seven for 22 and 7 for 47) vs. Denmark.
1964 Second visit of an Australian team to The Netherlands during an England tour: Holland (201 for seven) defeats Australia (197 all out) in Den Haag.
1965 Knockout competition (Heineken Cup) introduced.
1966 The Netherlands becomes an Associate Member of the International Cricket Conference.
1971 Wicketkeeper RF Schoonheim has seven victims in a match (five catches, two stumpings) vs. Ireland.
1974 Heineken Cup competition abandoned.
1979 Inaugural ICC Trophy (England): The Netherlands loses to Wales and Sri Lanka but defeats Israel to finish third in their group.
1981 Hoofdklasse matches limited to 63 overs per side.
1982 ICC Trophy (England): The Netherlands finishes third in its group, beating East Africa, Fiji and Malaysia but losing to Bangladesh. In a severely rain-affected tournament matches against West Africa, Singapore and Bermuda are abandoned without a ball being bowled. Revision of Hoofdklasse competition rules: matches now limited to 60 overs per side. Draw abolished in Dutch competition.
1983 Dutch women's side wins for the first time, vs. Denmark.
1986 ICC Trophy (England): The Netherlands defeated by Zimbabwe in the final at Lords, having won seven matches out of eight in the group stage and defeating Denmark in the semi-final.
PJ Bakker becomes the first Dutch player to appear in the English County Championship, playing for Hampshire vs. Gloucestershire at Bournemouth.
1988 Women's World Cup (Australia): the Dutch side loses all eight games.
The Dutch men's side makes a successful tour of New Zealand.
Knock-Out Competition reintroduced.
PE Cantrell (Kampong Utrecht) becomes the first player to make 1000 runs in a Hoofdklasse season, totalling 1214.
1990 ICC Trophy (The Netherlands): Dutch side win their group and beat Kenya in the semi-final but are defeated by Zimbabwe in the final.
NE Clarke (Quick Haag) hits 265 not out vs. Bloemendaal to set a new record individual total. He makes a total of 1122 in the Hoofdklasse, but is surpassed by PE Cantrell (Kampong) with 1165.
1991 West Indies defeated by five wickets in the first of two games at Haarlem; the tourists win the second by 88 runs.
Knock-Out Competition again abandoned.
1992 The Pakistani touring side beats The Netherlands by 7 runs in Den Haag.
1993 Women's World Cup (England): The Dutch side defeats West Indies, but loses its other six matches to finish bottom of the table with Denmark.
1994 ICC Trophy (Kenya): by defeating Bermuda in the third-place play-off The Netherlands qualifies for 1996 World Cup.
The South African side touring England defeated by nine wickets in Den Haag.
Hoofdklasse matches reduced to 55 overs per side.
NJ Astle (VOC) sets a Hoodfklasse record with 1257 runs in the season. S Cary (Excelsior '20 Schiedam) also sets a competition record, with 63 wickets, finishing just ahead of A Barnes (Sparta Rotterdam) with 62.
1995 The Netherlands enters NatWest trophy for the first time, losing to Northamptonshire in the first round.
The Dutch side wins a triangular tournament in Kenya, playing the hosts and the UAE.
Mike Vroom takes 7 catches in an innings for VCC vs. Sparta Rotterdam, a record for a fieldsman.
1996 World Cup (India/Pakistan): The Dutch lose comprehensively to New Zealand and Pakistan, but turn in an encouraging performance against England, making 230 for six in reply to 279 for four. They then lose their 'final', against fellow-qualifiers the UAE. European Championship (Denmark): The Netherlands tops its group on run-rate, but loses to Ireland by three wickets in the final.
Kon. UD Deventer introduces first grass wicket in The Netherlands at their new ground (Het Schootsveld).
Wicketkeepers MM Schewe (Excelsior '20) and DP Thampinayagam (VRA Amsterdam) set a competition record with 41 victims each.
1997 ICC Trophy (Malaysia): The Netherlands tops its group (defeating East and Central Africa, Namibia and Fiji), but then loses to Ireland and Bangladesh at the quarter-final stage.
Women's World Cup (India): The Netherlands lose to New Zealand and India and defeat Sri Lanka, finishing equal third in their pool.
VRA acquires second Dutch grass wicket at their Amstelveen ground.
1998 The Netherlands wins the European Championship in Den Haag, undefeated in five matches.
1999 South Africa defeats Kenya in a World Cup match at VRA's Amstelveen ground. Dutch side reaches the fourth round of the NatWest Trophy, defeating Cambridgeshire, Lancashire Cricket Board and Durham (a first-ever win against a first-class county) before losing to Kent.
2000 Women's World Cup (New Zealand): The Netherlands lose seven matches to finish bottom in the round-robin competition.
ICC Emerging Nations Tournament (Zimbabwe): The Netherlands finish second to Kenya, defeating Denmark, Ireland, Scotland and Zimbabwe A.
European Championship (Scotland): the Dutch side retains the championship, again remaining undefeated in five games.
Hoofdklasse matches reduced to 50 overs per side.
DJ Reekers (Quick Haag) hits 6 sixes in an over vs. Kon. UD Deventer.
2001 The Netherlands wins the ICC Trophy in Canada, defeating Namibia by three wickets off the last ball of the final and thereby qualifying for the 2003 World Cup.
Kampong's Maarschalkeweerd ground in Utrecht becomes the third Dutch ground with a grass wicket.
2002 ICC Champions' Trophy (Sri Lanka): The Netherlands lose to Sri Lanka and Pakistan in a disappointing performance.
European Championship (Belfast): the Dutch finish fourth, losing to Italy, ECB and Ireland but defeating Denmark and Scotland.
2003 World Cup (South Africa): The Netherlands lose to India, England, Australia and Pakistan, but defeat fellow-qualifiers Namibia, making 314 for four (JF Kloppenburg 121, KJJ van Noortwijk 134 not out) and bowling the opposition out for 250 to record a first-ever ODI win.
2004 European Championship (The Netherlands): Losing to Ireland and the ECB and defeating Scotland and Denmark, the Dutch finish third.
VOC Rotterdam moves to a new complex, including the country's fourth grass wicket.
2005 The Netherlands plays in the C&G; trophy for the last time, losing a rain-affected first-round match to Warwickshire in Rotterdam.
ICC Trophy (Ireland): Dutch side finishes fifth and qualifies for 2007 World Cup.
2006 Sri Lanka play two ODIs against The Netherlands in Amstelveen, setting a new world record total of 443 for nine in the first. In the second, chasing 313 for eight, the Dutch set their highest-ever ODI total, with 258 all out.
European Championship, Division 1 (Glasgow): The Netherlands again finishes third behind Ireland and Scotland, defeating Italy and Denmark. The matches against Scotland (lost off the penultimate ball) and Ireland (abandoned) count as full ODIs for the first time.
Wicketkeeper Bobby van Gigch (Quick Haag) takes seven catches against Excelsior 20, a Hoofdklasse record.
Ryan ten Doeschate makes a century in each innings of an Intercontinental Cup match against Bermuda in Pretoria. Two weeks later, he takes six for 20 and hits a record 259 not out against Canada in the same competition; he becomes the ninth man in first-class history to perform this double. Mohammed Kashif takes a hat-trick in the same match.
The Netherlands wins a tri-series against Canada and Bermuda in Potchefstroom and Benoni.
2007 The Netherlands finishes third in the World Cricket League Division 1 tournament in Nairobi.
In the World Cup, heavy defeats by South Africa and Australia are partially compensated by a convincing win against Scotland.
Play-offs are introduced in the Hoofdklasse, VRA Amsterdam winning their third consecutive title by defeating Voorburg in the final.
Quick Haag win the first-ever Twenty20 competition, beating Hermes-DVS Schiedam in the final.
2008 Despite a generally disappointing European Championships campaign, The Netherlands sets a national record total of 474 for eight against Norway, Darron Reekers hitting 196 off 107 balls and sharing in an opening stand of 290 with Tom de Grooth (96) a new record for any wicket.
The following week, the Dutch qualify for the second World Twenty20 Cup by defeating Scotland in the semi-final of the qualifying tournament in Belfast.
2009 World Cup qualifying tournament (South Africa): Finishing third, The Netherlands qualify for their third successive World Cup, in the Subcontinent in 2011. With 24 wickets at 17.38, Edgar Schiferli wins the Player of the Tournament award, following Roland Lefebvre (2001) and Bas Zuiderent (2005).
World Twenty20 Cup: On 5 June the Dutch make history by beating England by four wickets at Lord's in the opening match of the tournament, subsequently losing to Pakistan in their other group game.
The national women's side takes part in the ECB county championship for the first time, winning the Division 5 South and West section.
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