VRA secured safety from relegation with a crushing 8-wicket win over VOC, whilst HCC saw off Hermes to secure fifth place in the final two games of the Topklasse main season. The final dead rubbers between Dosti and Quick Haag and ACC and Excelsior being called off by mutual agreement.
A maiden five-wicket haul for Fred Klaassen was the stand-out performance as VRA blew VOC away for just 39 runs on Saturday morning, whilst Sadiq Mahmood took 4-12 as the Rotterdammers were rolled inside 19 overs.
VOC openers Maarten van van Ierschot and Tim Ruyters saw out the opening overs but both fell in quick succession before VOC had reached double figures. Jeandre Jumat was run out by Leon Turmaine without adding to the score and at 3-9 VOC were at risk of repeating their opening debacle against Dosti. Pieter Seelaar and Dirk van Baren saw them past the 17 they manged in that match, but there would be no recovery. Jelte Schoonheim would be the only VOC bat to pass 10 runs as Mahmood and Klaassen ran through the rest of the line-up in quick time.
VRA needed jut 3.5 overs to wrap things up, Mitch Lees and Mahmood clearly in a hurry hitting 11 from 4 balls and 15 from 5 respectively before both were caught by van Ierschot off Paul Brous, and by then just 2 were needed. The runs came in the form of five wides - a somewhat fitting end to a disastrous day for VOC, who will face a best-of-three relegation/promotion playoff against VVV, who place third in the Hoofdklasse.
Meanwhile at Harga HCC claimed fifth place with a -wicket win over Hermes DVS, chasing down 223 in 35 overs. Nick Statham provided the bulk of Hermes' runs with a 129-ball 128, with support from Haro Seelaar (38) and Bart Schilperoord (20) in what may be their final appearances for Hermes.
Bharat Itagi carried the bat for HCC, his unbeaten 81 anchoring the chase. Despite losing Hidde Overdijk and Reinier Kalis early, Seb Braat dimissing both with the score on 23, Itagi pressed on with Boris Gorlee to put on 52 for the third wicket before Gorlee was caught behind off Henrico Venter for 16. It would be the last wicket to fall however, as Itagi was joined by Jonathan Vandiar and with the help of some wayward bowling - Hermes would concede some 48 runs in extras - the pair saw out the chase comfortably, Vandiar finishing unbeaten on 75.