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Big Voorburg contribution to historic World Cup win for Dutch cricketers

The national media went wild when the Dutch cricket team recently won the World Cup clash with top nation South Africa in India’s Dharamsala. The Netherlands seemed hopeless at first, but still managed 245 runs. South Africa bit down on this score and did not get beyond 207 runs. As many as seven players on the Dutch selection have ties to Voorburg CC.

Bas de Leede left VCC in 2023 to become a professional with England’s County Durham. Bas made 67 runs against Pakistan and got two South Africans out as a bowler in the game won. Earlier, he secured the Orange a World Cup ticket through exceptional performance in a World Cup qualifier against Scotland: 123 runs and five wickets.

Sybrand Engelbrecht is captain of VCC 1 and led VCC to its second national title in the club’s history this year. Sybrand showed he could do just fine as a batsman in the world cup with a score of 70 runs against Sri Lanka.

Ryan Klein is an all-rounder who switched from HBS to VCC this year and became national champion right away. He made a mark in the national final against HCC by taking six wickets. Played a World Cup match against New Zealand for the injured Logan van Beek.

Logan van Beek is also an all-rounder who played for VCC in 2022 and 2023. He made history last summer by scoring 30 runs in six balls in the World Cup qualifier against the West Indies. Logan took three important wickets in the World Cup win against South Africa and made 59 runs against Sri Lanka.

Although Aryan Dutt is currently a VRA player, he played a significant part of his youth at VCC. As batsman number 10, he hit three sixes against South Africa that proved crucial and was the best bowler with three wickets against Sri Lanka.

Shariz Ahmad (spin bowler) and Noah Croes (reserve wicketkeeper) were both part of VCC’s championship team. They did not appear in action at the World Cup so far.

The Netherlands will play five-time world champion Australia on Oct. 25, Bangladesh on Oct. 28, Afghanistan on Nov. 3, reigning world champion England on Nov. 8 and host India on Nov. 12.