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Muntaz Foundation T20 Cup

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For the first time in years, the Hague region will again host a true top-level cricket event. On Sunday, April 27, 2014, HBS, HCC, Quick and VCC will play a T20 day. The day is made possible by its namesake the Muntaz Foundation, KiteSolar South Holland and also owes much to the willing and financial support of Den Haag Topsport.


In preparation for a new cricket season that will restart on Saturday, May 3, 2014, all cricket clubs practice against each other in an informal way on weekends during the month of April. The Hague region is richly endowed with 4 clubs in the Main and Top Class, and therefore the idea arose to conclude the preparation and officially open the cricket season through a T20 day. The 4 clubs will be divided into 2 semi-finals to be played at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., followed by the winners playing the final at 5 p.m. As the name of the day suggests, T20 matches will be played. In 2014 this day will be played for the first time, it is in the ambition to make this an annual event with at least regional appeal. In the future, consideration is being given to making it Hague Cricket Days, where a junior variant could also be played on Saturdays, for example. The matches will be played at sports complex Westvliet, home of the Voorburg Cricket Club (VCC), which has an internationally certified grass-wicket pitch.


The Muntaz Foundation is named after father Muntaz Ali Mohamed of the Mohamed family, not unknown in the world of cricket. The foundation was established by the family as an expression of respect, appreciation and love for their father. Meant as a dedication for all the good he has brought to the family. It is also a continuation of his life’s work namely dedication to and commitment to the ups and downs of his neighbor. Also, the family is honoring Muntaz’s passion for cricket with the foundation.



The Hague premier league side Houdt Braef Stant experienced last year that it is not easy to make it as a promoter in the Topklasse. After a championship in 2012, relegation to the big league immediately followed last year, despite the team narrowly slipping victories on a number of occasions. With routinarians Sjoerd Weurman, Taco Risselada and Rasool Abed having quit, it will have to come even more from youngsters like the Coster brothers and Tobias Visee (who made 143 n0 in the last league game last year), supported by coach Rasheed Lewis, who came over from HCC, and Bradley Barnes, who also played at HBS last year. With this mix of young talents and experienced routines, HBS will want to prberen to make up lost ground quickly.


The Hague, the oldest of the four clubs, is fully committed to its own youth. With 2 top talents recently allowed to go on cricket internship to Sri Lanka (Reinier Kalis and Hidde Overdijk), the youth is eager to make their appearance in the first team. HCC is always a formidable opponent and will want a word in the Top Class again this year. Due to renovation of the fields, HCC will only be able to play on the main field at its own Diepput this year.


Quick became national champions last year to the surprise of many and boasts a nice mix of eiegn talents (such as the Gruijters brothers) and some experienced forces such as the wicket keeper of the Dutch national team Wesly Barresi, who can also handle the bat very well. Quick has recruited Daniel Flynn as its new cricket coach for 2014. He is from New Zealand, is 28 years old and left-handed. Quick will once again want to compete for the title.


VCC has been tipped as a possible major league champion for a number of years, but has not been able to live up to that in recent years, despite several championships with its youth teams. With the appointment of Tim de Leede as head coach and further professionalization of the coaching staff, the Voorburg Cricket Club hopes to add routine and coaching ability to the young team that includes neo-international Viv Kingma and youngsters such as Adriaan Verbeek. The team will be strengthened this year by Australian youth coach Ethan Bartlett and 21-year-old wicket-keeper Josh Lenssen also returns to VCC for the 3rd year.


Sportpark Westvliet is VCC’s home ground and is beautifully hidden behind the Wellantcollge in the armpit of Prins Clausplein (on the “other side” of the ADO Den Haag Kyocera stadium) on Westvlietweg in The Hague. Since 2008, VCC has played its home games here on an English-looking field with the Martienus Church in the background and a fantastic clubhouse with a high terrace on the other side. VCC has a grass wicket at Westvliet for the 4th year, and thanks in part to an enthusiastic crew of volunteers, the grass wicket has been a joy to play on in 2013. Among other things, the 5 qualifying matches for the World Championship for U19 teams were played here in August 2013. In previous years, the Dutch national team also played several matches, including against Bangladesh and Kenya.

Umpires and speaker

The 3 games will be supervised by umpires with ties to the Hague region, such as umpire of the year 2013 Peter van der Giezen. Explanations of the matches will be given by cricket veteran (and VCC player) Dave Hardy.

Draw and prize money

A draw was made by the KNCB president on Monday, March 17, in the presence of representatives of the 4 participating clubs. The semifinals will be fought between VCC – HBS and Quick – HCC. The winners will play in the finals for the grand prize of €750 and the 2nd prize of €250. The awards ceremony will take place after the finals and will be conducted by the Hague and LV aldermen of sports, Mr. Klein and Mr. Renssen.

Decoration day

Solar ZuidHolland website visual 2It should be a festive day and a real top sporting event. The teams and coaching teams will be offered lunch at appropriate times, also there will be an opportunity to get food from 4 p.m. onwards. T20 is a spectacular form of cricket that involves music between innings and at big strokes. This, too, will be taken care of.

Hague Top Sports

With the Muntaz Foundation T20 Cup, the Hague region will have a top cricket sporting event, which should earn its place annually just before the cricket competition begins. This is partly why the first edition of the event was made possible with the support of Den Haag Topsport. Hague Gold