Although there will no trophy presented this year, that matters little to HCC and their inspirational coach James Hilditch who made sure of pole position after their win against Punjab.

He and the club are just grateful that the KNCB were able to salvage something from a season that looked for the most part being a complete write-off.

"Given the current pandemic that the world is facing, it has been fantastic to be able to compete in the Topklasse and put on nine games of 50 over cricket," Hilditch told CricketEurope.

"I think that it has been terrific for Dutch cricket as it has given our youngsters an opportunity that they may not have been given with clubs normally bringing in overseas internationals.

(James Hilditch coaching: Pic KNCB)

"Personally, my view has always been it would be best to have a 50 over competition as it gives the local Dutch kids the best format to shine and put their name forward for National selection."

The absence of the majority of the overseas players has meant that some unfamiliar names have emerged and Hilditch is quick to pay tribute to previously unheralded players who have played integral roles as they delivered the title.

"Musa Ahmed, who is playing his first season of Topklasse and opening the batting I think that he has had a fantastic season. He suffered from a broken jaw and returned to the team and added significant value. I think that Musa has enormous potential and it was brilliant to see him put forward his name with performances on the pitch. I think that it was fitting that he took the last wicket against Punjab to secure the championship.

"Clayton Floyd  has performed with both bat and ball. Once again, a new player to HCC he has fitted in seamlessly. He has played a few games for the Dutch national side, but this year he has showed his potential as a future Dutch international.

"Another is Felix Vecchi, who is one of the Dutch locals that has benefitted from the added exposure this year. He has played exceptionally throughout the year and continued to improve. He scored his maiden Topklasse 50 this year and I am sure there are more Topklasse milestones to come!

"Finally, Hidde Overdijk has been in the Dutch set up on and off for a few years now, however, this year he was the backbone of many of the HCC performances with both bat and ball. He is a genuine all rounder and it was great to see him excel at both throughout the season. He proved to be the difference this year which was great to see."

(Hidde Overdijk bowling for The Netherlands)

HCC are aiming to be 'The Invincibles' with just one game to come against VOC, and while there not be physical silverware to celebrate the achievement, it matters little to Hilditch who sees topping the table as vindication for the hard work, desire and determination of his squad.

"I think that going through and winning a championship unbeaten for any club is a fantastic milestone and rarely happens. Even before the season, when we did not know whether there was going to be a competition the attendance at training was fantastic and their drive to learn and get better was there.

"From when the season was announced, the vision was always to go through the season undefeated and this is something we seek to achieve next week with a win against VOC.

"Whether it is an official championship or just the top of the Topklasse table is irrelevant.There has been a lot of hard work that has gone into this year and I am just happy that the players have seen the returns. It has been a tough year for everyone, and just to see a group of people put their minds to something and achieve it is awesome."

The leadership of Tony Staal has been a major factor in HCC's success, which Hilditch is keen to recognize.

"I think that Tonny Staal led the group fantastically well.

"He is certainly a leader within the Dutch squad and has done his club proud."

James Hilditch is also of course assistant coach/head analyst of the Netherlands, working successfully alongside Ryan Campbell.

The pair were to be preparing for a T20 World Cup in October, but with its postponement and the ICC Super League also in limbo. who knows when the Oranje will next be in competitive action.

For Hilditch and company, the wait goes on, but for now he can reflect on a job well done and a Topklasse title.