“Uzzi Khan is a thinking man's Joe Root. Except Uzzi's obviously better looking”
Where were you when ...
People of a certain age always say that they know where they were when the news that JFK had been shot filtered through. The same can be said for those who experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall. We now have a third moment in time where people all around the world will be able to say; "I remember precisely where I was when news of Uzzi Khan's maiden century came through".
The backdrop was the annual Cricket Week contest between the Ts and a representative side from the 1987 League. The fixture is arguably the most long-standing in the Ts' current calendar and availability was strong. As is the custom, the captain of the TCC 4th XI (Hinay Dassani on this occasion) led the troops, and the side itself was made up predominantly of those who do indeed play in the 1987 League. Quite when one of Twickenham's 1987 League sides chased down a fraction less than 260 to win a game is not, however, clear!
Fun in the sun
The 1987 League side had first hit and made batting look easy. Johan De Silva (Highgate) and former TCC player Matt Bendelow both notched well-earned half-centuries, as did the old war horse, Vish Jadunath (Acton). John Haskell (Wembley) an even older war-horse) also contributed a breezy 20 not out at the end (see here for the card).
Any Ts bowling attack where (1) Kev Cavilla is chucked the new ball and then (2) is given an 11 over spell (!) is clearly a little on the threadbare side. Cavilla remains conscious and in a stable condition at home after his athletic exertions. Quite when he'll be able to get himself up and off his own sofa is not clear; maybe by the end of August.
Stuart Amos was arguably the pick of the bowlers, claiming 2-38 off 9. Those wickets were also the prized scalps of De Silva and particularly Bendelow, who - predictably - fell to the legendary Amos 's***ter ball'. Everyone there could see it coming (including Bendelow himself). Steve Cowley also came to the party nicely, helping himself - probably as much to his own surprise as anyone else's - to two wickets, whilst Chris Wylde's super catch early doors also deserves an honourable mention in passing.
The Ts' reply got off to a brisk start, with Phil Walker and Uzzi Khan playing with plenty of intent. Indeed, Walker's season of impressive run-scoring continued, and he'll probably be just a little disappointed to have missed out on a fifty on the Green; he was bowled just one run short.
Just as Amos removing Bendelow was eminently predictable, so was Charlie Myers coming on and getting a wicket. And, sure enough, the inevitable happened, Holger Kriess succumbing to the handgrades from hell that Myers throws up. It was nonetheless great to see Kriess back in a Ts shirt; good stuff, H.
Anir Guharaja came in at four and again batted with real purpose. The Coach has had a good week, scoring runs for fun and generally looking the part. All good. Khan and Guharaja put on 110 as the Ts upped the run rate and rapidly began closing in on the victory target of 259. Guharaja's run out couldn't stop the march to victory, Chris Wylde (11no off 15) coming in both to accompany Khan to his tonne (100no off 130 balls) and to hit the winning runs.
As ever, the 1987 League guys were super opponents. Bring on 2019!
Updated 23:10 - 8 Aug 2018 by Dan Hough