“Cricket, football and great weather; we've got a great weekend ahead”
7 July sees the Ts (and everyone else) enter the second half of their MCCL /1987 League campaigns. Whilst none of the Twickenham sides have set the world alight, there is certainly plenty to play for over the next 9 weeks.
With England playing Sweden in the World Cup quarter final on Saturday (3pm kick off) both the MCCL and the 1987 League have very sensibly played around with start times to allow as many people as possible to both play cricket and watch the football. Caps doffed to the administrators for acting so quickly to allow this to happen. However, if you’re playing, do check (and double-check) with your skipper so that you know 100 per cent what time your game is starting.
1s welcome Finchley
The firsts start out their second half of the season by welcoming Finchley to the Green. A strong Finchley side won in week 1 and the Ts will understandably be looking for revenge. Carlos Nunes is unavailable so the ebullient Clint McCabe leads the troops. There’s a welcome return to the ranks for form man Jakub Bhula whilst Nakul Vishvanath comes in for the unavailable Parminder Singh. The full side is Clint McCabe, Ajmal Allahdad, Jakub Bhula, Darshan Chohan, Mesom Hussain, Don Manuwelge, Dave Russell, Gurjit Sandhu, Varun Sivarama and Nakul Vishvanath. Do note the kick off time, too; 10h15.
2s hit the road
The seconds will be looking to draw a line under what was a disappointing first half of the campaign. Lots of ‘what might have been’ and not quite enough ‘that definitely was’.
Finchley are also the opponents for Eugene Berger and his men. Berger brings in Greg Buchanan for his debut and he replaces the Knuckle Duster (Nakul Vishvanath, up in the ones). Ethan Wright will be looking to continue his positive form with the bat whilst a host of others will be looking to turn those regular 20s and 30s in to some 70s and 80s. The side is Eugene Berger, Greg Buchanan, Tom Field, Nikhil Nomula, Jay Plaha, Ozzi Qavi, Varad Rampal, Ravneet, Sanjit Sandhu, Geoff Stothert and Ethan Wright. Note the 11am kick off.
3rds welcome Acton to St Mary’s
The 3rds have an attractive fixture to look forward to against Acton. The Park Clubers are currently top of the pile so Steve Watts and his side know that they will be in for a tough encounter. But, on their day the 3s can compete with anyone so they go in to the game in positive mood.
Watts certainly has plenty of experience to call on; messrs Cavilla, Amos, Smith and Tomar have all been round the block plenty of times. Dom Thamby will also be looking to bounce back up to the 2s and he, alongside Firooz Ahmad, look like they could be a potent new ball force. The full side is Steve Watts, Firooz Ahmad, Stuart Amos, Kev Cavilla, Sam Cliffe, Steve Cowley, Connor Finney, Ant Hill, Mark Smith, Nihal Tomar and Dom Thamby. The start for the threes is midday.
4s also play Finchley
The 4ths are the 3rd Twickenham side to be playing Finchley. They, too, hit the road and skipper HD has negotiated a 10h30 start so that they can hopefully be done by the time the football begins.
The side certainly has plenty of depth. Mo Ahmad has been scoring runs for fun in the MDL whilst over the last few weeks Colin Blunden has quietly been notching up some decent scores on Saturdays. Coach Guharaja will certainly keep everyone in line and Robbie Bosier will be looking to make a big bang on his seasonal 4th XI debut. The full side is Hinay Dassani, Mo Ahmad, Colin Blunden, Robbie Bosier, Nikhil C., Andy Donelan, Olli George, Anirbahn Guharaja, Uzzi Khan, Gil Sanchez and Sarwant Singh.
5ths welcome Lohana
At the time of going to press the 5ths were battling gamely to put their side together. Paramdeep Saini and Hinay Dassani have had another nightmare week in terms of availability, but Param in particular is determined that this game will go ahead.
James Joyce, Phil Walker and Nitin Parab give the side an experienced core, whilst Chris Wylde will ensure that there’s a wide array of entertaining sledges to be heard. They may even be in Spanish. Youngsters Waris Khan and Nikhil C. also offer the side some of the virtues of youth. If you’re reading this and fancy a game (with a football break included), do get in touch with Param, Hinay or Johno asap.
Go well everyone. And, remember … it’s coming home, y’know!
Updated 00:34 - 7 Jul 2018 by Dan Hough