To begin with we go back to 2009 where Jon Smith 2s side were playing away at Abbots Langley. After bowling first the 2s were set a target of 220 for the 30 points. Saqib was brought to the crease with the score at 24-2 and in partnership with Andy Vernon the pair went on to add 56 more runs before Andy fell. This is where Saqib went on to take the lead role in the side and began to punish the bowling at a frequent rate. Saqib's innings consisted of 15 fours ans 2 gigantic 6's. He was particularly quick onto his cut shot and used his feet well against spin to hit big. When Saqib eventually fell for 124 the score was at 211-7 meaning that it was left to the tail to see of the remainder of the runs to give the 2s the win. The fact that only 3 batsmen got into double figures shows quite how important this knock was and is a fine example of why Saqib is one of the best batsman the club has ever seen.
The year is 2013 and St Albans CC is the opposition of Saqi Ahmed's TBT. After Jimmy had lost the toss as per usual the 1s were in the field at Gypsy Corner looking to restrict the oppo to a limited score. Saqi was introduced as the 5th bowler and in tandem with Nav Akhtar went about castling through St Albans' batting card. Moving both ways in the air and seaming it off the pitch it was no wonder as to why Saqi was so successful. 2 bowled, 2 lbw's and a catch at first slip later Saqi had taken his 5 wicket haul whilst only conceding 16 runs of the 11 overs he bowled. Dom came back to take the final wicket meaning that the 1s only needed 142 to win which was seen off with ease 4 wickets down. Saqi's spell of bowling was one of the best the club has seen and lets hope he can do the same skippering the 1s this season!
Our final TBT only takes us back 4 years and is for The Man. The Myth. The Legend, Nav Parkar. Skippering his 2s team he got the first decision of the day correct and elected to field first. He brought himself on first change and what followed was the best spell of bowling to ever leave this mans right hand. 1,2,3 batsmen fell to the flight and rag off Nav's off spin. 4,5 fell to the guile and intelligence of this great man and you might think that this was it. You'd be mistaken. The 6th wicket of Nav's fell a ball shy of his 10th over, this meant that he finished his spell with figures 9.5-6-11-6. The team chased the score of 90 three down and this spell gives us a brief glimpse as to why this man is the most successful captain in the club's history.
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Written by Charlie Busby