2018 Season Highlights
By John Steel
Jacob Naylor His 172 at Great Preston was the 3rdhighest individual 1stteam innings in the club’s history – joint with Dale Jemmett (1995) and behind Steve Linton’s 235 v Highbury in 1990 and James van de Merwe’s 183 last year against Adwalton
Tom Chapman also registered a maiden ton with his 123 not out at Gildersome; his unbroken partnership of 159 with Shak Muhammed was also a club record for the 7thwicket.
Baz Hussain’s 4 wickets in 4 balls against Great Preston is a feat never before achieved by an East Leeds player; hat-tricks are rare enough with only 3 of our current playing staff having done so; John Steel, Allan Olbison and Zahid Tarvaz (and Martin Kent!)
Jimmy Watling’s all round performance of 50 and 5-29 at Cross Bank added him to small list of people who have achieved this feat at 1stteam level; (Tony Bryant, John Steel, John Bowden and Steve Linton being the others)
The 8 man demolition of Rodley at home was founded on a new record team score of 368-6; beating the previous record (against Netherton in 2011) by just 1 run.
Maiden centuries in the match for Zahid Tarvaz (174) and Adan Farnell (114 not out) doubled their previous bests for the club and Zahid’s innings was the third highest in history behind John Bowden (200 v Garforth in 1984) and Dennis Halliday (182 not out v Pudsey Britannia in 1954)
A maiden century was also recorded by Rajab Ali (120 v Heckmondwike at home)
Sam Thewlis’s maiden 50 at Adwalton made him the youngest player since Danny McGuire to have made a half century for the senior sides
Bobby Mushtaq’s final haul of51 wickets is the first time anyone has broken the 50 wicket barrier in the 2ndXI and the highest since John Gahan’s 53 wickets in 2005
2018 saw the retirement of Martin Kent who debuted in 1980 and ended in style being at the wicket when the winning runs were scored at home against Sandal; in all, Martin score 10,645 runs with 49 50s and 3 100s, the highest of which was in the 1stteam versus Garforth in 1994.
1000 runs Tom Chapman
8000 runs Danny Thewlis
100 Wickets Bobby Mushtaq
600 Wickets Allan Olbison