Just two weeks into the season, congratulations go out to James Watling and IstXI skipper Zahid Tarvaz for passing the 300 wicket mark for East Leeds CC; the 16th and 17th players to do so.
James achieved the milestone on week 1 at Windhill with 4 cheap wickts and followed up with 5-27 last weekend, (his 15th 5 wicket haul) in the excellent home win against Altofts. James's best performance came in 2017 with figures of 6-38 at Gildersome. Given the fact that James was well into his 20s before regular bowling opportunities came his way, this is a splendid effort worthy of his role model, Gary Dawber.
Like James, Zahid is a product of the East Leeds junior set-up but has spent a number of years away from the club; his 300th wicket came last week; he has taken 5 or more wickets in an innings on 11 occasions; his best figures are an enviable 8-70 in 2004 for the 2ndXI versus Hopton Mills, a match in which he took his first four wickets bowling pace before returning to claim the remainder with sharp turning off-breaks, (take note Jimmy) due to failing light.
Well done both!