300 Club Welcomes New Members

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!