Howzat: Newham CC target Essex County League title

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 April 2016

Newham batsman Amit Mitha hits out during the 2015 season (pic: Tim Edwards)

Newham batsman Amit Mitha hits out during the 2015 season (pic: Tim Edwards)


Club focused after Premier Division near-miss

Newham’s Tariq Aslam wants to set the record straight in the Premier Division this year.

His side were pipped to the title on the final day of the 2015 season, when their last match was rained off and rivals Ford won their fixture to leapfrog into first place.

But Ford have dropped down to Division One due to a shortage of members and Aslam said: “Having come so close to winning the Premier Division last year our 1st XI is aiming to win the league this time around.

“All of us would be pretty disappointed come September if we didn’t achieve this.”

Newham will field three teams on Saturdays, plus another XI on Sundays, and Aslam says that is testament to the work the club has been doing in recent years.

He added: “Being in a position to field three teams every Saturday – plus another team every Sunday – is an important milestone for the club and underlines the enormous strides made in recent years.

“It’s a very exciting time for the club, which would not have been possible without support from our sponsors, including City & Urban International and Thames Water and our ever supportive hosts, Bonny Downs Community Association.”

But the Flanders Field club are not just looking to make up the numbers, with Aslam setting his sights high for all teams.

“I expect an exciting season for our 2nd XI, who will be competing in Division One for the first time,” he said.

“It’s a tough one to call, but I’m certainly looking for them to finish high up in the table, perhaps even winning it.

“We are looking for strong performances across all three of our adult teams this season, which is the first time we have put out a 3rd XI. They will be competing in Division Two and I’m looking forward to seeing how they compete at that level.

“As usual, we are looking for another strong showing from our talented youngsters in the respective colts teams, who have already tasted success in the Indoor Cricket League over the winter.”

Newham students have enjoyed success indoors, winning the National Association of College Championships in Newcastle as well as the Essex Cricket Board’s Chance to Shine competition at UEL.

Aslam is delighted to see cricket flourishing in the borough, adding: “We are as keen as ever to increase local participation in cricket.

“We are proud to be a member of Newham’s partnership to promote cricket as a leading sport for all ages and for all abilities. Here’s to a successful season for cricket in Newham.”

n Anyone interested in playing for any of Newham’s adult teams can e-mail or go down to weekly net sessions at Flanders Field on Thursdays (6pm).

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