Mahmood boost for Bracknell CCBy Adam Lee
May 05, 2011
Bracknell's preparations for their first season in the division has received a massive shot in the arm by the news that Hafiz Mahmood will return for the 2011 season.
The big-hitting number three was the leading run scorer, had the highest average and also posted the single highest score across the entire league last season, and his performances were a major factor in Bracknell storming to the Division 5A title.
Mahmood hit 1,117 runs in his 16 innings for the Larges Lane club last season, finishing with an astonishing average of 124.11.
And his remarkable score of 186 not out against Old Merchant Taylors was unmatched by any other batsman in the league last year.
And captain Ian Caffell, who led his team to league glory last season, is expecting another good campaign from his star man.
Caffell has also set his sights on another good season from his side, and wants to make a real impact in the division, despite his expections of a huge step up in class.
“Hafiz Mahmood scored a huge amount of runs last season and we’re expecting more of the same from him,” said Caffell.
“It’s a big boost to keep him.
“We’ve got a couple of new faces as well who we are hoping will make significant contributions to the team.
“Sunil Das and Viks Sobti look very useful in the nets with both bat and ball, and although we are uncertain about where their levels are, early indications are that they will serve the club well this season.
“We should certainly be looking to be up there at the top of the division.
“The division looks very tough and I think most of the teams will be evenly matched.
“We’re playing a hell of a lot more first teams in this division than what we played last season and some of the clubs that are playing third teams, like Finchampstead and Reading, will be very strong.
“There’s also Eversley 2nd, and first teams from Aldershot, Hurst and Odiham & Greywell – they are all an unknown quantity for us.
“All we can do is concentrate on our own game and make sure we put plenty of runs on the board and bowl and field well.”
And although Caffell goes into the opening game away at Cove 3rd hopeful of victory, he is expecting a tough game on what he believes will be a rather interesting track.
However, with a full squad to choose from, Caffell is hoping the extra competition within his squad will keep all the players on their toes throughout the summer.
“Preparartions have been good and the weather we’ve been having has made for very good cricket conditions,” he said.
“I expect our first game at Cove to be a bit fruity because in past experiences the pitch over there has been quite ‘sporting’.
“Although we would like to get off to a winning start, the result on Saturday is going to be a little uncertain to predict.
“We will, however, go over there with optimism and with a quietly confident attitude.
“We’re looking very good selection wise and the new faces that have come into the club have provided some real competition for places and hopefully those who don’t make the team this week will put in greater efforts and try to feature in the next games.