Last weekend was a good one for the 1st XI, as they managed to notch up their third win in four weeks. The batsmen all found form but it was a marvelous display of controlled and attaching bowling by spinner Vimal Arjan which claimed the 10 points for Wembley, as he recorded figures of 5-24 of his 11.2 overs.
Someone who also knows a lot about taking wickets is club stalwart, Gavin Imrie. Gavin has been at the club for longer than I can remember and he been an integral member of the club. He was instrumental in creating a 5th XI, with the main aim, to give the opportunity to our colts to gain exposure to league cricket at a younger age. After all these years the 5th XI remains a league side thanks to Gavin's commitment to the cause.
I caught up with Gavin last week:
1) Congratulation on being 5th XI captain again. As you know, many of the current first team had you as their first adult captain. Does it make you proud to see so many of those that have played and grown up under you doing well for the club?
Yes it makes me proud to see so many colts in the higher teams now like Vimal, Chirag, Amogh. This gives the current colts something to strive for.
2) What are your goals for the side this season?
It’s rather simple. To play every game and not concede any due lack of availability and to play as many colts as possible.
3) What made you get into cricket?
My dad and his friend were social members at Wembley for many years, which paved the way for me.
4) What is your best moment in cricket?
There a couple that come to mind. 1) playing for the u17s taking a hat-trick and a run out in one over. 2) getting my highest league score of 49 back in 2007.
5) What is your funniest moment in cricket?
I can recall playing at Ruislip Cricket Club for the Old Manorians on a Sunday on an uneven. I was in the outfield chasing the ball to the boundary and as I dived to prevent the boundary, I somersaulted over the boundary advertising boards and fell in an almighty heap.
6) You have been on many a Wembley tour, but what has been your highlight and why?
Playing on a minor county ground (Exmouth) and Tony Smith reducing a colt to tears because she bowled 3 beamers in a row
7) Who do you think will finish with the most league runs at the club this season?
Harry or Sneh
8) Gavin, you are currently 4th leading league wicket taker at the club since 2006. What is the key to your success?
Obviously, bowling a lot of overs helps to get wickets, but I pride myself on being available each and every game. You can't get wickets sitting at home.
9) Who do you think will finish with the most league wickets at the club this season?
Vimal – class bowler
10) Who is the toughest opponent you have ever played against?
The Jadunath brothers and Ian Salter
11) If you could have one player from any opposition team in your team, who would it be and why?
Faron DeFreitas - good batsman and a good bowler.
12) Who are your cricketing idols?
David Gower, Mike Gatting & Chris Lewis
13) Who are the players in the lower XIs to watch out for this year?
Barenya Samal & Avighna Jha
14) From all of the Wembley player’s you have played with in your time at the club, what would be your #one2eleven? (Only 1 overseas player is permitted)
1. Pat Atkins
2. Alan Jones
3. Sneh Shah
4. Mitchell Fry
5. Gordon Chetwood
6. Alex Greig
7. Daniel Richards
8. Paul Smith
9. Iftikar Mohammed
10. Peter Waterman
11. Rod Porter
I would like to thank Gavin for his contribution this week. Next week, hopefully we can finally hear from 4th XI captain, Bhushan, if he ever has any time to do it.