Scintilla Cricket Club have launched their new kit and held a press day ahead of the new Essex County Cricket League and the Essex Sunday League.
The occasion was held at the clubs new home at Goodmayes Park which became a reality with support from Essex Cricket.
A mixture of first and second XI players along with club sponsors, officials and supporters cane together for the press day. There was a briefing with club chairman Emdad Rahman MBE, club captains Adil Ejaz and Moin Arefin.
Also in attendance were committee members S M Zakir Hossain and Abdul Hamid, who’s Study Buddies Tuition Centres are sponsoring the club along with ATM Load and Simple Call.
Hamid said: “I’m inspired everyday by my colleagues and the cricketers. Even though there was no onus to do so I really wanted to make a contribution to this club. There are individuals here who are the exact role models we are trying to promote to our students and I’m excited with this excellent partnership.”
An entertaining and exhilarating not so friendly game saw Scintilla seconds reach 175/9. With the first XI needing 1 run from two balls they lost the final wicket to ensure the match was drawn.
First XI skipper Ishaq Shawn commented: “It was a very good practice game and we have taken many plus points from the get together today.”
Moin Arefin added: “We will incorporate extra training to ensure we are match fit and match sharp. It’s a long season ahead and it’s vital we remain in top physical and mental conditions.”
Club chairman Emdad Rahman concluded: “Today we welcome both old and new faces ahead of what promises to be another golden year for our club.
“Our club captain Ahmed Choudhury was a notable absence today as he is abroad. A sign of our commitment was summed up by first team skipper Adil making an appearance at the kit launch with his son Azlan. The family had been awake at the hospital since 3 am and as a result we celebrated the joyous news of the arrival and birth of little Ayat who becomes our clubs youngest member.
“I’d like to thank Essex Cricket for the unstinting faith and the ongoing expert support they continue to provide a small club like us. This has helped us secure our first permanent base. We will work three times harder to repay that faith with success both in and off the pitch.”