Scintilla CC take over One Third Soup Kitchen

By Emdad Rahman

 “Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how expensive it is to be poor” James Baldwin.

It was rainy, dark and bleak. The town centre was bustling though. My team Scintilla Cricket Club had taken on the soup kitchen duties for tonight. Our club captain Ahmed, Tahmina and little Aliana had prepared massive pots of delectable and delicious bhuna kichuri with beef stew. The aroma from the boot of the car during the journey over had driven me crazy. I plotted to have a bit at some point before the shift was over.

The guests were there waiting and they were ravenous. Before we’d even set up the stall we had a massive assembly build up. Usually our friends lend a helping hand carrying the table, water and food over, or they stay a short distance and patiently let us get it all together. 

Today was different. They were all really hungry, there was an urgency and came right up close, forming a large huddle around us. Onlookers and tourists stopped to see what was going on. 
We had two massive pots of food and it all flew off the shelf. We had to get extra drinks to keep up. 

The overall atmosphere was vivacious and a vivid. The team were buoyed and vibrant throughout. ‘I hope you’re all here again next week,’ said Rosie to first team skipper Ayaz.

Amanda told me how happy she was after being interviewed by Tom Parmenter last week for Sky News. Billy asked about joining the team. Paul was in a hurry and left with his food. In between serving I counted 57 guests served.

Sport has the capacity to deliver amazing change and I’m bursting with pride that my team mates joined me on the soup kitchen tonight.

At Scintilla Cricket Club it’s a lot more than just sport and we all take our social responsibilities very seriously. The club are champions on and off the pitch and a fantastic example of good citizenship and community engagement. I hope this inspires other teams to do the same – That would be pretty awesome.

This was the teams first experience of serving homeless guests and they were like ducks to water. They chatted to guests, served them food and water and their general intermingling with the masses proved very popular. After all, let’s not forget that for many of our homeless guests these positive vibes are often rare experiences for them. Many guests tell me that they look forward to the interaction just as much as the delicious food. We even recruited a new volunteer tonight – a young chap called Luke.

I never did get to taste the lavish fare on offer tonight – Ashraful and second team skipper Riadh dished up the last serving to one final guest.

If you’d like to help out please tweet me @emdad07


Scintilla CC take over One Third Soup Kitchen

Scintilla are crowned National Cricket League Division 2 champions!

By Emdad Rahman

On a day of drama Scintilla CC added another fairytale chapter to their history to be crowned champions of the National Cricket League (NCL) Division 2. 

The Barking & Dagenham outfit faced relegation threatened London Tigers 2 at Hackney Marshes with both teams going all out for a must win victory. 

Scintilla were without the gargantuan Juwel Roy who suffered a fracture in the previous day’s Essex County Cricket League clash against Aztecs CC and was unable to take his place in the team for this vital fixture. 

The home side won the toss and batted first to reach 218/9 from 40 overs. Zisan Abedin top scored with 45, vice captain Sajal Rahman (37), Aminul Shihan (35), Abul Hasib (27), Rishad Haque (22). Salman Ahmed, Giasuddin Tutul, Jamil Ahmed and Jamil Chowdhury took two wickets apiece. 

London Tigers were in no mood to roll over and had former Bangladesh Cricket Board coach Shahidul Alam Ratan on the sidelines to offer support and encouragement. It inspired the team as they defied the form book to reach 220/6 from 39 overs to record an impressive win. Top scorers were Giasuddin Tutul (45) and Salman Ahmed (30). 

London Tigers celebrated with great gusto as Scintilla, who received 8 points from the game, waited on official confirmation of the league standings. 

In the other match of the day, second placed Kothi 3 CC played Ishaque Shawn’s Supernova and were bowled out for 191 in 27 overs. Supernova took 22.3 overs to reach 192 and win the game by 6 wickets thus confirming Scintilla were crowned Division 2 champions by 6 points. Also promoted from the 14 team league are Kothi 3 and Redbridge 3. Despite an impressive win against the champions, the relegation fate of London Tigers 2 was also confirmed. 

The National Cricket League management congratulated both teams (Scintilla and Kothi) Co Founders of the National Cricket League Nahed Patel (League Chairman) and Sajid Patel (League Secretary) said, ‘congratulations to Scintilla and Kothi for playing their part in an incredible season in such a challenging Division Two. You both will be excellent additions to next years Division One.’

With sunset on the horizon Scintilla celebrated, but as the heavens opened and the rain showered down over Hackney Marshes, each man beat a retreat to the sanctuary of the club house, whilst others headed home as the groundsman signalled he was ready to lock the carpark. It was enough – In the year of their tenth anniversary Scintilla had created another piece of golden history. 

Club captain Ahmed Choudhury said, ‘It’s a meteoric rise for our club and this is another fantastic memory and fairytale chapter in our scrapbook. 

Congratulations to everyone – It’s time to enjoy this success and come come back fitter and sharper for future challenges. Huge thanks go to our sponsors Right Call App and Apex Mortgage Advice Ltd for their support. The backing has been invaluable.’

First team skipper Ayaz Karim, who has lead from the front all season added, ‘We lost today and that was really disappointing. But I’m not going to say anything else on that matter. Everyone who has worn the Scintilla shirt has played like a lion this season and it is befitting that we have been crowned champions. The hard work begins as we look forward to the next campaign but for now we will reflect and enjoy our achievements.’

Club chairman Emdad Rahman MBE concluded, ‘This is the stuff of dreams. It’s been a rigorous season and the competition has been immense. All the players have shown heart, enthusiasm and spirit throughout this tough season. Well done to everyone involved in achieving another monumental milestone in our history. Juwel Roy has been a giant for us this season and although he is not here today his impact throughout has been monumental.’

Scintilla Cricket Club have an ethos of community engagement. The champions took a Running Down Dementia #RDDSweatySelfie to support and highlight the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK –

Scintilla Squad – 21 08 16 – National Cricket League (NCL) Hackney Marshes

Ahmed Choudhury – Ayaz Karim – Sajal Rahman – Shaha Riadh – Ashish Morankar – Mohammad Badrul Alom Chowdhury – Abul Hasib – Rishad Haque – Aminul Shihan -Ahmad Norharif Hamidon – Zisan Abedin – Ashfaqur Rahaman Nobel – Emdad Rahman

Scintilla are crowned National Cricket League Division 2 champions!

Newham collapse as Iftekhar fifer seals Scintilla derby win 

By Emdad Rahman

Scintilla CC seconds began the local derby running riot as Syed Iftekhar’s five wicket haul put neighbouring rivals Newham to the sword for an important win at the Bobby Moore Sports Pavilion, Flanders Field. 

Newham won the toss and decided to bat first. They were comprehensively all bowled out for 80 runs from 26 overs. Iftekhar’s teammates combined for five wickets with Rifat Mahmud (2), captain Shaha Riadh (2) and a single wicket for Mahabub Ahasan Chisty ensuring an early break for tea. 

Despite the dominance Scintilla didn’t make things easy. Newham lad Jahidul Haque scored 26 and Iftekhar 16 as the team from Barking ended nervously to win by three wickets. 

Man of the match Iftekhar said, ‘despite a blip I was confident we would win the game. There is too much talent in our team. I’m pleased with my personal achievement and I hope I can continue this form into the next game and beyond.’

Captain Shaha Riadh added, ‘We are at a crucial part of the season. It was a nervy ending but a win is a win. We need to dig deep as we did today and finish the season positively.’

In the clash of the senior teams at Fairlop Oak Playing Fields Newham scored 308 with Kashif Iqbal scoring 75. Ayaz Karim’s men reached 249/8 with Inayat Hassan and Nobel Rahman contributing 67 and 51 runs respectively. Bellal Hossain added 48 as Scintilla lost by 59 runs. 

Newham collapse as Iftekhar fifer seals Scintilla derby win 

Scintilla march on!

Emdad Rahman

Aminul Islam Shihan plundered 150 not out as Scintilla went on the rampage to retain top spot in the race for the championship.

Ayaz Karim’s men won the toss and batted first. Shihan inspired knock ensured Scintilla going into tea on 345/7 from 40 overs. Zisan Abedin added 30 runs, Juwel Roy 24, Ashish Morankar 25, and Ahmad Norharif Hamidon 15. 
Challengers were bowled out 147/10 from 27.3 overs with Hamza scoring 32 as Scintilla CC won by 198 runs. 

Man of the match Shihan said, ‘I’ve had to wait 19 games for a century. This has been a terrific day for our team.’

Captain Ayaz Karim added, ‘It’s the consistency which pleases me the most. I can’t ask for more at the moment.’

Scintilla march on!

Scintilla Chairman’s XI take home the silver

Ismael Rahman

Scintilla Cricket Club held an exhibition game at Fairlop Waters as the club captain and chairman locked horns in a tactical battle. 

The chairmans First XI batted first to reach 231/8 from 35 overs with Ishaq Shawn scoring 78, Bellal Hossain 33, Waqar Ali 30, and Naufal Zamir, 26. 
Second XI captain Shaha Riadh plundered three wickets and he was joined on the board by Rifat (2), Morshed Rahman (2), Adil Ejaz Bhatti (1). 

The seconds made a valiant effort with the bat but we’re all bowled out for 214 from 34.5 overs. Top scorers were Rahman with 30 and Riadh with 28. 
Senior captain Ayaz Karim took 2 wickets along with veteran Zakir Hossain, followed by vice captain Sajal Rahman, 

Abul Hasib and Shawn with one each. 
There was a special moment for the club as Scintilla club stalwart S. M Zakir Hossain was presented with a birthday cake as appreciation for his outstanding service to the club. 

Club sponsor Naufal Zamir said, ‘It’s been a really fun day. The boys have displayed tremendous spirit and it has been good to get one over my son who was in opposition. I will enjoy the bragging rights.’

Club captain Ahmed Choudhury added, ‘This has been a fun packed day but it has been useful on many fronts and has allowed us to address various tactics and the form of the current crop of players.’

Club chairman Emdad Rahman MBE concluded, ‘It’s been such good fun and a brilliant way for the whole squad to get together. This will positively impact on our run in and I hope we can do more games like this in the future.’

Scintilla Chairman’s XI take home the silver

Bappy keeps them happy 

By Emdad Rahman

Mohammad Badrul Alam Chowdhury (Bappy) smashed 92 and took 2 crucial wickets as Scintilla stormed a comeback to take the points against Hawks CC.    

Scintilla were 70-6 when Chowdhury stepped up to the crease after Orett Hoilett had ripped through the home team top order. His gargantuan effort sent his team into tea all out for 223 after 43.2 overs. 

The ever dangerous Jason Samuels added 3 wickets for Hawks with Joshua Cole (2) and David Sweeney (1).

Samuels also scored 50 as Hawks were all bowled out 148 after 40 overs. Nobel Rahman and Ayaz Karim took 3 wickets each, Sajal Rahman (1) and Ishaq Shawn (1) to add to two from Chowdhury. 

In a great show of team solidarity Scintilla celebrated the win with club captain Ahmed Choudhury presenting a cake to newly married wicketkeeper Hanif Kibria. 

Captain Ayaz Karim said, ‘We were under huge pressure after the loss of early wickets but Bappy was immense. It takes one man to have a standout game and he stepped up today. This is a tremendous win.’

Man of the match Chowdhury added, ‘I fell just short of a century which I’m disappointed about but overall I can’t complain, especially as we gained the points for a crucial win.’

Bappy keeps them happy 

Iqbal Patel blasts 76 as Scintilla slay Lions

Emdad Rahman

Debutant Iqbal Patel displayed a batting masterclass as Scintilla produced a dogged display to beat Hamilton Lions at Fairlop Waters. 

The 52 year old rolled back the years and in the blazing heat delivered an outstanding knock to finish the game on 76 not out.

Hamilton batted first to reach 173/10 from 41 overs. Corey Richmond top scored 68 with Fazal Rahman adding 38. Firoz Dogha returned to first team action to take 3 wickets for 28 runs. Ashfaqur Rahman Nobel took 2 for 20 and Ishaq Shawn 1 for 13 from 9 overs.

After tea Nobel scored 29, Shawn 23, and vice captain Sajal Rahman scored a vital 21 to steady nerves after Scintilla lost a few early wickets. It was left to the charismatic Firoz Dogha to seal the win with a mighty 6.

For the Lions Jubayer took 4 wickets and Ajmal and Haris 1 each as Scintilla claimed another scalp.

‘We were under pressure after conceding a few cheap wickets early on but the boys steadied the ship,’ said Scintilla skipper Ayaz Karim. ‘Iqbal Patel was different class and he was supported very well by our batsmen.’

Man of the match Iqbal Patel added, ‘I’ve enjoyed playing for Scintilla today and thank my team mates for supporting my stand at the crease. The heat was a big factor but in the end we achieved a memorable win. Well done everybody.’

Iqbal Patel blasts 76 as Scintilla slay Lions