Mo Fayyaz Khan credits Jack Lord after Wanstead’s National Club Championship success over Ormskirk
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 September 2017
The legendary spinner reveals he would like to continue playing after helping the Herons win maiden National title
Mo Fayyaz Khan talked up the potential of Wanstead youngster Jack Lord after his match-winning performance in the final of the National Club Championship on Sunday at Chelmsford.
The 19-year-old seamer reduced Ormskirk to 43-4 in reply to the 159 the Essex club had managed after being put into bat first.
It helped the Herons get a foothold back into the contest after a below-par score with the bat and Fayyaz Khan felt it was decisive.
“Jack was unbelievable and this was a big game for him,” said Wanstead’s legendary 50-year-old spinner.
“Normally he would be in the second team, but we have brought him up and coached him and he performed very well.
“To be honest he basically won the game for us by taking the first four wickets, so he was absolutely excellent.”
Lord got Wanstead off to a flier and the rest of the Herons bowling attack backed him up superbly at the County Ground.
Captain Joe Ellis-Grewal went on to take 1-26, while Aron Nijjar was excellent on his way to claiming 2-24.
Fayyaz Khan played his part too, by sharing the new ball with Lord and keeping it tight while the youngster was running riot.
Ellis-Grewal then turned to the 50-year-old spinner in the latter stages of the match with the pressure on both sides.
Ormskirk needed 29 runs from the final five overs with only three wickets left, but captain Matt Glayzer well placed.
But Fayyaz Khan bowled the rival skipper for 34 before dismissing the oppositions final man to hand Wanstead a 12-run victory.
He added: “It was really hard at the end, but I always know the team expects me to bowl the last few overs.
“I know I always have to deliver when it comes to that and luckily I was able to, so it was an honour.”
The two wickets Fayyaz Khan picked up in the final against Ormskirk took his tally for the season to 40 scalps.
Wanstead’s experienced spinner has been part of the furniture at Overton Drive for many, many years and showed again in 2017 why he is such an integral part of the team.
And with that in mind, Fayyaz Khan is looking to continue playing for a little bit longer despite this latest triumph with the Herons.
“I definitely want to carry on, but it depends on my fitness. I know my knee has been a bit wobbly over the last couple of years, but I know I can bowl with it, so I will carry on,” he said.
“There is no doubt about it in my mind. I want to keep playing and for me it is such an honour to play with these kids.”
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