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Mo Fayyaz Khan priviledged to play with Wanstead team after coaching all of the squad in the past

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 September 2017

Wanstead players are all smiles after winning the final of the National Club Championship on Sunday (pic: Photos Unlimited).

Wanstead players are all smiles after winning the final of the National Club Championship on Sunday (pic: Photos Unlimited).

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The 50-year-old expresses his satisfaction at winning ‘one of the biggest tournaments in the country’

Wanstead’s triumph in the final of the National Club Championship on Sunday was extra special for one member of the team – their experienced, legendary spinner Mo Fayyaz Khan.

The 50-year-old has witnessed and won a lot during his lengthy stay with the Herons and showed his class against Ormskirk by recording figures of 2-22.

Fayyaz Khan held his nerve at the death to help dismiss the Lancashire club for 147 in reply to Wanstead’s 159 and it meant the Overton Drive club were crowned the best club cricket team in England.

After a dramatic and tense final, the popular cricketer explained just why the win meant so much to him.

Fayyaz Khan said: “It feels absolutely unbelievable. I have been at Wanstead CC for 20-years and it is such an honour to win one of the biggest tournaments in the country.

“It feels really good to know we are one of the best teams and what makes it especially great is that I get to play with 10 players I used to coach.

“I used to coach all of them. They were all little boys once upon a time and it is such an honour for me.

“One of them was Arfan Akram, he was my skipper for 10 years, and another is our left-armer Joe Ellis-Grewal, who has been my captain for the last three years. I used to teach them, so it’s an absolute honour for me to play cricket with these guys.”

Fayyaz Khan is clearly just as good at coaching as he is playing for him to have played his part in producing such a talented crop of players.

The 50-year-old took the final wicket to fall at Essex’s County Ground on Sunday, but had already been serenaded numerous times by the ‘Herons Ultras.’

He is regarded by many as one of the best bowlers in the local circuit and batsmen will wince upon discovering the news that the spinner is not ready to call it a day just yet.

After so much success at Wanstead, Fayyaz Khan’s appetite for more appears larger than ever.


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