Moneeb leads pro­mo­tion bid

East Kilbride News - - SPORTS -

Moneeb Iqbal has been named as the new cap­tain of East Kil­bride Cricket Club for 2018.

The Tor­rance House side were rel­e­gated from the Western District Premier Di­vi­sion this year and Iqbal re­places Josh John­ston in the role.

Iqbal has great ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing played for Durham and Scot­land for many years. An RHB and RA leg-break all-rounder, he has per­formed on the county and in­ter­na­tional stage.

He joined the club in 2014 and has pro­duced many great per­for­mances with ball and bat.

One of the many mem­o­rable per­for­mances was in the Scot­tish Cup last sea­son against Aberdeen and he scored was a cen­tury against West Of Scot­land on the road to win­ning the Rowan Cup.

The club’s joint-sec­re­tary Gau­rav Ra­j­mo­han said: “The club thanks Joshua John­ston for his ef­forts this sea­son, which were merely ru­ined by the weather.

“Hav­ing been faced with the task of cap­tain­ing last sea­son at late no­tice, Joshua bravely took ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to im­prove and lead the squad in a re­spectable ef­fort.

“Joshua’s valiant ef­forts are viewed as coura­geous and stoic in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances by the club.

“This gritty per­for­mance high­lights how Joshua has con­tin­ued to be a club stal­wart.

“It is now the club’s ab­so­lute am­bi­tion, with Moneeb lead­ing the team, to achieve pro­mo­tion back to the top di­vi­sion at the first time of ask­ing.”

Mean­while, the club’s ju­nior con­venor Michelle Kiely is step­ping down.

She said: “I have thor­oughly en­joyed my time time in that po­si­tion and seen many boys and girls go from strength to strength as they rep­re­sented our club.

“I have nom­i­nated Stephen New­man to suc­ceed me. This will be­come of­fi­cial after the se­nior club AGM in Novem­ber.

“Stephen has ex­pe­ri­ence in this po­si­tion and is fa­mil­iar with the pow­ers that be in Scot­tish Cricket.

“I know that with his com­mit­tee he will work hard at do­ing all he can for our play­ers.”

New cap­tain Moneeb Iqbal

Gritty Josh John­ston

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