Haseeb is Quietly Precocious Talent for Lancs Seconds
Thursday, 03 July 2014
Year 12 student Haseeb Hameed has been described as a “quietly precocious talent” after his knock of 30 not out for the Lancashire 2nd Team in their three-wicket victory over Warwickshire.
Seventeen year old Haseeb went to the wicket with Lancashire on 131 for four, chasing 217 to win. He held his nerve as he built an “old school” innings, gradually playing himself in whilst taking a measure of the bowling. It was not until his 20th delivery that Haseeb got off the mark with a drive to cover that gave him a boundary. By the close, having helped secure the win, he had hit four fours and a six and received fulsome handshakes off his teammates when he returned to the pavilion, including Andrew Flintoff who was at the match.
Assessing the innings, Coach Mark Chilton said: “I thought he looked composed and calm. He’s got quick feet, his footwork’s good and he plays the ball nice and late. Opponents have bowled aggressively at him, got stuck into him a little bit and he’s come through that very well on the whole. We haven’t made it easy for him, you want to try and ease him into the environment but that also exposes him to some pretty intense cricket. There was a nice calmness about his play today and as he got more comfortable, he started to expand his game a little bit and played a couple of really classy shots. It was very encouraging. It was quite traditional and old style in the sense that Has played himself in and had a really good look at the bowling.”
A review on the Lancashire County Cricket Club website by Paul Edwards of Haseeb’s innings which describes him as “a quietly precocious talent” can be read here.