Haseeb Makes Strong Entry to First-Class Cricket
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
As the 2015 Cricket season drew to a close, Old Boy Haseeb Hameed enjoyed his debut with Lancashire’s First team. Haseeb, who collected his A Level results over the summer, played in several Red Rose matches, including an all-important face-off against Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford.
Bolton School was well-represented on the opening day of the match, with School and Lancashire County Cricket Club representatives taking their places in the Kukri Box to watch Haseeb in action.
Callum and Matthew Parkinson – nineteen year old twins who studied for their GCSEs in the Boys’ Division – were also present in the box. Like Haseeb, Matthew signed his debut contract with Lancashire in October last year, while his brother Callum has joined the Derbyshire Cricket Academy. Both twins were members of the Lancashire youth squads from the age of 12, and have also played together for Staffordshire in the Minor Counties this year. Haseeb and Matthew also played for the England U19s, most recently against Australia in a Youth Test at Chester-le-Street in August.
This was only Haseeb’s third match for Lancashire’s First team: he made his debut against Glamorgan in August, just one week after collecting his A Level results, and came away with 28 runs to his name after a measured performance. This was followed by a score of 44 in Lancashire’s next match against Kent, just shy of a half-century.
However, Haseeb nonetheless showed a great deal of maturity and good judgement against Surrey. He batted for just short of five and a half hours to score 91 in his 234-ball innings.
In partnership with Steven Croft, this impressive stand helped Lancashire to avoid a defeat that would have secured Surrey the title in advance of the final games of the season.
Lancashire went on to play Essex in their last game, with Haseeb once again putting in a strong performance and achieving his second half-century in a row with a final score of 63. However, Lancashire eventually drew the match and therefore conceded the 2nd Division title to Surrey.