Big-hitting Kashif Hussain has given himself a hard act to follow when walking out to bat for Edinburgh cricket club against Marchmont at Campbell Park in Division One of the Baillie Gifford East League tomorrow.
The 29-year-old opener is fresh from smacking a mammoth 209 not out when Gala were defeated at the same venue a week ago.
The double century helped keep unbeaten Edinburgh on the top of the table and on a mission to return to the upper echelons of local cricket.
“The club have been through a difficult time and moving out to a new ground at Colinton was part of it,” says Kashif, adding: “But the fact so many runs were scored there last week (Edinburgh closed on 426-4) shows it is a decent enough wicket.”
Kashif, who was dropped after posting his initial century, scored off the opening delivery and the last.
“All through the 190s, I scored in singles. Then, once I got over 200 a message was sent out that I might be close to a league record and I finished with a six.”
In fact, back in 2010, Ritchie Bartsch of Teuchters hit 236 not out in a Division Eight game and the same season Drummond Trinity’s Shehzad Nagi smacked 212.
“I’ve had a 150 before but I suspect my double hundred is a once-in-a-lifetime,” says Kashif, who works for GoFor Finance, Edinburgh.
In compiling the innings there were 11x6s and 21x4s and having had previous successes Kashif admits he had opportunities to play at a higher level.
“My older brother, Nazish, who got me interested in cricket along with my father, played at Carlton and had a season at RH Corstorphine. But Edinburgh was where I started aged 13 or 14.
“We were once in the old national league and my goal now is to give a lead in trying to climb as high as possible again, at least to the (second tier) championship.
“Beating Gala was a step in the right direction and we owed them one after three defeats at their hands last season!”