Mohammed Ahmad suffered the misfortune of getting out on 99 in the 1st team in the game against St John’s last weekend but, despite his disappointment at not reaching a personal milestone, as a captain he was happy with his team’s performance.
“We had them on 164/9 when the game was stopped for lightning and two overs to go, so we were in with a good chance of winning,” he said. “But the important thing is that we were able to set a decent total of 195 and that our top order made a good start and stayed there for longer than usual.”
He went out, trying to push the score along, but doesn’t think that made much difference.
“We are improving, that’s the main thing. The new cricket culture that our coach, Mr Bechet, is trying to establish is starting to take root and I am excited about the rest of the season.
He is proud to have been named captain, he said, but realises it comes with big responsibilities. “We are in a building phase and it’s my job to set a good example for the youngsters in the team. I think I did that quite well on Saturday.”
Mohammed’s cricketing class is undoubted. He played for the Gauteng under-17s two years ago, and for the under-19 and Cubs teams last year.
He also plays for Marks Park in the Premier League and has made two 50s in recent games.
“I love cricket and I love Jeppe,” he said, “so I feel good at the moment. Now I want to lead the team to the position of dominance that the school has always been associated with.”