Member of the original working party that led the founding of VPCCL.
Inaugural Chair, and member of founding team Chats Palace (now Homerton CC). Homerton CC has been a member of VPCCL since its inception.
Its first season saw it have a mixed-gender squad of 12 (6 men; 6 women).
This continued to be the way for the next decade, until the supply chain of female players dried up.
Homerton have never been in the upper echelons of the league, although they have worked their way out of the lower divisions in recent years.
Chair / Results
Firoz was introduced to the VPCCL back in 2009 as a reserve player for Masiha CC. Afterwards, he decided to form his own team Junoon CC the following season. Following that Firoz got more involved with the league and then eventually joined the committee as an officer. When Junoon were disbanded Firoz played for several other clubs until he was approached by a cricketing friend and decided to form a brand new club...Phoenix All Stars CC, which is currently running successfully.
I have only ever played for Pacific who are Islington based & in the 80s played in the Islington Community Cricket League.
This was the template for the VPCCL when Paul from (cant remember team name) moved that way & was part of a small group of teams who started the league with the only change being 8 not 7 a side.
The ICCL folded in 1993 when just 3 teams remained.
Pacific joined VPCCL in 1994 but active players diminished & from 2012-2016 only played in the cup. Best year was 1996 when the cup was won & 2002 winning the league.
My involvement in VPCCL started back in 1998 when I used to play indoor cricket at Hackney Community College. A team mate invited me to play for a league match as they were short of a player. I was intrigued by this league, specifically the format of the game and agreed to play for them. It was for a team named ‘Mola Jutt’.
We won the match comfortably. The match Captain (AKA Shakil) asked me if I would like to play regularly which I was more than happy to say yes to. Since that day I never looked backed. I have played some of my most memorable matches within this league over the years. In 2003 I became captain of the team and changed the name of the team to ‘Sky’. Our record in this league speaks for itself. I have had a good run and still going strong. Although I am no longer captain of this team for many years now, but I am still considered as one of the core player of the team. I have taken the title as a senior player within this team and league. Most recently I joined the league’s committee via an introduction from George as a Treasurer. After all these years of playing in this league, I still look forward to the season. Over the years I have made many friends and made many memories within this league and hope to continue for many more years.
I started playing in the VPCCL with the Crossrail Cricket Club in 2013 (?) before becoming skipper in 2016. We disbanded in 2018, and with a few other players formed Phoenix All Stars in 2019. I joined the committee at the end of 2018 and look after all things equipment; balls, stumps, the lockup, keys etc. On the pitch I’ve turned into a less talented Mark Ealham.
Tim Castle (Web Secretary) has played in the league for the Old Fallopians since 2000. He was secretary of the league between 2003 and 2010. He started looking after the league website (vpccl.co.uk) in 2001, when the league had 11 teams. For many years each result, match report and league table had to be input by hand, but from 2014 much of that process was transferred to the CricHQ website. In 2021 the league launched a new league website (vpccl.com), administered by George Watson.
Saj first played in the VPCCL in 2003 for Caledonian Conquerors and continued to play for them on and off for 4 years. In 2007, when Red Saunders (manager of Cally’s) decided to hang up his boots, rather than disband Saj agreed to take over running of the original Caledonian Conquerors team. As the team changed personnel the players voted for a name change and Tawheed CC were formed in 2009. Tawheed played in the 1st and the 2nd division for several years and finished league runner ups and reached a cup final under his stewardship. After Tawheed disbanded Saj played for Best Nationals for 2 seasons before forming Phoenix all stars with some VPCCL friends.
Saj been involved in the VPCCL committee for several years taking a brief break in 2019. He is now back on the vpccl committee with a view to being assistant league secretary and eventually league secretary in the Future.
Vivek Sarohia is a new member to the VPCCL committee, and is Captain of Stokies Scoundrels from Div 4. He lives and works in the borough of Tower Hamlets, and is looking forward to increasing participation of cricket in the community. His cricket hero’s are Allan Knott, Kumar Sangakharra and James Foster. If only he could catch like them, and not resemble Teflon every time a ball comes his way...