Helsinki Cricket Club

Since 1972, One of the best cricket clubs in Finland

2012
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Anil Sood

A right arm middle order batsman and a medium fast bowler. Anil has represented HCC from 1999 to 2009. Unfortunately Anil passed away because of lung cancer in 2010. Anil has represented HCC in many roles like Captain, Vice captain etc. Under his captaincy HCC won many leagues and tournaments.Anil aka Sunny was famous for its cricketing thinking and captaincy in the field. Anil has represented finland in the international European Cricket Council tournaments between 2001 and 2005.

Source: Zahoor Khan
2012
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Syed Ayub

An accurate off spinner who can really turn the ball. Born in Pakistan, he first played cricket at school when he was thirteen and rapidly rose to represent later his college and finally Peshawar University in the Pakistan's inter-university tournament. In 1960 he went to England and in his first summer played for a local club at Accrington, Lancashire, but from 1961-71 he lived in London and played no cricket at all. In 1971 he moved to Finland with family and in 1972 was involved in forming and registering HCC as a sport club, the first one in Finland and the northernmost cricket club in the world at that time. Registering HCC with authorities was an insurmountable task because the laws of the country forbid foreigners making clubs or other friendly societies, companies or buying properties, land or forests etc. Although most of the HCC Executive Committee members left Finland in the next few years, Sayid Ayub together with other cricketers and cricket lovers kept it going and finally in 1975 HCC was able to be registered as a club with the authorities when the special permission was granted by the State Council of Finland (Valtioneuvoston erikoisluvalla). He stopped playing active cricket in 1995 but presently still keeps in touch with the club.

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Source: Syed Ayub

2012
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Ira Ebanks

The first man to pick up 100 plus wickets for HCC, Ira remains the highest wicket taker and the most successful bowler to date for Helsinki. Ira could generate considerable pace in true West Indian tradition of yesteryears and with his dangerous outswinger had batsmen in all sorts of trouble. Ira continues to act as a mentor apart from being part of the Committee guiding the current team actively both on and off the field. He has been the clubs leading wicket taker 5 years in 1974 (25), 1978, 1979, 1980 and in 1983.
143 wickets, Av 12.07, Best : 7/39, 5/inns : 6 times

Source: Ira Ebanks

2012
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Sanjeev Kad

Sanjeev joined HCC in 1996. He played very actively till 2004. He used to be a Leg-spinner and was adjudged Best Bowler of the league in the first ever Organised League organised by FCA in the year 1999-2000. Represented Finland in Austria for an ECC (European Cricket Council - now, ICC-Europe) tournament in 2001. He Took up umpiring and has upmired in many European tournaments since 2001 and officiated European Div 1, 2, 3 and 4. In addition, U-19 World Cup Qualifier in 2004 and WCL (World Cricket League) Div 5 in 2008. Sanjeev has been on the ICC European Elite Panel since its inception in 2007. Sanjeev has been a member and Vice-Chairman of FCA from 2004-2007. Have also been the Chairman of the National Team Selection Committee for many years. Sanjeev chaired HCC from 2004 onwards till 2010.

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Source: Sanjeev Kad

2012
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Bjarne Sumelius

An attacking left handed batsman and energetic fielder, ‘Fred’ as Bjarne is known has been one of Helsinki Cricket Clubs leading batsmen.
594 runs, Av 16.50

Source: Ira Ebanks

2012
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Steve Lauz

Perhaps the finest natural talented player yet to have played for Helsinki, Steve Lauz of Jamaican and German descent learned his cricket in Jamaica. A fine fast bowler and a hard hitting batsman, Steve could turn a match on its head with the ball or bat.
27 wickets, Av 10.48; 351 runs, Av 27.00

Source: Ira Ebanks

2012
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Richard Walker

Technically one of the soundest batsman during the 80’s with a wide array of strokes and a solid defence. Was an accurate quick-medium bowler too who could bowl slow offspin too.
433 runs, Av 21.65; 23 wickets, Av 19.91

Source: Ira Ebanks

2012
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Francis Looby

Another founder-member, Francis Looby was an allrounder a medium pacer who could move the ball in the air and off the pitch and a middle order batsman specialising in wristy shots off the back foot.A specialist cover fielder, Francis was one of the livewires in the field with quick reflexes and a safe pair of hands.
59 wickets, Av 19.01; 444 runs, Av 10.57

Source: Ira Ebanks

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Keith Murden

Stylish left hander and useful medium pace bowler, Keith found form with the bat in first year of the formation of HCC making 198 runs in four games including a 74 in the club’s first game in Stockholm against Danish Club Frem.

Source: Ira Ebanks

2012
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John Cole

A right arm opening batsman from England who looked good in attack and defence, John was the first man to score 1000 plus runs in Finland and the first to score a century in 1982. A great driver off the front foot John played with power on both sides of the wicket and in full flow could take on any attack at that time. He was also a fearless fielder with the maximum catches for the club (25) He has top scored for the club in three consecutive years from 1981 -83.
1161 runs, Av 34.14 One 100 and 8 fifties

Source: Ira Ebanks