Seniors First XI



2024 will see Harry Passenger take over as 1st XI skipper from Harry Baxendale

Evo recently caught up with Hazza for a Q&A. Hazza was hoping for some nice easy questions but when Evo is the interviewer that will never happen!

A bit of a bouncer to start! Whilst it isn’t always easy to talk about yourself. What do you think you will bring to the role?

As newly appointed 1st XI captain at TKCC, I’ll be looking to create a group based of support and encouragement of those throughout the club, not just those named in the 1s that weekend. I think it’s a massive part of any club (especially a new club) to create a positive and inclusive environment where everyone can shine and show off their skills; with an extra drive to succeed and win games created through preparing and training hard. "

Really looking forward to both the season and watching the club progress!

Since taking on the role. What has the support from the Chairman of Cricket and the Head of Cricket Development been like?

Yeah amazing, The support from the Chair of Cricket and the Head of Cricket Development has been awesome. Offering guidance, resources, and heaps of encouragement, really made me confident in my ability to carry this out. I also want to give a big shout out to all the efforts of everyone behind the scenes who made this merger happen. While I was away, putting in a ton of hard work to bring everything together smoothly. So, a massive thanks to them for their hours and dedication to the club."

With so many “big clubs" currently in the A Division. The crucial question. Do you believe the squad you are assembling is capable of seriously challenging for a return to the Premier League?

I have no doubt in the squad we're assembling. We've got some seriously talented players, who are ready to impress and showcase what they can do. Not to mention our overseas - Nathan Roux - who should be joining us shortly.  Honestly with the way people have been training and committing throughout the winter on and off the pitch I see us challenging the top spots in the league this year."

In light of the buzz phrase, “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.” What are your plans for involving the next generation of the club and come to that the girls / ladies (though socially) with the 1st XI?

I’ve always been an advocate of wanting to create opportunities for young players to develop their skills and be a part of the cricketing community. There will be heaps of younger age soft ball cricket all the way through to age groups transitioning into hard ball cricket going on throughout the season (Friday nights - get excited !), all of this headed up by a group of experienced senior team players, qualified coaches, and helpful parents! And when it comes to the girls and ladies, we're all for promoting social cricket and creating a welcoming environment. We want to encourage their participation and provide opportunities for them to enjoy the game as much as we all do !"

Cricket is about playing hard but having fun. So, in light of this what is your favourite cricketing funny?

I’ll keep my cricketing funny rather anonymous and say it involved the waterfront mall in Cape Town, after a good win against Bishops, some excited teenagers abroad, and a 300rand apology cheque to the taxi driver!"




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