SCHOLES have announced their Christmas present to Drakes Premiership bowlers – Wasim Jaffer is back at Chapelgate!
The 33-year-old former India Test opener is returning to the Holme Valley club – scene of some of his greatest Drakes League triumphs.
Jaffer had one season with Skelmanthorpe in 2010, when he became the first player in Huddersfield ever to score 2,000 runs in a season.
Last year, the right-handed master craftsman spent the summer playing in the Birmingham League.
Jaffer previously spent six seasons over two spells at Scholes, winning back-to-back Premiership titles in 2001 and 2002.
After a spell away, he re-emerged at Skelmanthorpe to score a remarkable 2,083 runs with 10 centuries, one of which came in the Sykes Cup final as he led his team to victory over Delph & Dobcross.
The captain of Mumbai, Jaffer has just completed his 199th first-class game, when this week he notched an unbeaten 110 (his first ton for 12 months) during the game against Saurasthra in the Ranji Trophy – becoming the highest run-scorer ever in that competition with his second-innings 82.
In 31 Tests he scored almost 2,000 runs with an average of 34.10 and a highest score of 212.
For Scholes he produced the best season’s average in League history back in 2005 of 121.79.