The word “legend” is used a lot these days, probably too much, so much so that you don’t think twice when you read it.
Sulaiman “Dik” Abed, Enfield CC Professional, 1967-1976, passed away in the Netherlands this week.
When you’re a young kid growing up in Clayton in the early seventies, you played and watched footy during the winter and cricket in the summer. Enfield still packed em in those days, not post war crowds of course, but to a youngster it was packed. These were Enfield’s halcyon years, a time when our “legends” team made its name, a time when we were Champions. Dik Abed was a hero to those kids, a Professional and Gentleman in equal measure. Dik was the paid man in a top team for 10 seasons, unheard of in the current cricketing climate. He took over 800 wickets with his deceptive medium-pacers (super fast to an 8 year old), and also scored over 5,000 runs. It’s not just the stats, it’s the legacy that should also be remembered. He raised the profile of a small Lancashire League Club to a level recognised internationally, just read the tribute from Cricket SA to see what I mean. For that he will always have a place in the hearts of everyone at Enfield CC, everyone played with him or against him, and those lucky enough to have spent time in his company will feel the same.
Everyone at Enfield CC would to thank the many people who have paid tributes in the last couple of days, love to you all.