Tim Walton (cricketer, born 1972)

Timothy Charles Walton is a former English cricketer. Walton is a right-handed batsman, he was born at Yorkshire. Walton made his Youth Test debut for England Under-19s against Pakistan Under-19s during their tour to Pakistan in January/February 1992, he made three Test appearances during the tour, as well as making three Youth One Day International appearances in the subsequent one-day series between the sides. In the same year back in England, he made two Test appearances against the touring Sri Lanka Under-19s. Walton made his debut for Northamptonshire in a List A match against Leicestershire in the 1992 Sunday League, he made a further appearance in that season's competition against Warwickshire. These were his only appearances for the county that season, while the following season he didn't feature for the county, he next featured in the 1994 AXA Equity & Law League against Nottinghamshire, while in that same season he made his first-class debut, making two appearances in the County Championship against Kent and Somerset.

Walton was used by Northamptonshire as a limited-overs player, making 81 List A appearances for the county between 1992 and 1998. In these 81 matches, he scored a total of 1,369 runs at an average of 24.01, with a high score of 72. This score was one of seven half centuries he made and came against Gloucestershire in 1994. An occasional medium pace bowler, he took 7 wickets at a bowling average of 32.00, with best figures of 2/27. He took 25 catches in the field. Walton played just 25 first-class matches for Northamptonshire from 1994 to 1997, with his final fixture in that format for the county coming against Warwickshire. In his 25 matches, he scored 653 runs at an average of 25.11, with a high score of 71, one of seven first-class half centuries he made for the county. He left Northamptonshire at the end of the 1998 season. Having left Northamptonshire at the end of 1998 season, following that Walton played List A cricket in New Zealand for Canterbury, making four appearances for the team in the 1998/99 Shell Cup, scoring 42 runs at an average of 14.00, with a high score of 17.

He signed for Essex for the 1999 season, making his debut for the county in a List A match against Lancashire in the CGU National League. In what was his only season with the county, he made seven further List A appearances, scoring a total of 83 runs at an average of 11.85, with a high score of 23. His first-class debut for the county came against Gloucestershire in that season's County Championship, with Walton making five further first-class appearances, the last of which came against the touring New Zealanders. In his six first-class appearances that season, he scored a total of 155 runs at an average of 19.37, with a high score of 71, which came on debut against Gloucestershire. Having been released by Essex at the end of the 1999 season, he played a single List A match for Cambridgeshire against the Warwickshire Cricket Board in the 2nd round of 2002 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy, played in 2001 to avoid fixture congestion the following season. In this match, he scored 4 runs before retiring out.

The Warwickshire Cricket Board won the match by 75 runs. He didn't feature in any Minor counties fixtures for Cambridgeshire. Tim Walton at ESPNcricinfo

Pledge of the Tree

The Pledge of the Tree or Pledge of Satisfaction or Pledge of Ridwan was a pledge, sworn to the Islamic prophet Muhammad by his Sahaba prior to the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. The pledge, sworn under a tree, was to avenge the rumoured death of Uthman bin Affan. In March 628 CE, Muhammad set for Mecca to perform the ritual pilgrimage of Umrah; the Quraysh denied the Muslims entry into the city and posted themselves outside Mecca, determined to offer resistance though the Muslims did not have any intention or preparation for battle. Muhammad camped outside Mecca at Hudaybiyyah and sent Uthman ibn Affan as his envoy to meet with the leaders of Quraysh and negotiate their entry into the city; the Quraysh caused Uthman to stay longer in Mecca than they planned and refused to inform the Muslims of his whereabouts. This caused them to believe. On this occasion, Muhammad gathered his nearly 1,400 Sahaba and called them to pledge to fight until death and avenge the death of Uthman; this pledge was thus known as the Pledge of the Tree.

During the process of pledging, each Sahaba came before Muhammad and pledged, with his hand on top of Muhammad's. The pledge was successful in demonstrating to the Quraysh the determination of the Muslims, they soon released Uthman and sent down an ambassador of their own, Suhayl ibn Amr to negotiate the terms of a treaty that became known as the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. The people who took the pledge known as the People of the Tree are held in high regard by Muslims in general and Sunnis in particular. After the pledge, verses were revealed in the Qur'an commemorating and appreciating the pledge and those who made it: Certainly Allah was well pleased with the believers when they swore allegiance to you under the tree, He knew what was in their hearts, so He sent down tranquillity on them and rewarded them with a near victory. Due to this verse, the pledge is known as the Pledge of Pleasure as it was said to be a cause for God's pleasure; the Saracens from the Earliest Times to the Fall of Baghdad By Arthur Gilman