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Monday night results [posted 28/07/14]
| ||A majority of this evening's matches were postponed due to Eid falling today. One game that was played saw West of Scotland CC Under 13s defeat their Ferguslie CC counterparts. The Glasgow youngsters won by eight wickets at Meikleriggs, Ahmed top-scoring with 28 not out as Ferguslie CC posted 94 for 4 batting first. |
In their successful run-chase, West of Scotland CC's Angus Barrett (30 not out) and Angus Guy (30 not out) played the two dominant innings as the Hamilton Crescent side reached their target inside fiteen overs. The league results are online, as are updated tables.
Kwik Cricket festival, Sunday 3 August 2014 [posted 28/07/14]
This Sunday's scheduled Under 10 Kwik Cricket festival at Meikleriggs in Paisley, home of Ferguslie CC, has been cancelled as the date clashes with the club's annual fete.
Inter-area update [posted 26/07/14]
A depleted Dumfries & Galloway Under 12 squad put up good resistance against a talented Ayrshire unit in an Under 12 inter-area fixture at Kingholm Park. David Fallas reports. "Skipper Adam Malik (St. Michael's CC) led the way and carried his bat for an unbeaten and patient 26, in which he showed the value of waiting for the bad ball before hitting out. There was some good support from Rory Thornley (Dumfries CC), with 12, and Tom Nein (Galloway CC), with 5, to help the wides column as the home batsman generally showed an improved awareness of defensive techniques, particularly against some good quality Ayrshire spin. Wickets fell to Caolan Grant (Ayr CC), with two, and one each Luca Hall (Ayr CC), Jonny Faulkner Ayr CC) and Jamie Tennant (Prestwick CC) but Dumfries & Galloway managed to make their way to 96 for 9 after their 30 overs.
"On the restart, a dominant batting performance by wicket-keeper Richie Simpson (Ayr CC), who had already claimed two smart stumpings, put Ayrshire in the driving seat. He sped to a retiral on 30 not out, as he and Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) took advantage of some short home bowling and ran sharply between the wickets, causing some unfortunate overthrows in spite of valiant efforts by stand-in wicket home wicket-keeper Nein. Following an interruption for heavy rain after twelve overs, the home bowlers had more success. Jay Gordon (Langholm CC) bowled Rao for 23 and there were two further successes before Faulkner and Finn Turner (Prestwick CC) led Ayrshire to a seven wicket victory."
Friday night results [posted 25/07/14]
| ||There were, yet again, multiple concessions in the junior leagues this evening, with Helensburgh CC, Uddingston CC, Weirs CC and the Drumpellier|Uddingston combined team all conceding scheduled matches. |
In the matches played and reported, however, there was a win in the Under 15 League for Greenock CC over Hillhead CC at Glenpark. Batting first the visitors from Glasgow's West End posted 103 for 5, Green with 36, and William Goan (4-1-8-0) and Louis Ware (4-0-8-1) both bowling really economical spells. Then in the Greenock CC reply Harry Briggs with 29 not out, and Warewith 61 not out, saw their side to a ten-wicket win inside sixteen overs.
At Under 11 ag-group level, Cludesdale CC entertained East Kilbriode CC at Titwood, and ran out 101-run winners. The home youngsters scored 110 without loss, Humza Zulfiqar top-scoring with 20 not out. East Kilbride CC's reply saw the Torrance House side lose eight wickets en route to making 49 for 8. Elsewhere, Stenhousemuir CC were also Under 11 winners this evening, defeating visitors Greenock CC at The Tryst, the Larbert club's 125 for 3 being too many for the Glenpark youngsters to chase down. Over at Meikleriggs, Ferguslie CC were the first home side to suffer defeat this evening as visitors Glasgow Accies CC won convincingly. The Glasgow club batted first and scored 108 for the loss of just two wickets, Kilpatrick scoring an unbeaten 27. Ferguslie CC's reply saw them lose eight wickets, the 40-run penalty this accrued proving too big a handicap for them to go on and secure the win. The league results are online, as are updated tables.
Western Warriors lose out to Eastern Knights [posted 23/07/14]
| ||Hamilton Crescent was today's venue for the latest west versus east inter-regional clash. Today's match was at Under 18 level, the Knights travelling to Glasgow looking for revenge over the Warriors who had beaten them at Shawholm less than a month ago. Another glorious day, weather-wise, greeted the sides and so it was no suprise when Warriors skipper Niall Alexander (Dumfries CC) decided to bat first. Opening for the Warriors were Lucas Farndale of host club West of Scotland CC and Poloc CC's Douglas Willoughby. The two started cautiously, surviving the new ball attack of Sadler and Rory Allardice. However eight overs in Farndale would depart, edging Allardice to 'keeper Dryde, standing up, to depart for 7. This brought Owais Shah (Poloc CC) to the middle to join club-mate Willoughby. |
The two added 63 for the second wicket, continuing to accumulate runs cautiously. Though not fatal, the pair's inability to - either one, or other, or both - "up" the run-rate having got in, would prove to be problematic. And when Willoughby was bowled by Fraser Allardice for 30 (82 balls), and club-mate Calum Stout (1) followed quickly thereafter, the side found themselves 83 for 3 in the 31st over. Ayr CC's Shujaa Khan brought some momentum to the innings with a positive 22 from 28 balls, but was stumped in the 41st over with the total having moved on to 137. Dhruv Satpute (Glasgow Accies CC) then, like Stout had done, came and went quickly,meaning two wickets had again fallen in quick succession. 141 for 5. Shah was still in however, and had at last started to accelerate. But then, after having scored 28 from the previous 21 balls, he inexplicably attempted a"Dilscoop" of some description, only succeeding in offering the simplest of looping catches to Knights 'keeper Dryden. Out for 73 (111 balls). After Shah's departure in the 45th over Lewis James (Poloc CC), Adil Ghaffar (Clydesdale CC) and Alexander then scurried another 29 runs until "Time" was called on the Warriors' innings. James (11*) and Alexander (11*) were the not out batters, the total was 196 for 8.
The Eastern Knights' run-chase - ultimately successful - was a bit of procession. The winning post was passed in the second last over, the winning margin seven wickets. Kelly played the anchor role for the Knights, scoring an unbeaten 73 (120 balls), an innings that included no fewer than 32 singles. Batting from over one to the end, Kelly's knock was the cornerstone of his side's innings. But the bare bones of the scorecard don't tell the whole story. The 'card doesn't tell of the five dropped catches that, if they'd been taken, might've seen a different story unfold. But they weren't taken, and like the 23 runs that were gifted in wides and no balls, they contributed to what the Warriors might, on reflection, think was more than partly a self-inflicted defeat. Three wickets were taken, one each for Satpute, Hamza Tahir (Ferguslie CC) and James. Tahir's figures were the standout ones, 10-1-22-1 reflecting how well he'd bowled, and matching the figures of 10-2-27-1 that Knights' Gosain had returned. The match scorecard can be viewed online.
Western Warriors Under 15s lose out in close encounter [posted 22/07/14]
| ||Tim Hart reports, "A sun-drenched Hamilton Crescent played host to the latest Under 15 inter-regional championship fixture. The Eastern Knights were the visitors – but things got off to the prefect start when the Warriors won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Taimoor Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Harry Briggs (Greenock CC) made it to the first drinks break with very few alarms, as they built a good base for the side. 82 was added for the first wicket before Ahmad departed bowled. 82 was, again, the magic number as Owais Shah (Poloc CC) joined Briggs in the middle – and another good partnership was formed. This partnership took the Warriors to the second drinks break and left them very well set. To this point, the Knights hadn’t quite found the correct line and length. |
"This was to change quickly as, along with an aggressive attempt to attack the batting powerplay, the Warriors innings lost its way. Knights skipper James Dickinson led the way, with his leg spin (3 for 50), and he was given good support by the experimental off-spin of Finlay McCreath (3 for 51). These two did the main damage and, with Max Hancock (3 for 15) making quick work of the tail, the Warriors finished 242 all out. Briggs had played the anchor role with a solid 80 and Shah had added some touches of quality with his 58 in the middle overs.
"In reply, two partnerships were again the key to the innings. Tom Simpson and Jamie Crawley put on 72 for the first Knights wicket as the early Warriors bowling effort mirrored that of the Knights from the start of the previous innings. Again, there was a good second wicket partnership – but this time it was a match-winning one. McCreath joined Crawley and the pair added 132 at a good rate. The partnership featured sensible shot selection, very few alarms and came at a good pace. Although McCreath was leg before for 60, Crawley just kept on batting. A 4 stroked through mid-on brought up a deserved century – his first for the Knights. He was caught behind off the bowling of Warriors skipper Kallum Dhami (Clydesdale CC) for 117, with the winning line in sight. Dhami (6-0-22-1) was one of only two Warriors bowlers to put any real pressure on the Knights batters – with Ferguslie CC’s Haroon Tahir (10-3-33-1) being the other. It was left to skipper Dickinson and Angus Hinton to see their side home – by seven wickets and with an over to spare. The decision to be aggressive and take the batting powerplay led to a changed middle order and led to the Warriors innings losing its way. However, in terms of trying to further develop this group of players, it was the correct decision and one which gave the players a further opportunity to learn about their own games. 242 should have been a winning score, but the seamers bowled too many loose deliveries at key times – and only two bowlers really bowled with any control. Injuries to Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC) and Ihtesham Ul Haq (Clydesdale CC) didn’t help the situation and reduced the available options with the ball – but a real positive on the day was the fact that 200-plus was scored in fairly comfortable fashion." The match scorecard can be viewed online.
Monday night results [posted 21/07/14]
| ||Tonight's matches saw further concessions by clubs and/or teams unable to field teams. The Drumpellier|Uddingston Under 13 side conceded its home match against Poloc CC, and Greenock CC conceded its match against West of Scotland CC in the same age-group. |
The Hillhead|Renfrew combined side, however, did play, and they hosted Ferguslie CC, winning by five wickets. Batting first the visitors posted an impressive 86 for 1, Doud Tahir top-scoring with 30 not out. However in reply, the combined side romped home in just over fifteen overs, for the loss of five wickets. Jai Tyagi was their top-scorer, scoring another unbeaten 30.
In the Under 18 League there was a win by Drumpellier CC over Poloc CC at Shawholm, on Glasgow's south-side, the winning margin 12 runs. The visitors posted 105 for 5, with 47 from Saif Sajjad, and Ihtisham Malik returning figures of 4-1-9-0. Then in the second innings Malik scored 33 from just 28 balls in Poloc CC's unsuccessful run-chase. For Drumpellier CC, Humza Sabri returned figures of 4-0-10-2. Over in Paisley, at Meikleriggs, Ferguslie CC were hosting the Hillhead|Renfrew combined side, and it was again the visitors who came out on top. Ferguslie CC were dismissed for just 67 despite Hamza Tahir's 31 not out, and the combined team made lite work of chasing this down, reaching their target inside eighteen overs. There was a home winner elsewhere in Paisley tonight however, the Kelburne|Greenock combined side defeating West of Scotland CC at Whitehaugh. the hosts were restricted to 92 all out batting first, with Jonny Stark taking 4 for 19, and Gilmour top-scoring with 53. However West of Scotland CC were then skittled for just 55 in their innings, Louis Ware taking a remarkable 7 for 6, including a hat-trick, and three in four balls! Ware's burst saw the Glasgow side collapse from 53 for 3 to 55 all out! The final Under 18 League match return submitted this evening was from the game at New Cambusdoon between home side Ayr CC, and visitors Clydesdale CC. Batting first Ayr CC's openers Shujaa Khan (72*) and Muhammad Azeem (73*) amassed 151 for 0, a target that Clydesdale CC fell agonisingly 3 runs shy of in their reply. Adil Ghaffar (26), Ahmad Chaudhry (25) and Usman Tariq (55*) all chipped in, but the Glasgow side would finish just those few runs short. The league results are online, as are updated tables.
Friday night results [posted 18/07/14]
| ||Before reporting on this evenings completed matches, the games that were conceded today included two by Stirling County CC, who conceded their under 11 and Under 15 matches, taking the number of concessions by the New Williamfield club in these two age-group this season, to nine. |
Helensburgh CC also conceded to Greenock CC in the Under 11 League, taking the Ardencaple club's concession count to five. In matches played, in the Under 15 League, there was a win for West of Scotland CC over Prestwick CC at the Henry Thow Oval, the winning margin of eight wickets seeing Angus Guy top-score in a successful run-chase, with 37 not out. The Hillhead|Renfrew combined side were also Under 15 winners on the night, they too enjoying a big winning margin as they defeated Helensburgh CC at Ardencaple by 49 runs. Louis Green scored an unbeaten 82, and Jack Holland chipped in with 42, as the combined team posted 146 for 2. In reply, only Gregor Chambers with 52 offered any real resistance as Helensburgh CC mustered 94 for 6, Paul Wilson taking 3 for 11. And completing the big wins in the Under 15 age-group this evening were Clydesdale C, who romped to a 121-run win against Ayr CC at New Cambusdoon. Batting first, the Glasgow southside club posted 165 for , thanks in the main to Zain Ashraf's 100 and Owain Taylor's unbeaten 50. Ashraf's 100 came off just 53 deliveries, his second 50 taking a mere nineteen. Kallum Dhami then took 5 for 7, including an all-bowled hat-trick as Ayr CC were skittled out for 44 on a night to forget for them, but to remember for their opponents.
In the younger age-group, West of Scotland CC made it a double-win night by defeating Ferguslie CC at Hamilton Crescent, winning by 14 runs. The individual performance of note in this game was Greene's 23 not out for the home side. At King George V Playing Field in Renfrew, meanwhile, it was the visitors from The Tryst, Stenhousemuir CC, who were running out winners. They defeated hosts Renfrew CC by 82 runs in a high-scoring match. Poloc CC were home winners this evening, defeating the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined side by 160 runs at Shawholm. There was a "5-for" for James Cathcart, and a "3-for" for Ubaid-Raza Hanif, as Poloc CC took no fewer than fifteen visiting side wickets to run out easy winners. Also recording a big win was Ayr CC who beat Clydesdale CC, the winning margin being 106 runs. Richie Simpson scored an unbeaten 40 for Ayr CC, with Sam Jeffesron making 29 not out. Then in the Clydesdale CC reply, there was a "4-for" for Grant. The league results are online, as are updated tables.
Rain is the winner [posted 14/07/14]
| ||Tim Hart reports, "The Western Warriors Under 15s looked to be in a strong position when rain ended their match against the Caledonian Highlanders at Scroggie Park in Falkland today. Despite having lost the toss, the Warriors quickly reduced the Highlanders to 27 for 5 off twelve overs. Ihtisham Malik (Poloc CC) had picked up 2 for 24 from his six overs - but the pick of the Warriors attack was Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC). Robbie was making his debut for the Under 15s and returned the remarkable figures of 6-4-3-3. The Highlanders began a recovery as Will Hardie and Aidan Brown added 40 for the sixth wicket - before Hardie (28) was well caught by Harry Briggs (Greenock CC) at short mid-wicket. However, with the score having progressed to 80 for 6 off 28 overs, the rain proved to be the ultimate winner. |
"The Warriors now have one week off - before playing two matches in three days." The match scorecard can be viewed online.
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