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Monday's results [posted 30/05/16]
There were three Under 13 league matches reported on this evening, the first of which - perhaps surprisingly - relayed news that the game at Glenpark between Greenock CC and Ferguslie CC had been cancelled because of a waterlogged square. Elsewhere there was a comfortable win for Poloc CC over Uddingston CC, the Glasgow southside club running out ten wicket winners after chasing 46 to beat their hosts at Bothwell Castle Policies without losing a wicket. In Uddingston CC's innings of 45 for 9, Samir Malik took 4 for 3 for Poloc CC, this before Sohaib Shah top-scored on the night with an unbeaten 35 in the second innings. At Scott Ellis Field meanwhile there was another away win, Clydesdale CC beating the Kilmarnock|Prestwick combined side by 36 runs. The visitors from Titwood batted first and scored 145 for 4, with Humza Zulfiqar retiring after scoring 31, and Zaki Tariq scoring 29 not out. In the combined team's reply, Joe Morrison made an unbeaten 31.
Also played this evening were two Under 16 matches, Clydesdale CC beating Hillhead CC by 29 runs in the first match reported on. Daniel Cairns made an unbeaten half century and Asad Khan 30 as Clydesdale CC posted set Hillhead CC 145 to win. However the visitors from Hughenden were bowled out for 115 to hand Clydesdale CC the win. In the same league, Prestwick CC retained top spot with a 45-run win over East Kilbride CC at Torrance House. The Ayrshire side's 139 for 7 that included 58 from Calan Turner proved too many for the home side for whom Tristan Kiely scored 21. Fergus Clarke had also, earlier, taken a "3-for" in Prestwick CC's innings. All of the night's results can be found online.
Dumfries & Galloway youth cricket update [posted 30/05/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Eager to increase the participation opportunities for young players within Dumfries & Galloway, the Dumfries & Galloway Area Cricket Development Group is running a 'D&G Cup' for its constituent clubs during 2016."
Challenge Series update [posted 29/05/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Sunday saw Titwood (Clydesdale CC) play host to the third Under 14 Challenge Series match of the season. Sharks skipper Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) won the toss, had no hesitation in electing to bat first, and then top scored for his side, and in the match, with 33. He was involved in a 45-run partnership with Ethan Duncanson-Ward (Glasgow Accies CC) for the third wicket.
"However, the biggest partnership in the innings and match was the 50-run seventh wicket partnership between Abhishek Sinha (Clydesdale CC) and Andrew Robinson (Glasgow Accies CC). The Sharks would finish 172 for 7 off their 40 overs, with Cairns 33, Sinha 24, Robinson 20*, wicket-keeper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) 20 and Duncanson-Ward 18 all making useful contributions. For the Eagles, Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC) finished with 7-2-12-1 and there were two wickets each for spinner Hamza Gardee (Glasgow Accies), with 2 for 23, and Johnny Faulkner (Ayr CC), with 2 for 32.
"An injury to Adam Malik (Dumfries CC) in the warm-up meant that the Eagles top order had to change just before the resumption – and they never really recovered from the sudden change in plans. Only skipper Ross Heginbottom (Clydesdale CC) made double-figures, as the Eagles were skittled for just 53. The main damage was done by the spinners – Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) taking 2 for 7 and John Greene (West of Scotland CC) taking 4 for 1. The result means that after the first full round of matches each team has one win and one loss. The Foxes currently lead the standings by three points – but all is still to play for as the series progress." The scorecard is online.
Friday's results [posted 27/05/16]
After Irvine CC had conceded to Kilmarnock CC earlier in the week, this evening saw three Under 11 matches report results. At Titwood, home side Clydesdale CC easily saw off the challenge of neighbours Poloc CC, winning by 98 runs. Top-scorer on the night was Nikhl Koteeswaran with 30. Ferguslie CC were also derby winners, defeating Paisley rivals Kelburne CC, at Meikleriggs, by 31 runs. The final match saw a third home win from three matches, Glasgow Accies CC beating Stenhousemuir CC by 43 runs.
In the Under 15 League, two scheduled and one rescheduled match took place. The rescheduled match saw Prestwick CC defeat the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team by 8 wickets, the combined side being bundled out for just 45, a target Prestwick CC chased easily, two down. Ross Whip took 3 for 4 for the Ayrshire side. However another combined side did win this evening, the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team defeating Glasgow Accies CC by 11 runs. The eventual winners batted first in this one, posting 67 for 8, a total restricted in small measure by Ethan Duncanson-Wood's 3 for 11. However his efforts wouldn't quite be enough as Glasgow Accies CC were, themselves, then restricted to 56 for 5, with Rafay Khan returning bowling figures of 4 for 5. This leaves just the fixture at Shawholm to report on, Clydesdale CC winning comgfortably in this derby clash, the margin of victory 46 runs. 125 for 6 batting first - Angus Guy with 44 - proved more than enough as Poloc CC slipped from 62 for 1 to 79 for 8 in reply, with only Uzzair Shah (37) threatening to make a score.
West of Scotland CC and Hilhead CC were also in Under 16 League action this evening, the Hamilton Crescent youngsters securing a 58-run win over their Glasgow West End rivals. In a high-scoring match, West of Scotland CC posted 165 for 1 batting first, Sam Greene hitting 72 not out, and Aidan Fitzgerald making 66. In reply, Hillheafd CC's Jai Tyagi's 55 not out and Ayub Khan's 38 not out both proved in vain as their side finished 107 without loss, but still 58 runs short. All of the night's results can be found online.
Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup update [posted 24/05/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Lomond School ('Lomond') have become the fourth team to secure a place in the semi-finals. In a tie played at Ardencaple (Helensburgh CC), on another glorious afternoon, Lomond defeated The Glasgow Academy ('TGA') by six wickets. Batting first, TGA scored 105 for 5 off their twenty overs - with Jack McCamley-Wilding (Glasgow Accies CC) batting well, with a good mix of defence, attack and quick running, for his 47.
"Angus Guy (Clydesdale CC) was the pick of the bowlers with 4-1-17-1 before he took over wicket-keeping duties for the final twelve overs. In reply, Guy’s 49 was the mainstay of the Lomond innings. 2 for 20 from Sambhav Chadha (Glasgow Accies CC) did slow the Lomond charge – but not quite by enough, from TGA's point of view. Lomond 107 for 4, with eight deliveries to spare. Congratulations to Lomond who will now host Wellington School in the semi-final."
Drumpellier CC withdraw from Under 11 League [posted 24/05/16]
The WDJCU was informed this morning that Drumpellier CC has withdrawn from the Under 11 League having been unable to fulfil any of its three scheduled fixtures thus far, and having insufficient player numbers to believe it would be able to do so over the remainder of the season. The results thus far have, therefore, been voided, and the Under 11 League Group B fixtures schedule amended accordingly.
Monday's results [posted 23/05/16]
There were five Under 13 League matches - the first of a new league campaign - played this evening. At Meikleriggs, Ferguslie CC came out on top against the Kilmarnock|Prestwick combined team, winning by nine wickets. The visitors, batting first, owed posting any sort of respectable score to Adam Wilson whose 31 not out, represented the bulk of his side's 56 for 3. As Ferguslie CC cruised to their win, Aditya Mahapatra scored an unbeaten 16, the win coming inside twelve overs. Over on Glasgow's southside Poloc CC were winning a much closer affair, defeating Ayr CC by seven wickets in the second-last over. Ayr CC posted 99 for 5 batting first, Richie Simpson top-scoring with 31 not out. In their successful run-chase, Poloc CC's Sohaib Shah (33*) and Abdul Malik (30*) were the main run scorers. Also winners on the night were Stenhousemuir CC who saw off West of Scotland CC at The Tryst. In this one, Kai Reed scored 32 not out as Stenhousemuir CC posted 138 for 4 batting first, a target that the Glasgow West End youngsters fell 42 runs shy of despite John Greene's unbeaten 31. For the home side Freddy Bang took 4 for 12. Back in Glasgow, Clydesdale CC were 22-run winners over the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team, their 122 for 4 in the first innings proving out of reach for their visitors. Humza Zulfiqar (31*) and David Sturgess (33*) were the Titwood club's top run contributors, with Khan taking 3 for 10 for the combined team. Then in the second innings Safwan Amir's 30 not out was in vain as his side finished 100 for 6. The final match reported on was the clash at Bothwell Castle Policies between home side Uddingston CC and Greenock CC. And it was the men from the Clydeside that came out on top, defeating Uddingston by just 3 runs in the evening's tightest tussle. Greenock CC posted 116 for 8 batting first, with Liam McHail 30 not out, whilst Rohail Jahan-Zeb took 3 for 15. Then in their reply, the home side fell agonisingly short of their target - 113 for 7 - despite the best efforts of Esa Sharif (20). For Greenock CC, Patrick Barclay took 3 for 9 from his four overs. All of the night's results can be found online.
West Development Manager update [posted 23/05/16]
Tim Hart has circulated his May update on what's going on in here in the west in community development. His update was sent to clubs' Junior Convenors, and there's a copy here online.
Foxes defeat Sharks [posted 22/05/16]
Tim Hart writes, "The second match of the Challenge Series of the season survived a torrential downpour at 11am to take place in glorious sunshine at Titwood (Clydesdale CC). Today saw the Sharks enter the competition - and they found the early going tough, as the Foxes raced to 36 for 0 off four overs. By the time a second chance was missed in the thirteenth over, the score had progressed to 70 for 0 – and openers Sohaib Shah (Poloc CC) and Cameron MacLean (Kelburne CC) were looking very comfortable.
"The score progressed to 121 for 0 at drinks, at twenty overs. Skipper Shah then brought up his 50, with MacLean following shortly after the 100 partnership was brought up. The desperately-needed breakthrough arrived in the 25th over, as skipper Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) held on to a good catch off of the bowling of Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) to dismiss MacLean for 61. Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) then joined Shah and the pair continued to build towards an imposing total, despite Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC) offering some control with 6-1-20-0.
"With three overs to go the score was 225 for 1 and Shah was on 98 not out. Such can be the quick momentum shifts in youth cricket that only 9 runs and four wickets would come off those final few overs. Shah, who had batted superbly and with a good mix of power and control (including twelve 4s and one 6), was caught at deep square leg off the bowling of Abhishek Sinha (Clydesdale CC) – and Sinha would go on to pick up two further wickets in a really impressive death spell. Foxes 234 for 5, Shah 98, MacLean 61, Sinha 3 for 39.
"The Foxes pressed home their advantage quickly into the reply as Zulfiqar ripped through the top order with 3 for 8, which left the Sharks 16 for 3. From there, it was always going to be a very tough task for the Sharks. Wicket-keeper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) and Sinha, 22, did put on 43 for the sixth wicket – and Sturgess and Tariq, 20, added 42 for the eighth wicket. However, Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) picked up 2 for 11 to keep the pressure firmly on. Sturgess would finish 62*, as the Sharks finished 165 for 9 off their 40 overs – with Zulfiqar having figures of 8-1-29-4. Next Sunday will see the Sharks aim to pick up their first win of the series as they host the Eagles." The scorecard is online.
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