Welcome to the virtual home of junior cricket in the west of Scotland! Right here on westjuniorcricket.com you can find everything you need to know about junior cricket in the West District. This includes the latest news and views from the West District Junior Cricket Union, the Cricket Scotland Academy (West), Regional Development Centre (West) and Western Warriors representative sides.
Indoor Kwik Cricket festival [posted 28/09/15]
Tim Hart writes, "Cricket Scotland, in association with the WDJCU, hosted an Under 10 indoor Kwik Cricket festival yesterday morning. The festival was a repeat of the successful trial event run after the 2014 season – and saw 31 young players, from five west clubs, take part in a round robin, 6-a-side, pairs match format. Two matches took place simultaneously in the Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall. There were no boundaries, everyone had to bat with plastic bats and, unlike traditional indoor cricket, no runs were awarded for hitting the wall or roof – so the batters had to work hard (and run fast) for their runs. Any wides or no balls resulted in a strike off a 'T', meaning that each over was full of excitement – and challenged the scorers and umpires to keep an accurate count of everything that was happening!
"Very encouragingly, there was a lot of good cricket on show. The shorter-than-usual pitch length hurried the batters - but there was plenty of clean striking and some very clever use of the 'drop and run'. When the bowlers found their line, the stumps went flying – and there was good support from the fielders, with some great catches and powerful throws. Predictably, given the format, there were some moments of chaos – with over-enthusiasm leading to both batters being at the one end when running and fielders throwing the ball away for overthrows from a distance when they could almost have touched the stumps! However, the format also forced the players to speed up their decision-making and the parents and coaches present were treated to a great morning of entertainment – and skill. Participation was the main aim of the festival. However, the final statistics showed that Clydesdale CC were unbeaten in the festival, with Ferguslie CC losing just the once and Helensburgh CC, Irvine CC and Uddingston CC all winning one game each, on a morning where cricket was definitely the overall winner. As always, thanks must go the coaches, umpires, parents and players who made the event possible – and rounded off the junior season in the west region in style."
West Development Manager update [posted 23/09/15]
Tim Hart has circulated his September 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. In addition, the RDC (West) letter to clubs, parents and players referred to in the update can be found online here.
Final league placings [posted 18/09/15]
Monday the 14th of September was the last day of the WDJCU 2015 league season, and with all matches now played the various league and cup winners are now known. The 2015 roll of honour sees:
Under 18 League - winner: Ayr CC, runner-up: Clydesdale CC;
Under 16B League - winner: Hillhead CC, runner-up: Prestwick CC;
Under 15 League - winner: Clydesdale CC, runner-up: Poloc CC;
Under 13 League - winner: Clydesdale CC, runner-up: Ayr CC;
Under 13 League Cup - winner: Clydesdale CC, runner-up: Glasgow Accies CC;
Under 13B League - winner: Prestwick CC, runner-up: Clydesdale CC;
Under 11 League, Section A - winner: Poloc CC, runner-up: Clydesdale CC; and
Under 11 League, Section B - winner: Glasgow Accies CC, runner-up: Greenock CC.
The 2015 Frank Smith Trophy was only completed to the semi-final stage, with Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC, Glasgow Accies CC and Greenock CC remaining in the competition. The trophy will be completed at the start of next season. The 2014 tropy was, however, completed this season after it, too, had been held over from the preceding season. The winner of the 2014 competition was Poloc CC, the runner-up was Clydesdale CC. Congratulations to all the league- and cup-winning team.
Western Warriors season stat's [posted 14/09/15]
Season 2015's playing statistics for both the Under 15 and Under 18 Western Warriors are online now.
Poloc CC win the Frank Smith Trophy [posted 13/09/15]
Poloc CC (pictured below) defeated Clydesdale CC in the Frank Smith Trophy Final today at Titwood. Set 131 to win, the Shawholm side snuck home with two balls to spare in a thrilling finish, to win by six wickets. Clydesdale CC's 130 for 4 was based on Adil Ghaffar's 41 and Zain Ahraf's 29, Lewis James's 4-2-16-0 being the best return by a Poloc CC bowler. Then, in the second innings run-chase, Elliott Rousen's unbeaten 54 and Owais Shah's 37 were the main contributions as Poloc CC secured the win over their near neighbours.
Under 11 Finals Day washed out [posted 12/09/15]
Today's scheduled Under 11 Finals Day - featuring Clydesdale CC, Glasgow Accies CC, Greenock CC and Poloc CC - at Titwood in Glasgow was cancelled due to the weather.
Clydesdale CC win the Under 13 League Cup [posted 06/09/15]
Tim Hart reports, "Following the early season League Cup fixtures, Clydesdale CC (by defeating Prestwick CC, Kelburne CC and Poloc CC) and Glasgow Accies CC (by defeating West of Scotland CC and Greenock CC) were the two clubs to qualify for the 2015 final. Having finished top of the standings, Clydesdale CC (pictured below) were the hosts of the Final – and they made the most of 'home' advantage, by securing a 122-run victory. Glasgow Accies CC skipper Andrew Robinson won the toss and elected to field. Struan Walker provided the early impetus for Clydesdale CC, with a typically aggressive 31, retired. Opening partner Ross Heginbottom was only slightly slower in comparison to Walker – reaching his retirement (32) off the third delivery off the eighth over. Skipper Daniel Cairns (30) and wicket-keeper David Sturgess (31) also retired – with Abhishek Sinha making a good 18 and Asad Khan (19*) and Tarun Koteeswaran (10*) displaying some very quick running between the wickets towards the end of the innings. In amongst all the run scoring, Robinson had bowled two very tidy middle overs of seam and leg-spinner Hamza Gardee had also asked some questions of the batters. However, Clydesdale CC picked a good time to compile their highest score of the season - 197 for 2 off their 20 overs. Seven runs came off the first over of the reply – but then off-spinner Zakki Tariq replied by bowling a wicket-maiden. After losing a second quick wicket, Ethan Duncanson-Ward and Robinson built a 24-run partnership for the third wicket. However, the required run-rate was always climbing and four wickets for 4 runs suddenly left Glasgow Accies CC 41 for 6 after ten overs. They would bat through their full twenty overs however, finishing 75 for 9. For Clydesdale CC, there were six different wicket-takers – with Koteeswaran taking 2 for 5 and Cairns and Walker adding run outs."
Under 13 League Cup Final [posted 05/09/15]
The final of this season's Under 13 League Cup takes place tomorrow at "Titwood", home of the top-ranked finalist, Clydesdale CC, who take on second-ranked Glasgow Accies CC in the showpiece game. The match starts at 10am, and is a T20.
Rescheduled matches [posted 25/08/15]
As season 2015 draws near to its end there are a number of rescheduled league matches being played, and the results therefrom added to the website and reflected in the league tables. Clubs are reminded to continue to submit results, and look at the results page and league tables at regular intervals. The results page is updated as soon as possible after results are received, along with the league tables.
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