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.
Friday night results [posted 31/07/15]
As on Monday night, the weather saw all junior matches - in both the Under 11 and Under 15 leagues - cancelled across the west region this evening.
Child protection - important club news [posted 31/07/15]
Cricket Scotland has issued an important update about child protection to clubs. The information was sent out to club Junior Convenors by West Regional Participation Manager, Tim Hart. A copy of the update can be found here.
Inter-regional news: Western Warriors Under 18s versus Eastern Knights Under 18s [posted 30/07/15]
The Western Warriors Under 18s bounced straight back from last week's first loss of season 2015, with a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Eastern Knights at Loretto School's "Pinkie" ground in Musselburgh. In the field first, the Warriors dismissed both Knights' openers - Carmichael and Evans - with the score on 19, and despite a 55-run partnership for the fourth wicket between McCreath and Dryden, the Knights continued to lose wickets at regular intervals culminating in them being dismissed for just 132 in the 44th over.
Haroon Tahir of Ferguslie CC was the main wicket taker for the Warriors, returning figures of 3 for 24 in his ten overs, with fellow off-spinner Mitchell Rao (Prestwick CC) - bowling in the main part in tandem with Tahir - also getting through a full ten-over allocation and taking 2 for 18. There was also an economic opening spell from Kilmarnock CC's Muhammad Azeem whose six-over spell saw him grab the wickets of Carmichael and Dickinson, and cost just 14 runs. However, although bowling out their hosts for 132 was more than satisfactory, and individual bowlers returned good figures, in fact the Warriors' overall performance in the field was poor. There was little intensity to the fielding, catches were put down and a straight-forward stumping missed. There were also 25 runs gifted in wides, almost 20% of the Knights' overall total.
The second innings saw an altogether more clinical display as the Knights' bowlers bowled too full and were punished in boundaries. The Warriors' openers - Azeem and Owais Shah (Poloc CC) - put on 88 for the first wicket in just sixteen and a half overs, their partnership only being broken when the former was stumped off the bowling of Appleton. Shah would go on to score a half-century however, and finished unbeaten on 69 from 70 ball. Lucas Farndale (West of Scotland CC), batting three, was Shah's partner when the winning post was reached, finishing 9 not out. So a good win for the Warriors, and, importantly, an immediate response to last week's first defeat. The scorecard of the match is online here.
West Development Manager update [posted 29/07/15]
Tim Hart has circulated his July 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.
Monday night results [posted 27/07/15]
Yet again, the only match returns received this evening were those noting cancellations, as wet weather again blighted the Under 13 and 18 league fixture card right across the west region.
Under 14 Challenge Series - cancellation [posted 27/07/15]
Tomorrow's re-scheduled Under 14 Challenge Series match between the Foxes and Eagles has been cancelled.
Inter-regional news: Western Warriors Under 18s versus Caledonian Highlanders Under 18s [posted 24/07/15]
The Caledonian Highlanders Under 18s gained immediate revenge for their defeat against the Western Warriors Under 18s yesterday in Forfar, by recording a bounce-back win at Forthill. Today's match saw the reverse of yesterday with the Warriors posting a score that was evidently lite, and not using their full allocation of overs in the process, with the Highlanders then chasing down the target to record the win. Yesterday the target set was 193, today it was 177.
The target set was, as has already been noted, lite, but at the same time represented a reasonable recovery by the Warriors after they'd slumped to 34 for 4, with four top-order batters dismissed, three by "nicking off" to the 'keeper. Only Prestwick CC's Michael Miller - batting at four - seemed able to resist the ball in the "corridor of uncertainty", and he'd go on to get himself well placed, reaching 33, before being trapped LBW. Miller was rightly frustrated that he'd not capitalised on the hard work done early in his innings. When he departed the scoreboard showed 104 for 6, with club-mate Mitchell Rao, the Warriors skipper, at the other end. Rao, like Miller, would make an important contribution with the bat, his 54 being the innings' top score, and coming from just 57 deliveries. Then, after Rao's departure, with the score on 149, Lewis James (Poloc CC) produced a brief cameo 22, batting at nine, to add valuable late order runs. But unfortunately he'd be last out - run out by Wilkinson - and the Warriors had failed to "bat the overs" and had set the Highlanders a target of just 177 to win.
And win the Highlanders did, chasing down their target for the loss of six wickets with over fifteen overs in hand. The Warriors' bowlers were eratic in their lengths and lines, and aside the six wickets that did fall - most late in the innings - there were a number of chances missed in the field too, with catches going down (some tough, but chances none-the-less) and a plethora of run out opportunities going a-begging. Adil Ghaffar (Clydesdale CC) was the pick of the Warriors' bowlers, his opening spell of six overs going for just 14, and him cleaning up Wilkinson in the first over.
The scorecard of the match is online.
Friday night results [posted 24/07/15]
The continuing poor weather, as well as concessions, put paid to a number of scheduled matches this evening, in both the Under 11 and Under 15 age-group leagues. In the matches that were played in the Under 11 League, Weirs CC defeated Ayr CC at New Cambusdoon, the margin of victory just 6 runs in what was a closely-fought match. Also down on the Ayrshire coast, Prestwick CC were entertaining near-neighbours the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined team, and it was the visitors to the Henry Thow Oval that secured the win. The combined team won by 38 runs, taking twelve Prestwick CC wickets en route to their win. The third - and final - result recorded on the field was West of Scotland CC's win over Ferguslie CC. As at the Henry Thow Oval, the margin of victory suggests a comfortable victory for the Glasgow northsiders, West of Scotland CC winning by 54 runs.
Wins by concession this evening saw Clydesdale CC's Under 11s record a win over Renfrew CC, and Poloc CC do the same over East Kilbride CC, albeit that a match between the two latter clubs was played, the concession coming about because of the playing of an over-age player.
Full results are online, as are updated league tables.
Inter-regional news: Western Warriors Under 18s versus Caledonian Highlanders Under 18s [posted 23/07/15]
Today saw the inter-regional match between the Western Warriors Under 18s and Caledoninan Highlanders Under 18s at "Lochside" in Forfar, the third of this season's inter-regional games at this older age-group to be played. And, pleasingly for the Warriors, they returned from Forfar with their unbeaten season still intact. Chasing 193 to win in a match reduced to 45 overs-a-side after squally showers delayed the start, the Warriors reached their target with one wicket in hand, and a ball to spare!
The Highlanders had set their target batting first after being inserted by Warriors captain Mitchell Rao (Prestwick CC). The decision, with the Highlanders at 122 for 0 in the 29th over looked to have been a "brave" one, the home region's openers - Critchley and Johnston - both having gone past 50. However the breakthrough eventually came, Critchley being bowled by Neil Flack (Greenock CC). And from this point on, wickets fell regularly. And in fact all remaining nine would fall to see the Highlanders somehow bundled out for 192 in the 44th over, with only Cameron (22) and Waller (17) getting in to double figures after both openers had made their significant contributions. For the Warriors, Rao and Flack did most of the damage with four wickets a-piece, Ayr CC's Shujaa Khan chipping in with a brace of wickets. Mention, too, of the Warriors opening bowlers - Adil Ghaffar (Clydesdale CC) and Ihtisham Malik (Poloc CC) - who, though going wicket-less, returned combined figures of 12-4-30-0 to restrict the Highlanders top two in terms of runs. 192 it was then, and 193 was the Warriors' target.
Like the Highlanders the run-rate at the start of the Warriors' innings was relatively low, though not so much so that the required rate climbed dramatically. The main difference was that the Highlanders made an early breakthrough, Owais Shah (Poloc CC) being dismissed, caught behind, with the score on just 12. Flack and Muhammad Azeem (Kilmarnock CC) then stabilised things and added 56 for the second wicket, in thirteen overs. Flack's departure - for 27 - brought Taimoor Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) to the middle, and he and Azeem added 32 for the third wicket, again Azeem being the batter to continue on, Ahmad holing out to Brown for 19. A third cameo would then be made by Khan, whose 20 batting at five came from just 22 balls and added nice impetus to the middle of the run-chase. But he, too, couldn't stay with Azeem and went with the score on 145. 145 for 4 became "for 5" as John Oliver (Glasgow Accies) was bowled first ball. Three overs later, three more wickets had gone down, and the Warriors, like the Highlanders, seemed to be imploding towards the back-end of the innings. 160 for 8. Adil Ghaffar and Drumpellier CC's Jordan Pryde were now the batters, and when they came together their side still needed 33, with 30 balls left. This ninth-wicket partnership was key. Both batters were positive immediately, got bat on ball and put the fielders under real pressure with good, positive calling and running between the wickets. In fact 14 of the 33 runs needed, and ultimately scored, to give the Warriors the win, would come in singles, and only 8 were scored in boundaries. Ghaffar wouldn't see the side across the line however, his wicket being the ninth to go down, meaning it would be Pryde (15*) and Malik (3*) who would take the Warriors past the winning post. Just.
The scorecard of the match is online.
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