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Latest news and notices
Regional Development Centre (West) winter training programme [posted 18/09/16]
Tim Hart has circulated information to clubs on this winter's Regional Development Centre (West) training programme. This can also be found online.
UKCC2 coaching course, 1 and 2 October, 5 November, and 3 December 2016 [posted 18/09/16]
Enrolment for the upcoming ECB Certificate in Coaching Children's Cricket (UKCC2) is now open. The course, being held over four days at Eastwood High School in Newton Mearns, south of Glasgow, costs £350 and is designed for "coaches who are going to coach children from 6 to 13 years of age. They may be new coaches, existing UKCC1/ECB Level 1, or Young Person and Adult Coaches, who wish to access 'child specific' content." Further information is here online, or can be obtained from Tim Hart (07825-172346).
Under 10 indoor "Kwik Cricket" tournament [posted 18/09/16]
The WDJCU are again running an end-of-season indoor Under 10 "Kwik Cricket" tournament this year. Being held on Sunday the 25th of September, at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall in Glasgow, the tournament runs from 10 am to 12.30pm and is open to all clubs. Teams are six-a-side, and two matches will be played side-by-side making it an all-action crash-bang-wallop day of action for players. There's an entry form online, entries being accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
League winners [posted 12/09/16]
With the Under 11 League title having been decided at its Finals Day yesterday (see below), this evening saw the formal end of season 2016, and with this the identity of the remaining league champions. Season 2016's final roll of honour reads as follows:
Under 11 League: winner: Clydesdale CC; runner-up Ferguslie CC
Under 13 League: winner: Clydesdale CC; runner-up Stenhousemuir CC
Under 14 League: winner: East Renfrewshire|Renfrew; runner-up: Kilmarnock|Prestwick
Under 15 League: winner: Clydesdale CC; runner-up Poloc CC
Under 16 League: winner: Prestwick CC; runner-up: Clydesdale CC
Under 18 League: winner: Poloc CC; runner-up: Greenock|Helensburgh
Both the cup competitions - the Under 13 League Cup, and the Under Frank Smith Trophy - reached the final stage, however neither final was played because of inclement weather and, as such, these matches will be played at the start of season 2017 with players eligible to play in the twoi age-groups in season 2016 able to play.
Clydesdale CC crowned Under 11 champions [posted 11/09/16]
Meikleriggs was the venue for today's Under 11 Finals Day, with Clydesdale CC, Ferguaslie CC, Kilmarnock CC and Uddingston CC the four clubs competing to be browned Under 11 League champions. In the first semi-final Ferguslie CC, winners of Region B, came out on top in their clash with Region A runners-up, Kilmarnock CC, winning by 43 runs. The second semi-final also saw a regional division winner secure the win, Clydesdale CC, winners of Region A, defeating Uddingston CC by 125 runs.
This set up a final between the two regional division winners. And it would be the "Titwood" club's youngsters who would secure the league championship, beating the host club by 40 runs. The winning Clydesdale CC squad are pictured left with the league trophy. Congratulations to them and Coach Rodger Cairns, and well done to the other three Finals Day competitors on successful seasons.
Friday's results [posted 02/09/16]
There were a number of matches played this evening on the last scheduled night of junior cricket in the west. The weather did, however, play its part in a few matches. In the Under 15 League Poloc CC defeated the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side by ten wickets at King George V Playing Field. Batting first the combined side posted 72 for 4 with Rafay Khan top-scoring with 32. Then in the successful run-chase Uzzair Shah, with 45 not out, was Poloc CC's top-scorer, combining with opening partner Sohaib Shah (26*) to see the visitors home. At Henry Thow Oval meanwhile Clydesdale CC and Prestwick CC were left frustrated after just ten balls as rain saw their game abandoned.
Another game abandoned was the Under 11 match between Ayr CC and Kilmarnock CC, this match being called off deep in the second innings. The East Kilbride CC and Poloc CC Under 11 match at Torrance House didn't even get started as afternoon rain saw its cancellation, whilst Prestwick CC conceded its Under 11 match with Clydesdale CC. All of the night's results can be found online.
Monday's results [posted 29/08/16]
The match between the Kilmarnock|Prestwick combined side and Stirling County CC was conceded by the joint Ayrshire team on Sunday. However matches were played this evening, with wins for Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC and West of Scotland CC. Ayr CC defeated Kelburne CC at New Cambusdoon, winning by 29 runs after batting first and making 133 for 4 in a match reduced to sixteen overs-a-side. Richie Simpson (33*), Garrin Ashman (26*) and Josh Martin (26) all made meaningful contributions to the total that the Ayrshire clud then comfortably defended despite 30 not out from Cameron McLean. For Ayr CC Callum McCormick took 3 for 25. Clydesdale CC's win was over Glasgow southside rivals Poloc CC at Shawholm, as was equally as comfortable as Ayr CC's. Batting first, Poloc CC could only post 69 for 4 in twenty overs, a total the Titwood youngsters passed easily with more than five overs in hand. Top individual performances came from Poloc CC's Sohaib Shab and Clydesdale CC's Humza Zulfiqar, both of whom retired after reaching 30. West of Scotland CC's oppoments were Ferguslie CC, the latter going down by five wickets. Again the team batting first struggled to post an imposing total, Ferguslie CC, like Poloc CC, making just 69. They, however, lost eight wickets along the way. West of Scotland CC then chased down their target inside eleven overs, Murray Sedgwick making 26 not out. All of the night's results can be found online.
St. Ninian's High School win the Cricket Factory Cup [posted 26/08/16]
Tim Hart writes, "The was again success for the west region in the Cricket Factory Cup – with the cup returning to west for the third time in three years. On Finals Day, hosted at the picturesque Doo’cot Park ground in Perth, the west region was represented by St. Ninian's High School ("St. Ninian's") and Woodfarm High School ("Woodfarm") (both from East Renfrewshire). And the closest match of the day would feature these two west schools – with Woodfarm being ahead with two deliveries to go before losing a wicket (run out) which resulted in St. Ninian's winning by 2 runs!
"From there, St. Ninian's went on to complete a 'clean sweep' on the day, winning all four of their matches – and in so doing becoming the 2016 Cricket Factory Cup winners. Congratulations to the schools, their players and their coaching staff."
Friday's results [posted 26/08/16]
Tonight's scheduled match results were again, unfortunately, sprinkled with concessions. In the Under 11 League Stirling County CC conceded to Ferguslie CC, Greenock CC conceded to Uddingston CC and Prestwick CC conceded to East Renfrewshire CC. However there matches played in this age-group, Clydesdale CC running out 62-run winners at Titwood against Ayr CC, losing just the one wicket in the match. Also losing just one wicket in their game this evening were Poloc CC, who secured a 70-run win over the third of the Glasgow southside clubs, Weirs. Hassaan Mehmood top-scored for the Shawholm youngsters with 21 not out. Further south-west at Scott Ellis Field Kilmarnock CC enjotyed a 76-run win over visitors East Kilbride CC, Jamie Young scoring 17 for the home side.
In the older, Under 15, age-group matches there were wins for Prestwick CC and Clydesdale CC. Prestwick CC's win came at King George V Playing Field over the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side, the Ayrshire youngsters cruising to a ten-wicket win after restricting their hosts to 47 for 8 in a match reduced to sixteen overs-a-side. Scott Clelland then, with 44 not out, helped Prestwick CC rush to the win inside five overs. Clydesdale CC's win over Ayr CC was also by the margin of ten wickets, the Titwood side chasing down the 76 they needed to win inside nine overs. This match was reduced to eighteen overs-a-side, Ayr CC's 75 for 9 seeing Zakki Tariq and Abhishek Sinha both record "3-fors". Ross Hegginbottom's 41 not out in just 29 deliveries was the standout individual batting performance in this game. All of the night's results can be found online.
West Development Manager update [posted 24/08/16]
Tim Hart has circulated his August 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.
"Kwik Cricket" festival - change of date [posted 24/08/16]
East Renfrewshire CC's hosting of an Under 10 "Kwik Cricket" festival scheduled for Sunday the 28th of August has been changed. The festival will now take place on Sunday the 4th of September.
Frank Smith Trophy win for Clydesdale CC [posted 23/08/16]
The held-over 2015 Frank Smith Trophy was finally completed this evening at Shawholm in Glasgow when Clydesdale CC and Glasgow Accies CC clashed to see who would become the 52nd winners of trophy. Batting first, Clydesdale CC posted 155 for 6 in their twenty overs after having got off to a fast start, Zaigham Ahmad hitting the first ball of the final for 6 over long on. Ahmad would depart for a brisk 26 from just twelve balls, before Gregor Anderson (43), Zain Ashraf (32) and Kallum Dhami (26) all made important contributions towards the challenging target that was set. For Glasgow Accies CC, John Oliver's 2 for 20 represented the best bowling figures.
Chasing 156 to win, the Glasgow West End youngsters needed to get off to a fast start themselves in their run-chase. And, like their opponents had, they did. However they also lost wickets at regular intervals, with only Cameron Russell (40 not out) batting for any length of time. Ihtesham Ul Haq's 3 for 11 was a key contribution to the regularity of dismissals in the second innings, with leg-spinner Anderson's 2 for 7 completing a strong all-round performance. Glasgow Accies CC, despite Russell's efforts, would eventually finish 72 runs shy of their target, to see Clydesdale CC secure a 71-run win. Clydesdale Captain Dhami was presented with the trophy in front of the healthy crowd that had watched the match.
Monday's results [posted 22/08/16]
The Under 13 League results started with Greenock CC's concession to Stirling County CC. The Kelburne CC match against West of Scotland CC did, however, go ahead and saw an away win for the Glasgow side. Their eight-wicket win came after the had restricted their hosts to 47 for 5, a total West of Scotland CC passed in just six overs. The East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team were also winners this evening, defeating Uddingston CC at Bothwell Castle Policies by 26 runs. Muhaymen Majeed scored 30 not out for the combimed side, before Rafay Khan took 4 for 4. The final Under 13 League result submitted reported Clydesdale CC's 78-run win over Glasgow Accies CC, David Sturgess's 30 not out helping the Titwood youngsters post 127 for 5. In reply Glasgow Accies CC scored 49 for 9 with Faizan Rauf taking 3 for 7.
In the older age-group the evening's results again started with concessions: the Drumpellier|Victoria combined team conceding to Ayr CC, and West of Scotland CC conceding its match with Prestwick CC. In the matches that were played there were wins for Clydesdale CC, the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team and Poloc CC. Clydesdale CC's win was at home to Glasgow Accies CC, the Titwood side winning by ten wickets after restricting their visitors to 50 for 9, before then chasing the required runs in under six overs. Zaigham Ahmad top-scored with 29 not out, with Roham Dhami taking 3 for 6. At Glenpark in Greenock meanwhile the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team was securing an exciting six-wicket win over the East Kilbride|Uddingston combination side, Harry Briggs seeing his side home with an unbeaten 73, including 20 from the last over as 105 for 4 beat 103 for 4. For the East Kilbride|Uddingston combined team, East Kilbride CC's "Overseas Amateur" PJ Coetzee top-scored with 46 not out. The final result reported was Poloc CC's win at Meikleriggs, the Glasgow southside club posting 105 for 6 batting first and then restricting the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined team to 47 for 7. Amaan Ramzan was Poloc CC's top-scorer with 50 not out. All of the night's results can be found online.
Sharks beat Foxes [posted 22/08/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Sunday the 21st of August saw the latest Under 14 Challenge Series match take place. The venue was Titwood (Clydesdale CC), with the Sharks hosting the Foxes in a game which was only made possible thanks to the fantastic effort groundsman Cyril McLatchie who spent upwards of three hours moving sheets, draining water and preparing the wicket.
"Sharks skipper Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the Foxes to bat first. It was Cairns who struck first and, with a run out following immediately afterwards, the Foxes were on the backfoot at 4 for 2. Ayub Khan (Hillhead CC) led the fightback with 27 and he was given good support by Cameron MacLean (Kelburne CC) and skipper Sohaib Shah (Poloc CC). However, when all three were dismissed in quick succession (for 27, 12 and 20 respectively), it was suddenly 88 for 7 after 30 overs. Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) made the most of being dropped in single figures to go to score 39 and lead the Foxes to 134 for 9 off their 40 overs. For the Sharks, Tristan Kiely (East Kilbride CC) and Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) both took two wickets and there was a smart, delayed stumping from wicket-keeper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC).
"In reply, the Sharks got exactly what they were after – with the openers putting together the highest partnership of the match. Sturgess made 30 and Zakir Siddiqui (Poloc CC) 25. However, 72 for 0 became 73 for 2 when Zulfiqar dismissed both batters in one over. The Foxes might have expected the double-breakthrough to 'open the door'. However, all it did was allow Cairns to play a true 'skipper's knock'. His 46, off 30 deliveries which included six 4s, took his side right to the brink of victory – as he dominated a 57-run partnership with John Greene (West of Scotland CC). Despite Cairns being caught just short of what would have been a much deserved half century, Greene saw his side home. The seven-wicket margin of victory leaves the standings very intriguingly poised. Having completed their four fixtures, the Sharks lead the way with 28 points. However, both the Eagles (20) and Foxes (18) could still top the table – but only if other fixtures and the weather allows their previously abandoned match to be replayed before the end of the season!"
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