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Friday night results [posted 03/07/15]

Only one Under 15 match result was reported this evening, with the Prestwick CC versus East Kilbride CC match result still to be submitted, and the Ayr CC and Clydesdale CC clash being rescheduled.  The game that was played was at Shawholm, in Glasgow, where home side Poloc CC easily defeated seven-man West of Scotland CC, chasing 47 to win after - effectively - bowling out their north-side city rivals for 46.  Angus Guy held the West of Scotland CC innings together with 31, whilst Sohaib Shah took a "3-for".  Poloc CC chased their target in just 5.2 overs. 

 

In the younger age-group - Under 11 - league, there were, by contrast, a healthy number of match returns submitted.  And in a few close encounters, Renfrew CC beat the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined team by just 4 runs, and Ayr CC defeated Clydesdale CC by 6 runs.  Bigger wins were recorded on the night too, however, with Ferguslie CC seeing off the challenge of Stirling County CC by 44 runs, and Poloc CC winning their Glasgow southside derby against Weirs CC by 98 runs.  A final result saw Kelburne CC concede their match with Glasgow Accies CC unfortunately.  Individual performances of note tonight at Under 11 age-group level saw Renfrew CC's Chaudhry record a "3-for", a feat equalled by no fewer than four players in the Ferguslie CC versus Stirling County CC match at Meikleriggs, the four players concerned being Adam Tahir, Aditya Mahapatra, Uzair Ahmad and Umair Khan.  Poloc CC's Nabeel Khan's 24 not out was the highest batting score reported this evening.

 

Full results are online, as are updated league tables.

 

Girls "Kwik Cricket" event [posted 02/07/15]

Kari Carswell writes, "Cricket Scotland are running and organising a girls "Kwik Cricket" festival in August.  If any club is interested in sending along a team or individuals please register with Natalie Hamblin.  Closing date for registrations is Friday the 14th of August.   The venue is Doo’cot Park, Perth.  The date is Sunday, 23 August.  The timings are 10am to 2pm.   Clubs and schools can enter teams of eight, there is no limit on squad size.   Individual players can also register to come along, and they will be placed in a team on the day.   International players from the Wildcats will be on hand to offer expert advice to all cricketers.   Players, parents, coaches and spectators are then invited to stay on, after the festival finishes, to watch a T20 game between the Highlanders and the Reivers.  That game starts at 2.30pm.   I look forward to seeing you in August!"

 

Monday night results [posted 29/06/15]

The weekend weather claimed another victim this evening, with the Under 18 League match between the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team and Glasgow Accies CC at King George V Playing Field cancelled.  A game that beat the weather was, however, played in Glasgow's west end at Hamilton Crescent, Poloc CC beating their hosts West of Scotland CC by nine wickets.  Batting first the home side posted just 53 for 4, with Angus Guy top-scoting with 22.  For the visitors from the city's southside, Ihtisham Malik bowled his three overs without leaking a run, whilst Lewis James and Aliyan Qureshi returned figures of 3-2-7-2 and 3-2-2-1 respectively.  In the successful run-chase Calum Stout scored an unbeaten 30, Poloc CC winning inside eight overs.  Paisley also hosted an Under 18 League game this evening, another Glasgow southside club, Clydesdale CC, securing a win "on the road" too, this time defeating Ferguslie CC by 60 runs at Meikleriggs. 

 

In the younger age-group matches this evening - the Under 13 League - there were wins for Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC and Poloc CC.  Down in Alloway, at New Cambusdoon, Ayr CC defeated Greenock CC by 40 runs, posting 113 for 8 batting first and then bowling out their visitors for just 73.  The Caskey twins of Greenock CC - Patrick and Andrew - might have ended up on the losing side in this match, but their 2 for 20, and 33 not out, respectively were good individual performances.  For Ayr CC, Jonny Faulkner, with 4 for 24 with his spin bowling, was the key.  Clydesdale C were also winners on the night easing to a very comfortable nine-wicket win at Titwood over Ferguslie CC.  Having restricted Ferguslie CC to 83 for 8 in their innings, the Clydesdale CC batters made light work of chasing down their target, with Asad Khan top-scoring with 34 not out.  The third win recorded tonight in the younger age-group was by Poloc CC, over West of Scotland CC.  The seven-wicket win at Shawholm saw Sohaib Shah take a "3-for", whilst team-mate Ali Pagganwala scored an unbeaten 32 and West of Scotland CC's John Greene retired on the same score. 

 

Full results are online, as are updated league tables.

 

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West Development Manager update [posted 28/06/15]

Tim Hart has circulated his June 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.

 

Friday night results [posted 26/06/15]

The rain across the west of the country put paid to most matches this evening, with no reported Under 15 results, save for cancellations.  In the younger - Under 11 - age-group, one fixture did beat the weather, with Greenock CC beating Ferguslie CC in a really close match at Meikleriggs, the winning margin just 9 runs. Top scorer in the match was Fischer-Keogh whose 18 was key to Greenock CC posting 92 for 5.  In reply, though losing one fewer wicket, the Paisley club youngsters ended up 78 for 4, thereby losing by those 9 runs.

 

Full results are online, as are updated league tables.

 

Monday night results [posted 22/06/15]

Disappointingly as the summer school holidays approach, tonight saw three matches not played in the Under 18 League.  Ayr CC were awarded the win after a concession by the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side, and the Active Life Club|Victoria also conceded their match with Glasgow Accies CC.  The third non-starter was the West of Scotland CC versus Prestwick CC match, the latter club asking for a rescheduling of the match.  In the games that were played Clydesdale CC romped to a big win over Drumpellier CC, Adil Ghaffar hitting 101 not out from just 61 deliveries as the Glasgow side posted 169 for 3.  In reply Drumpellier CC managed 111 for 2 to slip to a 58-run defeat.  It was a 53-run margin, meanwhile, in the game at Shawholm where home side Poloc CC saw off Ferguslie CC.  Owais Shah's 41 and Lewis James's 38 were the main contributions in a first innings total of 136 for 5 being posted, Ferguslie CC slipping to 83 all out in reply.  It was, however, an altogether much closer affair at Hughenden where Uddingston CC snuck home by 5 runs against the GHK|Hillhead combined team.  Uddingston CC's "Overseas Amateur" De Beer top-scored with 63, with Fergus Clarke giving good support with 46.  Jack Holland's 47 not out for the host team would then turn out to be in vain as the combined side finished 5 runs short of Uddingaston CC's total. 

 

In the younger - Under 13 - age-group league, there were wins for Ayr CC, Kelburne CC and Poloc CC, with the Greenock CC versus Clydesdale CC match result still to come at the time of posting.  Kelburne CC's win was in Larbert, Stenhousemuir CC losing by three wickets.  MacLean - 30 not out - top-scored for Kelburne CC, with Grant's 23 being the home side's best individual performance with the bat.  Over at Meikleriggs Kelburne CC's Paisley rivals Ferguslie CC were on the wrong end of a 20-run margin, visitors Poloc CC securing the win.  Defending just 87 - including 30 not out from Sohaib Shah - the Glasgow southside club owed much to a hat-trick from Nabeel Khan, and three run outs, to sneak past Ferguslie CC in a match that saw neither side bat their overs.  The third of the Renfrewshire teams - the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team - also lost out on the night, Ayr CC defeating it at the King George V Playing Fields by 67 runs.  Simpson (30*) and McCormack (31*) both retired for the Ayrshire side, Khan's 3 for 31 being the standout bowling performance by one of the host team.  In fact Khan could put in a claim to have been the MoTM - despite finishing on the losing - when he then scored 20 in the second ininngs. 

 

Full results are online, as are updated league tables.

 

Scotland age-group team selections [posted 22/06/15]

Congratultations to six west juniors on their selection in the twelve-player Scotland Under 15 squad to play Cumbria CCC at New Cambusdoon in Alloway on Sunday.  The six west club players - again making up exactly half of the squad as was the case against Derbyshire - are: Zain Ashraf (Clydesdale CC), Angus Guy (West of Scotland CC), Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC), Aliyan Qureshi (Poloc CC), Intesham Ul Haq (Clydesdale CC) and Louis Ware (Greenock CC).  Also announced today was the Scotland Women's Under 17 squad to play Cumbria.  The squad features three west players: Abtaha Maqsood (Poloc CC), and Ellen Watson and Zoe Young (both Prestwick CC).  Congratulations to these three players.

 

Schools cricket - finals week report [posted 22/06/15]

Tim Hart reports on last week's finals of national schools competitions - his report is online here.

 

Summer camps news [posted 22/06/15]

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We had received information about two summer cricket camp programmes taking place this year.  West of Scotland CC will be running summer cricket camps at the club's Hamilton Crescent ground from Monday the 29th of June to Friday the 3rd of July, and then again between Monday the 13th and Friday the 17th of July.  Information and booking forms can be obtained from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or can be downloaded from the West of Scotland CC website.

The other camp we have been informed about is that running at The Glasgow Academy.  The course will be organised and delivered, as usual, by Vedam Hariharan who is the school's cricket professional/Coach. Information about the camp is online here

 

Inter-area Under 12 tournament opener [posted 21/06/15]

Rodger Cairns reports from "Titwood" (Clydesdale CC), as the Under 12 Inter-Area development tournament gets off to a very exciting start.  "South Glasgow and Ayrshire Under 12s managed to beat/brave the weather to put on an entertaining game of competitive cricket that was played in an excellent spirit.  South Glasgow won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first.  Ayrshire then get off to a flyer with both openers scoring freely in the drizzle.  However, neither managed to get to the retirement score with Richie Simpson (Ayr CC) being bowled for 29 and Finn Turner (Prestwick CC) departing for 19, by virtue of a very sharp caught and bowled from Gautam Kakar (Clydesdale CC).  However, this wicket brought Joe Morrison (Prestwick CC) to the crease and he batted very effectively - defending the good balls and punishing the bad (including the only 6 of the match - over deep mid-wicket).  Following Morrison's retirement the Ayrshire run-rate began to slow as the bowlers took control. Ayrshire were eventually all out in the 29th over having posted a total of 152.  The pick of the South Glasgow bowlers was undoubtedly Kakar with fine figures of 5-3-4-4.  In the reply, a great early stand between David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) and Kakar looked to have put South Glasgow well on the way to chasing down the target.  However, Kakar was run out for 13, Sturgess retired for 31 and, like the first innings, the bowlers were again soon back on top.  South Glasgow hopes were raised late on when Hassaan Mehmood (Poloc CC) and Uzair Khan (Clydesdale CC) both chipped in with useful scores of 19.  But, just as it looked like South Glasgow were going to make it over the winning line, Ayrshire strike bowler Sam Jefferson (Ayr CC) was brought back on to clean up the tail (including the returning Sturgess) to finish with superb, and match-winning, figures of 5.4-1-23-5 and secure a 10-run win for the Ayrshire team."  The match scorecard is online. 

 

Friday night results [posted 19/06/15]

With a number of matches in both the Under 11 and Under 15 Leagues being re-arranged, and therefore deemed provisional concessions, there had only been a few match returns submitted at the time of posting.  Uddingston CC's Under 11s secured a win at home against Ferguslie CC, the Paisley youngsters losing by just 17 runs, their loss of ten wickets to Uddingston CC's five - under the pairs cricket scoring system - proving costly in the final analysis.  The other match return submitted, meanwhile, reported on the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined Under 11s team winning in Glasgow's southside, against Weirs CC, the margin of victory 30 runs.  In the game at Bothwell Castle Policies, Ferguslie CC's Aditya Mahapatra took 3 for 18.

 

In the Under 15 League there were also two results reported, both recording wins for Glasgow southside clubs.  Clydesdale CC eased to a straight-forward home win - by 103 runs - against their visitors East Kilbride CC, Fayz Siddiqui scoring 55 for the Titwood side.  Meanwhile near-neighbours Poloc CC were winning "on the road" at the Henry Thow Oval, their winning margin over hosts Prestwick CC, 43 runs.  Amaan Ali top-scored for Poloc CC with an unbeaten 51. 

 

Full results are online, as are updated league tables.

 

Monday night results [posted 15/06/15]

Today's Under 18 League matches saw wins for Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC, Drumpellier CC, Ferguslie CC, Uddingston CC and West of Scotland CC.  Ferguslie CC's win came early in the day as Prestwick CC conceded the match.  The other wins were as a result of matches played.  Biggest win on the night was Uddingston Cc's 134-run win over the Active Life Club|Victoria combined side, whilst the narrowest win of the evening was also in Lanarkshire, this time at Langloan where an eight-man Drumpellier CC side sneaked past Poloc CC by 5 runs.  Clydesdale CC's win over the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side was by 78 runs, whilst Ayr CC beat Glasgow Accies CC by 43 runs and West of Scotland CC's winning margin over the third combined side - GHK|Hillhead - was by 50 runs. Individual batting performances of note tonight included West of Scotland trio Lucas Farndale (47), Alex Ewing (46 not out) and Cameron Horn (35 not out).  Nathan Allison of Drumpellier CC scored an unbeaten 61, whilst in Ayr CC's win over Glasgow Accies CC, Shujaa Khan top-scored for the New Cambusdoon side with 33 not out.  In the Clydesdale CC win in Renfrew, Kallum Dhami (31) and Owain Taylor (44) were the top performers on the winning side, whilst Hunnain Sohail's 49 was in vain.  Also in the runs was Uddingston CC's "Overseas Amateur", de Beer, who retired after reaching 60, 1 run more than team-mate Allan who also made a half century.  With the ball, Robert Cathcart's "3-for" for Poloc CC saw him land up on the losing side, Humza Sabri's "3-for" seeing him end up as a winner.  Other bowlers taking "3-fors" were Uddingston CC's Dunlop (3 for 12) and Glasgow Accies CC's John Oliver (3 for 16).

 

In the younger age-group matches this evening - the Under 13 League - West of Scotland CC won by concession over Kelburne CC.  Ayr CC were also winners, beating Glasgow Accies CC in Alloway by 22 runs.  Ayr CC's 112 for 8 included 31 not out from Ryan Stribling, and when restricting their visitors to 90 for 8 in the second innings, Luca Hall took 3 for 15.  Clydesdale CC beat the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side at Titwood, with Struan Walker (30) and Daniel Cairns (30) sharing top-score plaudits.  Tariq then took 5 for 4 as the Glasgow southside youngsters restricted their opponents to 92 all out.  Less than a mile away Poloc CC were also home winners, defeating Greenock CC by 48 runs after posting 135 for 5.  Sohaib Shah was the standout batter, with 33 not out.  

 

Full results are online, as are updated league tables.

 

Inter-regional news: Western Warriors Under 15s versus Eastern Knights Under 15s [posted 15/06/15] 

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This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it reports on yesterday's inter-regional match between the Western Warriors Under 15s and Eastern Knights Under 15s in Edinburgh. "For the second time this season, the Western Warriors Under 15s travelled to Edinburgh.  This time Loretto School (Musselburgh) was the venue.  The Eastern Knights won the toss, elected to bowl and were immediately given a massive boost when Angus Guy (West of Scotland CC) was adjudged leg before for 0.

"The Warriors innings was built around two partnerships: Uzzair Shah (Poloc CC) and skipper Zain Ashraf (Clydesdale CC) put on 47 for the third wicket and Ashraf and Aliyan Qureshi (Poloc CC) put on 70 for the fourth wicket.  Shah (14), Ashraf (58) and Qureshi (31) all did the hard work by getting 'in' and building those partnerships – and all three batters looked to be batting to their individual game plan.  However, each batter will be disappointed with the way they managed to get out – given how comfortable they were looking.  At 124 for 3 off 25 overs, things looked very good.  However, a very poor collapse led to the Warriors being 148 all out at the end of the 31st over.  Slow left armer Clarkson (6 for 36 – including both of his overs nine and ten being double wicket maidens!) and opening bowler Blain (4 for 36) were the wicket takers - and the collapse was so sudden that the last six batters in the order faced the grand total of 24 deliveries between them.  The only good thing to come out of the suddenness of the demise was that the Knights had to bat for twelve overs prior to tea. 

 

"In those twelve overs, four chances were created – but the day was rather summed up by two run out chances being missed in the one delivery and, a couple of balls later, a simple chance being put down at mid-on.  Ahmed-Raza Hanif (Poloc CC) did strike just before tea to leave the Knights 36 for 1.  After tea, another couple of run out chances came and went and the bowlers continued to struggle to put six deliveries in a row in 'good areas'.  Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC) did make a double-breakthrough to leave the Knights on 106 for 3.  However, the Bradburns (Tom 55* and Jack 20*) saw their side home.  When the winning run was scored (with a wide ball being bowled!) it was the first time that the Knights had been ahead of the Warriors on the comparative over-by-over total and the Warriors (just, by 2 runs) also had the biggest partnership of the match. 

 

"While a couple of the batters might feel themselves to have been unfortunate to see decisions go against them, there can be no getting away from the fact that the overall Warriors batting effort was simply not good enough on the day – despite having built a promising platform.  With a break before the next inter-regional fixture, it provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to go back to their own club, continue to work hard and re-focus on the things that they can do well and the things they can bring to the squad – while also continuing to learn from the experiences of every game they play.  At times cricket can be a really tough game to play; today (from after the drinks break onwards) was one of those days – and hopefully the squad will bounce back with a more disciplined performance, similar to the one they produced earlier in the season, in the next match."  The scorecard of the match is online here.

 

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