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South Glasgow win the intra-city inter-area derby [posted 26/08/14]
Rodger Cairns reports from the Under 12 inter-area Glasgow derby. "On a sunny (and surprisingly warm) late summer afternoon South Glasgow Under 12s hosted North Glasgow Under 12s in a game of high quality cricket that finished with a real cliff-hanger. Having won the toss and elected to bat first, North Glasgow got off to a decent start led by the powerful hitting of Angus Barrett (West of Scotland CC) who ultimately retired on 31 not out. Thereafter, the South Glasgow bowlers and fielders regained an element of control with John Greene (West of Scotland CC) scoring 15 being the only other batter to record double figures. Pick of the South Glasgow bowlers were Cydesdale CC teammates Daniel Cairns (5-3-10-1) and Taha Khan (5-0-14-1), as the eight wickets (including two run outs) were well shared. South Glasgow's target for victory was eventually set at 113 and when batsmen two and three, Khan and Sohaib Shah (Poloc CC), both reached their mandatory retirement score of 30, in the thirteenth over, with the total in the mid-60s, it looked like the game was over as a contest. However, North Glasgow's Ayub Khan (Hillhead CC) had other ideas and ripped through the middle order with a devastating spell of 6-1-16-4 and he was given good support by Barrett (6-2-13-1). Only Ross Heginbottom (Clydesdale CC) and Samee Mehmood (Poloc CC) scored more than 10 and, when batters ten and eleven were both out, South Glasgow were still 7 runs short of the winning total. But, the value of getting to the retirement score was highlighted as back came Khan and Shah to see if they could finish the job. They did just that, with the winning runs being scored by Shah in the 26th over. A well-contested game and tense victory, by 1 wicket, for the South Glasgow side."
Monday night results [posted 25/08/14]
| ||There were, disappointingly, a number of further concessions this evening, in both the Under 13 and Under 18 leagues. Helensburgh CC and the Drumpellier|Uddingston combined team conceded Under 13 matches, whilst the Greenock|Kelburne combined team, and Uddingston CC, both conceded Under 18 league matches. |
There was, however, still a busy fixture card of matches completed. In the Under 13 League, leaders Clydesdale CC saw off the challenge of Greenock CC at Titwood, winning by 87 runs. Struan Walker with 31 and Ross Higginbotham with 33 were the Glasgow southsiders' highest scorers, before Arman Farid took 4 for 6 as Greenock CC were bowled out for 73 chasing 161 to win. Across the road on Glasgow's southside, Poloc CC were beating Glasgow Accies CC in another city derby, this game being altogether much closer. The Shawholm youngsters batted first and recovered from 32 for 3 to post 99 for 4 thanks in the main to 21 not out from Abdul Malik. Then, in the second innings, Glasgow Accies CC were eventually bowled out with just over an over left in their innings, and just 8 runs shy of their host's total. Tom McEwan had top-scored with 23 for Glasgow Accies CC, whilst Hamaad Anwar and Uzzair Shah both had "3-fors" for Poloc CC. Further south, at Torrance House, East Kilbride CC was entertaining West of Scotland CC, also in the Under 13 League. This game, like the one at Titwood, proved very one-sided however as East Kilbride CC were bowled out for just 19 in under nine overs, the 20 needed to win being chased down in under three overs by the Hamilton Crescent openers.
The Under 18 League saw matches played this evening too. At New Anniesland Poloc CC ran out straight-forward winners over Glasgow Accies CC, accumulating the 76 runs needed for the win inside twelve overs and for the loss of just the one wicket. Glasgow Accies CC's 75 for 2 owed much to Kerr Moir's 42, whilst Poloc CC's 76 for 1 in reply included 28 not out from Owais Shah. Also in Glasgow's West End, West of Scotland CC's Under 18s hosted their counterparts from Langloan, and it was visitors Drumpellier CC who ran out winners. Batting first Drumpellier CC scored 117 for 5, with Saif Sajjad scoring 58. West of Scotland CC then looked secure in their run-chase, reaching 41 for 1, only to then collapse to 75 all out six overs later. Boon took 4 for 3 amidst the chaos that was the home side's implosion. Meanwhile, at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park, it was the Victoria|Active Life Club conbined team that was securing their first win of season 2014. Prestwick CC were the visitors, but their 78 for 5 was never going to enough, and the home side chased the required runs in thirteen overs. Prestwick CC's Gregor Cairns did all he could to try and defend the total posted, returning 3 for 11, but his efforts with the ball were in vain. The league results are online, as are updated tables.
Friday night results [posted 22/08/14]
| ||Helensburgh CC conceded its Under 11 league match this evening to Stenhousemuir CC. However notwithstanding this there was a busy night of junior cricket across the district, with a number of clubs also playing previously cancelled matches. |
At Whitehaugh, Kelburne CC's Under 11s entertained Glasgow Accies CC and ran out out relatively comfortable winners. Batting first, the visitors from Glasgow scored 46 for 6 under the pairs cricket scoring system, Kelburne CC's reply of 65 for 5 seeing them secure the win. Kelburne CC's reply saw MacLean top-score with 17, and Oliver return figures of 3 for 2. Also in the Under 11 League, but in the southern section, Poloc CC were winners in the Glasgow southside derby at Titwood, sneaking across the finishing line by just 1 run in the evening's tightest finish. Clydesdale CC posted 94 for 4 batting first, with Humza Zulfiqar top-scoring with 18 not out. Sohaib Shah returned figures of 4-0-14-2 for the visitors from Shawholm. Shah then, in turn, top-scored with 17 not out, and Abdul Malik scored 16 not out, as Poloc CC did just enough to secure the win. Back over in Renfrewshire, Renfrew CC welcomed West of Scotland CC to King George V Playing Fields but it was their visitors who would come out on top. The Hamilton Crescent youngsters won by 28 runs after scoring 76 for 6 batting first, Greene with 15 not out and Khan taking 4 for 8, including a hat-trick, for Renfrew CC. Murray Sedgewick then took a "3-for" as West of Scotland CC restricted Renfrew CC to 58 for 8, to record the victory. The final Under 11 match return received this evening reported on Stirling County CC's home win over visitors Ferguslie CC. The winning margin at New Williamfield was 48 runs, Stirling County CC's 100 for 2 being too many for the Meikleriggs' youngsters.
At Under 15 age-group level there were three matches played, and reported on. At New Anniesland Glasgow Accies CC came out on top in their match against Greenock CC, winning by six wickets. Batting first, Greenock CC posted 85 for 8 with Wilson scoring 22, and Louis Ware 21. The home side then chased down their target of 86 inside seventeeen overs, Khan scoring 20 and McMurray an unbeaten 24. Nearby in Glasgow's West EndHillhead CC welcome Poloc CC to Hughenden. This time it would be the away side that came out on top, Poloc CC defending the 84 for 4 theyscored in eighteen overs thanks in the main to Bilal Anwar's 4 for 8. Anwar's "4-for" just pipped Soni's "3-for" in the first innings for the standout bowling performance. The batting prizes likely went to Abtaha Maqsood (30) and Amaan Ali (23). The third Under 15 League match played in Glasgow's West End was at Hamilton Crescent where West of Scotland CC entertained Clydesdale CC in a top-of-the-table clash. In a one-sided match it was Clydesdale CC who ran out convincing winners, winning by 73 runs. Having amassed 142 for 5 in their innings (Kallum Dhami, 54 not out, Imran Ameen 29 and Ihtesham Ul Haq 25 not out), the Titwood youngsters then bowled West of Scotland CC out for just 69, with only Angus Guy - with 24 - offering much resistance. The league results are online, as are updated tables.
Western Warriors Under 18s lose back-to-back T20s [posted 20/08/14]
| ||The Western Warriors Under 18s lost out twice today in two T20s against the Eastern Knights at Stirling County CC's New Williamfield ground. The first match was the closer of the two, the Knights winning by six wickets with just over two overs to spare. This perhaps doesn't sound too close, but compared to the second match it was, the second T20 seeing the Warriors collapse to 22 for 6, before recovering a little to post 83 for 7. However the Knights reinforced their dominance on the day by chasing the 84 needed to win inside twelve overs. |
Reviewing the two matches in a bit more detail, the first game - after losing the toss - saw the Warriors invited to bat first. Adil Ghaffar (Clydesdale CC) and skipper Neil Flack (Greenock CC) gave their side a good start, batting positively from ball one and reaching 44 without loss with a delivery of the seventh over to bowl. However that last ball would see Flack stumped by Wells, and the Warriors lose their first wicket. It was then 45 for 2 as Kilmarnock CC's Muhammad Azeem was trapped LBW by Allardice on the first ball he faced. Elliott Rousen (Poloc CC) replaced Azeem, but it would not be his day as he, too, was trapped leg before, this time by Aslam. His wicket followed Ghaffar's departure for 25, and the Warriors found themselves 68 for 4, with the good start now but a dim memory. And things improved little from this point onwards in the Warriors' innings, as - aside Prestwick CC's Michael Miller who ended up with 28 not out (33 balls) - the rest of the batting line-up capitulated. Alistair Preston-Jones (Ferguslie CC), Sheryar Awan (Clydesdale CC), Lewis James (Poloc CC), Hamza Tahir (Ferguslie CC) and Niall Alexander (Dumfries CC) mustering just 9 runs between them, with Tahir suffering the second first-ball dismissal of the innings. The final total posted was 100 for 9. The Knights' run-chase took them a ball shy of eighteen overs to complete, but - and though, like in the first innings - none of the batters really "got in", they never really looked unlikely to be successful. 18 for 1 after five overs was acautious start, in the main due to Alexander's impressive bowlin. He'd end up returning figures of 4-2-6-2, his pace troubling, in particular, Knights' opener Allardice. The other bowlers, however, struggled to take wickets and/or sufficiently strangle the batters to suggest that defending 100 was going to happen. There were a few mis-hits that landed in spaces and didn't go to fielders, but overall, it was a comfortable chase.
The second match, after tea, was pretty similar in its start and finish. The start saw Flack lose the toss and be invited to bat again, and the end saw a comfortable Knights' run-chase. However it was even more comfortable than in game one, principally because of the Warriors' horror start that saw them slump to 22 for six with Ghaffar (0), Azeem (8), Miller (1), Flack (0), Rousen (5) and Poloc CC's Lewis James (0) all dismissed inside the first eight overs. At this juncture posting a score that was not south of embarrassing was the first target. And fortunately, Preston-Jones, batting at six, was intent of doing just this. Like Miller had done in the first gam, he held the innings together, and went on to score 31 not out (38 balls), adding 40 in just over eight overs with number nine Mitchell Rao (Prestwick CC), who ended up unbeaten on 19 (27 balls). 83 for 7 was the final score. Not particularly good, but certainly better than 22 for 6 suggested might've been posted. Chasing 84 to win wasn't likely to provide much of a challenge to the Knights' batters if they avoided the kind of collapse the Warriors had suffered. And so when Tahir struck ball one of their innings there was maybe just a thought that history might repeat itself. However it wasn't to be and Allardice (44*) and Aslam (29) settled any nerves with a 49-run partnership in just over seven overs that all but guaranteed the win for their side. As it was Aslam would be dismissed by Ihtisham Malik (Poloc CC), courtesy of a catch from Ghaffar, but this simply brought Steele to the crease and he (9*) saw the Knights across the finishing line in the twelfth over. The match scorecard can be viewed online.
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