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Friday's results [posted 22/08/16]
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!"
Friday's results [posted 19/08/16]
As happened last week, all junior scheduled - and, in fact, rescheduled - league matches were cancelled this evening due to the weather .
Monday's results [posted 15/08/16]
On a beautiful night across the region there was a full card of Under 13 League matches completed this evening. Clydesdale CC defeated Stenhousemuir CC at Titwood in a close match that saw the home side secure a three-wicket win. Batting first, the visitors from Larbert posted 90 for 9, with Lang top-scoring with 32 (retired). Humza Zulfiqar was Clydesdale CC's main wicket-taker with 4 for 5, before then spear-heading the ultimately successful run-chase with an unbeaten 30. In a rescheduled match, Greenock CC were also winners on the night, defeating the Kilmarnock|Prestwick combined team by 52 runs. Sean Fischer-Keogh with 32, and Liam McCahill with 31, were the Glenpark side's top scorers as they posted 139 for 4, a total they defended easily as they bowled out their hosts for just 87. It was a home win however at New Anniesland where Glasgow Accies CC saw off the challenge from Kelburne CC by 10 runs, 90 for 4 being too many for the visitors from Paisley. The final two Under 13 matches played saw away wins: the east Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team beating Poloc CC at Shawholm by six wickets, and Ferguslie CC beating Uddingston CC at Bothwell Castle Policies by 5 runs. In Uddingston, Ferguslie CC scored 82 all out batting first, a total that their hosts couldn't get past despite 31 (retired) from Ben Wilmott. The match at Shawholm saw the combined side chase 104 for the win, Poloc CC's 103 all out including an unbeaten 32 from Sohaib Shah. For the combined team Rafay Khan's 30 (retired) was an important contribution, with Poloc CC's bowlers conceding 41 runs in extras to assist their opponents get across the finish line.
In the Under 18 League, the Ferguslie|Hillhead combination side defeated Glasgow Accies CC at Hughenden, winning by nine wickets thanks to Haroon Tahir's unbeaten 67. Tahir's runs added to his 3 for 12 in the first innings, Glasgow Accies CC's Rhuriadh Russell's 47 being the main contribution to his side's eventual 98 fro 6. Nearby in Glasgow's west end, at Hamilton Crescent, West of Scotland CC went down to the Greenock |Helensburgh combined side, also losing by nine wickets. West of Scotland CC batted first in the match and posted 103 for 6, a total surpassed by the combined side for the loss of just the one wicket, Harry Briggs scoring an unbeaten 64. A combined side on the losing side this evening, however, was the Kilmarnock|Prestwick side that went down to a heavy defeat at the Henry Thow Oval, Poloc CC winning by 232 runs. In the visitors' 250 for 4 there was 125 for Owais Shah and an unbeaten 77 from Ihtisham Malik, with Ahmed-Raza Hanif (four) and Aliyan Qureshi (three) the main wicket-takers for the Shawholm club as the combined side was bowled out for just 18. All of the night's results can be found online.
Friday's results [posted 12/08/16]
All junior scheduled - and, in fact, rescheduled - league matches were cancelled this evening due to the weather .
Cricket Scotland multicultural cricket development officer consultation evening [posted 12/08/16]
"Cricket Scotland wish to invite representatives from cricket clubs and the local community along to an open consultation evening Poloc Cricket Club ("Shawholm", Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Pollokshaws, Glasgow, G43 1AT) on Monday 15 August, at 7.30pm regarding a proposed multicultural cricket development officer role and remit with Cricket Scotland based in Glasgow. Cricket Scotland has the motivational aim of 'Inspiring Scotland to choose cricket' as it seeks to grow the reach and popularity of the sport to unprecedented levels. Key to 'Inspiring Scotland to choose cricket' is the recognition Scotland is a hugely diverse country with a multicultural mix of people to be proud of. It's also recognised that cricket as a sport has strong representation from BAME communities and Cricket Scotland wants to ensure it is meeting the needs of a large section of our membership and stakeholders, and encouraging as many people from all backgrounds to engage with cricket. It also wants to ensure it provides a voice for these important communities, and hopefully create a real sense of belonging and vested interest in cricket in Scotland. Therefore, at this consultation Cricket Scotland wants to share its proposal with its target audience and get feedback on the direction it is heading in. Joining Cricket Scotland to help facilitate the evening will be Arfan Akram and Dan Feist from Essex Cricket who have engaged in a similar approach over the last three years. They will be able to provide some insights and examples into how this approach could work and benefit those communities and cricket in Scotland. Cricket Scotland strongly believes this can be a hugely positive step forward for cricket in Scotland so hopes it can get as many people to come on the evening to help shape the future of cricket. This is an open consultation but it is hope that each cricket club would send at least one representative to attend. It would be appreciated if attendees can indicate their attendance by simply emailing Ian Sandbrook so Cricket Scotland has an idea of numbers on the night. If you have any further questions please contact Cricket Scotland Head of Participation, Ian."
Western Warriors Under 18 match cancelled [posted 11/08/16]
The Western Warriors Under 18s suffered more frustration today as the wet weather again resulted in a scheduled inter-regional match being cancelled. Today's clash with Caledonian Highlanders at Forthill in Dundee was called off after yesterday's and overnight rain, with the forecast suggesting little prospect of a match being played to completion.
Western Warriors Under 15s complete their season with a D/L win [posted 11/08/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Somehow the players and officials managed to find a way of getting a game concluded on Wednesday, in Glasgow! The match was a great opportunity for the squads to play against each other with both sides missing players due to the Scotland Under 15 tour to Ireland, allowing some younger players to get their first experience of Under 15 inter-regional cricket.
"The venue was a rather overcast Titwood (Clydesdale CC), with the drizzle first arriving at the same time as the Caledonian Highlanders arrived at the ground – and, while not exactly a pleasant day for cricket, the pitch and outfield somewhat remarkably remained playable for the majority of the day and the ball held up well to the wet conditions. Warriors skipper Sam Cole (Prestwick CC) won the toss, elected to bat and was dismissed early on. However, Clydesdale CC teammates Daniel Cairns and Ross Heginbottom both looked to be enjoying batting on their home ground, as the scoreboard rattled along. Cairns picked up where he had left off for the Warriors Under 14s on Tuesday by looking fluent and controlled, and Heginbottom added some powerful strikes including a glorious drive straight back over the bowler's head for 4. However, as has so often been the case, the introduction of spin changed the game. 51 for 1 off six overs became 96 for 7 – with only Cairns (26) and Heginbottom (25) reaching double figures. At 107 for 7 off of twenty overs, the very steady drizzle forced the players off for an early tea. An hour later, play resumed and Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC) and Sohaib Shah (Poloc CC) both had an excellent, busy approach to their batting. Khan was the more aggressive, hitting four boundaries and consistently finding the gap just behind backward point – but Shah also added three boundaries of his own and provided good support. Both batters would reach the 50 their efforts deserved – Khan finishing with 53 off just 36 deliveries and Shah 50* off 55. Warriors 189 for 8 off their 30 overs.
"In reply, both Lister and Sloan looked very well set up and punished anything fractionally off length. However, the 'pace on', 'pace off' the ball combinations worked well with those who bowled during the early overs making good use of the new (and dry) ball to build the pressure on the batters. Taha Khan (Clydesdale CC) and Cole provided the pace on the ball and Rafay Khan (Renfrew CC) and Cairns the pace off the ball. This early effort of the bowlers and fielders left the Highlanders on 67 for 2 off of eighteen overs – with the wickets falling to Cole (cleaned bowled) and to a run out following a powerful throw from the boundary from Heginbottom. Then opposition batter Adamson suddenly found a new gear and unleashed some powerful strikes. When rain forced the players off after 22 overs, the score was 102 for 2 – with an intriguing contest looking to be forming. The Warriors would still have been confident of securing a victory – but it would have been good to see how the bowling plans and fielding positions would have changed in the face of the attack from the Highlanders and the ever-worsening ball and outfield condition. However, no further play was possible and the Warriors won the match by 20 runs, with the D/L par score being 122. Although not the perfect advert for the summer sport we all love, it was great to get so much cricket in – and great to see how the players coped with some challenging conditions. Thanks must go to the players for their efforts and to the Clydesdale CC groundsman Cyril McLatchie and the umpires for using a common sense approach to allow the contest to take place."
Belfast|Edinburgh|Warriors Under 14 tri-series [posted 11/08/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Game one saw the Warriors Under 14s play Edinburgh. Batting first, the Warriors looked to be well set at 56 for 3 off 17 overs. However, the dismissal of top scorer David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) for 16 sparked a truly remarkable collapse, as 60 for 3 became 60 for 9 – with Edinburgh skipper Harry Simpson completing a '5-for'. However, Taha Khan (Clydesdale CC) and Hamza Gardee (Glasgow Accies CC) did manage to add 28 for the final wicket – Khan scoring 10, Gardee 2* with 16 wides! Warriors 88 all out. In reply, the Warriors picked up regular wickets, but just not quite often enough to put any real pressure on Edinburgh. There were two wickets for Rafay Khan (Renfrew CC), two run outs, and one wicket each for Jamie Nowell (Greenock CC), Sohaib Shah (Poloc CC) and Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC) – with one of Khan's wickets being thanks to a great catch in the outfield from Tom Forrest (Greenock CC) and Shah's wicket being thanks to some quick thinking and a stumping from Sturgess who was not standing up to the stumps at the time. Edinburgh winners by 3 wickets.
"Game two was against Belfast – and things got off to a bad start when the Warriors lost a wicket to the second ball of the innings. However, Nowell and skipper Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) built an excellent second wicket partnership. Cairns played the perfect 'skipper’s knock' adding six boundaries to very effective strike rotation before having to retire, as per the competition rules, when he reached a deserved 50. Nowell (38) continued to play the anchor role which worked well as both Sturgess (27) and Shah (16) brought a very busy approach to the crease. Although all three were dismissed the quest for additional runs, the Warriors scored 193 for 4 from their 30 overs. In reply, the early spin bowling of Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) and Tariq ensured that there was no chance of Belfast chasing the target. Both bowled their four overs for just 9 runs – with Rao taking one wicket and Tariq two. As the innings progressed, only one batter was allowed to reach double figures, as three run outs and wickets for Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), Taha Khan and Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC) continued to stall the Belfast effort. Belfast 110 for 9, as the Warriors completed a good 83-run win. With Edinburgh also beating Belfast on day one, they won the festival – with the Warriors finishing in second place. Thanks must go to Prestwick CC for being superb hosts, to Frank Johnstone and Eric Young for umpiring and to all fifteen players who played for the Western Warriors Under during the two matches." The scorecards are online.
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