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Inter-regional news: Western Warriors Under 15s versus Eastern Knights Under 15s [posted 24/05/15]
reports on today's inter-regional match between the Western Warriors Under 15s and Eastern Knights Under 15s in Edinburgh. "The Western Warriors got their 2015 Inter-Regional Championship campaign off to a great start, with a big win over the Eastern Knights. The Knights were missing several players, however this should take nothing away from a Warriors side which demonstrated a nice ruthless side to their cricket.
"Batting first, the Warriors total of 282 for 7 was built around a superb 103 from Angus Guy (West of Scotland CC). Initially, he was watchful – while also punishing any bad deliveries. He found good support in the form of skipper Zain Ashraf (Clydesdale CC), with the pair rotating the strike very effectively with a combination of well-placed shots and aggressive running between the wickets. Just after Guy reached his half-century, Ashraf was caught at point off a leading edge for 38. From there, Guy upped the pace with a series of boundaries as he dominated the next two partnerships with Gregor Chambers (Helensburgh CC) and Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC) – and it was somewhat fitting that his long-time club team-mate was non-striker when he launched a maximum over deep mid-wicket to bring up a well-deserved hundred. Although both batters were dismissed within two deliveries of each other, Luke Macias (25, Clydesdale CC) and Aliyan Qureshi (38*, Poloc CC) added a couple of quick cameos to push the score passed 250. Warriors 282 for 7 off their 50 overs. In reply, the Warriors quickly reduced the Knights to 30 for 7 as the four seamers (McCallum, Qureshi, Clydesdale CC's Ihtesham Ul Haq and Greenock CC's Louis Ware) all picked up early wickets and Ashraf added a run out with a quite superb diving stop and throw from the covers. Another run out and one wicket each for the two spinners (Greenock CC's William Goan and Poloc CC's Ahmed-Raza Hanif) saw the Knights bowled out for 69 in the 29th over. A good, all-round win to start the season – but there can be little doubt that the main plaudits go to one Guy!" The scorecard of the match is online here.
Friday night results [posted 22/05/15]
There was a near full complement of Under 11 League matches played this evening. In results submitted at the time of posting, news of Glasgow Accies CC win by concession against West of Scotland CC had been received, as had wins for Ferguslie CC, Greenock CC, Renfrew CC and Poloc CC. At Meikleriggs in Paisley the home side sneaked past Stenhousemuir CC by just 4 runs, whilst in nearby Renfrew, the eponymous hosts recorded a win of their own by 13 runs, defeating Weirs CC. Meanwhile at Glenpark it was yet another home win, this time Greenock CC defeating visitors Kelburne CC by 25 runs. This left the match on Glasgow's between Poloc CC and near-neighbours Clydesdale CC. And to complete a "full house" of home wins it was the Shawholm youngsters who secured the win in this one, James Cathcart's "7-for" the standout performance as Poloc CC won by 122 runs.
In the Under 15 League three match results were reported to the website. Greenock CC's Under 15s, in common with their Under 11 club-mates, were winners on the night, in this instance their combination team with Helensburgh CC proving too strong for East Kilbride CC. The margin of victory was 114 runs. Louis Ware, with 63, top-scored for the combined team as they posted 167 for 4, Calum Chambers contributing meaningfully too, with an unbeaten 58. Ware then leaked just 4 runs in his three overs to spearhead his side's defence of their total. At Titwood, Clydesdale CC saw off Glasgow southside rivals Poloc CC in a much closer, and lower-scoring, match. Batting first, 36 from Calum James helped the visitors to 91 for 6, a total that Clydesdale CC passed with nine balls in hand. Zain Ashraf, the home skipper, lead from the front with 37 not out and 4 for 11. Over on Glasgow's north side, at New Anniesland, West of Scotland CC Under 15s were romping to a big win against their West End rivals Glasgow Accies CC. Calum Coats hit 132 as the Hamilton Crescent team posted 190 for 2, before Guy Shafar's 3 for 3 was the standout bowling performance in the second innings, Glasgow Accies CC being bowled out for just 70.
Full results are online, as are updated league tables.
Schools cricket update [posted 21/05/15]
Tim Hart writes "Weather was, unfortunately, the ultimate winner this week with two ties in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup reaching their conclusion. With grounds being waterlogged on Tuesday, the Shawlands Academy versus The Glasgow Academy tie was settled by a bowl-out. Shawlands Academy were the winners, by two hits to nil – with Ihtesham Ul Haq (Clydesdale CC) and Sohaib Gajani Balouch hitting the stumps. Also due to take place on Tuesday was the Lomond School versus Kelvinside Academy tie. This tie had to be decided by the toss of a coin. Ian Sandbrook (Cricket Scotland's Head of Community Development) flipped the coin. It landed as heads meaning that Lomond School progressed to the semi-finals. These semi-finals will see Hutchesons' Grammar School host Lomond School and Shawlands Academy host the High School of Glasgow."
Monday night results [posted 18/05/15]
All of this evening's scheduled Under 13 League Cup matches were cancelled because of the wet weather. Also cancelled were the Frank Smith Trophy prliminary round tie between Victoria CC and Glasgow Accies CC, and the Under 16B league clash between Poloc CC and Prestwick CC.
Schools cricket update [posted 18/05/15]
Tim Hart writes "Springhill & Auchenback Primary School became the first school from the west region to secure their place at the finals of the Network Rail National Primary Schools Cup. The school won the East Renfrewshire regional qualifying tournament and will now go on to be one of the three west region representatives on Wednesday the 17th of June, in Perth. The remaining two qualifiers will be known on Wednesday the 27th of May when the Ayrshire and Glasgow regional qualifying tournaments both take place."
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