Welcome to the virtual home of junior cricket in the west of Scotland! Right here on westjuniorcricket.com you can find everything you need to know about junior cricket in the West District. This includes the latest news and views from the West District Junior Cricket Union, the Cricket Scotland Academy (West), Regional Development Centre (West) and Western Warriors representative sides.
West Development Manager update [posted 27/08/15]
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.
Rescheduled matches [posted 25/08/15]
As season 2015 draws near to its end there are a number of rescheduled league matches being played, and the results therefrom added to the website and reflected in the league tables. Clubs are reminded to continue to submit results, and look at the results page and league tables at regular intervals. The results page is updated as soon as possible after results are received, along with the league tables.
Challenge series [posted 23/08/15]
Tim Hart reports, "Sunday saw Shawholm (Poloc CC) play host to an Under 14 Challenge Series fixture. The Eagles hosted the Sharks – and the glorious summer sunshine allowed a full game to be completed! The Sharks won the toss, elected to bat and were treated to real 'Captain's Innings' from Uzzair Shah (Poloc CC). Shah's splendid 84 not out (off 109 deliveries, including twelve boundaries) was the innings which his team's 149 for 9 was based around. This represented a great recovery from 14 for 5, as opening bowlers Jawad Khan (Clydesdale CC) and Euan McBeth (Prestwick CC) threatened to end the innings before it had really started! However, five crucial partnerships then formed to help to get the Sharks to a respectable total. Adam Khan (Hillhead CC) added a little firepower, with an explosive 22 (off fourteen deliveries) – and the biggest partnership of the innings was that between Shah and Abhishek Sinha (Clydesdale CC), for the ninth wicket! For the Eagles, Khan (3 for 34) was the best bowler on show – with four edges (all going for boundaries) somewhat inflating his economy rate!
"In reply, the Eagles were simply cruising along at one point. Openers Angus Guy (West of Scotland CC) and Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) put on 89 for the first wicket. However, 89 for 0 in the 24th over then became 134 all out in the 39th! Guy made a very good 51 (off 72 deliveries) and, although slower, Ahmad's 34 (off 93 deliveries) had provided good support. Matthew Morrison (Ayr CC) made the vital breakthrough, having Guy well caught by Tristan Kiely (East Kilbride CC) at point. This was the first of Morrison's three wickets and with Sinha (two), Shah (two) and Puskar Bhandari (Ayr CC) all striking in quick succession, it was suddenly 112 for 8! Partnerships of 12 runs and 10 runs, for wickets nine and ten, did represent a good effort – but the middle order had left the 'tail' with too much to do. Fittingly, it was man-of-the-match Shah who sealed the win on his home ground – by clean bowling Khan. Eagles 134 all out."
Friday night results [posted 21/08/15]
In tonight's scheduled Under 15 matches there were wins for Prestwick CC over West of Scotland CC, the Ayrshire side winning by 118 runs. Scott Clelland top-scored with 50 not out, and Sam Cole (33) and Fletcher Rao (29) made important contributions as Prestwick CC posted 173 for 2. West of Scotland CC in reply scored just 55 for 5, Fletcher Rao taking a "3-for". In Glasgow meanwhile, Poloc CC were beating the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team by two wickets. Louis Ware, with 28, was the highest scorer in the combined team's innings of 75 for 5, whilst Abdullah Malik's 34 was the match's top score, as well as the mainstay of Poloc CC's 79 for 8 in reply.
There were a number of rescheduled league matches played this evening and the results page has been updated, along with the league tables.
Season-ending win [posted 20/08/15]
The Western Warriors Under 18s signed off their 2015 season with an exciting win over a South Durham|North Yorkshire select at Blackhall today. Batting first in the 45 overs-a-side match - part of the tri-series with Ulster Schools - the Warriors were quickly in trouble as Greenock CC's Neil Flack (5), Poloc CC's Owais Shah (0) and Kilmarnock Cc's Muhammad Azeem (13) were dismissed early, and at 30 for 3 the side was in some difficulty. However Michael Miller (Prestwick CC), batting at four, would anchor a good recovery, being part of partnerships of 44, 37 and 25 before becoming the hosts' sixth victim with the score on 136, playing on for 54 (74 balls). Calum Stout (Poloc CC) and Taimoor Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) then added 27, before Stout and Drumpellier CC's Jordan Pryde added invaluable late-order and late-innings runs to see 199 posted. The side all out in the 43rd over. Stout had scored 26 from twenty balls, Pryde 14 from just eight.
The South Durham|North Yorkshire select's innings started quite differently from the Warriors' - they raced to 61 for 1, before a second wicket was taken. Then the rest of the top-order clicked and at 170 for 4 in the 30th over, it was odds-on that the Warriors were likely going to come second in a two-horse race. But cricket is a strange game at times, and to the Warriors' players' credit they stuck to their task. And wickets started to fall. 170 for 5, 179 for 6, 187 for 7. Suddenly the result looked less certain and each new batter looked more nervous. Skipper Flack had returned to opening bowlers Malik and Pryde, and the equation was simple: only taking the remaining three South Durham|North Yorkshire select wickets would secure the win. Pryde grabbed the first, bowling Bowman for a duck. And then Malik - with two cleaned bowled in successive deliveries in the 41st over - secured the win, dismissing Spalding and Connor. 193 for 9, and somehow the Warriors had won by 6 runs. The scorecard of the match is online here.
Mixed fortunes for the Western Warriors Under 18s in tri-series [posted 19/08/15]
The Western Warriors Under 18s won one and lost one today in the two T20s played as part of the tri-series against Ulster Schools and a South Durham|North Yorkshire select in Blackhall. The first match saw the Warriors defeat their English hosts by 15 runs, their big first innings score of 157 for 2 seeing major contributions from Neil Flack (Greenock CC) who made 61 not out from 52 balls and Owais Shah (Poloc CC) whose 63 saw him face just 44 deliveries. Defending this in the second innings saw the Warriors opening bowlers keep the local batters in check, Poloc CC's Ihtisham Malik and Drumpellier CC's Jordan Pryde returning the economical figures of 4-0-15-1 and 4-1-18-0 respectively. This run-rate couldn't be maintained throughout the innings however, and the South Durham|North Yorkshire select would eventually make 142 for 4 to produce the margin of victory of 15 runs.
The second match was an altogether different affair, the Warriors being asked to chase this time, against Ulster Schools. Unlike in game one however, the Malik and Pryde weren't as economical, and though Ulster Schools were at one point 28 for 2, their run-rate was always encouragingly high from their perspective. A 72-run partnership for the third wicket between Gordon (33) and Beverland (52) also hurt the Warriors and provided the base from which Collins would bludgeon 36 from just sixteen balls at the death. Collins's attack on the Warriors peaked in the final over, Pryde's last six balls going for 28. Only really Lewis James (Poloc CC) could hold his head up as the bowling stat's were read out, his four overs costing 21 in amongst the carnage that saw Ulster Schools post 168 for 5. The Warriors reply got off to the worst possible start then too: both Flack and Shah departing, LBW, to the first balls each faced. MacBeth the bowler. 6 for 2. Their early dismissals seemed to knock the stuffing out of the reply as batter after batter struggled to get going. This struggle is perhaps best illustrated by Michael Miller's 22-ball 6, batting at five. And if scoring looked a struggle, scoring quickly and at a sufficient rate proved all-nigh impossible. Muhammad Azeem (Kilmarnock CC) batted through the innings for a 48-ball 46, frustratingly perhaps only facing 48 of the 120 deliveries he was out in the middle and involved in. Aside his 46, only a late cameo from Pryde (29 from nineteen balls) is worth highlighting. The reply petered out to just 123 for 7 by the time "Time" was called. Defeat by 45 runs, and certainly questions for the batters to answer, again, about rotation of the strike and scoring against spinners. The scorecards of the matches are online here.
Tomorrow sees a 45-overs-a-side match with the South Durham|North Yorkshire select.
Western Warriors Under 18s slump to defeat against touring Ulster Schools [posted 17/08/15]
The Western Warriors Under 18s began their traditional end-of-season week of cricket - that sees a tri-series against the touring Ulster Schools side, and three matches in and around Durham - with a trip to Dumfries to play the Northern Irish tourists at St. Michael's "Kingholm" ground. After winning the toss and inserting the tourists, the Warriors quickly gained the upper-hand, reducing Ulster Schools to 42 for 3 in the sixteenth over.
Three of the top four batters were out, and Drumpellier CC's Jordan Pryde (two) and Poloc CC's Ihtisham Malik (one) were in the wickets. But this initial momentum then petered out as Collins (44 from 114 balls) and Austin (75 from 84 balls) dug in, firstly stabilising the side, and then going on to put on a 117-run partnership. Thanks entirely to their efforts the Ulster Schools' total had increased to 176 for 7 when their 45 overs were done. Malik's figures of 9-3-21-2 were the standout ones, with fellow opening bowler Pryde taking 3 for 44. There was also a good economical nine-over spell from Ferguslie CC 's Haroon Tahir who returned figures of 9-1-26-0. The effectiveness of Tahir's slow bowling would an indicator of what was to come.
What was to come was, of course, the Warriors' reply. 177 to win. And the run-chase started well, albeit after the loss of an early wicket (West of Scotland CC's Lucas Farndale, for 9). Muhammad Azeem (Kilmarnock CC) and Michael Miller (Prestwick CC) batted together after Farndale's departure, and took the score to 74 for 1 in the nineteenth over. Just over 100 runs needed, and more than 25 overs to get them in. But then their partnership was broken. In fact both were dismissed within 2 runs of each other, 74 for 1 becoming 76 for 3. Two new batters in, and the hard work of "getting in" to be undertaken again. However no other batter achieved this. 74 for 1 becoming the almost unbelievable 95 all out. Nine wickets lost in 10.3 painful-to-watch overs. Five batters scoring 1 or less, and Ulster Schools' slow right-arm bowler, Magowan, returning the extraordinary figures of 7 for 23 in 7.3 overs! An almost unbelievable collapse, and a win that looked to be there for the taking with only sensible required turned into an embarrassing defeat. Lots to think about therefore for the players as they go in to the remaining three matches this week, starting with the T20s on Wednesday. The scorecard of the match is online here.
League results [posted 17/08/15]
There were a number of rescheduled league matches played this evening and the results page has been updated, along with the league tables.
Inter-regional news: Western Warriors Under 15s versus Eastern Knights Under 15s [posted 16/08/15]
Tim Hart reports, "The Western Warriors Under 15s welcomed the Eastern Knights to a sun-drenched Glenpark (Greenock CC) with one objective: win the game and be crowned as Cricket Scotland Under 15 Inter-Regional champions. The Knights won the toss and elected to bat first on a good looking wicket. Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC) opened from one end and offered the Warriors good control.
"After ten overs the Knights had progressed to 26 for 0 – with the Warriors having missed a couple of run out chances. However, the Knights then took one chance too many – attempting to steal a quick single to Warriors skipper Zain Ashraf (Clydesdale CC). You just shouldn't try that! Direct hit, batter not even in the frame! Knights 27 for 1. With the first drinks break looming, Luke Macias (Clydesdale CC) entered the attack and bowled a remarkable nine-ball over which included two warnings for bowling beamers, a front foot no-ball and clean bowling a batter off the subsequent free-hit! The skipper showed faith and the Warriors were rewarded as Macias picked up the big wicket of Tom Bradburn, well caught by wicket-keeper Angus Guy (West of Scotland CC), for 26 with the first delivery of his second over! Another wicket in Macias's next over left the Knights at 54 for 3 at the first drinks break.
"The other key wicket was going to be Jack Bradburn – and it took the skipper one delivery of his spell to remove him! The ball was skied to mid-wicket, where Ashraf ran from being the bowler to take a comfortable catch…and start a truly remarkable 10-over spell! By the time he was finished he had figures of 10-2-20-4, including trapping Knights top scorer Hay-Smith lbw for 32, picking up two wickets in two deliveries and bowling with genuine control. Louis Ware (Greenock CC) picked up 2 for 17 from his seven overs and Puskar Bhandari (Ayr CC) took the final wicket. Add in that Gregor Chambers (Helensburgh CC) had bowled a tidy spell of 6-1-17-0, McCallum added a good two over change spell and Sam Greene (West of Scotland CC) got his first bowl at this level and it had been a very good effort from the Warriors. Knights 122 all out, with the Warriors having won all three mini-sessions in the first innings.
"The only problem with having bowled the Knights out in the 43rd over was that the Warriors left themselves an awkward 40 minutes to bat before lunch. The now-regular opening partnership of Guy and Ihtesham Ul Haq (Clydesdale CC) continued. With seam on, both looked comfortable – with the score progressing to 19 for 0 off six overs. However, the introduction of spin immediately resulted in the first wicket, as Guy (6) was caught at mid on. Then, in the over before lunch, Chambers (1) was caught and bowled. Warriors 26 for 2 at lunch – and a good game in prospect.
"Shortly after the re-start Calum James (Poloc CC) was bowled for 1 to leave the score at 37 for 3. A partnership was needed. Ware joined Ul Haq and the two did as was required. Ware played the supporting role, as Ul Haq batted with the maturity of an experienced opening bat. 41 had been added before Ware was lbw for 12. Ashraf joined Ul Haq briefly before the former was bowled for 12. Warriors 94 for 5 off 27 overs. McCallum released some pressure with a hard-hitting 16, including two 4s and a 6. Warriors 119 for 5 off 30 overs. However, there was still time for a panic! Ul Haq, who had batted beautifully for a much-deserved half-century, managed to pick out deep mid-wicket and McCallum then got one which kept low. Warriors 121 for 7. Aliyan Qureshi (Poloc CC) saw the side home, stroking a four through backward point. Warriors 125 for 7…and champions. All that was left was for Andy Tennant of Cricket Scotland to present Zain Ashraf with the trophy.
"Thanks to Greenock CC, and particularly Roger Hardie and Peter Robertson, for hosting the day so well, to umpires Navid Hussain and Mac Wylie, to all the parents and supporters, to coach Paul Davies and most importantly to all seveteen players who have played during the successful campaign."
Friday night results [posted 14/08/15]
There were again some rescheduled Under 11 League matches played this evening, the second Friday post-the end of the original fixture schedule. Ferguslie CC travelled to New Anniesland to play Glasgow Accies CC , but would come off second-best in a tight match. The home side eventually ran out just 6-run winners, both sides losing six wickets but Glasgow Accies CC scoring 6 more runs to secure the win and remain unbeaten this season. Restricting their visitors to 56 for 6, Faatima Gardee took 3 for 10. Also still unbeaten is Poloc CC, whose Under 11s saw off the challenge of the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined side at Scott Ellis Playing Field, winning by 96 runs. In the field first, the Glasgow southside youngsters took sixteen wickets as the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined team mustered 50 for 16. James Cathcart took 5 for 5, and there were "3-fors" for both Moiz Maqsood and Ubaid-Raza Hanif. Then in their reply, Poloc CC lost just the two wickets. The final Under 11 match this evening also featured a Glasgow southside club,.....in fact two. Clydesdale CC and Weirs CC played each other this evening, Titwood the venue. And it was the home side that ran out 32-run winners, with Nikhil Koteeswaran taking 3 for 7.
In the Under 15 League, the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team versus Ayr CC match was a weather victim, whilst Prestwick CC defeated Glasgow Accies CC in Ayrshire, winning by the huge margin of 104 runs. Scott Clelland scored a half century for the Henry Thow Oval side, with team-mate Fletcher Rao making 45 not out. Then as Glasgow Accies CC struggled to 33 for 7, Euan McBeth took 3 for 10.
Full results are online, as are updated league tables.
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