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Monday's results [posted 25/07/16]
There were no reported results this evening as wet weather again swept across the west of the country.
Rain the winner at Ardencaple [posted 24/07/16]
Tim Hart writes, "The rain was the only winner in today's Under 14 Challenge Series match. When the players and officials arrived at Ardencaple (Helensburgh CC), the wicket and run-ups were in good condition – although the outfield was a little damp. However, the light drizzle turned to rain and then it just rained and rained!
"A warm-up was completed but that was as far as things got – with the match being abandoned after a one hour delay. Every effort will be made to reply the match – but it may depend on other fixtures. An update on the Challenge Series fixtures, results, squads and standings can be found at the foot of the 'Challenge Series' page."
Friday's results [posted 22/07/16]
There were two concessions before play started this evening in the Under 11 League (Clydesdale CC and Glasgow Accies CC getting wins over Irvine CC and Kelburne CC respectively as a consequence), and then two match returns submitted later in the evening. The two matches played and reported saw East Renfrewshire CC defeat Poloc CC at Woodfarm Pavilion on Glasgow's southside, whilst Stenhousemuir CC defeated Uddingston CC at The Tryst. The margin of East Rewnfrewshire CC's win was 10 runs, and the match saw Danyaal Butt take a "3-for" for the home side, and Poloc CC's Hassaan Mehmood return bowling figures of 4-2-2-4. The match also saw two instances of run outs by "mankading" by East Renfrewshire CC. The winn8ing margin in Larbert was equally close, Stenhousemuir CC securing their win by 12 runs.
In the Under 15 League tonight there were two big wins for Clydesdale CC and Poloc CC. The Titwood club defeated Glasgow Accies CC by 63 runs at home, whilst less than a mile away Poloc CC's margin of victory over the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team was ten wickets after they'd bowled out their visitors for just 21 and chased the required runs in seven balls. Clydesdale CC's win saw Kess Sajjad top-score with 72, and Asad Khan score an unbeaten 38, these before Ethan Duncanson-Ward made 30 for the New Anniesland side in the second innings. All of the night's results can be found online.
Western Warriors Under 18s beat touring Ulster Schools [posted 21/07/16]
The Western Warriors Under 18s recorded a good, and convincing, win over the touring Ulster Schools side today, the last day of their week-long tour to the west of Scotland. And it was at West of Scotland CC's Hamilton Crescent ground that today's match took place, with special thanks to the Glasgow west end club for their groundstaff's hard work to get the game on at all after the overnight rain.
After a short delayed start the match was reduced to 45 overs-a-side, Ulster Schools' skipper winning the toss and inserting the Warriors on a drying wicket. In the tough early overs, the Warriors' openers, Lucas Farndale (West of Scotland CC) and Warriors' Captain John Oliver (Glasgow Accies CC) battled to see off the new ball, but the former would be the first batter dismissed in the sixth over, to see the side 8 for 1. Farndale's departure brought Owais Shah (Poloc CC) to the wicket, and he would play the dominant innings of the day. Batting with all the other Warriors' batters, in addition to Oliver, Shah would end up unbeaten on 96 (104) and see the side to a first innings final score of 209. Aside from Shah's big score, Oliver's 26 and the same score from Zaighum Ahmad (Clydesdale CC) were the only other scores in double figures. 210 to win then was the target set for the tourists.
The Ulster Schools' reply started brightly on a much-improved wicket for the openers, and with the benefit of a quickening outfield. Gordon and McClean put on 28 in five overs to see their side off to a flyer, but with the score on 28 they were separated when Gordon was caught by Ferguslie CC's Haroon Tahir off Aliyan Qureshi's (Poloc CC) bowling. And this really started the revolving door of dismissals. 28 for 1 became 41 for 4 as McLean, and then Beverland and Austin were dismissed, all to catches, Poloc CC's Adil Ghaffar picking up two of the wickets, Tahir the other. And Tahir would stay in the thick of the action, ending up with three catches and a couple of wickets as 41 for 4 became 91 all out. The Ulster Schools' middle and lower orders followed their openers through the revolving door, and though five would get in to double figures, Matchett's 16 would be the highest individual score recorded. The Warriors' bowlers shared the wickets around with Ahmad (1), Shah (2) and Farndale (2) taking wickets in addition to Qureshi, Ghaffar and Tahir. So in the end it was a comfortable 118-run win for the Warriors, who, by winning, secured their first victory over Ulster Schools at the ninth attempt. The scorecard of the match is online here.
Eagles beat Sharks [posted 21/07/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Thursday the 21st of July saw the latest Under 14 Challenge Series fixture take place – with the Eagles hosting the Sharks. The fact that a game was possible, without a delayed start time, bordered on the miraculous – and special thanks must go to Clydesdale CC groundsman Cyril McLatchie for his efforts to get the game on.
"Eagles skipper Ross Heginbottom (Clydesdale CC) won the toss and elected to bowl first. Struan Walker (Clydesdale CC) got the Sharks effort off to a flyer – with a typically hard-hitting 20 (off just thirteen deliveries). However, the only other batter to pass 20 in the innings would be skipper Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) who made 25. Following the early breakthroughs by Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Taha Khan (Clydesdale CC), it then became the Tarun Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) show. Bowling split across two different spells, he finished with figures of 6.2-4-5-5. Despite six different batters making double figures, no one could go on. Sharks 138 all out, in just 29.2 overs.
"In reply, there was an early run out and a wicket for Tristan Kiely (East Kilbride CC) with the new ball – as the Eagles crept to 13 for 2 off seven overs. However, Ross Heginbottom then took the attack to the Sharks – as he destroyed anything which was fractionally over-pitched. His 69 included nine 4s and two 6s – and he played the aggressor in useful partnerships of 31 with Ahmad and 65 with Jamie Nowell (Greenock CC). Although two wickets fell with the score on 109, the Eagles always had the chase in control – and they won with almost five overs to spare.
"The win has moved the Eagles to the top of the standings. However, a tough test awaits them on Sunday as they travel to Helensburgh to face the Foxes" The scorecard is online.
"Introduction to Cricket" course cancelled [posted 18/07/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Unfortunately, not enough candidates have booked on to the ICC "Introduction to Cricket" course, which was due to take place tomorrow (Tuesday 19th July). Therefore, the course has been cancelled. The next course is scheduled for late summer/early winter."
Western Warriors Under 15s beat the Knights [posted 18/07/16]
Tim Hart writes, "For the neutral, it was probably a good game to watch. For players on the winning side, it was probably a great game to play in. For the coach, one of those games that changes your hair colour! Having lost the toss, the Warriors top order didn't make a great go of things – and the side was reduced to 50 for 4, with the three of the four probably feeling they could avoided their own dismissal.
"From there, skipper Angus Guy (Clydesdale CC) and Amaan Ramzan (Poloc CC) started the rebuilding. Ramzan (36) looked particularly fluent and his innings included the only maximum of the match – before he was bowled. A very positive and confident looking Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) provided his skipper with some support – before 149 for 5 became 150 for 7. The wickets included that of Guy, for 35. At this point, the Knights must have been thinking about a quick end to innings and an early tea. However, Cairns and Glen Montgomery (Galloway CC) had other ideas. Cairns was the aggressor – but the innings of both batters were based around good strike rotation, hard running and the odd well-placed boundary. Cairns brought up a much-deserved first 50 at this level before being run out (for 58 off just 54 deliveries, including seven 4s) trying to pinch a second run. Montgomery's 21 came at a good pace too (off 23 deliveries) – and Sohaib Shah (Poloc CC) and Puskar Bhandari (Ayr CC) took the total up to 228 for 9 off the 50 overs.
"Given where the score had been, batting 50 overs was a great effort – as was posting a defendable total. If the Warriors early batting effort had been a little poor – the early bowling effort was in the pretty dreadful category! The seamers struggled early on – with six different bowlers being used in the first fourteen overs! However, with Kess Sajjad (Clydesdale CC) and Shah now operating in tandem, some control suddenly came from pitching the ball up consistently. Shah struck first, having MacIntosh trapped leg before for 33 and Sajjad repeated the trick in the next over. Knights 81 for 2 off seventeen overs. Then Tom Bradburn and Robert Edwards built what-looked-like-being a match-winning, third wicket partnership. With Sajjad and Shah both finishing their spells, there was another period of bowler rotation – including a debut with the ball for the off-spin of Cairns! The introduction of Ramzan for the 'over before drinks' nearly worked too – with a very tough caught and bowled chance not quite sticking. Knights 152 for 2 off 34.
"It was 77 needed off 96, with eight wickets in hand – and you would probably have rather been the batting side. However, Sajjad and Shah were now lined back up to bowl in tandem again. It was Sajjad who struck the two vital blows – dismissing Edwards caught behind for 20 and Bradburn caught at cover for 79. With Shah then bowling the dangerous Mackay-Champion and Uzzair Shah (Poloc CC) producing a rocket throw from deep cover, it was suddenly 184 for 6. But a 19-run partnership then took the score on 203 for 6 – with the required rate being just under a run per ball. Having just got two wides off the previously delivery, opposition skipper Davidson tried to hit Jawad Khan (Clydesdale CC) over mid-on for 4 – only to pick out the safe hands of Cairns. With the batters crossing, Khan then cleaned up the other batter who was 'in'. 203 for 8. With the score on 210, it was the turn of Bhandari to leave his mark on the game – by picking up the final two wickets in two deliveries. Knights 210 all out. There were a couple of really sloppy periods of play from the Warriors but they were challenged to 'show some real heart' and 'leave everything on the pitch' in those final fourteen overs – and they did. Today was really a case of finding a way of winning. It would be wrong to try and single out a man-of-the-match, as there were so many people who made their own contribution to the fightback and victory. It is now P3, W3 – and, probably most pleasingly, it has been three very, very methods of getting to each win."
Monday's results [posted 18/07/16]
Two Under 18 League match returns were submitted this evening, reporting on wins for West of Scotland CC - by 10 runs - over the East Kilbride|Uddingston combined side, and the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side over Glasgow Accies CC , by six wickets. West of Scotland CC's win featured 43 from David Graham in their total of 111, this before Sam Greene's 3 for 15 helped restrict the combined side to just 101, with PJ Coetzee scoring 31 for it. Meanwhile at New Anniesland Harry Briggs's 44 from 44 balls was the standout knock as the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team chased 77 to beat their hosts.
At Under 13 age-group level, there were wins reported for Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC, Glasgow Accies CC and Stenhousemuir CC. At The Tryst Stenhousemuir CC's Callum Grant retired having reached 30, before Davie Drysdale's "4-for" was instrumental in restricting the Poloc CC run-chase that resulted in the home side's 55-run win. For Poloc CC, James Cathcart took a "3-for". At New Cambusdoon meanwhile, the home side were also recording the win, defeating Ayrshire rivals - the Kilmarnock|Prestwick combined team - by seven wickets in a low-scoring game. The first away winners on the night were Clydesdale CC whose win in Paisley over Ferguslie CC was by 53 runs. Having been bowled out for 94 batting first, the Titwood youngsters then - in turn - bowled out their hosts for just 41. In Clydesdale CC's 94 there was 30, retired, for Zakki Tariq and 27 for Nihil Koteeswaran. Then Tariq added to his runs by taking 3 for 2 in the second innings. Glasgow Accies CC's win over Greenock CC included Nathan Gemmell's 28 not out and 6 for 12 for Greenock CC, whilst Ethan Duncanson-Ward's 35 not out and 2 for 8, and Lucas Pierotti's 26 were the standout individual performances for the New Anniesland team. All of the night's results can be found online.
Friday's results [posted 15/07/16]
There were no match results submitted this evening, and a number of matches (see results page) were cancelled due to the weather.
Western Warriors Under 18s lose in Dyce [posted 14/07/16]
The Western Warriors made the long trip to People's Park in Dyce today in the second of their back-to-back inter-regional matches this week. However it wouldn't be a sojourn that reaped rewards as the side went down by five wickets to the Caledonian Highlanders.
Like 24 hours previously, the Warriors batted first, this time inserted however by the Highlanders. However unlike the day before the top order couldn't give their side the platform they'd have liked to have set. Instead, at 60 for 4 in the 22nd over, posting anything remotely defendable was in doubt. However Clydesdale CC's Zain Ashraf took the attack to the Highlanders' change bowlers, and in an innings that would include five 4s and three 6s, Ashraf would rescue the innings. When he was sixth out however he would also likely feel frustrated he hadn't "gone on" and helped the Warriors post a score north of 200. Instead, his dismissal was one of a clatter of three that fell between 100 and 108. And so, as they'd been with the score on just 60, so - again - the Warriors were looking to try and rebuild their innings. This time the player to step up was Louis Ware (Greenock CC) who - in a cameo, 40-ball 38 - batted with the tail to push the total to an eventual 189 for 9 come the end of the Warriors' innings. Not a big score, but bigger than at various times it had looked like it might end up being. 190 to win for the Highlanders therefore.
For the Warriors to defend 189 would likely have needed them to bowl both tightly and economically at the start, whilst also taking early wickets. And though Adil Ghaffar (Poloc CC) did bowl Ross for just 5 with the score on 8 in the first over, this would be a false dawn. Five overs into their reply and the Caledonian Highlanders had raced away to 44 for 1. Ten overs in and their score was 70 for 1. Though not a "done deal", winning from this position would be very difficult for the Warriors. And crucially for the Warriors chances thety were creating were being spurned. Robertson, who would go on to score 98 and near single-handedly secure the win for his side, was dropped twice by the Warriors, with another batter being given a life too and generally untidy fielding being the order of the day. Credit to Robertson for his knock nonetheless, but his wicket really was one that got away.....twice. Whether the result might've been different had he been dismissed early in his innings is, of course, not known, but it might have given the Warriors the encouragement needed to try and press home any advantage his departure would've accrued.
So defeat, and plenty of lessons to learn from the game, particularly given the batting performance of the day before. Consistency of individual performance being just one of the challenges presented. The match scorecard is online.
Western Warriors Under 18s left frustrated [posted 13/07/16]
The Western Warriors Under 18s got their inter-regional campaign up-and-running at the third attempt today at Shawholm. However despite getting the game on, the Warriors players and coaches would ultimately be frustrated by the weather as torrential afternoon showers saw the match abandoned after 39 overs of play. Having won the toss and elected to bat first, the Warriors were really well placed at the abandonment, having reached 194 for 2.
Opener Lucas Farndale (West of Scotland CC) was unbeaten on 63 (95) and looked well set going in to the final ten overs, whilst partner - and Warriors skipper - Shujaa Khan (Ayr CC) had just really got going, his 29 (34) coming at near a-run-a-ball. But frustration it would be as it was accepted that "getting a game in" was not going to be possible.
Earlier in the Warriors innings, Farndale's opening partner John Oliver (Glasgow Accies CC) had, with Farndale, given his side a good start, putting on 71 for the first wicket. Oliver's departure - inside-edging a Khan delivery on to his stumps - brought Jack Holland (Hillhead CC) to the middle and he, like Oliver, gave Farndale support as 78 was put on for the second wicket. Holland would, however, be the second batter dismissed, departing to a catch by Miller off Ritchie's bowling for 33 (67). The match scorecard is online.
Monday's results [posted 11/07/16]
There were only four match returns submitted this evening as a number of clubs suffered from concessions from scheduled opponents. However in the matches that were played, in the Under 13 League, there was a win by Kelburne CC over local rivals Ferguslie CC in a Paisley derby at Whitehaugh. The margin of victory was 49 runs, Kelburne CC comfortably defending their 141 for 3. The home side's big total featured 31 from Cameron McLean and 30 from Reiss Wylie, with Daniel Devlin chipping in with 22. In Ferguslie CC's eventual 92 for 5 in reply, there was 27 for Ross Logan, whilst Aditya Mahapatra made 24.
In the older age-group, the Under 18s, there were two matches reported on. Poloc CC beat the East Kilbride|Uddingston combined side at Bothwell Castle Policies by 49 runs, whilst Ayr CC recorded the win over West of Scotland CC. In Uddingston there was 43 for Calum James, whilst East Kilbride CC's "Overseas Amateur" PJ Coetzee returned bowling figures of 4-0-10-2 before scoring 40. Fergus Clarke batted with Coetzee for much of the combined side's innings, and made `32. At Hamilton Crescent meanwhile, visitors Ayr CC won by six wickets, chasing down their host's 107 for 4 with thirteen balls to spare. In West of Scotland CC's innings Lucas Farndale top-scored with 75, before 48 from Shujaa Khan and Ivan Craig's 25 were the main contributions in Ayr CC's reply. All of the night's results can be found online.
West Development Manager update [posted 11/07/16]
Tim Hart has circulated his July 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.
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