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West District Under 12s news archive


August 2011


West District Under 12 game OFF [posted 28/08/11]

Tim Hart has let the website know that today's West District Under 12 match against Tayside & Fife has been cancelled due to ground conditions. The game is OFF.


July 2011


West District Under 11s victorious! [posted 26/07/11]

Tim Hart reports on today's trip to the north-west of England by the West District Under 11s.  "The West District Under 11s travelled to the picturesque setting of Carlisle Cricket Club to take part in a festival with three English counties.  The format saw the team play two T20s – one in the morning and one after lunch.   In game 1, skipper Zain Ashraf (Clydesdale CC) won the toss and elected to bat.  At 32 for 5 in the tenth over things did not look so good.  But Ashraf led from the front, scoring 21 including four 4s in five balls!  He was given good support by opener Angus Guy (West of Scotland CC) who, although only scoring 9 runs, did show good patience and discipline when wickets were clattering all about.  The other key contributor with the bat was Kess Sajjad (Poloc CC) who made 17 not out batting at eleven.  West 87 for 10 off their 20 overs.  


In reply, the West bowling was very disciplined and was backed up by good efforts in the field.  Raghav Kumar (West of Scotland CC) removed both openers and good bowling really put the squeeze on Cumbria.  47 for 3 off 15 meant it was already a big ask – but almost impossible when Ashraf picked up two wickets in the next over.  One was thanks to a great catch from Sam Cole (Prestwick CC) and this set the tone as their were then three brilliant direct-hit run outs from Aliyan Qureshi (Poloc CC), Tom Barrett (West of Scotland CC) and that man Ashraf – who just couldn't keep out of the action!  Cumbria 67 for 7 off their twenty overs.


Game two saw Callum Coats (West of Scotland CC) hand the gloves over to David Miller (Prestwick CC) but take on the responsibilities as captain.  This time West bowled first and skittled Northumberland.  Sajjad set the tone by clean bowling the opening bat first ball and Barrett, Guy and – you guessed it – Ashraf all picked up "2-fors" (2 for 15, 2 for 5 and 2-2-0-2!) and Coats and Harry Lynch (Ayr CC) held very good catches.  Northumberland all out (eleven wickets) for 51.  In reply Coats and Kumar opened this time and both were quickly bowled by Scott.  Jamie Percival (Glasgow Accies CC) batted very confidently and patiently for 14 not out, Sajjad contributed 11 and Ashraf (yes, him again!) finished 13 not out.  West 55for 3.


Played two, won two, and good weather.  Pretty much a perfect day.  And special thanks to Carlisle CC and the Cumbria Cricket Board (especially Malcolm Wood) who were perfect hosts."


West District Under 11 selection [posted 22/07/11]

Tim Hart, the West District Under 12 Squad Manager has named a thirteen-player squad for Tuesday's triangular tournament in Carlisle against representative sides from Cumbria and Cleveland.  The selection is online.


June 2011


West District Under 12s beat Tayside & Fife Under 12s [posted 06/06/11] 

Tim Hart reports on the district's youngest representative side's win over Tayside & Fife Under 12s yesterday.  In addition to his report, Tim has forwarded on the scorecard.  Tim writes: "The date was Sunday, 5th June 2011.  The venue was Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC).  The opposition was Tayside & Fife Under 12s.  And the day, undoubtedly, belonged to Christopher McBride of Dumfries CC. 


"West skipper Owain Taylor (Clydesdale CC) lost the toss and the west boys were invited to bat first on a great looking wicket, with a fast outfield.  Christopher McBride (Dumfries CC) opened the batting along with Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC).  Unfortunately, McCallum was not able to build upon his excellent innings in the previous fixture and was bowled for 1.  This brought Taimoor Ahmad, playing on home turf, to the crease to join McBride.  And early on it was Ahmad who looked the more fluent – playing a couple of crunching cover drives.  But it didn’t take McBride long to find his touch. And, suddenly, the scoreboard was rattling along – 28 off 5 overs became 65 off 11, then 104 off 18.  The next over saw the 100 partnership reached, with both batters looking very much in form.  McBride then went to 50 (off 51 deliveries) with yet another well-placed and well-timed shot.  The running between the wickets had also been good throughout – putting pressure on the opposition fielders.  With the score on 128, Ahmad was bowled for a well-crafted 40.  This brought the skipper to the crease and he, along with a decent home and away support, had the pleasure of watching as McBride continued to come up with great shot, after great shot – drives, square cuts, pulls and more well-hustled singles.  Indeed, as he was cruising his way through the nineties it was his team-mates that looked more nervous than the batter himself!  Another expertly placed cover drive brought up a well-deserved 100 (off 97 deliveries).  With overs now running out, both batters began to try and free their arms a little to add more to an already impressive total.  With McBride on 107*, he played the first across-the-line shot of his entire innings and was lucky to be dropped.  Another chance went down 2 runs later – before Taylor was well caught for 14 (out of a partnership of 74, in only nine overs!) and McBride followed, caught for a fantastic 115, a few balls later.  With hardly any time left in the innings, Callum Coates (West of Scotland CC) and Lloyd Jefferson (Ayr CC) also sacrificed their wickets in the aim of quick runs.  The final west total: 212 for 6 off 35 overs.  Pick of the Tayside & Fife bowlers was Dodds, who turned 4-0-25-1 into 6-1-31-4 with a very impressive display at the end of the innings (including a double wicket maiden in the second last over).  


"Following a fantastic tea, the attack was opened by Poloc CC – with Ayub Ahmed from one end and Kess Sajjad the other.  Unfortunately, an ankle injury limited Ahmed to only one over in his first spell, and it was replacement bowler Kallum Dhami (Clydesdale CC) who struck first, trapping opener Baddeley leg before.  Dhami's next over saw him bowl a double-wicket maiden (thanks to catches from Ahmed and Jefferson) and rip out the heart of the top order.  This left Tayside & Fife 26 for 3 off eight overs and the west in control.  The introduction of Shoaib Khan (another playing on his home ground) produced another two quick wickets (caught by centurion McBride and clean bowled) to leave Tayside & Fife 35 for 5.  Another couple of overs later this became 47 for 6 as Hillhead CC’s Jack Holland picked up a wicket too.  At this point, it would have been very easy for the Tayside & Fife heads to drop but Johnson and Dodds batted very well together and built a very effective seventh wicket partnership.  Holland was very unfortunate to have a very strong caught behind appeal turned down, the ball before drinks, but this didn't fluster the batters.  Even with clever rotation of the bowlers (both openers returning, Jefferson bowling a decent spell and Dhami returning) the breakthrough wouldn't come.  However, in a very shrewd bit of captaincy, Taylor brought McCallum into the attack and he immediately got over any disappointment of his early dismissal, in the first innings, by trapping Johnson leg before for a good 36.  One more wicket would fall - to a run out - and the last five overs saw the bowling further rotated, as Tayside & Fife finished 141/8 off their 35 overs. 


Overall, it was another good game, played in great spirit, against Tayside & Fife.  And special thanks to them for travelling through, to Ferguslie CC for an excellent tea and to Martin McAllister for preparing a great track and good outfield......but it was a day that belonged to Chris McBride and it will live long in the memory of anyone that saw him bat so well and so maturely for his first hundred."


April 2011


Another tie! [posted 23/04/11]


Tim Hart's reported on the West District Under 12 side's season-opening match against Clydesdale Under 13.  In what turned out to be another remarkable match, a tie was recorded for the second year running between the sides.  Tim writes: "Like 2010, the WDJCU Under 12 team began their season with a friendly against Clydesdale CC Under 13s at Titwood.  And, like 2010, the game somehow finished as a tie!


"Clydesdale batted first and good early fielding (including two run outs), coupled with Lloyd Jefferson (Ayr CC) picking up a wicket clean bowled put some pressure on Clydesdale CC.  However, the early wickets brought West District players Kallum Dhami and Owain Taylor to the crease and both batted well.  Kallum made 16 before becoming the third run out victim of the innings and Owain made 22 before pulling a short delivery from Thomas Aston (Glasgow Accies CC) straight to Lloyd who took a good catch.   2 further wickets fell – one to Stefan Armstrong (Greenock CC) and the other to a smart stumping from keeper Callum Coates (West of Scotland CC) off of the spin bowling of Jack Holland (Hillhead CC).  However, the pick of the bowlers was Kess Sajjad (Poloc CC) who produced two perfect maidens towards the end of the innings.  Clydesdale CC, aided by 32 wides and 8 no balls, 104/7 off 20 overs.  


"In reply, Clydesdale CC decided to even things up by donating 38 wides off their own and three no balls!  However, the undoubted star performer in the second innings was Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC) who combined some fluent shots with some good grit and determination to reach an excellent 30 and retire.  This innings looked to have put the West District Under 12s into a very strong, winning position.  However, the Clydesdale bowling suddenly went up a level – the wides and loose deliveries disappeared and the fielding cut off any easy runs.  Despite 13 from Shoaib Khan (Ferguslie CC) and 8 from Jack, when Matthew Davidson (Ayr CC) was run out off the last ball off the innings the game finished as another tie!  West District Under 12s 104 for 4.  


"Two years, two pre-season friendlies, two good games of cricket, two ties!   Overall, it was good for everyone to get a useful early season run out and, with the exception of a few too many extras, it was a positive start to 2011 for the district squad.  Man of the Match: Robbie McCallum (West of Scotland CC)." 


The match scorecard is online to view. 


March 2011


West District Under 12 trial [posted 08/03/11]


West District Under 12 squad Coach Tim Hart has announced that Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall has been booked for two West District Under 12 squad trial sessions.  The sessions are on Wednesday the 23rd, and Wednesday the 30th, of March.

Both run between 5.45pm and 7.30pm.  WDJCU clubs' Junior Convenors have been asked for nominations to attend the trial - these being passed to Tim.  Attendance will also involve a small charge of £5 per player towards hall hire costs, and players should bring kit (including a water bottle) with them and wear a white top and training shoes suitable for indoor use.


February 2011


West District representative side - first fixtures arranged for 2011 [posted 17/02/11]

West District Under 12 Team Manager Tim Hart has passed on details of a West District Under 11 side's participation in a four-team "festival" at Carlisle CC in July.  Completing the four-team line up will be hosts Cumbria, and Northumberland and Cleveland.  The three English county representative sides will be Under 10, the West District's side Under 11.




West District defeat Tayside & Fife [posted 15/08/10]

West District Under 12 Team Manager Tim Hart has filed a short report on Sunday's match at McKane Park, Dunfermline, against Tayside & Fife Under 12s.  Tim writes: "Tayside & Fife Under 12s welcomed the West District Under 12 team to Dunfermline for a 35 overs per side friendly.  Upon losing the toss skipper Christopher McBride (Dumfries CC) was invited to have a bat.  Overall the bowling on display from Tayside & Fife was very good and accurate.  Of the top five, only Humza Sabri (Drumpellier CC) made any impression on the bowling with a hard fought 25 as 39 for 3 off 20 overs became 62 for 6 off 24 overs.  But Clydesdale CC duo Owain Taylor (11) and Ross Duckett (12) started the fightback and Cameron Horn (Hillhead CC) with 22 not out took the attack to the opposition.  Adam Gordon (Ayr CC) also got in on the act, taking 10 off three balls in the final over and a great recovery left the West District 126 for 9 off their 35 overs.  In reply the early West District bowling mirrored that of Tayside & Fife - accurate.  And both Gordon and Ross Bain (Clydesdale CC) got the wickets they deserved.  First change saw Sabri replaced Bain,.....and subsequently destroyed the Tayside & Fife middle order.  5-2-5-4 were his figures, including the key wickets of opener Robertson and star man Carnegie.  With Sabri bowled out McBride cleverly replaced pace with,.....pace and Adil Ghaffar (Hillhead CC) also found success with 2 for 7, both thanks to catches from Ayr CC’s wicket keeper Matthew Cooper.  Horn then picked up a wicket with his legspin before Taylor started and finished his spell (and the game) by clean bowling Waller to finish with the perfect figures of 0.1-0-0-1!  Tayside & Fife 69 all out.  It was a great win and a great team performance.  The effort with the bat in the last ten overs was phenomenal, and that effort carried over into the bowling display, which was backed up by good fielding - most notably two fantastic diving catches from Jake Johnstone (Ayr CC) at backward point."  


Change to joint junior WCA:WDJCU Under 12 squad training session [posted 22/06/10]

Tim Hart has let the website know that the joint training session for the Western Cricket Academy junior squad and the WDJCU Under 12 squad scheduled for Wednesday the 23rd of June at Langloan, Coatbridge, has been moved due to Ayr CC's New Cambusdoon ground as Langloan is now playing host to a West League Cup match between Drumpellier CC and Poloc CC.


Change to joint junior WCA:WDJCU Under 12 squad training session [posted 06/06/10]

Tim Hart has let the website know that the schedule for the upcoming joint training sessions for the Western Cricket Academy junior squad and the WDJCU Under 12 squad have been changed due to the WCA fixture against Cumbria on Wednesday the 9th of June.  The training sessions will now be as follows:


Wednesday 16th of June, Bothwell Castle Policies, Uddingston (Uddingston CC), 6.30pm until 8.30pm; and

Wednesday 23rd of June, Langloan, Coatbridge (Drumpellier CC), 6.30pm until 8.30pm (Note: there will be no clubhouse access at this session).


Tim wants to remind all the players involved that all junior squad members and all WDJCU Under 12 squad members are expected to attend.  Players should bring full kit, water, etc.  And if, for any reason, a player cannot make either session they should contact Tim in good time.   Similarly, if there are any queries.


West District Under 12s versus Cumbria Under 11s [posted 20/05/10] 

West District Under 12 Coach Drew Pryde has filed a short report on Wednesday's match at Wigton against Cumbria Under 11s.  Drew writes "We travelled down to Wigton outside Carlisle in the rain.  It was dry on arrival after a cross country jaunt.  West lost the toss and were put into bat on a lively wicket.  The strong cross wind assisted Cumbria's opening bowlers who made in-roads into the West line-up.  Drumpellier CC's Humza Sabri struck three fine 4s before beinbg bowled.  Only a swashbuckling 27 from Ross Duckett of Clydesdale CC saved West's blushes.  The innings closed on 66 all out in only fifteen of the alloted 35 overs.  Unfortunately,the conditions then eased for the Cumbria batsmen.  But a double wicket maiden from Ayr CC's Adam Gordon followed by two wickets from Humza Sabri set Cumbria back on their heels.  Some tight bowling and good fielding led to Cumbria being 48 for 6 before three quick 4s finshed the game.  Best bowling: Humza Sabri 2 for 10 in three overs; Adam Gordon 2 for 12 in three overs.  As the whole match took only 35 overs, we played a 20/20.  Again West were asked to bat first and did much better, finishing on 75 for 9 in their allotted overs.  Ayr CC's Matthew Cooper top-scored at the top of the order with 18, and club-mate Jake Johnstone chipped in with 13.  Cumbria got off to a bad start as Adam Gordon and yet another Ayr CC player, Shujaa Khan, took two quick wickets each.  However, the Cumbria middle order consolidated, putting on 60 for the fifth wicket.  A run out and two more wickets then led to tight finish.  Unfortunately slack fielding and dropped catches cost the West boys, eventually losing to an over-throw on the second last ball.  Overall, the lads enjoyed the experience, hopefully learning in the process."  The scorecard of the game will be online as soon as it's available.


West District Under 12s lose out to Tayside & Fife Under 12s [posted 18/05/10] 

West District Under 12 Team Manager Tim Hart has filed a short report on Sunday's match at Meikleriggs against Tayside & Fife Under 12s.  Tim writes "A really good game between two very well matched teams!  Skipper Chris McBride of Dumfries CC and Clydesdale CC's Rafiq Sher batted very well early on, putting on 50 for the first wicket.  With Rafiq run out for 24, Chris took on the role of anchoring the innings and did so to great effect.  Poloc CC's Lewis James (17) and Owain Taylor of Clydesdale CC (12*) provided good support, with the West District Under 12 team scoring 132 from their 35 overs – despite good spells from Doig and Hogarth.  In reply Ayr CC's Shujaa Khan made the early breakthrough and club-mate Lloyd Jefferson was unlucky not to hold onto a great effort at a diving catch.  Tayside & Fife batters three, four and five (Robertson, Birrell and 'keeper Carnegie) batted very well, scoring 37, 21 and 45 respectively.  In the end the West boys couldn’t quite make as many regular breakthroughs as they needed to put their visitors under any real pressure.  Shujaa was the pick of the bowlers with 5-2-7-2 and Cameron Horn of Hillhead CC held onto a skied catch..…made all the more difficult when one of his teammates ran into him and knocked him over in the process of taking the catch!  It was a good game, played in a great spirit and special praise must go to Duncan Patterson (of Ferguslie CC) for allowing the side to use Meikleriggs, to the umpires for standing in the match and to the Ferguslie groundstaff and members for providing a good pitch, quick outfield and a quite superb tea!"  The scorecard of the game is online now.


West District Under 12/WCA Junior squad training sessioms posted [12/05/10]

Drew Pryde (West District Under 12 squad Coach) and Jamie Burton (Western Cricket Academy Under 14 squad Coach) today annouced two joint-training sessions.  These will be on Wednesday the 9th of June, fom 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Langloan, Coatbridge (Drumpellier CC's ground) and Wednesday the 23rd of June, at the same times, at Bothwell Castle Policies, Uddingston (Uddingston CC's ground).  All squad players expected to attend.


First news of West District Under 12s season opener [posted 27/04/10] 

Reports from Titwood late on Tuesday evening spoke of the season opening fixture for the West District Under 12 side resulting in a tie!  93 played 93.  In his match report Team Manager Tim Hart writes "Christopher McBride won the toss for the re-formed West District Under 12 team and elected to bat at a cloudy Titwood.  And the skipper led from the front with a superb 31 (retired) - the innings highlighted by two 4s and two 6s.  He was given support by Humza Sabri (11) and Lloyd Jefferson (13) before good batting from Lewis James (11*) and Adil Ghaffar (10*) added 29 off the last five overs.  The star with the ball for Clydesdale was Ross Bain, who finished with 3-0-8-2 and picked up the wickets of Sabri and Matthew Cooper.  West District Under 12s 97 for 3 off their 20 overs.   The first over of the reply saw Adil Ghaffar bowl a maiden, before Clydesdale's Calum Stout got stuck into the bowling.  The first wicket fell when Rafiq Sher was well caught by skipper McBride at mid on, off the bowling of Shujaa Khan - 24 for 1.  With the score on 38 Khan struck again, clean bowling Stout for 29.  Alex Ewing and Cameron Horn picked up wickets too and with Clydesdale's top scorer, and Western Cricket Academy Under 14 Player, Andrew Hume having to retire for a well-made 30 with the score on 86 for 4 off 15 overs, Clydesdale looked firm favourites.  After 18 overs, the score was 96 for 4.  What no-one could have predicted was that Adil and Shujaa would then bowl eleven dot balls in a row!  One ball, 2 to win.  The last ball produced a big swing and miss – with Owain Taylor's head-first dive just beating the wicket-keeper's throw and the game finishing as a tie!  It was a good start for the Under 12 team.  Everyone either batted or bowled, the fielding was generally very good and the squad look to be establishing a good team spirit as the different personalities begin to gel into a cohesive unit."  The scorecard of the game is online now.


Arrangements for West District Under 12 match versus Cumbria in May [posted 20/04/10]

West District Under 12 squad Manager Tim Hart has let us know that the match against Cumbria Under 11s scheduled for 19th of May is being played at Wigton CC's ground.  The match, that has a 12noon start is 45 overs-a-side.


Northumberland match postponed [posted 19/04/10]

The West District Under 12 match against Northumberland Under 11s, originally scheduled for Sunday the 2nd of May 2010, has been postponed - Tim Hart, the squad Manager, says it's hoped the fixture will be rearranged for later in the season.


West District team news [posted 19/04/10]

The first team selection for the West District Under 12s is now online.  Selections will also be circulated to West district clubs' Junior Convenors, and squad members.  Any queries should be directed to West District Under 12 Manager, Tim Hart (07753-987286).


Squad selected [posted 24/02/10]

The West District Under 12 management team has made its selections for the 2010 squad.  Nominated players who trialled for the squad in recent weeks are being notified of their selection or otherwise this week.  Thereafter the squad will be publicised more widely, and selected players named here on the website.