Welcome to the virtual home of junior cricket in the west of Scotland  You can find everything you need to know about junior cricket in the west district here.  This includes the latest news and views from the Western District Junior Cricket Union, and the Western Warriors development programmes and representative sides.  News from schools cricket and development groups are here too.  League and cup fixtures and results, match reports, pictures of what’s been happening, as well as news of representative squads and teams are all here online.  And if you’re looking for a club you can find details of all member clubs here too.



 


Latest news and notices

  • School cricket – update (25th May 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “Thursday, 24 May saw Titwood (Clydesdale CC) host the west regional qualifying event in the Cricket Factory BIG Blast!. The competition featured six schools, 56 players and fifteen matches. The round-robin format saw Belmont Academy (Ayrshire) emerge as the festival winners (having previously won the Ayrshire regional qualifying event!), with Holyrood Secondary School (Glasgow) finishing as runners-up. Congratulations to both schools who will now go on to represent the west region at National Finals Day, in Perth, in late June.

    “As always, a big thanks must also go to Clydesdale CC groundsman Cyril McLatchie for his help with having the ground looking in such good condition and to the teachers (and older school pupils) who helped out with umpiring and scoring on the day.”

  • Schools cricket – update (25th May 2018)

    Tim Hart writes, “Wednesday the 23rd of May saw two regional qualifying events take place in the ScotRail National Primary Schools Cup.  At Bothwell Castle Policies (Uddingston CC), pictured below, left, St. John the Baptist Primary School won the Lanarkshire Qualifying Event.

    “Meanwhile, at Titwood (Clydesdale CC), pictured below, right, The High School of Glasgow junior school were winning the west region qualifying event.  Congratulations to both schools on winning their respective qualifying events and on qualifying for national Finals Day, in Perth, in late June.  However, the most pleasing factor was that 8 schools were represented by a total of 90 pupils, who played thirteen matches, had lots of fun and enjoyed a day of cricket in glorious sunshine!”

  • Western Warriors Under 14s defeat Caledonian Highlanders (21st May 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “A much-improved batting effort was the backdrop to the Western Warriors Under 14s defeating the Caledonian Highlanders by 27 runs, in the latest Cricket Scotland Under 14 inter-regional championship match. Batting first at New Williamfield (Stirling County CC), the Warriors posted 229 for 4 from their 40 overs. The total was based around three 50-plus partnerships – for the first, second and fifth (unbroken) wickets.

    “Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) top scored with 68 and there were also useful contributions from John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC), skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) – with 43, 37* and 23* respectively.

    “In reply, the Highlanders scorecard had a slightly unusual look to it – with only two batters (plus ‘extras’) reaching double-figures. Pearson’s 79, Horne’s 37 and those 34 extras meant that the Highlanders were just about ‘in touch’ – however, and at the same time, the Warriors bowlers had taken wickets regularly enough throughout the innings to ensure that the required run-rate always looked to be just too much for the visitors. There were four wickets for man-of-the-match Greene, two each for Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) and Mahapatra, and one each for Samee Mehmood (Poloc CC) and still-Under 11 debutant Ollie Jones (Stirling County CC).

    “Overall, it was a much-improved performance – especially from the batters. However, the fielding (both ground and catching) and the consistency from the bowlers is still an area which everyone can look to make significant improvements in prior to the matches in late June and early July.”

    Scorecard

  • Glasgow Academy summer coaching courses (18th May 2018)

    Information on summer cricket coaching course, being held at, and run by, The Glasgow Academy, can be found online.

  • Schools cricket – update (16th May 2018)

    Tim Hart writes, “Holyrood Secondary School hosted Belmont Academy in the latest match in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup. Batting first, at Titwood (Clydesdale CC), it was the visitors from Ayrshire who posted a big total – their 170 for 2 being spearheaded by a fantastic 88* from Finn Turner, with a good supporting 39* from Nari Bhandari. In reply, Holyrood Secondary School’s chase was hindered by Callum McCormack taking 4 for 12 from his four overs. Holyrood Secondary School would finish on 113 for 8. Belmont Academy’s next round tie will see them travel to Titwood again – to play Hutchesons’ Grammar School.”

  • Schools cricket – update (16th May 2018)

    Tim Hart writes, “Tuesday the 15th of May saw Cambusdoon (Ayr CC) host the Ayrshire qualifying tournament in the Cricket Factory BIG Blast! The inaugural Ayrshire event saw 86 pupils, from five schools, come together to compete in an eleven-team competition. There was a round-robin phase, followed by one round of placement matches. In total, 30 modified format matches took place on a glorious summer day! The final saw the two group stage winners (who had both come through the group stage undefeated) compete to see who would go on to represent Ayrshire in next week’s west regional qualifying competition. It was a team from Belmont Academy who prevailed over a team from Kyle Academy – with the margin of victory being just 11 runs.

    “Overall, the day was a great success – and special thanks must go to Ayr CC for hosting, to all staff and volunteers who helped on the day and to all 86 participants (from Belmont Academy, Kyle Academy, Marr College, Prestwick Academy and St. Matthew’s Academy) who contributed to a fantastic event.”

  • Western Warriors Under 14s lose to Eastern Knights (14th May 2018)

    Tim Hart writes, “The Western Warriors Under 14s (pictured) began their 2018 Cricket Scotland Under 14 inter-regional championship campaign with a loss to the Eastern Knights. After electing to bat first, the Warriors lost wickets far too regularly – with some injudicious shot selection not helping the cause. Owen Gould (Clydesdale CC) did look to be in very good form, including two glorious cover drives for 4 – but when he was adjudged to have been run out for 15, the Warriors were 56 for 6 in just the sixteenth over. Bahadar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) and Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) did then add the biggest partnership of the innings, for the eighth wicket – but this was only worth 17. Warriors 96 all out, in 27.1 overs.

    “In reply, there was an early run out – but the Knights appeared to be cruising, at 72 for 1. However, a fantastic direct hit run out from John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC) triggered a remarkable collapse – to 75 for 5! Greene picked up the wicket his spell (8-3-13-1) fully deserved and Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) took two wickets in three deliveries. But it wouldn’t prove to be enough, as the Knights reached their target in the 27th over.

    “Despite a good fighting effort during the latter period of the second innings, the Warriors will be left to reflect on a disappointing batting and fielding effort – which left them with too much to do. There is an immediate chance to put this right next Sunday when the Caledonian Highlanders are welcomed to New Williamfield.”

  • Schools cricket update (9th May 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “Despite the weather, Hutchesons’ Grammar School (‘HGS’) and Kelvinside Academy (‘KA’) somewhat remarkably managed to complete their quarter-final tie in the CityLets national Secondary Schools Cup (for players in S1 to S3). Played at Auldhouse in Thornliebank in Glasgow (pictured below), on the artificial wicket, KA batted first and scored 38 for 7 off their fourteen overs. In reply, an older and more experienced HGS team made quick work of the chase – reaching 39, for the loss of one wicket, in 7.3 overs. However, huge congratulations must go to both sets of players, and the umpires, for battling through the steady drizzle to get the match completed! HGS will now be at home to winners of the Holyrood Secondary School versus Belmont Academy match in the first semi-final.”

  • Western Warriors Under 16s lose to Eastern Knights (7th May 2018)

    Tim Hart writes, “The Western Warriors Under 16s began their 2018 Cricket Scotland inter-regional championship campaign with a big defeat. Exam’s had resulted in several of the more experienced (and older) players being unavailable – but this should not have resulted in the margin of defeat being as great as it was.

    “Batting first, the Eastern Knights were 78 for 4 off twenty overs at one point – but the 150-run partnership for the fifth wicket really took the game away from the Warriors. At the end of their 50 overs, the Knights finished 263 for 5. For the Warriors, there were two wickets for Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) one thanks to a good catch from Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC), one for Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) and two run outs – with one thanks to a good direct hit from Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC). However, the 56 extras included 49 wides – with the half-century only being prevented by a series of flying, one-handed stops down the leg-side from wicket-keeper, and skipper, David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC)…and the wides were backed up by a generally poor fielding display, particularly ‘in the ring’.

    “Then, in reply, only two individual batters and only three partnerships made it into double figures – with poor shot selection being added to by two calamitous run outs. The Warriors 59 all out, in the 22nd over.

    “The majority of the side which played was Under 15 – however, it was still a very disappointing performance and result. The players have a couple of weeks to go away, re-group, learn from a very tough experience and continue to refine the skills which we know they do have – before the next match, against the Caledonian Highlanders, at the end of May.”

    Scorecard

  • New season Chairman’s message (3rd May 2018)

    On the eve of a new junior league season, WDJCU Chairman Parvase Majeed writes “We have arrived again at the crest of a new season. The weather may not be conducive but we are hardened souls in the west of Scotland and made to suffer and endure whatever the weather throws at us.  This season’s junior cricket is going to be interesting, challenging and I hope really enjoyable for all participants. We have new formats for the kids from the work undertaken by Cricket Scotland and its research based on Australian junior cricket. Age groups of Under 11, Under 14 and Under 16 will in future if the experience over the season is a positive one will become known as J1, J2 and J3. We have retained the Under 12 age group to allow the kids to experience the hardball before Under 14.

    “I would like to give a big thanks to Ann Hargie the junior union’s new Secretary and Tim Hart of Cricket Scotland for the work put in preparing the fixtures after long deliberations on the formats were completed by the junior committee. Also a big thank you to Keith Young for his advice, support and ongoing work on the website even after relinquishing the Secretary’s role.

    “It was very pleasing to see so many of you at the workshop last week and those of you who were not able to attend please ensure you read up on the formats or hope the opposition coach is conversant of the new ‘rules’. Otherwise…..

    “Tomorrow is the start of the junior season Under 11 and Under 14 matches will commence. Weather permitting.

    “To all Junior Convenors and team coaches: embrace the changes :: enjoy the new experience :: let the kids play!”

 

Older news

Old news can be found online, in the WDJCU news section, the Academy news section, the RDC news section, the Challenge Series news section, the Club development news section, the Schools news section, and the various archive areas.


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