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, Cricket Scotland’s Regional Academy and Regional Development Centre, and the Western Warriors 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

  • Under 12 Inter-area T20 day (23rd July 2017)

    Tim Hart reports, “Sunday the 23rd of July saw the second scheduled ‘Super Sunday’ in the Under 12 Inter-area tournament – and, pleasingly, all three matches were able to take place.

    “Match one saw South Glasgow struggle early on against the hosts, Lanarkshire.  However, an excellent innings of 50 from Moiz Maqsood (Poloc CC) took the total to 128 all out, off the final delivery of the innings.  In reply, despite a very good 33* from Abhi Reddi, batting as the ‘last man stands’, Lanarkshire finished 82 for 7.

    “Match two was the Glasgow ‘derby’.  South Glasgow batted first once again – and once again scored 128!  Only three wickets were lost on this occasion with both Nikhil Koteeswaran and Shlok Thaker (both Clydesdale CC) reaching the retirement score – with 26* and 27* respectively.  In reply, Hamish Aspinall (Glasgow Accies CC) got his side off to a quick start – but they could not keep up with the required scoring rate as the bowlers from the south put the ‘squeeze’ on very effectively.  North Glasgow 64 for 5 off their twenty overs.

    “Following a brief – but heavy – rain shower, match three did take place as planned.  Lanarkshire batted first and were immediately on the ‘backfoot’ as Aspinall took two early wickets with his slow left arm spin.  Despite 22 from Alvin Reji (Uddingston CC), Lanarkshire finished 57 all out – with Aspinall claiming 3 for 6 from his three overs.  In reply, Rory Paterson (Glasgow Accies CC) and Aspinall ensured that North Glasgow would complete a comfortable win – Aspinall retiring for 30 and Paterson finishing 24*.

    “Special thanks must go to the parents, coaches and scorers for their support on the day – but especially to Uddingston CC and their Junior Convenor Ann Hargie who put on a great tea and helped to ensure that the matches ran smoothly and that the players had an enjoyable day.”

    The updated Under 12 Inter-area tournament table is online here.

  • Challenge series update (22nd July 2017)

    Tim Hart reports, “The Under 14 Challenge Series continued as the Foxes made their first appearance of 2017. The match, played at New Anniesland (Glasgow Accies CC), saw the Foxes host the Eagles – and it was a match which did not reflect the quality of the playing surface, as it was the bowlers who surprisingly dominated the day’s play.

    “Batting first, the Foxes got off to a good start as skipper Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC) and Abdul Malik (Poloc CC) put on 55 for the first wicket. However, a slight collapse was triggered when Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) got Malik to loop a ball to short cover – and 55 for 0 became 69 for 4. Although Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) kept the pressure on with a spell of 7-1-16-2, Majeed remained resolute. He brought up his 50 off 111 deliveries before almost immediately being caught of the bowling of Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC). With Ahmadzai returning to clean up the lower order the Foxes were 124 all out – Ahmadzai finishing with 3 for 19.

    “In reply, the Foxes ensured that there would be no big early Eagles partnership as Uzair Khan (Clydesdale CC) struck twice in the second over. With Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) also picking up two early wickets, the Eagles were left with a lot of work to do. Things got harder for them when Wylie held on to an absolute ‘screamer’ of a slip catch, to give Khan a third wicket. As the innings progressed, only Zakir Siddiqui (Poloc CC) with 15 would reach double figures, as the Eagles were dismissed for just 47 – Wylie finishing with 3 for 8 and Khan 4 for 18.

    “The next match in the series sees the Sharks host the Foxes – in a match which, if played, will guarantee a change at the top of the series standings.”

  • Friday’s matches (21st July 2017)

    There was a full card of fixtures in the two junior Friday leagues this evening.  In the Under 11 League wins were recorded by Ferguslie CC, Glasgow Accies CC, East Kilbride CC and East Renfrewshire CC on the field, whilst Clydesdale CC benefited from a concession from Prestwick CC.  Ferguslie CC’s win was over Greenock CC by 60 runs, Uzair Ahmad taking 3 for 10 as Greenock CC lost twelve wickets batting second at Glenpark.  In a slightly closer affair at Shawholm in Glasgow Poloc CC lost to East Renfrewshire CC by 22 runs, two wickets falling in the final over to see the Woodfarm Pavilion side ease to their eventual win.  East Kilbride CC’s win was another away win on the night, this time at Scott Ellis Field against Kilmarnock CC and the winning margin 61 runs.  Another big winning margin was Glasgow Accies CC’s 87-run win over Renfrew CC, Rory Paterson top-scoring for the New Anniesland youngsters with an unbeaten 22.

    In the Under 15 League there were wins reported for two of Glasgow’s southside clubs: Clydesdale CC beating Stenhousemuir CC at The Tryst, and Poloc CC seeing off Glasgow Accies CC, also on the road.  Spookily both sides won by 51 runs, Clydesdale CC’s win owing much to Daniel Cairns 52* (39), whilst Sohaib Shah’s 133 (65) was the main reason behind Poloc CC’s win.

  • T20 quadrangular tournament (19th July 2017)

    The Western Warriors Under 18s were in T20 action today at New Williamfield, up against the Eastern Knights, Caledonian Highlanders and Ulster Schools.  The side won one match (defeating the Knights), and lost two, as did the other two Scottish regional sides, with Ulster Schools running out winners of the event by virtue of defeating all three Scottish sides.  Thanks are due to Stirling County CC for hosting the tournament, and to WoSACO for providing umpires.

    Scorecards.

  • Monday’s matches (17th July 2017)

    There were some high-scoring matches, and big margins of victory in this evening’s junior league matches.  In the Under 13 League Clydesdale CC won by ten wickets against the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side, chasing 77 to win.  Glasgow Accies CC were also winners on the night in this age-group, defeating Greenock CC at New Anniesland by 32 runs, after posting 119 for 5 batting first.  And in Kilmarnock, Poloc CC ran out 77-run winners over their hosts the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined side, this after posting 151 for 1 batting first.  The individual performances of merit this evening included John Greene (33*), Hassaan Mehmood (34*), Hasan Malik (31*), Abdullah Rana (30*), Samee Mehmood (30*), Jack Hurford (30*), Ibrahim Faisal (30*) and Nikhil Koteeswaran (30*).  And with the ball there was a “4-for” recorded by Shahan Raja.

    The older age-group – the Under 18s – saw the evening biggest score however, Clydesdale CC racking up 242 for 1 against the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team at King George V Playing Fields in Renfrew.  Ihtesham Ul Haq was the main run scorer, scoring an unbeaten 146 from just 62 deliveries.  He was given support by Daniel Cairns (55) and Humza Zulfiqar (34).  Then in the second innings, Zakki Tariq took 4 for 7 as the Glasgow southside team ran out 178-run winners.

  • Warriors defeat Ulster Schools (17th July 2017)

    The touring Ulster Schools played their first match today, a Pro40 against Western Warriors Under 18s at Poloc CC’s “Shawholm” ground in Glasgow.  After winning the toss, the tourists decided to bat first on a glorious day, on a flat track and with a fast outfield.  And score quickly the Ulster batters did, going along at over 5-an-over in the first ten overs.  This run-rate was boosted by wayward bowling from the Warriors attack, however, and almost despite this, the tourists were also losing wickets.  Fifteen overs in to their innings and the score was 76, more than 5-an-over.  But the Ulster side were also five down!  East Kilbride CC’s Kess Sajjad had been the main wicket-taker, dismissing four of the tourists’ top five, all caught.  In fact when Ulster schools were bowled out for just 114 in the 28th over, no fewer than seven batters had been dismissed by being caught, Louis Ware and Harry Briggs (both Greenock CC) taking a brace of catches each.  The other feature of the innings was the wayward bowling.  This, like the coming-and-going of Ulster Schools batters was a recurring theme.  No fewer than 32 of the 114 runs recorded were extras, and of these 22 were wides.  In other circumstances this would likely have cost the Warriors the win.

    However today it didn’t.  However, if the Warriors‘ bowling was sloppy, their batting was, at times, little better.  In what turned out to be a bit of a nail-biting finish, the Warriors sneaked home by just two wickets.  No fewer than six batters reached double figures, but none 20.  Yet the start of the run-chase suggested it would be routine.  Uzzair Shah of Poloc CC (17) and Greenock Cc’s Harry Briggs (14) had taken their side’s reply to 39 without loss, with no alarm bells ringing, before Briggs was first out, bowled by Robinson.  Shah then committed the cardinal sin of getting out immediately too, 39 for 0 was suddenly 39 for 2, and two new batters were in the middle.  However, again, the total started to increase nicely.  50 was passed, then 60, as the halfway point in the run-chase came and went.  But then just as two wickets had fallen with the score on 39, so two fell when the scoreboard read 67.  67 for 2 became 67 for 4.  And again it was the two “in” batters who got out: Taimoor Ahmad (Poloc CC) and John oliver (Glasgow Accies CC).  Both caught.  From this point on it was like deja vu referencing the Ulster Schools innings: batters coming-and-going as if the wicket was a revolving door.  67 for 4 became 107 for 8, and 7 runs were still needed with only two wickets in hand.  However the win would be secured, the finish line being reached when Helensburgh CC’s Gregor Chambers stroked a 4 through extra cover to see his side home.  A win, but only just, by two wickets.

    So, a win, but much to work on for the Warriors, who meet the Ulster Schools side again on Wednesday, in Stirling, in a quadrangular T20 competition.

    Scorecard.

  • Scottish Asian Sports Gala T20, 2017 (15th July 2017)

    Parvase Majeed writes, “We are organising the Pakistan 70th independence cricket festival of the 13th of August 2017, at Titwood.  The programme has been agreed as follows:

    • ‘All Stars Cricket’ festival: 10am to 1pm;
    • Scottish Pakistanis Junior Panthers v Scottish Pakistanis Juniors Pumas: 10am to 1pm (T20); and
    • Scottish Pakistanis Panthers v Scottish Pakistanis Pumas: 2pm to 5pm (T20).

    “East Renfrewshire CC are scheduled to host a Kwik Cricket festival on the same day and the suggestion is we move that to Titwood and, rather than have the Kwik Cricket festival, we make it a west of Scotland “All Stars Cricket” festival.  The eight-week ‘All Stars Cricket’ programme is now complete and this is an opportunity to continue promoting the game. The event celebrating Pakistan’s independence is a perfect opportunity to build on community engagement too.  Ammar Ashraf and I have already agreed in principle to move the event from Woodfarm Pavilion to Titwood. All the kids and parents who have participated in the ‘All Stars Cricket’ in the west of Scotland will be invited to the event with their ‘All Star Cricket’ kit. We will put up the banners, etc. and it is hoped the mascot will make an appearance.

    “This will be a great opportunity to connect the rich history of Pakistanis’ contribution to cricket in Scotland, and build integration through sport.  There will be stalls and kids activities at the event, so it will be a family fun day to remember.”

  • East Kilbride|Uddingston Under 18 combined team (15th July 2017)

    East Kilbride CC has informed the WDJCU that its combined team with Uddingston CC is withdrawing from the Under 18 League.  Matches against the combined team will, therefore, be considered void.

  • Friday’s matches (7th July 2017)

    Three Under 11 League match results were reported to the website this evening.  Ferguslie CC were conceded the win by Stenhousemuir CC unfortunately, whilst Clydesdale CC beat near-neighbours Poloc CC by 38 runs in a Glasgow southside derby and Uddingston CC defeated Glasgow Accies CC by 18 runs at Bothwell Castle Policies.

    In the older – Under 15 – age-group, Clydesdale CC made it a derby day double, by defeating Poloc CC at Titwood by seven wickets, Taha Khan with an unbeaten 30 in the Crossmyloof youngsters’ successful run-chase.  Meanwhile Glasgow Accies CC were securing the win-points in their league clash with the Renfrew|West of Scotland combined side, the winning margin eight wickets this time.

  • Challenge Series update (6th July 2017)

    Tim Hart report, “Wednesday the 5th of July saw Titwood (Clydesdale CC) play host to the latest 2017 Under 14 Challenge Series match – a match which saw the Eagles play the Sharks for the second time in the series.

    Eagles skipper Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) would have been pleased with the start his side made, as openers Zakir Siddiqui (Poloc CC) and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) put on 23 for the first wicket – with almost no alarms. However, 23 for 0 then became 45 for 4 – before Zulfiqar dug in to drag his side back into the match. At 113 for 5, he might have hoped that his side would be able to push on to around the 200 mark. But, shortly after reaching a well-deserved half century, he was well caught by Cameron MacLean (Kelburne CC) off the bowling of Anne Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) for 53. From there, the innings quickly subsided – with the Eagles finishing 129 all out. The wickets were well-spread – with two each for Nabeel Khan (Poloc CC), Ibrahim Sarwar (Clydesdale CC) and Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC), two run outs and one each for Anne Sturgess and Hamza Irfan (Glasgow Accies CC).

    “In reply, 23 was again the magic number for the first wicket – that being the total put on by skipper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) and wicket-keeper Owen Gould (Clydesdale CC). With a further 23 being added for the second wicket, the Sharks were 45 for 2 and, although two wickets ahead of where the Eagles had been, the match was well-poised. However, the third wicket partnership would prove to be the defining one of the match – with Sturgess and MacLean adding 70 runs, with almost even split of the partnership. Although Sturgess (46) was well caught by Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) off the bowling of Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC), MacLean (38*) saw the Sharks home to victory, by seven wickets.

    “The result saw the Sharks pick up the 10 win points and the Eagles 1 bonus point – to leave both sides on 11 points after their two matches! Hopefully the weather will allow the Foxes to get their campaign underway over the next few weeks.”

    The latest tournament standings are available here.

 

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