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.
Latest news and notices
West Regional Development Centre "Talent trawl" [posted 10/10/16]
Tim Hart writes, "The west Regional Development Centre held an Under 15 'Talent trawl' at Hutchesons' Grammar School on Sunday the 9th of October. 26 players, from thirteen different west region clubs, attended the four-hour session which featured some movement-based stations, four different net-based sessions and a modified version of an indoor game.
"The session was also opened up to coaches who wished to attend to observe. Thanks to the players for their efforts and to the ten coaches, from eight different clubs, who came along on the day."
UKCC Level 2 coaching course [posted 02/10/16]
Tim Hart writes, "Seventeen candidates, from nine different west region clubs, completed modules one to four of the ECB Certificate in Coaching Children's Cricket (UKCC 2) course at the weekend. The course, which took place at Eastwood High School Sports Centre (in East Renfrewshire), saw the candidates get to discuss some theory, have a go at some practical delivery and ask lots of questions. It was an action-packed two days – and the candidates now have a month to reflect, and prepare, for the next part of the course."
West Development Manager update [posted 28/09/16]
Tim Hart has circulated his September 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.
WDJCU "Kwik Cricket" festivals review [posted 25/09/16]
Tim Hart writes, "The WDJCU 'Kwik Cricket' season officially ended on Sunday 25th September, with an indoor festival, which took place at Hutchesons' Grammar School. The six players-per-side format, played with no boundaries and the unusual feature of the ball being able to rebound off of the roof and walls, certainly gave the participants a very different challenge! Three clubs attended (Clydesdale CC, East Renfrewshire CC and Uddingston CC) – with East Renfrewshire CC winning both their matches to win the festival. Thanks, as always, to the players for their effort and enthusiasm and to the coaches and parents who made the festival possible."
Regional Development Centre (West) winter training programme [posted 18/09/16]
Tim Hart has circulated information to clubs on this winter's Regional Development Centre (West) training programme. This can also be found online.
UKCC2 coaching course, 1 and 2 October, 5 November, and 3 December 2016 [posted 18/09/16]
Enrolment for the upcoming ECB Certificate in Coaching Children's Cricket (UKCC2) is now open. The course, being held over four days at Eastwood High School in Newton Mearns, south of Glasgow, costs £350 and is designed for "coaches who are going to coach children from 6 to 13 years of age. They may be new coaches, existing UKCC1/ECB Level 1, or Young Person and Adult Coaches, who wish to access 'child specific' content." Further information is here online, or can be obtained from Tim Hart (07825-172346).
Under 10 indoor "Kwik Cricket" tournament [posted 18/09/16]
The WDJCU are again running an end-of-season indoor Under 10 "Kwik Cricket" tournament this year. Being held on Sunday the 25th of September, at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall in Glasgow, the tournament runs from 10 am to 12.30pm and is open to all clubs. Teams are six-a-side, and two matches will be played side-by-side making it an all-action crash-bang-wallop day of action for players. There's an entry form online, entries being accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
League winners [posted 12/09/16]
With the Under 11 League title having been decided at its Finals Day yesterday (see below), this evening saw the formal end of season 2016, and with this the identity of the remaining league champions. Season 2016's final roll of honour reads as follows:
Under 11 League: winner: Clydesdale CC; runner-up Ferguslie CC
Under 13 League: winner: Clydesdale CC; runner-up Stenhousemuir CC
Under 14 League: winner: East Renfrewshire|Renfrew; runner-up: Kilmarnock|Prestwick
Under 15 League: winner: Clydesdale CC; runner-up Poloc CC
Under 16 League: winner: Prestwick CC; runner-up: Clydesdale CC
Under 18 League: winner: Poloc CC; runner-up: Greenock|Helensburgh
Both the cup competitions - the Under 13 League Cup, and the Under Frank Smith Trophy - reached the final stage, however neither final was played because of inclement weather and, as such, these matches will be played at the start of season 2017 with players eligible to play in the twoi age-groups in season 2016 able to play.
Clydesdale CC crowned Under 11 champions [posted 11/09/16]
Meikleriggs was the venue for today's Under 11 Finals Day, with Clydesdale CC, Ferguaslie CC, Kilmarnock CC and Uddingston CC the four clubs competing to be browned Under 11 League champions. In the first semi-final Ferguslie CC, winners of Region B, came out on top in their clash with Region A runners-up, Kilmarnock CC, winning by 43 runs. The second semi-final also saw a regional division winner secure the win, Clydesdale CC, winners of Region A, defeating Uddingston CC by 125 runs.
This set up a final between the two regional division winners. And it would be the "Titwood" club's youngsters who would secure the league championship, beating the host club by 40 runs. The winning Clydesdale CC squad are pictured left with the league trophy. Congratulations to them and Coach Rodger Cairns, and well done to the other three Finals Day competitors on successful seasons.
Friday's results [posted 02/09/16]
There were a number of matches played this evening on the last scheduled night of junior cricket in the west. The weather did, however, play its part in a few matches. In the Under 15 League Poloc CC defeated the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side by ten wickets at King George V Playing Field. Batting first the combined side posted 72 for 4 with Rafay Khan top-scoring with 32. Then in the successful run-chase Uzzair Shah, with 45 not out, was Poloc CC's top-scorer, combining with opening partner Sohaib Shah (26*) to see the visitors home. At Henry Thow Oval meanwhile Clydesdale CC and Prestwick CC were left frustrated after just ten balls as rain saw their game abandoned.
Another game abandoned was the Under 11 match between Ayr CC and Kilmarnock CC, this match being called off deep in the second innings. The East Kilbride CC and Poloc CC Under 11 match at Torrance House didn't even get started as afternoon rain saw its cancellation, whilst Prestwick CC conceded its Under 11 match with Clydesdale CC. All of the night's results can be found online.
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