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

  • Western Warriors – update (13th July 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “Wednesday the 11th of July saw a Western Warriors Youth Select XI play XL Club (Scotland) at Hamilton Crescent (West of Scotland CC). Batting first XL Club scored 147 for 9 off 40 overs before declaring at tea. The early XL Club progress was checked by Shahan Raja (Poloc CC) taking four wickets in his first spell, to leave the score at 43 for 4. Although the next three partnerships were worth 32, 35 and 24, the intelligent rotation of the bowlers meant that the innings never gained real momentum. Anne Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) was the pick of the change bowlers, with figures of 5-3-7-2 – and there were also wickets for Saifullah Ahmadzai, Nikhil Koteeswaran (both Clydesdale CC) and Caelan Lang (Helensburgh CC).

    “In reply, despite the loss of an early wicket, Sturgess and skipper Zakki Tariq (Clydedale CC) and then Tariq and Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) built solid partnerships for the second and third wickets – to set the chase up very well. The fourth and fifth wicket partnerships were equally impressive – with Samee Mehmood (Poloc CC) offering good support as Fischer-Keogh continued to dominate the innings. Fischer-Keogh’s deserved half century took the side to the brink of victory, before he was caught for 56. However, Koteeswaran and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) would see the side home to a good, four-wicket win.”

    Scorecard.

  • Western Warriors Under 14 – update (10th July 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “The Western Warriors Under 14s welcomed the Eastern Knights to the Scott Ellis Playing Fields (Kilmarnock CC) for the latest Cricket Scotland Under 14 inter-regional match. The Knights won the toss, elected to bat and progressed to 34 for 0 off of five overs. However, led by two quick wickets from Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC), this suddenly became 59 for 4 off twelve overs. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the next wicket wouldn’t fall until the score was 161. The value of this partnership was shown as, led by Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) and Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), the Knights went from 161 for 4 to 194 all out – and they were bowled out in just the 33rd over! The innings had really been all about five players – with Docherty and Murray being the standouts for the Knights and Ahmad (3 for 30), Ahmadzai (3 for 34) and Mahapatra (2 for 15) for the Warriors.

    “In reply, Bahadar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) quickly took the attack to the Knights. His eighteen-ball 26 featured five boundaries – and, with Mahapatra playing the more traditional opening role, the Warriors looked to be well set. However, 48 for 0 became 50 for 3 – with the wickets falling to a good ball, a very loose shot and a poor run out. John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC) then provided Mahapatra with some support, as the pair built a 42-run partnership for the fourth wicket. But both would be gone by the time the total reached 120 – and the innings then went on to collapse a little, from 135 for 6 to 147 all out. Esakhiel’s hard-hitting 26 and Mahaptra’s high quality 39 were the highlights of the Warriors innings.

    “A 47-run loss – but a match which offered plenty of encouraging moments for the Warriors. There were two passages of play where the Warriors bowlers and fielders appeared to have good control of the game, there were two good second innings partnerships and a couple of lower order batters tried to apply themselves well. However, bowling straight, doing the basics in the field and improving the balance between scoring runs and occupying the crease are things which the Warriors will want to try and improve on during matches in the next few weeks.”

    Scorecard

  • Western Warriors – update (6th July 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “The Western Warriors Under 16s were invited to play a one-off, 40-over challenge match against Birkenhead School (“Birkenhead”), as part of a George Watson’s College school festival. The high-scoring match was played on the Craiglockhart ground, in Edinburgh.

    “Batting first, Birkenhead made steady progress – despite encouraging opening spells from Taha Khan (Clydesdale CC) and Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC), which left the score at 14 for 0 off six overs. However, the pace of the scoring then picked up – aided by some poor fielding. At the drinks break it was suddenly 104 for 0 and Birkenhead were well set up to post a very big total. Rafay Khan (Renfrew CC), Jamie Nowell (Greenock CC) and Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) picked up wickets during the next short passage of play before Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC) and Taha Khan bowled their variations well at the end of the innings, to keep the score to 238 for 6 off the 40 overs – with Rauf picking up two wickets and Khan one.

    “In reply, the Warriors did not start as well as Birkenhead had done earlier. Although Muhyamen Majeed (Renfrew CC) scored 43, the Warriors found themselves 83 for 7 after just 22 overs. A key problem had been the 101 ‘dot’ balls faced to this point (out of 132 deliveries bowled), including a passage of play where 1 run was scored off the bat in 38 deliveries! The situation had also not helped by some ill-advised shot selection and less than ideal execution. Given the score, and state of the game, it was a somewhat remarkable effort for the Warriors to end up on 206 for 9 off their 40 overs! This was based round a very positive 97-run partnership (off just 80 deliveries) for the ninth wicket between skipper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) and Rauf. Sturgess scored 63 (off 48) and Rauf 43* (off 48) – and there was more than a little hint of panic in the field as the combination of very good running between the wickets and eleven boundaries nearly made the highly improbable become vaguely possible! Unfortunately, despite the fantastic effort from the two batters, the poor fielding in the first innings and the early ‘dot’ balls in the second left the batters with just too much to do – and Birkenhead finished as winners by 32 runs.

    “Overall, it was a good game played in a fantastic spirit – with a high quality tea and a great common-sense approach to the day from the umpires. The match has created a great opportunity for both sides to look back on some passages of positive cricket and on some things they could do much more effectively – and, on behalf of the Warriors, I would like to thank Alan Patterson and George Watson’s College for the invite to take part. The challenge for Warriors will be to learn quickly before Sunday’s Under 16 inter-regional match against the Eastern Knights.”

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  • Match returns (4th July 2018)

    WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie writes, “Can all clubs please ensure that match scores are submitted as soon as possible after games please to allow for fixture scheduling.  Any queries with score issues please contact me for assistance.”

  • West development manager update (1st July 2018)

    Tim Hart has circulated his June 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.

  • Stenhousemuir Under 12s (27th June 2018)

    Stenhousemuir Under 12s have withdrawn from the league.

  • East Kilbride|Weirs Under 14 combined team (27th June 2018)

    The East Kilbride|Weirs Under 14 combined team has withdrawn from the league.

  • All Stars cricket – update (22nd June 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “To celebrate the 2018 All Stars Cricket programme, a special All Stars cricket activity evening took place on Friday the 22nd of June. The event was set up to run in conjunction with the senior Western Warriors versus Caledonian Highlanders inter-regional T20 Blitz fixture – the match taking place at Titwood (Clydesdale CC) and the All Stars Cricket event immediately across the road at Hutchesons’ Grammar School. This also enabled the All Stars who attended (24, from five different West Region delivery centres) to enjoy an extra special ‘Money can’t buy experience’ on the evening – a question and answer session (and autograph opportunity) with Cricket Scotland’s National Head Coach, Grant Bradburn.

    “The evening would have been as successful as it was without the help of Rosy Ryan (Cricket Scotland’s West Region Women’s and Girls’ Development Officer), Grant and the volunteers from Clydesdale CC who have been helping to deliver their All Stars Cricket programme this summer – and I would like to thank these people and all the All Stars (and their parents and guardians) who attended the event.”

  • Schools cricket – update (21st June 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “The Cricket Scotland Schools Week of Cricket culminated with the finals of the BIGBlast! on Thursday the 21st of June, at Doo’cot Park, Perth. As with all the other competitions which made up the week, the west region was healthily represented – this time by Belmont Academy (South Ayrshire), Holyrood Secondary School (Glasgow) and Wallace Hall Academy (Dumfries & Galloway). As is the intention of this S1 to S3 softball tournament, there were plenty of big hits, lots of scampering between the wickets and some outstanding efforts in the field – as all three schools enjoyed a day of cricket in the glorious sunshine.”

  • Schools cricket – update (20th June 2018)

    Tim Hart reports, “Doo’cot Park (Perth) was the venue for the culmination of the ScotRail National Primary Schools Cup. The competition was for pupils in P6 and below (at the beginning of the 2017-18 curriculum year) and the west region had three representatives at Final Day: Giffnock Primary School (East Renfrewshire), St. John the Baptist Primary School (South Lanarkshire) and The High School of Glasgow Junior School (Glasgow). As well as playing five matches on the day, all the pupils who participated took part in a series of skill challenges during the lunch interval. Thanks to all the pupils for their efforts on the day – and to staff, and parents, who supported their respective schools.”

 

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