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 update (21st August 2017)

    Tim Hart reports, “Sunday the 20th of August was the final date of scheduled matches in the 2017 Under 12 Inter-Area Tournament, with Ayrshire hosting North Glasgow, and Clyde hosting South Glasgow.  At Scott Ellis Playing Fields (Kilmarnock CC), Ayrshire dismissed North Glasgow for just 50, in fifteen overs, with Jamie Kerr (Ayr CC) taking 3 for 11. In reply, Ayrshire reached the target for the loss of 3 wickets, in seventeen overs.

    “Meanwhile, at Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC, pictured below), South Glasgow batted first and scored 128 for 6 in their twenty overs. In reply, their Clyde hosts were always just behind the required rate and finished 115 for 4.

    “The area group not participating in this round of fixtures was Lanarkshire. However, they did manage to play a game too – playing a friendly against Perth & Kinross, at Torrance House (East Kilbride CC), which was won by the visitors.

    “The results mean that South Glasgow finish top of the standings for 2017. Congratulations to them and their coach Rodger Cairns – but, most pleasingly, eight of the ten scheduled tournament matches have taken place, with Ayrshire and Clyde planning to re-play their match previously cancelled match next Sunday too.”

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  • Under 12 inter-area update (21st August 2017)

    Tim Hart reports, “Clyde and South Glasgow teams arrived to find a pitch which was very wet at one end, pretty dry at the other and which had already had a match played on it on Sunday morning. Although damp, and although all the overs had to be bowled from one end, a match was able to take place – and thanks must to go Ferguslie CC for doing everything they could to ensure cricket could happen.

    “Clyde won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bowl first. However, South Glasgow openers Hassaan Mehmood (Poloc CC) and skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) built a good partnership for the first wicket. Mehmood made a quick 27 (off 22 deliveries) before being bowled just short of the retirement score. Owen Gould (Clydesdale CC) and Koteeswaran then added 37 for the second wicket and Koteeswaran continued to play a very effective ‘anchor’ role as he added 40 with Moiz Maqsood (Poloc CC) for the fourth wicket. The South Glasgow innings perhaps didn’t kick on the way it could have done, with the side only scoring 128 for 6 off their twenty overs (the third time in three matches they had scored that total!). Caelan Lang (Helensburgh CC) was largely responsible for the slowing of the scoring rate with a very impressive set of overs, finishing with 3-0-9-2 – although Clyde will have been disappointed to have given away 48 extras in the twenty overs.

    “In reply, South Glasgow very generously gave 40 extras straight back – including 5 penalty runs off the second delivery of the innings, during a maiden over, bowled by Mehmood as he continued his good day’s work! If the South Glasgow opening partnership had been good, the Clyde one was even better! Skipper Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Abdullah Tufail (Renfrew CC) put on 74 for the first wicket – with Ahmad retiring for 31 and Tufail scoring 22. However, the partnership had taken just over fourteen overs, with the South Glasgow attack bowling just enough ‘dot’ balls to keep the required run rate constantly creeping up. That fifteenth over, bowled by Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC), saw the key breakthrough made (helped by a fantastic sprinting, then diving catch from wicket-keeper Gould) and only yielded 1 run. When Shahan Raja (Clydesdale CC) bowled the eighteenth over as a maiden too, the game was effectively safe over. Lang (18 off seventeen deliveries) got Clyde closer to the target during the final two overs – however South Glasgow would finish as winners by 13 runs.

    “On such a wet weekend, getting any cricket was a real bonus. It was good to see how some of the batters applied themselves well and, while both coaches will be disappointed with the number of extras in the match, some of the effort in the field was great to see – most notably from Craig Glassford (Ferguslie CC) who was prepared to throw himself at anything near to him, on the leg side boundary in an effort to help the Clyde bowlers contain the South Glasgow innings.”

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  • Under 12 inter-area update (21st August 2017)

    Mark Colman reports, “After a lot of work by ground staff and parent helpers, following the torrential rain on Saturday, the ground at Kilmarnock was declared fit for play. Ayrshire won the toss and asked North Glasgow to bat on a wicket which had been covered and played very true throughout, albeit on the slow side.

    “Haider Iqbal (Kilmarnock CC) made the breakthrough in the fourth over, bowling Rayn Sheikh (Glasgow Accies CC) after the North Glasgow opening pair had got off to a decent start.  Nari Bhandari (Ayr CC) couldn’t quite replicate the devastating opening over in his last game, and took himself out the attack after two overs to rotate the bowling among the team. This paid dividends as Ayrshire bowled very tidily for most of the innings, with wickets being shared around. Jamie Kerr (Ayr CC) took three wickets in four balls across two overs, and all catches were taken.

    “The North Glasgow batsmen tried to play big shots too early in their innings, and against accurate bowling this did not succeed. Wickets fell regularly, and they were all out for 50 to the last ball of the fifteenth over. None of the batsmen really got going after the fall of the first wicket.

    “In reply, Ayrshire started cautiously against a very accurate opening attack from North Glasgow. Indeed, the first ten overs only saw one wide bowled, which is commendable at this age group. Iqbal fell to a good ball from Max Cull (Glasgow Accies CC) for 3, and together with Fatima Gardee (Glasgow Accies CC) and Rory Paterson (Glasgow Accies CC), North Glasgow kept things very tight, with the score only reaching 15 for 1 after ten overs.

    “However, Ayrshire knew that they had a relatively low score to chase, and had batting in hand. Adam Docherty (Ayr CC) injected some urgency, while Dylan Neil (Irvine CC) continued to play the anchor innings at the other end, before opening out to hit a couple of good boundaries. A few wides from the change bowlers added to the total, and despite another burst from Cull, who bowled Docherty, Ayrshire got over the line quite comfortably to win by five wickets with three overs in hand.

    “The bowling attack of both teams impressed the coaches, whilst Dylan Neil showed good application and patience with the bat to guide Ayrshire home. Both sets of players were delighted to beat the weather and get a game of cricket.”

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  • Monday’s matches (14th August 2017)

    After a day of heavy and persistent rain, there were no Under 13 or Under 18 league matches completed this evening.

  • Friday’s matches (11th August 2017)

    With poor weather again blighting the west of the country, tonight’s – final scheduled – rounds of Under 11 and Under 15 league fixtures were yet again adversely impacted by rain.  Only one of the scheduled matches, in fact, would be played.  This was at Titwood on Glasgow’s southside where Clydesdale CC Under 11s defeated local rivals Weirs CC by 26 runs.

  • Western Warriors Under 15s beat Scotland Women Under 21 (11th August 2017)

    Tim Hart reports, “Following the rain cancellation earlier in the season, the Western Warriors Under 15s were delighted to welcome the Scotland Women Under 21 to Hamilton Crescent (West of Scotland CC) on a glorious summer’s day, for a 40 overs-per-side match played based around ODI rules.

    “Having won the toss, skipper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) led from the front with 72. However, it was Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) who initially looked the more fluent of the opening partnership, compiling a very positive 46 (off just 37 deliveries) before falling to an outstanding catch at long on. Adam Malik (Dumfries CC) then joined Sturgess and the two added 87 runs, just falling short of the 88 put on for the first wicket. During their partnership, both reached half centuries – and both became much busier at the crease as their respective innings progressed. Sturgess looked set to post a very big score before being very unlucky to get out LBW to a ball which kept extremely low – his 72 coming off 88 deliveries. Tom Forrest (Greenock CC) took full advantage of the way the innings had been set up to score a very good 42 (off 31 deliveries) – with a good combination of boundary striking and intelligent strike rotation. Malik (57) then became the first of three run outs, in quest for quick runs to end the innings. Warriors 260 for 8 off their 40 overs.

    “In reply, the opening bowlers bowled with good control but struggled to make the early breakthrough. When the breakthrough did come, it was thanks to a direct hit from wicket-keeper Cairns – and then a really good yorker from Abhishek Sinha (Clydesdale CC) quickly brought a second wicket. The change bowlers found far more success and the wickets were then well-shared – and, pleasingly, seven of the ten wickets were clean bowled, as the bowlers attacked the stumps well. Anne Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) picked up two wickets (one thanks to a smart stumping from Cairns), as did leg-spinner John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC) and seamers Tarun Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) and Jamie Nowell (Greenock CC). Scotland Women Under 62 all out.

    “A good win, on a very nice day for cricket – and with West of Scotland CC being excellent hosts.”

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  • Under 14 inter-city tri-series (11th August 2017)

    Tim Hart reports on the Under 14 tri-series between the Western Warriors Under 14s, Edinburgh Under 14s and Belfast Under 14s.

    Day 1, Monday, 7 August

    “Heavy, and persistent, rain saw the Western Warriors Under 14 match versus Edinburgh reduced to a twelve overs-per-side game. Batting first, the Warriors faced too many ‘dot’ balls (44 of the 72 deliveries) – with only skipper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) reaching double figures, with his 22* (retired). The Warriors finished 69 for 4 – with three of the four wickets being stumped! The Edinburgh reply then had striking similarities to Warriors‘ innings – 49 ‘dot’ balls, only one batter (Jack Jarvis) reaching double figures (with 21* retired – as he also joined Sturgess in hitting a 6 to reach the retirement score!). The pick of the Warriors bowling attack was Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) who had figures of 3-0-6-2, there were wickets for Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) and Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC), and Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) only conceded 2 runs from a very important tenth over of the innings. In the end, somehow, the Warriors managed to defend their score – Edinburgh 65 for 5.”

    Day 2, Tuesday 8 August

    “Tuesday saw the Warriors field first – with the Belfast openers compiling a very good 69-run partnership for the first wicket. This set their innings up well – and they were aided by a couple of very difficult diving chances not quite be able to ‘stick’ in the hands of the fielders. Opener Burke reached a good 50 and Wylie and Drain took the total up to 157 for 5 off the 30 overs. For the Warriors, Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC) was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 35, Mahapatra returned another good set of figures (6-0-18-0) and fellow off-spinner Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC) also helped to contain the scoring rate, with 6-0-23-1. In reply, Cameron MacLean (Kelburne CC) and David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) put on 43 for the first wicket and Richie Simpson (Ayr CC) and Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) added 46 for the fourth wicket. However, despite 5 of the top 6 (the four mentioned and Muhaymen Majeed of Renfrew CC) all getting ‘in’ no batter would pass 20 – and ‘dot’ balls once again were a big factor, with only Simpson scoring at better than one run per ball faced. This resulted in the task towards the end of the innings being too difficult – alongside the constant fall of wickets. The Warriors would finish 138 all out. The result meant that, although each team finished with one win, the Warriors ended up finishing in third place – with Edinburgh winning the tri-series.

    “Overall, it was a good competition – and great for this group of players to get some competitive cricket. Thanks must go to Belfast and Edinburgh for travelling and playing their part in some close matches, to the umpires and coaches and to Prestwick CC and especially their groundstaff who were fantastic hosts.”

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  • Scottish Asian Sports Gala T20, 2017 (11th August 2017)

  • Western Warriors Under 18s lose to Caledonian Highlanders (10th August 2017)

    Doo’cot Park was the venue today for the Western Warriors Under 18s’ latest Inter-Regional Championship match.  Their hosts in Perth were the Caledonian Highlanders.  After winning the toss, the Warriors decided to bowl first.  However from the very start of the Highlanders‘ innings indisciplined bowling from the Warriors‘ seamers would see them concede the advantage to their northern regional rivals.  The very first over saw five wide deliveries bowled, and this set the pattern.  Ten overs in and with change bowlers already called on, the wide delivery count had mounted to fifteen, with two no balls thrown in for good measure.  For the Highlanders this took much of the pressure off their top order and, though wickets would eventually fall, the home region’s total kept ticking up.  Their eventual 226 for 5 – Johnston top-scoring with an unbeaten 72* (112) – included 36 runs in wides and no balls, each of these extras coming from a single delivery.  This meant the Warriors had actually bowled 56 overs by the time the first innings eventually closed.

    In amongst the seamers’ struggles the two Warriors spinners used – Poloc CC’s Ahmed-Raza Hanif and Owais Shah – returned combined figures of 10-2-58-1, neither bowler going at more than 3-an-over.  This simply went to highlight the travails of their seamer teammates.  226 for 5 then, meaning – after tea – the Warriors would be chasing 227 to win.

    Shah and clubmate Amaan Ramzan opened for the Warriors in pursuit of 227, and they’d put on 36 when – in consecutive Shorton deliveries – both were then dismissed.  Ramzan (16) tamely chipped a slower ball to backward point, whilst Shah (14) miss-pulled a full toss back to the bowler.  36 for 0 was suddenly 36 for 2, with two new batters in the middle.  Zain Ashraf (Clydesdale CC) and Taimoor Ahmad (Poloc CC) were the new pair, but after guiding the total past 50, they were separated when the former was bowled by an Ejaz yorker for 13.  Ahmad (44) would go on to top-score in the innings, with a couple of cameos from Clydesdale CC pair Ihtesham Ul Haq (23) and Aliyan Qureshi (39).  However no Warriors batter could replicate Johnston’s contribution for the Highlanders, and when Sajjad was bowled by Shorton in the 47th over the side were 187 all out, and the Highlanders had secured a 39-run win.

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  • “All Stars Cricket” festival (9th August 2017)

    Parvase Majeed writes, “A reminder to clubs and their junior sections that a cricket festival has been organised to coincide with Pakistan’s 70th independence celebrations, the festival taking place this Sunday, the 13th of August 2017, at Titwood.  The programme includes an ‘All Stars Cricket’ festival between 10am and 1pm.

    “A reminder, too, that East Renfrewshire CC were scheduled to host a WDJCU Kwik Cricket festival on Sunday but this has been moved to Titwood, and rather than it simply being a Kwik Cricket festival, it will be a west of Scotland “All Stars Cricket” festival. All the kids and parents who have participated in the ‘All Stars Cricket’ in the west of Scotland are cordially invited to the event with their ‘All Star Cricket’ kit.”

 

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