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 Under 14s are T20 winners! (16th July 2019)

    A fantastic squad performance resulted in the Western Warriors Under 14s winning Cricket Scotland’s Under 14 inter-regional T20 Blitz, played at Doo’cot Park, on Sunday the 14th of July.

    Game one saw the Warriors play the Caledonian Highlanders, with the Warriors batting first. Openers Gould and Esakhiel (both Clydesdale CC) got the innings off to a quick start, putting on 30 in the first three overs – in a match reduced to 16 overs-per-side. Although the innings didn’t “kick on” to a really big total, 107 for 3 looked to be around par – with Esakhiel top scoring, with 46*. In reply, the Warriors kept a good squeeze on the run rate early on. The building pressure then led to a flurry of wickets – 17 for 0 becoming 24 for 4, with Shahan Raja (Clydesdale CC) picking up two wickets. From there, there was no way back for the Highlanders. They finished on 68 for 8, with Raja being the pick of the bowlers and finishing with 3 for 17.

    In game two, the Eastern Knights won the toss and elected to bat first. Their openers batted with very positive intent – and immediately had the Warriors on the back foot, reaching 61 for 0 off of seven overs. However, the introduction of Raja saw both openers clean bowled within four deliveries of each other. Murray Johnson then continued to take the attack to the Warriors. However, with the score on 100, he was clean bowled by a good yorker from Hassaan Mehmood (Poloc CC). The Warriors bowlers then bowled very effectively during the final seven overs – only conceding a run-a-ball, with Mehmood picking up a second wicket and Andrew Harden and Nikhil Koteeswaran (both Clydesdale CC) one each. Knights 142 for 7. In reply, Esakhiel and Gould were asked to build a solid base, while scoring at a good rate. They did this perfectly, putting on 67 for the first wicket in eight overs. By this point Esakhiel was well and truly “in” and he went on to dominate the chase – getting the required run-rate to less than one run per ball and crucially keeping it there. He was given good support by Abdullah Tufail (Renfrew CC), who scored 19* – but the day belonged to Esakhiel, who finished 81*, as the Warriors won by eight wickets.

    While Esakhiel and Raja will rightly grab the main headlines, all twelve players played an important role in a very impressive win – and a competition win which demonstrated a good bounce-back from the disappointment of the team performance in the 40-over competition.

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  • WDJCU League Cups and Frank Smith Trophy (24th June 2019)

    Details of the draws for the WDJCU League Cups (Under 11, Under 12 and Under 14) and the Under 16 Frank Smith Trophy are now available in the Document centre.    Following the draws for each competition the WDJCU endeavoured to ensure all teams had as balanced a fixture schedule as possible – taking into account the number of entrants in each competition and ground availability.

  • Kwik cricket (24th June 2019)

    Stirling County CC has confirmed that their planned Kwik cricket festival on Sunday the 30th of June will not go ahead as they have withdrawn from all WDJCU leagues aside from the WDJCU Under 14s League. Any club who wishes to uptake this spare date please email WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie.

  • Coaching news (24th June 2019)

    The Glasgow Academy is running Summer coaching camps.  More details can be found in the Document centre.

  • Under 13 Vitality Cup (19th June 2019)

    Congratulations to Clydesdale CC and Glasgow Accies CC, as both clubs won through the qualifying rounds, and semi-finals, to contest an all-west final in the Scottish region stage of the ECB Under 13 Vitality T20 Cup. Having defeated Carlton and Grange respectively in the quarter-finals, Finals Day began with both clubs recording comprehensive victories in the semi-finals – Clydesdale CC beating Dundee High School FPs CC by 95 runs and Glasgow Accies CC beating Perth Doo’cot CC by nine wickets.

    Glasgow Accies CC won the toss in the final, on the main pitch at “Goldenacre” (Heriots CC), and elected to bat first. Ben Willmott struck early, but then Glasgow Accies CC built a partnership of 31 for the second wicket.  When that second wicket arrived, it came from a direct hit run out – following in the same passage of play as a dropped catch at mid-off.  This triggered a flurry of wickets, from 36 for 1 to 51 for 5 – despite Nastraullah Safi’s 22.

    Karan Shah (11) and Mustapha Fahd (12) then added 22 for the sixth wicket – enabling Glasgow Accies CC to finish on 85 for 8 from their twenty overs. While there had been wickets for Samuel Hargie (two) and Willmott, Aaban Rashid and Dhruv Shenoy (one each), all six bowlers used had bowled with control and finished with economy rates of 4.5 or lower. This effort was backed up in the field, with another two direct hit run outs – the highlight being a great piece of quick thinking from Clydesdale CC skipper Bahadar Esakhiel to create one from almost nothing.

    If that had displayed a great understanding of the game, Glasgow Accies CC wicket-keeper Ritvik Maheshwari immediately matched it – creating a stumping from nothing, standing back to opening bowler Akshat Gupta.  Clydesdale 18 for 1. Then, similarly to the first innings, a crucial second wicket partnership formed. Esakhiel played a controlled innings, reaching 30 and retiring.  Fizan Rashid then provided support, with 22 – and, even when Esakhiel had to retire, Willmott’s 15 (off ten deliveries) kept the momentum firmly with Clydesdale CC.  Both Rashid and Willmott were dismissed within 5 runs of their side’s target, with Glasgow Accies CC’s opening bowlers Gupta and Mikaeel Shabbir getting the rewards that their probing spells deserved. However, it was eventually to be Clydesdale CC’s day – completing the win.

    Congratulations, again, to both clubs for their achievements in reaching the final – and good luck to Clydesdale CC (pictured) as they go on to represent Scotland in the next round.

  • Western Warriors Under 14 (9th June 2019)

    The Western Warriors Under 14s travelled to Largo CC for the final 40-over match in the inter-regional championship. After electing to bat first, a superb batting performance put the team in a very strong position. Openers Owen Gould and Bahadar Esakhiel (both Clydesdale CC) set the innings up perfectly, bringing up their 100 partnership in the 22nd over. Although both were to be dismissed in their attempts to up the scoring rate (Gould for a high quality 73 and Esakhiel, unfortunately, run out on 47), Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) and skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) both produced quick-fire, and innovative, innings to boost the total. Fischer-Keogh finished 26* and Koteeswaran 42*, as the Warriors posted 225 for 3.

    The Warriors were gifted an early wicket, with a run out. However, the bowlers again struggled to cope with a right/left combination from opposition batting line-up – resulting in far, far, too many wides. Add in some lapses of concentration in the field, and a crucial 140-run partnership was built for the second wicket. There were some encouraging passages of play – Koteeswaran looked the most threatening of the Warriors attack (picking up a wicket which his spell deserved), Under 13 spinners Uzair Ahmad and Qasim Khan (both Ferguslie CC) continued to offer flight and turn and two tricky catches were held. However, 55 extras proved too much of a hinderance to the Warriors effort – with the Highlanders winning the match, and championship, with a couple of overs to spare.

    Overall, the Warriors will be left with a big feeling of frustration from the 40-over championship – which has featured nineten different players over the four matches. Following the good win over the Knights in game one, the team worked themselves into good positions in the three matches which followed – but couldn’t find the consistency required to turn these into wins. Esakhiel (149 runs @ 37.25), Gould (146 runs @ 48.67) and Koteeswaran (104 runs @ 34.67) have all scored consistently, and Koteeswaran (seven wickets @ 16.71) and Ahmad (six wickets @ 27.50) led the way with the ball, with Andrew Harden (Clydesdale CC) also taking a “2-for”.

    Although the 40-over championship campaign is now over, the Warriors still have plenty of cricket to play – two friendlies, the T20 championships and two Under 13 triangular series matches. These matches will provide plenty of opportunities for the squad to continue to develop their skills and try to find some additional consistency.

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  • Kwik Cricket (1st June 2019)

    WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie would like to remind clubs the WDJCU Kwik Cricket Festival is being hosted by Greenock CC on Sunday the 2nd of June, starting at 10am.  To be added to the WDJCU Kwik Cricket WhatsApp message group please email consent from the club’s nominated person to the WDJCU Secretary.

  • Western Warriors Under 14 (28th May 2019)

    Following heavy overnight rain, and a subsequent rain delay, the Warriors welcomed the Eastern Knights to Titwood (Clydesdale CC) for the latest Under 14 inter-regional championship match. After electing to bowl first, Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) produced an excellent spell of new ball, swing bowling and was very unlucky not to finish with better figures than 5-2-16-1. That performance, and 6-0-22-3 from Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) was the highlight of the Warriors effort with the ball, as the Knights scored 147 for 7 off their 27 overs. Although wides (30) continued to be a problem for the Warriors‘ bowlers, the effort in the field was improved on the previous couple of matches.

    In reply, the usual opening partnership of Owen Gould and Bahadar Esakhiel (both Clydesdale CC) was restored, and the foundation for a good chase was set. Esakhiel was fluent early on, before being bounced out for 22. However, Gould was very well set – rotating the strike well. Unfortunately, and despite being 92 for 3 with 8 overs to go, the pressure of the chase proved too much – with a series of ill-advised shots, and three pretty calamitous run outs, leaving the Warriors 31 runs short of the target. The Warriors finished all out for 116 – with only three batters reaching double figures, in a below par effort, despite a very good 41 from Gould.

    With one Championship match left, the challenge remains for the Warriors to bring all three elements of the game together over the length of a full game – and to build upon the flashes of very good cricket which have been seen so far.

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  • Western Warriors Under 14 (12th May 2019)

    The Western Warriors Under 14s welcomed the Caledonian Highlanders to a sun-drenched Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC) and turned in a below par performance, to fall to a four wicket defeat.

    Batting first, Bahadar Esakhiel (Clydesdale CC), Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) all looked well-set – before getting out for 44, 25 and 17 respectively. Throughout the innings, the Warriors just weren’t able to form meaningful partnerships – and they finished 152 all out, with overs to spare. The innings also featured two very poor run outs – and a batter being dismissed “obstructed the field” (only because you can no longer be dismissed “handled the ball”!).

    In reply, what wasn’t needed was for the Warriors to give the Highlanders 55 free runs – 49 in wides, 4 in byes and 2 in no balls! This indiscipline, and four dropped catches, meant that despite Ahmad taking two wickets and Koteeswaran ripping through the top order (4 for 31), which left the Highlanders 54 for 5 and 96 for 6, the target was reached with fifteen overs to spare.

    There is now a two-week break before the Eastern Knights come visiting – and these two weeks will give the squad the opportunity to re-group, and to continue to work on executing the skills we know they do have, so they can turn in a much more complete performance.

    Scorecard

  • Western Warriors Under 14 (6th May 2019)

    The Western Warriors Under 14s got their 2019 campaign off to a winning start – prevailing in a nail-biting encounter with the Eastern Knights. Batting first, Clydesdale CC trio Bahadar Esakhiel (36), skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (35) and wicket-keeper Owen Gould (32) all made very useful contributions to the total of 199 for 7 from the 40 overs. Extras did top score, with 53 – but the Warriors would quickly gift almost the same total (48) back, including two sets of 5 penalty runs for running on the wicket, and from consecutive deliveries!

    The Knights‘ reply was built around a big 114-run second wicket partnership – but some impressive spin bowling from Ferguslie CC duo Uzair Ahmad and Qasim Khan (8-0-31-1 and 5-1-11-0 respectively) managed to push the required rate beyond 7 runs per over. The Knights then got this back down to almost one run per ball, as the Warriors proceeded to drop six catches! However, Koteeswaran made the crucial breakthrough during a very impressive late innings spell – and, when Andrew Harden (Clydesdale CC) picked up the crucial wicket of McIntyre with the first ball of his second spell, the Warriors were able to control the end of the innings well. Knights 190 for 6 – with the Warriors showing great character to seal the victory.

    Next up is a home game, against the Caledonian Highlanders, this Sunday.

    Scorecard

 

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