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

  • Finals information (28th August 2019)

    WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie is notifying clubs of the League Cups and League Finals Days for each age group as they are confirmed, for ground, date and time.

    Monday 26 August: Under 12 League Cup Final, Clydesdale CC v Glasgow Accies CC, 6pm start
    Sunday 1 September: Under 12 League Finals Day, Titwood, 10.30am start

  • Under 12 League Cup final (28th August 2019)

    Played at New Anniesland on Monday 26 August 2019: Clydesdale CC, 84 for 5 (net 136) beat Glasgow Accies CC 96 for 13 (net 116), by 20 runs.  For Clydesdale CC, Abhi Reddy took 2 for 15 and Shlok Thaker 2 for 22, although all eight bowlers took wickets!  For Glasgow Accies CC, Nasratullah Safi’s 19 was the highest score by any individual player in the match. Congratulations to Clydesdale CC on their win.

  • Under 14 Scottish Cup (26th August 2019)

    Congratulations to Clydesdale CC who have won the Under 14 Scottish Cup, following two victories at Finals Day, in Edinburgh, on Sunday 18 August.

    In the semi-final, runs for skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran 31* (retired), Sonny Cunningham 24 and Robin Ferguson 20* led to Clydesdale CC scoring 118 for 5, before Shahan Raja (3 for 3) and Bahadar Esakhiel (2 for 9) ensured that Gordonians CC finished 42 for 9 off their twenty overs. However, that did not hint of the drama to come in the next match!  Carlton CC chose to bat first in the final and Clydesdale CC bowled them out for just 10, in 8.1 overs! Andrew Harden finished with 4 for 2 and Esakhiel 4 for 5!  Clydesdale CC then completed their win, for the loss of no wickets, inside four overs.

  • Triangular festival (7th August 2019)

    The annual triangular festival was blighted by rain – with all but fifteen overs of play being washed out. The heavy overnight rain from Sunday into Monday meant that no play was possible on the opening day – resulting in both of the West Regional Development Centre Select XI’s matches being cancelled.

    Despite all the rain, a fantastic effort from the Prestwick CC ground-staff meant that there was early optimism on day two.  Northern Knights Under 13s won the toss and invited the Western Warriors Under 13s to bat first. The Warriors had reached 50 for 4 off fifteen overs before a[nother!] heavy shower forced the players off for a third, and final, time. As ever, huge thanks must go to Prestwick CC for their continued support of this competition – and to their ground-staff for enabling any play to take place.

    Scorecard.

  • Western Warriors Under 14s (19th July 2019)

    The Western Warriors Under 14s traveled to The Arns (Clackmannan County CC) to play their final scheduled match of 2019, against the Cricket Scotland Women’s Performance Academy.

    The Performance Academy won the toss and chose to bat first. Despite losing a wicket to Bahadar Esakhiel (Clydesdale CC) in the first over, Becky Glen took the attack to the Warriors bowlers – with a quickfire 35 off 23 deliveries, taking the score to 50 for 2 off seven overs. As has been the way during the T20 matches, the introduction of Shahan Raja (Clydesdale CC) had an immediate impact – Glen being smartly stumped by Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC). This was the first of Raja’s three wickets – and, with Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC), James Hobman (Dumfries CC), Caelan Lang (Helensburgh CC) and the returning Esakhiel all bowling well towards the end of the innings, the Performance Academy finished on 107 for 8 off their twenty overs. The effort of the bowlers was well backed up by Fischer-Keogh who finished with three catches to go along with his stumping.

    In reply, the Performance Academy bowled very well early on – making it very difficult for the top order to “break the shackles” and score freely. The scoring rate was very quickly pushed to 1 run per ball – and it just kept climbing! The top four, Koteeswaran, Esakhiel, Rory Paterson (Glasgow Accies CC) and Anne Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) did all find the boundary – but the experience of the Performance Academy bowling attack shone through, as they were able to exert lots of pressure through dot balls and a committed fielding effort. Lang (12*) and Fischer-Keogh (21*) did get the side close – but they couldn’t quite find the 41 needed off the final four overs for victory.

    Overall, a slightly disappointing performance and result. However, the bowling and then batting skills displayed towards the end of both innings was very encouraging – and the loss did provide a great learning opportunity about the value of bowling straight (19 runs in wides were gifted to the Performance Academy) and managing the scoring rate in T20 cricket.

    Scorecard.

  • 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.

    Scorecards

  • 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.

    Scorecard.

 

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