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

  • Friday’s matches (26th May 2017)

    The Frank Smith Trophy quarter-finals were played this evening, and in the three match returns submitted, news of wins for Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC and Poloc CC was revealed.  Ayr CC saw of near-neighbours Prestwick CC at the Henry Thow Oval by 47 runs, 163 6 proving too stiff a total for the home side to surpass.  Puskar Bhandaro top-scored with 63 not out for Ayr CC, Lucas Short (33 from fourteen balls) and Jack Lynch (26) also making useful contributions.  For Prestwick CC Scott Clelland took 3 for 30.  The second innings saw Fletcher Rao make an unbeaten 34, whilst Callum McCormick, Chubb Bhandari and Luca Hall all grabbed “3-fors” for Ayr CC.  There was an equally convincing win for Clydesdale CC at Glenpark tonight, eight wickets being the Glasgow southside club’s margin of victory.  After restricting Greenock CC to just 47 for 6 batting first, Clydesdale CC then raced to 50 for 2 inside five overs, Ross Heginbottom smashing 40 not out from just eighteen deliveries.  Earlier Daniel Cairns had returned figures of 4-2-2-4.  The third quarter-final reported on was played at Hamilton Crescent where a third away win resulted.  Visitors Poloc CC ran out 95-run winners, comfortably defending 180 for 3, bowling out West of Scotland CC for 95.  The Shawholm side’s big total was centered on Amaan Ramzan’s 75 not out (50 balls).

    Also played tonight were Under 11 League matches.  Glasgow Accies CC took on Ferguslie CC, and it was the Paisley side who ran out 129-run winners.  Uzzair Ahmad was the star performer in this game, scoring 45 not out, and taking 3 for 0.  Qasim Khan also took a “3-for” for the Meikleriggs club, as Glasgow Accies CC – aided by some kamikaze running between the wickets – lost fifteen wickets.  Clydesdale CC were also winners in the Under 11 League tonight, defeating Ayr CC by 40 runs at New Cambusdoon.  Shlok Thaker scored 20 not out in this match, for the Titwood team.

  • Challenge Series update (25th May 2017)

    Tim Hart writes, “Unfortunately, the Under 14 Challenge Series match scheduled for this Sunday (28 May) has had to be cancelled due to ground availability issues.  Every effort will be made to re-arrange the match later on in the season.”

  • Schools cricket update (25th May 2017)

    Tim Hart reports, “Wednesday the 24th of May saw the west regional qualifying event take place in the ScotRail Primary Schools Cup. The tournament, which took place at Titwood (Clydesdale CC), saw 65 players from six schools take part in a morning of matches. There were two groups – Group A having four teams (The High School of Glasgow, Kelvinside Academy, St. John the Baptist Primary School Team 1 and The Glasgow Academy) and Group B three teams (Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Merrylee Primary School and St. John the Baptist Primary School Team 2).

    “After the twelve matches were completed, The Glasgow Academy were the winners of Group A and Hutchesons’ Grammar School the winners of Group B. Both schools now progress to represent the west region at National Finals Day. Thanks must go to Clydesdale CC for hosting the event and to the players from the Western Warriors Under 15s who helped out by scoring and umpiring (and for running some additional games of ‘Racing Cricket’) on the day.”

  • Western Warriors Under 15s beat Caledonian Highlanders (23rd May 2017)

    Tim Hart reports, “The Western Warriors Under 15s (pictured) got their 2017 Cricket Scotland Inter-Regional Championship campaign off to a winning start, by defeating the Caledonian Highlanders by 87 runs, at Lochside Park (Strathmore CC).

    “The Highlanders decision to field first looked to be a good one when the Warriors were reduced to 51 for 4. However, vice-captain David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) and Sohaib Shah (Poloc CC) built a very important partnership for the fifth wicket. Neither was as fluent as they might normally be – but the situation required a very patient and risk-free approach. With the partnership approaching 100, Shah (37) was caught trying to go over the top – but Sturgess would go on to complete a match-winning half century. In the end the Warriors were 208 all out, with Sturgess making 60 and the total being helped by 55 extras (including 48 wides).

    “In reply, Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) struck twice early on and his opening spell was backed up by six tight overs from Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC). The seam and spin combination was continued with spinners Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC), Rafay Khan (Renfrew CC) and Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC), and seamers Tarun Koteeswaran, Humza Zulfiqar and skipper Asad Khan (all Clydesdale CC), maintaining the pressure effectively.  Rafay Khan was the pick of the bowlers and deservedly finished with 3 for 22, with Zulfiqar (two) and Asad Khan (one) also picking up wickets. The win was completed when Rao picked up two wickets in the 43rd over. Highlanders 121 all out (including 36 extras and 29 wides).

    “As the season progresses, the batters will want to make the most of getting ‘in’ and the bowlers will want to cut down on the number of extras. However, it was a great start to the 2017 season – with the difference between the sides being the Shah and Sturgess partnership, and the man-of-the-match half century from the latter.”

    The scorecard is online.

  • School cricket update (22nd May 2017)

    Tim Hart reports, “Congratulations to Hermitage Academy (Arygll & Bute) and St. Ninian’s High School (East Renfrewshire), both schools having qualified for National Finals Day in the Cricket Factory BIG Blast! competition. A report of the west regional qualifying event can be found online, here. Good luck to both schools as they now represent the west region at Finals Day, in June.”

  • Friday’s matches (19th May 2017)

    Wet weather claimed a few victims this evening, as localised downpours put paid to a number of league games.  Matches that did beat the weather however saw wins in the Under 11 League for Kilmarnock CC, Ferguslie CC and Glasgow Accies CC.  Kilmarnock CC’s win came in the Ayrshire derby against Ayr CC, the match at Scott Ellis Field sering the home side win by 45 runs.  Ferguslie CC’s victory was a closer affair, their 18-run success over Stenhousemuir CC again resulting in a home win.  A win “on the road” did, however, take place at Bothwell Castle policies where Uddingston CC went down to defeat against Glasgow Accies CC, the Glasgow side securing a 32-run win.

    In the Under 15 League, two matches were washed out, two survived, the survivors being games in Ayr and Paisley.  The former saw the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side run out winners over hosts Ayr CC, the home side being dismissed for just 65, a total their visitors passed, six down.  In Paisley it was also the visitors who secured the win, Stenhousemuir CC defeating the combined Ferguslie|Kelburne side, but only just, the winning margin a solitary run.  For the winners, Calum Grant’s 27 and 3 for 21 were important, as was Kai Reed’s remarkable spell of 3-2-1-4!  Lucas Laing’s 4-1-7-1 also contributed to the stranglehold applied to the combined side’s ultimately unsuccessful run-chase.  This had looked certain to be successful when Cameron MacLean (33) and Shazad Ahmad (38) had taken the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined team to 104 or 3 after twelve overs and needing just another 11 runs to win.  However in a remarkable final eight overs, Stenhousemuir somehow restricted their opponents to 9 runs as they took seven wickets to secure the win.  The Greenock|Helensburgh combined team’s win at New Cambusdoon was an altogether less dramatic affair, Ayr CC being bowled out for 65 thanks to Tom Forrest’s 4 for 7, and Liam McCahill’s 3 for 3.  The combined team then chased down their target inside fifteen overs, for the loss of just six wickets.

  • School cricket update (18th May 2017)

    Tim Hart writes, “Our Lady of the Missions Primary School became the first west region school to qualify for Finals Day in the ScotRail Primary Schools Cup. The school won their qualifying tournament which was held on Friday the 12th of May and featured six teams, from six schools, from the local authority of East Renfrewshire. Congratulations to the school – and good luck at Finals Day, in Perth, on Wednesday 14 June.”

  • School cricket update (18th May 2017)

    Tim Hart writes, “The Glasgow Academy have become the latest school to progress to the semi-finals of the west section in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup.  They hosted and defeated The High School of Glasgow, in a reduced over match.  The High School of Glasgow were 63 all out in the final over of their innings – with Lewis Oliver (Glasgow Accies CC) taking 3 for 7.  The Glasgow Academy reached their target for the loss of just two wickets, in the final over of their reply – with Oliver completing his fine performance, with 23*.  They will now travel to face Holyrood Secondary School in the semi-final.”

  • Frank Smith Trophy, 2017 (16th May 2017)

    The quarter-finals of the Frank Smith Trophy – now played at Under 16 age-group level – are scheduled to be played on Friday the 25th of May 2017, there being a break in the Under 15 League schedule to accommodate these matches.  The draw can be found online.

  • Monday’s matches (16th May 2017)

    All four of this evening’s Under 13 League Cup quarter-finals were washed out because of the weather.  All four will be played now on Monday 22 May 2017, instead.

 

Older news

Old news can be found online, in the WDJCU news section, the Academy news section, the RDC news section, the Challenge Series news section, the Club development news section, the Schools news section, and the various archive areas.


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