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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Tim Hart reports, “Sunday the 23rd of July saw the second scheduled ‘Super Sunday’ in the Under 12 Inter-area tournament – and, pleasingly, all three matches were able to take place.
“Match one saw South Glasgow struggle early on against the hosts, Lanarkshire. However, an excellent innings of 50 from Moiz Maqsood (Poloc CC) took the total to 128 all out, off the final delivery of the innings. In reply, despite a very good 33* from Abhi Reddi, batting as the ‘last man stands’, Lanarkshire finished 82 for 7.
“Match two was the Glasgow ‘derby’. South Glasgow batted first once again – and once again scored 128! Only three wickets were lost on this occasion with both Nikhil Koteeswaran and Shlok Thaker (both Clydesdale CC) reaching the retirement score – with 26* and 27* respectively. In reply, Hamish Aspinall (Glasgow Accies CC) got his side off to a quick start – but they could not keep up with the required scoring rate as the bowlers from the south put the ‘squeeze’ on very effectively. North Glasgow 64 for 5 off their twenty overs.
“Following a brief – but heavy – rain shower, match three did take place as planned. Lanarkshire batted first and were immediately on the ‘backfoot’ as Aspinall took two early wickets with his slow left arm spin. Despite 22 from Alvin Reji (Uddingston CC), Lanarkshire finished 57 all out – with Aspinall claiming 3 for 6 from his three overs. In reply, Rory Paterson (Glasgow Accies CC) and Aspinall ensured that North Glasgow would complete a comfortable win – Aspinall retiring for 30 and Paterson finishing 24*.
“Special thanks must go to the parents, coaches and scorers for their support on the day – but especially to Uddingston CC and their Junior Convenor Ann Hargie who put on a great tea and helped to ensure that the matches ran smoothly and that the players had an enjoyable day.”
Tim Hart reports, “The Under 14 Challenge Series continued as the Foxes made their first appearance of 2017. The match, played at New Anniesland (Glasgow Accies CC), saw the Foxes host the Eagles – and it was a match which did not reflect the quality of the playing surface, as it was the bowlers who surprisingly dominated the day’s play.
“Batting first, the Foxes got off to a good start as skipper Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC) and Abdul Malik (Poloc CC) put on 55 for the first wicket. However, a slight collapse was triggered when Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) got Malik to loop a ball to short cover – and 55 for 0 became 69 for 4. Although Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) kept the pressure on with a spell of 7-1-16-2, Majeed remained resolute. He brought up his 50 off 111 deliveries before almost immediately being caught of the bowling of Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC). With Ahmadzai returning to clean up the lower order the Foxes were 124 all out – Ahmadzai finishing with 3 for 19.
“In reply, the Foxes ensured that there would be no big early Eagles partnership as Uzair Khan (Clydesdale CC) struck twice in the second over. With Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) also picking up two early wickets, the Eagles were left with a lot of work to do. Things got harder for them when Wylie held on to an absolute ‘screamer’ of a slip catch, to give Khan a third wicket. As the innings progressed, only Zakir Siddiqui (Poloc CC) with 15 would reach double figures, as the Eagles were dismissed for just 47 – Wylie finishing with 3 for 8 and Khan 4 for 18.
“The next match in the series sees the Sharks host the Foxes – in a match which, if played, will guarantee a change at the top of the series standings.”
Parvase Majeed writes, “We are organising the Pakistan 70th independence cricket festival of the 13th of August 2017, at Titwood. The programme has been agreed as follows:
‘All Stars Cricket’ festival: 10am to 1pm;
Scottish Pakistanis Junior Panthers v Scottish Pakistanis Juniors Pumas: 10am to 1pm (T20); and
Scottish Pakistanis Panthers v Scottish Pakistanis Pumas: 2pm to 5pm (T20).
“East Renfrewshire CC are scheduled to host a Kwik Cricket festival on the same day and the suggestion is we move that to Titwood and, rather than have the Kwik Cricket festival, we make it a west of Scotland “All Stars Cricket” festival. The eight-week ‘All Stars Cricket’ programme is now complete and this is an opportunity to continue promoting the game. The event celebrating Pakistan’s independence is a perfect opportunity to build on community engagement too. Ammar Ashraf and I have already agreed in principle to move the event from Woodfarm Pavilion to Titwood. All the kids and parents who have participated in the ‘All Stars Cricket’ in the west of Scotland will be invited to the event with their ‘All Star Cricket’ kit. We will put up the banners, etc. and it is hoped the mascot will make an appearance.
“This will be a great opportunity to connect the rich history of Pakistanis’ contribution to cricket in Scotland, and build integration through sport. There will be stalls and kids activities at the event, so it will be a family fun day to remember.”
Tim Hart writes, “Sunday saw the first planned ‘Super Sunday’ of the summer – with Ayrshire due to host Clyde and Lanarkshire (and a Clyde versus Lanarkshire match) in a day of T20 Under 12 inter-area cricket. Unfortunately, Clyde were not able to fulfill either fixture – but Mark Colman has sent this report on the Ayrshire versus Lanarkshire match which did take place at Scott Ellis Playing Fields (Kilmarnock CC).
‘After getting off to a shaky start (8 for 2 off three overs), Ayrshire built a big total. There was a sensible partnership between Dylan Neil (Irvine CC) and Nari Bhandari (Ayr CC), who both showed how to select the right ball to play or hit. Harrison Lockwood (Prestwick CC) then joined Bhandari in the middle and both accelerated the run rate with some excellent shots. Both reached their 30 before retiring – although both would later return to bat. This led to a commanding total of 162 for 7 being scored, with Bhandari finishing on 49* and Lockwood with 43.
‘After an excellent lunch (and thanks to all for contributing) the game was effectively ended as a contest in the first over when Bhandari took three wickets for no runs with a fine display of away swing bowling! Wickets did then fall at regular intervals, with Cameron Forsyth (Ayr CC) taking two and Findlay Wheeler (Kilmarnock CC) taking a good catch on his debut. The Lanarkshire innings ended after 9.4 overs, all out for 31.’
“Although the margin of victory was quite big, thanks must go to Lanarkshire, their coaches and their players for fulfilling the fixture – even if they were missing a couple of more experienced players due to the Champions Trophy Final! Thanks too must go to Mark Colman, and Ayrshire, for hosting. The updated tournament standings are available on-line – with the next round of fixtures being another ‘Super Sunday’, this time being hosted by Lanarkshire, on 23 July.”