Tim Hart writes, “Details of some upcoming courses/workshops which are available within the west region can be found online. Junior Convenors can share this information with anyone who they think might be interested. Cricket Scotland is delighted that its High Performance coaching team has been able to find some time during a very, very busy winter to come and deliver a Coaching Forum (two, three-hour workshops on Saturday the 21st of October) with some very interesting and relevant content. I think cluns in the west region are also very fortunate that Colin McDougall and Gill McElnea have agreed to come and deliver the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop and the Basic First Aid for Sport training on Sunday the 26th of November, as both courses play a crucial role in helping to keep the young players within our club environments safe. I think all of the upcoming opportunities could be of benefit to clubs and/or their coaches and/or their clubs – and Cricket Scotland looks forward to welcoming any coaches, officials and volunteers from your club to the courses. If you have any queries please get in contact.”
Club development news
Tim Hart writes, “I have been trying to source a venue for regular Under 10 indoor Kwik Cricket over the winter months. Could clubs’ Junior Convenors please let me know if their club would be interested in participating in regular Sunday Under 10 Indoor Kwik Cricket throughout the winter? It would be based around a six-players-per-side format and would take place mid-morning/early afternoon.”
Tim Hart writes, “Sunday the 1st of October saw seventeen candidates, from ten different clubs (Active Life Club, Clydesdale CC, East Kilbride CC, East Renfrewshire CC, Galloway CC, GHK CC, Greenock CC, Hillhead CC, Kilmarnock CC and the University of St. Andrew’s Women’s CC), take part in the ECB Coach Support Worker course. The course, held at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, saw the candidates work through a range of different topics – and have lots of fun at the same time. Thanks to everyone for their effort and input – and good luck to everyone as they continue on their coaching journey.”
Tim Hart writes, “I can confirm dates for the ECB Certificate in coaching children’s cricket (UKCC Level 2) course which it is planned to run if there is enough interest. The course is scheduled as follows:
Dates: Saturday 7 October, Sunday 8 October, Saturday 4 November, and Saturday 2 December 2017
Venue: All Saints Secondary School, Glasgow
Time: 10am to 5pm
“This course is designed to help to develop coaches’ confidence and equip them with the knowledge, understanding and applied skills to lead coaching sessions for children and create safe, fun, player-centred environments. This course is for coaches who are going to predominantly coach children from six to thirteen years old. Candidates need to be able to attend on all four dates. Coaches who think they might be interested in this UKCC Level 2 course should get in contact with me for more information.”
Tim Hart writes, “There is an upcoming ‘Coach Support Worker’ course, the details of which are:
Date: Sunday, 1 October 2017;
Venue: Hutchesons’ Grammar School (G41 4NW);
Time: 10am to 4.30pm;
The course is designed to help to develop your confidence and equip attendees with the knowledge, understanding and skills to support a qualified coach during coaching sessions. It will help them create a great environment for coaching to take place in. There is no formal assessment, but candidates must be sixteen years old and need to have a PVG Scheme Membership* and a Safeguarding & Protecting Children certificate* to enable their certificate to be released after the course.”
* Cricket Scotland can provide support to candidates to help them to obtain these
Tim Hart reports, “Sunday the 27th of August saw Ayrshire host Clyde in the Under 12 Inter-Area Tournament match which had been cancelled earlier in the season. Batting first, Ayrshire scored 76 for 4 in their twenty overs. Haider Iqbal (Kilmarnock CC) and skipper Nari Bhandari (Ayr CC) both made 20s (21 and 22 respectively) – but the Ayrshire innings was slowed by Salman Khan (Renfrew CC) taking 3 for 9 from his three overs. The Clyde reply was indebted to their skipper, Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), who initially made 30 retired – before returning to the crease to complete the victory after a flurry of late wickets and a batter retiring hurt. Clyde 77 for 5, Ahmad 32 not out.”
This match completes the 2017 programme of fixtures and the final standings can be found here.
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.”