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.”
Tim Hart reports, “The 2017 Under 12 Inter-Area Championship got underway on Sunday the 7th of May. The two matches played resulted in comfortable wins for the team which fielded first. At Hughenden (Hillhead CC), Clyde were five-wicket winners over their North Glasgow hosts. Whilst at Scott Ellis Playing Fields (Kilmarnock CC) there was another five-wicket win – this time for South Glasgow over Ayrshire. The scorecards are available here, as is the current standings table.”
East Renfrewshire CC‘s Ammar Ashar has been recognised by the ICC for the work he has done, and continues to do, in and around East Renfrewshire. You can watch former England Captain Alastair Cook’s tribute to Ammar online. Many congratulations to Ammar on his award.
Tim Hart writes, “Five area cricket development groups have entered the 2017 Under 12 inter-area development tournament. The tournament continues to be about trying to provide additional opportunities for players to develop through playing matches. As with last year, the 2017 tournament will have an eight-a-side format – however, teams may agree to make their matches eleven-a-side. The length of the matches has changed too, with all official tournament matches now being T20s. It is also hoped that it might be possible for two of the planned fixture dates to run in a ‘Super Day’ format, where three teams would each play two matches. Full details are available online here.”
Tim Hart writes, “Launched on Monday the 20th of March, All Stars Cricket aims to inspire five to eight year old children to take up the sport through a fun first experience of the game.
The Cricket Scotland eight-week programme begins in May and will see participating boys and girls develop their skills and make new friends in a safe and inclusive environment at one of fourteen west-based cricket clubs who have signed up to host and run the sessions. For more information please visit the All Stars Cricket website or contact either of the West Region ‘All Star Champions’ myself or Rosy Ryan.”