Tim Hart writes, “Tuesday the 15th of May saw Cambusdoon (Ayr CC) host the Ayrshire qualifying tournament in the Cricket Factory BIG Blast! The inaugural Ayrshire event saw 86 pupils, from five schools, come together to compete in an eleven-team competition. There was a round-robin phase, followed by one round of placement matches. In total, 30 modified format matches took place on a glorious summer day! The final saw the two group stage winners (who had both come through the group stage undefeated) compete to see who would go on to represent Ayrshire in next week’s west regional qualifying competition. It was a team from Belmont Academy who prevailed over a team from Kyle Academy – with the margin of victory being just 11 runs.
“Overall, the day was a great success – and special thanks must go to Ayr CC for hosting, to all staff and volunteers who helped on the day and to all 86 participants (from Belmont Academy, Kyle Academy, Marr College, Prestwick Academy and St. Matthew’s Academy) who contributed to a fantastic event.”
Tim Hart reports, “Despite the weather, Hutchesons’ Grammar School (‘HGS’) and Kelvinside Academy (‘KA’) somewhat remarkably managed to complete their quarter-final tie in the CityLets national Secondary Schools Cup (for players in S1 to S3). Played at Auldhouse in Thornliebank in Glasgow (pictured below), on the artificial wicket, KA batted first and scored 38 for 7 off their fourteen overs. In reply, an older and more experienced HGS team made quick work of the chase – reaching 39, for the loss of one wicket, in 7.3 overs. However, huge congratulations must go to both sets of players, and the umpires, for battling through the steady drizzle to get the match completed! HGS will now be at home to winners of the Holyrood Secondary School versus Belmont Academy match in the first semi-final.”
Tim Hart writes, “The first tie has been completed in the west regional qualifying section in the CityLets National Secondary Schools Cup. The tie saw Wallace Hall Academy (Dumfries) host the High School of Glasgow (‘HSoG’). Batting first, the hosts were bowled out for 40, in the fifteenth over, with John Greene taking 3 for 1. In reply, The HSoG got to their target for the loss of one wicket, in the fifth over. The HSoG will once again be ‘on the road’, as they prepare to travel to the winners of the match between The Glasgow Academy and Eastwood High School.”
Tim Hart writes, “Cricket Scotland is delighted to be able to release the draw for the west regional qualifying tournament in the 2018 CityLets National Secondary Schools Cup. The tournament will see eight schools compete in a series of knockout fixtures, with the winning school going on to represent the west at National Finals Day, in June. The draw is available online here. Good luck to all eight schools who are participating.”
Cricket Scotland Regional Participation Manager West, Tim Hart, has forwarded on information in connection with competitions and events, being organised by the national governing body, for schools in 2018. This can be found online here.
Tim Hart reports, “The final of the west regional qualifying section in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup finally took place on Tuesday 13 June, in Perth. As a result of logistical challenges in one of the other regional qualifying sections, both Hutchesons’ Grammar School and The Glasgow Academy were invited to take part in the National Finals Day, at Doo’Cot Park. Unfortunately, both schools were defeated in their semi-final matches – but it did mean that they met each other in the third/fourth place play-off, with the match also doubling up as the west regional section final.
“The match saw Hutchesons’ Grammar School record a 64-run win, thanks to Struan Walker (Clydesdale CC) playing a starring role. Batting at number four, he scored a superb 111 not out (an innings which included just the eleven boundaries) out of the Hutchesons’ Grammar School’s total of 168 for 4. In reply, 43 from Jack McCamley-Wilding (Glasgow Accies CC) kept The Glasgow Academy up with the required rate during the early part of their innings. However, the pressure to keep that scoring rate up proved to be too much, as the reply finished on 104 for 7.
“Walker’s efforts on the day (which also saw him top score for Hutchesons’ Grammar School in their semi-final defeat) resulted in him being chosen as the Player of The Tournament – and saw him receive a special prize from tournament sponsors CityLets.”
Tim Hart reports, “Hutchesons’ Grammar School (‘HGS’) have beaten Belmont Academy (‘Belmont’) to reach the final of the west section in the National Secondary Schools Cup. The match, played at Titwood, in Glasgow, (Clydesdale CC), saw HGS bat first at score 124 for 9 off their twenty overs. In reply, Finn Turner (Prestwick CC) scored 30 to give his side a chance of victory – but Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) took 3 for 10, as Belmont finished 78 all out. HGS will now host The Glasgow Academy in the regional final.”
Tim Hart reports, “The Glasgow Academy are the first school to reach the final of the west regional qualifying section in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup. They beat Holyrood Secondary School (‘Holyrood’) by nine wickets in a semi-final tie played at Titwood (Clydesdale CC) on Wednesday the 31st of May. Batting first, Holyrood were bowled out for 61, in nineteen overs. Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC) top scored with 34, but the Holyrood progress was checked by left arm seamer Brodie Thomson (Glasgow Accies CC) who returned figures of 4-1-10-5 from his spell. In reply, Jack McCamley-Wilding (Glasgow Accies CC) scored 41 not out, as the target was chased in 15.4 overs.”
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.”
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.”