Western Warriors Under 14

The Western Warriors Under 14s travelled to Largo CC for the final 40-over match in the inter-regional championship. After electing to bat first, a superb batting performance put the team in a very strong position. Openers Owen Gould and Bahadar Esakhiel (both Clydesdale CC) set the innings up perfectly, bringing up their 100 partnership in the 22nd over. Although both were to be dismissed in their attempts to up the scoring rate (Gould for a high quality 73 and Esakhiel, unfortunately, run out on 47), Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) and skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) both produced quick-fire, and innovative, innings to boost the total. Fischer-Keogh finished 26* and Koteeswaran 42*, as the Warriors posted 225 for 3.

The Warriors were gifted an early wicket, with a run out. However, the bowlers again struggled to cope with a right/left combination from opposition batting line-up – resulting in far, far, too many wides. Add in some lapses of concentration in the field, and a crucial 140-run partnership was built for the second wicket. There were some encouraging passages of play – Koteeswaran looked the most threatening of the Warriors attack (picking up a wicket which his spell deserved), Under 13 spinners Uzair Ahmad and Qasim Khan (both Ferguslie CC) continued to offer flight and turn and two tricky catches were held. However, 55 extras proved too much of a hinderance to the Warriors effort – with the Highlanders winning the match, and championship, with a couple of overs to spare.

Overall, the Warriors will be left with a big feeling of frustration from the 40-over championship – which has featured nineten different players over the four matches. Following the good win over the Knights in game one, the team worked themselves into good positions in the three matches which followed – but couldn’t find the consistency required to turn these into wins. Esakhiel (149 runs @ 37.25), Gould (146 runs @ 48.67) and Koteeswaran (104 runs @ 34.67) have all scored consistently, and Koteeswaran (seven wickets @ 16.71) and Ahmad (six wickets @ 27.50) led the way with the ball, with Andrew Harden (Clydesdale CC) also taking a “2-for”.

Although the 40-over championship campaign is now over, the Warriors still have plenty of cricket to play – two friendlies, the T20 championships and two Under 13 triangular series matches. These matches will provide plenty of opportunities for the squad to continue to develop their skills and try to find some additional consistency.

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Kwik Cricket

WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie would like to remind clubs the WDJCU Kwik Cricket Festival is being hosted by Greenock CC on Sunday the 2nd of June, starting at 10am.  To be added to the WDJCU Kwik Cricket WhatsApp message group please email consent from the club’s nominated person to the WDJCU Secretary.

MB Stanger Trophy

WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie writes, “The MB Stanger Trophy has been awarded annually since 2006, to a young club member of a WDJCU club who has made a significant contribution to their club’s advancement or well being, or has otherwise promoted the game of cricket in a meritorious way.  The award, therefore, and crucially, is not awarded to the west district’s best player, but, rather, reflects a much wider contribution to cricket.  Please send nominations and information on nominee applications to me by the deadline of 19 December.”

West development manager update

Tim Hart has circulated his August update on what’s going on in here in the west in community development.  His update was sent to clubs’ Junior Convenors, and there’s a copy here online.

Inter-city Under 14 matches

The Western Warriors Under 14s to take on Edinburgh and Belfast Under 14s next week, at Prestwick CC’s “Henry Thow Oval” have been named.  The squad for Monday’s match against Edinburgh Under 14s is: David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC, Captain), Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC), John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC), Cameron MacLean (Kelburne CC), Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC), Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC), Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC), Richie Simpson (Ayr CC), Zakir Siddiqui (Poloc CC), Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC), Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) and Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC).  The squad for Wednesday’s match against Belfast Under 14s is: David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC, Captain), Cameron Calder (Greenock CC), Ethan Duncanson-Ward (Glasgow Accies CC), Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC), John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC), Cameron MacLean (Kelburne CC), Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC), Richie Simpson (Ayr CC), Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC), Brodie Thomson (Glasgow Accies CC), Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) and Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC).

Friday’s matches

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.