Following the player nomination process where clubs were asked to nominate players, the Western Warriors management has now invited players to attend a trial session next Sunday (Sunday the 25th of November 2018), at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall (21 Beaton Road, Glasgow, G41 4NW).
Players, or their parents/guardians, and clubs, will be notified by email of their inclusion, or not, for the trial. Anyone wishing further information should contact the Under 16 Lead Coach David Hinchliffe (07736-320337).
Following the process where players were asked to submit an “application of interest”, the Western Warriors management has now invited players to attend a trial session this Sunday (Sunday the 18th of November 2018), at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall (21 Beaton Road, Glasgow, G41 4NW).
Players, or their parents/guardians, should have received an email earlier this afternoon (Tuesday the 13th of November 2018). Anyone wishing further information should contact the Under 14 Lead Coach Tim Hart (07825-172346).
Rosy Ryan, writes, “Nominations from clubs, for the Western Warriors Under 16 women’s squad for 2018-19 are being sought. There will be two trials held on Sunday, 18 November 2018 and Sunday, 2 December 2018 at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 4pm and 6pm. Nominees should come on both of these dates.
“The Western Warriors Under 16 women is the regional team for the west of Scotland and will compete in summer fixtures against three other Under 16 women’s squads: Caledonian North Highlanders, Caledonian South Highlanders and Eastern Knights. These fixtures will form part of the selection process for the Scotland Under 17 girls. For more information about the female player pathway please see the online document.
“Players must be under 16 on 1 September 2018. As we continue to grow numbers in women’s cricket, please be aware that last year we had players as young as 12 in the squad. It is essential that players have hardball experience and are keen to develop their cricket further.
“Please also be aware that as our numbers and programmes, both in participation and performance, continue to grow, clashes between practices and fixtures are unavoidable. We do our very best to keep them to a minimum and avoid clashes with large numbers of players overlapping.
“Clubs should send nominees’ names, dates of birth, contact email addresses and a short description of their cricketing experience and/or achievements with a description of players’ role within the club team (for example top-order RH bat, off-spin bowler, wicket-keeper:batters, etc).
“If selected after the trial process, players will have to commit to the following indoor programme that will start in January.
“A winter training programme consisting of seven indoor training sessions on a Saturday/Sunday afternoon between 4pm and 6pm at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Centre on the following dates:
Sundays 13 and 27 January 2019;
Sundays 10 and 24 February 2019;
Saturdays 16 and 23 March 2019; and
Sunday 14 April 2019.
“This will be followed by summer training of which the dates/venues are still to be confirmed. The player contribution to cost of the programme for the whole year is £60, and players will receive branded t-shirt, zip top jumper and playing/training trousers.
“The 2018-19 coaching and management team is as follows:
Lead coach: Ramzan Mohammed
Assistant Coach: Rosy Ryan
Team Manager: Rosy Ryan
“If anything is unclear, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. We look forward to receiving nominations for the trial dates.”
David Hinchliffe writes, “Following the successful Western Warriors Under 16 programme of 2017-18, which featured a winter training programme and summer fixtures, a Western Warriors Under 16 programme will be running again this winter. The programme remains focused on player development – and we are inviting clubs to nominate players who they feel should be considered for the 2018–19 Under 16 programme.
“The Warriors have been tracking player performance during the 2018 season. However, this is not a totally comprehensive process. Therefore, we are inviting clubs to submit their nominations, along with a supporting statement for each player. Clubs should complete the form and return it by 12 noon on Wednesday, 7 November 2018. (Please note there is no guarantee that players who have been involved in previous programmes will be offered a place in this year’s programme and so players previously involved in Warriors programmes still need to be nominated.)
“Following this, there will be a trial session on Sunday, 25 November 2018. (Please note, there is no guarantee that all players who are nominated will be invited to the trial.) After the trial process, the squad will be announced – with training sessions taking place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow, on Sunday mornings, throughout the winter.
“Nominations must be sent to me by email, or by mail to David Hinchliffe, Western Warriors Cricket, c/o sportscotland, Doges, Templeton on the Green, 62 Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1DA.”
Tim Hart writes, “Following the successful Western Warriors Under 14 programme of 2017-18, which featured a winter training programme and summer fixtures, a Western Warriors Under 14 programme will be running again this winter. The programme remains focused on player development – and we are inviting applications from players who are interested in being considered for the 2018–19 Under 14 programme.
“The Warriors have been tracking player performance during the 2018 season. However, this is not a totally comprehensive process. Therefore, we are inviting players to submit an ‘Application of interest’. Interested players should complete the form and return it by 12 noon on Wednesday, 7 November 2018. (Please note there is no guarantee that players who have been involved in previous programmes will be offered a place in this year’s programme and so players previously involved in Warriors programmes still need to apply.)
“Following this, there will be a trial session on Sunday, 18 November 2018. (Please note, there is no guarantee that all players who submit an application of interest will be invited to the trial.) After the trial process, the squad will be announced – with training sessions taking place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow, on Sunday mornings, throughout the winter.
“Applications must be sent to me by email, or by mail to Tim Hart, Cricket Scotland, c/o sportscotland, Doges, Templeton on the Green, 62 Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1DA.”
Tim Hart reports, “CSE Dubai completed their tour of Scotland with an ODI fixture against the Western Warriors Under 16s, at Titwood. The Warriors won the toss, elected to field first and Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) and Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC) made key early breakthroughs – both with the help of stand-in wicket-keeper Ross Heginbottom (Clydesdale CC)! Rauf picked up another key wicket with the score on 53 but Shah and Ali then built a dangerous looking partnership for the fourth wicket. Drinks came at great time for the Warriors and allowed the bowlers to come up with a plan. The plan then worked perfectly as Shah was caught for 50 off the second ball after the re-start. This was the first wicket of an incredible ‘man of the match’ spell from Junaid Rauf (Clydesdale CC), as he finished with figures of 7-2-32-6! Despite an aggressive 42 from guest player Akram Shakoor of Stirling County CC, CSE Dubai finished 153 all out off 36 overs.
“In reply, despite the loss of an early wicket, Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC) built a very good partnership of 115 for the second wicket. The right/left partnership worked perfectly from a Warriors perspective, as the CSE Dubai bowlers struggled to find consistency – and the batters took full advantage to rotate the strike, as well as profiting from 24 wide deliveries! Although Ahmad (35) was dismissed just after the third rain break, skipper Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) added a busy 18* and he and Majeed saw the side home. Majeed would deservedly finish 62* – his runs coming off 99 deliveries and including seven boundaries.
“Thanks to CSE Dubai for offering some competitive cricket during their tour, to the umpires who have stood and to both Clydesdale CC and Kelburne CC for their support with hosting matches.”
Tim Hart reports, “CSE Dubai’s tour continued with the Western Warriors Under 16s hosting a 40 overs-a-side match at Whitehaugh (Kelburne CC), on Thursday the 9th of August. Batting first, the Warriors posted 289 all out – despite being bowled out in the 38th over! The main contribution to the innings came from a blistering innings of 66 from Ross Heginbottom (Clydesdale CC) – and included five 4s and five 6s. However, the biggest strike of the innings came from Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) as part of his 22 – and Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC) and Tom Forrest (Greenock CC) played very effective supporting roles, with 49 and 39 respectively.
“In reply, although Taha Khan (Clydesdale CC) struck with the third delivery of the innings, CSE Dubai opener Panoly came out hitting hard – including very impressive use of his feet to manipulate the length of deliveries. While Khan took some early punishment, fellow opener Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC) returned some quite outstanding bowling figures. He got the reward an excellent spell deserved, as he utilised his normal ‘death’ options wells and produced a quite brilliant delivery to clean bowl Panoly who looked extremely well ‘set’. However, CSE Dubai then fought back well – with Aamir and wicket-keeper Aravind building a very good partnership for the third wicket. With their partnership approaching 100, the introduction of Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) steered the direction of the match totally towards a Warriors win – with his first over seeing both batters being caught behind by skipper Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC). Zulfiqar quickly picked up a third wicket, before Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) picked up two wickets in his second spell and Khan returned to take three wickets as he ran through the bottom order. CSE Dubai 187 all out: Khan 4 for 40, Zulfiqar 3 for 23, Rao 2 for 38, Rauf 5-0-11-1,…and, although he didn’t pick up any wickets, Junaid Rauf (Clydesdale CC) produced a very tidy spell of slow left-arm spin (8-2-30-0) at a point when the runs were flowing very freely (71 of them!) at the other end.
“Overall, a very good win – and the Warriors can look forward to a re-match next Thursday.”
David Hinchliffe reports, “The Western Warriors Under 16s took on touring side, CSE Dubai, at Kelburne on the 8th of August. The visitors recorded a comfortable five-wicket victory in the T20 match. Batting first, the Warriors made a strong start with 40 runs in the power-play. Richie Simpson (Ayr CC) led the charge with 37, 14 in his first seven balls. However, CSE Dubai turned to spinners, using the conditions well. This slowed the rate and the Warriors were 82 for 4 from fifteen overs. Some aggressive late inning batting (17*) from Donald Obre (Uddingston CC) helped the final score to 108 for 6.
“CSE Dubai replied with an aggressive start, scoring 17 from the first over. Jonny Chalmers (Glasgow Accies CC) took a key wicket in the second over, finishing with 1 for 6 from two overs. Debutant Junaid Rauf (Clydesdale CC) took pace off the ball, keeping the Warriors in the hunt with 2 for 27. At 36 for 3, CSE were wobbling.
“Unfortunately, three dropped catches then combined with a composed innings of 48* from Wasi Shah for CSE. For the Warriors, Tarun Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) bowled a tight spell with 1 for 11 at 3.3 runs per over. But it was not enough as the visitors got over the line in the seventeenth over, five wickets down.
“Western Warriors Under 16s 108 for 6 (20 overs). CSE Dubai 109 for 5 (16.3 overs). CSE Dubai win by five wickets.
Tim Hart reports, “The Western Warriors Under 13s were left to reflect on what might have been after an agonising 8-run loss to Belfast in the final of the triangular festival, held at Prestwick CC.
“Batting first Belfast scored 157 for 8 in their 30 overs. Their innings was based around a couple of early partnerships (32 for the first wicket and 19 for the second wicket) and then a big partnership of 65 for the fourth wicket. During this partnership the Warriors will have been disappointed with their effort in the field – particularly as this has been a recurring theme and because it happened at a crucial point when the bowlers needed some support to try and build pressure on the batters. However, when Hunter (35) became the first of three victims for Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), it triggered a mini collapse – with 118 for 3 becoming 135 for 8. Ahmad’s wickets in a very encouraging spell of 5-1-9-3 were backed up by two run outs from Bahadar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) and, although the bowling figures don’t reflect it, Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) was actually the pick of the Warriors bowling attack, with Hassaan Mehmood (Poloc CC) also bowling a very tidy set of overs.
“Needing 158 to win, the top order was challenged not to lose early wickets but also to judge the pace of the chase effectively. Wickets were kept in hand well – but another recurring theme (dot balls) became a problem. The early dots left the team needing to double their score in the final ten overs. Despite a very positive and fluent innings from Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) the task proved just too much – with only 71 runs coming in a very good effort in the final ten overs. Koteeswaran’s 48* was supported by Ahmad (42) and Faisal (18).
“Ultimately a loss in a very close match – but the Warriors can reflect on having played some very good cricket for large passages of play during the match and tournament. Thanks to Prestwick CC for hosting, the umpires for standing and congratulations to Belfast on their victory.”