The Western Warriors Under 14s welcomed the Caledonian Highlanders to a sun-drenched Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC) and turned in a below par performance, to fall to a four wicket defeat.
Batting first, Bahadar Esakhiel (Clydesdale CC), Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) all looked well-set – before getting out for 44, 25 and 17 respectively. Throughout the innings, the Warriors just weren’t able to form meaningful partnerships – and they finished 152 all out, with overs to spare. The innings also featured two very poor run outs – and a batter being dismissed “obstructed the field” (only because you can no longer be dismissed “handled the ball”!).
In reply, what wasn’t needed was for the Warriors to give the Highlanders 55 free runs – 49 in wides, 4 in byes and 2 in no balls! This indiscipline, and four dropped catches, meant that despite Ahmad taking two wickets and Koteeswaran ripping through the top order (4 for 31), which left the Highlanders 54 for 5 and 96 for 6, the target was reached with fifteen overs to spare.
There is now a two-week break before the Eastern Knights come visiting – and these two weeks will give the squad the opportunity to re-group, and to continue to work on executing the skills we know they do have, so they can turn in a much more complete performance.
The Western Warriors Under 14s got their 2019 campaign off to a winning start – prevailing in a nail-biting encounter with the Eastern Knights. Batting first, Clydesdale CC trio Bahadar Esakhiel (36), skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (35) and wicket-keeper Owen Gould (32) all made very useful contributions to the total of 199 for 7 from the 40 overs. Extras did top score, with 53 – but the Warriors would quickly gift almost the same total (48) back, including two sets of 5 penalty runs for running on the wicket, and from consecutive deliveries!
The Knights‘ reply was built around a big 114-run second wicket partnership – but some impressive spin bowling from Ferguslie CC duo Uzair Ahmad and Qasim Khan (8-0-31-1 and 5-1-11-0 respectively) managed to push the required rate beyond 7 runs per over. The Knights then got this back down to almost one run per ball, as the Warriors proceeded to drop six catches! However, Koteeswaran made the crucial breakthrough during a very impressive late innings spell – and, when Andrew Harden (Clydesdale CC) picked up the crucial wicket of McIntyre with the first ball of his second spell, the Warriors were able to control the end of the innings well. Knights 190 for 6 – with the Warriors showing great character to seal the victory.
Next up is a home game, against the Caledonian Highlanders, this Sunday.
The Western Warriors are delighted to be able to confirm their Under 14, Under 16 and Girls Under 16 squads for their winter training programmes. The Under 14 and Under 16 training programmes are running in specific “skill-sets” and all players listed are involved in at least one of the “skill-sets” within the two age-group programmes. The full list of players can be found online and contact details for the coaches can be found here (linked to the Contact us section please).
Nic Wilson, Cricket Scotland’s Female Participation Manager, has circulated a document on female cricket pathways today, and this can be viewed online. Nic writes, “The new female cricket pathways document shows the current programmes for females at both participation and performance level. This document will be added to Cricket Scotland website very shortly. To ensure growth [in the women’s game] it is vital to provide several entry points into female cricket, covering all ages, and readers will see these in the left column under FIRST EXPERIENCE. Next to this is the ‘traditional’ club pathway, incorporating competitions like the Women’s Premier League, Beyond Boundaries Women’s Scottish Cup and The Wee Bash. We will be promoting a new concept in 2019 – the Female Cricket Hub, watch this space!
“The regional programme consists of two women’s teams: the Eagles representing the east and the Stormers representing Caledonia and the west. Below that sit four regional Under 16 teams aligned with the male pathway Eastern Knights, Western Warriors and Caledonia Highlanders North and South.
“The national pathway is self-explanatory with an ever-expanding programme for all teams involved.
“Cricket Scotland are committed to increasing female participation in our clubs and schools and taking our representative teams to new heights. We hope that this document will provide clarity to how we are going about this, for anyone involved or interested in female cricket in Scotland. Our female participation team consisting of Rosy Ryan (west), Madison Garland (east) and myself are here to help and happy to answer any questions that might arise . Your local development officer or Regional Manager will also be able to help.”
Yesterday saw 43 young players, from fifteen different clubs, attend the Western Warriors Under 14 trial sessions. Each trial featured a warm-up, some skill and movement stations, and four different net-based challenges. Thanks to all the players for their effort on the day and to Riyaad Henry, David Hinchliffe and Michael Miller for their assistance with running the sessions. Players can expect to hear the outcome from their trial over the next ten days. Anyone wishing more information should contact Under 14 Lead Coach, Tim Hart (07825-172346), directly.
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.”