Congratulations to Clydesdale CC who have won the inaugural Cricket Scotland west region Under 14 Indoor League, by defeating Glasgow Accies CC on finals day. With both clubs having emerged through the league stage with perfect “played four, won four” records, it seemed only fitting that a grand final would decide the winners – as well as allowing the only two unbeaten teams to play each other. Saturday the 23rd of March saw the finals take place, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, in a “best of three” matches format.
Glasgow Accies CC won the toss and elected to field first in game one, with Clydesdale CC’s 83 for 3 being based around Nikhil Koteeswaran (22) and Ibrahim Faisal (21) both retiring – before the pressure for a fast start led to two run outs in the first over of the reply, with Glasgow Accies CC eventually finishing 16 all out.
Game two saw Clydesdale CC win the toss and elect to bat, with their 91 for 1 being set up by the top three batters (Koteeswaran, Sonny Cunningham and Owen Gould) all retiring – before a good all round bowling and fielding effort, including two smart stumpings from Gould, a great reaction catch from Bahadar Esakhiel and a rare indoor feat from Faisal (a wicket maiden), left Glasgow Accies CC 21 all out.
Although finals day had concluded with a two-nil win, both teams contested a third match. Again, Clydesdale CC batted first and they scored 99 for 6 – despite a good direct hit run from Humsa Anwar and a great catch from Zain Shaikh, but with Robin Ferguson top-scoring with 26*. In reply, Glasgow Accies CC batted for all six overs and finished 45 for 3.
The scorecards from the finals are available in the Document centre section of the website, along with the scorecards from all the other matches in the league.
Tim Hart writes, “Sunday saw the final round of scheduled matches in the 2019 Under 14 Indoor League – with 36 different players representing the five teams who were participating. In match one, the Glasgow Accies CC’s victory over Kilmarnock CC was set up by a good all-round bowling display from the North Glasgow side – highlighted by Rory Paterson bowling a maiden and Zak Iqbal a wicket maiden! Match two saw Uddingston CC bat first and score 51 for 2 from their six overs – a total which Glasgow Accies CC chased quickly, thanks to Paterson scoring 22* and retiring. After 1.1 overs of match three, Ferguslie CC looked to be in a little trouble against Poloc CC, but a great partnership from Craig Glassford and Greg Shaw (with both scoring 22* and retiring) saw Ferguslie CC recover from 6 for 2 to score 81 for 2. The early reply from Poloc CC mirrored the Ferguslie CC innings: Adam Tahir took two wickets to leave Poloc CC 4 for 2, before both Hassaan Mehmood (22*) and Shahan Raja (21*) retired. However, tighter bowling from Ferguslie CC would ultimately be the difference – the Paisley side emerging victorious by 16 runs.
With the scheduled matches now complete, Clydesdale CC and Glasgow Accies CC both have a record of played four, won four, with Clydesdale sitting top of the table, by virtue of being 4.11 runs ahead on net run rate.
Tim Hart reports, “Sunday saw the latest round of fixtures in the new Cricket Scotland West Region Under 14 Indoor League. This round featured a tri-series between Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC and Uddingston CC. Ayr CC’s win over Uddingston CC, in the first match, was built around both their opening batters (Lewis Lilley and Dylan Neil) scoring 20s and retiring – the Ayrshire side winning with two deliveries to spare. In game two, Clydesdale CC defeated Uddingston CC – with the batters again taking ‘centre-stage’, as Sonny Cunningham, Bahadar Esakhiel, Owen Gould and Nikhil Koteeswaran all scored 20 or more. The final match saw Ayr CC restricted to 31 for 2 off their six overs – with Clydesdale CC chasing the target within three overs.
“The fixtures continue in two weeks – with five clubs (Ferguslie CC, Glasgow Accies CC, Kilmarnock CC, Poloc CC and Uddingston CC) playing across the three matches.”
Tim Hart reports, “Sunday the 20th of January saw round two in the new Cricket Scotland west region Under 14 Indoor League. This week’s tri-series featured Clydesdale CC, Ferguslie CC and Kilmarnock CC – with 21 different players participating, supported by three umpires. Clydesdale CC won both their matches, with Ferguslie CC being victorious in one of their two. In the matches, Clydesdale CC pair Bahadar Esakhiel and Owen Gould combined to score 84 runs off just 21 deliveries – with Gould retiring in both his innings too.
“Esakhiel retired once (off just four deliveries!) and Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), Sonny Cunningham (Clydesdale CC), Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC), Harry Manley (Ferguslie CC), Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC), Greg Shaw (Ferguslie CC), Dhruv Shenoy (Clydesdale CC) and Adam Tahir (Ferguslie CC) all continued to show that bat is dominating ball in this new series, with all retiring once too – and, although he didn’t quite make the mandatory retirement score of 20, Kilmarnock CC’s Oliver Bowden provided the backbone to his team’s batting efforts – with 19* and 14. Meanwhile, with the ball, Blair Cameron and Qasim Khan (both Ferguslie CC) took the plaudits, as both bowled a wicket maiden – and in the same match!”
The new series of Under 12 indoor Kwik Cricket festivals got underway on Sunday the 20th of January, at Uddingston Grammar School. The first, of ten, festivals saw teams from Hillhead CC, Uddingston CC and West of Scotland CC compete in a round-robin format. As with the series of festivals towards the end of 2018, the results were less important than the enjoyment had by all eighteen participants – and thanks must go to all parents, coaches and umpires for the support given on the day. Next week will see Clydesdale CC, East Kilbride CC and Glasgow Accies CC come together for a similar tri-series of matches.
Tim Hart writes, “Six clubs, ten weeks, 30 matches! Cricket Scotland can now confirm details of the latest series of Under 12 indoor Kwik Cricket festivals. Clydesdale CC, East Kilbride CC, Glasgow Accies CC, Hillhead CC, Uddingston CC and West of Scotland CC will be participating in a total of 30 indoor Kwik Cricket matches, spread over ten consecutive Sundays, before the end of March – with each club playing ten matches. More information is available in the document centre.
Tim Hart reports, “The Cricket Scotland west region Under 14 Indoor League got underway on Sunday the 6th of January 2019, with teams from Ayr CC, Glasgow Accies CC and Poloc CC competing in a mini round-robin match format. On the day, Glasgow Accies CC won both their matches and Poloc CC won one of their two. There were outstanding batting performances from Rory Paterson (Glasgow Accies CC) and Moiz Maqsood (Poloc CC) as both batters retired in both of their innings – and Fraser Nixon (Ayr CC), Ritvik Maheshwari (Glasgow Accies CC) and Hassaan Mehmood and Shahan Raja (both Poloc CC) each retired in one of their innings too. With the ball, Mikaeel Shabbir (Glasgow Accies CC) excelled as he took two wickets in three deliveries in his first match. Thanks to all 22 players who participated – and to the coaches, parents and umpires who provided support on the inaugural afternoon of the Under 14 Indoor League.”
Pictured below are the Clydesdale CC teams who were winners in each of the age-group Indoor Super 8s tournaments completed between Christmas and New Year. A review of the tournament can also be found online here.
The draws for this year’s Indoor Super 8s tournament – sponsored by Belt Up Trophies – have been made, and can be found online. The Under 19 tournament draw saw the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined team in Group A along with the Clydesdale II team and Poloc CC. Group B features Clydesdale CC, the Clydesdale III team and Uddingston CC. In the Under 15 event Group A sees Ferguslie CC, Glasgow Accies CC, Poloc CC and Uddingston CC drawn together. Then, in Group B, Clydesdale CC, the Clydesdale II team, East Renfrewshire CC and the Hillhead|West of Scotland combined team face each other. And, finally, in the Under 12 age-group Glasgow Accies CC, Uddingston CC and Weirs CC were drawn together in Group A, with East Kilbride CC, East Renfrewshire CC and Clydesdale CC being the teams to face each other in the Group B matches.
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.”