Season reflections

WDJCU Secretary writes, “The WDJCU Committee would like to thank all clubs for their efforts over summer 2018’s season of cricket. All leagues and cups are now completed and I am sure most are having a well-earned break before winter training and tournaments commence.  As a Committee we would like constructive feedback on all age-group and playing formats that clubs entered this season in order to compose an overall reflection of the changes introduced this year. When sending on reflective comments please substantiate these with rationale so that, as a Committee, we can collate responses and review.”

Finals Days

Ann Hargie reports on the WDJCU Finals Day.

Under 11 Finals Day, Titwood (Clydesdale CC), Saturday 1 September

In the Plate Final the combined Hillhead|Renfrew team batted first and scored 80 for 4 in its twenty overs.  In reply, reflecting good bowling and fielding from Hillhead|Renfrew, East Renfrewshire CC could not surpass the first innings total – and Hillhead|Renfrew secured an 11-run victory.  In the Grand Final, East Kilbride|Weirs won the toss and chose to bat first. It scored 74 for 4 from twenty overs.  In reply, Clydesdale CC kept wickets in hand early on which allowed it to accelerate towards the end of the innings. It timed its chase perfectly, to win by four wickets, with an over to spare.

Under 12 Finals Day, Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC), Sunday 2 September

Semi-final 1: East Kilbride|Weirs 122 beat Clydesdale CC 113 by 9 runs.

Semi-final 2: Ferguslie CC 185 beat Glasgow Accies CC 157 by 28 runs.

Final: Ferguslie CC 188 beat East Kilbride|Weirs 167 by 21 runs.

Under 14 Finals Day, Hamilton Crescent (West of Scotland CC)

The WDJCU Under 14 League Finals Day brought the curtain down on the junior season for 2018.  Glasgow Accies CC batted first in its semi-final against Ferguslie CC and posted an imposing total of 138 for 5, thanks to 32, retired, from Sambhav Chadha, with good support from Rory Paterson who made 25. In reply, both Bhadar Esakhiel and Uzair Ahmad both retired having faced twenty deliveries. This would be the key to the match as both returned to the crease later in the innings and Esakhiel’s 53* and Ahmad’s 26* guided Ferguslie CC to a two-wicket win.

The highlight of the second semi-final was a hat-trick from Anne Sturgess (bowled, stumped, caught at second slip) as Clydesdale CC restricted the Renfrew|West of Scotland combined team to 82 in its twenty overs. Sturgess (3 for 8) was given good support from Saifullah Ahmadzai (2 for 8) – although Iain Nonhebel (30*) provided good resistence. In reply, Clydesdale CC completed a six-wicket win, based around both skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (26*) and wicket-keeper Owen Gould (21*) retiring.

The final was a very close contest. Ferguslie CC batted first and there was a dramatic start as Ahmadzai began the match with a perfect yorker. Ahmad and Esakhiel then continued their fine form, with both retiring – as did Adam Tahir (8*) and Craig Glassford (19*). Sturgess, similarly, continued her good effort with the ball, taking another two wickets. With Esakhiel scoring 11 in the final over, Ferguslie CC scored 108 for 5 from its twenty overs – Esakhiel 27*, Ahmad 19*.  In reply, Clydesdale CC also lost an early wicket – before having three batters (Koteeswaran, Sturgess and Ibrahim Faisal (who had returned from a quick trip to minor injuries following a collision with a teammate in the field during the first innings) retire.  In an always close match, a crucial late innings partnership between Sonny Cunningham (17) and Scott Williamson (17*) edged Clydesdale CC ahead before Koteeswaran returned to the middle to see his side home to victory – ending a great contest, between two evenly matched teams.

Under 18 Scottish Cup success

Clydesdale CC won the 2018 Under 18 Scottish Cup today at “Titwood” after, following a semi-final win against Grange CC (winning by losing fewer wickets), they went on to defeat Forfarshire CC by nine wickets in the final.  Both victories saw impressive batting performances from Angus Guy (40* and 36*) and David Sturgess (45 and 33*), Daniel Cairns (8-0-39-4), Faizan Rauf (5-1-17-3) and Junaid Rauf (8-0-30-4) returning the standout bowling figures.  Congratulations to the Clydesdale CC team (pictured below) on winning the trophy, the third year in a row the Glasgow southside club has done so.

WDJCU Finals Days

WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie has circulated details of this season’s end-of-season Finals Days.  These are set out below.

Under 11

Saturday, 1 September 2018, “Titwood”, Glasgow (Clydesdale CC)

11am: Plate Final: East Renfrewshire CC v Hillhead|Renfrew
2:30pm Cup Final: East Kilbride|Weirs v Clydesdale CC

Under 12

Sunday, 2 September 2018, “Meikleriggs”, Paisley (Ferguslie CC)

11am: Semi-final 1: Clydesdale CC v East Kilbride|Weirs
2pm: Semi-final 2: Glasgow Accies CC v Ferguslie CC
5pm: Final: winner semi-final 1 v winner semi-final 2.

Under 14

Saturday, 8 September 2018, “Hamilton Crescent”, Glasgow (West of Scotland CC)

11am: Semi-final 1: Glasgow Accies CC v Ferguslie CC
2pm: Semi-final 2: Clydesdale CC v Renfrew|West of Scotland
5pm: Final: winner semi-final 1 v winner semi-final 2

Ann Hargie comments, “Match start times are approximate depending on weather and light conditions.  The WDJCU would like to welcome spectators to all the Finals Days, to enjoy watching what are expected to be some very keenly contested matches and great adverts for youth cricket in the west region.  Congratulations and good luck to all on their respective Finals Days.

Under 11s Finals Day

Ann Hargie, WDJCU Secretary, writes, “I can now confirm the teams that have made it through to the Under 11s Finals Day on 1 September. They, and the games they will play on Finals Day, are:

 

Plate Final: 11am
Venue: “Titwood”, (Clydesdale CC)
East Renfrewshire v Hillhead/Renfrew

 

Grand Final: 2.30pm
Venue: “Titwood”, (Clydesdale CC)
East Kilbride/Weirs v Clydesdale

 

“Matches will be played in the post-split format, and are not ‘pairs cricket’.  Teams are eight-a-side.  Congratulations, and good luck to all the teams and clubs involved.”

Frank Smith Trophy

Clydesdale CC won the 2018 Under 16 Frank Smith Trophy this evening, following a 62-run victory over Glasgow Accies CC at Titwood on Glasgow’s southside. Batting first, Clydesdale scored 131 for 6 off their 20 overs. Their innings was based around an outstanding, and match-winning, innings of 76* (71 deliveries) from David Sturgess, with Struan Walker (29 off twenty deliveries) providing excellent support, during a key 56-run partnership for the third wicket. For Glasgow Accies CC, Sambhav Chadha, John Greene and Andrew Robinson all took one wicket.

In reply, very controlled opening spells from Taha Khan and Junaid Rauf (4-0-5-2 and 4-1-8-1 respectively) meant that Glasgow Accies CC were quickly well behind the required run-rate. Despite 30* from John Greene, they would only finish on 69 for 6 from their 20 overs – Clydesdale CC skipper Daniel Cairns helped to keep the squeeze on the scoring with figures of 4-0-9-0, with support coming from Faizan Rauf and Tarun Koteeswaran who both took wickets.

Congratulations to Clydesdale CC on their victory.

Frank Smith Trophy

Clydesdale CC and Glasgow Accies CC have progressed to the final of the Frank Smith Trophy after semi-final wins tonight over Stenhousemuir CC and Greenock CC, respectively.  The Titwood club’s win saw them restrict Stenhousemuir CC to 82 for 9 after posting 123 for 4.  David Sturgess top-scored for Clydesdale CC, with 31, with Daniel Cairns chipping in with 23 not out.  For the Larbert club, Lucas Laing took 2 for 25.  In the Stenhousemuir CC reply, only Laing, again, with 24, threatened to lead a successful run-chase, with Faizan Rauf (3 for 15) and Abhishek Sinha (2 for 16) returning the stand-out bowling figures.

Updated draw.

Frank Smith Trophy

Glasgow Accies CC have progressed to the semi-finals of the Frank Smith Trophy after an independent coin toss decided the quarter-final tie with Ayr CC in the favour of the Glasgow West End club.

Updated draw.

Frank Smith Trophy

Stenhousemuir CC saw off the challenge of Uddingston CC tonight in the third of the Frank Smith Trophy quarter-final ties to join Clydesdale CC and Greenock CC in the semi-finals, and where they will face the Glasgow southside club.

Updated draw.

Frank Smith Trophy

In this evening’s first two Frank Smith Trophy ties there were wins for Greenock CC over Poloc CC, the Glenpark club winning by seven wickets in Greenock.  Batting first Poloc CC posted 142 for 9 with Hassaan Mehmood (43) and Hasan Malik (35) top-scoring.  The home side’s successful run-chase – completed with two overs to spare – was built around opener Tom Forrest’s 64 (38), an innings that included eight 4s and three 6s.  Clydesdale CC were the other winners on the night, and, like Greenock CC, progress to the semi-finals.  The Titwood youngsters saw off the challenge of Renfrew CC, winning by nine wickets.  Rafay Khan (25) scored almost half of his side’s runs as Renfrew CC mustered 56 for 8 batting first, before David Sturgess (29*) successfully steered Clydesdale CC across the finish line inside seven overs.

Updated draw.