For the second weekend in a row the Western Warriors under 14s made use of the late summer sun to record two wins in two T20s! This weekend, the Warriors were at home – with Titwood (Clydesdale CC) being the host venue, as the Caledonian Highlanders made the trip south. Once again, lead coach Tim Hart reports on the day’s play:
“Batting first in game 1, the Warriors 123/4 was based around 49 (off 50 deliveries) from skipper Bahadar Eskahiel (Clydesdale CC) and 40 (48) from Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) – the pair putting on 101 for the 3rd wicket! The team effort was notable for only 5 boundaries being scored in the 20 overs – but also for some very impressive scampering between the wickets in the final overs! In reply, good early bowling was backed up by some athletic fielding. The pressure eventually led to the breakthrough, in the 9th over, with Nasratullah Safi (Glasgow Accies CC) holding on to a caught and bowled opportunity. From there, the bowlers and fielders squeezed the game well – with Shlok Thaker (Clydesdale CC) bowling a double-wicket maiden and the fielding unit contributing three run outs. Highlanders 54 all out (19.5).
The second match saw the Warriors bat first, again. This time the team posted 116 all out (19.5) – with the scorecard having a slightly odd look to it! Ben Willmott (Clydesdale CC) opened and anchored the innings with 46 (54), only Ahmad 15 (11) joined him in making double figures – and batters 2, 3, 4 & 5 all scored 0! The Highlanders, again, got off to a good start – 35/0 off 6 overs. However, Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC) then ended the game as a contest – by bowling a triple-wicket maiden, one thanks to a really sharp catch from Esakhiel at extra cover. From there, the wickets were again spread out between the bowlers – and there were another two run outs, highlighted by a great direct hit from Rory Paterson (Glasgow Accies CC). Highlanders 75 all out (17).
Overall, it was pleasing to record another two wins – and to continue the policy of utilising the batters and bowlers at different times throughout the each innings. Across the four matches, Ahmad has been the standout batter – with Esakhiel and Willmott making significant contributions too. 9 different bowlers have taken wickets, there have been some good moments in the field – but, more importantly, everyone within the squad has had the opportunity to contribute as we continue with our return to cricket. Next week sees both the U14 (and U16s) complete their summer programme, with two ‘intra-squad’ T20s.”
Please see below for information from Tim Hart in regards to his leaving of Cricket Scotland. WDJCU wish to thank Tim for all his assistance and guidance in his role as Cricket Scotland liaison officer to the committee and we wish him well in his future endeavours.
Dear Clubs, the Cricket Community, Network Colleagues & Friends,
It is with very heavy heart that I am getting in contact to inform you that I am leaving Cricket Scotland, after 9 years – with my post being made redundant, as part of Cricket Scotland’s Reset Plan. I will be leaving as soon as my time on the Furlough Scheme ends, at the start of September.
I remain involved in sport as a volunteer at my local club – and I am continuing in my role as a coach within the Western Warriors Youth set up. My updated contact details are email@example.com and 07753-987286.
I have always felt a great sense of pride to work for Cricket Scotland – and I would like to thank all of you for your support of me, of cricket and of Cricket Scotland during my time with the organisation.
Sunday 30 August saw the Western Warriors U14s return to cricket, with two T20 matches v the Eastern Knights at Goldenacre (Heriots CC). Lead Coach Tim Hart reports:
“After nearly five and half months, it was great to see the Warriors programme resume – with the first two (of five) matches. There was, understandably, a little rustiness in all three disciplines – but the squad stuck to their collective task very well and recorded impressive back-to-back wins.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first in game 1, the Warriors found themselves 23/2 after 7.4 overs. Batting at 4, Ben Willmott (Clydesdale CC) provided some much-needed impetus to the innings, with 27 (off 26) as part of a fifty partnership with Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC). When Willmott was dismissed, Ahmad then upped his scoring rate – taking 12 off the final 12 deliveries he faced, to finish his innings’ anchoring role with a crucial 43* (off 57). Warriors 102/4. In reply, the Knights found run-scoring similarly tricky. Following on from their fifty partnership, Ahmad (4-0-7-1) and Willmott (4-0-11-1) combined well with the ball too. With the Knights left needing 65 off the final 8 overs, the Warriors bowlers bowled very effectively – Qasim Khan (Ferguslie CC) excelling with 4/21 from his 4 overs. Knights 85/8.
Warriors skipper Bahadar Esakhiel (Clydesdale CC) won a second toss – and the Warriors chose a different challenge, by fielding first. There were early successes for both Ahmad and Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC), before Willmott (2/19) bowled another good middle overs spell, Khan picked up his fifth wicket of the day – and the Warriors experimented by bowling eight 1-over spells towards the end of the innings! Knights 92/7. A slightly altered top order was asked to bat with a little more energy during the early overs – but the Warriors again found themselves 23/2 off 7.4 overs! The rate continued to climb steadily and, despite 23 (27) from Willmott, the Warriors needed 30 off the last 3 overs. But Ahmad was in, batting with very positive intent – and using the depth of his crease to great effect. His 31* (off 30) was crucial – and Rory Paterson (5* off 6) also played a key part. Warriors 93/4, with two deliveries to spare!
The wins were nice, as was the overall performance of all 12 players – which was led by some very effective captaincy and highlighted by good all-round contributions from Ahmad and Willmott. Overall, the main aim of the mini fixture programme is to get as many of the squad playing as possible – and to use players in different roles in the matches whenever possible. As always, thanks must go to the parents for their continued support of the programme – and hopefully the weather will allow the Warriors to welcome the Caledonian Highlanders to Titwood (Clydesdale CC) this coming Sunday.”
Good to see junior cricket back in the form of localised inter-club matches. Many clubs have begun friendly matches at the weekend and are hopeful of more over the next few weeks dependent on the good old Scottish weather.
Any club that wishes, and has correct permissions in place, can send photo’s in to Secretary Ann Hargie for the website and promotion of junior cricket.
It has been a tough period of inactivity for clubs and the kids. The WDJCU has put together a temporary structure for Clubs to follow if they are in a position to offer junior cricket. We must stress that the proposal is optional for all and clubs should continue to follow the current government guidance. As things stand an update is due from CS on 13th July. If conditions continue to improve then there may be the possibility of some form of cricket from 1st August. Clubs are asked to plan if they wish to offer cricket to their juniors from 1st August.
WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie asks that the attached document is read and cascaded to all. An email from our Chairman containing this briefing has also been sent to the Junior Convenors. All information will be updated and sent to convenors as and when WDJCU receive further guidance. Please stay safe and look after yourself and each other.