On the eve of a new junior league season, WDJCU Chairman Parvase Majeed writes “We have arrived again at the crest of a new season. The weather may not be conducive but we are hardened souls in the west of Scotland and made to suffer and endure whatever the weather throws at us. This season’s junior cricket is going to be interesting, challenging and I hope really enjoyable for all participants. We have new formats for the kids from the work undertaken by Cricket Scotland and its research based on Australian junior cricket. Age groups of Under 11, Under 14 and Under 16 will in future if the experience over the season is a positive one will become known as J1, J2 and J3. We have retained the Under 12 age group to allow the kids to experience the hardball before Under 14.
“I would like to give a big thanks to Ann Hargie the junior union’s new Secretary and Tim Hart of Cricket Scotland for the work put in preparing the fixtures after long deliberations on the formats were completed by the junior committee. Also a big thank you to Keith Young for his advice, support and ongoing work on the website even after relinquishing the Secretary’s role.
“It was very pleasing to see so many of you at the workshop last week and those of you who were not able to attend please ensure you read up on the formats or hope the opposition coach is conversant of the new ‘rules’. Otherwise…..
“Tomorrow is the start of the junior season Under 11 and Under 14 matches will commence. Weather permitting.
“To all Junior Convenors and team coaches: embrace the changes :: enjoy the new experience :: let the kids play!”
WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie has intimated that the Under 10 Kwik Cricket festivals for the 2018 season are to be individual club-based. Can all clubs wishing to participate in this age group, and host a Sunday morning festival please email Ann with their preferred date and, if available, this will be confirmed by return, by Ann, and added to a schedule on the website, here.
WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie has intimated that Ayr CC has withdrawn from this season’s Under 11 League. As such teams scheduled to play Ayr CC in this league will now have a bye week. The league fixtures have been updated, and the Match centre fixtures and results data will be amended in due course.
Clydesdale CC Under 18s (pictured) were crowned 2017 Scottish Cup winners today, after the held-over second part of last season’s Finals Day was successfully completed at The Grange. After chasing 160 to defeat Forfarshire CC in the second of the semi-finals, the Titwood youngsters then faced Edinburgh club Carlton CC in the final, Carlton CC having beaten Poloc CC in their semi-final, ironically at Titwood, at the end of last season. Again bowling first, Clydesdale CC restricted their opponents to 142, meaning that they’d need 143 to secure the win. And at 73 for 4, the match was in the balance. However an unbroken 35-run partnership saw the total progress to 108 for 4 after fifteen overs, meaning that 35 were needed from the final five overs. A fifth wicket would then fall with the score on 117, and the game came down to a final over showdown: Clydesdale CC needing 5 runs for the win. Three balls in and 3 runs were still needed, with the Edinburgh side having grabbed another wicket courtesy of a run out. But Clydesdale CC wouldn’t be denied, and a boundary secured their win. Congratulations to the Crossmyloof club’s youngsters and coaches on their success.
WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie writes, “Please see online the following documents: WDJCU 2018 fixtures, league rules and a playing overview. Kwik Cricket and Inter-area tournament details will follow. The WDJCU Committee appreciates there are changes to the playing conditions this season and would like to advise that there will be Cricket Scotland Workshop to assist clubs, coaches and managers with the changes.”
WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie writes, “Please see the online document summarising the new leagues, and rules, for this coming season as defined by the WDJCU Committee. This has been discussed at length and is predominately in alignment with the Cricket Scotland Pathway. There has been an addition of an Under 12 hardball league to allow a transition period due to the volume of last season’s Under 11 teams and the age jump from Under 11 to Under 14. Club registration is accessible on the website, and if clubs could return their submission by January the 27th deadline please. May I also ask that all clubs update their contact details for each age group if there has been any changes within their club structure please.”
A results overview document for the recent Indoor Super 8s Tournament is online now, along with the details for the “Player of the Tournament” at each age group (see also below). The players recognised in this way were:
Under 12 Super 8s
Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) :: 94 runs at 94.00 (high score: 21 retired) and 5-0-31-2 (average: 15.50, economy: 6.20)
Under 15 Super 8s
David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) :: 90 runs at 45.00 (high score: 43*), 4 catches, 2 run outs and 5-0-26-1 (average: 26.00, economy: 5.20)
Under 19 Super 8s
Amaan Ali (Poloc CC) :: 55 runs at 18.33 (high score: 26*) and 7.5-0-82-6 (average: 13.67, economy: 10.47)
Another statistic from the tournament was that it featured 155 players from twelve clubs (Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC, East Renfrewshire CC, Ferguslie CC, Glasgow Accies CC, Hillhead CC, Kelburne CC, Poloc CC, Renfrew CC, Uddingston CC, Weirs CC and West of Scotland CC) over the 39 matches played over the four days.
Today saw the Finals Day of the annual Indoor Super 8s tournament. In keenly-contested events, Ferguslie CC ran out winners of the Under 12 tournament, Clydesdale CC came out on top in the Under 15 tournament and Poloc CC were winners of the Under 19 tournament. Congratulations to these three clubs (teams pictured below), and also the other Finals Day teams. A word of thanks is also due to all the tournament helpers, team coaches and tournament organiser Tim Hart.
The tournament scorecards and player average can be found online.