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.”
Cricket Scotland is delighted to announce a new addition to the playing opportunities available to young players within the west region – a new Under 14 indoor, hardball league. The league, which will follow a similar format to the WDJCU Indoor Super 8s, will take place on four Sundays during January and February 2019 and further information is available here or by contacting Tim Hart.
Stirling County CC has appointed a new Junior Convenor, Brian Hamley taking on the role from Ian Shaw.
WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie writes, “Please note the WDJCU AGM is confirmed as scheduled for Monday the 26th of November, at 7pm,. It will be held at “Titwood” (Clydesdale CC) in Glasgow. The agenda will be issued in due course. Clubs should please confirm their planned attendance, or apologies, to me.”
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.”
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.
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 Secretary Ann Hargie has circulated details of this season’s end-of-season Finals Days. These are set out below.
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
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.
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.
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.”