Only one match beat the weather this evening, the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined Under 18 side winning at Hughenden against Glasgow Accies CC, the margin of victory 50 runs. Batting first, the combined side posted 103 for 4, Jack Holland and Adam Khan top-scoring with 25 runs each. Glasgow Accies CC were then bowled out in the seventeenth over.
More afternoon rain caused yet more cancellations today, with a number of matches being rained off, in both the Under 11 and Under 15 Leagues. However some match results were submitted, reflecting the fact that some games beat the weather. In the Under 11 league Clydesdale CC defeated East Renfrewshire CC at Woodfarm Pavilion in Giffnock, the margin of victory 16 runs. Abban Rashid took 3 for 5 as East Renfrewshire CC were restricted to 65 for 6 batting first, this before the Titwood youngsters replied with 66 for 3. Down in Ayrshire meanwhile Prestwick CC’s Under 11s were hosting near-neighbours Ayr CC, and it was the visitors who rain out 6-run winners in a rain-interrupted fifteen overs-a-side match.
There was a full card of fixtures in the two junior Friday leagues this evening. In the Under 11 League wins were recorded by Ferguslie CC, Glasgow Accies CC, East Kilbride CC and East Renfrewshire CC on the field, whilst Clydesdale CC benefited from a concession from Prestwick CC. Ferguslie CC’s win was over Greenock CC by 60 runs, Uzair Ahmad taking 3 for 10 as Greenock CC lost twelve wickets batting second at Glenpark. In a slightly closer affair at Shawholm in Glasgow Poloc CC lost to East Renfrewshire CC by 22 runs, two wickets falling in the final over to see the Woodfarm Pavilion side ease to their eventual win. East Kilbride CC’s win was another away win on the night, this time at Scott Ellis Field against Kilmarnock CC and the winning margin 61 runs. Another big winning margin was Glasgow Accies CC’s 87-run win over Renfrew CC, Rory Paterson top-scoring for the New Anniesland youngsters with an unbeaten 22.
In the Under 15 League there were wins reported for two of Glasgow’s southside clubs: Clydesdale CC beating Stenhousemuir CC at The Tryst, and Poloc CC seeing off Glasgow Accies CC, also on the road. Spookily both sides won by 51 runs, Clydesdale CC’s win owing much to Daniel Cairns 52* (39), whilst Sohaib Shah’s 133 (65) was the main reason behind Poloc CC’s win.
There were some high-scoring matches, and big margins of victory in this evening’s junior league matches. In the Under 13 League Clydesdale CC won by ten wickets against the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side, chasing 77 to win. Glasgow Accies CC were also winners on the night in this age-group, defeating Greenock CC at New Anniesland by 32 runs, after posting 119 for 5 batting first. And in Kilmarnock, Poloc CC ran out 77-run winners over their hosts the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined side, this after posting 151 for 1 batting first. The individual performances of merit this evening included John Greene (33*), Hassaan Mehmood (34*), Hasan Malik (31*), Abdullah Rana (30*), Samee Mehmood (30*), Jack Hurford (30*), Ibrahim Faisal (30*) and Nikhil Koteeswaran (30*). And with the ball there was a “4-for” recorded by Shahan Raja.
The older age-group – the Under 18s – saw the evening biggest score however, Clydesdale CC racking up 242 for 1 against the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team at King George V Playing Fields in Renfrew. Ihtesham Ul Haq was the main run scorer, scoring an unbeaten 146 from just 62 deliveries. He was given support by Daniel Cairns (55) and Humza Zulfiqar (34). Then in the second innings, Zakki Tariq took 4 for 7 as the Glasgow southside team ran out 178-run winners.
East Kilbride CC has informed the WDJCU that its combined team with Uddingston CC is withdrawing from the Under 18 League. Matches against the combined team will, therefore, be considered void.
Three Under 11 League match results were reported to the website this evening. Ferguslie CC were conceded the win by Stenhousemuir CC unfortunately, whilst Clydesdale CC beat near-neighbours Poloc CC by 38 runs in a Glasgow southside derby and Uddingston CC defeated Glasgow Accies CC by 18 runs at Bothwell Castle Policies.
In the older – Under 15 – age-group, Clydesdale CC made it a derby day double, by defeating Poloc CC at Titwood by seven wickets, Taha Khan with an unbeaten 30 in the Crossmyloof youngsters’ successful run-chase. Meanwhile Glasgow Accies CC were securing the win-points in their league clash with the Renfrew|West of Scotland combined side, the winning margin eight wickets this time.
GHK CC has informed the WDJCU that Old Anniesland is now off limits to all cricket for rest of season. The club was told it could use an artificial wicket in July and August, but with major mine shaft repairs now running until end August it is not possible to access any grass areas. GHK CC is happy to play its remaining Under 14 fixtures away from home if other teams can accommodate this.
Tonight unfortunately saw another slew of concessions across the fixture card, with half the Under 18 matches being conceded and a similar number of concessions taking place in the Under 13 League. Matches were, of course, played. First reported on was Clydesdale CC Under 18s’ win at Langloan against the Drumpellier|Victoria combined side, the Glasgow southside youngsters winning easily, the margin seven wickets. Over in Renfrew meanwhile, the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined side ran out five-wicket winners overs the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combination team, Keeshav Soni starring with the ball in this match, taking 4 for 6. The Ferguslie|Hillhead run-chase was then anchored by Jack Holland with an unbeaten 48, their win coming despite Hamaad Anwar’s 4 for 4 that included a hat-trick.
In the younger age-group meanwhile, Clydesdale CC were also winners. Titwood was the venue for their 79-run win over the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined side, the home side’s 140 for 7 including 30 not out from Owen Gould.
Ayr CC’s two junior league matches with Poloc CC were both cancelled today as a result of the recent wet weather. Also not played was the Weirs CC versus Prestwick CC Under League match, the Ayrshire club conceding the match. And, another Ayrshire side, Kilmarnock CC, also had a week off this Friday, its Under 11 clash with East Renfrewshire CC being rescheduled for 1 September 2017.
The games that were played in the WDJCU’s youngest hardball league saw wins for Clydesdale CC over East Kilbride CC (by 10 runs), Greenock CC over Glasgow Accies CC (by 59 runs) and Stenhousemuir CC over Uddingston CC by 38 runs). Clydesdale CC’s win saw Fizan Rashid take 4 for 9, whilst the match between Greenock CC and Glasgow Accies CC featured the unusual event of an Under 11 side losing no wickets, Greenock CC scoring 81 without loss batting second at Glenpark.
In the Under 15 League both the combined sides in action this evening came out on the losing side, the Ferguslie|Kelburne side going down to a 89-run defeat to Clydesdale CC in Paisley, and the newly-formed Renfrew|West of Scotland combination team losing by 54 runs at The Tryst. Clydesdale CC’s win featured Asad Khan (78), Daniel Cairns (45) and Ross Heginbottom (50*) all making contributions with the bat, Heginbottom’s unbeaten knock seeing him face just 23 deliveries. In the combination side’s reply, Cameron McLean was again in the runs, scoring 69. Meanwhile in Larbert, Stenhousemuir CC’s win featured 44 (29) from Kai Reed and a “3-for” for Callum Grant.
There were a number of matches conceded this evening across the two age-group leagues with scheduledgames: East Kilbride CC and Greenock CC in the Under 11 League, and West of Scotland CC in the Under 15 League. Notwithstanding this though games were played, one of which saw a big win for the Ferguslie|Kelburne Under 15s who defeated Poloc CC in Glasgow’s southside by 53 runs thanks to an unbeaten 101 (64) from Cameron McLean. Sohaib Shah’s 54 not out in the home side’s reply was then in vain as the away win was secured. Also in the Under 15 League there was a convincing six-wicket win for Glasgow Accies CC over Ayr CC, the visitors to New Anniesland being bundled out for just 57, a total their hosts chased in seventeen over, four down. Hamza Gardee was the star in the first innings, his 5 for 10 setting up the low target. A third convincing win was also reported from Glenpark where the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team beat Stenhousemuir CC by nine wickets. Chasing just 53 to win, the combination team chased their target inside ten overs for the loss of just the one wicket.
In the younger age-group Weirs CC came out on top in the Glasgow southside derby with near-neighbours Clydesdale CC, winning by 28 runs at Albert Park. 64 for 4 proved too many for the Titwood youngsters, who lost six wickets in their innings en route to finishing on 46 for 6. Over in Paisley Ferguslie CC were also running out winners, their big 142-run win over the Hillhead|Renfrew combined side coming courtesy of dismissing their opponents no fewer than eighteen times. Batting first the Meikleriggs youngsters scored 128 for 5, Uzzair Khan with 33. Then in the combined side’s reply Qasim Khan returned the remarkable figures of 7 for 4 (including a hat-trick), with Bahadar Esahkiel and Blair Cameron also recording “3-fors”.