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”.
The first match return submitted this evening reported on Glasgow Accies CC’s nine-wicket win over the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined side in the Under 18 League. After restricting the combined team to 75 for 6 in their twenty overs, Glasgow Accies CC then chased down their target with five overs in hand, Arman Khan scoring an unbeaten 54. King George V Playing Field was the venue for a clash of two other combination teams, Drumpellier|Victoria beating East Renfrewshire|Renfrew by nine wickets. Singh took 4 for 16 for the winning combined team, with Hassan Raza (50) and Zeeshan Aziz (55*) then making the biggest contributions with the bat as the nine-wicket win was secured. Poloc CC were also winners on the night in the Under 18 League, albeit their win came virtue of a concession by the East Kilbride|Uddingston combined side.
In the younger age-group league however a Poloc CC versus East Kilbride|Uddingston combined team match did take place, Shawholm the venue. Batting first the home side posted 154 for 1, with 30 not out for both Hassaan Mehmood and Samee Mehmood, with Abdullah Rana chipping in with an unbeaten 24. The combined side were then bowled out in the fifteenth over for 46, Nabeel Khan taking 3 for 3. At Glenpark in Greenock meanwhile it was an away win that was recorded as Stirling County CC overcame their hosts by eight wickets. Greenock CC mustered just 71 for 9 despite Lukas Fischer-Keogh’s 22, with Jones (3 for 15) taking a hat-trick for the visitors. The New Williamfield youngsters then chased down their target in under twelve overs, Marshall scoring 22 not out. Also winners “on the road” in the Under 13 League were Glasgow Accies CC who defeated previously unbeaten Ferguslie CC at Meikleriggs by six wickets. Ferguslie CC, batting first, posted 91 for 7 thanks in the main to Mahapatra’s 30 not out, John Greene taking 3 for 13 for Glasgow Accies CC. Greene then led the successful run-chase with 31 not out, Lucas Pierotti giving him assistance with an unbeaten 20. Cameron’s 3 for 13 proved in vain for Ferguslie CC.
There were Under 11 and Under 15 league matches played across the west region this evening. In the Under 11 League there was a win for Poloc CC at home against near-neighbours Weirs CC, the Shawholm youngsters winning by 31 runs. Batting first the home side lost no wickets as they posted 68, and total that the visitors from Newlands couldn’t chase down, losing four wickets en route to finishing on 57 for 4.
In the older age-group more results were submitted, with wins for the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined side over Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC over the Greenock|Helensburgh combination team, and Poloc CC over West of Scotland CC. In the match at New Cmbusdoon in Alloway, Ayr CC very nearly chased the 141 needed to beat their visitors, Richie Simpson top-scoring with 80 not out. However Cameron McLean’s 89 not out in the first innings proved the defining innings as he helped the combined side post 140 for 2, Shazad Ahmad chipping in with 35. Ayr CC’s reply also included a support act to Simpson’s innings, Callum McCormick making 31. Clydesdale CC’s win was a four-wicket one, defeating the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side at Titwood. Batting first the visitors posted 64 for 9, a target Clydesdale CC chased down inside seventeen overs. The third win, Poloc CC’s success at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, saw the Shawholm side bat first and make 171 for 1, Sohaib Shah with an unbeaten 82, and Abdul Malik scoring 47. This proved a target out of the reach of West of Scotland CC whose reply ended up 48 for 7.
Tonight saw two matches cancelled due to weather in the Under 18 League: the matches at Langloan in Coatbridge, and Shawholm in Glasgow. The only Under 18 League match reported on saw a straight-forward – ten-wicket – win for the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined team over the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side. Batting first the visiting combined side to Meikleriggs were bundled out for just 28, a total that the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined side easily surpassed, scoring 29 without loss in just three-and-a-half overs.
There were a few more matches played, and reported on, in the Under 13 age-group. Stirling County CC entertained West of Scotland CC at New Williamfield and came out on top, securing a six-wicket win by chasing down 57 to beat their visitors. West of Scotland CC’s total of 56 included 18 from Iain Nonhebel, with Jones taking 3 for 15 for the home side. Saunders was then 20 not out for Stirling County CC in their successful run-chase. A 12-run win was, meanwhile, the margin of victory for the East Kilbride|Uddingston combined side over the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team, the winners’ 114 for 5 proving 12 runs more than their hosts could manage at Woodfarm Pavilion. Another match played on the southside of Glasgow saw the closest match of the night, Poloc CC beating near-neighbours Clydesdale CC at Titwood by just a single run. The Shawholm side defended 85, both sides losing nine wickets in a game where the bowlers dominated. Abdullah Rana top-scored for Poloc CC with an unbeaten 30, the only batter to score more than 16. In defending 85, James Cathcart returned figures of 4-3-5-2, whilst there were also two wickets each for Shahan Raja and Owen Gould for Clydesdale CC, and Nabeel Khan for Poloc CC.
On another wet day in the west of the country only one match return reported a match that beat the weather, that match seeing the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined side defeat West of Scotland CC by 65 runs. The match, played at Whitehaugh in Paisley, saw the combined side post 125 for 6 batting first, Scott Glassford top-scoring with 27. Iain Nonhobel, for the visitors from Glasgow’s West End, took 2 for 16. In their unsuccessful run-chase, Angus Barrett’s 26 was the standout performance for West of Scotland CC, Logan taking 2 for 13 for the combined team.
The Under 13 League and Under 18 League both continued this evening with full fixture cards. In the older age group match returns received reported on wins for Poloc CC and Glasgow Accies CC. The latter was an 82-run win over the Easr Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side, and was built on Jack McCamley-Wilding’s 65 and Arman Khan’s 56. These two batters’ efforts helped Glasgow Accies CC post 158 for 2, a total that the combined side never looked like matching, or surpassing. They finished 76 for 7. Ferguslie|Hillhead were Poloc CC’s opponents, and it was the combined side, again, that finished second-best in this match. Bowled out for just 65, the combined side then could not defend their modest score, with Amaan Ramzan top-scoring with 38 not out as Poloc CC chased down their target inside fifteen overs. In the first innings, Poloc CC’s Abdullah Malik had taken 3 for 13.
In the Under 13 League, Poloc CC defeated Ayr CC at Shawholm, in Glasgow, winning by 103 runs. Hassaan Mehmood scored an unbeaten 33 as the hosts posted 141 for 5 batting first. Then as Ayr CC were bowled out for just 38, there was a “3-for” for Nabeel Khan. In the same section, the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined side beat Weirs CC by 73 runs. Posting 129 for 0 – Jack Hurlford scoring 29 not out, and Wilson retiring after reaching 31 – the Ayrshire combination then restricted Weirs CC to 56 for 3. The final Under 13 League result notified this evening reported on Ferguslie CC’s nine-wicket win against West of Scotland CC. The Glasgow West End side batted first and posted 67 for 7 thanks to John Greene’s 31 not out, before Ferguslie CC easily chased down their target inside twelve overs, with Adita Mahapatara scoring 25, and Uzair Ahmad an unbeaten 24.
Results reported in the Under 11 League this evening included a win by East Renfrewshire CC over Poloc CC at Woodfarm Pavilion in Giffnock. 43 runs was the margin of victory, two home players – Georgia Salmond and Abbas Khan – taking “3-fors” as Poloc CC lost thirteen wickets. Poloc CC’s Adam Ali did, however, record a “3-for” too as the home were restricted to 84 for 7 whilst still winning comfortably. Ferguslie CC were also winners on the night, defeating Greenock CC who were the visitors to Meikleriggs. Uzzair Ahmad again scored heavily for his side, scoring 35, before team-mate Blair Cameron took 3 for 14 in Greenock CC’s reply. A third comprehensive margin of victory was recorded at the Henry Thow Oval in Prestwick where visitors Clydesdale CC ran out 50-run victors. Standout individual performances in this game included Shlok Thaker’s 3 for 10, and 18 not out, for the Titwood side, whilst home supporters were entertained by Harrison Lockwood’s 28. And, Kilmarnock CC complete the entrants in this evening’s winners circle after a 20-run win at Torrance House against East Kilbride CC.
In the older Under 15 age-group, Clydesdale CC were nine-wicket winners over Stenhousemuir CC, Humza Zulfiqar taking 3 for 13 as the youngsters from The Tryst were bowled out for 78. Angus Guy (53*) then led the home side to the win inside eight overs. In the clash of the combined sides at Glenpark, it was the Ferguslie|Kelburne side that came out on top against Greenock|Helensburgh, 33 runs the margin of victory. Cameron MacLean (67) and Scott Glassford (45) both made meaningful contributions to the visiting side, whilst Lukas Fischer-Keogh made 41 not out in a losing cause. Clydesdale CC’s nine-wicket win wasn’t the biggest winning margin however, Ayr CC beating West of Scotland CC by ten wickets in their clash at New Cambusdoon. John Greene’s 31 not out wasn’t enough to prevent the visitors from Glasgow posting just 58 batting first, and Ayr CC raced to their target of 59 in under six overs, Richie Simpson with 35 not out, and Jack Lynch 23 not out. The final Under 15 League match result reported this evening was the very opposite to the matches at Titwood and New Cambusdoon, Poloc CC and Glasgow Accies CC playing out a tie at Shawholm. Batting first, Poloc CC posted 78 for 5 with Abdul Malik scoring 48 not out, a total Glasgow Accies CC matched, nine down, with Christopher Holdstock ending up unbeaten on 30.
Vale of Leven CC has, today, informed the WDJCU that it is withdrawing from both the Under 11 League and Under 13 League. In both competitions, matches against Vale of Leven CC will, therefore, be considered void.
The Frank Smith Trophy quarter-finals were played this evening, and in the three match returns submitted, news of wins for Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC and Poloc CC was revealed. Ayr CC saw of near-neighbours Prestwick CC at the Henry Thow Oval by 47 runs, 163 6 proving too stiff a total for the home side to surpass. Puskar Bhandaro top-scored with 63 not out for Ayr CC, Lucas Short (33 from fourteen balls) and Jack Lynch (26) also making useful contributions. For Prestwick CC Scott Clelland took 3 for 30. The second innings saw Fletcher Rao make an unbeaten 34, whilst Callum McCormick, Chubb Bhandari and Luca Hall all grabbed “3-fors” for Ayr CC. There was an equally convincing win for Clydesdale CC at Glenpark tonight, eight wickets being the Glasgow southside club’s margin of victory. After restricting Greenock CC to just 47 for 6 batting first, Clydesdale CC then raced to 50 for 2 inside five overs, Ross Heginbottom smashing 40 not out from just eighteen deliveries. Earlier Daniel Cairns had returned figures of 4-2-2-4. The third quarter-final reported on was played at Hamilton Crescent where a third away win resulted. Visitors Poloc CC ran out 95-run winners, comfortably defending 180 for 3, bowling out West of Scotland CC for 95. The Shawholm side’s big total was centered on Amaan Ramzan’s 75 not out (50 balls).
Also played tonight were Under 11 League matches. Glasgow Accies CC took on Ferguslie CC, and it was the Paisley side who ran out 129-run winners. Uzzair Ahmad was the star performer in this game, scoring 45 not out, and taking 3 for 0. Qasim Khan also took a “3-for” for the Meikleriggs club, as Glasgow Accies CC – aided by some kamikaze running between the wickets – lost fifteen wickets. Clydesdale CC were also winners in the Under 11 League tonight, defeating Ayr CC by 40 runs at New Cambusdoon. Shlok Thaker scored 20 not out in this match, for the Titwood team.