Tonight saw the playing of the held-over 2016 final of the Under 13 League Cup. Tim Hart reports.
“Clydesdale won the toss and elected to bat first in the 2016 Under 13 League Cup final, at Titwood in Glasgow. Openers Humza Zulfiqar and Nikhil Koteeswaran built a good base for the innings – although both found it a little challenging to rotate the strike consistently against the early Ayr spin attack of Calum McCormick and Jonny Faulkner. Zulfiqar reached his 30 and retired in the tenth over and by the end of the thirteenth over the score was 68 for 0. Zakki Tariq then took the attack to the Ayr bowlers and, after Koteeswaran was run out for a very useful 29, skipper David Sturgess produced exactly the sort of ‘cameo’ innings his side really needed. Tariq was very well caught by a diving Nari Bhandari, off the bowling of Ryan Parry, for 24 – but Sturgess saw the innings through, finishing 27* (off just eleven deliveries, including hitting the only 6 of the match). Clydesdale 120 for 3 off their eighteen overs, despite McCormick’s good spell of 4-0-17-1.
“In reply, Ayr needed to get off to a good start. However, Faizan Rauf and Tariq didn’t allow the batters to settle and, with Rauf picking up two early wickets, Ayr were 14 for 2 off five overs. The eight bowlers used all offered good control – and only Bhandari (14) looked comfortable in rotating the strike on a regular basis. For Clydesdale, Saifullah Ahmadzai (two) and Sanand Coburn, Shahan Raja and Harjot Singh (all one each) were the other wicket takers. Ayr 53 for 7 off their eighteen overs. Clydesdale winners by 67 runs and 2016 Under 13 League Cup winners.”
Disappointingly there were more matches conceded this evening, in both age-group leagues.
However, some matches were played, including a thriller between two of the combined sides playing in the Under 18 League. Meikleriggs was the venue for the Ferguslie|Hillhead versus East Renfrewshire|Renfrew league match, a match that would go to the wire and eventually end in a tie! Batting first, the visiting combined team posted just 52 for 8 in the sixteen overs allotted to them in the reduced-overs first innings. The bowlers being on top was then a feature of the second innings too, as the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined team replied. This said, a tie didn’t look like the most likely of outcomes as, going in to the final over, Ferguslie|Hillhead needed just 9 to win. However a crazy sixteenth over saw four run outs in the last four balls, the final run out coming off the final delivery as a second run was attempted to secure the win.
The other match result submitted this evening concerned an apparently far more sedate affair between Clydesdale CC and the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined team in the Under 13 League. Played at Scott Ellis Playing Fields, the home combination team batted first and posted 49 for 5 in eighteen overs, a total easily passed by the visitors from Glasgow’s southside, the Titwood youngsters winning by ten wickets in the eighth overs, Nikhil Koteeswaran top-scoring with an unbeaten 32.
With poor weather again blighting the west of the country, tonight’s – final scheduled – rounds of Under 11 and Under 15 league fixtures were yet again adversely impacted by rain. Only one of the scheduled matches, in fact, would be played. This was at Titwood on Glasgow’s southside where Clydesdale CC Under 11s defeated local rivals Weirs CC by 26 runs.
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.
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.