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.
Wet weather claimed a few victims this evening, as localised downpours put paid to a number of league games. Matches that did beat the weather however saw wins in the Under 11 League for Kilmarnock CC, Ferguslie CC and Glasgow Accies CC. Kilmarnock CC’s win came in the Ayrshire derby against Ayr CC, the match at Scott Ellis Field sering the home side win by 45 runs. Ferguslie CC’s victory was a closer affair, their 18-run success over Stenhousemuir CC again resulting in a home win. A win “on the road” did, however, take place at Bothwell Castle policies where Uddingston CC went down to defeat against Glasgow Accies CC, the Glasgow side securing a 32-run win.
In the Under 15 League, two matches were washed out, two survived, the survivors being games in Ayr and Paisley. The former saw the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side run out winners over hosts Ayr CC, the home side being dismissed for just 65, a total their visitors passed, six down. In Paisley it was also the visitors who secured the win, Stenhousemuir CC defeating the combined Ferguslie|Kelburne side, but only just, the winning margin a solitary run. For the winners, Calum Grant’s 27 and 3 for 21 were important, as was Kai Reed’s remarkable spell of 3-2-1-4! Lucas Laing’s 4-1-7-1 also contributed to the stranglehold applied to the combined side’s ultimately unsuccessful run-chase. This had looked certain to be successful when Cameron MacLean (33) and Shazad Ahmad (38) had taken the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined team to 104 or 3 after twelve overs and needing just another 11 runs to win. However in a remarkable final eight overs, Stenhousemuir somehow restricted their opponents to 9 runs as they took seven wickets to secure the win. The Greenock|Helensburgh combined team’s win at New Cambusdoon was an altogether less dramatic affair, Ayr CC being bowled out for 65 thanks to Tom Forrest’s 4 for 7, and Liam McCahill’s 3 for 3. The combined team then chased down their target inside fifteen overs, for the loss of just six wickets.
The quarter-finals of the Frank Smith Trophy – now played at Under 16 age-group level – are scheduled to be played on Friday the 25th of May 2017, there being a break in the Under 15 League schedule to accommodate these matches. The draw can be found online.
In addition to the monthly Area Group hosted Kwik Cricket festivals, additional festivals are being hosted by individual clubs. These festivals are open to all clubs, and will be run on exactly the same basis as the Area Group hosted ones. The first two additional festivals are being hosted by East Renfrewshire CC at its ground:
A mixed bag of weather across the west region this evening claimed one casualty, when the Under 11 League match between Ayr CC and Poloc CC was abandoned near the midpoint of the second innings, the Alloway club having posted 109 for 8 batting first, Devraj Bandopadhyay having taken 3 for 13 for Poloc CC. However other matches in this the youngest hardball competition did beat the rain, Glasgow Accies CC defeating Greenock CC by 48 runs at New Anniesland, Uddingston CC sneaking past Stenhousemuir CC by just 5 runs, and Kilmarnock CC beating East Renfrewshire CC by 32 runs. In the first of these, Glasgow Accies CC’s Rory Paterson scored 19 not out, with team-mates Faatima Gardee and Vishruth Joshi both taking a brace of wickets. There were also however, disappointingly, two concessions on this the first night of Under 11 League action: East Kilbride CC conceding to Clydesdale CC and Vale of Leven CC doing the same to Ferguslie CC.
In the Under 15 League, there were wins for Ayr CC, Clydesdale CC and Stenhousemuir CC. Ayr CC’s win came at Shawholm on Glasgow’s southside, the visitors winning by seven wickets with two balls to spare. The batters dominated in this match with Sohaib Shah (75*), Rafay Khan (53) and Richie Simpson (76*) each making half centuries. Conversely, Clydesdale CC’s win at Titwood against the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined side was much more comprehensive, the margin of victory of ten wickets being achieved inside eight overs. For the victors, Struan Walker scored 52 not out from just 21 deliveries, this after Cameron McLean had anchored the combined side’s innings with 44 not out. The third result reported in the Under 15 League saw West of Scotland CC lose out to Stenhousemuir CC at Hamilton Crescent, the win coming with just three balls left for the visitors. West of Scotland CC’s 123 for 8 centered on Edson McCall’s 54 and John Greene’s 34, Stenhousemuir CC’s Davie Drysdale taking 4 for 2. In the Stenhousemuir CC reply, their successful run-chase included contributions from Sahil Thakur (28) and Calum Grant (27).