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).
There were two scheduled Under 13 League Cup preliminary round matches this evening. In the match reported on, at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, it was the home side, West of Scotland CC, that came out on top and progressed to the next round of the competition, defeating visitors, and near neighbours, Glasgow Accies CC by 26 runs. Batting first the home side posted 80 for 8, with John Greene top-scoring with 21. In reply the New Anniesland youngsters slumped to 54 all out, Greene starring again, this time with the ball, taking 4 for 23. The result of the Helensburgh CC and Vale of Leven CC match was awaited at the time of posting.
All five scheduled Under 15 League matches were played this evening in a gloriously clear early Summer weather across the west district. The first result reported was the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined side’s win over Glasgow Accies CC at Whitehaugh, the Paisley youngsters completing a comfortable nine-wicket win, by chasing down 101 to beat their visitors with six overs to spare. Glasgow Accies CC’s total reaching three figures was almost entirely due to Jack McCamley-Wilding’s 57, Reiss Wylie taking a “3-for” as 100 for 9 was posted. In the successful run-chase, there was a second half century record, Shahzad Ahmad scoring 50 not out. Over in Glasgow’s West End, another comibined side – this time Greenock|Helensburgh – was also recording an opening day win, beating West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent by two wickets in a more closely-fought encounter. Batting first, West of Scotland CC posted 105 for 9, a target surpassed by the combined side with eleven balls in hand, six wickets down. Also in Glasgow, Clydesdale CC were winners over Ayr CC, this game seeing the second nine-wicket winning margin of the evening. Ayr CC’s 61 for 6 was never likely to be enough, and so it transpired as the Titwood youngsters knocked off the runs required for the win inside ten overs, David Sturgess with 29 not out. The final match played was at The Tryst, and saw Poloc CC beat Stenhousemuir CC by 14 runs, having posted 94 for 5 batting first. Sohaib Shah top-scored with 32, and Abdul Malik contributed late innings runs with an unbeaten 30. Then in their defence of their total, the visitors from Glasgow’s southside nipped out eight home batters – including four in four balls – to see Stenhousemuir CC finish on 80 for 8. Two Poloc CC bowlers took “3-for’s”: Hassaan Mehmood (3 for 8) and Nabeel Khan (3 for 22). All the results can be seen online, as can league tables.
A revised schedule for Under 14 League matches for the 2017 season has been produced. The amendment arises because East Renfrewshire CC and Renfrew CC are now entering two, separate, teams in this league, instead of a joint team. Because there was an odd number of teams, the change is easily accommodated as Renfrew CC’s now-stand-alone Under 14 team has been slotted in to the “space” that existed in each week’s fixture card. Clubs’ Junior Convenors have been notified of the change.