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.
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.