Welcome to the virtual home of junior cricket in the west of Scotland  You can find everything you need to know about junior cricket in the west district here.  This includes the latest news and views from the Western District Junior Cricket Union, and the Western Warriors development programmes and representative sides.  News from schools cricket and development groups are here too.  League and cup fixtures and results, match reports, pictures of what’s been happening, as well as news of representative squads and teams are all here online.  And if you’re looking for a club you can find details of all member clubs here too.



 


Latest news and notices

  • Western Warriors Youth update (5th April 2021)

    Sunday 4th April saw the 2021 Western Warriors Youth programme commence.  Two training sessions, featuring 29 players, took place simultaneously at Shawholm (Poloc CC) and Titwood (Clydesdale CC) – in the first of a 4-week “pre-season” training programme.

    There have been a couple of significant changes from the programmes of previous years:

    – The squads now operate at Under 17 and Under 15 age groups.
    – Moneeb Iqbal and Nauman Javaid have joined the coaching team, to work alongside Tim Hart and Mitchell Rao.

    The hope is that both squads will have the opportunity to participate in multi-format playing programmes, as the “return to cricket” continues.

  • Western Warriors Under 14s update (8th September 2020)

    For the second weekend in a row the Western Warriors Under 14s made use of the late summer sun to record two wins in two T20s! This weekend, the Warriors were at home – with “Titwood” (Clydesdale CC) being the host venue, as the Caledonian Highlanders made the trip south.  Once again, lead coach Tim Hart reports on the day’s play:

    “Batting first in game one, the Warriors 123 for 4 was based around 49 (off 50 deliveries) from skipper Bahadar Eskahiel (Clydesdale CC) and 40 (48) from Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) – the pair putting on 101 for the third wicket! The team effort was notable for only 5 boundaries being scored in the twenty overs – but also for some very impressive scampering between the wickets in the final overs!  In reply, good early bowling was backed up by some athletic fielding. The pressure eventually led to the breakthrough, in the 9th over, with Nasratullah Safi (Glasgow Accies CC) holding on to a caught and bowled opportunity. From there, the bowlers and fielders squeezed the game well – with Shlok Thaker (Clydesdale CC) bowling a double-wicket maiden and the fielding unit contributing three run outs. Highlanders 54 all out (19.5).

    The second match saw the Warriors bat first, again. This time the team posted 116 all out (19.5 overs) – with the scorecard having a slightly odd look to it! Ben Willmott (Clydesdale CC) opened and anchored the innings with 46 (54), only Ahmad 15 (11) joined him in making double figures – and batters two, three, four and five all scored 0!  The Highlanders, again, got off to a good start – 35 for 0 off six overs. However, Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC) then ended the game as a contest – by bowling a triple-wicket maiden, one thanks to a really sharp catch from Esakhiel at extra cover. From there, the wickets were again spread out between the bowlers – and there were another two run outs, highlighted by a great direct hit from Rory Paterson (Glasgow Accies CC). Highlanders 75 all out (17 overs).

    Overall, it was pleasing to record another two wins – and to continue the policy of utilising the batters and bowlers at different times throughout the each innings.  Across the four matches, Ahmad has been the standout batter – with Esakhiel and Willmott making significant contributions too.  Nine different bowlers have taken wickets, there have been some good moments in the field – but, more importantly, everyone within the squad has had the opportunity to contribute as we continue with our return to cricket.  Next week sees both the Under 14s (and Under 16s) complete their summer programme, with two ‘intra-squad’ T20s.”

  • West Regional Participation Manager – Tim Hart – Redundancy (4th September 2020)

    Please see below for information from Tim Hart in regards to his leaving of Cricket Scotland.  WDJCU wish to thank Tim for all his assistance and guidance in his role as Cricket Scotland liaison officer to the committee and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

    Dear Clubs, the Cricket Community, Network Colleagues & Friends, 

    It is with very heavy heart that I am getting in contact to inform you that I am leaving Cricket Scotland, after 9 years – with my post being made redundant, as part of Cricket Scotland’s Reset Plan.  I will be leaving as soon as my time on the Furlough Scheme ends, at the start of September. 

    Please could you remove timhart@cricketscotland.com and my work number (07825-172346) from your contact lists – and add Head of Development Nicola Wilson (nicolawilson@cricketscotland.com & 07891-408915) as your new first point of contact for Cricket Scotland. 

    I remain involved in sport as a volunteer at my local club – and I am continuing in my role as a coach within the Western Warriors Youth set up.  My updated contact details are timhart@btinternet.com and 07753-987286.  

    I have always felt a great sense of pride to work for Cricket Scotland – and I would like to thank all of you for your support of me, of cricket and of Cricket Scotland during my time with the organisation. 

    Best Wishes. 

    Tim

  • Western Warriors Under 14s (31st August 2020)

    Sunday 30 August saw the Western Warriors Under 14s return to cricket, with two T20 matches v the Eastern Knights at “Goldenacre” (Heriot’s CC). Lead Coach Tim Hart reports:

    “After nearly five and half months, it was great to see the Warriors programme resume – with the first two (of five) matches. There was, understandably, a little rustiness in all three disciplines – but the squad stuck to their collective task very well and recorded impressive back-to-back wins.

    After winning the toss and electing to bat first in game one, the Warriors found themselves 23 for 2 after 7.4 overs. Batting at four, Ben Willmott (Clydesdale CC) provided some much-needed impetus to the innings, with 27 (26) as part of a fifty partnership with Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC). When Willmott was dismissed, Ahmad then upped his scoring rate – taking 12 off the final twelve deliveries he faced, to finish his innings’ anchoring role with a crucial 43* (57). Warriors 102 for 4. In reply, the Knights found run-scoring similarly tricky. Following on from their fifty partnership, Ahmad (4-0-7-1) and Willmott (4-0-11-1) combined well with the ball too. With the Knights left needing 65 off the final 8 overs, the Warriors bowlers bowled very effectively – Qasim Khan (Ferguslie CC) excelling with 4 for 21 from his four overs. Knights 85 for 8.

    Warriors skipper Bahadar Esakhiel (Clydesdale CC) won a second toss – and the Warriors chose a different challenge, by fielding first. There were early successes for both Ahmad and Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC), before Willmott (2 for 19) bowled another good middle overs spell, Khan picked up his fifth wicket of the day – and the Warriors experimented by bowling eight one-over spells towards the end of the innings! Knights 92 for 7. A slightly altered top order was asked to bat with a little more energy during the early overs – but the Warriors again found themselves 23 for 2 off 7.4 overs! The rate continued to climb steadily and, despite 23 (27) from Willmott, the Warriors needed 30 off the last three overs. But Ahmad was in, batting with very positive intent – and using the depth of his crease to great effect. His 31* (30) was crucial – and Rory Paterson, 5* (6) also played a key part. Warriors 93 for 4, with two deliveries to spare!

    The wins were nice, as was the overall performance of all twelve players – which was led by some very effective captaincy and highlighted by good all-round contributions from Ahmad and Willmott. Overall, the main aim of the mini fixture programme is to get as many of the squad playing as possible – and to use players in different roles in the matches whenever possible. As always, thanks must go to the parents for their continued support of the programme – and hopefully the weather will allow the Warriors to welcome the Caledonian Highlanders to “Titwood” (Clydesdale CC) this coming Sunday.”

  • Return to cricket (18th August 2020)

    Hillhead CC v Glasgow Accies CC Under 12s

    Good to see junior cricket back in the form of localised inter-club matches. Many clubs have begun friendly matches at the weekend and are hopeful of more over the next few weeks dependent on the good old Scottish weather.

    Any club that wishes, and has correct permissions in place, can send photo’s in to Secretary Ann Hargie for the website and promotion of junior cricket.

  • WDJCU Area Development Groups and junior cricket in regions, 2020 (8th July 2020)

    Please read the following document on cricket for the remainder of 2020 and for Area Group development for the future. This document can also be found within the WDJCU document centre.

    WDJCU Area Group & Regional Cricket 2020 

     

  • WDJCU Chairman update (8th July 2020)

    It has been a tough period of inactivity for clubs and the kids. The WDJCU has put together a temporary structure for Clubs to follow if they are in a position to offer junior cricket. We must stress that the proposal is optional for all and clubs should continue to follow the current government guidance. As things stand an update is due from CS on 13th July. If conditions continue to improve then there may be the possibility of some form of cricket from 1st August. Clubs are asked to plan if they wish to offer cricket to their juniors from 1st August.

    Stay safe.
    Parvase Majeed

  • Cricket Scotland Covid-19 update (23rd March 2020)

    Please see the attached Cricket Scotland update with regard to the forthcoming season.

    CS PRESS RELEASE – Cricket Scotland announces further suspension of all cricket activities

  • Cricket Scotland Statement on Covid-19 (17th March 2020)

    WDJCU Secretary Ann Hargie asks that the attached document is read and cascaded to all.  An email from our Chairman containing this briefing has also been sent to the Junior Convenors. All information will be updated and sent to convenors as and when WDJCU receive further guidance. Please stay safe and look after yourself and each other.

     CS PRESS RELEASE – Coronavirus Statement 

  • Western Warriors Under 14 fixtures (17th February 2020)

 

Older news

Old news can be found online, in the WDJCU news section, the Academy news section, the RDC news section, the Challenge Series news section, the Club development news section, the Schools news section, and the various archive areas.


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