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 (21st November 2021)

    Following the trial processes which took place during September, October and November 2021, the Western Warriors Youth Coaching Team are pleased to announce the Western Warriors Under 15 Winter Training Squad and the Western Warriors Under 17 Winter Training Squad. The selections are for a winter coaching programme, which will feature weekly sessions for each age group between now and early April 2022.

    All players who attended a trial session have been sent individual feedback – and any Club Junior Convenors wishing further information, or feedback, are invited to contact the Western Warriors Youth Coaching Team (Tim Hart, Nauman Javaid and Mitchell Rao) by e-mail.

     

  • WDJCU AGM (17th November 2021)

    Secretary Ann Hargie would like to advise notification has been sent to all Junior Club convenors of the upcoming WDJCU AGM on Monday December 13th @7pm. This AGM will be held via zoom call due to circumstances of covid.

  • Western Warriors Under 17 update (25th October 2021)

    Western Warriors under 17s are in the process of finalising their plans, and squad, for the upcoming winter programme.  The hope is that communication will be sent to players, and clubs, as soon as is practical – with the aim being that the programme will begin in mid/late November.

    Any club who has any queries should get in contact via an e-mail from their Junior Convenor to the Western Warriors Youth Coaching Team.

  • Western Warriors Under 15s Update (23rd October 2021)

    Following the indoor and outdoor trial matches, Western Warriors Youth are now hosting two under 15 indoor trial sessions.  These will take place on Friday 29th October and Friday 5th November – with the winter training programme scheduled to commence on Friday 17th November.

    All players who participated in the trial matches have been contacted – and they have either been provided with some feedback or have been offered the opportunity to attend a trial session.  A copy of the letter inviting players to attend a trial has been sent to all Junior Convenors.  Anyone wishing further information should contact the Warriors Coaching Team directly.

  • Western Warriors Under 15s Update (26th September 2021)

    The weekend of 25 & 26 September saw the second activity which is part of the Western Warriors U15s trial process for season 2022 take place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School. 44 players took part in six indoor matches – allowing the coaches to observe match-play skills in the typically fast-paced indoor environment.

    More details about any follow-up trial sessions will be shared with players, and their clubs, once they are known.

  • Western Warriors Under 15s update (6th September 2021)

    The first in a series of activities which will act as a trial for the Western Warriors Under 15 Squad 2022 took place yesterday, at Titwood (Clydesdale CC).  A match, which generally saw the bowlers enjoy more success than the batters, managed to bring together 24 players – representing only half of those who were nominated by their club Junior Convenor!  The hope is that another one or two match-play opportunities can be created over the next few weeks – before more traditional indoor trial sessions take place, at some point in October or November.

    If any Junior Convenor still wishes to nominate players, they should contact Tim Hart immediately.

  • Western Warriors Under 15s update (29th August 2021)

    Sunday saw the eagerly anticipated Inter-Regional T20 Day take place – with the under 15 tournament being held at Livingston CC.  Unfortunately, both matches resulted in losses – with the squad struggling to re-adjust to the shorter format, made even shorter as matches were reduced to 16 overs per side.

    In the first match, the Eastern Knights openers started with very positive intent – bringing up their 50 in the 7th over.  This allowed them to accelerate their scoring – including both openers scoring 50s, in a 112 run partnership.  Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC) took three late wickets, Robbie Walsh (Ayr CC) two and Shlok Thaker (Clydesdale CC) one – but Knights scored 147/6 (16).  In reply, despite an impressive 46 (34) including 6 fours and 1 six from Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), the Warriors were never in a position to challenge for a win.

    Game 2 saw the Warriors bat first.  Again, only 3 batters would reach double figures – and a good bowling attack managed to starve the Warriors of crucial boundaries, while adding ‘dot ball’ pressure.  The result was 77 all out (15.3).  Then, in reply, the Highlanders did find the boundary regularly in the early overs.  Off spinners Qasim Khan (Ferguslie CC) and Nasratullah Safi (Glasgow Accies CC) both picked up one wicket and Thaker bowled 2 overs for just 3 runs – but the low target was easily reached.

    Although a disappointing effort on the day, the squad can still look back on a positive season which saw them win the 50-over championship – a victory based around a significant number of the squad making contributions to the team success.

  • Western Warriors Under 15s update (20th August 2021)

    Friday evening saw a hastily arranged match take place at New Williamfield (Stirling County CC) – one which was a great opportunity, as the Warriors faced the Scotland Women’s squad.  The match acted as a warm-up for both sides – the Warriors in advance of their Inter-Regional T20 Day and for Scotland as they prepare for the World Cup qualifying tournament.

    Batting first, the Warriors posted 132/5 off their 20 overs.  The top six all reached double figures – but no one could go on to convert into a bigger innings.  While there was busy intent, as 79 of the 121 deliveries bowled were scored off of, the Warriors struggled to find the boundary (only 8 fours) against a disciplined bowling line-up which was well-backed in the field.  In contrast, Scotland struck 6 boundaries (fours) during their 6-over powerplay, as they raced to 55/1 – as compared to Warriors who had been 24/1 at the comparable stage.  Another key difference was extras – Scotland conceded just 12, whereas the Warriors gifted 24 (including 22 in wides…and 21 different wide deliveries!).  Given this, and being up against a well-balanced opposition, it was unsurprising that Scotland chased their target with 15 deliveries to spare.

    However, there were some real positives for the Warriors: Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) scored 26, with Rory Paterson and Nasratullah Safi (both Glasgow Accies CC) both scoring 23 and Ali Khan (Clydesdale CC) finishing 20*, Shlok Thaker (Clydesdale CC) struck with the new ball, Robbie Walsh (Ayr CC), Ollie Jones (Stirling County CC) and Ahmad all picked up wickets in the middle overs – and Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC) and Safi took very good catches.

    While the ultimate result was a loss, the fixture presented a valuable chance to get some match-play prior to the Inter-Regional competition.  This Sunday will also provide another great opportunity as two ‘intra-squad’ T20s, featuring 24 players from 11 different clubs, will take place at Titwood (Clydesdale CC).

  • Western Warriors Under 15s update (8th July 2021)

    Today saw the Western Warriors under 15s host XL Club (Scotland) in a time game, at Titwood (Clydesdale CC).

    Batting first, XL Club got off to a good start – but 38/0 became 47/2, with Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC) bowling an excellent delivery to remove Hillyard and skipper Shlok Thaker (Clydesdale CC) having his opposite number caught.  From there, the Warriors were given a good lesson in the value of building multiple partnerships back-to-back-to-back while batting.  However, some good bowling and fielding immediately after lunch saw the scoring rate slowed – with McCartney picking up a second wicket, Qasim Khan (Ferguslie CC) taking one and Adam Tahir (Ferguslie CC) also taking one thanks to a remarkable stumping from Ritvik Maheshwari (Glasgow Accies CC) who was standing back!  XL Club did accelerate slightly – before declaring on 195/6 off 56 overs.

    In reply, the Warriors top order will feel a little disappointed with their early efforts – with two injudicious shots, and an unnecessary run out, leaving the score at 15/3.  Max Byers (Dumfries CC) and Thaker re-built slightly but 34/3 then became 47/5 – and an early finish looked possible.  However, Fizan Rashid (Clydesdale CC) and Nasratullah Safi (Glasgow Accies CC) had other ideas.  Both rotated the strike well and put away the odd bad delivery.  The 50 partnership came and went trouble free – and the 72-run partnership was comfortably the highest of the match.  Just as thoughts were beginning to turn to a run chase, Safi played one expansive shot too many and was caught at cover, for 38.  Another mini-partnership developed – but 135/6 became 142/8, including the dismissal of Rashid for an excellent 45 (matching Maddock who had top scored for XL Club in the first innings).  With the focus turning to playing out for the draw, McCartney and Tahir decided to have one final push for the win.  5 overs brought 39 runs, led by Tahir’s 26 – but he fell LBW with one over to go!  McCartney played out the final over to secure the draw – with only 10 runs separating the teams at the end of 96 overs of cricket.

    A great game, with lots of valuable learning opportunities – and the experience of being in a game where all 4 results were possible going into the last 3 overs, while getting an exemplary showcase of how to play competitive cricket fully in-keeping with the spirit of the game!  In general, all the bowlers offered good control and they were well-supported by the fielders – but a few dropped catches towards the end of the innings allowed the visitors to add some crucial additional runs.  Despite the poor start to the reply, Rashid batted with great maturity and was well-supported by Safi – with McCartney and Tahir nearly forcing a remarkable win.

    All thoughts will now turn to T20 – in preparation for August’s Inter-Regional T20 Day.

  • Western Warriors Under 15s update (13th June 2021)

    Sunday 13th June saw the Western Warriors under 15s travel to Doo’cot Park, Perth to play the Caledonian Highlanders in the deciding fixture in the U15 50-over Inter-Regional Championships.

    Batting first, Max Byers (Dumfries CC) was the main feature of Warriors early innings efforts.  His 59 (including 5 of the Warriors 7 boundaries – in a match where there were only 12!) saw him form two good partnerships with Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Ollie Jones (Stirling County CC).  However, 110/1 quickly became 119/4 as the Highlanders spinners stifled the Warriors batters – with only 30 runs being added between overs 31 and 40.  Ritvik Maheshwari (Glasgow Accies CC) scored 28 and Shlok Thaker (Clydesdale CC) added 20*, as the Warriors added some much-needed busyness towards the end of the innings.  Warriors 187/7 (50).

    Arguably the defining moment of the second innings came off the very first delivery, as Thaker induced dangerman Hegde to chip one towards midwicket where Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC) took an excellent diving catch.  Although a 50-run partnership formed of the 2nd wicket, good bowling meant this took almost 20 overs – as the required run rate rose.  Four quick wickets, including two to Jones, left the Highlanders 65/5 at the halfway mark – before Thaker returned to pick up wickets in both his second and third spells, finishing with outstanding figures of 10-4-21-4.  A 26-run partnership for the ninth wicket threatened to make things interesting – but Qasim Khan (Ferguslie CC) returned to take his second wicket, before Ahmad followed suit. Highlanders 159 all out (49.1).

    In such a crucial match, and missing two of the top five the batting order, it was great to see Byers build on his good starts and go on and make a significant contribution, with Ahmad, Jones and Maheshwari providing good support – before Thaker’s simple but busy approach at the end of innings allowed the team to carry real momentum into the second innings.  This was momentum which never looked like being relinquished  – with Thaker’s ‘4-for’ being key and all the bowlers offering good support.

    As always, huge thanks must go to the parents of all the players for their support during our 50-over campaign.  There will now be a few weeks off – before we start to build towards the T20 day later in the season.

 

Older news

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