Ann Hargie reports on the WDJCU Finals Day.
Under 11 Finals Day, Titwood (Clydesdale CC), Saturday 1 September
In the Plate Final the combined Hillhead|Renfrew team batted first and scored 80 for 4 in its twenty overs. In reply, reflecting good bowling and fielding from Hillhead|Renfrew, East Renfrewshire CC could not surpass the first innings total – and Hillhead|Renfrew secured an 11-run victory. In the Grand Final, East Kilbride|Weirs won the toss and chose to bat first. It scored 74 for 4 from twenty overs. In reply, Clydesdale CC kept wickets in hand early on which allowed it to accelerate towards the end of the innings. It timed its chase perfectly, to win by four wickets, with an over to spare.
Under 12 Finals Day, Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC), Sunday 2 September
Semi-final 1: East Kilbride|Weirs 122 beat Clydesdale CC 113 by 9 runs.
Semi-final 2: Ferguslie CC 185 beat Glasgow Accies CC 157 by 28 runs.
Final: Ferguslie CC 188 beat East Kilbride|Weirs 167 by 21 runs.
Under 14 Finals Day, Hamilton Crescent (West of Scotland CC)
The WDJCU Under 14 League Finals Day brought the curtain down on the junior season for 2018. Glasgow Accies CC batted first in its semi-final against Ferguslie CC and posted an imposing total of 138 for 5, thanks to 32, retired, from Sambhav Chadha, with good support from Rory Paterson who made 25. In reply, both Bhadar Esakhiel and Uzair Ahmad both retired having faced twenty deliveries. This would be the key to the match as both returned to the crease later in the innings and Esakhiel’s 53* and Ahmad’s 26* guided Ferguslie CC to a two-wicket win.
The highlight of the second semi-final was a hat-trick from Anne Sturgess (bowled, stumped, caught at second slip) as Clydesdale CC restricted the Renfrew|West of Scotland combined team to 82 in its twenty overs. Sturgess (3 for 8) was given good support from Saifullah Ahmadzai (2 for 8) – although Iain Nonhebel (30*) provided good resistence. In reply, Clydesdale CC completed a six-wicket win, based around both skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (26*) and wicket-keeper Owen Gould (21*) retiring.
The final was a very close contest. Ferguslie CC batted first and there was a dramatic start as Ahmadzai began the match with a perfect yorker. Ahmad and Esakhiel then continued their fine form, with both retiring – as did Adam Tahir (8*) and Craig Glassford (19*). Sturgess, similarly, continued her good effort with the ball, taking another two wickets. With Esakhiel scoring 11 in the final over, Ferguslie CC scored 108 for 5 from its twenty overs – Esakhiel 27*, Ahmad 19*. In reply, Clydesdale CC also lost an early wicket – before having three batters (Koteeswaran, Sturgess and Ibrahim Faisal (who had returned from a quick trip to minor injuries following a collision with a teammate in the field during the first innings) retire. In an always close match, a crucial late innings partnership between Sonny Cunningham (17) and Scott Williamson (17*) edged Clydesdale CC ahead before Koteeswaran returned to the middle to see his side home to victory – ending a great contest, between two evenly matched teams.