Welcome! Please enjoy this virtual look round our club - but, better still, why not come and see us? Founded over 135 years ago, we're a family-centred club with our own ground in picturesque Pollok Park on Glasgow's south-side, members coming from all backgrounds and from across the ethnic and cultural spectra, all taking an active part in club life. As well as competitive and social cricket for juniors and adults, there are all-weather tennis courts, a unique winter Golf Section, spectator seating and well-appointed clubhouse.
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The club's sides play under the name, NVT Poloc and NVT Shawholm, NVT being the club's main sponsor - more about it and the club's other funders and supporters can be found in the Sponsors and partners section. NVT Poloc plays in the Cricket Scotland League administered by the Western District Cricket Union ("WDCU") and NVT Shawholm plays in that league's reserve division.In addition, Poloc Panthers and an Academy XI both play in both the WDCU Sunday and Evening Leagues, and no fewer than five junior sides play at five age-group levels in the West District Junior Cricket Union leagues and cups, as well as in national cup competitions.
Latest news and club notices
Two wins over Hillhead [posted 23/07/16]
Both Saturday sides recorded wins over their Hillhead counterparts today, the 'Holmboys defending 132 at Shawholm, at the 'Loc winning comfortably at Hughenden after posting 312 for 6. The big total in the west end featured 100 from Jurie, 71 from Owais, and 30s from Mo (39) and Pasty (35). At Shawholm meanwhile it was the 'Holmboys' slow bowlers who took the plaudits, Hasan and Ahmed-Raza both taking "3-fors" and Mushy getting through fifteen overs and conceding just 27 runs.
11s lose, but 15s win in Friday night juniors action [posted 22/07/16]
The Under 11s went down to a 10-run defeat at Woodfarm Pavilion this evening to East Renfrewshire, whilst the Under 15s bowled Renfrew out for just 21 before romping to a straight-forward win. The game at Woodfarm Pavilion featured two instances of "mankading" by the home side, coincidentally being the eventual margin of their win [Ed: -10 runs being the cost of losing a couple of wickets in "pairs cricket"]. We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.
The Panthers exit the Greenwood Trophy [posted 19/07/16]
The Panthers were knocked out of the Greenwood Trophy at the quarter-final stage tonight, losing by six wickets to a strong Renfrew side featuring a number of players who'd appeared in the King George V Playing Field side that took on the 'Loc a few weeks ago. Setting their visitors 116 to win, thanks to an unbeaten 59 (52) from Dr Uzzi, the Panthers just couldn't contain Renfrew, conceding 23 in wides and no balls along the way as the away win was secured with eleven balls to spare.
The club's juniors continue to earn representative honours. Last week saw Adil Ghaffar feature in a Scotland Under 19 side that took on the MCC in Edinburgh, whilast this week has seen Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah playing with Scotland Under 17s in their two-day match against Lincolnshire, douth south. And to complete the national age-group side honours, Abtaha Maqsood starred today for Scotland Women Under 17s in their comprehensive win over The Netherlands, making a half century and taking a "5-for". Other youngsters have also been in regional representative action: Amaan Ramzan, Sohaib Shah and Uzzair all featuring for the Western Warriors Under 15s in their win over Eastern Knights on Monday, whilst Adil, Ihtisham, Aliyan and Owais are all in the Western Warriors Under 18 side to play the touring Ulster Schools side at Hamilton Crescent on Friday. Also in action against the tourists this week has been Muhammad Azeem: first for the Western Union "Centurions", on Monday, then a senior Western Warriors "A" side, the following day. Congratulations to all these players.
Team selections [posted 20/07/16]
This weekend's action starts on Thursday with the Panthers in Greenwood Trophy quarter-final action against Renfrew. Then Friday sees both the Under 11s and Under 15s play: the 11s go to Woodfarm Pavilion to play East Renfrewshire, whilst the 15s host the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team.
Saturday's two senior league fixtures pitch the club against Hillhead, the 'Loc travelling to Hughenden, the 'Holmboys at home. Then the Sunday's Academy Sunday League match at Bothwell Castle Policies rounds off the action. Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
Washed out, tossed out [posted 20/07/16]
The game that was destined never to be - the WU40 Cup clash with Greenock - was, you've guessed it, cancelled again this evening after heavy rains washed away any chance of play. And with the WDCU CMC's patience exhausted a coin toss took place and the Clydesider's call was correct to see them progress to the next round.
Mixed fortunes in the Evening League [posted 19/07/16]
The Panthers' run of good form came to a halt this evening as a strong Prestwick side defeated them by 69 runs at Shawholm, on a balmy night. Meanwhile over in Alexandria, the Academy were strolling to a leisurely nine-wicket win over hosts Vale of Leven at the picturesque and historic Lesser Millburn Park.
Reflecting on the Panthers game, skipper Irfan writes, "Prestwick went over 10-an-over for the first nine overs or so, not helped by a lot of misfields. I can't say there were any dropped catches either! Their batters were hitting out well until Hunnain and I reigned them back in a bit. The seamers at the start bowled too short, and there were also a lot of extras signalled by the umpires. On the batting front, things started off well with Hunnain and Mirza providing a base after which Dr Uzzi came in and tried to 'up' the rate. Unfortunately he'd get caught on the boundary, and after he went the rest just tumbled really. Saurav and I tried to rebuild with quick running between the wickets, but in the end we lost by a big margin!"
Over in Alexandria meanwhile, the home side posted just 76 batting first after winning the toss, CJ2 chipping in with a "4-for". "Champagne moment" of that first innings was, however, not CJ2's bowling, good as that was, but Abdullah's one-handed [Ed: his left hand!] grab at mid-wicket: he threw himself to his left and held on to a really good one-hander, inches off the ground! The run-chase was fairly straight-forward even though it took a while for the batters to work out how to score against bowling with no pace at all. As it was though, only Sobo was dismissed, Uzzi (35*) and Uwais (14*) seeing the side home. We've scorecards online (here and here) and updated statistics.
Under 13s slump to defeat against Stenhousemuir [posted 18/07/16]
The Under 13s were well beaten this evening at The Tryst when, chasing just 119 to win, they could muster just 63 for 9 batting second to slump to a 55-run defeat to Stenhousemuir. Notwithstanding the poor ultimate result, there were some bright spots, in particular Jamesy's 3 for 13 from his four overs, all three dismissals seeing him bowl the batter. That said let's not forget there was also 38 conceded in wides by the side, which made the run-chase harder than it could've been.
Win and a loss in seniors Saturday [posted 16/07/16]
There were mixed fortunes today in the two senior Saturday league fixtures, as the 'Loc defeated St. Michael's by 96 runs at Shawholm, but the 'Holmboys went down to their first defeat of the season, losing by 30 runs in Dumfries, failing to chase 137 to win. Disappointing, but perhaps not unexpected given the amount of "unavailability" for this, the furthest, away-day trip. #reapwhatyousow
The defeat in Dumfries did, however, have its plus points, with Ahmed-Raza and Wajid both chipping in with "3-fors" as Kingholm were bowled out for that 136, and CJ - with 39 - again showed he's a heavy run scorer in the Reserve League, though he might be disappointed he couldn't go on. At Shawholm meanwhile, in a rain-interrupted match - the 'Loc posted 167 for 9 batting first, with Jurie (46), Mo (31) and Owais (31) all getting starts. Then, in the second innings, really good spells up-front from Ihty and Ghaff' saw St. Michael's lose early wickets and struggle to score. And they never really recovered, and with Ghaff' going on to take a "5-for" the win was secured. The margin of victory, 96 runs. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).
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