Welcome to Poloc Cricket Club

    

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 with spacious bar, function room, pool, table tennis, darts and catering facilities.

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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.

 


   

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Matches and practice OFF [posted 28/07/15] 

Both tonight's Evening League matches are off, cancelled because of the weather: the home Academy match against Motherwell, and the away match at Old Anniesland against GHK.  Also cancelled because of the persistent rain is senior players coaching and practice.

 

The 'Loc lose at Lochlands [posted 26/07/15] 

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The 'Loc's run in this season's Scottish Cup has ended, defeat this afternoon in the semi-final to Arbroath United, up at Lochlands, seeing the side fall at the second-from-last hurdle.  Bowling first the 'Loc restricted their hosts, at a typically bustling and boisterous Lochlands, to 215, bowling them out in the 49th over. 

Imran had a "5-for" to his name, with Chris' chipping in with a couple.  After a short delay for rain, the 'Loc's reply then started slowly, and saw them lose Chris' (2) and Owais (17) relatively early, before a partnership of 102 between Pasty (84) and Bredders (63) put the side in the driver's seat. Bredders' was then the third wicket to fall, Ramsay getting him caught at point, leaving Pasty to see if he could - with the middle order - complete what would've been a really good run-chase.  But wickets kept falling, none of batters five to eleven getting more than 5, and when Pasty hit the first ball of the penultimate over straight to cover to be eighth out, any remaining chance of a 'Loc win left with him.  Five balls later it was all over, 187 all out, a defeat by 28 runs.  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and there are match photo's in the Gallery.

 

Bizarre! [posted 25/07/15] 

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The 'Loc somehow managed to avoid abother banana skin against their bogey team at Shawholm today.  Batting first after winning the toss, the 'Loc were bundled out for just 96 on a wicket that - remembering it had rained for virtually a week, and there'd hadn't been a game at the ground for six days - wasn't that bad.  96 all out, with Pasty's 23 being the best of a poor bundle.  However the 'Loc's batting looked international class compared to Greenock's, the visitors being skittled for 57!

Imran and Bredders were the destroyers-in-chief, taking three wickets a-piece, and returning combined figures of 15-11-10-6!  Astonishing really.  And so, from nowhere, the win was secured, along with the 12 points that come with it.  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Back to winning ways... [posted 25/07/15] 

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The Shawholm XI got back to winning this afternoon with a convincing - and fairly straight-forward - win against Glenpark, down in Greenock.  In the field first after winning the toss, Abhi's men restricted their hosts to just 116, with LJ taking 4 for 25.  None of the home batters got past 20, with Godsman top-scoring with 19.  Then, in the run-chase, LJ was again the main man, with a "jug-avoiding" 44, whilst Rusty (28*) and Shankar (17*) got the sheriff's badges. 

Mention of Rusty should also prompt mention in despatches of his three catches, wearing the gloves for the first time in some time.  "You never lose it!" as they say.  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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15s win [posted 24/07/15]

The Under 15s made the relatively short journey to Torrance House this evening to take on East Kilbride in the league.  Pre-match East Kilbride highlighted their playing of an over-age player, and as such the official match result is a concession.  However both sides were keen to play after a shocking week of weather, and so a game took place.  

You can read the DJ's thoughts on the match in his short match report, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Team selections [posted 24/07/15]

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Tonight sees the start of our weekend action, the Under 15s being the only side in action - with the Under 11s having a bye week - and travelling to Torrance House to take on East Kilbride.  Saturday's two league games are home-and-away with Greenock, the Shawholm XI going to Glenpark. 

Sunday's two Sunday League matches were scheduled as being against Prestwick and Clydesdale, but have been postponed by the WDCU in light of the club's Scottish Cup semi-final match at Lochlands against Arbroath United.   Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.

 

Under 18s progress in the cup [posted 22/07/15]

The Under 18s finally managed to get their Scottish Cup tie with Ayr played this evening, but only by switching venues and going down to New Cambusdoon to beat the weather.  Thanks, therefore, to Ayr for hosting.  In a match reduced to sixteen overs-a-side the home side batted first and posted a competitive 105 for 5.  The 18s' bowling and fielding was absolutely adequate, with the big ground and fast outfield producing the better-than-a-run-a-ball total.  Mention, too, in passing when talking about the first innings, of Sobo's contribution.  Drafted in as a late replacement after call offs, Sobo took two great catches a "cow" to get rid of both Muhammad Azeem and Shujaa Khan, arguably Ayr's two main batters.  The successful run-chase centered on a half century from Owais, who batted through with a collection of partners to get the side over the finish line in the fifteenth over.  SMRH are the Under 18s' next opponents, the Edinburgh club hosting. There are updated statistics and the scorecard online.

 

Academy stay unbeaten in the Evening League [posted 21/07/15]

The Academy side was over on the north-side this evening, taking on Hillhead at Hughenden.  The match, played on the astro-turf wicket, was a low-scoring affair, and was reduced to eighteen overs-a-side, the evening being more akin to April or September, than mid-July!  Batting first, the academy poasted 94 all out, being dismissed in the last over, and their total owing much to 21 from CJ and 34 from Chris'.  Then in their reply, the home side were restricted to 84 for 6 in their eighteen overs, the Academy successfully tying down the Hillhead batters often enough, for long enough, to secure a 10-run win.  Seven bowlers were used, with Beast being the pick of the bunch, returning figures of 4-0-10-2.  He ably backed-up by Aliyan who, sharing the new ball with Roberto took 1 for 12 in his four overs.  There were also a couple of run outs, Ihty executing both.  So another win, accepted not as close as last week's tied-score win against Prestwick, but close enough for the result to be in the balance for long enough, and in particular early on in the Hillhead reply when Foster (30) was putting on a bunting demonstration.  Luckily his wicket was snaffled courtesy of a CJ grab of Beast's bowling.  Statistics and the scorecard are online. 

 

London buses! [posted 15/07/15] 

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The 'Loc won their second cup in a week tonight with another thrilling win that, like last Thursday's Rowan Cup, went down to the last ball.  This time however the side were chasing, looking for 118 after Ferguslie had posted 117 batting first.  The Paisley side had been restricted to an under-a-run-a-ball total thanks to tight bowling up-top, particularly from Crazy Horse whose four overs cost just 12.  

Then in the run-chase the side was pretty always up-with the required run rate, Bredders and Pasty adding 43 in decent time for the second wicket, before being separated, and the skipper then going to anchor the innings with 54.  But Pasty couldn't quite see the side across the line, departing as a result of one of four (!) run outs.  His departure then - as they say - made things interesting.  Suddenly the run-chase didn't look quite so simple, with 6 runs still needed and two new batters in.  Another wicket then fell in the last over, Abid run out scurrying back for a second which left Rosco to come in to face two balls needing 1 to tie, and 2 to win.  And Rosco in at seven because he'd dislocated a finger in the first innings!  Ball 119 was a dot!  Yikes!  But the last ball was somehow half-carved, half-chipped in to the off-side and the required runs were scored.  Thrilling finish to a good game, played in great spirit against a talented side representing a great club. 

 

And so there it is, you don't win a cup for a while,.....then two come along at once, and the second, the West League Cup, competed for annually since 1951, is one the club's never won before! 

 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.  We've also got great photo's of the night, courtesy of Ali Maddock, in the Gallery.

 

Academy remain unbeaten in the Evening League [posted 14/07/15]

Tonight's Academy win in the Evening League was a thriller, as their game against Prestwick went down to the wire.  In the field first, the Academy managed to restrict the visitors from Ayrshire to just 99 for 8 in their innings, this after they'd raced out to 34 for 0 in the first five overs.  But there was no panic, and the first wicket went down with the score on 36.  And from there-on-in, wickets fell at regular intervals.  Beast, skippering the side, had made the breakthrough and would go on to take a "3-for", taking the wickets of Carlyle, Egerton and Rafiq.  His economy rate of 6.25 was a tad on the high side, but taking the wickets he had it likely wasn't too costly for the side.  And with Amaan's four overs costing just 6 runs, and both Roberto and Gary returning economy rates of 5 or less, Lewis's strike-rate more than offset the fact his overs had "cost a few".  Bilal's - with a brace of wickets - was the next best bowler in terms of wickets.  [Ed: though his attempted catch at mid-off should surely have seen him involved in another dismissal! ]  99 for 8 it was then, a round ton to win.  The run-chase started well enough with CJ and Rosco putting on 19 for the first wicket, and though the run-rate wasn't electric, it was satisfactory as the Prestwick skipper used up the allocations of his more experienced bowlers.  Rosco, with 25, would be the third batter out, with the score on 49, and by then Aliyan was out in the middle.  And it'd be Aliyan who'd grab the game by the scruff of its neck and drag it toward's the Academy's winning circle.  Just 36 for 2 at the halfway point, became 61 five overs later, with another two wickets having fallen.  But Aliyan was still in and he managed to drive the side towards the finish line with a mixture of good bunting and scurrying between the wickets.  The last over started with 9 runs needed for the win.  The first two balls then saw Aliyan hit a 4 and run 2.  3 runs to win.  Ball three was a drag-down-hit-me-for-4 ball that Aliyan.....smacked straight to long off, who held on to a good catch.  3 from three needed now, and it was the Shah Boys together.  Uzzair scored 1 on ball four, and Sobo 1 on ball five.  Scores tied.  The last ball.....dot!  A tie.  But, wait, a quick read of the playing conditions confirms an Academy win!  #Toffee   Statistics and the scorecard are online.

 

Panthers just lose out [posted 14/07/15]

The Panthers' improvement in form continued this evening in the Evening League at Renfrew.  Batting second, the side just failed to chase the 129 needed to beat their hosts, finishing 8 shy of their target, seven down.  Renfrew's 128 for 6 had centred on Hussain's 48 at the top of the order, with Kalash's 20, batting at four, being a meaningful cameo.  For the Panthers the six wickets taken were shared around, with only Shaan and Crazy Horse going wicket-less.  129 to win it was.  5 for 1 wasn't the best start in their run-chase, however Mirza and Joe put on 27 for the second wicket, and by halfway it was 51 for 2.  Shankar (24) continued his good run of form with the bat in adding 40 with Joe for the third wicket, but when this fell with the score on 72 the Panthers still needed 57 runs, with just seven overs left.  Anjii, in at five, wasn't going to give up the fight however, and - hitting three 4s along the way - scored a quick-fire 22 from just fourteen balls to bring his side back into it.  But he couldn't hang around and holed out off the bowling of Hussain.  115 for 7.  And just the last over to bowl.  6 were scored off over twenty but this wasn't quite enough, and Renfrew got home by 8 runs.  So another Evening League defeat, but - again - improvement.  That first league win can't be too far away.  Updated statistics and the scorecard are online. 

 

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Derby defeat [posted 10/07/15]

With the Under 11s' match at Titwood off, tonight's derby action centred on the Under 15 clash at Shawholm.  Unfortunately for the 'Loc they'll finish season 2015 with an 0-2 record against the Dark Side.  Batting first, the Empire's stormtroopers recovered from 8 for 2 to post 105 for 8, Australian holiday-maker Carlisle top-scoring with 47 not out, whilst Uzzair took a "3-for". 

The 'Loc batters couldn't, however, get anywhere near the resultant 106 needed for the win, the side slumping to 77 for 9 in their innings.  And if extras gifted hadn't totalled an improbable 32, the margin of defeat would've been in the embarrassing category on paper.  None of the batters showed any particular application on a wicket dampened by earlier rain.  But not just that, at least from the side-lines there seemed to be no particular plan being followed by the batters in the middle.  This shortage of ideas ended up as a shortage of runs, and bragging rights returning to Crossmyloof.  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

Win! [posted 10/07/15] 

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The 'Loc won the Rowan Cup tonight in a thrilling final, defeating East Kilbride on the last ball of a match reduced to sixteen overs a side.  The reduction in overs was caused by a rain delay mid-way through the 'Loc's innings, the break in many ways resulting in the momentum that had been built up in the two or three preceding overs being lost.  50 for 1 was the score after eleven overs.  On the resumption the 'Loc found they had five overs left, and with Chris (37) and Pasty (25) continuing their 57-run partnership and the rest of the batters chipping in, 81 for 8 was eventually posted. 

 

The East Kilbride reply - needing an adjusted 88 to win under D/L - started steadily.  30 were added in the first six overs, though three wickets had been taken by the 'Loc bowlers.  

24 were then added by Lyons and Iqbal, the two former Scotland internationals, their burgeoning partnership only being broken by a brilliant pick up and run out by Pasty that saw Lyons depart for 17, having hit two maximums.  Iqbal and "Overseas Amateur" Klaassen then added 18 before Izzy bowled Iqbal.  The worm - no cricketing pun intended - was beginning to turn.  Izzy then took a second wicket two balls later, cleaning up Klaassen too.  The equation for East Kilbride was now 15 needed from two overs, now six down.  Chris' was bowling the last over and when he trapped Saeed LBW it was 79 for 7.  And the final over - to be bowled by Izzy - would see 9 needed.  Ball two brought another wicket after a scrambled single accrued from the first ball.  And then the eighth wicket: Chris' and Pasty combining for a run out!  7 needed from three.  Then a wide!!  6 from three.  Single.  Single.  4 needed from the last ball.  Single.  'Loc win!  #Toffee  Cue celebrations!  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and photo's in the Gallery.

 

 

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