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(Please note that no offence is intended to any third party in the undernoted match reports that are produced with the primary intention of [hopefully] entertaining club members) 


McCulloch Cup win [posted 22/05/19]

The 'Loc got off the mark in this season's McCulloch Cup with a win over Weirs on matchday two.  Batting first after winning the toss, the top order all chipped in with scores.  Seebz was the top scorer, departing just after reaching his half century, holing out on the boundary.  Seebz had come in after Saif (27) had been first out, his opening partnership with Mo putting on 62.  There'd be another 62-run partnership tonight though, Seebz and Pasty (31*) puuting on the same total for the third wicket, Pasty coming in at four after Mo's (33) departure.  The innings was also beautifully rhythmical: 34 runs coming in the first five overs, another 34 in the second five, and.....34 in overs eleven to fifteen.  This provided the side with the base to accelerate in the final quarter of their innings: 57 runs coming off the final 30 deliveries.  159 for 4 was the final score, Weirs' target: 160. 


To chase 8-an-over usually needs a good start, and so when Weirs slipped to 15 for 4 inside the first five overs the visitors from Newlands were behind the black ball.  Kess had picked up a "3-for" in his opening spell; Ziggy had the other.  Kess's spell would eventually see him return figures of 4-0-16-3, an off spell in some senses with 5 of the runs conceded being wides.  And wides would again more generally blight the side's bowling figures, with all six bowlers bowling at least one.  In all 14 runs would be conceded in wides, an area where improvement can be made.  But back to the Weirs' reply.  Aside Kamran (44), batting at four, only Shah (13) got in to double figures, and no other visiting batter would beat extras.  When Kamran was stumped by Ahmad in the sixteenth over, the final wicket to fall, Weirs had been bowled out for 90 to leave the 'Loc 69-run winners.  In addition to Kess's "3-for", Seebz and Yasar had two wickets each and Ziggy one.  The other two saw Seebz execute a neat run out, and Raza dismissed for obstructing the field, running down the centre of the pitch and getting in the way of Ahmad taking a straight-forward catch. 


The 'Loc lose in El Collapsico [posted 15/05/19]

The batting from both sides this evening was verging on the ridiculous, as - first - Clydesdale mustered just 114 for 9 having first use of the pitch in the McCulloch Cup group stage match before - then - the 'Loc batters decided they'd follow suit, being skittled out for just 88 in reply,.....with six-plus overs unused.  First things first: the 'Dale innings saw five batters get to double figures, but none to 20.  Pirzada was arguably the most effective, his 19 coming from just four scoring deliveries, and six in all.  Next highest-scorer Sturgess (18), by contrast, took 32 balls to get to his total.  Sure the pitch wasn't a flat-track bully's paradise, but neither are the UN sending a team to Glasgow to investigate the discovery of IEDs in Pollok Park.  The wickets were shared around by the 'Loc bowlers, with each of the five used claiming at least one scalp.  Seebz's 4-0-14-2, allied to two run outs (one a tad lucky as it saw a return shot ricochet off his hand on to the wicket at the non-striker's end, with the batter out of his crease backing up), saw him the standout performer for the side in that first half.  115 to win then.  Easy-peasy?  Eh, not so fast!


7 for 3 was the 'Loc's start, Mo', Saif and Seebz all out, two blobs between them.  Pasty (28) tried to rebuild, and did so to an extent, first with Ziggy (9), and then with Ahmad (23*), however when he departed, trapped LBW, none of the top five were left to partner Ahmad.  Ahmad did, however, muster something of a rear-guard action, his 23* coming at better than a-run-a-ball.  However he'd eventually run out of partners when Gary was last out - in just the fourteenth over - and the side had collapsed to 88 all out seeing defeat by 26 runs.


43.1 | 3 | 23 | 20 [posted 11/05/19]

So what's that about?  The four numbers?  Well cricket's a numbers game [Ed: it's also a thinking game!] and, ultimately, the numbers can tell a story.  Maybe not the "truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth", but usually a pretty good estimation thereof.  And so it was with today's three-wicket loss at "Titwood".  So what're the numbers?


43.1 :: the number of overs the 'Loc batters used posting 200 all out;

3 :: the number of 'Loc batters who inextricably ran themselves out;

23 :: the number of runs conceded by the 'Loc bowlers in bowling nineteen wides; and

20 :: the score Clydesdale's Richie Berrington was on when he was given a life, before going on to make a match-winning 82.


Using just 86% of the overs allotted to you makes winning most games tricky, particularly on an early May pitch, even one that was perfectly fine.  And so dear reader, like the author, you're left wondering what total the 'Loc might've got to had they faced another 41 deliveries.  220?  230?  Who knows; it's all "what if".  And getting dismissed inside 50 overs certainly wasn't helped as three batters, including Gary who was last out, ran themselves out.  Saif, having made his way to 42 after opening with Ziggy (22), bizarrely started a third run only to be sent back by Seebz, and was run out by Bashir.  Then Zakir, having batted nicely with the club's new Professional, and got in to double figures, was run out by a distance returning for what looked a straight-forward second.  Mention of Seebz a couple of times in the last few sentences prompts comment on his debut in the baggy black.  Batting at four he made a composed 68 (66) before unluckily playing on to a Berrington delivery with the score on 176 for 5.  His departure then saw the kind of mini-collapse that has too often reflected the tail's inability to wag vociferously, 176 for 6 in the 38th over becoming 200 all out less than six overs later.  A disappointing final score, not so much in itself, but rather in how it was posted. 


In the reply, in the final analysis, as seven days previously, the 'Loc would lose by three wickets.  And also as last week, there were moments in the opposition's run-chase when a 'Loc win might've been possible.  The 23 runs conceded in wides was important, however more so were the - effectively - more-than-three additional overs bowled to their hosts.  Almost criminal in hindsight [Ed: which, accepted, is 20:20!].  98 for 5 when Awan (1) was dismissed in the 26th over was the point where the 'Loc likely felt they had a sniff.  However Berrington was still in, and had been given his life when, on 20, he drove uppishly through extra cover where Lewis was posted.  Getting a strong right hand to it, but unable to hold on, the chance evaporated as quickly as it had materialised.  Berrington's eventual 82 (106) was the match-winning innings for his side, the internationalist being the last of the seven dismissals when he was bowled late on by Kess.  However he'd done what was needed, and Cairns (30*) and Krishna (4*) saw their side home with just under three overs [Ed: there're those three overs again!] to spare.  With the ball Gary (10-0-36-1) again showed his ability, remembering much of his spell was bowling to Berrington, whilst Ziggy (3 for 42) and Yasar (2 for 25) also bowled tidily. 


Some positives were to be seen however, notwithstanding what's been said and the result: Saif, notwithstanding the run out, looked in decent nick and Seebz's knock has been mentioned; and with the ball Gary, Ziggy and Yasar performed.  In the field there was also decent effort even if there remains much room for improvement.  And improvement #1 must be running between the wickets - seniors players are welcome at next week's Under 12 practice to learn how this is done! 


And so it's on to next week when Clydesdale visit in the McCulloch Cup on Tuesday, and then league leaders Uddingston visit in the league on matchday four.


The 'Loc lose in a low scoring league opener [04/05/19]

Prestwick were the visitors to Shawholm today as season 2019, for real, got off to its delayed start.  After matchday one succumber to the weather, matchday pitted the club against the 2017 league champions.  And after winning the toss, visiting skipper Fleet invited the 'Loc to bat first.  And when the side had been bundled out for just 68 an over after drinks this looked to be the right decision.  Only Rambo, batting at three, had made anything like a meaningful contribution, his 40 representing just under two-thirds of the side's eventualy tota.  In fact no other batter would get past 6, with extras - at 11 - being the next highest scorer.  The rot had set in early too: 3 for 2 being the scoreboard manifestation of a dreadul start that saw Ziggy and Zakir both dismissed early.  Rambo couldn't keep a partner for very long after Pasty had departed after facing 32 balls for just 2, and five of the last six batters score 1 or less.  Yasar (6) was the not out batter and can therefore maybe be excused the general criticism that could be levelled at the side for a weak display, emphasised by poor application on a wicket that was just slow rather than bad.  68 all out, enough said.


However on a day that, it later transpire, saw only one side score more than 100 in the division, Prestwick in their reply looked like they were trying to emulate their hosts.  0 for 1 was their start as Kess bowled Rafiq first ball, the Ayrshire side then stumbling to 43 for 5 before - despite losing two more wickets - collapsing over the finish line in the 24th over, seven down.  Their 'card looked like the 'Loc's too, with only MacDonald (38) reaching double figures.  For the 'Loc, with the ball, Ziggy caused the most damage with figures of 6.3-1-21-3, Kess (2 for 12) also bowling nicely "up top".  A defeat it would be nevertheless, and so the side will look to matchday three's derby against the Dark Side to see if they can record their first win of the season.


Archived match reports

You can read earlier, and prior season, match reports online in our archive too.



1st XI league and cup fixtures 2019


The 1st XI compete in the Western Union as well as the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup, a Twenty20 knock-out competition, the Scottish Cup and the McCulloch Cup.











Senior practice


Senior coaching and net practice takes place, at Shawholm, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings starting at 6.30pm, structured practice being on Tuesdays, and open net sessions being Mondays and Fridays.  Sessions can, but do not necessarily always, involve net practice, but, even if underfoot conditions are not conducive to having "nets", fielding and catching practice is often undertaken.


The club has a large grass practice square with two mobile net cages as well as all-weather astro-turf net bays.


Indoor net sessions are also organised during the off-season.


Outdoor practice sessions start in April and run throughout the season - new members (of whatever standard) are always welcome.


Directions to Shawholm can be found on the Find us section of the website.