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Poloc's juniors - the "Mini-Mighty"!

 

Poloc runs junior cricket teams at six available age-group levels: Under 10, 11, 13, 15, 16 and 18 and compete in West District Junior Cricket Union - as well as Cricket Scotland - competitions.  Under 10 players compete in "Kwik Cricket" competitions, the others hard-ball.  But competitive play is only one, small, aspect of Poloc's junior work and this page will tell you more about what's going on at the club for the 70 or so youngsters registered with it.

 

The club's coaching staff are all qualified and appropriately CRBS, Disclosure Scotland, PVG and/or Police checked, and the club is an enrolled body under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.  Poloc's Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy can be viewed online and is also available from our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer, Keith Young, whose contact details can be found below and on the Contact us page of the website.

 

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Junior news and match reports

 

Under 11 game off [posted 23/06/17]

Unfortunately East Kilbride has conceded tonight's Under 11 match.

 

Representative selections [posted 20/06/17]

Sunday the 18th saw six Poloc players playing for the Western Warriors Under 18s in their 108-run win over Eastern Knights at Boghall.  Congratulations to Taimoor Ahmad, Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Ihtisham Malik, Amaan Ramzan, Owais Shah and Uzzair Shah on their selections, and their contributions to the win.  The six's selections follow Abtaha Maqsood's selection for Scotland Women last week, the Wildcats taking on Derbyshire CCC and Hampshire CCC in back-to-back T20s down south.  Well done again to Aataha.  And the representative selections continue this week, with Uzzair Shah selected for Scotland Under 17s match with the MCC, and Taimoor Ahmad, Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah all selected for the two matches between Scotland Under 19 and a Scottish Development XI being played on Wednesday and Thursday this week. 

 

Under 13 derby win [posted 12/06/17]

Well readers [Ed: plural, that's optimistic!] this was a strange one.  On a dreich night, where arguably any fuse lit would likely have simply either shivered and gone out, or quickly been extinguished by the dampness under foot, this game was, nevertheless, a slow-burner, with an explosive end.  Fizzling along - kind of - for 36 or so overs, the match suddenly, and from nowhere, suddenly became watchable as the end neared.  But to the end later.  Let's, as they say, start at the beginning.  Batting first, the 'Loc lost their first wicket in just the second over as Hasan was caught and bowled by Raja without scoring to notch an entry on this season's Webbed Feet Award table.  6 for 1.  Things then settled down in to what would become the pattern for much of the rest of the game in fact: slow scoring, cheap dismissals, and the bowlers holding sway on a wicket tricky after the very wet weather there's been over the last two weeks.  In fact aside Abdullah, who made an unbeaten 30, none of the other batters [Ed: on either side!] would score more than 16, and only two others would reach double figures!  Four other 'Loc batters joined Hasan on the Webbed Feet Award table, whilst five 'Dale batters wouldn't get beyond 3.  As you'd have imagined the bowlers' figures were generally impressive as a result, Jamesy's 4-3-5-2 being ridiculously so.  More of his bowling to come.  Amidst the grinding of the slow run-rate, there were also some slightly comical dismissals, maybe Momin being stumped after dozily wandering out of his crease being a particular favourite.  And this after he'd pulled the only 6 of the evening over backward square-leg!

 

In fact had it not been for extras (38), and Clydesdale using ten bowlers, the 'Loc might not have posted anything like the 85 for 9 they ended up on.  86 to win then. 

 

But as trailed, scoring runs proved no easier for the home side batters than it had for the 'Loc.  And wickets similarly fell at all too regular intervals for the 'Dale coach's liking likely too.  Ten overs in, the home side were 39 for 3 chasing the 86 they had been set to win.  Wickets four, five and six then fell as the last four overs got underway.  In fact with four overs to go, despite generously reciprocating on the extras front, the 'Loc had bowled and fielded sufficiently well that their opponents still needed 26 to win, from just 24 balls.  But then over seventeen from Hasan cost 10, 6 in wides!  Abdullah, bowling next up, then conceded 8 in over eighteen, including 2 in no balls, meaning that only 8 were needed from the last two overs.  Cue damp and dispirited spectators to sit up and pay attention.  Maybe the fizzle might yet sizzle.  Hasan bowled the penultimate over and it cost 6 runs.  Only 2 to win now.  Six balls to bowl.  Jamesy the bowler.  Surely they couldn't lose it from here?  Cue the skipper to make the evening's most telling contribution.  Jamesy's over went as follows: . . W . W W  The lit fuse had reached the dynamite, and - bang! - the 'Loc had somehow snatched victory from not so much the jaws of defeat, but from somewhere down the esophagus near the stomach!  What a great over under pressure!  Every ball straight, and three wickets resulting, the final one seeing Hassaan running out Bacon off the last ball as the single that would have seen a tie was attempted to be run by the 'Dale batters.

 

So an exciting end to an otherwise - it has to be said - pretty dreary affair.  Abdullah's 30* was the standout batting performance, and Jamesy's bowling, including that final over, matched Abdullah's knock in its importance in securing the unlikely win. 

 

Frank Smith Trophy progression [posted 26/05/17]

The Under 16s were in action for the first time this season, taking on West of Scotland in the Frank Smith Trophy over at Hamilton Crescent, the trophy being played at Under 16 this season.  On another glorious night, perfect for cricket, and in front of a large crowd, the Under 16s romped to a convincing 95-run win.  After posting 180 for 3 batting first in what must've been the longest innings of T20 cricket ever - it took two hours! - the side then [literally!] ran through their overs, incentivised by the offer of a free post-match drink if they could get the game finished by 9pm.  With the second innings starting at 8.16pm this was a decent challenge.  But rise to the challenge they did, with the last West wicket falling at,.....wait for it.....exactly 9.01pm!  Unlucky guys!  Fortunately peer group pressure prevailed and the Coach's wallet was opened.  14.3 overs bowled, and eight wickets taken, in 45 minutes - take a bow. 

 

But back to the first innings.  Rambo's 75 not out (50 balls) was the standout performance, Uzzi being maybe a tad unlucky as he drained a hip-high full toss straight to mid-on to depart for 25 (14) when he looked in really good nick.  Zakir's 23* is also worthy of mention in despatches.  Rambo's 75* included eight 4s, and a couple of big maximums.  And in the fast-forward second innings, the eight wickets to fall were shared around, Hassaan taking a brace, and Jamesy, Nabeel, Samee and Zakir one each.  There were also two run outs, a direct hit from Uzzi the better of the two. 

 

So the Under 16s progress in the trophy and now have a home tie against either Prestwick or Ayr. 

 

Another abandonment! [posted 22/05/17]

In what's been the driest start to a season many cam remember, perhaps unbelievably the Under 13s became the third junior side to be involved in a match that was abandoned!  The match in question was the League Cup quarter-final tie with West of Scotland.  And to add to the disappointment the side had made a great start, Hasan Malik's 30 not out, being augmented [Ed: children, go look the word up!] by Hassaan's 24 and Abdullah's 20, to see them well-placed after seventeen overs on 109 for 4.  Then it rained......

 

Friday washouts [posted 19/05/17]

Unfortunately both tonight's junior league matches - the under 11s and Under 15s both playing Clydesdale - were washed away by the heavy rain that hit the southside just as both games were starting. 

 

Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik [posted 17/05/17]

Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik were again action today for Scotland Development XI, in the a second one-day match against Durham CCC's Academy side at Uddingston's Bothwell Castle Policies ground.  The match saw Owais open the batting, scoring 30, whilst Ihty opened the bowling and returned 1 for 41 from his ten overs.

 

Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik [posted 16/05/17]

Congratulations to Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik on their selections for Scotland Development XI today, in the match with Durham CCC's Academy side at Uddingston's Bothwell Castle Policies ground.

 

Under 15s lose a tight one [posted 12/05/17]

If the Under 11s (see below) were frustrated at their match with Ayr being abandoned, the Under 15s similarly found themselves feeling miffed this evening.  Also up against Ayr, the 'Loc posted a whopping 149 for 2 batting first, only to find themselves on the end of a defeat when their visitors snuk home with two balls to spare having, themselves, lost just the three wickets.  In a match where clearly the batters were on top, Sobo (75*) and Rafay (54) both scored half centuries as that target of 150 was set.  However 150 would ultimately prove chaseable for the New Cambusdoon youngsters, losing just those three wickets en route, their target being reached in the final over.  Disappointing maybe, but perhaps silver linings being the two 'Loc batters' knocks, and the fact that even though the match was a competitive league encounter, no fewer than eight 'Loc bowlers bowled. 

 

Under 11s frustrated [posted 12/05/17]

The Under 11s got their 2017 season under way tonight down at New Cambusdoon,.....kind of.  "Kind of" because in the end the game started but didn't finish, persistent rain falling early in the 'Loc's reply that saw the players and umpires return to the clubhouse in search of cover.  However there had been some action before the abandonment came, including Ayr's complete innings.  And in that innings there were wickets for Devraj (three), Musa (two), Abdullsubhan (one) and Nitin (one, on debut).  There was also a good direct-hit run out executed by Abdullsubhan which contributed to the home side losing the eight wickets that went down in their innings.  Net 69 (under the pairs cricket scoring system) was Ayr's final score, leaving the Under 11s with a target of net 70 to win.

 

But the 'Loc's run-chase would be cut short by the rain, interrupting Abdullsubhan's and Nitin's overs at the crease.  Prior to these two, Musa and Zeeshan had managed their four overs, with Devraj, Adam, Mazin and Abhay all unable to get their pads on and get out in to the middle.  Hopefully we'll re-arrange the match for later in the summer.

 

Under 13s lose narrowly [posted 08/05/17]

The Under 13s exited this year's ECB Cup this evening, losing to Ferguslie by just 9 runs.  The match, yet another played in glorious weather, was keenly contested and went nearly all the way with the 'Loc youngsters still in the hunt in a second innings run-chase until the last couple of overs.  For the visitors two batters dominated, scoring 30 not out each, with the other six batters getting to the middle mustering just 8 between them.  The 'Loc Under 13s also managed to give each of the players - other than Kshitij who was 'keeping - a bowl, and it was a decent effort with the ball that saw Ferguslie restricted to 93 for 5 in their innings.  However despite 30 not out from Hasan Malik on debut, 20 from Hassaan and 14 from Abdullah, the 'Loc run-chase just didn't ever have enough momentum and the side would finish 9 runs shy of their opponent's score to see the Paisley club progress in the competition.  The scorecard of the game's online.

 

Under 15s win on opening day [posted 05/05/17]

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The Under 15s kicked off another junior league season for the club's junior sides, travelling to The Tryst to take on Stenhousemuir this evening.  And on a beatifully crisp early summer evening the youngsters defended 94 to secure a 14-run win.  Batting first the Under 15s posted 94, with 32 from Sobo and an unbeaten 30 form Abdul.  Then in a closely-fought second innings, the tide was turned for the 'Loc when Hassaan opened his spell in the middle overs by returning 2-2-0-2. 

And then as the required run-rate rose the home side suffered a middle order collaspe, four wickets falling in consecutive deliveries, Nabeel the bowler.  We've the scorecard online, and the first Under 15s averages and statistics.

 

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Under 10 Kwik Cricket [posted 03/05/17]

The season's schedule of Sunday morning, Under 10, Kwik Cricket is beginning to take shape, and we've got details online.  The club hopes to be able to attend as many festivals as possible over the course of the summer, starting with the first festival, down in Alloway, later this month.  More details to come. 

 

Cricket taster session [posted 20/03/17]

The club was delighted to run the first of two introductory, "taster" sessions at Netherlee Anchor Boys group this evening.  The group has more than a dozen youngsters aged six to eight years old regularly attending it, and this evening's session saw them running, throwing, catching and hitting to their hearts content!  Thanks to Alistair Haw and his team for inviting the club's coaches - you can see some photo's of the session in the Gallery, taken by Alistair and used with permission.

 

Under 18 Scottish Cup draw [posted 02/03/17]

The draw has been made for this season's Under 18 Scottish Cup.  The draw sees the 'Loc drawn away, in the quarter-final against the winner of the first round tie between Greenock and Prestwick.  The draw's online here.

 

 

Archived junior match reports

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

   


 

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Junior membership

 

The coaching provided by the club for juniors is free-of-charge, and young people attending do not have to become club members unless they want to.  The club, however, welcomes new junior members.  The related application and consent forms can be downloaded for completion direct from the website.

 


 

Club-based junior coaching

 

"Open-to-all" coaching

 

Outdoor junior coaching

Under the umbrella of the "Community Coaching Initiative", this takes place on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the club between late April and early September.  Monday coaching sessions at Shawholm are for Under 11s (as at 1 September in the previous year) between 6pm and 7pm, with Under 13s and Under 15s coming between 6.30pm and 8pm on Wednesdays.  Under 18s practice, along with seniors, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

 

The club's registered juniors number around 70 and receive regular correspondence updating them as to what's going on for them at the club and encouraging them to get along to these outdoor practices.

 

As with senior practice, sessions, whenever practical, involve "nets" although teaching of the basics of the game is given a high priority. as such, genuine "beginners" are welcome along on any of the juniors evenings with children of both sexes, and as young as seven years old, taking part.  The use of "Kwik Cricket" facilitates safe play for even the youngest children.

 

Indoor junior coaching

After the end of the traditional summer playing season, coaching moves indoor with the facilities of Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall being utilised.  Indoor coaching sessions are advertised here on the website and are normally on weekends.

 

Junior coaching is co-ordinated by Junior Convenor Keith Young with the assistance of David James and other registered coaches.  The club's overseas players/coaches also play a central role in junior coaching.

 

Interested parents and/or children can find out more about junior coaching by contacting Keith Young and/or the club directly. the club's contact details can be found on the Contact us section of the website, Keith Young can be contacted directly on 07802-951913, or by email.

 

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