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Representative honours [posted 22/06/16]

The club's delighted that no fewer than three of its young players were selected for the Scotland Under 17 team to play MCC today at Goldenacre.  Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah on their selections. 

 

One-for-two in Evening League [posted 21/06/16]

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The Academy side saw off the challenge of GHK at Old Anniesland this evening, recording a comfortable 44-run win.  However, back at base, the Panthers came second best to BBC Scotland in their Evening League clash.  So the club was one-for-two on the night.  In the home game BBC Scotland were bowled out for 138, with skipper Z taking a "3-for".  However early wickets saw the stuffing knocked out of the Panthers' reply and they, in turn, were bowled out for 95, Dr Uzzi top-scoring with 26.

At Old Anniesland meanwhile, the Academy side batted first, with Owais top-scoring with 32 not out in a moderate total of 118 for 4.  The "hairy" outfield likely accounted for a few runs being "left out there", but it was still a get'able score for hosts GHK, if the the Academy didn't bowl well.  Luckily their defence of 118 started really well, with Aliyan (4-1-9-0) and Ahmed-Raza (4-0-7-2) putting a stranglehold on the home side's top order.  And the change bowlers did their jobs too resulting in the comfortable win.  We've scorecards online (here and here) and updated statistics. 

 

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Under 13s beat Ferguslie [posted 20/06/16]

The Under 13s were back at Shawholm this evening for their third game in two days.  Ferguslie were the visitors, and on a plessant summer evening the Under 13s secured a 103-run win.  Batting first the side posted 173 for 4, with Sobo (32*), Zakir (33*) and Abdul (31*) all retiring, and Nabeel finishing 24 not out. 

Then in the second innings, the side safely defended their total, with nine bowlers getting the chance to roll their arms over, and Hassaan taking a "3-for".  We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

 

Representative squad selection [posted 20/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik on his selection for the Western Warriors squad to play Eastern Knights at Titwood tomorrow in the CS T20 Blitz competition.

 

Under 13s take third place [posted 19/06/16]

The Under 13s took part in the ECB Cup Finals Day at Inverleith today, losing to Grange in the semi-final before - on run-rate as rain the match short - beating Forfarshire in the 3rd/4th play-off.  The first semi-final was pretty one-sided as Grange posted 129 for 6, a total the 'Loc youngsters never really threatened with only Sobo (20*) getting in to double figures.  However the 3rd/4th place play-off against Forfarshire saw a much more competitive performance put in as, batting first, the Under 13s posted 121 for 8 before reducing Forfarshire to 13 for 5 in five overs to see a "match" played and securing the win on old-fashioned straight-forward run-rate.  Sobo had again top-scored with 27, and there were useful contributions from Zakir (24), Samee (10) and Nabeel (10).  Then in the Forfarshire reply Sobo took all five wickets to fall, the last three a hat-trick!  Well bowled sir.  We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics.

 

WU40 wash out [posted 19/06/16]

Today's WU 40 Cup second round match started, but didn't even get to half-time as persistent heavy drove both the 'Loc and visiting greenock players from the ground, never to return.  The 'Loc were mid-way through their innings and were two down, Jurie (13*) and Rosco (13*) the not out batters after CJ (0) and Uwais (14) had come-and-gone before them.  66 for 2 after 22 overs was the scoreboard readout as play was abandoned.  The tie will now be replayed in a fortnight's time.  We've got the scorecard online (here) and updated statistics. 

 

The Professor hits a ton as both Saturday sides win [posted 18/06/16]

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The highlight of Saturday's two league wins was undoubtedly The Professor's ton at New Williamfield.  Chaaing over 200 for the win, the 'Holmboys lost just four wickets en route to a really good run-chase win.  And the centre-piece was Usman's unbeaten 114.  A knock that included thirteen 4s and two 6s, it was a really composed innings that steered the side to the win.  He was given good support from Noaman (27*) and Abdullah (24) as the 'Holmboys ended up 216 for 4.

Meanwhile at Shawholm, the 'Loc were also winning, and also by way of successful run-chase.  Set the lower target of 156 to win, the side got home with seven wickets, and over fifteen overs, in hand.  There were contributions from nearly all the batters: Jurie (40*), Pasty (38), CJ2 (32*) and Uzzi (25).  The relatively modest target had come about after Stirling County had batted all but two balls of their allotted 50 overs, the 'Loc bowling restricting pretty much all the visiting batters.  Tweedie top scored with 58 (137), with Ghaff' returning figures of 11-1-24-4.  We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here). 

 

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Under 15s win in Prestwick [posted 17/06/16]

With the Under 11s out of action this evening after Prestwick conceded the match at Shawholm, the focus was on the Under 15s and their reverse trip to Henry Thow Oval to take on their Prestwick counterparts.  Having lost heavily on the opening day - in the ECB Cup - to Prestwick, tonight's result - a 37-run win - was particularly pleasing.

Centre-piece of the win was posting 140 batting first, a total that was almost entirely down to Rambo's 98.  On 98 with two balls to go in the innings he unluckily missed out on his hundred when he holed out to long-off.  A really good knock though - destructive in parts, Amaan hitting nine 4s and seven 6s.  We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

 

Team selections [posted 17/06/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png It's another weekend of wall-to-wall cricket, with tonight's Under 15 match kicking things off with their trip to Prestwick.  Unfortunately a scheduled home Under 11 match with the same opposition is not going to happen though after Prestwick conceded, unable to field a team.  Into the weekend now, and Saturday's action is home-and-away action against Stirling County, the 'Holmboys up in Stirling.

Then Sunday sees the Under 13s in Edinburgh at the ECB Cup Finals Day, whilst Greenock visit Shawholm in the WU40 Cup.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability. 

 

The Under 15s overcome Ayr,.....rain and midges, to progress in the Scottish Cup [posted 16/06/16]

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On a dreich night across the west district the Under 15s miraculously played a game at New Cambusdoon in the Scottish Cup this evening!  True.  It really was miserable: persistent drizzle, a zillion midges and a chill in the air - yup, that's cricket in Scotland!  However the game was played, and the Under 15s did win, defeating their hosts by 28 runs.  

The 15s posted 140 for 2 batting first, with Uzzi and Sobo recording half centuries, before restricting Ayr to 112 for 3 in their innings.  The win sees the 'Loc progress to a home tie against Carlton. We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

 

Under 11 game off [posted 16/06/16]

Prestwick have called off tomorrow's scheduled Under 11 league match as they are unable to field a side. 

 

West League Cup quarter-final draw [posted 16/06/16]

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The quarter-final draw for this season's West League Cup has been confirmed, and the 'Loc will take on Drumpellier, at Shawholm, on the 29th of June.

 

Representative squad selections [posted 15/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik on his selection for a Scotland Select to play MCC in a three-day match starting today at Forhill in Broughty Ferry.  Also named in a representative side are Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah who are both included in the Western Warriors Under 18 squad to play Eastern Knights at New Williamfield in Stirling tomorrow.

 

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Match off [posted 14/06/16]

Tonight's final West League Cup group stage match - at Hamilton Crescent against West of Scotland - has been cancelled because of the weather.  The cancellation sees the end of the group stages of the competition, the 'Loc finishing top of the Glasgow Section group and, therefore, progressing to the quarter-final.

 

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Practices and match off [posted 13/06/16]

Tonight's Under 11, and women's and girls', coaching and practices are off with today's persistent rain leaving the ground in an unsuitable condition for safe use unfortunately.  Also cancelled is the Under 13s' away league match at Prestwick.

 

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Matches and Kwik Cricket off [posted 12/06/16]

Unfortunately the weather's beaten today's ECB Cup Finals Day in Edinburgh, overnight and morning rain making play not possible.  The reserve date is next Sunday, the 19th.  Also off are the home and away Sunday League matches with Irvine and Stenhousemuir, respectively, and this morning's Kwik Cricket festival.

 

The 'Loc beat Accies, and the rain, but the 'Holmboys lose.....to the rain [posted 11/06/16]

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Today's two senior Saturday league matches saw the club in opposition to Glasgow Accies.  The 'Holmboys ended up frustrated as, after agreeing to a 50-overs-a-side game starting at 2pm to accommodate a school match, they arrived to find their oppo' wanting a reduced 40-overs-a-side game, and then had to watch as early evening rain saw the game abandoned.  They'd posted 158 in their innings, but only seventeen overs were bowled in the second.

Meanwhile at Shawholm, the 'Loc were more fortunate, in as much as they got their game done-and-dusted before the rain, and recorded a win.  After winning the toss Accies opted to bat first but were bowled out for 143, a total the 'Loc passed, three down, inside 29 overs.  Individual performances of merit on the day saw runs for The Professor (47), Jurie (65*) and Uzzi (32), whilst Jurie also recorded 3 for 32 with the ball.  We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here). 

 

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Two wins in Friday night junior action [posted 10/06/16]

Two wins was the outcome of this evening's junior league matches, both the Under 11s and Under 15s beating Ayr.  At Shawholm the Under 15s chased 110 for their win, with runs for Rambo (40*), Uzzair (30) and Abdul (21*), whilst down at New Cambusdoon the Under 11s secured a 50-run win over their hosts, Hassaan with an unbeaten 29, and Callum with a "4-for".

We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

 

Team selections [posted 10/06/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png The club has no fewer than seven matches scheduled over the next three days starting with the Under 11s and 15s take on Ayr, away and at home respectively, this evening.  Then tomorrow it's home-and-away Saturday league matches against Glasgow Accies, the 'Loc ay home.  This leaves Sunday's three games: the Under 13s in ECB Cup Finals Day action, the Academy at Stenhousemuir, and the Panthers hosting Irvine.

Oh, and there's "Kwik Cricket" on Sunday morning too, from 10am.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability. 

 

Under 13s win through to Finals Day [posted 09/06/16]

ECB_age_group_cups_logo_2016 For a second consecutive year the Under 13s have masde it to the national Finals Day of the ECB Cup.  Tonight's quarter-final win - by 13 runs - over Ayr at New Cambusdoon sealed their Finals Day spot, and sees the side slated to take on Grange, at Stewart's Melville, on Sunday.  Tonight's win centered on another impressive innings from Sobo who made a retirement-inducing 33 at the top of the order, before, in the second innings, Nabeel's "4-for" was the foundation upon which was built a successful defence of the 108 for 9 that had been posted.  Also in the wickets was Jamesy, whi, in taking the first two, created the base for Nabeel's haul.  And mention, too, of a tremendous display in the field by Daayum, whose diving and stopping prevent at least another 15 or 16 in runs.  A top effort.  We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report

 

Representative squad selection [posted 09/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Forthill today in the third match in the CS T50 Blitz competition.

 

Back to winning ways in the West League Cup [posted 08/06/16]

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Weirs were the visitors this evening in the latest round of group stage matches in this year's West League Cup.  Batting first after winning the toss, the visitors from Newlands got off to the worst possible start, being three down [Ed: yes, that's three!] inside four balls, as Ghaff' tore through the top order.  From there the Albert Park men did well to post 103, with Shah's 40 (21), batting at ten, the main reason respectability was ensured.

Then in the run-chase, Jurie batted through for an unbeaten 164, with Dr Uzzi (12*) for company at the end as an eight-wicket win was secured, with more than six overs in hand.  We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).  Elsewhere in the competition, in the 'Loc's group, West of Scotland lost to Clydesdale. 

 

One win, one defeat in Tuesday's Evening League games [posted 07/06/16]

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The Panthers and Academy were both in Evening League action this evening, the latter with a win, and the former slipping to a loss.  At Shawholm the Academy likely felt they'd taken around seventeen Motherwell wickets as they eventually bowled out their opponents to secure a 16-run win, whilst at New Anniesland the Panthers lost by 61 runs chasing 190.  We've got the scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, and short reports (here and here).

 

Under 13s match cancelled [posted 05/06/16]

Unfortunately tomorrow's home Under 13s match against Kelburne is off, as Kelburne cannot raise a team. 

 

Double over West [posted 04/06/16]

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In two very close matches this afternoon, on both sides of the river, the club came out on top against West of Scotland.   At Shawholm, the 'Holmboys remained unbeaten in the league thus far with a 32-run win over Partick.  After being bowled out for 189 in only the 35th over, the side had Mushy to thank for defending their total, Mushy taking 6 for 43 as Partick were bowled out for 157.

Though not a big score, 189 was defendable, and getting there owed much to CJ's buntalicious 72 up-top, as well as Stouty's cameio 20.  Partick though must be ruing the 53 extras gifted to the 'Holmboys.  Talking of extras.....the 'Loc were again in generous mood over at Hamilton Crescent as they gifted West 34 in their host's eventual 239 all out (the last batter being dismissed on the last ball of their innings).  Pasty sneaked a late order "3-for", before then putting on a partnership of 118 with Jurie for the third wicket to set up the successful run-chase.  However - and rightly so - just as Mushy's "6-for" took the plaudits at Shawholm, so Jurie's eventual unbeaten [exactly a] run-a-ball 127 must do over at Hamilton Crescent.  After Pasty departed for 53, Jurie batted with the rest of the middle order as saw the side home for a good win, with thirteen balls to spare.  We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here). 

 

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Mixed fortunes in Friday night junior games [posted 03/06/16]

The Under 11s conceded eleven (!) wickets this evening in their defeat to Kilmarnock.  Despite scoring more runs - with both Andrew and Hassaan getting in to the 20s - than their opponents, with each wicket lost seeing 5 runs deducted under the "pairs cricket" scoring system, the side finished up on the losing side. 

There was, however, a comfortable win at New Anniesland for the Under 15s who beat Glasgow Accies by 117 runs, unbeaten half centuries for each of Sobo, Uzzair and Rambo.  We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

 

Team selections [posted 03/06/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png It's another busy few days of cricket action, starting this evening as Kilmarnock Under 11s travel to Shawholm on league duty, whilst the Under 15s go over the Clyde to New Anniesland to play Glasgow Accies.  Saturday also sees cross-river clashes as the club takes on West of Scotland in both Saturday league games: the 'Loc over at Hamilton Crescent, the 'Holmboys entertaining Partick.

Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability. 

 

Back to back cup losses [posted 02/06/16]

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The 'Loc suffered another disappointing cup defeat this evening, losing to Ferguslie by 62 runs in a match where, to be fair, they could've lost to almost anyone such was the poor first half display.  Having learned nothing it seems from 24 hours earlier, the side contrived to gift 44 in extras to the Meikleriggs batters, who actually need only to have stood with bats in the hands and pads on to have post north of three figures.  As it was Stafford (68*) also "made a score", albeit the 24 he bludgeoned from the last over from Aliyan made his strike-rate seem more flattering than it really was.  However he'd done his job, batted through, and protected the fragile middle and lower orders.  163 for 6 was a more than decent total and Ferguslie would have to,.....well they'd have to bowl and field like the 'Loc for there to be a chance of a home win.  But it wasn't to be, only 7 in extras coming the 'Loc's way in the second inningas, and though Carruthers and Harron Tahir took a bit of tap, their eight overs costing 70, the other bowlers more than made up for it and the 'Loc couldn't find a match-winner in their batting line-up.  

Defeat in the end by 62 runs then.  So that's 63 extras gifted in the space of 24 hours, in just over 34 overs [Ed: and not mentioning the over-throws!].  That's nearly 2-an-over and makes winning games just ever so slightly harder!  We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).

 

Highlights [posted 01/06/16]

We've got some highlight's from this evening's game against Clydesdale. 

 

Scotland A selections [posted 01/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their inclusions in the Scotland A squad to play Ireland A next week at Ayr's New Cambusdoon ground.  

 

Defeat in the West League Cup [posted 01/06/16]

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The 'Loc suffered their first defeat in the West League Cup tonight.....for over two years!  [Ed: apologies readers, that's pretty poor!]  The victors were the Dark Side who took their revenge after having lost over at Toytown three weeks ago.  Fielding a much stronger side, they were worthy winners on the night, easing past the 'Loc's 98 for 5 in the fifteenth over for the loss of just the two wickets.

We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).  Elsewhere in the competition, in the 'Loc's group, West of Scotland beat Weirs. 

  

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Bank Holiday tour match [posted 30/05/16]

The club hosted West Yorkshire club, Hebden Bridge, this afternoon in a 35-overs-a-side match.  Played in glorious sunshine, the match was the last in Hebden Bridge's mini-tour north of the border.  Batting first the tourists were bowled out for just 79, with the ten wickets falling being shared by seven of the eight home bowlers used by skipper, The Professor

 

The win was then secured - three down - with both Hunnain and CJ2 getting into double figures, the latter remaining unbeaten on 41.  We've got the scorecard online as well as updated Poloc XI statistics. 

 

Two wins in the sunshine [posted 30/05/16]

The Under 13s and Under 18s were both in action this evening, as the sun beat down on beautiful scenes at Bothwell Castle Policies and Shawholm respectively.  Over in Uddingston the Under 13s were invited to bowl first after Sobo lost the toss, and the side restricted their hosts to 45 for 9.  Standout performer for the 13s was Samir who took a "4-for", with Sobo helping himself to three catches fielding at short cover.  Then in the [brief] run-chase, the skipper raced to 35, retired, from just twelve deliveries, as the 13s knocked off the required 46 runs in just 4.1 overs.  Back in the southside the 18s were also enjoying a comfortable win, getting past Glasgow Accies in the first round of the Scottish Cup, winning by seven wickets.  Batting first, the visitors from over the river posted 74 for 6, with extras comfortably the top scorer.  CJ then led from the front in the run-chase, with an unbeaten run-a-ball 32, as the 18s reached the finish line inside thirteen overs.  We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

 

Representative squad selection [posted 29/05/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Forthill on Monday in the third match in the CS Pro50 Cup competition.

 

Stirling County come out on top in women's first home match of 2016 [posted 29/05/16]

The Poloc Women were in league action today, at Shawholm, and skipper Nicole Hanlon has sent us her reflections on the day.  Nicole writes, "The Poloc and Ayr ladies - AyrLoc for short! - faced Stirling County today; Poloc Women's first home match of the season.  And, the sun was shining to make it a great day for cricket!  After the toss AyrLoc were batting first, Stirling took three early wickets in the opening 5 minutes of the game!  But not to be rattled, AyrLoc were able to find their feet, and played much more consistent thereafter, including their two very new players who got in to bat.  With a number of boundary 4s scored, AyrLoc posted 43 points. in 12 overs.  Stirling County, certainly the stronger side, were also generous in getting as many of their players involved as they could.  Abby and Emily opened the bowling for AyrLoc in the second half, bowling really well in the first four overs.  They were followed by Gill and Karolina who also bowled good sets of overs.  But good as the bowling was it could stop the Stirling County batters reaching their target of 44 with plenty overs in hand.  The day was finished off with a friendly game, mixing the teams together, to play a 'pairs match." 

 

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Double Saturday success [posted 28/05/16]

Both the club's senior Saturday league sides recorded comfortable wins over their Weirs counterparts in the latest southside derbies.  At Shawholm the 'Holmboys won by six wickets, chasing just 49 to win.  Their low target was set up by Abhi' ("5-for") and Mushy ("4-for") tearing through the visitors' batting line up. 

Then, despite a brief scare when the top order collapsed to 15 for 3, the run-chase ended up being fairly routine.  Over in Newlands the match followed much the same pattern, Weirs being bowled out for just 70, thanks to Jurie ("4-for") and Beast ("3-for") [Ed: and five slip catches!].  Then, after Dr Uzzi holed out first ball in the reply, Pasty (54*) and Uzzair (14*) saw the side safely across the finish line, inside sixteen overs.  We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here). 

 

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Double Dark Side defeat [posted 27/05/16]

Both junior sides in action this evening were soundly beaten by their Clydesdale counterparts, and can have no complaints as in both matches the better side won.  At Toytown a very young and inexperienced Under 11 side lost by almost 100 runs, whilst at Shawholm the 15s fared little better ending up on the wrong side of a 46-run loss. 

Not much to write home about in either game on the individual performance side either, with maybe Nabeel Khan's (3-0-9-0) bowling figures in the Under 15 clash being worthy of a mention in whatever despatches are being sent.  We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

 

Team selections [posted 26/05/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png Tomorrow sees the start of the weekend cricket action, with the Under 11s and Under 15s both facing off with the Dark Side.  The 11s are at Toytown, and the 15s act as host.  Saturday sees another double-header, and more derbies, as the 'Loc travel to Newlands to play Weirs, whilst the 'Holmboys host Albert Park. 

Sunday then sees Poloc Women at home in National League action, against Stirling County, before Monday's three games: a Bank Holiday friendly against touring Hebden Bridge CC, and two junior games in the evening: the Under 13s and Under 18s both in action.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

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Match and practice off [posted 26/05/16]

The Rowan Cup match against Ferguslie is a weather victim this evening as persistent rain has put paid to any chance of play.  The two sides will try again next Thursday evening.  Tonight's senior practice is also off.

 

The 'Loc make it 2 and 0 in the West League Cup [posted 25/05/16]

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The 'Loc are still unbeaten in the group stages of this season's West League Cup after a hard-fought win over northsiders West of Scotland.  In the field first, a couple of poor overs combined with generally sloppy fielding, as well as positive batting from their visitors, saw the 'Loc have to chase 139 for the win. 

With Dr Uzzi leading from the front with 35 (21), the batters virtually all managed to contribute something to successfully chasing down the target with nine balls to spare.  We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).  Elsewhere in the competition, in the 'Loc's group, Weirs beat Clydesdale.

 

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Both Evening League teams lose narrowly [posted 24/05/16]

Both Evening League sides were in action tonight, but - unfortunately - both came up short in run-chases.  At Prestwick the Panthers fell 4 runs short chasing 120 to beat their hosts, whilst at Shawholm the Academy finished 8 runs shy of Kelburne's 138.  We've got the scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, and short reports (here and here).

 

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Under 13s start league campaign with a win [posted 23/05/16]

The Under 13s were in league action this evening, with the League Cup now behind them.  On a beautiful evening, Ayr were the visitors and in a tightly-contested affair it was the 'Loc youngsters who came out on top, winning by seven wickets in the nineteenth over.  There were retirement-inducing 30+'s from both Sobo and Abdul, with the bowling unit all getting through their overs well.

We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

 

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Academy record big win [posted 22/05/16]

The Academy side recorded a convincing win today in the sunshine at Shawholm, beating visitors Glasgow Accies by 232 runs in the Sunday League.  There was a century for CJ2 (110), whilst Owais contributed 61 and Aliyan a cameo unbeaten 37 from just 27 deliveries.  Then in reply Accies were bundled out for 48, with Ahmed-Raza and Aliyan both taking "3-fors".

We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

 

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Matches off [posted 21/05/16]

Both today's Saturday league matches were cancelled after heavy overnight, and early morning, rain left Shawholm and Hughenden unplayable.  Elsewhere, the matches between Stirling County and Greenock, Glasgow Accies and St. Michael's and Irvine and Renfrew were also off, leaving West of Scotland's game with Weirs at Hamilton Crescent that saw a home win.

 

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Matches off [posted 20/05/16]

Both tonight's junior matches have been cancelled because of wet grounds.

 

Team selections [posted 19/05/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png The weekend's cricket action - weather permitting - sees the Under 11s and Under 15s both in Friday night action, home to East Renfrewshire and away to the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined teams respectively.  The Saturday leagues games pit the 'Loc against Hillhead at home, with the 'Holmboys going to Hughenden.  

Sunday also had two scheduled league matches, with the Academy side hosting Glasgow Accies and the Panthers going to Albert Park.  However with the Weirs versus West of Scotland WU40 Cup tie still to be played, the Panthers' game has been postponed.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

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Match and practice off [posted 19/05/16]

Tonight's ECB Under 13 Cup match, at New Cambusdoon against Ayr, has been called off because of the weather.  Tonight's senior practice is also off.

 

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Practice and match off [posted 18/05/16]

Tonight's Under 13 and 15 coaching and practice is off with today's persistent heavy rain leaving the ground in an unsuitable condition for safe use unfortunately.  Also cancelled is this evening's PlayerReg West League Cup group stage tie at Albert Park against Weirs. 

 

Representative selections [posted 18/05/16]

Sohaib Shah's again been selected as Captain of one the three Under 14 Challenge Series teams, the Foxes.  Also selected for the Foxes' match against Sharks this weekend at Titwood is Dilina Loku Yaddehige.  Well done to both players.

 

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Match off [posted 17/05/16]

Tonight's Western Cup group stage match, at Shawholm against Glenpark, has been called off because of the weather.

 

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Under 13s fall at the semi-final stage [posted 16/05/16]

The Under 13s seemed to have caught the club's batting collapse bug, at least if tonight's horror show at Toytown is anything to go by!  Despite having beaten the opposition not much more than a week ago on Rebel Alliance turf, the raid on the Death Star proved fruitless as, batting first, the 13s were overrun in the early stages a were 19 for 7 at one point!  

Despite recovering to 79 all out, this was never going to be enough on the ground where the wide lines double for the boundary, and the white disks are in the car park!    And so it proved as Clydesdale cruised to an eight-wicket win and a cup final berth.  We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

 

Representative selections [posted 15/05/16]

Whilst the 'Loc were in Scottish Cup action today, the club had a number of its young players in Under 12 area squad and Under 14 Challenge Series action.  Sohaib Shah and Dilina Loku Yaddehige were selected to play in the Challenge Series, whilst James Cathcart, Hassaan and Samee Mehmood, and Ubaid-Raza Hanif were all in the South Glasgow area side.  And mention, too, of Nabeel Khan who, but for splitting his webbing last week, would have also been in inter-area action.  Looking in to next week, the club's also proud that Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah are both in the Scotland Development XI squad to face Durham CCC Academy at Uddingston's Bothwell Castle Policies ground.  Well done to all the players named.

 

The 'Loc lose by 3 wickets in the Scottish Cup [posted 15/05/16]

Though it is was largely another day to forget for the batters, with a sense of "Groundhog Day" being felt by those who'd seen yesterday's match in Dumfries and watched today's home Scottish Cup tie with Heriot's FP, the bowling unit partially restored pride, and there was a much better all-around fielding display, as the 'Loc succumbed to their Edinburgh visitors by 3 wickets.  The sense of déjà vu with the bat was even mirrored by individual scores.  Jurie raced out of the traps, passed 50, but would then hole out in the deep; Pasty looked in decent nick but got out cheaply, Owais came-and-went in a few balls and didn't bother the scorers; CJ2 got himself in, looked really good then had another brain-freeze to depart for a cameo; the middle order couldn't hang around; Aliyan went first ball; and there was a clatter of wickets to finish the innings: yesterday 144 for 3 to 176 all out, today 119 for 9 to 147 all out.  "Groundhog Day" indeed.  However, and this is the positive, the second half was much better.  Heriot's, though accepted not under scoreboard pressure given the low target, were never allowed to "get away".  Wickets continued to fall pretty much throughout the near-38 overs it took them to get to 148, and the energy and skills in the fielding effort were unrecognisable from the shambles of Kingholm 24 hours earlier.  From 53 gifted in extras yesterday, to just 10 today.  There were also genuinely good catches snaffoled by Jurie (caught and bowled), Adil (a steepler and a sharp chance at point), CJ2 (a low catch at mid-wicket and an over-the-shoulder skyer) and Uzzair (a ridiculous, coincidental coordinates-type one-hander at mid-wicket).  So positives, but oh for another 70 runs.  We've got the scorecard online (here), updated statistics, and a match report (here).  There are also photo's courtesy of Ali Maddock in the Gallery.

 

What a shocker! [posted 14/05/16]

A bad few days just got worse today down in Dumfries when, following on from back-to-back losses for the Under 15s, then Kingholm conceding today's match with the 'Holmboys to leave an empty ground on a glorious day, the 'Loc then decided to have a 'mare against St. Michael's that saw them lose by 36 runs.  But that cold stat' doesn't nearly do the scale of horrible'ness justice - in the field first, the side gifted no fewer than 53 [Ed: yes, you read it correctly, fifty-three, five - three!] in extras, before then - somehow, and like a ghost of seasons past, crumbling from 144 for 3 chasing 213 to win, to 176 all out with more than six overs unused.  Words fail your scribe.  Anyway, and despite typing under the influence of valium, we've got the scorecard online (here), updated statistics, and an 18-rated match report (here) that should only be read after the watershed!  

 

Kingholm concede [posted 13/05/16]

The club was told this evening that St. Michael's Kingholm XI would not be coming to Shawholm tomorrow - Saturday - being unable to fulfil the Reserve League fixture because it did not believe it could field a competitive-enough side.  Tomorrow's home senior Saturday league match is, therefore, off.

 

Back-to-back defeats [posted 13/05/16]

The Under 15s slumped to back-to-back defeats this evening, going down to Glasgow Accies just 24 hours after succumbing to Prestwick.  Tonight's loss was in the league - this season's opening fixture - and saw the 15s go down by six wickets.  Again batting first, and again failing to bat their overs, 91 all out was posted.  33 of the runs came from Sobo but he couldn't bat for more than a ball shy of eight overs and what had looked like being a "big one" became a cameo.  Big bro' Uzzair's 21 (twenty balls) was also in the cameo category, Uzzair similarly failing to capitalise on a good start.  Aside these two, only Abdul (10) got in to double figures.  Then, defending, the bowlers in the main did their jobs, with only Hassaan's figures looking a little ugly.  For Accies top-scorer Robinson batted all the way through for a gritty 28 (47), a knock given support by Abdul [Ed: yes, that Abdul!] whose 14 byes made him - comfortably - Accies' second highest scorer.  In fact no fewer than 29 of the eventual 93-run total scored by Accies were extras.  Sigh.  We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

 

Team selections [posted 12/05/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png The cricket keeps coming think and fast.  After five matches already this week, the weekend starts with Friday-night Under 15s' action, the club hosting Glasgow Accies.  Saturday's two senior matches are home and away against St. Michael's, the 'Holmboys at home.  Then Sunday sees Heriot's FP visit in the Scottish Cup.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

The Under 15s are knocked out [posted 12/05/16]

ECB_age_group_cups_logo_2016 The Under 15s' season started on another glorious early May evening, tonight.  Prestwick were the visitors in the ECB Cup, and in a game that was probably more competitive than the eventual margin of victory suggests, the 'Loc went down by nine wickets.  Batting first the youngsters were bowled out for 87, and the visitors from the seaside reached their target inside twelve overs.  So, why - you say - could it be categorised at all as "competitive"?  Well, in the main, because though the lower middle order and tail didn't really muster many runs, three of the top four arguably got "starts".  Then, with the ball, Uzzair, in particular, gave the Prestwick openers some nervous moments early on.  But as it was, the breakthrough never came, and once "in", Cole and Rao then scored freely and secured the win for their side.  We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report

 

Representative selections [posted 12/05/16]

Sohaib Shah's been selected as Captain of one the three Under 14 Challenge Series teams, the Foxes.  Also selected for the Foxes is Dilina Loku Yaddehige.  Well done to both players.  The Foxes take on the Eagles this Sunday in the first of this season's Challenge Series matches. Also in recent representative team action was Uzzair Shah, who was part of the Western Warriors Under 15 side that defeated Eastern Knights at New Williamfield last Sunday.

 

The 'Loc stutter across the line after first-half fireworks [posted 11/05/16]

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The 'Loc maintained their unbeaten start to the season,.....but only just in the end.  If the first innings - that saw 154 for 2 posted thanks to an impressive knock of 96 not out by Jurie, that included six 6s and six 4s - was the sublime, then the second innings' display in the field was the ridiculous!  Runs were [Ed: quite literally at times!] thrown away, catches were grassed and concentration and energy both seemed lacking, along with an ability to execute the basic processes!

But, and only just, it wouldn't ultimately cost the side the group stage win points as they snuck home by 12 runs.  Aside Jurie's onslaught there was a 108-run partnership between him Pasty - the latter's contribution a near-run-a-ball 28.  Then amidst the under-par fielding performance there were some second highlights, notably Aliyan's 4-0-15-3, catch and direct-hit run out.  Beast, too, bowled tidily, his 4-0-30-1 seeing him take his tenth competitive wicket of the season already.  We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).

 

Both Saturday sides still unbeaten [posted 07/05/16]

It was a second consecutive double-win Saturday today as, first, the 'Holmboys ran out comprehensive winners at Glenpark where, after bowling out their hosts for just 45, raced to the win - without the loss of a wicket - in just five overs.  Openers Sobo and Uzzi made light work of the run-chase, their low target having been set up by a clinical display from the bowlers.  Abhi' led from the front with a "5-for" [ed: to get on the Honours Board], and Mushy chipped in with four.  Meanwhile back at Shawholm, the 'Loc were eventual 93-run victors over Greenock, "eventual" in as much as at 27 for 8 in reply to the 'Loc's 217 all out, it looked like the margin of victory would be much greater.  However a dogged rear-guard action by Jonathan Hempsey (46) and Greg McDougall (14*) put on 90 for the eighth wicket to see the Clydesiders' total up to 124.  Ghaff' with a "6-for" also gets his name on the Honours Board, and opening partner Ihty returned figures of 6-1-8-4 to record equally impressive bowling figures.  The target of 218 had been set courtesy of an unbeaten 74 from Pasty, aided by a second consecutive half century from Jurie.  So two good wins, and both sides remain unbeaten thus far in their respective league campaigns.  We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, match reports (here and here), and match photo's from both matches, courtesy of Ali Maddock, in the Gallery. 

 

Under 11 match conceded [posted 06/05/16]

Unfortunately this evening's opening Under 11 League match against Irvine has been cancelled, conceded by the Ayrshire club. 

 

Representative squad selection [posted 05/05/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Titwood on Sunday in the first match in the new CS T20 Blitz competition.

 

The Under 13s progress in the cup [posted 05/05/16]

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The Under 13s got their first round ECB Cup tie with Clydesdale played this evening, this after last night's original scheduling of the match saw the game start but get rained off.  In much better conditions, the 'Loc youngsters batted first and posted 94 for 5, Sobo top-scoring with an unbeaten 30.  Also in double figures were Abdul (16) and Zakir (10). 

 

The side then managed to defend their total, sneaking home by 7 runs as they restricted the Dark Side batters to 87 for 9 in this the first the usual plethora of Rebel Alliance versus Empire clashes of the season.  We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report

 

Team selections [posted 05/05/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png It's a busy weekend of cricket with the Under 11s starting things off as their league campaign kicks off down at Irvine.  Saturday then sees home-and-away fixtures against Greenock, with the 'Loc at home and the 'Holmboys on the road.  Sunday's home WU40 Cup tie against Helensburgh then finishes things off.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

Derby abandoned [posted 04/05/16]

Tonight's Under 13 ECB Cup derby clash with Clydesdale lasted just 3.3 overs as persistent rain won the day.  Batting first the 'Loc openers - Sobo and Abdul - had looked reasonably comfortable and had taken the score on to 20 without loss, but the good start would count for nowt and so they'll have to do it all again.....tomorrow! 

 

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Match off [posted 03/05/16]

Tonight's Western Cup group stage match, at Titwood, has been called off because of the weather.

 

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Practice and match off [posted 02/05/16]

Tonight's Under 11 coaching and practice is off with today's persistent heavy showers and the overnight heavy rain leaving the ground in an unsuitable condition for safe use unfortunately.  Also cancelled is this evening's Under 13 League Cup tie at The Tryst against Stenhousemuir.

 

Sunday matches cancelled [posted 01/05/16]

Both scheduled Sunday matches were cancelled today.  The home WU40 Cup first round match against Helensburgh was rained off, whilst the Academy's opening Sunday League match against Hillhead had been conceded by the Hughenden club earlier in the week.

 

April

 

Saturday double on matchday one [posted 30/04/16]

Today saw the start of a new league campaign for both senior Saturday sides.  The opposition for both was Renfrew.  At King George V Playing Field, the 'Loc posted an impressive 280 for 3 batting first, with Pasty top-scoring with an unbeaten 99, and Jurie and CJ2 making 72 and 60 not out, respectively, on their competitive 'Loc debuts.  Then in the second innings, Beast - with a "4-for" - was the main wicket-taker, as seven bowlers rolled their arms over in dismissing the hosts for 104.  At Shawholm, the 'Holmboys made sure it would be a Saturday winning double for the club as, after posting 208 for 7 batting first, they then restricted Deanpark to just 129 for 7 in the second innings.  For the 'Holmboys there were contributions with bat from Wajid (36), Dr Uzzi (32), Nomi (22) and Crazy Horse (22*).  Then in the Deanpark reply there was a brace of wickets each for Abhi', Roberto and Hunnain.  We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, match reports (here and here), and match photo's from both matches, courtesy of Ali Maddock, in the Gallery. 

 

Team selections [posted 28/04/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png Saturday is the opening weekend of a new league campaign for both senior Saturday teams.  The 'Loc travel to Renfrew, whilst the 'Holmboys entertain the Deanpark XI.  Then, on Sunday, there's a home WU40 Cup match against Helensburgh scheduled.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

Kilmarnock CC and St. Michael's CC [posted 28/04/16]

The WDCU intimated to clubs last night that Kilmarnock CC's place in the CSL Western First Division is being taken by St. Michael's, who will take over Kilmarnock CC's places in the league fixture schedule.  The website's been updated accordingly. 

 

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Eric Lane Memorial Trophy success [posted 24/04/16]

Sunday saw a third weekend senior pre-season fixture played, this time the annual Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match against Uddingston.  This year at Bothwell Castle Policies, the match saw the 'Loc record a third weekend win, defeating their hosts by 30 runs, defending 230 having opted to bat first.  There were runs for Adil (50), Beast (47), CJ2 (38) and Aliyan (35) in the first innings, before the seven bowlers used successfully combined to defend the 230 posted.  CJ2 took a "3-for", whilst skipper-for-the-day Beast (pictured left receiving the trophy) and The Enforcer grabbed a brace each.  So another good workout at an immaculately presented BCP as usual, today's win coming against a strong home side who likely feared a more one-sided encounter when they saw the 'Loc line-up.  We've today's scorecard online, and updated statistics, as well as a match report.

 

Double Saturday delight [posted 23/04/16]

Two senior Saturday XIs took to the field today as home and away pre-season 40-overs-a-side fixtures against Prestwick were played.  And the good news is there were two wins.  At the Henry Thow Oval, after posting 193, a Shawholm XI bowled out their hosts for 89 with Robster grabbing himself an opening day "4-for".  In the first innings, CJ had got the side off to a flyer with a quick-fire 57 that included six 4s and a maximum, before Uzzi (36) and Uwais (40) on his club debut made meaningful contributions down the order.  In the home game there was a last over win for a Poloc XI, defeating their Prestwick XI visitors by six wickets with a ball to spare.  After their visitors had - like the Shawholm XI had, at Prestwick - posted 193 [for 5] batting first, the successful run-chase saw contributions from CJ2 (65*), Owais (56), Stouty (20) and Uzzair (20).  In that first innings Adil, also on debut, had the standout bowling figures, returning 5-1-7-0 opening from the Cart End.  Mushy's 5-1-12-0 was also a good return on a chilly day for the side in the field.  We've scorecards online, the first statistics of the new season, match reports (here and here), and match photo's courtesy of Ali Maddock in the Gallery.

 

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Western Warriors Pro Team selections [posted 22/04/16]

Congratulations to Owais Shah and Craig Young on their selections in the thirteen-player Western Warriors Pro Team squad to play against the Eastern Knights in Edinburgh this Sunday at The Grange.  The match is the first in the new CS Pro50 Cup competition.  Well done, too, to Craig on being named Captain for this match.

 

More information on the new senior inter-regional structure - comprising the CS Pro50 Cup and CS T20 Blitz, can be found on the Cricket Scotland website, here.

 

Change to league fixtures [posted 22/04/16]

The WDCU announced today that Hillhead CC have replaced St. Michael's CC in the divisions in which the club's two Saturday sides play.  The reasoning behind this can be read on the WDCU website.  The fixtures online here have been amended accordingly.

 

Team selections [posted 22/04/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png Saturday sees two pre-season friendlies against Prestwick CC, with a Poloc XI at home and a Shawholm XI down on the coast.  Then Sunday sees the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match against Uddingston, this year at Bothwell Castle Policies.  Teams for both remaining matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

Owais Shah in Scotland A action [posted 19/04/16]

Scotland A took on Durham CCC today on day one of three-day match, a match that saw Owais Shah, still just 16, make his debut at this level.  And it turned out to be a baptism of fire as an early wicket saw Owais, batting at three, out in the middle in the first over.  He dug in to make 10 as a flurry of wickets fell at the other end, before being fifth out with the socre on just 37.  Scotland A would eventually post 157 in their first innings, before the home side's top order blasted their way to 395 for 1 by the close of play, Phil Mustard smacking 166 from just 131 balls, and fellow opener Clark also getting to three figures.  The scorecard's online on Total Cricket Scorer, and there's video of the day's play on YouTube

 

Sunday match off too [posted 17/04/16]

Unfortunately the final remaining weekend pre-season match - away to Grange CC - was beaten by the weather too, overnight raining preventing the game going ahead.

 

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Matches off [posted 15/04/16]

Both of Saturday's pre-season friendlies against Prestwick CC - home and away - are, unfortunately, now cancelled, with both grounds not yet playable after the recent poor weather.  There is, however, still a chance that Sunday's Poloc XI pre-season match away to a Grange XI remains on. 

 

Scotland A selection [posted 15/04/16]

Congratulations to Owais Shah on his selection in the Scotland A squad to take on Durham CCC's 2nd XI at the Emirates Riverside in a three-day match next week.  The full squad can be seen online, here, on the Cricket Scotland website.

 

Team selections [posted 14/04/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png Saturday's home pre-season friendly against Prestwick CC's St. Ninian's XI is, unfortunately, cancelled, with the Shawholm square not yet playable after another wet week.  There is, however, still a chance the Poloc XI match at Henry Thow Oval against a Prestwick XI goes ahead.  Similarly, Sunday's friendly away to a Grange XI remains on.

Teams for both remaining matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

Senior outdoor training [posted 13/04/16]

Our outdoor training starts tomorrow evening - Thursday - at the club, with a 6.30pm start.  With the weather still pretty cold, players should wrap up well and be prepared to run around a bit!  If they are dry enough for safe use we'll make use of the all-weather astro-turf net bays, and do some fitness and fielding.  Thereafter senior training will be every Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 6.30pm.  If players want to come earlier and "have a hit" in the net bays that's fine, but organised sessions will start promptly at 6.30pm.  And for those still to do so - remember that your membership subscriptions are now due.....overdue in fact! 

 

Abtaha in Scotland action [posted 10/04/16]

The first real action of a new season was played today, with Scotland Women Under 17 taking on a Scottish Students women's side at Peffermill in Edinburgh today.  In action for the Wildcats Under 17s was Abtaha Maqsood.  Batting first, the students posted 131 in what was a scheduled 35-overs-a-side match, Abataha taking the first two opposition wickets to fall.  Then, in the run-chase, Abtaha opened the batting for the Wildcats, putting on 25 for the first wicket with Prestwick CC's 'keeper|batter Ellen Watson, before holing out at mid-wicket.  As wickets continued to fall at regular intervals thereafter, it was the student side who ran out eventual winners.  Well done to Abtaha on another appearance for the national Under 17 side, and good to get a game and a new season started. 

 

Ground clear-up/set-up day [posted 09/04/16]

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the ground today to help with preparations for the new season.  Over twenty members (see below) put in a good shift and as a result the screens are now in place, the covers are ready to go, the 'board has its scoring units back in place, the all-weather practice net bays look the business, the square's been measured and marked and there's not a twig to be found on the outfield.  With the week leading up to the day having seen pretty heavy rain it was good to see the place beginning to dry out, and groundsman Scott McCutcheon's efforts were there for everyone to see.  The outfield was also completely scarified on Friday and so - if the weather holds - there might just be a chance of play next weekend. 

 

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A mention too of Kenneth Robertson' sterling efforts over the school Easter holidays thus far in attending to a myriad of jobs in the clubhouse and house, including starting on the removal of the old lockers in what was the gents tennis changing room.  A big thank you to Kenneth for his hard work. 

 

Poloc Women's fixtures [posted 09/04/16]

The league, friendly and festival fixtures for the 2016 Poloc Women's season are now online.  In an exciting development the league campaign is bolstered with a series of festivals taking part over the course of the season.  Poloc Women will host one of these on the 24th of July which adds to their recruitment BBQ initiative that's scheduled for the 22nd of May.  

 

Ground clear-up/set-up day [posted 06/04/16]

We're looking for members' help this Saturday - the 9th - between 2pm and 4pm, to do some work at the ground.  Sightscreens need put in to their positions, covers and hoses need putting on to mobile covers frames, etc.  As they say: many hands make lite work!  Please don't leave it to others - 2pm for two hours - be there!  

 

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Welcome CJ! [posted 06/04/16]

We're pleased to say that 2016 "Overseas Amateur", CJ Van der Walt, arrived safely in Glasgow today, hot-foot from a long flight from his home in South Africa, and after a brief "hiccup" coming through Passport Control!   

 

More about CJ, who will be around the club from next week, after a short time spent in Ireland where he's visiting friends, can be found on the Overseas players page.  Welcome!

 

Sunday League matches [posted 04/04/16]

The WDCU has released the Sunday League fixtures for the new season and these can be seen in the global fixture schedule as well as on the Poloc Panthers and Poloc Academy pages.

 

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Overseas players, 2016 [posted 02/04/16]

The club's pleased to formally announce the names of its two overseas players for the upcoming season.  22 year old South African Jurie Snyman (pictured left) and fellow countryman, nineteen year old CJ Van der Walt (pictured right), both come to the club for the first time. 

 

Both are also top-order batters, both play at Easterns Cricket.  The duo will be arriving in Glasgow, separately, over the next few weeks. 

Despite his relatively young age, this will not be left-handed Jurie's first spell in the UK having played in the Derbyshire Premier League last season where he amassed 1,178 runs at an average of over 51.  His recent form in domestic First Class and List A cricket is also good having scored a century (144 versus Namibia) and two half centuries since the start of March.  CJ similarly comes in good form and having gained invaluable experience over the recent South African domestic season as part of the Easterns Under 19 side.  More about the duo can be found on the Overseas players page.

 

Poloc women, 2016 [posted 01/04/16]

Nicole Hanlon writes, "The Poloc and Ayr ladies teams would like to share the exciting news that for the 2016 season the two teams will be coming together to play as one.  This will support both clubs to field a full team and have a great summer of cricket, while supporting each other in the development of their respective teams." 

  

"Thriving clubs programme" [posted 01/04/16]

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The club was delighted to learn today that its application to participate in Cricket Scotland's "Thriving clubs programme" has been accepted.  In his email to David James who's leading the club's interest in the programme, Cricket Scotland's Head of Participation Ian Sandbrook writes, "I am pleased to inform you that Poloc CC has been selected to enter into the next phase of Cricket Scotland's 'Thriving clubs programme".

"As you know, the objective of the programme is to help clubs become more vibrant, visible and viable community clubs.  We hope that with the support of Sports Marketing Network we can help you on this journey."  The first steps in the programme will see the appointments of a "Social Media Champion" and a "Young Cricket Ambassador", who will attend a workshop delivered by Sports Marketing Network and Cricket Scotland, followed by a visit from Sports Marketing Network's Svend Elkjaer to the club.

 

Junior registration, 2016 [posted 01/04/16]

We've made registering as a junior for the coming season really easy this year!  In the past we've posted out, or emailed, forms to be printed off and filled in.  To make things easier, and save money and use less paper, we've now got a secure online registration webform that can be completed.  You can find it here.  All parents or responsible adulst for juniors are asked to complete the online registration for the new season as soon as possible.  Updating our records ensures we have current contact and other information for our young players.  Please, thereafter, pay your subscription for 2016.  We're pleased to be able to have frozen our junior membership subscriptions for yet another year, with the usual discount for siblings.  The easiest way to pay subscriptions is using a debit or credit card, via the online PayPal function.  Remember you don't need a PayPal account, only a debit or credit card. 

 

March

 

Rowan Cup draw [posted 29/03/16]

The Rowan Cup draw was made yesterday and saw the club handed a home first round tie against Ferguslie, to be played on 26 May 2016. 

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 25/03/16]

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The twentieth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Cup draws and Evening League fixtures [posted 18/03/16]

The WDCU has released the draws for the Greenwood Trophy and Western Cup, as well as the Evening League fixtures.  All are now online and can be seen on the respective team pages. 

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 18/03/16]

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The nineteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 20th of March 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Annual membership subscriptions [posted 15/03/16]

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Last week's AGM approved the annual subscription rates for 2016 and these can now be paid, with subscription notices being sent out to members by Secretary Keith Sheridan.  Paying subscriptions as soon as possible is helpful to the club, particularly in the off-season months when - as with most clubs - cash flow is tightest.

 

To assist with paying subscriptions the club offers paying by credit or debit card using a secure PayPal facility.  To use this facility, simply click on the Pay subscriptions page link in the left-hand menu list and follow the instructions on the page this takes you to. 

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 14/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, continue tomorrow night.  Tomorrow's session is at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

Cup draws [posted 14/03/16]

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The draw for the group stage matches in this season's PlayerReg West League Cup has been published and sees these games played on six consecutive Wednesdays starting on the 11th of May.  First up for the 'Loc is a trip to Toytown and a derby clash with the Dark Side.  Also made was the first round draw for the WU40 Cup, with the 'Loc landing a home tie against Helensburgh CC.  Both draws can been seen online.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 11/03/16]

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The eighteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

AGM [posted 09/03/16]

The club's AGM was held this evening in the clubhouse.  Along with the items on the Agenda, there was wide-ranging discussion on a number of other matters.  The election of office bearers and committee members saw David James assume the Treasurer's role, succeeding Stephen Brown who steps down after what was estimated to be a quarter of a century of service on committes, and in the roles of President and Treasurer.  Stephen's huge commitment to the club was rightly acknowledged by a number of speakers at the meeting: his service being an example for all members to aspire to.  Also elected to the General Committee were Abhishek Bhatia, Grant Cathcart, Lewis James and Hazel Telford.  Membership subscription rates for 2016 were also agreed, with changes being made to the Student Membership rate (increased by £10), and the New Member's rate (also increased, and now representing a discount of a third on normal Full Member rate).  Having now been agreed by the membership, subscriptions are now due.  These can be paid online, by debit or credit card, by using the club's website PayPal facility - click here.

 

Facebook [posted 09/03/16]

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Adding to the club's existing extensive social media platforms, we're delighted we're now also up-and-running on Facebook.  Ali Maddock's administering this new web presence.  Click on the link to see how the page is coming on, and join the discussion.  As ever however please be careful what you post online, and registered players in particular are reminded about their responsibilities under the WDCU's Code of Conduct.  A zero tolerance approach will be adopted to members bringing either the club or the game into disrepute online.  That all said now: go, enjoy!

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 07/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, continue tomorrow night.  Tomorrow's session is at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 04/03/16]

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The seventeenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 6th of March 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 01/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, starts tonight.  The sessions are at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

February

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 27/02/16]

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The sixteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Uzzair Shah [posted 23/02/16]

Congratulations to Under 15 player Uzzair Shah on his invitation to, and attendance at, the recent Scotland Under 15 development day at the National Cricket Academy in Edinburgh.  Held on Sunday the 21st, the session was the first of a couple of assessment days for the country's most promising Under 15 players - well done to Uzzair.

 

Cricket Scotland Under 18 Scottish Cup draw [posted 22/02/16]

The draw for the 2016 Under 18 Scottish Cup was made this morning, and the 'Loc have been given a home tie against Glasgow Accies.  The full draw can be found online.

 

Cricket Scotland Under 13 and 15 Scottish Cup draws [posted 18/02/16]

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Hot on the heels of the ECB Cup draws, the draws for the Under 13 and Under 15 Scottish Cup were made today too.  The Under 13 draw saw the 'Loc given another home cup tie against the Dark Side.  And in the Under 15 competition, the draw threw up a trip to Ayr.   The full draws can be found online.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 17/02/16]

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The fifteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 21st of February 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

  

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NatWest ECB Under 13 and 15 cup draws [posted 16/02/16]

The draws for both the Under 13 and Under 15 ECB Cups were made this morning.  In the older - under 15 - age-group the 'Loc will host Prestwick in round one, with the winner entertaining Clydesdale in the quarter-final.  And in the Under 13 draw, the 'Loc were handed another home tie, this time against Clydesdale.  The full draws can be found online

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 12/02/16]

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The fourteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 10/02/16]

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All three Poloc players played in Scotland Under 19s' final ICC U19 CWC match this morning, against Ireland.  In an eventual 95-run defeat, Adil Ghaffar returned figures of 3 for 49 in his ten overs, whilst Ihtisham Malik's six overs saw him take 1 for 17, as Ireland posted 235.  Then, in the Scots' reply, Owais Shah, batting at three again, got to double figures before departing caught and bowled.  The scorecard of the match is online here.  The boys travel back to Glasgow tomorrow.  We've tried to keep tabs on how they've been getting on over the course of the tournament and have pulled together a selection of the photo's that've appeared online - you can see these in the Gallery.

 

Junior fixtures [posted 09/02/16]

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The WDJCU has published league and cup fixtures for season 2016, and these can be seen in the various age-group sub-sections of the Junior section of the website. 

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 08/02/16]

Owais Shah featured in the Scotland Under 19 side that won through to an 11th/12th place play off against Ireland later in the week with a win over Fiji at the ICC U19 CWC early this morning.  Batting first Scotland posted 225, with Owais scoring 39 batting at three, a total that proved enough as Fiji were bowled out for 149.  Adil Ghaffar and Ihtisham Malik, both part of the squad, sat out this morning's match.  The scorecard of the match is online here.

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 04/02/16]

Scotland Under 19s lost to New Zealand , over-night, in the quarter-final of the Plate competition at the ICC U19 CWC in Bangladesh.  Owais Shah top-scored for the side as they posted 181 for 9 in their 50 overs, a total the Kiwis passed with some ease, three down, in 27 overs.  Adil Ghaffar returned figures of 0 for 26 in the second innings, with Ihtisham Malik sitting out the match.  Next up in the competition for Scotland is the loser of the Afghanistan versus Fiji match.  The scorecard of the New Zealand match is online here.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 04/02/16]

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The thirteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 7th of February 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 02/02/16]

It was another "tough day at the office" for Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah as Scotland Under 19s went down to South Africa by ten wickets in the third and final group stage match at the ICC U19 CWC being held in Bangladesh.  The defeat leaves the side to take on New Zealand in the Plate quarter-final on Thursday, another good challenge for the squad, and one that Adil, Owais and Ihtisham Malik will be looking forward to.  The scorecard of the South Africa match is online here.

 

January

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 31/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah were again in the Scotland Under 19 side that was in overnight ICC U19 CWC action - this time up againast hosts Bangladesh.  In the field first, Adil took 4 for 60 as Scotland restricted Bangladesh to 256 in their 50 overs.  In their reply, the Scots were eventually bowled out for 142, with Adil the not out batter, and Owais being - unfortunately - run out without scoring, or facing a ball!  The scorecard's online here.  Ihtisham Malik was again one of the unlucky squad members that sat out lthe match.  The three Poloc players now look foward to the final group stage match against South Africa.

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 29/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah featured in the overnight defeat for Scotland Under 19s - to Namibia - in the ICC U19 CWC being held in Bangladesh.  Batting first, the side scored 159, with Owais top-scoring, batting at three, with 39, and Adil chipping in with 16 as last man.  Namibia then chased down their target for the loss of just the one wicket, Adil opening bowling and returning 0 for 23 in his spell.  The scorecard's online here.  Ihtisham Malik sat out last night's match.  All three Poloc players now look foward to the next group stage match, against hosts Bangladesh on Sunday.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 29/01/16]

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The twelfth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

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Adil and Owais in action [posted 22/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah were in ICC U19 CWC warm-up action today, taking on the West Indies in Bangladesh in the run-up to the start of the competition proper.  Batting first, the West Indies racked up a prety challenging 342 for 4, in their 50 overs, with Adil returning figures of 0 for 51 in his eight overs, opening the bowling.  Owais, batting at three, then scored 55 (82 balls), adding 98 in partnership with Ben Wilkinson for the third wicket.  The scorecard's online here.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 22/01/16]

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The eleventh indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 24th of January 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Saturday league fixtures released for season 2016 [posted 22/01/16]

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The WDCU has, this morning, published season 2016's Saturday league fixtures.  The fixture scheduling sees the 'Loc open their league campaign with home and away matches against Renfrew - the 'Loc travel to King George V Playing Fields, and the 'Holmboys entertain Deanpark at home.  The full fixture lists can be found online here and here.

 

Scottish Cup draw [posted 21/01/16] 

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The draw for this season's Scottish Cup was made his evening.  Again being played on a straight knockout basis, the draw saw the 'Loc drawn home to Edinburgh club Heriot's in round one.

 

Pre-season matches [posted 14/01/16]

With the turn of the year, thoughts start to turn to a new cricket season, and in this regard we have arranged for five pre-season fixtures.  Starting on 16 and 23 April, the fixtures will see two senior teams taking on Prestwick, home and away, on both Saturdays.  Then, on Sunday the 24th, the annual Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match with Uddingston will be played.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 13/01/16]

Additional indoor practice sessions, for senior players, have been booked.  The sessions, starting on the first Tuesday in March, are at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 13/01/16]

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The tenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

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ECB Cups, 2016 [posted 12/01/16]

The club's entered both age-group ECB Cup competitions open to it in season 2016 - at Under 13and 15 age groups.

 

These cup competitions see the early rounds being played locally, and the draws will be made in early February. 

 

Tom Robertson - funeral [posted 05/01/16]

The funeral of Tom Robertson will take place on Tuesday the 12th of January, at 10am, at Linn Crematorium in Glasgow.

 

Tom Robertson [posted 03/01/16]

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The club was saddened to learn today, that Tom Robertson passed away this morning after a short illness.  Tom joined Poloc in 1965 and played for the 1st XI for a number of years, captaining from 1973 to 1977.  He played in the Western Union-winning teams in 1981 and 1983, and the Scottish Cup winning side of 1984.  In all games he took 677 wickets and scored 5,901 runs.  TBR, as most referred to Tom as, was also President of the club during one of its most successful times in the early '80's, for many years acted as Junior Convenor, and was Special Efforts Convenor running the Burns Supper, fêtes, barbecues and dances.

A fine after-dinner speaker, Tom had a very quick, and wicked, sense of humour which many members will remember.  Despite suffering in recent years following a severe stroke he still wanted to know how Poloc were doing, and was delighted when they won.  He will be sadly missed.  Our sympathies are with his wife, Avril, son, Kenneth and daughter, Lynsey, as well as the wider family at this sad time.  Funeral arrangements will be posted later.