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Indoor coaching and practice [posted 22/10/15]
Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).
Cliff Duncan [posted 10/10/15]
The club was saddened to hear of the passing of former member Cliff Duncan. Here, Gordon Kennedy remembers Cliff. "Cliff Duncan or 'The Demon' as he was universally known at Poloc, joined in the early '80s. Originally from Kintore, he moved to Glasgow with work and initially joined Thornliebank CC. He heard about Poloc when my wife was talking to his wife, when they were both with the Commercial Union. He moved to Poloc and became a very popular member of the club. He played during one of the most successful periods for the club, an all-rounder he mainly played for the 2nd XI playing in two Championship winning teams, in 1981 and 1983. He also played, on occasion, for the 1sy XI, mainly for his bowling and featured in the side that won the John Haig Regional Final in 1982, subsequently playing at Southport in the next round of the competition. Cliff also went on a number of memorable club tours to places like Newcastle and Blackpool, and anyone who was on these tours will have fond memories of him. He was a member of the golf section and was also a Shawholm Shanker. Cliff moved back to the family home in Keith a number of years ago, and our thoughts, at this sad time, are with his wife Karin and daughter Claire."
Dads versus Lads and Lasses [posted 20/09/15]
In the second innings Brian's unbeaten wasn't quite enough as he ran out of partners and the Dads finished on 142. Imran with 22, including a beautiful "pick-up 6" off Ihty, was the only other batter getting past 20.
Aside the bare bones of the result, the match threw up its usual intra-family rivalries with the protocols of first-ball free-hits and parents and children having to bowl to each being respected. The results of this saw DJ dismiss CJ, Maqsood claim Abtaha's wicket and Youngy get rid of Pasty in the first innings, before Rosco stumped Dave, Uzzair ran out Anjii, Ihty cleaned up Imran and Abtaha had Maqsood stumped in the second. However the intra-family competition wasn't restricted to wicket-taking with Pasty tonking Youngy for a maximum, Imran despatching Ihty over the ropes as already mention, and Brian bunting Joe for a straight 6! All made for interesting supper-time discussions we suspect.
But in the end it was a 5-run win for the Lads and Lasses, and - as usual - good fun. Thanks to DJ for organising, to Ronnie and Malcolm for officiating, and to Eilidh, Frances and Andrea for catering.
Under 11 League champions [posted 18/09/15]
Though there was frustration at last weekend's cancellation of the Under 11 Finals Day, the good news is that the WDJCU has decided to have joint league winners, the club sharing the title with Glasgow Accies CC. Both clubs won their respective league sections, neither losing a match. So congratulations to the Under 11s, and once we've managed to get hold of the trophy for a bit then a photo' opportunity will be arranged with all the players who've played for the Under 11s this season.
Evening League winners [posted 15/09/15]
The WDCU has confirmed, today, that the Poloc Academy side has won their Evening League division. The side were unbeaten in the five matches that they completed in a season that was, as everyone's aware, blighted by particularly poor weather. Well done to the Academy side nonetheless, and this league title adds to the other on-field successes achieved by the club's teams this season.
Rained off! [posted 12/09/15]
The Under 11s were left frustrated today as rain caused the cancellation of their Finals Day.
Weekend action [posted 11/09/15]
Weather-permitting (!) the weekend sees two of the club's junior sides in finals day action. Both days' action is at "Titwood", with Sunday seeing the held over final of the 2014 Frank Smith Trophy, Clydesdale the opposition, whilst Saturday is Under 11 Finals Day and the 11s take on Greenock in the first semi-final.
Under 15s win on the road [posted 04/09/15]
Expensive drop! [posted 02/09/15]
Panthers win the return T20 [posted 01/09/15]
The Panthers were in midweek T20 action again this evening, playing West of Scotland in the return leg of their somewhat gradiosely titled "bi-series"! Winning the toss, the side were in the field first and quickly got in amongst the wickets. The total had reached just 6 when Ihty made the breakthrough, cleaning up Greene. Another 6 were then added by Choudri and Ashworth before the latter became Ihty's second scalp, Beast holding on to the catch at short extra cover. And so it continued: wickets falling at regular intervals as eight bowlers were used. No fewer than four others grabbed a wicket, with the seventh coming courtesy of a run out, a smart pick up and direct hit at the striker's end, from mid-on, by Ali. Top stuff. It was fifteen-overs-a-side and when the last ball had been bowled the Panthers' hosts had made 62 for 7. 63 to win. Abid and CJ opened, but were soon parted, the former being adjudged LBW despite his front pad being nearer the bowler's end than the striker's end! Ouchay! This brought Ali in, but he departed ball one to get Mckechnie on a hat-trick. And Shankar would face the hat-trick ball, calmy defending it back down the track. 8 for 2 at this stage. 33 were added for the third Panthers wicket between Shankar and CJ, only a run out seeing them separated, and CJ back "in the hutch". Shankar however was still in, and going well. He'd end up not out at the end having bunted 33 from just 21 deliveries. At the other end Abdullah (10) was a partner for Shankar for a bit, before Beast (8*) came in and hit a 2 followed by a straight maximum to see the side over the line in just the eighth over. A win by six wickets, and good fun in the gathering gloom. Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
Not again! [posted 31/08/15]
Semi-final defeat for the Under 18s [posted 30/08/15]
However the 18s likely thought they'd let their hosts off the hook having had them 43 for 3 in the tenth over. The run-chase then got off to the worst possible start as Owais tried pulling the third ball he faced and was caught for a duck. And when Beast was run out for just 2, the pressure was on the other batters. Unfortunately the pressure told, and despite 34 (37 balls) from CJ, the side ran out of overs finishing 99 for 7 to lose by those 34 runs. There's a short match report, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, online.
Only Pasty (33) made any meaningful contribution with the bat, extras equalling the skipper's contribution. Then in the second innings there were wickets for Pasty (two), Ihty (one) and Crazy Horse (one). No doubt the side were again hampered by unavailability - Imran (holiday), Izzy (work) and Bredders (injury) in particular - and notwithstanding the end-of-season "feel" to this "dead rubber", it was still another poor batting display where an inability to occupy the crease and somehow accumulate runs was brought in to sharp focus. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Fielding first the young side did well to bowl out their hosts for 114, but then - unfortunately - completely capitulated with the bat, being dismissed for just 46 themselves. None of the batters got past 7 (!) as extras - with 24 - comfortably top-scored. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Team selections [posted 28/08/15]
Then on Sunday the Panthers are in Sunday League action, the Under 18s compete in the Scottish Cup Finals Day, and Poloc Women take on Ayr. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
The Under 18s reach Scottish Cup Finals Day [posted 26/08/15]
Panthers win the first back-to-back T20 [posted 25/08/15]
The Panthers hosted West of Scotland this evening in the first of two T20 friendlies - the return match at Hamilton Crescent is next Wednesday. The game was keenly contested and, with West needing a 6 from the last ball to win, went down to the wire. Fortunately - for the Panthers at least - the last ball wasn't despatched in to the trees and the Panthers recorded the win. However though ball 240 wasn't bunted for 6 there had been plenty maximums earlier on, with CJ smacking four of them in his 35, and Aliyan, Amaan and Irfan striking one a-piece. Buntalicious! In their second innings defence of 114, Beast took a "3-for", and there were braces of wickets each for Aliyan, Shaan and Stiffy. Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
Comfortable win for the Under 13s [posted 25/08/15]
When the Under 13s were then 0 for 2 in reply maybe things could've got interesting, however Abdul (19*) and Callum (1*) saw the side home, with the aid of a bundle of extras. There's a short match report, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, online.
And the home view proved correct as Accies slumped to 84 all out, never really recovering from 2 for 2. It took 32.4 overs to bowl their hosts out, but once done there was a "5-for" for Bredders and four wickets for Imran. A win by 48 runs it was then. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Battling performance, but came up short [posted 22/08/15]
In the first inninfgs there "3-fors" for both Uzzair and Shaan, the other two wickets that fell going to Abhi', and then in the ultimately unsuccessful run-chase Uzzair top-scored with a patient 26 opening the batting, and fellow Under 15 Abdullah, on Saturday league debut, scored a nicely-compiled 22 in the middle order. Mention too of Roberto's economical spell. His figures of 9-1-23-0 are impressive in themselves, but what might they've been had he not bowled twelve wides! There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and match photo's.
Double win Friday! [posted 21/08/15]
Team selections [posted 20/08/15]
Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Panthers secure the win over Renfrew [posted 18/08/15]
The Panthers entertained Renfrew this evening in the eponymous league, and secured a five-wicket win in a competitive match that went to the last over. Chasing just 70 to win, albeit in a reduced eighteen-overs-a-side affair, the Panthers raced to 39 for 1 after seven overs. However overs ten through fifteen saw just 6 runs scored, whilst four wickets fell. However Pasty (17*) and Irfan (4*) saw the side home with four balls to spare. In the first innings Renfrew's batters had pretty much all struggled, with only two getting into double figures. Pasty twirled his way to 3 for 7, and there were braces of wickets for both Shaan and Anjii. A short report, updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
Under 18s beat Uddingston, but Under 13s slip to defeat [posted 17/08/15]
At Shawholm meanwhile, Chris' was in charge of the Under 13s and his first "solo" management job saw him involved in a last over thriller, with lots of talking points thrown in. The opposition was Glasgow Accies, who'd batted first and posted 106 for 6. The 13s' reply was moving along quite nicely pretty much throughout, and as the last over was to be bowled they were 104 for 7 needing just 3 to win and with three wickets in hand. However in a dramatic final over poor Chris' had to watch from square leg as two 'Loc batters were adjudged LBW and only 1 run was scored leaving the visitors winners by a run! There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.
Runners-up [posted 16/08/15]
Batting first in both matches, the side posted 128 and defended it against the Borders club, but were never really "at the races" in the defeat to Forfarshire, their first innings' score of 104 being below par. Forfarshire were deserved winners on the day having chased 148 to beat Watsonians in the second semi-, doing so with around five overs to go, going at 10-an-over, a feat they repeated as they chased the 'Loc's 104 at the same rate. Craig Wallace was particularly destructive in both matches, scoring consecutive half centuries. For the 'Loc though there was no disgrace, the semi-final win seeing good knocks from Owais and Chris', and a "5-for" for Izzy, including a hat-trick! There were also three really good outfield catches from Ihty (two) and Scotty. And then in the final when Wallace was again going beserk, and Leask was hitting balls in to the Cart, Ihty's figures of 1 for 17 in just under three overs were impressive. So - finally - defeat in a T20 this season. It's been a good run, and it's to be hoped that the progress seen in this form can be further developed for the longer form of the game, and the nucleus of what's a young side under a young skipper can continue to develop together. The players again performed well today, representing their club, and indeed the WDCU, creditably. Well done. And well done to Forfarshire, deserved winners on the day. Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day [posted 16/08/15]
The first semi- sees the 'Loc take on Dumfries at 11am, with Watsonians and Forfarshire clashing in the second semi-final.
Comfortable win [posted 15/08/15]
255 would be a tough chase, and so it proved, with Killie losing early wickets and never really recovering, 46 for 3 becoming 100 all out. There were braces of wickets, each, for Ihty, Crazy Horse, Imran and Pasty. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Back to winning ways [posted 15/08/15]
Between them they faced 157 balls, and it was a vital partnership that saw a defendable total posted. A defend the score they did, wickets being shared around - including a couple of run outs - as Kirkstyle collapsed from 84 for 3 to 107 all out. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and match photo's.
Win in the dark, loss to the Dark Side! [posted 14/08/15]
The margin of defeat was large, but didn't in any way exaggerate the gulf between the two sides' respective performances on the night. There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.
Into the final.....a year on [posted 13/08/15]
Team selections [posted 13/08/15]
Sunday is Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day, with a couple of scheduled Sunday League matches on the 'card to boot, but subject to rescheduling given the reserve date being used for the T20 matches. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Evening League win at Ayr [posted 11/08/15]
Ayr were the Academy XI's opponents this evening, down in Alloway. And with a slightly later start time agreed because New Cambusdoon was hosting the Scotland versus Ireland Under 17 match, it was eighteen-overs-a-side. Youngy was in charge and, after forgetting to say anything the first time the coin was tossed, then guessed "heads" second time and was right, so had a bat. [Ed: or in his case, didn't!] The Academy batters that made it to the middle then capitalised on a decent surface and good outfield to plunder 144 for 5 in their innings. Chris' top-scored, at three, benefitting from being dropped twice, and ended up with 58, whilst Shankar chipped in with 22, with cameos from Aliyan (16) and Flanners (17*). Ayr then never really got going in their run-chase, slipping to 13 for 4 at one stage, as disciplined bowling (only 2 in extras gifted in the innings) and tight, energetic, fielding saw no easy runs on offer. As pressure was created and maintained the wickets came. There were braces for Abhi', Aliyan and Pasty. 67 for 6 was the Ayr reply, and with it a 77-run for the Academy that sees them remain undefeated in the Evening League this year. Updated Statistics and the scorecard are online.
Representative honours [posted 11/08/15]
The club is again proud that Abtaha Maqsood wins another Scottish Women's Under 17 "cap" today, playing against Cumbria. And also representing Scotland at international age-group level today are Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah, both of whom feature in the Scotland Under 17 side taking on Ireland at Ayr's "New Cambusdoon" ground. Well done to them.
Under 18s lose at Ayr [posted 10/08/15]
Academy continue unbeaten [posted 09/08/15]
Almost unbelievably, the Academy side played their first Sunday League match of season 2015 today! The Tryst was the venue, Stenhousemuir the opposition. In the field first, the Academy side restricted their hosts to 162 for 9 in their innings with Roberto taking 4 for 32 in his eight overs. There were a brace of wickets each for Disk and Pasty too, and Ahmed-Raza returned impressively economical figures of 8-1-26-0 opening the bowling with his slow left armers. Then in the Academy's reply, Stouty (60) and Shankar (32) were the main contributors as - in an exciting finish - the side sneaked home by one wicket, the last pair of Bilal and Ahmed-Raza holding their nerves to see the side home. [Ed: there are also rumours of Shankar breaking yet another bat!] Updated Statistics and the scorecard are online.
Same failings [posted 08/08/15]
However even though 177 was likely more than Prestwick might've scored had the chances been taken, it's still a total that could've been chased down. A steady opening partnership from Chris' and Owais, that saw 47 put on, was never added to as only Pasty (51) thereafter made a contribution. Only Anjum (12) got in to double figures of batters four to eleven, with the oft-seen inability to bat any length of time horribly manifesting itself again. 153 all out it was then, 24 short of the target, and - as frustratingly - more than two overs unused. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
So near, yet so..... [posted 08/08/15]
Agonisingly short of their target, and a case of so-near-yet-so-far. In the first innings there'd been "3-fors" for both Abhi' and Shaan. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Team selections [posted 07/08/15]
Sunday was to have to been the Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day but this week's persistent bad weather saw this moved to its reserve date of next Sunday. As such the only match is the Academy XI's away Sunday League game at The Tryst against Stenhousemuir. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day - postponed [posted 05/08/15]
13s in heavy derby defeat [posted 03/08/15]
Never got started [posted 01/08/15]
Despite willing from both sides, and the umpires, today's CSL Western First Division match at New Williamfield between the 'Loc and Stirling County never got started. A toss had taken place at around 1.30pm and the 'Loc would bat first on a dry wicket. However the outfield, and in particular parts of the square and the bowlers' run ups were waterlogged, and this had prevented starting on time. Then, when the heavens opened at 2pm - the delayed start time - it was simply a case of shaking hands. Game off.
Washed away... [posted 01/08/15]
Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day [posted 30/07/15]
Representative news [posted 30/07/15]
This week's seen the clubs players again feature in representative team selections, and action. Abtaha Maqsood's been in Ireland with the Scottish Women's Under 17 side, playing four games against their Irish counterparts. Craig Young was selected in a WDCU select side to have taken on Nepal in a warm-up match before the Nepalese played Scotland in the two ODIs being played this week at New Cambusdoon. However the weather - as it's done to so many matches this seaaon - intervened and the match, due to be played at Hamilton Crescent, was cancelled. Aliyan Qureshi is another 'Loc player who's been in representative action this week, again featuring in the Scotland Under 15 side. This weekend coming Aliyan travels to Rugby as part of a Scotland Under 15 squad to compete in this season's European Championships. Good luck to him and the rest of the squad. Finally, the club had four players involved with the Western Warriors Under 18s again this week, Lewis James, Ihtisham Malik, Owais Shah and Calum Stout all being selected for one or both of the Warriors' matches against the Eastern Knights and Caledonian Highlanders respectively.
Team selections [posted 30/07/15]
Saturday's league matches are with Stirling County, the 'Loc heading north to New Williamfield and the Shawholm XI acting as hosts. There are another two games scheduled for Sunday - both league games again - the Academy taking on Glasgow Accies at home and the Panthers going to Hamilton Crescent. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
The 'Loc lose at Lochlands [posted 26/07/15]
Imran had a "5-for" to his name, with Chris' chipping in with a couple. After a short delay for rain, the 'Loc's reply then started slowly, and saw them lose Chris' (2) and Owais (17) relatively early, before a partnership of 102 between Pasty (84) and Bredders (63) put the side in the driver's seat. Bredders' was then the third wicket to fall, Ramsay getting him caught at point, leaving Pasty to see if he could - with the middle order - complete what would've been a really good run-chase. But wickets kept falling, none of batters five to eleven getting more than 5, and when Pasty hit the first ball of the penultimate over straight to cover to be eighth out, any remaining chance of a 'Loc win left with him. Five balls later it was all over, 187 all out, a defeat by 28 runs. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and there are match photo's in the Gallery.
Bizarre! [posted 25/07/15]
Imran and Bredders were the destroyers-in-chief, taking three wickets a-piece, and returning combined figures of 15-11-10-6! Astonishing really. And so, from nowhere, the win was secured, along with the 12 points that come with it. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Back to winning ways... [posted 25/07/15]
Mention of Rusty should also prompt mention in despatches of his three catches, wearing the gloves for the first time in some time. "You never lose it!" as they say. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Team selections [posted 24/07/15]
Sunday's two Sunday League matches were scheduled as being against Prestwick and Clydesdale, but have been postponed by the WDCU in light of the club's Scottish Cup semi-final match at Lochlands against Arbroath United. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Under 18s progress in the cup [posted 22/07/15]
The Under 18s finally managed to get their Scottish Cup tie with Ayr played this evening, but only by switching venues and going down to New Cambusdoon to beat the weather. Thanks, therefore, to Ayr for hosting. In a match reduced to sixteen overs-a-side the home side batted first and posted a competitive 105 for 5. The 18s' bowling and fielding was absolutely adequate, with the big ground and fast outfield producing the better-than-a-run-a-ball total. Mention, too, in passing when talking about the first innings, of Sobo's contribution. Drafted in as a late replacement after call offs, Sobo took two great catches a "cow" to get rid of both Muhammad Azeem and Shujaa Khan, arguably Ayr's two main batters. The successful run-chase centered on a half century from Owais, who batted through with a collection of partners to get the side over the finish line in the fifteenth over. SMRH are the Under 18s' next opponents, the Edinburgh club hosting. There are updated statistics and the scorecard online.
Academy stay unbeaten in the Evening League [posted 21/07/15]
The Academy side was over on the north-side this evening, taking on Hillhead at Hughenden. The match, played on the astro-turf wicket, was a low-scoring affair, and was reduced to eighteen overs-a-side, the evening being more akin to April or September, than mid-July! Batting first, the academy poasted 94 all out, being dismissed in the last over, and their total owing much to 21 from CJ and 34 from Chris'. Then in their reply, the home side were restricted to 84 for 6 in their eighteen overs, the Academy successfully tying down the Hillhead batters often enough, for long enough, to secure a 10-run win. Seven bowlers were used, with Beast being the pick of the bunch, returning figures of 4-0-10-2. He ably backed-up by Aliyan who, sharing the new ball with Roberto took 1 for 12 in his four overs. There were also a couple of run outs, Ihty executing both. So another win, accepted not as close as last week's tied-score win against Prestwick, but close enough for the result to be in the balance for long enough, and in particular early on in the Hillhead reply when Foster (30) was putting on a bunting demonstration. Luckily his wicket was snaffled courtesy of a CJ grab of Beast's bowling. Statistics and the scorecard are online.
Abandoned [posted 20/07/15]
The Under 18s made the trip to Prestwick this evening, hopeful of getting their league match played. However, though it started, it didn't finish, driving rain sending players and umpires running to the pavilion for cover. The 'Loc were 34 for 3 in the ninth over when the rain came, with Beast, CJ and Aliyan all having departed cheaply, and Ihty and Uzzair the batters in the middle.
Another last gasp cup win! [posted 19/07/15]
Scottish Cup quarter-final - update [posted 19/07/15]
After an early morning inspection today, there'll be another inspection by one of the appointed umpires at noon, with a view to possibly playing a shortened match this afternoon. Updates will, again, be posted on the club's Twitter feed (@poloccricket) in the first instance.
Scottish Cup quarter-final [posted 18/07/15]
There will be an early morning ground inspection again tomorrow - Sunday - morning to see whether there will be any chance of play in the scheduled Scottish Cup quarter-final against Forfarshire. Tomorrow is the reserve date after a wash-out on the original fixture date. News from the inspection will be tweeted after discussions with both Forfarshire and the appointed umpires.
Junior internationals [posted 16/07/15]
The club had three of its juniors away representing Scotland at junior international level today. Owais Shah is still in Jersey with the Under 19 squad competing in the ICC U19 CWC qualifying tournament, whilst Ihtisham Malik was in action for the Under 17s against Cumbria and Aliyan Qureshi was playing for Scotland Under 15s - also in the north-east of England - against Northumberland. Well done to all three.
Greenwood Trophy loss to Drumpellier [posted 16/07/15]
The Greenwood Trophy was tonight's cup competition, and the Panthers - after winning their first group stage match seven days ago - were in confident mood going in to the match, at home, against Drumpellier. And judging by the strength of side the Langloan club sent along the M74 it seems they're as keen on winning this trophy as they were the Western Cup! Batting first the Panthers batters struggled to 74 all out, with no-one really getting themselves in. Three batters got in to double figures - Shankar, Uzzair and Amaan - but aside them the 'card was binary code'esque. In fact extras, totaaling, 16 were second-highest scorer to Amaan with 16. Not that the low score had seen a collapse, nope, the last wicket - when it came - didn't fall until the final over, Shaan being stranded with the sheriff's badge. And 74 wasn't ever likely to defendable given the strength of side Drumps were fielding, and so it turned out as only one wicket - Flanners taking a neat grab standing up to Abhi' to get rid of Sabri - was taken. McLaren finished 45 not, with Sajjad (11*) for company, and the winning post was reached with nine overs to spare. So a comprehensive win, but still everything to play for in these group stages, Clydesdale the next opponents next Thursday. Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
Team selections [posted 16/07/15]
This leaves the Under 15s' clash with the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side. Then on Saturday it's Weirs home-and-away, with the 'Loc going to Newlands, and the Shawholm XI hosting Albert Park. Sunday's fixture card was also crowded,.....and still is. Only it's got a change. With the Scottish Cup clash with Forfarshire taking priority, the home Sunday League match against East Kilbride has been postponed, leaving just the Panthers trip to Renfrew in that league. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
London buses! [posted 15/07/15]
Then in the run-chase the side was pretty always up-with the required run rate, Bredders and Pasty adding 43 in decent time for the second wicket, before being separated, and the skipper then going to anchor the innings with 54. But Pasty couldn't quite see the side across the line, departing as a result of one of four (!) run outs. His departure then - as they say - made things interesting. Suddenly the run-chase didn't look quite so simple, with 6 runs still needed and two new batters in. Another wicket then fell in the last over, Abid run out scurrying back for a second which left Rosco to come in to face two balls needing 1 to tie, and 2 to win. And Rosco in at seven because he'd dislocated a finger in the first innings! Ball 119 was a dot! Yikes! But the last ball was somehow half-carved, half-chipped in to the off-side and the required runs were scored. Thrilling finish to a good game, played in great spirit against a talented side representing a great club.
And so there it is, you don't win a cup for a while,.....then two come along at once, and the second, the West League Cup, competed for annually since 1951, is one the club's never won before!
Academy remain unbeaten in the Evening League [posted 14/07/15]
Tonight's Academy win in the Evening League was a thriller, as their game against Prestwick went down to the wire. In the field first, the Academy managed to restrict the visitors from Ayrshire to just 99 for 8 in their innings, this after they'd raced out to 34 for 0 in the first five overs. But there was no panic, and the first wicket went down with the score on 36. And from there-on-in, wickets fell at regular intervals. Beast, skippering the side, had made the breakthrough and would go on to take a "3-for", taking the wickets of Carlyle, Egerton and Rafiq. His economy rate of 6.25 was a tad on the high side, but taking the wickets he had it likely wasn't too costly for the side. And with Amaan's four overs costing just 6 runs, and both Roberto and Gary returning economy rates of 5 or less, Lewis's strike-rate more than offset the fact his overs had "cost a few". Bilal's - with a brace of wickets - was the next best bowler in terms of wickets. [Ed: though his attempted catch at mid-off should surely have seen him involved in another dismissal! ] 99 for 8 it was then, a round ton to win. The run-chase started well enough with CJ and Rosco putting on 19 for the first wicket, and though the run-rate wasn't electric, it was satisfactory as the Prestwick skipper used up the allocations of his more experienced bowlers. Rosco, with 25, would be the third batter out, with the score on 49, and by then Aliyan was out in the middle. And it'd be Aliyan who'd grab the game by the scruff of its neck and drag it toward's the Academy's winning circle. Just 36 for 2 at the halfway point, became 61 five overs later, with another two wickets having fallen. But Aliyan was still in and he managed to drive the side towards the finish line with a mixture of good bunting and scurrying between the wickets. The last over started with 9 runs needed for the win. The first two balls then saw Aliyan hit a 4 and run 2. 3 runs to win. Ball three was a drag-down-hit-me-for-4 ball that Aliyan.....smacked straight to long off, who held on to a good catch. 3 from three needed now, and it was the Shah Boys together. Uzzair scored 1 on ball four, and Sobo 1 on ball five. Scores tied. The last ball.....dot! A tie. But, wait, a quick read of the playing conditions confirms an Academy win! #Toffee Statistics and the scorecard are online.
Panthers just lose out [posted 14/07/15]
The Panthers' improvement in form continued this evening in the Evening League at Renfrew. Batting second, the side just failed to chase the 129 needed to beat their hosts, finishing 8 shy of their target, seven down. Renfrew's 128 for 6 had centred on Hussain's 48 at the top of the order, with Kalash's 20, batting at four, being a meaningful cameo. For the Panthers the six wickets taken were shared around, with only Shaan and Crazy Horse going wicket-less. 129 to win it was. 5 for 1 wasn't the best start in their run-chase, however Mirza and Joe put on 27 for the second wicket, and by halfway it was 51 for 2. Shankar (24) continued his good run of form with the bat in adding 40 with Joe for the third wicket, but when this fell with the score on 72 the Panthers still needed 57 runs, with just seven overs left. Anjii, in at five, wasn't going to give up the fight however, and - hitting three 4s along the way - scored a quick-fire 22 from just fourteen balls to bring his side back into it. But he couldn't hang around and holed out off the bowling of Hussain. 115 for 7. And just the last over to bowl. 6 were scored off over twenty but this wasn't quite enough, and Renfrew got home by 8 runs. So another Evening League defeat, but - again - improvement. That first league win can't be too far away. Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
WU 40 Cup exit [posted 12/07/15]
The 'Loc beat St. Michael's.....and the rain! [posted 11/07/15]
Then in that run-chase Bredders ended up 49 not out, with Scotty for company (23*), as the winning post was reached inside nineteen overs, with just the first drops of rain staining the clubhouse windows. A good result then, and pleasing to get a completed game in. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Shawholm lose in Dumfries... [posted 11/07/15]
Team selections [posted 10/07/15]
Sunday's solitary match is a WU40 cup tie at Marress against Irvine. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
The 'Loc batters couldn't, however, get anywhere near the resultant 106 needed for the win, the side slumping to 77 for 9 in their innings. And if extras gifted hadn't totalled an improbable 32, the margin of defeat would've been in the embarrassing category on paper. None of the batters showed any particular application on a wicket dampened by earlier rain. But not just that, at least from the side-lines there seemed to be no particular plan being followed by the batters in the middle. This shortage of ideas ended up as a shortage of runs, and bragging rights returning to Crossmyloof. There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.
Win! [posted 10/07/15]
24 were then added by Lyons and Iqbal, the two former Scotland internationals, their burgeoning partnership only being broken by a brilliant pick up and run out by Pasty that saw Lyons depart for 17, having hit two maximums. Iqbal and "Overseas Amateur" Klaassen then added 18 before Izzy bowled Iqbal. The worm - no cricketing pun intended - was beginning to turn. Izzy then took a second wicket two balls later, cleaning up Klaassen too. The equation for East Kilbride was now 15 needed from two overs, now six down. Chris' was bowling the last over and when he trapped Saeed LBW it was 79 for 7. And the final over - to be bowled by Izzy - would see 9 needed. Ball two brought another wicket after a scrambled single accrued from the first ball. And then the eighth wicket: Chris' and Pasty combining for a run out! 7 needed from three. Then a wide!! 6 from three. Single. Single. 4 needed from the last ball. Single. 'Loc win! #Toffee Cue celebrations! There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and photo's in the Gallery.
Panthers win in the Greenwood Trophy [posted 09/07/15]
Tonight's Rowan Cup win wasn't the only cup action - or indeed cup win - that the club was involved in. The Panthers were also in cup action, over at Albert Park in the group stages of this season's Greenwood Trophy, the competition they were runners-up in last year. And after a couple of tough defeats, the side bounced back with a convincing win over our southside rivals. Batting first, 126 for 6 was posted, with Shankar's unbeaten 93 completely dominating the innings. On a difficult deck he played the stand-out knock of the game, adding 77 with Joe for the third wicket after Beast (8) and Stiffy (0) had gone cheaply. Then in the second innings the bowlers did their jobs, bowling out weirs for just 65, Beast helping himself to a "3-for". Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
Academy record back-to-back Evening League wins [posted 07/07/15]
The Academy side were back in T20 Evening League action this evening, East Kilbride's midweek XI being the visitors. And Matt Stout's charges carried on from where they left off last week at Weirs with another win. Batting first as they'd done seven days previously, the Academy racked up 165 for 3 in their twenty overs, with Stiffy and Owais both notching up half centuries at rates of better than a-run-a-ball. Then in the East Kilbride reply, the visitors were restricted to just 54 for 5, with good tight bowling and decent fielding tying down the Torrance House side's batters. Two run outs reflect the scoreboard pressure that got to some of the batters in the second innings, and such was the comfort that the skipper felt as the innings progressed, CJ rolled his arm over! 2-1-4-0 was a perfectly respectable return too! Statistics and the scorecard are online.
Panthers lose again in the Evening League, but signs of improvement are there [posted 07/07/15]
Another Evening League match and another heavy defeat for the Panthers, as life in Division 1 proves tough. Tonight's opponents were Uddingston, who chased 89 to record the win, using less than half their allotted overs to do so. But, it's not all doom and gloom. Batting first the Panthers again scored more runs than they'd done on their immediately previous outing, and this week used their entire 20-over allocation. Progress. Shankar was again the top-scorer, with 21, the form that saw him selected for last weekend's Shawholm side continuing. Aside his 21 there were two other batters who got in to double figures, The Professor with 14, and Joe Scott on debut with 13. In the second innings, Uddy's openers Macleod and Rai made light work of the chase, finishing 52 and 35 not out respectively and needing only eight overs to reach the winning post. Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
Washed away! [posted 06/07/15]
The Under 13s' match with Stenhousemuir started but didn't finish tonight, the visitors 19 for 2 after six overs when the rains came and drove the players and officials from the pitch. The two wickets to fall had been shared between Sobo and Nabeel, Nabeel trapping Thakur LBW for 9, and Sobo cleaning up Bang for 1. Hopefully the match will be rescheduled.
WW over WW [posted 03/07/15]
Team selections [posted 03/07/15]
And the weekend finishes with three Sunday matches: Irvine at home this time, and Drumpellier away, in the Sunday League, and Poloc Women travelling to play Galloway. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Washed out [posted 02/07/15]
Tonight's Rowan Cup Final was washed out as tea-time rain put paid to any chance of play. The 'Loc and East Kilbride will try again, same time, next Thursday.
Another final [posted 01/07/15]
Academy win in belated season opener [posted 30/06/15]
The Academy side finally got their competitive season up-and-running, and secured an Evening League over at Albert Park first up. Defending just 91 for 7, the Academy bowlers managed to bowl out their opponents for just 68, thanks in the main to a "4-for" for Ahmed-Raza, and a "3-for" for Beast. In the first innings, only Beast had made it to 20, though no more, as he was bowled by Sarfraz. 15 extras [Ed: remembering the total was just 91] certainly helped too. And if commending the bowlers on securing the win, it's also maybe worth suggesting that Weirs were actually 68 for 14, four catches being grassed by the Academy side, this part of their game being lacking as regards the required skills level. Stuff to work on. Statistics and the scorecard are online.
Panthers in more Evening League woes [posted 30/06/15]
The Poloc Panthers suffered more batting woes this evening as they slumped to 59 all out chasing opponents Weirs' first innings total of 132. Aside Shankar's 23 at the top of the order there really wasn't much to be too pleased about in the run-chase, this after 132 for 9 had been posted by the visitors from Newlands, batting first. Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.
East Kilbride are Rowan Cup final opponents [posted 30/06/15]
Tonight saw East Kilbride defeat the Dark Side in the second semi-final of this season's Rowan Cup, and thereby securing the second finalist's position in Thursday's show-piece final against the 'Loc at Shawholm.
Another Monday double [posted 29/06/15]
Chance wasted [posted 27/06/15]
Bib tucked in, and words ready to eat... [posted 27/06/15]
Master James's own contribution? A second ball duck. #norunsnorunsandnomoreruns #0 However in just the nick of time, eight down, Noaman saw the side across the finishing line with an unbeaten 25. Phew. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Team selections [posted 26/06/15]
Sunday's fixtures are the home Scottish Cup tie with Forfarshire, whilst the Panthers go to Prestwick. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Abtaha on Scotland duty [posted 26/06/15]
Scotland Women Under 17s were in action today, with Abtaha Maqsood playing her part in a big, ten-wicket, win over Cumbria. Bowling in the first innings, Abtaha returned figures of 9-5-6-2 to make a major contribution in restricting Cumbria to just 72. And with the junior Wildcats' openers making light work of chasing this target down, Abtaha was afforded the luxury of watching the second innings with her feet up. #Ideal Congratulations again to Abtaha on her selection, and well done on her performance.
Double over Ferguslie [posted 22/06/15]
Batting first the 18s posted 136 for 5, with Owais top-scoring with 41, and being well supported by Beast (38). The 18s then successfully defended their score, skittling Feegie for just 83 to secure a convincing win. There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.
15s take third place [posted 21/06/15]
They'd finish 87 for 4, slipping to a 39-run loss. The third/fourth place play-off game against Huntly then mirrored the semi-final, only it was the 15s who batted first. They posted 125 for 4 and then restricted their northern opponents to 73 for 5. In the 'Loc innings there were runs for CJ (38) and Uzzair (20), with cameos from Sobo and Amaan. In the Huntly innings, it was good to see all the 'Loc outfielders rolling their arms over, Nabeel and Abdul [Ed: does he have a bowling licence?!?] bowling three overs each. There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Stuttering win [posted 20/06/15]
Another big win [posted 20/06/15]
Poloc Academy match off [posted 20/06/15]
Tomorrow's Sunday League match between Poloc Academy and Clydesdale is off. The club has apologised to Clydesdale because it is unable to field an Academy side on the same day its Under 15s are at the ECB Cup finals day in Edinburgh, and it has other junior players playing in, respectively, a representative match, the Scotland Under 17 trial game and - in Abtaha Maqsood's case - a women's inter-regional match. Ramadhan has added an additional complexity to team selection and player availability, as did an injury to a previously selected player in today's Reserve League match at New Anniesland. However, and notwithstanding that the club will field two teams tomorrow, it is still disappointing to fail to fulfil a fixture, particularly one that directly impacts our nearest neighbours. Apologies again to Clydesdale, but thanks to them for their understanding of the "perfect storm" that led to the decision.
Wickets were then shared around in the second innings as all ten outfielders bowled, and Prestwick were restricted to 98 for 5. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard. We've also got match photo's in the Gallery.
Team selections [posted 19/06/15]
The Under 15s have two games on the finals day of the ECB Cup in Edinburgh, whilst the Academy and Panthers side play in the Sunday League. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Into the final! [posted 18/06/15]
Through the group stages unbeaten [posted 17/06/15]
Located! [posted 17/06/15]
Thanks to Victoria's help we've located the missing part of the scorebook from last night's Evening League match at Bellahouston Park. As a result there's now a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Panthers lose in league opener [posted 16/06/15]
The Poloc Panthers were in Evening League action this evening over at Bellahouston Park [Ed: the Academy side's Evening League match with Kelburne was postponed as Kelburne indicated they couldn't get two sides out on a midweek evening] but returned back to the policies having lost out to opponents Victoria. The details are a little sketchy as only half the scorebook made it back with the team! However what details we do have suggest the Panthers' hosts posted almost 200 batting first on the astro-turf wicket, a total the Panthers fell well short of. There were however runs for Disk (44) and Rizwan (44) in the run-chase. Hopefully we'll get the other half of the scorebook soon and can then produce the first scorecard and statistics for the Panthers as they get their season up-and-running.
Shawholm lose in Western Cup semi-final [posted 16/06/15]
In the runs for the 'Holmboys were Rosco (35) and Huss (31*), whilst Jak O'Connell made 52 for Whitehaugh. So defeat, but no disgrace given the strength of the side Whitehaugh put out which, in addition to Williams and O'Connell, featured Reivers seamer Ross MacLean, and the 'Holmboys can look back on another good cup run. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Awesome and awful! [posted 15/06/15]
Luckily however the Under 13s were also in action tonight, and maybe lacking the talent of the elders, they nevertheless again showed them how to win a game of cricket. Batting first they posted 135, with Sobo top-scoring with 33 not out, before then restricting the visitors to Shawholm, Greenock, to 87 for 5. There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.
Under 13s finish third [posted 14/06/15]
The play off game was nearly the same too, only the other way round with Broomhall batting first and mustering just 47, a target the 13s passed with a handful of overs to spare. There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Killie beaten [posted 13/06/15]
Chris' (114) and Bredders (103) both made tons, with Ahmed top-scoring for Killie with 63. Imran returned the best bowling figures for the 'Loc with a "3-for", but as we say it was really a batter's day. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
A win in a rush [posted 13/06/15]
Team selections [posted 11/06/15]
Sunday then sees the Under 13s compete in the "Finals Day" of the ECB Cup, Poloc Women take on Stirling County at home in the Scottish Cup, and an Under 10 "Kwik Cricket" destival at Hamilton Crescent. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
13s follow suit [posted 11/06/15]
Then in the successful defence of their total Abdullah took a "4-for" to clean up the tail and secure the win, this after Sobo had skittled the top order to see East Lothian reduced to 8 for 3 on the astroturf wicket. The win sees the 13s into Sunday's "Finals Day" at Inverleith where the semi-final draw sees them up against the Dark Side! There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Dark Side double [posted 10/06/15]
The run-chase then, though ultimately successful, started poorly with the visitor's opening bowler Shakoor ripping through most of the 'Loc's top order to return 5 for 9 in his four overs. However Pasty knuckled down and batted with the rest of the middle order to see his side to the win, finishing unbeaten on 42, with Abid for company having notched up another cameo. This time 23 not out. So a good win, against a good side and - to boot - on a gloriously warm night in front of a decent crowd. [Ed: and a special word of thanks to the Clydesdale supporters for comning over and adding to the atmosphere - always welcome! Country and Restricted Memberships are available! ] There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Shawholm reach Western Cup semi-finals [posted 09/06/15]
Then, in the second innings, 61 for 3 was reached inside eleven overs as the Shawholm XI progressed in the competition. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
15s win to reach semi's [posted 09/06/15]
Representative selections [posted 09/06/15]
Congratulations - again - to Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Calum James, Aliyan Qureshi and Uzzair Shah on their selections in the twelve-player Western Warriors Under 15 squad selected to play Eastern Knights, at Loretto School, on Sunday. As always it's pleasing to see such strong representation from the club.
Monday double [posted 08/06/15]
The 'Loc progress in the Scottish Cup [posted 07/06/15]
Then in reply, tight bowling and decent fielding saw Stennie dismissed for 98, Bredders grabbing another "5-for". There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Team selections [posted 04/06/15]
Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
The 'Loc progress to the semi's [posted 04/06/15]
The Kelburne versus Dark Side quarter-final was rained off, however also winning through and joining the 'Loc in the semi-final draw are East Kilbride and Prestwick. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Still unbeaten [posted 03/06/15]
The run-chase target of just 87 had been secured after a decent bowling performance, the eight Weirs' wickets to fall being shared around. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Representative selections [posted 01/06/15]
Congratulations are due to a number of the club's Under 14 players, gaining selection today for involvement in the latest Challenge Series match between the Sharks and Foxes this weekend at Hamilton Crescent. Dilina is included in the Foxes' line-up, whilst Uzzair and Hamaad have been picked for the Sharks. Uzzair has been given the additional honour of being selected as Captain of the Sharks. Well done to all three players.
Cup progress [posted 31/05/15]
The Under 13s have benefited from a walkover win in the second round of the ECB Under 13 Cup, Stirling County being unable to accommodate what would've been their home tie this week. The 13s will now host East Lothian County in the quarter-final.
Representative selections [posted 31/05/15]
Congratulations to Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Calum James, Aliyan Qureshi and Uzzair Shah who were selected in the twelve-player Western Warriors Under 15 squad selected to play Caledonian Highlanders, today at Hamilton Crescent. Unfortunately the weather has intervened and the match has become the latest to fall victim to the rain this season. Also rained off is the Scotland XI versus Overseas Professional XI T20 that was one of the centre-pieces of the Scottish Asian Sports Gala day at Titwood today, a match that would have seen club captain Craig Young playing for the Scotland XI. One game that will go ahead however is the women's T20 inter-regional clash at New Williamfield between the Reivers and Highlanders, the Reivers side including Abtaha Maqsood. Well done to Abtaha on her selection again.
Match off [posted 30/05/15]
Tomorrow's WU40 Cup first round match against BBC Scotland CC is off, it's been conceded by the BBC after they didn't organise a team.
Big win [posted 30/05/15]
Good away win [posted 30/05/15]
Friday night wins [posted 29/05/15]
Team selections [posted 28/05/15]
Sunday's match is the first round of the WU40 Cup. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Western Cup draw [posted 28/05/15]
The Shawholm XI have been drawn away to Weirs' Albert Park XI in the quarter-final of the Western Cup after getting past GHK in Tuesday's home tie.
Shawholm progress in the Western Cup [posted 26/05/15]
Bounce-back win [posted 24/05/15]
Collapse [posted 23/05/15]
Shawholm stay unbeaten [posted 23/05/15]
Team selections [posted 21/05/15]
This leaves Sunday's Scottish Cup clash with Edinburgh side, SMRH. Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.
Rowan Cup quarter-final draw [posted 21/05/15]
The quarter-final draw in this season's Rowan Cup was released this morning and the club has been given a home draw, Kilmarnock the visitors on Thursday the 28th of May.
Back-to-back West League Cup wins [posted 20/05/15]
Representative selections [posted 18/05/15]
Congratulations to Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Calum James, Aliyan Qureshi and Uzzair Shah on their selections in the twelve-player Western Warriors Under 15 squad selected to play Eastern Knights, in Edinburgh, on Sunday. It's pleasing to see such strong representation from the club.
Abandoned! [posted 16/05/15]
After the disappointment of the cancellation of the Shawholm XI's at Marress earlier in the day, there was further frustration for the club when the 'Loc's home league clash with Irvine was abandoned with the side looking well-placed having bowled out the Ayrshire side for 95 and being set 102 to win from 36 overs under D/L. However the chance to win never actually materialised with the 'Loc batters not getting out to the middle as persistent rain prevented the resumption of play after the innings break. Frustrating. In what game was played, the encouragement must be another decent bowling performance, especially given the very wet conditions. Stand-out bowlers were Bredders who returned figures of 8-4-7-4, and Izzy who took 3 for 24. We've also got some photo's from today's match in the Gallery.
Poloc Women's fixtures confirmed [posted 16/05/15]
The National League fixtures have, and the Scottish Cup draw has, been finalised for the women's side. You can find the full fixture schedule online, here, in the new Poloc Women's section of the website where, like with all our other sides, you'll be able to find match reports as the season progresses. Anyone wanting to know more about our new women's side can find out much more by contacting Hazel Telford.
Team selections [posted 14/05/15]
Progression in the Rowan Cup [posted 14/05/15]
Derby win for the 'Loc [posted 13/05/15]
Then in the Dark Side reply Bredders' 4 for 12 was the pick of the bowling figures Clydesdale were bundled out for 92. There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.
Another day, another cup win [posted 13/05/15]
Scotland Under 19 selection [posted 13/05/15]
The club's delighted that Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah have been selected for the Scotland Under 19 squad to take on Durham CCC 's Academy this week in three one-day matches at Bothwell Castle Policies. Tuesday saw a weather-affected loss to the English County Academy side, but the young Scots bounced back today, defeating Durham in the second match with Owais top-scoring with 63.
Cup win [posted 12/05/15]
Funding support [posted 12/05/15]
The Charity is currently heavily-engaged with its annual programme of in- and after-school coaching, delivered with the help of the club's Coaches.
Under 16Bs start off with a win [posted 11/05/15]
Cancellation [posted 09/05/15]
Today's match at Kingholm between the 'Loc and St. Michael's was a victim of the heavy overnight rain that affected - in particular - the south-west of the country. An early call from St. Michael's this morning confirmed that - as this video shows - the ground had been left unplayable.
Team selections [posted 07/05/15]
Win for the 'Loc to complete Saturday double [posted 02/05/15]
Shawholm start with a win [posted 02/05/15]
Ihtisham Malik [posted 01/05/15]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik on his call up, this evening, to join Craig Young in the Reivers squad for their up-coming season-opening North Sea Pro Series matches.
Team selections [posted 30/04/15]
Representative selections [posted 28/04/15]
Congratulations to Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Calum James, Aliyan Qureshi and Uzzair Shah on their selections for this season's opening under 15 inter-regional fixture between the Western Warriors Under 15 and their Caledonian Highlanders counterparts. It's really encouraging to see the club represented by four players in the twelve selected to travel to Arbroath CC's "Lochlands" ground for the match - well done to the four young players. Also confirmed yesterday was Craig Young's selection in the Reivers squad for their up-coming season-opening North Sea Pro Series matches.
Final pre-season game [posted 26/04/15]
Today saw the club's final pre-season match played, an away day trip over the river to Hamilton Crescent and a 40 overs-a-side match with a West of Scotland XI. The match provided an opportunity for some of the players who missed out yesterday after the Bothwell XI called off the game at Shawholm, in some instances their first run outs of season 2015. The match ended in defeat by eight wickets, with the hosts chasing 152 inside 33 overs. A brief match report's online, as are updated statistics and the scorecard.
Representative squad involvements [posted 26/04/15]
The club's got a number of players involved in representative squad sessions today, with Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Calum James, Aliyan Qureshi and Uzzair Shah all involved with the Western Warriors Under 15 squad, and Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah, who've been training with Scotland Under 19 winter training squad, joining Craig Young at a Reivers squad session today. It's always pleasing to see the club's players involved in these squads, and at these levels - congratulations to each of them.
Another decent run out [posted 25/04/15]
After last Saturday's pre-season match down at Prestwick - blessed by cracking weather - it was an altogether chillier day that saw a Poloc XI make the short trip along the M8 to Uddingston for the annual Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match. Another side containing younger and more inexperienced players was selected, and so an eventual defeat by 40 runs against a Premier Division side full of experience - like seven days previously - was a result that contained a number of positives. In the home side's innings there were decent opening spells from Ihty and Aliyan, before Abhi' bowled ten overs straight through, and Chris' ("3-for") and Pasty ("4-for") cashed in on the wickets front. In the reply Ihty's unbeaten 38 and Chris's cameo 29 were the main contributions. A brief match report's online, as are updated statistics and the scorecard.
Match cancelled [posted 24/04/15]
Saturday's home Shawholm XI pre-season friendly against a Bothwell XI has been cancelled, Uddingston being unable to raise a team.
Team selections [posted 23/04/15]
Also played this Saturday is the first home match of the season, a Shawholm XI entertaining a Bothwell XI. Each game is a 50 overs-a-side match the Saturday fixtures starting at 12 noon, the Sunday game at 1pm.
Season gets underway [posted 18/04/15]
Season 2015's officially underway, with today's sun-kissed pre-season friendly taking place down in Prestwick at the eponymous Ayrshire club's Henry Thow Oval. The Poloc XI featured five juniors, in what turned out to be a competitive fixture against a strong home side. Batting first after being inserted, the Poloc XI posted 220 for 8 in their 50 overs, a total that the home side passed with just under five overs in hand. Top-scorer for the Poloc XI was Owais Shah, with 63, whilst home side skipper Rafiq bludgeoned an unbeaten 83 to see his side home. Of the six Prestwick wickets to fall four were captured on debut by Azeem Akbar. A brief match report's online, as are statistics and the scorecard.
Team selection [posted 17/04/15]
Junior outdoor training and coaching [posted 15/04/15]
As next week's sessions are the first of a new outdoor season, players and parents are reminded that their 2015 membership fees/subscriptions are now due. A junior fee is just £75, with brothers or sisters paying just £35. Also required at this time of the year are updated registration forms. Again players and parents are reminded of this, and are asked to download a registration form and complete this, and bring it next week along with their 2015 membership subscriptions. Registration forms can be found online here, or by clicking on the .pdf download link button above, left.
Overseas coaches and players [posted 15/04/15]
Outdoor training [posted 08/04/15]
The first senior outdoor training session will be this coming Tuesday. From 6.30pm we'll be attending to some pre-season admin', including collecting player subscriptions and updating registration photo's and membership details, before - weather-permitting - doing some outdoor training for the first time this season. After six months indoors, it's always entertaining - as well as a bit of a shock to the system - when we get restarted outdoors! Senior players are all invited to come along on Tuesday, on time to start at 6.30pm, and with their subscriptions. Remember you can also pay your subscriptions online here, using your debit or credit card, and remember too that until a player pays their subscription they can't be selected to play in a match.
Pre-season friendly [posted 08/04/15]
Another pre-season friendly has been agreed. Saturday the 18th will see a Poloc XI travel to the Henry Thow Oval to take on Prestwick. With a 12 noon start, the match will be 50 overs-a-side and see thirteen players participate.
Funding support [posted 01/04/15]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 27/03/15]
More cup competition fixtures released [posted 26/03/15]
Sunday League fixtures [posted 25/03/15]
The Sunday League fixtures for the upcoming season are now out, and we've got them online. The Panthers side will play in the Division 2, with the Academy side playing in Division 3. Full fixtures online here and here.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 20/03/15]
"Long Hop Down Under" [posted 13/03/15]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 13/03/15]
Evening League fixtures [posted 11/03/15]
The Evening League fixtures for the upcoming season are now out, and we've got them online. The Panthers side will play in the Division 1, with the Academy side playing in Division 3. Full fixtures online here and here.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 07/03/15]
Winter golf [posted 27/02/14]
Tomorrow sees winter golf return to the club, with the annual game against Haggs Castle GC being played round the Policies.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 27/02/15]
Vandalism [posted 25/02/15]
It was disappointing to discover, this morning, that the clubhouse has been vandalised. Three of the front windows (see below) have been broken, with glass debris littering the spectator seating area. Fortunately it appears that it was "just" an act of vandalism, and not a break-in, or attempted break-in, and in each instance only the outer of the two panes in the double-glazed unit was broken meaning that the clubhouse itself remains wind and water-tight. Thanks to Russell Lauder and Kenneth Robertson for their work today in dealing with the matter, for liasing with the Police, and beginning the process of organising repair work.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 20/02/15]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 14/02/15]
Tuesday senior indoor practice [posted 10/02/15]
Tuesday night indoor sessions started this evening, and it was encouraging to see such a healthy turnout. These sessions, in addition to the Sunday afternoon sessions for juniors and Academy players, will continue until practice moves outdoors in early April.
Cricket Scotland Under 18 Scottish Cup draw [posted 09/02/15]
Cricket Scotland Under 13 and 15 Scottish Cup draws [posted 06/02/15]
Junior fixtures [posted 02/02/15]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 30/01/15]
Annual membership subscriptions [posted 26/01/15]
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.
Quiz Night thanks [posted 24/01/15]
Golf match versus Haggs Castle GC off [posted 23/01/15]
Tomorrow's planned golf match against Haggs Castle GC is off, cancelled because of a water-logged course.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 23/01/15]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 15/01/15]
Saturday league fixtures released for season 2015 [posted 14/01/15]
Scottish Cup draw [posted 13/01/15]
Senior indoor practice [posted 12/01/15]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 08/01/15]
Quiz Night, Saturday the 24th of January [posted 04/01/15]
We're kick-starting 2015 with a Quiz Night, and want to encourage as many people as possible to come along. The date's Saturday the 24th of January, and the start time's 7.30pm. There'll be food (all halal) served, a raffle, and the quiz qill run until around 11.30pm. Teams of five are needed, with tickets priced at £10 a person (or - obviously - £50 per team). This includes the cost of the food. We're looking for up to twenty teams which'd be 100 people. The quiz is a great opportunity to bring friends and family along to the club, for a fun and relaxed event. And, twenty teams is actually only twenty members bringing four friends each - how hard's that! Please let Emily Coyle, Kenneth Robertson, Keith Sheridan or Keith Young know ASAP if you're coming along, and if there are any dietary requirements for your team.