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Team selections [posted 20/08/15]

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Friday sees the start of the weekend cricket action with both the Under 11s and 15s in action.  The Under 15s host the Greenock|Helensburgh combination side, whilst the Under 11s face another combo in the guise if Irvine|Kilmarnock.  Saturday's two senior league matches are against Glasgow Accies, the Shawholm XI at home.

Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.

 

Runners-up [posted 16/08/15]

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Today saw the club host the Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day, and with the ground bathed in warm summer sunshine throughout, the 'Loc were eventually beaten by a strong Forfarshire side in the final, after coming through the first semi- against Dumfries.

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]

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The Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day is again being hosted by the club today, with the 'Loc making an appearance on the field too, after winning the Rowan Cup.

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] 

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Scott Ellis Playing Field was the venue for the 'Loc's first league match down in Kilmarnock for many years.  After winning the toss, the 'Loc were batting first and posted a challenging 254 for 8.  There were runs for both openers - Chris' (28) and Owais (33) - in a 67-run opening partnership, before Niel (59) and Pasty (45) put on 89 for the third wicket.  There were then cameos from Shankar (22), on league debut, and Flanners (20), the latter [Ed: almost unbelievably!] including a maximum!  

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] 

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A rarity this season: a beautifully warm and sunny day!  And to add to the feel-good factor, the Shawholm XI saw off the challenge of Kirkstyle this afternoon to get back to winning ways after last week's hiccup against St. Ninian's.  Batting first the side recovered from 50 for 4 to post 171 for 7, thanks in the main to obdurate middle-order innings from Abhi' (30*) and Shaan (28*) in a 68-run partnership that toom the side from 103 for 7 to the end of their innings.

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]

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The Under 11s completed a comprehensive 96-run win over the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined team at Scott Ellis Playing Field this evening, the match finishing in near darkness having been played under slate-grey threatening skies throughout.  The win sees the youngsters remain unbeaten on the year.  But, at the same time, the Under 15s were re-acquainting themselves with an all-too-familiar feeling this season: defeat to the Dark Side.  This time it was in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

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]

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The 2014 Frank Smith Trophy was not completed as avid readers of this column might remember?!?  Honest, fact.  But rather than being confined to history as a "Did not complete", the competition is being played to its completion this season.  And given it was an Under 18 event last year, the players eligible this season are Under 19.  Hope you're still following this!  Tonight saw the semi-final: Ayr away.  And here's the good news - it was a win.  In fact quite a comfortable one in the end, the 19s chasing down 128 to win inside seventeen overs.

There's a short match report, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, online.

 

Team selections [posted 13/08/15]

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There's another ridiculously busy weekend of cricket scheduled!  Friday night junior action sees the Under 15s host Clydesdale in the Scottish Cup quarter-final, while the Under 11s are at Kilmarnock on league duty.  Saturday's two senior league matches are home-and-away clashes with Killie again, the Poloc side down at Scott Ellis Field and the Shawholm XI at home.

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.

 

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Match OFF [posted 11/08/15] 

Tonight's home Evening League match against Uddingston is off, cancelled because of the weather.

 

Under 18s lose at Ayr [posted 10/08/15]

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An Under 18 side missing the experience of Rosco, Beast, CJ, and Ihty and Owais [Ed: both pulled out at the last minute by Cricket Scotland because they're playing for Scotland Under 17s tomorrow.] lost convincingly this evening down at New Cambusdoon. Chasing 158 for the win, the side could muster just 88 for 6 in their run-chase, with young Sobo top-scoring with an unbeaten 27 (31 balls), and putting some of his elder brethern [Ed: including older brother!] to shame.

There's a short match report, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, online.

 

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Match and practice OFF [posted 10/08/15] 

Tonight's home Under 13 match against Ayr has been cancelled because the ground is flooded after this afternoon's very heavy downpour.  Also cancelled, unfortunately, is Under 10 and 11 coaching and practice.

 

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] 

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The 'Loc fell 25 runs short of their target, chasing 178 to beat Prestwick today at Shawholm.  After all-but bowling the side from Ayrshire out - they finished 177 for 9 - the side's propensity for middle order and tail-end collapses again materialised.  The first half had seen Ihty and Imran take "3-fors", but in truth the bowling wasn't as good as it has been of late, a missed chances in the field cost the side, in particular dropping Prasad early on, who went on to top-score with 56.

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] 

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The Shawholm XI lost a flurry of late wickets and somehow snatch defeat from the jaws of victory today in their top-of-the-table clash with league leaders - and still leaders - St. Ninian's.   Chasing 168 to win, after their hosts had posted 167 (bowled out), the 'Holmboys looked in control with Shankar (40) and Stouty (49) making good contributions.  However despite Amaan (26) again showing his real promise batting at seven, and 11 from Abhi', the tail couldn't wag and the side were bundled out for 165.

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

 

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Under 11s back in action with a win [posted 07/08/15]

After more than a month's inactivity because of the horrendous weather we've been experiencing in the west of the country this summer, the Under 11s finally got back to competitive action tonight with a rescheduled match against Prestwick.  And the youngsters carried on where they'd left off, by winning.  In a competitive match, the 22-run margin of victory makes the win sound more comfortable than it was.   

There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Team selections [posted 07/08/15]

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The weekend action starts tonight with the Under 11s hosting Prestwick in a rescheduled match.  Then Saturday's two league clashes are home-and-away against the same opposition, with St. Ninian's hosting the Shawholm XI at the Henry Thow Oval, and the 'Loc playing at home against Prestwick. 

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.

 

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Match OFF [posted 06/08/15] 

Tonight's Under 13B League match, away to Clydesdale, has been cancelled.  A senior cup match is being played instead and takes priority as regards ground use. 

 

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Match and practice OFF [posted 05/08/15] 

Tonight's Under 15 Scottish Cup tie against West of Scotland has been cancelled because of the weather.  Also cancelled is tonight's Under 13 and 15 practice and coaching.

 

Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day - postponed [posted 05/08/15]

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The Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day has been postponed until the 16th of August in the hope of the ground drying out sufficiently to present it - and in particular a wicket - in the best possible state. 

 

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Matches and practice OFF [posted 04/08/15] 

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

 

13s in heavy derby defeat [posted 03/08/15]

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The Under 13s made the short trip to Toytown this evening, on league duty.  The side was a very young and inexperienced one, with a number of the Under 11s playing at this older age-group, and up against a strong side into the bargain.  The absences of Dilina and Abdul, on holiday, and regulars Samee, Hassaan, Ubaid-Raza and Andrew certainly affected the strength in depth, but the game - notwithstanding an eventual heavy defeat - provided great experience for the players on parade.

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

 

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Match OFF [posted 03/08/15] 

Tonight's home Under 18 match against Clydesdale has been cancelled because the square remains waterlogged.  

 

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Matches OFF [posted 02/08/15] 

Today's Panthers Sunday League match against West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent has been cancelled due to an unplayable ground. Also off, and also because of the weather, is the Academy's home Sunday League match against Glasgow Accies.

 

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] 

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The Shawholm XI were left frustrated today as heavy afternoon rain washed away their chance of a win in the home match against Williamfield.  When the rain came, and forced the abandonment, the 'Holmboys had reduced their visitors to 60 for 7, with skipper Abhi' having already grabbed a "3-for".  There had also been a brace of scalps for LJ, and a wicket a-piece for Shaan and Saqib.  But it was the rain that was the only real winner, as the abandonment was agreed by the skippers with water lying all over the square.

Updated statistics and the scorecard are online.

 

July

 

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Match OFF [posted 31/07/15] 

Tonight's Under 15 match at home against Ayr has been cancelled because of the weather.

 

Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day [posted 30/07/15]

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The draw's been made for the Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day.  And, not only is the club again hosting the matches, it's playing in them after winning the Rowan Cup.  The draw saw the 'Loc paired with Dumfries in the first semi-final starting at 11am.

 

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]

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Tomorrow evening sees the start of the weekend's cricket action with the Under 15s hosting Ayr in the league.  The scheduled Under 11 "mirror" fixture down at New Cambusdoon has, however, been postponed as the Alloway ground is hosting the second ODI between Scotland and Nepal. 

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.

 

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

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

 

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Match and practices OFF [posted 27/07/15] 

Tonight's Under 18 match - home against the Active Life Club|Victoria combined team - has been cancelled because of a waterlogged pitch.  Also cancelled because of the persistent rain are the Under 11 and women's coaching and practice.

 

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

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

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

 

Bizarre! [posted 25/07/15] 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Team selections [posted 24/07/15]

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

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

 

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15s win [posted 24/07/15]

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

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

 

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Match OFF [posted 23/07/15] 

Tonight's Poloc Panthers Greenwood Trophy group stage match, home against Clydesdale, has been cancelled because of an unplayable pitch.

 

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.

 

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Practice OFF [posted 22/07/15] 

Tonight's Under 13 and 15 coaching has been cancelled because of the continuing wet weather.

 

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. 

 

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Match and practices OFF [posted 20/07/15] 

Tonight's Under 13B match - home against Prestwick - has been cancelled because of the weather.  Also cancelled, for the same reason, are the Under 11 and women's coaching.

 

Another last gasp cup win! [posted 19/07/15] 

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The 'Loc secured a semi-final berth in the Scottish Cup this afternoon after getting past Forfarshire in another last over cup thriller.  Readers of this column will be getting fed up of such hyperbole, but it's true, victory of the CSL Eastern Premiership side not being secured until the penultimate delivery. 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and there are match photo's in the Gallery.

 

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. 

 

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Matches OFF [posted 18/07/15] 

Both today's senior Saturday league matches - home and away against near-neighbours Weirs - are off, cancelled after torrential overnight rain left both grounds waterlogged.  

 

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Matches OFF [posted 17/07/15] 

Both tonight's junior fixtures are off, the Under 11 match with Renfrew had been postponed earlier in the week after a request by Renfrew given the uncertainty over when Eid might fall, and the Under 15 match is the latest weather victim of season 2015.

 

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]

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There was another bounty of matches scheduled for this weekend, starting with Under 11 and Under 15 league matches tomorrow.  However with Eid landing either tomorrow or Saturday, the club's agreed to postpone its Under 11 match with Renfrew. 

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] 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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Matches and practices OFF [posted 13/07/15] 

Tonight's Under 18 match - home against the GHK|Hillhead combined team - has been cancelled because of a waterlogged pitch.  Also cancelled, for the same reasons, are the away Under 13 match at Whitehaugh, Under 11 coaching and Poloc Women's practice.

 

WU 40 Cup exit [posted 12/07/15] 

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After last Thursday's dramatic cup win over East Kilbride, where the 'Loc defended a lowish score, the side experienced the other side of a last ball thriller, losing by one wicket to Irvine in the WU 40 Cup down at Marress.  Having posted just 139 - using just 32.2 of their allotted 40 overs - the 'Loc then just failed to negotiate passage in to the next round when Irvine's last man, McCallum - batting with a runner - chipped the required 2 runs into the off side to secure the win for his side.

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

The 'Loc beat St. Michael's.....and the rain! [posted 11/07/15] 

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The 'Loc took the win points in today's league encounter with St. Michael's, winning by seven wickets in a game that lasted less than 40 overs all told.  With the expected rain starting just after 4pm, it was just as well that the side had managed to dismiss their visitors from Dumfries in double-quick time - all out 96 - to leave them just enough [Ed: dry!] overs to complete the run-chase.  Imran took a remarkable 7 for 28 in the first innings, with Hasseeb getting the other three.

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] 

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A very young, and inexperienced, Shawholm XI competed well, but eventually slipped to defeat by five wickets, in Dumfries today, losing to Kingholm.  Batting first, the side - featuring five Under 15s - posted 178, with Matt Stout top-scoring with 50 and Shankar, on Shawholm XI debut, making 36.  However defending 178 proved beyond the side, as Kingholm's Butt made 98 to anchor a successful run-chase.  Skipper Abhi' did all he could to lead from the front with the ball, returning 4 for 37, but it'd ultimately be in vain.

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Team selections [posted 10/07/15]

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Five more matches in three days is the schedule today, and over the weekend.  Tonight it's juniors action with the Under 11s and 15s playing Clydesdale, the latter hosting.  Then Saturday sees home-and-away league matches against St. Michael's, with the Dumfries club hosting the Shawholm side. 

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.

 

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Derby defeat [posted 10/07/15]

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

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

 

Win! [posted 10/07/15] 

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

 

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

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

 

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Match OFF [posted 10/07/15] 

Tonight's Under 11 match - away to Clydesdale - has been cancelled because of a waterlogged pitch.

 

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. 

 

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Matches OFF [posted 04/07/15] 

Today's home match between NVT Shawholm and Marress is off, cancelled because of the weather, so is the NVT Poloc away match against Irvine, and tomorrow's Sunday League away match at Langloan is also off already with Drumpellier's ground flooded.

 

WW over WW [posted 03/07/15] 

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The Under 11s and Under 15s both saw off opposition starting with "W" tonight, as the 11s travelled to Albert Park and secured the win against a five-man Weirs side, whilst the 15s entertained a seven-man (!) West of Scotland side and, like their younger counterparts, recorded the win.  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

Team selections [posted 03/07/15]

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There are lots of matches this weekend.....weather-permitting!  Tonight sees the Under 11s at Weirs, while the Under 15s host West of Scotland.  Then Saturday's two fixtures are Irvine home and away, with the 'Loc on the road to Marress.

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] 

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The 'Loc overcame Uddingston tonight in the semi-final of the West League Cup to secure a place in next week's final where they'll play Ferguslie.  The Paisley club snatch a last-ball win over Ayr in the other semi- to secure their place, whilst the 'Loc's win was a little more comfortable, being a seven-wicket success with ten balls to spare.  Chasing 128 for the win, Bredders' 70 not out, and an important 83-run second-wicket partnership with Pasty (25), were at the centre of the successful run-chase.

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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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] 

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The Under 13s and 18s both recorded wins tonight, for the second consecutive Monday, with home and away wins over the city's second best club.  West's Under 13s were on the losing side in the drizzle at Shawholm, going down by seven wickets, whilst their 18s lost by nine wickets to the 'Loc over on the north side.  At Shawholm Ali's 32 not out was the stand-out innings, whilst Stouty scored an unbeaten 30 in the Under 18s' successful run-chase. 

Also impressing at Hamilton Crescent were Ihty, Aliyan and Beast, whose combined bowling figures were 9-7-9-3!  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

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Match OFF [posted 28/06/15] 

Today's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Forfarshire is OFF due to the weather.  We understand the reserve date is on 19 July 2015, that's in three weeks time. 

 

Chance wasted [posted 27/06/15] 

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The 'Loc slipped to only their second defeat of the season, losing by five wickets to Stenhousemuir up in Larbert, in a match that was eminently winnable.  After posting 178 for 9 on what was a tricky wicket, the side failed to defend this, albeit taking Stennie all the way to the 47th over of their innings.  And as ever in such close games, it's the wee things that count.  18 gifted in wides being, for example, just one such "wee thing".

Still, with a side where more than half the players were 21 or under, let's hope today's a learning day.  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Bib tucked in, and words ready to eat... [posted 27/06/15] 

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From memory it said, "#runsrunsandmoreruns #400".  Whereas at around 6pm this afternoon, with cricketing karma kicking in, the 'Holmboys were beginning to suspect #140 might not be scored, and that LWB James Esq.'s tweets of less than 24 hours previously had jinxed them!  Chasing just 130 to beat The Tryst XI at home, the 'Holmboys were batting as badly as you could imagine and were in serious danger of losing.  

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]

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It's another busy weekend of cricket.....if the rain stops!  Friday night junior action sees the Under 11s travel to Kilmarnock, and the 15s host Glasgow Accies.  Then on Saturday it's home-and-away league clashes with Stenhousemuir, the 'Loc going to Larbert.

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. 

 

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Matches OFF [posted 26/06/15] 

Both tonight's junior matches are OFF due to the weather.

 

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.

 

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Practice OFF [posted 25/06/15] 

Tonight's senior coaching and practice is OFF due to the weather.

 

Double over Ferguslie [posted 22/06/15] 

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The Under 13s and 18s were both in league action this evening, both up against Ferguslie.  The 13s were in Paisley, the 18s were hosting their counterparts at Shawholm.  In the game at Meikleriggs, the Under 13s won by 20 runs, defending a low score of 87, thanks in no small measure to a hat-trick from Nabeel, and three well-executed [Ed: two direct hits] run outs.  And whilst the Under 13s were winning "on the road", the Under 18s were winning at home. 

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] 

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Emulating their Under 13 counterparts, the Under 15s - today - travelled to the Capital for the Finals Day of their ECB Cup.  Drawn against Grange in the semi-finals, the 15s let slip a decent position midway through their Edinburgh opponents' innings, letting 50 for 3 become 126 for 5.  Then, in their reply, the batters never really built any momentum, with too many dot balls killing any chance of the win.

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] 

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What a difference a week makes.  Last week the 'Loc and Kilmarnock racked up almost 600 runs at Shawholm in their league match, today the 'Loc and Glasgow Accies barely mustered 200 between them.  The 'Loc could post just 144 batting first, Rosco (24), Pasty (21) and Bredders (39) each getting going but then getting out, whilst the rest just did the second part.  However Accies fared worse, being skittled for just 69 to see them slup to a 75-run defeat.  Bredders helped himself to a "4-for".

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Another big win [posted 20/06/15] 

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The Shawholm XI keep on winning in the league, and today's win over Anniesland was by over 200 runs.  The huge margin of victory was set up by posting 367 batting first, with Owais (101) and Stouty (84) in the runs.  Then in the home side's attempted run-chase the wickets were shared around all the bowlers used, Rusty and Matthew getting a brace each.  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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.

 

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Under 15s beat Prestwick [posted 19/06/15] 

The Under 15s managed to emulate the 'Loc this evening, defeating Prestwick at the Henry Thow Oval.  Last night's win was a cup semi-final, tonight's win saw league points gathered.  43 runs was the margin of victory, 135 for 6 being posted batting first thanks to Amaan's 51 not out which added to CJ's  and Aliyan's opening partnership of 53.

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]

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There are seven scheduled fixtures over the next three days.  Tonight sees the Under 15s in league action at Prestwick, Saturday has home and away senior league matches scheduled against Glasgow Accies, and Sunday has no fewer than four matches slated to be played.

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] 

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It came down to the last couple of balls, but the 'Loc got there in the end - a win at Prestwick, by just 6 runs defending 126 tonight, sees the side in to the Rowan Cup final for the first time since 2007.  With the Ayrshire side needing 11 runs from the last over bowled by Ihty either side could have win it, but Ihty held his nerve and Prestwick came up just 6 runs short.  The 126 for 3 posted centred on Chris's 46, with cameos from Owais (38*) and Scotty (20*).

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Through the group stages unbeaten [posted 17/06/15] 

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The 'Loc safely negotiated a trip over the river this evening, destination Hamilton Crescent, in the last of the round-robin group stage matches in this season's West League Cup.  Batting first, hosts West were skittled for just 71 inside their allotted twenty overs, and 72 was chased in under thirteen overs, Rosco top-scoring with an unbeaten 26.  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard

 

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] 

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Just as last season it was a case of so-near-yet-so-far in the Western Cup this evening as the Shawholm XI lost at the semi-final stage of the competition.  Defeat was at the hands of Kelburne's Whitehaugh XI, who chased down 115 to win with three overs to spare.  The home side's win over in Paisley owed much to South African "Overseas Amateur" Bradley William's all-round performance, bowling his four overs for just 15 runs, before bunting 39 from just 23 balls at the top of the order.

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] 

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The Under 18s came up short in almost ever department this evening, embarrassingly failing to chase only 111 to beat an eight-man Drumpellier side!    Gifting 17 runs out of 110 in the first innings was bad enough, but then scoring just 13 runs [Ed: yes, thirteen!] in the final five overs to come up 5 runs short in the run-chase was downright criminal.  #chumpsnotchamps  #notasgoodastheythinktheyare  

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] 

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The Under 13s took third place in the Finals Day of the ECB Cup at Goldenacre today, losing to the Dark Side in the semi-final, and then defeating Broomhall in the 3rd/4th place play off game.  Game one saw a poor batting display that left Clydesdale requiring only 57 for the win, and the Toytowners duly knocked these off inside eight overs.

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.

 

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Poloc Women's inaugural match [posted 14/06/15]

The sun shone on Poloc Women as they played their first home game today, hosting Stirling County in the Women's Scottish Cup.  Batting first, the PW posted 36, up against a more experienced Stirling side.  Liv Barber top-scored, opening, with 17.  Then in the second innings, chasing 37 for the win, Stirling lost four wickets en route to their win.  Jo Ashcroft was the standout bowler, taking two-in-two as the visitors from New Williamfield wobbled just as they approached the winning post.  We've photo's of the game in the Gallery.  There are updated statistics and the scorecard online too.

 

Killie beaten [posted 13/06/15] 

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After posting just under 300 in their last league outing a fortnight ago against Stirling County, Shawholm was again awash with runs as the 'Loc racked up 311 batting first against Kilmarnock.  Then, in their reply, the Ayrshire side mustered 209 for 8 to eventually lose by 102 runs.  On a run-fest of a day, where the bowling and fielding from both sides was pretty ordinary, it was the batters who "made hay".  

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] 

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The Shawholm XI went to Kilmarnock, played, won, and were back in plenty time for leftovers at the between-intervals tea break at the Policies!  After having lost the toss and found themselves in the field, Abhi's charges proceeded to skittle Kirkstyle for just 48, the wickets being shared around the six bowlers used.  Then in a perfectly drama-free run-chase, the 'Holmboys romped home inside nine overs, Flanners top-scoring with an unbeaten 30.

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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Double-win Friday [posted 12/06/15] 

The Under 11s and 15s both won this evening against Ayr.  The 11s were at Shawholm, the 15s "on the road".  Both margins of victory were quite big, with the Under 11s winning by 100 runs, the Under 15s by 51 runs.  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

Team selections [posted 11/06/15]

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The weekend's fixtures start with the Under 11s hosting Ayr on Friday evening, whilst the Under 15s make the trip to the coast in the "mirror" fixture.  Kilmarnock "home and away" are then Saturday's two senior league fixtures.

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] 

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The Under 13s saw off the challenge from East Lothian Cricket Association this evening in the quarter-final of the ECB Cup to join their under 15 counterparts in a "Finals Day".  After giving up home advantage to get the game played, the 13s made the long trek to Prestonpans CC in the rush hour this evening and, after batting first, set their hosts 94 to win.  Dilina'd top-scored with 31 retired, with Ali chipping in with 20.

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] 

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The 'Loc remain unbeaten in this season's West League Cup after complete the double over the Dark Side in the group stages, chasing 109 for the win this evening at Shawholm.   After winning the toss, Dark Side skipper Haq chose to bat first and posted 108 for with Haq himself carrying his bat for an unbeaten 49.  He was given good support by Sabri who scored a quick-fire 32.

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] 

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For the second season in a row, the Shawholm XI has reached the semi-final of the Western Cup.  Having fallen at that hurdle last season, when Irvine secured a final berth, the side will be keen to go one better this year.  Tonight's quarter-final was against Albert Park and turned out to be fairly straight-forward.  Winning the toss, the home side decided to bat first but could only muster 60, with Motassim and Abhi' doing most of the damage with three wickets-a-piece, before Mushy turned the screw with 4-1-5-0.

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] 

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The Under 15s travelled to Ardencaple this evening and returned having secured a win over hosts Helensburgh that sees the youngsters progress to "Finals Day" in this season's ECB Under 15 National Club Championship being held on the 21st of June.  The win - by just 18 runs - featured a MoTM performance from Gary, Ahmed-Raza scoring an unbeaten 20 batting eleven and then taking a "3-for" as Helensburgh were bowled out for just 80. 

There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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] 

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On a pleasantly warm evening tonight [Ed: for maybe the first time this season!] the Under 13s and 18s both recorded solid league wins over the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side.  At Shawholm the Under 18s won by 74 runs, whilst over in Renfrew, the winning margin was seven wickets.  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

The 'Loc progress in the Scottish Cup [posted 07/06/15] 

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In a match reduced to 30 overs-a-side after yesterday's heavy rain, the 'Loc saw off the challenge of Stenhousemuir today, to move in to the quarter-finals of this year's Scottish Cup.  Batting first, 64 from Pasty and a cameo 27 from Abid - that included three consecutive 6s - were the centre-pieces of the 'Loc posting 141.

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.

 

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Matches OFF [posted 06/06/15] 

Today's two senior league matches are both off, cancelled because of the continuing bad weather.  For those interested in such stat's, today's two cancellations mean that - now - over 40% of this season's scheduled games, junior and senior, have been cancelled or abandoned.  #Scottishsummer indeed!

 

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15s win at home [posted 05/06/15] 

The Under 15s beat the morning rains,.....and then East Kilbride this evening, to get back to winning ways in the league.  Batting first the 15s posted 148 for 2 with all the batters making contributions, Aliyan top-scoring with an unbeaten 50.  Then, as East Kilbride were dismissed for 72 there was a hat-trick for Amaan, as he returned figures of 2-1-1-4!  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Team selections [posted 04/06/15]

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The weekend's fixtures start with the Under 15s hosting their East Kilbride counterparts on Friday evening before it's Prestwick "home and away" in Saturday's two senior league fixtures.  Sunday then sees two matches scheduled: the 'Loc entertaining Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup, and the Panthers going to Glenpark in the Sunday League.

Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.

 

The 'Loc progress to the semi's [posted 04/06/15] 

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The 'Loc secured a semi-final berth in this season's Rowan Cup this evening with a ten-wicket win over Ayrshire side Kilmarnock.  Batting first Killie were restricted to 93 all out in their twenty overs, the final wicket falling on the last ball of their twenty overs.  The 'Loc then chased their target down inside sixteen overs and with the minimum of fuss.  Standout individual performances on the night came from Imran (4-2-7-4) and Anjii (65*).

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] 

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Tonight's West League Cup match against Weirs, at Shawholm, saw the 'Loc secure the win that saw them remain unbeaten in the group stages: played three, won three.  Chasing 87 to beat their near-southside neighbours, the 'Loc stuttered briefly - losing four top-order batters in quick succession, before then steadying the ship and running out comfortable six-wicket winners - only really Owais (47*) looked comfortable of all the batters who made it to the middle. 

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.

 

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Match OFF [posted 03/06/15] 

Tonight's junior match - the Under 15 match away to Helensburgh - has been cancelled because of the weather.

 

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Match OFF [posted 02/06/15] 

Tonight's Western Cup quarter-final against Weirs' Albert Park XI is off, yet another weather victim.

 

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.

 

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Matches and practices OFF [posted 01/06/15] 

Tonight's two junior matches - the Under 13 and 18 matches with Glasgow Accies - have both been cancelled because of the weather. Also off are both the Under 11 and women's coaching and practice sessions, for the same reason.

  

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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] 

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After last weekend's horror show at Glenpark with the bat it was more-than-pleasing to see the 'Loc rack up 296 for 4 batting first in today's next league match, and this after being inserted by the opposition captain, Stirling County's Anderson.  Bredders was in the runs again, this time with 111, and there was a half-century from Pasty (54) and meaningful contributions from both Chri's (40) and Owais (30) at the top of the order.  Bredders then helped himself to a "5-for" as Stirling County were bowled out for 115. 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.  We've also got some great match pic's in the Gallery, courtesy of Stuart Rousen.

 

Good away win [posted 30/05/15] 

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The Shawholm XI continue on their winning way this afternoon with a hard-fought and important win on the road up in Stirling.  Batting first they posted 183 all out, a total that owed much to Rosco's current good form (71), and cameos from Beast and Aliyan, both of whom got in to the 20s.  Then, after tea, the side defended their total, bowling out their hosts for 129.  The wickets were shared around, with Noaman and Beast both grabbing "3-fors". 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Friday night wins [posted 29/05/15] 

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After double defeat in Monday's two junior matches, tonight brought altogether better results with two wins.  The Under 11s romped home by 95 runs awat in Renfrew, whilst the Under 15s made the shorter trip over the river to take on Glasgow Accies, returning with a 115-run victory under their belts.  A good night all round then, but - boy! - it's still cold out there!!  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

Team selections [posted 28/05/15]

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There are five matches coming up in the next three days - all weather permitting!  Friday night is juniors night with both the Under 11s and Under 15s "on the road".  The 11s go to Renfrew, the 15s to Glasgow Accies.  Then on Saturday it's Stirling County home and away, as the 'Loc host their counterparts and the Shawholm XI go to New Williamfield.

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.

 

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Matches OFF [posted 28/05/15] 

Tonight's away Under 15 ECB Cup tie against Helensburgh has been cancelled because of the weather.  And, also off - cancelled as play was just about to get under way - was the Rowan Cup quarter-final against Kilmarnock.

 

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Match and practice OFF [posted 27/05/15] 

Tonight's away West League Cup tie against Weirs has been cancelled because of the weather. Also off is the Under 13 and 15 coaching and practice, for the same reason.

 

Shawholm progress in the Western Cup [posted 26/05/15] 

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GHK were the visitors tonight in the Western Cup, the WDCU cup competition that pits the Shawholm XI against a number of the Union's clubs' 1st XIs, GHK being a case in point.  And on a crisp and quite chilly evening the Shawholm boys strode to victory, winning by 36 runs.  After posting 127 for 3 - Rosco continuing his good form with an unbeaten 63, and Beast chipping in with a cameo 28 not out - the side bowled out their visitors in the eighteenth over to secure the win. 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard

 

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Double Dark Side defeat [posted 25/05/15] 

It was double defeat tonight in the two southside derby clashes against the neighbours from Crossmyloof.  At home the Under 13s posted 103 for 2 batting first but would end up losers by nine wickets, whilst the Under 18s somehow contrived to slump from 65 for 2 two after ten overs - chasing just 102 to win - to 100 all out on the last ball of the match.  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

Bounce-back win [posted 24/05/15] 

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The 'Loc bounced back from yesterday's calamitous loss at Greenock yesterday, with a Scottish Cup win over Edinburgh side SMRH.   Batting first Bredders' unbeaten 94 was the main component of the side's total of 206 for 8, a total they defended - easily in the end - bowling out their visitors for just 125.  There were "3-fors" for Crazy Horse and Anjii.

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and there are match photo's - courtesy of Ali Maddock - in the Gallery.

 

Collapse [posted 23/05/15] 

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This was a strange one!  Today's league match at Glenpark was a bizarre encounter as, first, the home side slumped to 66 for 7 having been 57 for 0, before then recovering to post 144.   Then the 'Loc's reply started where the Greenock mid-innings left off with the side collpasing to 0 for 2, and then 23 for 5.  However unlike Greenock, the 'Loc didn't have anyone who was willing, and/or able, to dig in a make a score, and their reply petered out in a whimper to see them bowled out for just 76. 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Shawholm stay unbeaten [posted 23/05/15] 

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The Shawholm XI impressive league record continued today with a big win over the Glenpark XI at home.   After setting their visitors the imposing target of 289 to win, the side then bowled out the Glenpark XI for just 114.  Mushy was the main wicket-taker with a "5-for", as the win was secured in the 37th over.  Earlier, in the first innings, Rosco's 116 - that saw his name, alongside Mushy's, get added again to the Honours Board - was the standout individual contribution, but there were cameo 30s from Irfan, Beast and Mushy.

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.  There are also match photo's in the Gallery.

 

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Honours even [posted 22/05/15] 

It was a win and a loss in Friday night derby junior action this evening as the Under 11s saw off the challenge from their Dark Side counterparts, whilst the Under 15s were going down in the mirror skirmish over at Toytown.  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

Team selections [posted 21/05/15]

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It's another busy weekend of cricket, with Friday night juniors matches seeing the Under 11s and 15s both in southside derby action against the Dark Side, the 15s travelling to Toytown.  Saturday's two senior league matches see Greenock the opposition, the Glenpark XI coming to Shawholm and the 'loc travelling down the Clyde.

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] 

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West of Scotland were the visitors to Shawholm tonight in the second group stage match of this season's West League Cup.  After last Wednesday's section-opening win at Titwood, tonight saw back-to-back wins recorded as West were beaten by 50 runs.  Batting first the 'Loc posted 120 for 5 - likely par on a still-recovering-after-the-rain wicket - before bowling out their guests for 70.  Pasty and Scotty, with 20-odds each, top-scored for the 'Loc in the first dig, before Bredders took a "6-for" as West struggled in reply.

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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Match OFF [posted 18/05/15] 

Tomorrow's Western Cup match against GHK has been postponed as the ground remains unplayable because of the continuing wet weather.

 

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

 

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Matches and practices OFF [posted 18/05/15] 

Today's home Under 16Bs match against Prestwick is cancelled because of the weather.  Also off is the Under 13 League Cup tie away at Whitehaugh against Kelburne, as well as both the Under 11 and women's coaching and training sessions.

 

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Match OFF [posted 17/05/15] 

Today's Scottish Cup match against SMRH is off, the ground being waterlogged.

 

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.

 

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Match OFF [posted 16/05/15] 

Today's Shawholm XI match, away to Irvine's Marress XI, in Irvine, is off.  The pitch at Marress is unplayable after yesterday's and overnight, rain.

 

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.

 

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Matches OFF [posted 15/05/15] 

Today's home Under 11s match against Weirs is cancelled, as is the Under 15s trip to New Anniesland to face Glasgow Accies.  The latter's already been rescheduled for the 29th of May.

 

Team selections [posted 14/05/15]

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It's a busy cricket weekend, starting with the Under 11s hosting Weirs on Friday, at the same time as the Under 15s travel to play Glasgow Accies.  Saturday then sees home and away league matches against Irvine, and Sunday is Scottish Cup first round day, SMRH visiting Shawholm.  Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.

 

Progression in the Rowan Cup [posted 14/05/15] 

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Tonight saw the second of back-to-back cup ties for the 'Loc.  And, pleasingly, the side goes in to the weekend still unbeaten. Irvine were the visitors to Shawholm this evening in the Rowan Cup, the visiting skipper calling wrongly and finding his team in the field.  After Owais went early, Chris' (56*) and Pasty (76) dominated the rest of the first innings as 153 for 2 was posted.  Chasing down this score proved too much for Irvine after the break as the Ayrshire side finished 39 runs short of their target.

The 'Loc now await news of the quarter-final draw.  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Derby win for the 'Loc [posted 13/05/15] 

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Toytown was the venue for the latest - and this season's first - Rebel Alliance versus Empire clash.  The competition was the West League Cup, all shiny and new with pink balls now mandatory.  And the pleasing news is that this latest skirmish resulted in a win for the 'Loc.  After winning the toss, the side posted 130 for 7 with Pasty top-scoring with a well-paced 46 not out, Scotty bunting 37 and Flanners chipping in with 18.

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] 

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Less than 24 hours since securing progress in the Under 13 ECB Cup at Hamilton Crescent, the Under 15s were in action in their version of the same competition, with West of Scotland again the opposition.  However this time the match was at Shawholm.  With both sides missing key players, there was opportunity for younger players to step up to the plate.  

And pleasingly it was the 15s who came through, chasing 86 for the win with eight wickets in hand.  There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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] 

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The Under 13s returned from the north-side tonight having progressed in the ECB Cup after a win over West of Scotland.  Batting first, and with an unbeaten 33 from Sobo as its cornerstone, a total of 104 for 4 was posted.  Then in the second innings the home side were restricted to 70 for 5 in their reply to see the 13s run out 34-run winners.  They now travel to Stirling County in the next round.  

There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Funding support [posted 12/05/15] 

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We're delighted that the Morgan Stanley International Foundation ("MSIF") has chosen to support the club's sister Charity, the Community Coaching Initiative.  The connection with MSIF was made through Matt Coyle, and our thanks go to him in this regard. 

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] 

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The Under 16B side kicked-off their participation in this year's league - a new age-group league introduced by the WDJCU this season - with a win down at the Henry Thow Oval against Prestwick.  Chasing 120 to win, the side reached their target with over four overs to spare, and by ten wickets, with Abdullah 61 not out and Uzzair unbeaten on 41.  The first innings had seen Amaan take a "3-for".  There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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Match OFF [posted 11/05/15] 

Today's home Under 13s match against Prestwick is cancelled because the wicket remains unplayable after yesterday's and this morning's rain.

 

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 Back-to-back wins for the Shawholm XI [posted 09/05/15]

The Shawholm XI continued on their winning ways today with an eventual 89-run win over St. Michael's Kingholm XI at home.  Batting first, Stiffy's 63 was the foundation for a final total of 205 being posted, Irfan chipping in with 40, and Mushy a cameo 21 in an important 62-run partnership with Elliott (pictured left).   Then in the Kingholm XI reply "3-fors" for Aliyan and Mushy were the biggest wicket hauls as the visitors were dismissed for 116 in the 32nd over.

 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard, and some photo's from the match in the Gallery, here.

 

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.

 

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Defeat on the north-side [posted 08/05/15] 

After the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined team provisionally their Under 11 match with the club on Wednesday evening, the entirety of junior attention tonight was on the 15s' trip to Hamilton Crescent.  Unfortunately the side were blinded by the spotlight and slumped to a convincing 40-run loss.  There's a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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Representative honours [posted 08/05/15] 

Congratulations are again due to Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik (pictured left) who were both involved with the Reivers squad that took on the Highlanders today in the latest North Sea Pro Series matches, two T20s at Titwood. 

 

Craig Young, unavailable for today's match because of university exam's, is back involved with the Reivers next week as the regional side goes to The Netherlands to take on the two Dutch franchise teams, the Northern Hurricanes and the Southern Seafarers

 

Well done to all three players.

 

Team selections [posted 07/05/15]

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There are two senior league matches this weekend: home and away games against St. Michael's.  The 'Holmboys are at home, the 'Loc travel to the borders.  Both games start at noon.  In addition there are two Friday-night junior matches, the 11s at home, the 15s away.  Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.

 

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Practice OFF [posted 05/05/15] 

Tonight's senior coaching and practice is OFF due to the weather.

  

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Under 13s get their season off to a winning start [posted 04/05/15] 

The Under 13s were in League Cup action this evening, entertaining Ayr.  After Ayr had recovered from 14 for 4 to post a more-than-competitive 100 for 9, the 13s then completed a nail-biting run-chase, Moiz cutting the penultimate delivery of the match for the needed 2 runs through point.  There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the match scorecard.

 

Win for the 'Loc to complete Saturday double [posted 02/05/15] 

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With the Shawholm XI having already secured their win over at Albert Park in the "mirror" fixture, the 'Loc made it a double-win-Saturday by completing a five-wicket win over Weirs at Shawholm.  Chasing 189 to win, 95 from Chris' was the foundation of a good run-chase that saw the win secured with just under twenty overs to spare.  In the first innings, Ihty had grabbed a "4-for", and Niel made 44 to see him up-and-running too. 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

Shawholm start with a win [posted 02/05/15] 

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The Shawholm XI started a new league season today with a short trip to Albert Park to take on their Weirs counterparts.  After losing the toss, Abhi' found his side in the field.  A good start with the ball, on a tricky wicket, saw the the home side collapse to 19 for 5 before recovering to post 93.  Aliyan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 7-4-6-3.  The run-chase proved fairly straight-forward with the winning post passed in the sixteenth over, Irfan top-scoring with 37. 

There is a short match report online, along with updated statistics and the scorecard.

 

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.

 

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Season-opening wins [posted 01/05/15] 

There were encouraging opening day league wins tonight for the Under 11s and Under 15s.  Both were in action against Prestwick, the 11s winning by 55 runs down on the coast and the 15s, meanwhile, securing a 63-run victory at home.  There are short match reports online, along with updated statistics and scorecards.

 

April

 

Team selections [posted 30/04/15]

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The season's first Saturday league matches take place this weekend, with Weirs the opposition.  The Poloc XI are at home, with the Shawholm XI going to Albert Park.  Both games are 12 noon starts.  Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.

 

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Season-opening junior fixtures [posted 29/04/15] 

Friday sees the start of both the Under 11 and Under 15 leagues, and both age-group sides will be in action, Prestwick the opposition.  The Under 11s travel to the coast, whilst the Under 15s host their Ayrshire counterparts.  Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.

 

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Practice OFF [posted 29/04/15] 

Tonight's Under 13 and 15 junior coaching and practice is OFF due to the weather.

 

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.

 

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Practice OFF [posted 27/04/15] 

Tonight's Under 11 junior coaching and practice is OFF due to the weather.

 

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]

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There are three pre-season matches scheduled for this weekend, with a Poloc XI playing an Uddingston XI on Saturday and a West of Scotland XI on Sunday.  Both matches are away fixtures, the first being Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match.  Teams are online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.

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]

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The Poloc XI team to play a Prestwick XI tomorrow at the Henry Thow Oval in Prestwick is online now, selected players names being added as they confirm.  The match is a 50 overs-a-side match starting at 12 noon. 

 

Junior outdoor training and coaching [posted 15/04/15]

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After the short break for the Easter school holiday, junior training and coaching resumes next week.  We'll be carrying out our annual registration process next week too.  First up, and back outdoors after a long winter indoors, are the Under 11 group, who'll resume their traditional Monday evening slot between 6pm and 7.30pm.  Then on Wednesday the Under 13 and Under 15 groups will train - again at their time - between 6.30pm and 8pm.

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]

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The first of the club's two overseas players arrives in Glasgow later today.  Nineteen year old Christopher Graham (pictured right), our "Overseas Amateur", comes to us from South Africa where he plays for Western Province Under 19s. 

 

Still to arrive is coaching professional Niel Bredenkamp (pictured left).  Also hailing from South Africa, 27 year old Niel plays his domestic First Class cricket with North West, and comes to the club after three previous successful seasons in UK club cricket.  More about both players can be found online.

 

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]

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The club's delighted that independent financial advisers Capital Managers have again generously supported the club's sister coaching Charity's Spring community coaching programme.  This support is as gratefully received as it is vital to the Charity's ongoing community work.

 

March

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 27/03/15]

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

 

More cup competition fixtures released [posted 26/03/15]

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The draws for the WU 40 and Western Cups have been made, as has the draw for the Greenwood Trophy.  These can be found online,  

 

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]

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The eighteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 11, and Under 13 and 15.  Under 11s between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 13s and 15s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

"Long Hop Down Under" [posted 13/03/15]

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The club's taking part in QTV Sports' web-based pre-match chat show - "Long Hop Down Under" - this evening, featuring in the programme's bowl out competition, as well as being in the studio audience.  The "Poloc 5" who are in the bowl out are Saqi', Anjum, Naeem, Motassim and Abhi' - no pressure guys, but one hit each wins it!    The show's being recorded from 8.30pm and all club members, young and old, are encouraged to get along to Clydesdale CC's "Titwood" clubhouse to be involved. 

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 13/03/15]

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

 

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.

 

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Funding support [posted 10/03/15]

The club's delighted that Primestaff, the specialist recruiters, have again generously supported the club's sister coaching Charity's Spring community coaching programme.  Without this kind of support the programme quite simply couldn't take place.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 07/03/15]

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The sixteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 11, and Under 13 and 15.  Under 11s between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 13s and 15s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

February

 

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]

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

 

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. 

 

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Indoor coaching and practice [posted 20/02/15]

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The fourteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 11, and Under 13 and 15.  Under 11s between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 13s and 15s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 14/02/15]

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

 

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]

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The junior cup draws were completed this morning with the release of the Under 18 Scottish Cup draw.  The 'Loc were handed a first-round bye, and await the winners of the Ayr versus Greenock opening round match, hosting the winner at Shawholm.

 

Cricket Scotland Under 13 and 15 Scottish Cup draws [posted 06/02/15]

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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 a home tie against the Dark Side, whilst the Under 15 draw saw the club drawn to play Helensburgh, also at home. 

 

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NatWest ECB Under 13 and 15 cup draws [posted 06/02/15]

The draws for both the Under 13 and Under 15 ECB Cups were made this morning.  Both draws see the 'Loc slated to play in the preliminary round, with West of Scotland the opponents in both.  The Under 13 clash will be at Hamilton Crescent, the Under 15 hosting West at Shawholm. 

 

Junior fixtures [posted 02/02/15]

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The WDJCU has published league and cup fixtures for season 2015, and these can be seen in the various age-group sub-sections of the Junior section of the website. 

 

January 

 

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Pre-season matches [posted 30/01/15]

We've added another pre-season match to our schedule, agreeing with West of Scotland to play them on Sunday the 26th of April, at Hamilton Crescent. 

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 30/01/15]

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The twelfth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 11, and Under 13 and 15.  Under 11s between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 13s and 15s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Annual membership subscriptions [posted 26/01/15]

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December's AGM approved the annual subscription rates for 2015 and these can now be paid after subscription notices were sent out to members by Secretary Keith Sheridan today.  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. 

 

Quiz Night thanks [posted 24/01/15]

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Tonight's Quiz Night at the club, and we're grateful to our friends at the Strawberry & Spice Garden and New Turban Restaurant for their generosity and support with tonight's catering.  If you've not been to one or other, or both, before, make sure you take the chance to pop in over the next few weeks!   

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Pre-season matches [posted 23/01/15]

We are starting to build the coming season's fixture list, including pre-season matches.  Saturday the 25th of April will see home and away matches with Uddingston CC, with two XIs playing, to determine the winner of the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy.  It's hoped to add a few more pre-season matches to the fixture list as the new season approaches. 

 

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]

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

 

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West League Cup quarter-final draw [posted 19/01/15]

The Western Union made the draw for this season's PlayerReg West League Cup group stages today, and the draw saw the 'Loc grouped with the Dark Side, Weirs and West of Scotland.  The round-robin - home-and-away - group stage matches run on six consecutive Wednesday evenings starting mid-May. 

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 15/01/15]

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The tenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 11, and Under 13 and 15.  Under 11s between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 13s and 15s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Saturday league fixtures released for season 2015 [posted 14/01/15]

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The Competitions Management Committee of the WDCU emailed clubs this evening with information concerning season 2015.  The fixture scheduling sees the 'Loc open their league campaign with home and away matches against Weirs in southside derbies.  These can be found online here and here.

 

Scottish Cup draw [posted 13/01/15] 

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The draw for this season's Scottish Cup was made today, and circulated to clubs by Cricket Scotland.  Back to a straight knockout basis, the draw saw the 'Loc drawn home to either Glasgow Accies or SMRH in round one on the 17th of May, Accies and SMRH having been drawn together in the preliminary round.  The full draw's online.

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 12/01/15]

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In addition to the ongoing weekly Sunday afternoon indoor junior coaching and practice sessions, weekly indoor senior practice sessions are starting soon.  The sessions, at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, are being held every Tuesday evening, between 8pm and 10pm, and are open to all Academy and senior players.  To cover the hall hire costs there will be a £4 per person charge for members, £5 per person for non-members.  The sessions start on Tuesday the 10th of February and run until the start of April. 

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 08/01/15]

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

 

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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.