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Team selections [posted 15/07/16]
Double win Tuesday in the Evening League [posted 12/07/16]
The Academy's 144 for 6 included 41 from CJ2 and 44 from late-replacement Pasty. Uzzi also hit a cameo 17* at the end of the innings, including a couple of maximums over the Toytown rope. Then, and just as at Hamilton Crescent, run outs were the mainstay of the dismissals as Clydesdale were bowled out for 121, not four though, but five! [Ed: and just as well seeing as no-one seemed able to catch a ball!] So a couple of wins, and good to get some cricket in given the last few weeks of miserable weather. We've scorecards online (here and here) and updated statistics.
Representative honours [posted 12/07/16]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah on their selections for the Scotland Under 17 squad to taken on Cumbria over the next two days, as well - along with Adil Ghaffar and Lewis James - their selections for one or both of the Western Warriors Under 18 matches against Eastern Knights and Caledonian Highlanders on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Under 18s win in Uddingston [posted 11/07/16]
Under 13 match cancelled [posted 11/07/16]
Tonight's home Under 13 League match with Stirling County is off, conceded by the New Williamfield club as they cannot raise a team.
The 'Loc exit the West League Cup [posted 07/07/16]
After a brief delay the game did, however, restart with Drumpellier set 88 to win in fifteen overs. This should've been beyond the visitors in the gathering gloom, but two dropped catches, a missed stumping, numerous mis-fields and 7 wides saw the visitors stroll home with six balls in hand. Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory, and no-one else to blame but themselves. We've the scorecard online, along with updated statistics.
Team selections [posted 07/07/16]
Under 13 and 15 practice [posted 06/07/16]
Recognising that many of our juniors, and their families, will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr today, tonight's Under 13 and 15 practice has been cancelled.
Panthers gain revenge over the Dark Side [posted 05/07/16]
After Sunday's mauling at the hands of Clydesdale's Cavaliers side, the Panthers were back in action against the Dark Side tonight, this time over at Toytown in the Evening League. And the good news is that, in a thriller, the Panthers sneaked home by just 1 run. Batting first the side's 121 for 7 was built around Hunnain's 40 not out, as he carried his bat. He was involved in a couple of good partnerships, with Dr Uzzi (30) and Ahmed (16). But really everyone chipped in with the bat, with some positive running between the wickets seeing invaluable runs scored, particularly given the eventual narrowest of winning margins. Then in defending their total it all came down to last over, Hasan - who had a "3-for" - being tossed the ball by the skipper. Hunnain had bowled the penultimate over, and having taken a wicket to add to his unbeaten 40, can perhaps lay claim to a MoTM award. And as nerves started to get a bit frayed, that last over played out as so many do: Keystone Cops and brilliance in equal measures. There was desperate running, overthrows and Ali' blinder of a catch! And it all came down to the last ball as an initial appeal for a run out was turned down, only for the home batters to then attempt a third - a tying - run. Smart thinking by the Panthers however saw a stump pulled out of the broken wicket and the ball pressed against it for the run out that counted. Exciting stuff, and a good bounce-back win. There are updated statistics online, along with the scorecard.
Academy cruise to the win [posted 05/07/16]
The Academy were in Evening League action this evening and cruised to the win, bowling out opponents Hillhead for just 54 - the last wicket coming on the final delivery of Hillhead's innings - and then chasing the 55 needed to win inside six overs. Ahmed-Raza was the standout performer in the first half returning figures of 3-1-6-2, taking a good low catch at mid-on and running out Tervet to see Hillhead lose their first wicket early on. Then in the run-chase, only CJ (4) was dismissed, CJ2 (23*) and Mo (27*) seeing their side safely across the finish line with a flurry of boundaries. There are updated statistics online, along with the scorecard.
Representative honours [posted 04/07/16]
Congratulations to Uzzair Shah on his selection for the Scotland Under 15 squad taking on Cumbria at New Cambusdoon tomorrow, and Durham at Myreside on Thursday.
Sunday League thumping [posted 03/07/16]
On a day that started with rain, continued with the Under 15s being comprehensively beaten in the Scottish Cup, and ended with more horizontal rain driving across the old ground, it's perhaps appropriate that squeezed in between the 15s' humbling and the early evening rain, there was just time for the Panthers to be thrashed by the Dark Side's Cavaliers side. 187 all out was a hefty total to post by the Cavaliers, and it proved many more than enough as the Panthers mustered just 55 in reply. Berryman, the opposing skipper, helped himself to a "5-for" in to the bargain, as the 'Loc boys were outplayed in almost every department. True, the energy, if not the skill, in the fielding department was good, and some of the bowling got pass-marks, however too many dropped catches and fumbled run out attempts cost the side runs in the first half. Then in the run-chase, only Sobo (drafted in as a late replacement for Dr Uzzi, and Gulfam (batting at nine) got in to double figures. In fact, of the other nine batters none got past 5. Another ouch! Still, as ever, a leqarning experience, and the side's first 40 overs-a-side outing of the season. Next up there's a chance for near instant revenge as the Panthers go to Toytown on Tueasday night in the Evening League. We've the scorecard online, along with updated statistics.
Under 15s exit cup to Carlton [posted 03/07/16]
The Under 15s were bundled, unceremoniously, out of the Scottish Cup today on a damp, dank even, morning at Shawholm. To the victors the spoils they say, and in this instance the victors were Carlton. The Edinburgh side was restricted to 113 for 5 batting first, with Uzzi (4-0-10-2) and Sobo (4-0-12-1) the pick of the bowlers, Hassaan (2-0-6-0), still an Under 11, also proving economical. However chasing 114 to win was very quickly a forlorn task as Uzzi was adjudged leg-before by the visiting umpire, ball #1 of the reply, and Rambo nicked off to Johnston for 11 (9) when looking in decent touch. Sobo (11), the only other 'Loc youngster to get in to double-digits, offered some resistance, but it was eventually in vain as the rest of the 'card took on a look of binary code. Four ducks, and two 1s tell their own story, a miserable 41 all out the eventual "18"-rated scoresheet. Ouch. We've got the scorecard online, as well as updated statistics.
Double defence! [posted 02/07/16]
At King George V Playing Field in Renfrew meanwhile, the 'Holmboys posted 226 in their [full] 50 overs, with CJ making 70 at the top of the order, and Wajid (46) and Ahmed (43*) adding invaluable lower order runs to see the big score recorded. Then in their defence, it was skipper Abhi' who starred, taking 5 for 21 as Deanpark were bundled out for 68. Two good wins therefore in pretty bleak "summer" conditions. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).
Team selections [posted 30/06/16]
Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
Panthers progress in the cup [posted 30/06/16]
Representative honours [posted 28/06/16]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah on their selections for the Scotland Under 17 squad taking on Durham CCC Academy at Bothwell Castle Policies today and tomorrow in a two-day game.
Derby win for Under 18s [posted 27/06/16]
79 win always seems easier said than chased [Ed: to coin a new phrase] and so it's pleasing that despite losing Rambo in the sixth over, CJ (41*) and Owais (23*) saw the side home to what was, in the end, a comfortable win, with just under seven wickets in hand. Credit the 'Loc's two slow left arm bowlers - Ahmed-Raza (4-0-11-3) and Harris (4-0-13-1) who bowled nicely, in tandem, to strangle the visitors' batters after Ihty's opening salvo. We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.
Women washed out [posted 26/06/16]
The Poloc Women's National League match at New Cambusdoon today went the way of the rest of the weekend's fixtures: abandoned! However some play was possible, and you can read Nicole's short report online here.
Matches postponed [posted 26/06/16]
This morning's Under 15 Scottish Cup match against Carlton is off, the ground having not dried out sufficiently after yesterday's, and overnight, rain. Also off is this afternoon's Sunday League match with Ayr.
Rain 1 - 1 Poloc [posted 25/06/16]
Down in Irvine the 'Loc were not quite so lucky as they only got ten overs in in the second innings, chasing 115 for the win, before the rain washed away chances of further play. The home side had been bowled out for 114 in 33.1 overs, but tea was taken nevertheless to see the 'Loc up against the clock when play resumed. Then after a break in play for rain, overs started to be lost - compounded by the absence of a laptop to calculate the D/L score and remaining overs as time ticked by. However it likely didn't matter as - after a couple of impressive claps of thunder, and an all-too-near flash of lightning - the rain set in. So a win, and an abandonment. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).
At Shawholm meanwhile the Under 15s were bowling out the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side for just 47, with Nabeel taking a "3-for" in the this one. Then the Shah boys knocked off the 48 runs required in double-quick time without alarm to secure the win. We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.
Team selections [posted 23/06/16]
Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
Defeat for the Under 13s in the Scottish Cup [posted 22/06/16]
Five batters failed to trouble the scorers, and 77 was never likely to be enough. And so it transpired as Clydesdale got home with six wickets, and nearly as many overs, in hand to progress in the competition. Bright spot amidst the batting woes was Sobo's good all-round performance, scoring 33 (retired) and returning bowling figures of 4-0-16-1, with a catch and run out thrown in for good measure. We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.
Representative honours [posted 22/06/16]
The club's delighted that no fewer than three of its young players were selected for the Scotland Under 17 team to play MCC today at Goldenacre. Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah on their selections.
One-for-two in Evening League [posted 21/06/16]
At Old Anniesland meanwhile, the Academy side batted first, with Owais top-scoring with 32 not out in a moderate total of 118 for 4. The "hairy" outfield likely accounted for a few runs being "left out there", but it was still a get'able score for hosts GHK, if the the Academy didn't bowl well. Luckily their defence of 118 started really well, with Aliyan (4-1-9-0) and Ahmed-Raza (4-0-7-2) putting a stranglehold on the home side's top order. And the change bowlers did their jobs too resulting in the comfortable win. We've scorecards online (here and here) and updated statistics.
Then in the second innings, the side safely defended their total, with nine bowlers getting the chance to roll their arms over, and Hassaan taking a "3-for". We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.
Representative squad selection [posted 20/06/16]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik on his selection for the Western Warriors squad to play Eastern Knights at Titwood tomorrow in the CS T20 Blitz competition.
Under 13s take third place [posted 19/06/16]
The Under 13s took part in the ECB Cup Finals Day at Inverleith today, losing to Grange in the semi-final before - on run-rate as rain the match short - beating Forfarshire in the 3rd/4th play-off. The first semi-final was pretty one-sided as Grange posted 129 for 6, a total the 'Loc youngsters never really threatened with only Sobo (20*) getting in to double figures. However the 3rd/4th place play-off against Forfarshire saw a much more competitive performance put in as, batting first, the Under 13s posted 121 for 8 before reducing Forfarshire to 13 for 5 in five overs to see a "match" played and securing the win on old-fashioned straight-forward run-rate. Sobo had again top-scored with 27, and there were useful contributions from Zakir (24), Samee (10) and Nabeel (10). Then in the Forfarshire reply Sobo took all five wickets to fall, the last three a hat-trick! Well bowled sir. We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics.
WU40 wash out [posted 19/06/16]
Today's WU 40 Cup second round match started, but didn't even get to half-time as persistent heavy drove both the 'Loc and visiting greenock players from the ground, never to return. The 'Loc were mid-way through their innings and were two down, Jurie (13*) and Rosco (13*) the not out batters after CJ (0) and Uwais (14) had come-and-gone before them. 66 for 2 after 22 overs was the scoreboard readout as play was abandoned. The tie will now be replayed in a fortnight's time. We've got the scorecard online (here) and updated statistics.
The Professor hits a ton as both Saturday sides win [posted 18/06/16]
Meanwhile at Shawholm, the 'Loc were also winning, and also by way of successful run-chase. Set the lower target of 156 to win, the side got home with seven wickets, and over fifteen overs, in hand. There were contributions from nearly all the batters: Jurie (40*), Pasty (38), CJ2 (32*) and Uzzi (25). The relatively modest target had come about after Stirling County had batted all but two balls of their allotted 50 overs, the 'Loc bowling restricting pretty much all the visiting batters. Tweedie top scored with 58 (137), with Ghaff' returning figures of 11-1-24-4. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).
Centre-piece of the win was posting 140 batting first, a total that was almost entirely down to Rambo's 98. On 98 with two balls to go in the innings he unluckily missed out on his hundred when he holed out to long-off. A really good knock though - destructive in parts, Amaan hitting nine 4s and seven 6s. We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.
Team selections [posted 17/06/16]
Then Sunday sees the Under 13s in Edinburgh at the ECB Cup Finals Day, whilst Greenock visit Shawholm in the WU40 Cup. Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
The Under 15s overcome Ayr,.....rain and midges, to progress in the Scottish Cup [posted 16/06/16]
The 15s posted 140 for 2 batting first, with Uzzi and Sobo recording half centuries, before restricting Ayr to 112 for 3 in their innings. The win sees the 'Loc progress to a home tie against Carlton. We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.
Under 11 game off [posted 16/06/16]
Prestwick have called off tomorrow's scheduled Under 11 league match as they are unable to field a side.
West League Cup quarter-final draw [posted 16/06/16]
Representative squad selections [posted 15/06/16]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik on his selection for a Scotland Select to play MCC in a three-day match starting today at Forhill in Broughty Ferry. Also named in a representative side are Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah who are both included in the Western Warriors Under 18 squad to play Eastern Knights at New Williamfield in Stirling tomorrow.
The 'Loc beat Accies, and the rain, but the 'Holmboys lose.....to the rain [posted 11/06/16]
Meanwhile at Shawholm, the 'Loc were more fortunate, in as much as they got their game done-and-dusted before the rain, and recorded a win. After winning the toss Accies opted to bat first but were bowled out for 143, a total the 'Loc passed, three down, inside 29 overs. Individual performances of merit on the day saw runs for The Professor (47), Jurie (65*) and Uzzi (32), whilst Jurie also recorded 3 for 32 with the ball. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).
Team selections [posted 10/06/16]
Oh, and there's "Kwik Cricket" on Sunday morning too, from 10am. Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
Under 13s win through to Finals Day [posted 09/06/16]
Representative squad selection [posted 09/06/16]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Forthill today in the third match in the CS T50 Blitz competition.
Back to winning ways in the West League Cup [posted 08/06/16]
Then in the run-chase, Jurie batted through for an unbeaten 164, with Dr Uzzi (12*) for company at the end as an eight-wicket win was secured, with more than six overs in hand. We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here). Elsewhere in the competition, in the 'Loc's group, West of Scotland lost to Clydesdale.
One win, one defeat in Tuesday's Evening League games [posted 07/06/16]
Under 13s match cancelled [posted 05/06/16]
Unfortunately tomorrow's home Under 13s match against Kelburne is off, as Kelburne cannot raise a team.
Double over West [posted 04/06/16]
Though not a big score, 189 was defendable, and getting there owed much to CJ's buntalicious 72 up-top, as well as Stouty's cameio 20. Partick though must be ruing the 53 extras gifted to the 'Holmboys. Talking of extras.....the 'Loc were again in generous mood over at Hamilton Crescent as they gifted West 34 in their host's eventual 239 all out (the last batter being dismissed on the last ball of their innings). Pasty sneaked a late order "3-for", before then putting on a partnership of 118 with Jurie for the third wicket to set up the successful run-chase. However - and rightly so - just as Mushy's "6-for" took the plaudits at Shawholm, so Jurie's eventual unbeaten [exactly a] run-a-ball 127 must do over at Hamilton Crescent. After Pasty departed for 53, Jurie batted with the rest of the middle order as saw the side home for a good win, with thirteen balls to spare. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).
There was, however, a comfortable win at New Anniesland for the Under 15s who beat Glasgow Accies by 117 runs, unbeaten half centuries for each of Sobo, Uzzair and Rambo. We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.
Team selections [posted 03/06/16]
Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
Back to back cup losses [posted 02/06/16]
Defeat in the end by 62 runs then. So that's 63 extras gifted in the space of 24 hours, in just over 34 overs [Ed: and not mentioning the over-throws!]. That's nearly 2-an-over and makes winning games just ever so slightly harder! We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).
Highlights [posted 01/06/16]
We've got some highlight's from this evening's game against Clydesdale.
Scotland A selections [posted 01/06/16]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their inclusions in the Scotland A squad to play Ireland A next week at Ayr's New Cambusdoon ground.
Defeat in the West League Cup [posted 01/06/16]
Two wins in the sunshine [posted 30/05/16]
The Under 13s and Under 18s were both in action this evening, as the sun beat down on beautiful scenes at Bothwell Castle Policies and Shawholm respectively. Over in Uddingston the Under 13s were invited to bowl first after Sobo lost the toss, and the side restricted their hosts to 45 for 9. Standout performer for the 13s was Samir who took a "4-for", with Sobo helping himself to three catches fielding at short cover. Then in the [brief] run-chase, the skipper raced to 35, retired, from just twelve deliveries, as the 13s knocked off the required 46 runs in just 4.1 overs. Back in the southside the 18s were also enjoying a comfortable win, getting past Glasgow Accies in the first round of the Scottish Cup, winning by seven wickets. Batting first, the visitors from over the river posted 74 for 6, with extras comfortably the top scorer. CJ then led from the front in the run-chase, with an unbeaten run-a-ball 32, as the 18s reached the finish line inside thirteen overs. We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.
Representative squad selection [posted 29/05/16]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Forthill on Monday in the third match in the CS Pro50 Cup competition.
Stirling County come out on top in women's first home match of 2016 [posted 29/05/16]
The Poloc Women were in league action today, at Shawholm, and skipper Nicole Hanlon has sent us her reflections on the day. Nicole writes, "The Poloc and Ayr ladies - AyrLoc for short! - faced Stirling County today; Poloc Women's first home match of the season. And, the sun was shining to make it a great day for cricket! After the toss AyrLoc were batting first, Stirling took three early wickets in the opening 5 minutes of the game! But not to be rattled, AyrLoc were able to find their feet, and played much more consistent thereafter, including their two very new players who got in to bat. With a number of boundary 4s scored, AyrLoc posted 43 points. in 12 overs. Stirling County, certainly the stronger side, were also generous in getting as many of their players involved as they could. Abby and Emily opened the bowling for AyrLoc in the second half, bowling really well in the first four overs. They were followed by Gill and Karolina who also bowled good sets of overs. But good as the bowling was it could stop the Stirling County batters reaching their target of 44 with plenty overs in hand. The day was finished off with a friendly game, mixing the teams together, to play a 'pairs match."
Then, despite a brief scare when the top order collapsed to 15 for 3, the run-chase ended up being fairly routine. Over in Newlands the match followed much the same pattern, Weirs being bowled out for just 70, thanks to Jurie ("4-for") and Beast ("3-for") [Ed: and five slip catches!]. Then, after Dr Uzzi holed out first ball in the reply, Pasty (54*) and Uzzair (14*) saw the side safely across the finish line, inside sixteen overs. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).
Not much to write home about in either game on the individual performance side either, with maybe Nabeel Khan's (3-0-9-0) bowling figures in the Under 15 clash being worthy of a mention in whatever despatches are being sent. We've got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.
Team selections [posted 26/05/16]
Sunday then sees Poloc Women at home in National League action, against Stirling County, before Monday's three games: a Bank Holiday friendly against touring Hebden Bridge CC, and two junior games in the evening: the Under 13s and Under 18s both in action. Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
The 'Loc make it 2 and 0 in the West League Cup [posted 25/05/16]
With Dr Uzzi leading from the front with 35 (21), the batters virtually all managed to contribute something to successfully chasing down the target with nine balls to spare. We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here). Elsewhere in the competition, in the 'Loc's group, Weirs beat Clydesdale.
Team selections [posted 19/05/16]
Sunday also had two scheduled league matches, with the Academy side hosting Glasgow Accies and the Panthers going to Albert Park. However with the Weirs versus West of Scotland WU40 Cup tie still to be played, the Panthers' game has been postponed. Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
Representative selections [posted 18/05/16]
Sohaib Shah's again been selected as Captain of one the three Under 14 Challenge Series teams, the Foxes. Also selected for the Foxes' match against Sharks this weekend at Titwood is Dilina Loku Yaddehige. Well done to both players.
Despite recovering to 79 all out, this was never going to be enough on the ground where the wide lines double for the boundary, and the white disks are in the car park! And so it proved as Clydesdale cruised to an eight-wicket win and a cup final berth. We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.
Representative selections [posted 15/05/16]
Whilst the 'Loc were in Scottish Cup action today, the club had a number of its young players in Under 12 area squad and Under 14 Challenge Series action. Sohaib Shah and Dilina Loku Yaddehige were selected to play in the Challenge Series, whilst James Cathcart, Hassaan and Samee Mehmood, and Ubaid-Raza Hanif were all in the South Glasgow area side. And mention, too, of Nabeel Khan who, but for splitting his webbing last week, would have also been in inter-area action. Looking in to next week, the club's also proud that Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah are both in the Scotland Development XI squad to face Durham CCC Academy at Uddingston's Bothwell Castle Policies ground. Well done to all the players named.
The 'Loc lose by 3 wickets in the Scottish Cup [posted 15/05/16]
Though it is was largely another day to forget for the batters, with a sense of "Groundhog Day" being felt by those who'd seen yesterday's match in Dumfries and watched today's home Scottish Cup tie with Heriot's FP, the bowling unit partially restored pride, and there was a much better all-around fielding display, as the 'Loc succumbed to their Edinburgh visitors by 3 wickets. The sense of déjà vu with the bat was even mirrored by individual scores. Jurie raced out of the traps, passed 50, but would then hole out in the deep; Pasty looked in decent nick but got out cheaply, Owais came-and-went in a few balls and didn't bother the scorers; CJ2 got himself in, looked really good then had another brain-freeze to depart for a cameo; the middle order couldn't hang around; Aliyan went first ball; and there was a clatter of wickets to finish the innings: yesterday 144 for 3 to 176 all out, today 119 for 9 to 147 all out. "Groundhog Day" indeed. However, and this is the positive, the second half was much better. Heriot's, though accepted not under scoreboard pressure given the low target, were never allowed to "get away". Wickets continued to fall pretty much throughout the near-38 overs it took them to get to 148, and the energy and skills in the fielding effort were unrecognisable from the shambles of Kingholm 24 hours earlier. From 53 gifted in extras yesterday, to just 10 today. There were also genuinely good catches snaffoled by Jurie (caught and bowled), Adil (a steepler and a sharp chance at point), CJ2 (a low catch at mid-wicket and an over-the-shoulder skyer) and Uzzair (a ridiculous, coincidental coordinates-type one-hander at mid-wicket). So positives, but oh for another 70 runs. We've got the scorecard online (here), updated statistics, and a match report (here). There are also photo's courtesy of Ali Maddock in the Gallery.
What a shocker! [posted 14/05/16]
A bad few days just got worse today down in Dumfries when, following on from back-to-back losses for the Under 15s, then Kingholm conceding today's match with the 'Holmboys to leave an empty ground on a glorious day, the 'Loc then decided to have a 'mare against St. Michael's that saw them lose by 36 runs. But that cold stat' doesn't nearly do the scale of horrible'ness justice - in the field first, the side gifted no fewer than 53 [Ed: yes, you read it correctly, fifty-three, five - three!] in extras, before then - somehow, and like a ghost of seasons past, crumbling from 144 for 3 chasing 213 to win, to 176 all out with more than six overs unused. Words fail your scribe. Anyway, and despite typing under the influence of valium, we've got the scorecard online (here), updated statistics, and an 18-rated match report (here) that should only be read after the watershed!
Kingholm concede [posted 13/05/16]
The club was told this evening that St. Michael's Kingholm XI would not be coming to Shawholm tomorrow - Saturday - being unable to fulfil the Reserve League fixture because it did not believe it could field a competitive-enough side. Tomorrow's home senior Saturday league match is, therefore, off.
Back-to-back defeats [posted 13/05/16]
The Under 15s slumped to back-to-back defeats this evening, going down to Glasgow Accies just 24 hours after succumbing to Prestwick. Tonight's loss was in the league - this season's opening fixture - and saw the 15s go down by six wickets. Again batting first, and again failing to bat their overs, 91 all out was posted. 33 of the runs came from Sobo but he couldn't bat for more than a ball shy of eight overs and what had looked like being a "big one" became a cameo. Big bro' Uzzair's 21 (twenty balls) was also in the cameo category, Uzzair similarly failing to capitalise on a good start. Aside these two, only Abdul (10) got in to double figures. Then, defending, the bowlers in the main did their jobs, with only Hassaan's figures looking a little ugly. For Accies top-scorer Robinson batted all the way through for a gritty 28 (47), a knock given support by Abdul [Ed: yes, that Abdul!] whose 14 byes made him - comfortably - Accies' second highest scorer. In fact no fewer than 29 of the eventual 93-run total scored by Accies were extras. Sigh. We've got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.
Team selections [posted 12/05/16]
The Under 15s are knocked out [posted 12/05/16]
Representative selections [posted 12/05/16]
Sohaib Shah's been selected as Captain of one the three Under 14 Challenge Series teams, the Foxes. Also selected for the Foxes is Dilina Loku Yaddehige. Well done to both players. The Foxes take on the Eagles this Sunday in the first of this season's Challenge Series matches. Also in recent representative team action was Uzzair Shah, who was part of the Western Warriors Under 15 side that defeated Eastern Knights at New Williamfield last Sunday.
The 'Loc stutter across the line after first-half fireworks [posted 11/05/16]
But, and only just, it wouldn't ultimately cost the side the group stage win points as they snuck home by 12 runs. Aside Jurie's onslaught there was a 108-run partnership between him Pasty - the latter's contribution a near-run-a-ball 28. Then amidst the under-par fielding performance there were some second highlights, notably Aliyan's 4-0-15-3, catch and direct-hit run out. Beast, too, bowled tidily, his 4-0-30-1 seeing him take his tenth competitive wicket of the season already. We've the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).
Both Saturday sides still unbeaten [posted 07/05/16]
It was a second consecutive double-win Saturday today as, first, the 'Holmboys ran out comprehensive winners at Glenpark where, after bowling out their hosts for just 45, raced to the win - without the loss of a wicket - in just five overs. Openers Sobo and Uzzi made light work of the run-chase, their low target having been set up by a clinical display from the bowlers. Abhi' led from the front with a "5-for" [ed: to get on the Honours Board], and Mushy chipped in with four. Meanwhile back at Shawholm, the 'Loc were eventual 93-run victors over Greenock, "eventual" in as much as at 27 for 8 in reply to the 'Loc's 217 all out, it looked like the margin of victory would be much greater. However a dogged rear-guard action by Jonathan Hempsey (46) and Greg McDougall (14*) put on 90 for the eighth wicket to see the Clydesiders' total up to 124. Ghaff' with a "6-for" also gets his name on the Honours Board, and opening partner Ihty returned figures of 6-1-8-4 to record equally impressive bowling figures. The target of 218 had been set courtesy of an unbeaten 74 from Pasty, aided by a second consecutive half century from Jurie. So two good wins, and both sides remain unbeaten thus far in their respective league campaigns. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, match reports (here and here), and match photo's from both matches, courtesy of Ali Maddock, in the Gallery.
Under 11 match conceded [posted 06/05/16]
Unfortunately this evening's opening Under 11 League match against Irvine has been cancelled, conceded by the Ayrshire club.
Representative squad selection [posted 05/05/16]
Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Titwood on Sunday in the first match in the new CS T20 Blitz competition.
The Under 13s progress in the cup [posted 05/05/16]
Team selections [posted 05/05/16]
Derby abandoned [posted 04/05/16]
Tonight's Under 13 ECB Cup derby clash with Clydesdale lasted just 3.3 overs as persistent rain won the day. Batting first the 'Loc openers - Sobo and Abdul - had looked reasonably comfortable and had taken the score on to 20 without loss, but the good start would count for nowt and so they'll have to do it all again.....tomorrow!
Sunday matches cancelled [posted 01/05/16]
Both scheduled Sunday matches were cancelled today. The home WU40 Cup first round match against Helensburgh was rained off, whilst the Academy's opening Sunday League match against Hillhead had been conceded by the Hughenden club earlier in the week.
Saturday double on matchday one [posted 30/04/16]
Today saw the start of a new league campaign for both senior Saturday sides. The opposition for both was Renfrew. At King George V Playing Field, the 'Loc posted an impressive 280 for 3 batting first, with Pasty top-scoring with an unbeaten 99, and Jurie and CJ2 making 72 and 60 not out, respectively, on their competitive 'Loc debuts. Then in the second innings, Beast - with a "4-for" - was the main wicket-taker, as seven bowlers rolled their arms over in dismissing the hosts for 104. At Shawholm, the 'Holmboys made sure it would be a Saturday winning double for the club as, after posting 208 for 7 batting first, they then restricted Deanpark to just 129 for 7 in the second innings. For the 'Holmboys there were contributions with bat from Wajid (36), Dr Uzzi (32), Nomi (22) and Crazy Horse (22*). Then in the Deanpark reply there was a brace of wickets each for Abhi', Roberto and Hunnain. We've scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, match reports (here and here), and match photo's from both matches, courtesy of Ali Maddock, in the Gallery.
Team selections [posted 28/04/16]
Kilmarnock CC and St. Michael's CC [posted 28/04/16]
The WDCU intimated to clubs last night that Kilmarnock CC's place in the CSL Western First Division is being taken by St. Michael's, who will take over Kilmarnock CC's places in the league fixture schedule. The website's been updated accordingly.
Double Saturday delight [posted 23/04/16]
Two senior Saturday XIs took to the field today as home and away pre-season 40-overs-a-side fixtures against Prestwick were played. And the good news is there were two wins. At the Henry Thow Oval, after posting 193, a Shawholm XI bowled out their hosts for 89 with Robster grabbing himself an opening day "4-for". In the first innings, CJ had got the side off to a flyer with a quick-fire 57 that included six 4s and a maximum, before Uzzi (36) and Uwais (40) on his club debut made meaningful contributions down the order. In the home game there was a last over win for a Poloc XI, defeating their Prestwick XI visitors by six wickets with a ball to spare. After their visitors had - like the Shawholm XI had, at Prestwick - posted 193 [for 5] batting first, the successful run-chase saw contributions from CJ2 (65*), Owais (56), Stouty (20) and Uzzair (20). In that first innings Adil, also on debut, had the standout bowling figures, returning 5-1-7-0 opening from the Cart End. Mushy's 5-1-12-0 was also a good return on a chilly day for the side in the field. We've scorecards online, the first statistics of the new season, match reports (here and here), and match photo's courtesy of Ali Maddock in the Gallery.
Change to league fixtures [posted 22/04/16]
The WDCU announced today that Hillhead CC have replaced St. Michael's CC in the divisions in which the club's two Saturday sides play. The reasoning behind this can be read on the WDCU website. The fixtures online here have been amended accordingly.
Team selections [posted 22/04/16]
Owais Shah in Scotland A action [posted 19/04/16]
Scotland A took on Durham CCC today on day one of three-day match, a match that saw Owais Shah, still just 16, make his debut at this level. And it turned out to be a baptism of fire as an early wicket saw Owais, batting at three, out in the middle in the first over. He dug in to make 10 as a flurry of wickets fell at the other end, before being fifth out with the socre on just 37. Scotland A would eventually post 157 in their first innings, before the home side's top order blasted their way to 395 for 1 by the close of play, Phil Mustard smacking 166 from just 131 balls, and fellow opener Clark also getting to three figures. The scorecard's online on Total Cricket Scorer, and there's video of the day's play on YouTube.
Sunday match off too [posted 17/04/16]
Unfortunately the final remaining weekend pre-season match - away to Grange CC - was beaten by the weather too, overnight raining preventing the game going ahead.
Scotland A selection [posted 15/04/16]
Congratulations to Owais Shah on his selection in the Scotland A squad to take on Durham CCC's 2nd XI at the Emirates Riverside in a three-day match next week. The full squad can be seen online, here, on the Cricket Scotland website.
Team selections [posted 14/04/16]
Teams for both remaining matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.
Senior outdoor training [posted 13/04/16]
Our outdoor training starts tomorrow evening - Thursday - at the club, with a 6.30pm start. With the weather still pretty cold, players should wrap up well and be prepared to run around a bit! If they are dry enough for safe use we'll make use of the all-weather astro-turf net bays, and do some fitness and fielding. Thereafter senior training will be every Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 6.30pm. If players want to come earlier and "have a hit" in the net bays that's fine, but organised sessions will start promptly at 6.30pm. And for those still to do so - remember that your membership subscriptions are now due.....overdue in fact!
Abtaha in Scotland action [posted 10/04/16]
The first real action of a new season was played today, with Scotland Women Under 17 taking on a Scottish Students women's side at Peffermill in Edinburgh today. In action for the Wildcats Under 17s was Abtaha Maqsood. Batting first, the students posted 131 in what was a scheduled 35-overs-a-side match, Abataha taking the first two opposition wickets to fall. Then, in the run-chase, Abtaha opened the batting for the Wildcats, putting on 25 for the first wicket with Prestwick CC's 'keeper|batter Ellen Watson, before holing out at mid-wicket. As wickets continued to fall at regular intervals thereafter, it was the student side who ran out eventual winners. Well done to Abtaha on another appearance for the national Under 17 side, and good to get a game and a new season started.
Ground clear-up/set-up day [posted 09/04/16]
A big thank you to everyone who came along to the ground today to help with preparations for the new season. Over twenty members (see below) put in a good shift and as a result the screens are now in place, the covers are ready to go, the 'board has its scoring units back in place, the all-weather practice net bays look the business, the square's been measured and marked and there's not a twig to be found on the outfield. With the week leading up to the day having seen pretty heavy rain it was good to see the place beginning to dry out, and groundsman Scott McCutcheon's efforts were there for everyone to see. The outfield was also completely scarified on Friday and so - if the weather holds - there might just be a chance of play next weekend.
A mention too of Kenneth Robertson' sterling efforts over the school Easter holidays thus far in attending to a myriad of jobs in the clubhouse and house, including starting on the removal of the old lockers in what was the gents tennis changing room. A big thank you to Kenneth for his hard work.
Poloc Women's fixtures [posted 09/04/16]
The league, friendly and festival fixtures for the 2016 Poloc Women's season are now online. In an exciting development the league campaign is bolstered with a series of festivals taking part over the course of the season. Poloc Women will host one of these on the 24th of July which adds to their recruitment BBQ initiative that's scheduled for the 22nd of May.
Ground clear-up/set-up day [posted 06/04/16]
We're looking for members' help this Saturday - the 9th - between 2pm and 4pm, to do some work at the ground. Sightscreens need put in to their positions, covers and hoses need putting on to mobile covers frames, etc. As they say: many hands make lite work! Please don't leave it to others - 2pm for two hours - be there!
Sunday League matches [posted 04/04/16]
Despite his relatively young age, this will not be left-handed Jurie's first spell in the UK having played in the Derbyshire Premier League last season where he amassed 1,178 runs at an average of over 51. His recent form in domestic First Class and List A cricket is also good having scored a century (144 versus Namibia) and two half centuries since the start of March. CJ similarly comes in good form and having gained invaluable experience over the recent South African domestic season as part of the Easterns Under 19 side. More about the duo can be found on the Overseas players page.
Poloc women, 2016 [posted 01/04/16]
Nicole Hanlon writes, "The Poloc and Ayr ladies teams would like to share the exciting news that for the 2016 season the two teams will be coming together to play as one. This will support both clubs to field a full team and have a great summer of cricket, while supporting each other in the development of their respective teams."
"Thriving clubs programme" [posted 01/04/16]
"As you know, the objective of the programme is to help clubs become more vibrant, visible and viable community clubs. We hope that with the support of Sports Marketing Network we can help you on this journey." The first steps in the programme will see the appointments of a "Social Media Champion" and a "Young Cricket Ambassador", who will attend a workshop delivered by Sports Marketing Network and Cricket Scotland, followed by a visit from Sports Marketing Network's Svend Elkjaer to the club.
Junior registration, 2016 [posted 01/04/16]
We've made registering as a junior for the coming season really easy this year! In the past we've posted out, or emailed, forms to be printed off and filled in. To make things easier, and save money and use less paper, we've now got a secure online registration webform that can be completed. You can find it here. All parents or responsible adulst for juniors are asked to complete the online registration for the new season as soon as possible. Updating our records ensures we have current contact and other information for our young players. Please, thereafter, pay your subscription for 2016. We're pleased to be able to have frozen our junior membership subscriptions for yet another year, with the usual discount for siblings. The easiest way to pay subscriptions is using a debit or credit card, via the online PayPal function. Remember you don't need a PayPal account, only a debit or credit card.
Rowan Cup draw [posted 29/03/16]
The Rowan Cup draw was made yesterday and saw the club handed a home first round tie against Ferguslie, to be played on 26 May 2016.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 25/03/16]
Cup draws and Evening League fixtures [posted 18/03/16]
The WDCU has released the draws for the Greenwood Trophy and Western Cup, as well as the Evening League fixtures. All are now online and can be seen on the respective team pages.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 18/03/16]
Annual membership subscriptions [posted 15/03/16]
To assist with paying subscriptions the club offers paying by credit or debit card using a secure PayPal facility. To use this facility, simply click on the Pay subscriptions page link in the left-hand menu list and follow the instructions on the page this takes you to.
Senior indoor practice [posted 14/03/16]
Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, continue tomorrow night. Tomorrow's session is at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm. The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire. Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.
Cup draws [posted 14/03/16]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 11/03/16]
AGM [posted 09/03/16]
The club's AGM was held this evening in the clubhouse. Along with the items on the Agenda, there was wide-ranging discussion on a number of other matters. The election of office bearers and committee members saw David James assume the Treasurer's role, succeeding Stephen Brown who steps down after what was estimated to be a quarter of a century of service on committes, and in the roles of President and Treasurer. Stephen's huge commitment to the club was rightly acknowledged by a number of speakers at the meeting: his service being an example for all members to aspire to. Also elected to the General Committee were Abhishek Bhatia, Grant Cathcart, Lewis James and Hazel Telford. Membership subscription rates for 2016 were also agreed, with changes being made to the Student Membership rate (increased by £10), and the New Member's rate (also increased, and now representing a discount of a third on normal Full Member rate). Having now been agreed by the membership, subscriptions are now due. These can be paid online, by debit or credit card, by using the club's website PayPal facility - click here.
Facebook [posted 09/03/16]
Senior indoor practice [posted 07/03/16]
Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, continue tomorrow night. Tomorrow's session is at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm. The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire. Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 04/03/16]
Senior indoor practice [posted 01/03/16]
Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, starts tonight. The sessions are at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm. The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire. Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 27/02/16]
Uzzair Shah [posted 23/02/16]
Congratulations to Under 15 player Uzzair Shah on his invitation to, and attendance at, the recent Scotland Under 15 development day at the National Cricket Academy in Edinburgh. Held on Sunday the 21st, the session was the first of a couple of assessment days for the country's most promising Under 15 players - well done to Uzzair.
Cricket Scotland Under 18 Scottish Cup draw [posted 22/02/16]
The draw for the 2016 Under 18 Scottish Cup was made this morning, and the 'Loc have been given a home tie against Glasgow Accies. The full draw can be found online.
Cricket Scotland Under 13 and 15 Scottish Cup draws [posted 18/02/16]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 17/02/16]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 12/02/16]
ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 10/02/16]
Junior fixtures [posted 09/02/16]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 04/02/16]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 29/01/16]
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 22/01/16]
Saturday league fixtures released for season 2016 [posted 22/01/16]
Scottish Cup draw [posted 21/01/16]
Pre-season matches [posted 14/01/16]
With the turn of the year, thoughts start to turn to a new cricket season, and in this regard we have arranged for five pre-season fixtures. Starting on 16 and 23 April, the fixtures will see two senior teams taking on Prestwick, home and away, on both Saturdays. Then, on Sunday the 24th, the annual Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match with Uddingston will be played. Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.
Senior indoor practice [posted 13/01/16]
Additional indoor practice sessions, for senior players, have been booked. The sessions, starting on the first Tuesday in March, are at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm. The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire. Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.
Indoor coaching and practice [posted 13/01/16]
Tom Robertson - funeral [posted 05/01/16]
The funeral of Tom Robertson will take place on Tuesday the 12th of January, at 10am, at Linn Crematorium in Glasgow.
Tom Robertson [posted 03/01/16]
A fine after-dinner speaker, Tom had a very quick, and wicked, sense of humour which many members will remember. Despite suffering in recent years following a severe stroke he still wanted to know how Poloc were doing, and was delighted when they won. He will be sadly missed. Our sympathies are with his wife, Avril, son, Kenneth and daughter, Lynsey, as well as the wider family at this sad time. Funeral arrangements will be posted later.