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(Please note that no offence is intended to any third party in the undernoted match reports that are produced with the primary intention of [hopefully] entertaining club members) 


Second league defeat [posted 19/05/18]

This was a strange one.  At least twice in today's match against Uddingston at Shawholm, the 'Loc looked to have the upper-hand.  But to adopt the adage, it's never over 'til it's over, somehow these advantages were not pressed home and the 'Loc ran out two-wicket losers.  In the first innings the 'Loc, batting first after winning the toss, had progressed to 113 for 2, then 163 for 3, and looked on course for a sizeable total, before a batting collapse of quite epic proportions ensued.  163 for 3 became 181 [Ed: yes, just 18 more runs!] all out.  Wow!  None of batters six through eleven got more than 5, this after the top order had committed the equally cardinal sin of "getting in" only to get out.  All of the top five got to 20, but none got past 37.  Frustrating isn't the word,.....well, actually, maybe it is!  For Uddy, Awais, the part-time leggie had done most damage, somehow collecting a "4-for" as batters got out to his - apparently - fairly innocuous slow bowling.  182 to win for the visitors therefore. 


And if the first innings had seen Uddingston let off the hook, the second was a replica, only the other way round, as the visitors from Lanarkshire escaped from 53 for 5 to secure their win.  Their win owed much, actually almost exclusively, to Lyons' 62 (98), with the lack of any run-rate pressure allowing the Uddy middle-order batter to play a measured knock.  He was aided and abetted by Bradley (21) and MacLeod (20), but, in truth, steered his side home nearly single-handedly.  The 'Loc's early breakthroughs had seen Kess take a "3-for", and Coenie bowl a miserly spell of 10-3-21-2.  But the 'Loc just hadn't posted enough runs to seal the win, getting bowled out inside 42 overs being never likely to result in a big enough target being set. 


So back-to-back league defeats for the 'Loc, with next up a trip to Meikleriggs to play Ferguslie. 


Back to winning ways [posted 17/05/18]

Pleasingly, last weekend's batting horror show proved contagious,.....to Weirs!  The Newlands club were the 'Loc's hosts in the McCulloch Cup this evening, as the midweek cup competition got underway at the second attempt after last week's washout at Titwood.  Batting first, Weirs got off to the worst possible start, Syed holing out to debutant Buggsy at deep mid-wicket off Coenie's bowling.  36 were then added for the second wicket, Butt being trapped LBW by Crazy Horse for 16.  And this would prove to be the catalyst for said horse to grab a "5-for" - his first - as he got rid of Shahid, Syed, Raja and Qamar!  Well bowled you mad equine creature, you!  The home side never really recovered from the clatter of wickets, their other four wickets seeing scalps for Pasty (one) and Jurie (two).  Mention of Pasty's two good grabs too, and his hand in the run out that saw to Amhad and ended the Weirs' innings on 76.  77 to win. 


The 'Loc's successful run-chase was basically the Jurie Snyman Show.  Jurie smoked 47 from just eighteen balls as 77 was reached inside nibe overs.  Job done, and some impressive smiting.  Next up for the 'Loc in the McCulloch Cup is West of Scotland in a week's time.


Bad end to a bad weekend [posted 13/05/18]

If yesterday's defeat at Toytown saw the 'Loc bat poorly, it was nothing compared to today's Scottish Cup batting effort, in a reduced 38-overs-a-side match that saw East Kilbride progress in the competition at the 'Loc's expense.  After a delayed start that resulted in the loss of overs, the side then capitulated to 26 for three with Saify (3), Rambo (6) and Pasty (5) all out cheaply.  This left Jurie and Coenie with work to do, and briefly they were productive in the rebuilding task at hand.  However after taking the side safely past 50, and getting their partnership to 51 they were parted  and the side were 77 for 4.  In fact their separation would trigger a revolving door of sorts as no batter after them got past 7! Ouch.  Jurie's 45 (46), before being bowled by one that, admittedly, kept low, would prove to be the only score of significance, Coenie's 17 the only other individual score in double figures.  For East Kilbride, in bowling out the 'Loc for just 121 there were "3-fors" for Kampman and Iqbal.  122 to win then. 


Ultimately EK would get across the finishing line seven-down, and there was some scrabbling around at the death.  However, in truth, the visitors from South Lanarkshire didn't look much like not getting there after a good start.  Their openers put on a 50 partnership that all-but killed off the 'Loc's chances of "defending the indefensible", 56 being on the 'board before a breakthrough was made.  Thereafter there was a bit of wobbling, and towards the end, as that winning post appeared, the wobble was pronounced.  All the 'Loc bowlers' figures look okay, but in hindsight someone had to "have a blinder" if 121 was to be defended.  Only 9 in wides and no balls, these days, was okay too,....however, and again, not defending 121.  The EK top-three scored 96 of the 122 runs needed between them, the next six batters to reach the middle only mustering 15 between them.  Oh for another 25 or 30 runs even, and to have batted 38 and not 30 overs! 


So, out of the cup, and concern that batting frailties need to be addressed, and future collapses avoided!


Well beaten [posted 12/05/18]

The first Dark Side clash of a new season took place at Toytown today, the 'Loc coming off second best in a match that - only briefly - they looked like being really competitive in.  And that was near the start after - having won the toss and inserted their opponents - the 'Loc had taken two quick wickets to leave Clydesdale 16 for 2.  However - and unfortunately - the third wicket wouldn't fall for another 163 runs, and more than 33 overs as Guy and Berrington built what would prove to be a match-winning partnership.  However it could maybe - just maybe - have been different had Guy been caught when on just 29, the chance being dropped at deep mid-wicket by Rambo.  A life given,.....and gratefully received.  When the third wicket eventually fell - Berrington's - the base had been set for the home side to launch a late inning's assault on the 'Loc's bowling.  Not assisted by some sloppy fielding and wayward bowling, it's, therefore, perhaps almost remarkable that only 251 was eventually posted.  Seven wickets would eventually be taken, but, likely, some of these came as a result of the aggressive intent of the incoming Clydesdale batters in the knowledge plenty of wickets remaining in hand.  Guy (90), Berington (80) and Scobie (30) had accumulated the most runs, however it was a decent collective effort to post the score that would eventually be made.  252 to win. 


And when chasing 250+ it's usually not smart to lose quick wickets.  Unfortunately this is what happened: Saif (2) and Amaan (3) both departed early, and before you could say "This is looking trickier", the side was three down, Pasty having joined the two openers on the sidelines.  Jurie (47) and Coenie (67) then rebuilt, and for a while starting accumulating a partnership that was beginning to look a bit like Guy's and Berrington's.  However it would end when - and borrowing the old adage of "catches win matches" - Jurie was caught at deep backward square-leg by Farid [Ed: ironically almost on the exact spot where Guy had been dropped].  After Jurie's departure, Coenie struggled to retain partners, batters coming and going with fairly regular frequency.  Only Kess (10) would get in to double figures of the lower order batters, and the side was eventually all out for 187.  Coenie's 67 was comfortably top score, his dismissal resulting from a smart catch, standing up, by Guy off Bashir's bowling. 


So derby defeat, and by a margin of 64 runs.  Not horrible with 3 of a maximum possible 5 bonus points being picked up, however worrying signs of a fragility in the batting line-up and the seam bowlers struggling for consistency of line and length.  Stuff to work on therefore.


Poloc squeeze past East Kilbride in the Rowan Cup [posted 10/05/18]

The 'Loc secured a second round berth in this season's Rowan Cup tonight, squeezing past visitors East Kilbride with just five balls to spare, and winning by four wickets.  Their target was just 96, in a match that saw the first game played at Shawholm this season.  Bowling first, the 'Loc restricting EK to 95 for 6 owed much to the economy of the slow bowlers.  Hasseeb's three overs cost just 8 runs, Pasty's four went for 13 and Murtaza's two resulted in just 7 runs being scored.  Coenie two 2 for 18, with the other wickets being shared around, bar Murtaza.  For the visitors, Mughal (24), Hussain (28) and Khan (19) all got starts, but none could put in what might've been a match-winning display.  So 96 was the target. 


The 'Loc's run-chase started with Saif and Amaan, and both gave themselves chances of making scores, however their departures quickly one-after-the-other for 23 and 15 respectively left Pasty with work to do, first with Coenie for company.  However the introduction of Iqbal in to the attack would nearly see a win ripped away from the 'Loc.  Starting with Coenie (2), Iqbal proceeded to tear the heart out of the 'Loc's middle order, taking four quick wickets: Akshay (0), Hassan (0) and Murtaza (1) joining Coenie on Iqbal's victims list.   Suddenly Pasty was batting with the tail.  Luckily however he found someone to stay with him, CJ (5*) remaining calm in the circumstances to bat with the skipper, who finished unbeaten on 40 (40) to secure the win.  So a wobble for sure, but progression nonetheless.  Next up is West of Scotland, at Hamilton Crescent, in the second round. 


Maybe the craziest finish you'll ever see [posted 28/04/18]

In many seasons, you've to wait a while until a thriller comes along.  But not so this season, as matchday one saw a truly bonkers matches take place at Hamilton Crescent, the venue for the Loc's league season-opener against West of Scotland.  Losing the toss, Pasty was invited to bowl first, and after a steady start from the home sides' openers, West had progressed serenely to 62 without loss.  Fennah was the more aggressive batter, with Watson playing the anchor role.  However, this said, the early season conditions meant that boundaries were going to be few and far behind, and so 62 for 0 was likely, in fact, a bit better than that.  But it was with the score on 62 that the 'Loc made the breakthrough, Fennah being dismissed for 34, courtesy of CJ's glovework behind the sticks.  62 for 1 then became 71 for 3, as three quick wickets fell, CJ having a part in all three.  Another stumping saw to Watson (13), before Young (2) nicked off to Coenie, CJ taking a good catch standing up. 


A period of consolidation then took place as slow bowlers wheeled away at both ends over the middle overs.  Runs were accumulated, but wickets also fell.  And though five West batters would get in to double figures, only Fearn (47) made a really meaningful contribution.  And so, after the last of the legitimate 300 deliveries was bowled, 199 for 8 was what the scoreboard was showing.  200 to win.  The 'Loc would likely be frustrated with their efforts with the ball that, though they'd restricted their hosts to under 200, had seen them gift 24 runs in wides and no balls.  Pasty (3 for 41) and Jurie (3 for 30) were the main wicket-takers, with Coenie's figures of 10-3-16-1 also being worthy of highlighting. 


To the reply.  Well, the less said about the start the better.  30 for 4.  End of.  And so to the middle order's efforts.  And these would be all about Coenie, on league debut, and others batting round him,.....until the crazy finish.  Coenie played brilliantly well in scoring 105 (109), batting with almost the entire middle and lower order, and blasting seven 6s en route to his maiden 100,.....in any cricket!  And what a time to deliver.  He scored pretty much all round the ground, hitting the ball cleanly to most parts.  In fact the game had swung so much in the 'Loc's favour that, with two overs to go, it was actually they who were in the "box seat".  Less than a run-a-ball needed, and Coenie on strike.  West's opening bowler Smith had the ball, and Coenie was on strike.  Now the fun started.  Incredibly after hitting the ball so cleanly 'til that point Coenie then, metaphorically, "couldn't land a glove" [Ed: far less a bat!] on any of Smith's deliveries in this penultimate over.  And then, finally, did hit one,.....and played on.  The pendulum had now very definitely swung back in West's favour.  It was now the 'Loc's last two batters in: Crazy Horse and Immy.  Imran was on strike, Hasseeb the observer! Leg-spinner Hulatt would bowl the final over, up the hill with a truly vast leg-side boundary that was being patrolled by three boundary riders.  13 needed from twelve deliveries.  Odds-on a home win.  Eh, no.  Ball one was despatched over mid-wicket for 6.  Okay, 7 from five now.  Ball two was hacked into an open space at mid-on, and Hasseeb and Immy scampered a couple.  Now it was 5 needed from three balls.  Time for hit-and-run?  Nope.  Ball three was simply despatched again; another maximum, and another up-and-over mid-wicket's head!  Astonishing.  The 'Loc win, and with three balls to spare.  West shell-shocked, and understandably so.  These kinds of finishes happen once in a blue moon, and - likely - the most exciting match of season 2018 has already now been-and-gone!


Credit to Imran for his final over heroics therefore, but really the MoTM award goes to Coenie for his first innings economic bowling, and that hundred.  Well played.  And, as they say, "a win's a win"!



Archived match reports

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



1st XI league and cup fixtures 2018


The 1st XI compete in the Western Union as well as the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup, a Twenty20 knock-out competition, the Scottish Cup and the McCulloch Cup.











Senior practice


Senior coaching and net practice takes place, at Shawholm, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings starting at 6.30pm, structured practice being on Tuesdays, and open net sessions being Mondays and Fridays.  Sessions can, but do not necessarily always, involve net practice, but, even if underfoot conditions are not conducive to having "nets", fielding and catching practice is often undertaken.


The club has a large grass practice square with two mobile net cages as well as all-weather astro-turf net bays.


Indoor net sessions are also organised during the off-season.


Outdoor practice sessions start in April and run throughout the season - new members (of whatever standard) are always welcome.


Directions to Shawholm can be found on the Find us section of the website.