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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) 


Basics and bunting [posted 17/05/17]

It could be argued that tonight's loss to Weirs in the latest McCulloch Cup group stage match was a case of what might've been, or maybe even a case of being beaten by the better team on the night.  Both might be true.  However, and as ever, and adopting the "control the controllables" adage, the 'Loc likely only have themselves to blame, allied to one, frankly, bonkers over.  To the bonkers part first.  Akky was the unlucky bowler, but, as we know, it can be any bowler, on any day.  Weirs, batting first, were trundling along and looked like posting circa 120 in tonight's second McCulloch Cup group stage match.  That is until over seventeen.  Akky was back in this side after recovering from his webbing tear and had opened up with two economical overs from the Cart End: 2-1-4-0.  Ideal.  Weirs had partially recovered from a slow start - 14 for 0 after five, and 52 for 0 at the halfway stage - and were looking like posting a run-a-ball total come the start of over seventeen.  Akky was back into the attack to bowl overs seventeen and nineteen.  No drama in that.  However six balls, and 22 bunted runs, later, things looked at tad different.  Weirs' Afzal had mowed his way to two 6s, a couple of 4s, and a brace, and 22 had been added to his side's score.  120 now looked like being more than an smidgeon higher.  And as it was 132 for 4 would be posted.  Afzal's 34 (22) was the stand-out, and buntalicious, individual score, with three of the other four batters getting to the middle also notching up at least 20 runs.  For the 'Loc Hamza was the standout bowler, returning 4-0-19-3, Taimoor with the other wicket to fall, bowling Afzal off the last ball of the Weirs' innings, the visitors' number five trying one heave to the leg-side too many.  132 for 4 then, and 135 to win.  And had it not been for Afzal's bunting it might've been a good few less.  Just as had the 'Loc's fielding been just a tad better.  The basics: from attacking balls in the ring to maybe stop a single, through holding catches when the chances presented themselves, to running the boundary better and stopping 1s becoming 4s.  All practised endlessly, but crucial to then execute in matches. 


Anyway, back to proceddings, 133 to win.  And twenty overs later the result was known: the 'Loc 8 runs short of their target, and a win for the visitors from Albert Park.  Only three 'Loc batters got into double figures: Jurie who made 22 (16) before being bowled by a ball from Adnan that kept low, Taimoor whose 18 (16) featured in what was becoming a blossoming 33-run partnership with Pasty, and Pasty himself whose unbeaten 52 (46) very nearly - but not quite - saw an unlikely win secured.  And of the others?  Muhammad likely will be frustrated that his 6 (13) didn't see him rotate strike well enough, and the lower order batters - 2, 1, 1, 7, 3 - might rue what seemed a shared game plan that centred on looking for big shots, rather than the "connect & run" approach that had served Taimoor and Pasty so well.  As it was three 'Loc batters holed out at "cow", and Pasty was left leaning on his bat too many times as new partners came and went.  But the biggest indictment will surely be that in a game that saw a winning margin of just 7 runs, the 'Loc's innings somehow included no fewer than 52 [Ed': that's 43%!] dot balls.  If just seven of these had been singles, who knows.....  But of course "if" is at the same time a very short word, and a very big concept!  Weirs deserved their win on the night as they played to their strengths better than the 'Loc did, however, in saying this, a home win was absolutely still within the control of the home players to secure.  And it wasn't because the mercurial didn't happen, rather it was because the basics weren't executed.  And here's another true'ism: "It's a thinking game".


McCulloch Cup derby win [posted 10/05/17]

The first clash between the Rebel Alliance and Empire took place this evening, at a beutifully sunny Shawholm.  The McCulloch Cup was the competition, a.k.a. the West League Cup, tonight's match being the first of six group stage matches.  Batting first after visiting skipper Scobie [Ed: and more of him later!] lost the toss, the 'Loc got off to a slow start, losing both Owais (2) and Pasty (0) early on, both LBW.  So early in fact that the wide count was only 4 when both had returned to the clubhouse.  14 for 2, Jurie and Asad the two batters together.  These two added 61 for the third wicket, Asad being the third-highest scorer in the partnership, Jurie opening his shoulders in the second five overs, and getting ahead of wides on the 'board.  In fact overs six through ten saw 49 added, with Jurie bludgeoning most.  But both Jurie (59) and Asad (5) would then depart within ten balls of each to leave the 'Loc with two new batters together: Taimoor and Louis.  And at this juncture it's worth commenting on Jurie's dismissal.  Caught behind by Scobie, it's fair to say the Dark Side's 'keeper's grab was what we believe todayis young people refer to as a "worldy"!  A frankly ridiculous one-handed catch, high and to his left.  Take a bow. 


Anyway back to proceedings: the combo of Taimoor and Louis added 29 in decent time, again wind-assisted by the visitors' erratic bowling that would see no fewer than 22 extras in wides and no balls added to the 'Loc's total come the end of their innings.  Louis was fifth out though, in the fifteenth over, bowled by Mahmood, letting Abdul come in for a dip.  And dip he did - actually it was less a dip, more a full on dive! - bunting 31 from just seventeen balls to see the 'Loc score move past 150.  And Taimoor wasn't just leaning on his bat at the other end either, and he helped himself to an unbeaten 35* (28), an excellent cameo that included four 4s - one "Dil-scooped" - and a maximum of his own.  169 for 7 then was the final score, Abid caught off the last ball of the twentieth over.  170 to win.


The 'Dale reply started brightly too, Awais and Berrington racing to 35 without loss in the first five overs.  Game on.  Abdul though would put a brake on the accelerating train that was getting up a head of steam ready to transport 2 win points back to Crossmyloof, inducing a false shot from Awais and seeing him hole out to Hamza at mid-off for 32 (23).  Importantly Berrington (28) was the second wicket captured as he was stumped by Abid in the tenth over - 64 for 2 - to see, as had happened to the 'Loc - two new batters at the crease.  But unlike in the first innings, none of the incoming batters, aside perhaps Pirzada, managed to get going.  Wickets just kept on falling,.....and Abid just kept on stumping.  Four in total, including the last to fall, represented a fine evening's work by the 'Loc gloveman.  Lob in a smart take from Louis to execute the run out that saw Ashraf dismissed, and Abid's performance in the field - as much as any of the bowlers - was the standout individual contribution in the second half.  The last wicket to fall, as in the 'Loc's innings, came off the final delivery of the innings.  Clydesdale 108 all out. 


So a good first T20 run out of the season, a good win, and some strong individual performances - all good.  As was the comparative control shown by all the bowlers, gifting just 5 in wides and no balls in the second innings.  But,.....as ever, still lots of areas to improve on.  Next week's second group stage match sees Weirs visit.


Two from two [posted 06/05/17]

Uddingston were the visitors to Shawholm today as the 'Loc played the second of back-to-back home opening league matches.  And as had been the case in the annual pre-season match between the clubs for the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy, the game went to the wire.  Luckily for the 'Loc it was them who got over said wire, and it didn't trip them up. 


On a gloriously sunny - if still not tropically-warm - day, Uddingston's skipper guessed wrong at the toss and Pasty elected to bat first.  And pleasingly this looked to be a decent choice as Muhammad and Owais put on another half century opening stand.  However it was 50 but not much more as Owais (21) went with the score having ticked up just 1 more run.  51 for 1.  Pasty and Muhammad then added just 13 more before Jurie found himself with the skipper in the middle, Muhammad (38) having departed courtesy of a really sharp catch by Raza at short cover.  Pasty and Jurie have batted a lot together over the last season and a bit, and they progressed the total nicely, seeing three figures in their rear view mirror come the 24th over.  things looked like they being nicely set in place for a really big score.  However [Ed: there's that dreaded word in any report!] having added 84 together the pair were separated when Pasty (46) holed out to long off where Hafeez held on.  Depart Pasty, enter Louis.  And young Master Geldenhuys showed his positive intent from near ball one as he swept Hafeez to the boundary.  Jurie and Louis continued on where Jurie and Pasty had got to, adding 36 until the former also found an Uddingston fielder's hands and departed for a well-made 51.  184 for 4 in the 39th over.  That big total was still on.  However [Ed: there's that word again] thoughts of 250+ would have to be reassessed regularly over the remaining overs as 'Loc batters found themselves entering and exiting the middle via a revolving door.  The final ten overs would see five wickets fall and only 35 runs added as the 'Loc limped to 228 for 9.  Okay, but it could - should - have been so much more. 


After tea Uddingston's run-chase commenced in measured style, Hafeez and Allan cautiously building an opening partnership.  And like the 'Loc this would pass 50 before the breakthrough was made, Abid taking the first of three catches standing up to get rid of Allan (13).  Professional Hafeez was a dangerman though, and he was still in and looked in control.  But, Allan's departure triggered a mini-collapse as 58 for 0 became 70 for 4, and the second batter back in the "hutch" was Hafeez, the pro' being followed back in quick succession by Singh and Gul.  Uddingston suddenly four down, and two new batters at the crease.  Lyons and Bradley were those batters, both experienced, and able, players.  The 'Loc still had work to do.  And sixteen overs and no wickets later, this work seemed like it would turn out to be hard labour!  Lyons and Bradley had put on 67, and looked - like Hafeez had done - in little bother.  Until that is Bradley missed an Abdul delivery and was cleaned up.  137 for 5, and some relief around the old ground.  Martin then came and went quickly before dangerman Lyons was eventually winkled out, Jurie inducing the false swing and Lyons having to depart, bowled, for 51.  177 for 7.  229 the target, and still six and a half overs in which Uddingston could score the 52 runs they were looking for.  New batter Raza certainly thought it was still "game on" too as he bunted 17 from just fifteen deliveries before, fortunately, holing out to Pasty at "cow".  In truth Raza's fireworks were likely Uddingston's last realistic chance of getting across the finish line, and after his departure, and McGuire's whose followed, the run-chase ran out of steam.  18 runs were needed from the last over and this proved too many and an 11-run win was secured.  Phew.


So good to win, and some good individual performances which, when bundled together, proved just enough.  This said there's still much to improve on.  The top five batters all, arguably, "getting in" but not "going on" will likely frustrate them, as will the tail's inability to muster more than 3-an-over in the last ten overs.  These two factors of course being linked to some extent!.  Then with the ball, Ihty's spells were the standout, as was the last two-thirds of Hamza's.  Taimoor, too, showed his value as an all-rounder with a top spell with the ball towards the back end of the innings.  Pasty, however, had a day to forget with the ball, and the other bowlers used struggled to find what would be hoped-for consistency too.  And in the field scrappiness was again evident on just too many occasions, this despite some good close catching from Abid and Jurie  Harsh?  Maybe, but highlighting that, notwithstanding it's great to win a tight match where much of the tightness is self-imposed, it's also good to have started the league season with a couple of wins.


Good opening day win [posted 29/04/17]

Ferguslie were the visitors on Saturday league matchday one today, the Paisley side making the short trip over from Meikleriggs.  On a generally overcast and chilly day, with a couple of showers around, the visitors didn't think twice about inserting the 'Loc after winning toss.  In truth Pasty would likely have chosen to bowl first too had his counterpart not guessed right.  However, and despite the overhead conditions, the 'Loc opening combo of Mo' and Owais gave the side exactly the kind of matchday one, batting first, start that was required.  Accumulating carefully, and batting watchfully and sensibly, the pair put on, first, 50 without loss (inside sixteen overs), then pushed on to 85 before being separated. 


Mo' was the batter to be dismissed, holing out at long-on to Carruthers off Tahir for a valuable 30.  Owais then continued on after new partner Pasty joining him in the middle, these two adding 47 before Owais (65) was neatly stumped by Stafford off a leg-side wide from Tahir.  132 for 2.  Though Pasty and Jurie then got going, their burgeoning partnership would come to an abrupt end in the 36th over when Pasty departed for 26 after picking out Vejandla at deep mid-wicket off Henry's bowling.  160 for 3 then became 162 for 4 as Louis's stay in the middle was a brief one, Taimoor, in at six, replacing him. 


And Taimoor would play the key part in the rest of the 'Loc's innings.  He'd eventually score 29, having added 37 with Jurie (37), then 29 with Asad (11).  Both important late innings contributions.  When Taimoor was run out, this left just enough time for some late scrambled runs to be accumulated and the 'Loc to post 235 for 8. 


Ferguslie needed 236 for the win.  Gettable, but no skoosh [Ed: as they say!].  Openers Preston-Jones and English were separated relatively early on when the former nicked off to Stouty off Ihty's bowling.  However getting the next wicket wouldn't be so easy.  In fact it would be another 87 runs before "Overseas Amateur" Holt (40) and English (47) were split up.  Pasty was the bowler who eventually induced the error, a delivery sneaking through Holt's gate to see the second Ferguslie wicket fall.  Crucially then, English, the set batter, followed in quick succession, Taimoor trapping him leg before just an over later.  104 for 1 had become 108 for 3, and there were two new batters at the crease. 


Farndale and Ferguslie Professional Henry were the batters, and their side was certainly very much still in it.  19 runs later however the pendulum had maybe swung just a tad in the direction of G43 when Henry nicked Pasty to Jurie at slip.  127 for 4.  Then just 8 runs later, with the score on 135, the dangerous Stafford was caught, mis-timing a drive to Jurie, this time patrolling in the covers, off Taimoor.  The game really was now the 'Loc's to lose.  But though Farndale (33) held things together, the required run-rate infuriatingly - from a Ferguslie point of view - kept rising.  And when Farndale eventually nicked an Abdul delivery to Stouty an ample female was gargling on the clubhouse steps.  In fact after Farndale's departure with the score on 192, just 11 more runs were scored as the last three wickets were taken.  Ferguslie 203 all out, and a home win by 32 runs. 


A good and competitive game therefore, with both sides likely thinking they could've won or lost it at various stages - however it was the 'Loc that sneaked over the finish line this time out, to record an encouraging win against a good side, but still with areas to improve on.  We've the match scorecard online, as well as match photo's and video highlights.


Start of twice-weekly indoor practice [posted 25/02/17]

Tuesday the 28th of February sees the start of twice-weekly indoor practice.  Junior and Academy practice has been ongoing throughout the winter months, and Tuesday night - 8pm to 10pm at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall - sees the start of open, senior practice.  Players are asked to get to "Hutchie" before 8pm to allow for a prompt start at 8pm.  The cost of sessions is £5 per person to cover the cost of hall hire.  We look forward to seeing a good number on Tuesday.  


Cup draws, and Evening and Sunday League fixtures, 2017 [posted 03/02/17]

The Western Union completed the issuing of league fixtures and cup draws today when it released the draws for the Rowan Cup, McCulloch Cup (the West League Cup reverting to its original name), the Western Union Cup, the Western Cup and the Greenwood Trophy, as well as the fixtures for the Evening and Sunday Leagues.  We've got the cup draws online here, with the fixtures appearing on the respective team pages.


Playing conditions, 2017 [posted 02/02/17]

The Western Union has released the playing conditions for senior Saturday League cricket for season 2017.  These can be read in full online, here.  In its accompanying email, the Western Union highlighted the main changes as being: 


  • Overs now restricted to a maximum of 10 per bowler.  This was the very clear view of the overwhelming majority of clubs who took the trouble to respond to the questionnaire last autumn.
  • Restriction of aggregate 15 overs from overseas players still remains.  Again this reflects the view of a clear majority of clubs.
  • Fielding restrictions now aligned to that of the ODI regulations by including a 11 to 40 over restriction.  In practice this is relatively minor.
  • Wide wording completely rewritten to make this clearer.  The CMC were of the view that inconsistent interpretation was as much an issue as the rule itself here, and the aim is to assist players and umpires as much as possible in understanding it.


Scottish Cup, 2017 draw [posted 27/01/16]

Cricket Scotland issued the draw for this season's Scottish Cup this morning.  The draw sees the 'Loc travel to play Glenrothes in round one, on the 14th of May. 


Saturday league fixtures released for season 2017 [posted 20/01/17]


The WDCU has published season 2017's Saturday league fixtures.  The fixture scheduling sees the 'Loc open their league campaign with home and away matches against Ferguslie - the 'Holmboys travel to Meikleriggs, and the 'Loc entertain their Paisley counterparts at home.  The full fixture list can be found below.


Pre-season matches [posted 17/01/17]

The club is busy organising pre-season friendlies with season 2017 now only three and a half months away.  Fixtures agreed thus far are Poloc XI games against Clydesdale and Grange away and Uddingston at home on the weekends of 15 and 22, and 23, April 2017 respectively, and a Shawholm XI game away at Ayr on Sunday 23 April.  The full global fixture schedule, 2017, can be found online here.


Archived match reports

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



1st XI league and cup fixtures 2017


The 1st XI compete in the Western Union as well as the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup, a Twenty20 knock-out competition, the Scottish Cup, West League Cup and WU40 Cup.













Senior practice


Senior coaching and net practice takes place, at Shawholm, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 6pm, with structured practice commencing at 6.30pm sharp.  Sessions involve net practice whenever possible but, even if underfoot conditions are not conducive to having "nets", fielding and catching practice is 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.