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May

 

Match and practice off [posted 15/05/17]

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Tonight's Under 13 League Cup match away at Hamilton Crescent against West of Scotland has been cancelled because of the rain.  Also off is Under 11 practice and coaching for the same reason. 

 

Saturday washouts [posted 13/05/17]

There was no action today for either of the club's two senior men's sides as the home game against Langloan and the awayday at "Glenpark" were both washed away by the rain that swept across the central belt today.  Two matches were completed in the Premier Division Reserve, wins being recorded by both Meikleriggs and Cambusdoon, and in the Premier Division Dumfries's home game in the south-west was the only match to beat the weather, the home side coming out on top in that one.  We've got updated league tables online. 

 

Friday night disappointment on juniors night [posted 12/05/17]

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The Under 11s and Under 15s were both left disappointed this evening, albeit for different reasons.   The club's youngest hardball cricketers ended up with glum faces [Ed: and wet hair!] as rain brought an abrupt end to their opening league match at New Cambusdoon.  Meanwhile at Shawholm, the Under 15s' gloominess resulted from losing to their Ayr visitors with two balls to go in their league clash.  As it turned out 149 for 2 wasn't defendable, and despite Sobo's 75 not out and Rafay Khan's 53, the win points were taken back down the M77. 

We've the scorecards online along with match reports, and updated averages and statisticsSobo's and Rafay's knocks have also been added to the Juniors Honour Board

 

Tennis court clean up [posted 12/05/17]

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The #GreatCourtCleanUp continues and it was good to see two of the courts (pictured left) back in use yesterday, nets back up.  Partnering with the club in this project has been local business C Hanlon, and Pollok United Soccer Academy.  And it was good to see the academy boys on the courts last night, enjoying head tennis as part of a midway stop during their cycle in the park!  Great stuff. 

 

Upcoming fixtures [posted 11/05/17]

The next five days sees the club scheduled to play eight fixtures.  The action starts tomorrow with two scheduled junior matches: the Under 11s and Under 15s both up against Ayr.  Let's hope the forecast is wrong and the rain stays away.  And talk of rain [Ed: remember that stuff?!?] brings us to Saturday.  With a poor forecast hopefully turning out to be wrong, the Poloc side travels to Glenpark to take on Greenock, whilst the Shawholm side hosts Langloan.  Four down, four to go then.  And Sunday has three of the remaining four matches scheduled: Poloc go to Glenrothes in the Scottish Cup, the Academy host Hillhead in the Sunday League, and the Panthers go to Hamilton Crescent to take on West of Scotland.  Finally, Monday's game is an Under 13 League Cup match, again over at Hamilton Crescent.  Team selections are online, players added as they confirm availability.

 

McCulloch Cup group stage win [posted 10/05/17]

The 'Loc were in McCulloch Cup [Ed: the competition formerly known as the West League Cup,.....formerly known as the McCulloch Cup!] group stage action this evening, welcoming the team from "over by" to Shawholm for some T20 fun and games.  And, pleasingly, by the time the dust had settled on this latest skirmish between G43 and G41 it was the 'Loc who had earned - at least for a while - the bragging rights, and 2 valuable group stage points after a 61-run win.  After posting 169 for 7, the 'Loc then managed to bowl out the Crossmyloof side for 108, the last 'Dale batter being dismissed on the final ball of the night.  For the 'Loc the highlights likely included Jurie's 59 (38), Taimoor's 35* (28) and Abdul's 31 (17) with the bat, whilst in the second innings Hamza's 4-0-16-3 and Louis's 2-0-7-0 (Louis opening the bowling) were the standout performances with the ball, with Pasty likely now being able to lay claim to holding on to the catch from the highest hit ball of the season and Abid's lightning-speed glove-work seeing him execute four stumpings.  We've the scorecard online, as well as updated averages and statistics, and McCulloch Cup table.  There's also a match report and some video highlights online.

 

One of each in Evening League [posted 09/05/17]

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The Panthers and Academy both made their entrances to this season's Evening League tonight, with a fixture each: the Panthers hosting Renfrew, and the Academy over at Hamilton Crescent.  The Panthers ran out winners, easily seeing off Renfrew and winning with just over seven overs to spare chasing 107 for their win to see their unbeaten start to 2017 continue.  But it wasn't to be for the Academy as they somehow lost the West of Scotland after posting 149. 

In fact a Tuesday double looked on until the very end of the match in Partick, the Academy somehow leaking 29 runs from the nineteenth over to hand victory to their hosts [Ed: you really had to be there!].  Reports to come [Ed: and the Academy one might well be worth waiting for!], but for now, we've got the scorecards online (here and here), as well as updated averages and statistics and league tables.

 

Under 13s lose narrowly [posted 08/05/17]

The Under 13s exited this year's ECB Cup this evening, losing to Ferguslie by just 9 runs.  The match, yet another played in glorious weather, was keenly contested and went nearly all the way with the 'Loc youngsters still in the hunt in a second innings run-chase until the last couple of overs.  For the visitors two batters dominated, scoring 30 not out each, with the other six batters getting to the middle mustering just 8 between them.  The 'Loc Under 13s also managed to give each of the players - other than Kshitij who was 'keeping - a bowl, and it was a decent effort with the ball that saw Ferguslie restricted to 93 for 5 in their innings.  However despite 30 not out from Hasan Malik on debut, 20 from Hassaan and 14 from Abdullah, the 'Loc run-chase just didn't ever have enough momentum and the side would finish 9 runs shy of their opponent's score to see the Paisley club progress in the competition.  The scorecard of the game's online.

 

Sunday win over Torrance Community CC [posted 07/05/17]

On another gloriously-sunny day the Panthers entertained Torrance Community CC at Shawholm in a Pro40 match, the first ever match between the two clubs.  Batting first the Panthers posting 264 for 8, with Rambo continuing a productive weekend of run-making with 82, and The Professor's rich vein of form with the bat continuing too, with 53.  There were also good contributions from Sobo (39) and Dr Uzzi (26).  Defending 264 should've been the proverbial skoosh, however when the number of wides gifted is your opponent's top scorer, and at least one of their batters made a half century, you know two things: 1. it's gonna be a long day; and 2. it's going to be tighter than it should've been.  And as it was, though the win was secured, the Panthers only sneaked home by just 9 runs.  We've the scorecard online, and there are updated averages and statistics.

 

A win and a loss on matchday two [posted 06/05/17]

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The 'Loc managed to secure back-to-back league wins today with a home win over Uddingston, defending 228 for 9 having batted first.  In a match that went down to the proverbial wire, the side just did enough to get across the line.  There were runs for Jurie (51), Pasty (46), Muhammad (38), Louis (25) and Owais (21), whilst Ihty (10-2-29-0) and Hamza (10-4-28-3) likely take the bowling plaudits.  You can read a match report online.

Meanwhile at Bothwell Castle Policies the result went the other way as Shawholm lost by five wickets to their Bothwell hosts.  Batting first Uzzair's 70 was really only given support by Rambo (36), as 211 for 9 was posted.  Then in a frustrating second innings, decisions didn't seem to go the side's way as their hosts ran out five-wicket winners, Sobo's and Rohail's braces of wickets proving in vain. We've got the scorecards online (here and here), as well as updated averages and statistics and league tables.  There are also some video highlights from the match at Shawholm, as well as great match photo's taken by Ali Maddock.

 

Sandy Strang and T Ron Irvine remembered [posted 06/05/17]

Players from Poloc and Uddingston, and the match officials involved in today's league match between the two clubs at Shawholm observed a minute silence before the start of play to remember the lives of two stalwarts of Western Union cricket who passed away earlier in the week, Sandy Strang and T Ron Irvine. 

 

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Under 15s win on opening day [posted 05/05/17]

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The Under 15s kicked off another junior league season for the club's junior sides, travelling to The Tryst to take on Stenhousemuir this evening.  And on a beatifully crisp early summer evening the youngsters defended 94 to secure a 14-run win.  Batting first the Under 15s posted 94, with 32 from Sobo and an unbeaten 30 form Abdul.  Then in a closely-fought second innings, the tide was turned for the 'Loc when Hassaan opened his spell in the middle overs by returning 2-2-0-2. 

And then as the required run-rate rose the home side suffered a middle order collaspe, four wickets falling in consecutive deliveries, Nabeel the bowler.  We've the scorecard online, and the first Under 15s averages and statistics.

 

Upcoming fixtures [posted 04/05/17]

The next five days sees the club scheduled to play seven fixtures.  First up is the opening junior league match of 2017, with the Under 15s travelling to Stenhousemuir on Friday.  Saturday's two senior mens league matches are both against Uddingston, Poloc at home, Shawholm at Bothwell Castle Policies.  Sunday's match is a Pro40 against Torrance CC, at Shawholm.  The new week then starts will three more fixtures, the Under 13s starting their new season with the visit of Ferguslie, and Tuesday seeing two Evening League matches, with both the Panthers and Academy sides in T20 action.  Team selections are online, players added as they confirm availability.

 

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Under 10 Kwik Cricket [posted 03/05/17]

The season's schedule of Sunday morning, Under 10, Kwik Cricket is beginning to take shape, and we've got details online.  The club hopes to be able to attend as many festivals as possible over the course of the summer, starting with the first festival, down in Alloway, later this month.  More details to come. 

 

Shawholm ease to opening Western Cup win [posted 02/05/17]

Shawholm followed up Saturday's win on the opening day of the league season with a convincing win over BBC Scotland in the first group stage match in this season's Western Cup.  The side posted 178 for 1 batting first, after being inserted, Uzzair top-scoring with 98 not out, and CJ giving able assistance up-top, before eventually being dismissed for a nice 59 that included nine 4s.  Uzzair's knock, from just 67 deliveries, included thirteen 4s and two maximums.  In reply, the visitors struggled to really get going, and would eventually finish on 108 for 6, Hunnain taking 3 for 24, but his "3-for" being over-shadowed by a ridiculous one-handed slip catch from Ahmed-Raza!  The scorecard's online, as are updated averages and statistics, and the group stage league table.

 

Sandy Strang [posted 02/05/17]

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The club was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sandy Strang earlier today.  As he was to likely all cricket clubs, Sandy was a friend of Poloc, and as well as having played for the club in 2003, was often to be found in and around Shawholm during walks in Pollok Park.  A fierce competitor on the field of play, Sandy enjoyed considerable success during a long and illustrious playing career, most notably with near-neighbours Clydesdale, and - latterly - Ferguslie.  This saw him play in no fewer than nine Scottish Cup finals. 

Sandy's sporting achievements were not restricted to cricket however, having gained a football Blue at Cambridge, and playing briefly for Queen's Park FC.  Sandy was as hugely warm and engaging off the cricket field as he was combative on it, his voice from behind the stumps welcoming every batter who arrived at the crease.  As his long career in teaching and education came to an end, Sandy further developed a burgeoning reputation as a much sought-after after-dinner speaker, on more than one occasion displaying his artistry with the spoken word here at Shawholm. Cricket in Scotland has lost a well-loved and respected figure, and the club's thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

 

April

 

Another Professorial ton sees Panthers to the derby win [posted 30/04/17]

Usman Amin recorded his second ton for the club today as he and Hunnain led the Panthers to a decisive ten-wicket over Clydesdale in their Sunday League opener at Titwood.  Set 238 to win in their 40 overs, The Professor (129*) and Hunnain (79*) remorsely chased down the required runs and saw the side home with plenty of overs in hand.  This, Usman's second hundred in consecutive seasons, follows on from his ton at New Williamfield last year.  Earlier, as their hosts posted 237 for 9, there was a "3-for" for Noaman, and a brace of wickets, each, for Faizan and Habib.  So a thumping win on matchday one for the Panthers.  Ali Maddock's match report is online, as is the scorecard, and as are the first Panthers averages and statistics of a new season.  There's also video footage of The Professor reaching his hundred on the club's Twtter feed.

 

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Opening day double [posted 29/04/17]

There was double delight today as both senior mens sides recorded opening day league wins over their Ferguslie counterparts.  In matches that were spookily similar as regards scorecards, Shawholm posted 237 for 8 batting first then bowled out their Meikleriggs hosts for 201, whilst, at Shawholm, the 'Loc posted 235 for 8 and defended this, restricting Ferguslie to 203 all out.  Both wins were good all-round team efforts with lots of players contributing with bat and/or ball.  We've got the scorecards online (here and here), as well as the first league averages and statistics of the new season.  There are also match photo's from Shawholm on the Cricket Europe website, as well as video highlights here online.

 

Weekend fixtures [posted 27/04/17]

There are three senior league fixtures this weekend: Saturday seeing home and away league games with Ferguslie, Sunday a rescheduled Sunday League match at Titwood against Clydesdale. Saturday's matches have a noon start, Sunday's game begins at 1pm.  Team selections are online, players added as they confirm availability.

 

Double-win Sunday [posted 23/04/17]

Both senior mens XIs won their final pre-season matches today, respectively chasing down targets set by Cambusdoon at New Cambusdoon and Uddingston at Shawholm.  The latter win saw the club retain the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy.  At New Cambusdoon the margin of victory was six wickets as 222 was chased down with little real drama.  At Shawholm meanwhile, 194 was the target, and it was passed with three balls, and four wickets, to spare.  We have match reports online, as well as match scorecards, and updated statistics and averages.

 

Good run out [posted 22/04/17]

Season 2017 finally got underway today, with a 40 overs-a-side friendly against Edinburgh side Grange, in the Capital.  Batting first the 'Loc posted 212 in their 40 overs - well actually 39.1 - but failed to defend this, their hosts getting across the finish line with thirteen balls to spare.  With the bat plenty batters "got in" - five getting past 25 - but none "went on" - the highest score being Owais's 42.  Others to get a start were Asad (38*), Jurie (36), Pasty (27) and Abdul (22).  In truth therefore 212 was a good few short of what should've been posted, the side stumbling from 81 for 1 in the sixteenth over (Owais and Pasty going nicely) to 85 for 5, and then failing to use their full allocation of overs.  Some rash shot selection likely was a contributory factor, as was there just being the one partnership over 50.  In the Grange reply, the home side never looked in much trouble despite using nearly their full 40 overs to chase down their target, with the 'Loc's bowlers gifting their hosts 22 runs in wides (9) and no balls (13) to help them on their way.  But a good run out nevertheless for the side, with - already - the differences between indoor practice and outdoor reality starkly clear.  The match scorecard is online.

 

Weekend pre-season matches [posted 20/04/17]

This weekend sees three scheduled pre-season matches: Poloc XIs variously travelling to Grange (on Saturday) and Ayr (on Sunday), with the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match also being played on Sunday, at Shawholm.  Teams are online, with players being added in as they confirm availability.

 

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Pre-season umpire visit [posted 19/04/17]

Eric Young, Chairman of WoSACO, (pictured left) met with the club's players this evening, coming along in advance of the new season to talk about the new playing conditions, adaptations to The Laws that are coming and player:umpire relations, all interspersed with anecdotes from his time as both player and - now - senior official.  Thanks to Eric for coming along to what was a very useful session.

 

Match cancelled [posted 15/04/17]

Sunday's second scheduled pre-season match, away at "Henry Thow Oval" against Prestwick, has, like today's first pre-season match against Clydesdale, been cancelled.  Next Saturday's away match at the "The Grange" against Grange will, therefore, be the season-opener.

 

Match cancelled [posted 13/04/17]

Saturday's opening pre-season match, away at "Titwood" against Clydesdale, has been cancelled, the early April weather not allowing for the preparation of a suitable wicket.  Sunday's away match at the "Henry Thow Oval" against Prestwick will, therefore, be the season-opener.

 

Senior mens players meeting, Thursday 13 April [posted 12/04/17]

There will be a short senior mens players meeting on Thursday evening after training.  All players likely to play senior mens cricket this season should try to attend, ideally staying on after training. 

 

Senior mens training - start of outdoor sessions [posted 12/04/17]

Senior men players are reminded that Tuesday evening saw the last indoor training session, and that - starting on Thursday the 13th of April - training will be outdoors at "Shawholm".  Outdoor sessions start at 6.30pm prompt.  Players should be at the ground in good time for a prompt start.  Early sessions will use the all-weather astro-turf net bays as well as the outfield for fielding and catching practice, and fitness.  In the event of inclement weather, and training sessioms being cancelled, notice will first appear on the club's Twitter feed (@poloccricket).  If there's no cancellation notice there then practice remains on.  Cancellation notices will appear as early as practical.  

 

Ground tidy-up and set-up day - thanks [posted 08/04/17]

A big thanks to those who gave their support to the work at the ground today.  In glorious sunshine everything planned to get done was done.  From gutter fixing, through weeding, skip-filling and sweeping, to sightscreen moving, rolling and grass-cutting, a long list of tasks were tackled.  Thanks again to everyone who gave of their time. 

 

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Ground tidy-up, 1pm, Saturday the 8th of April [posted 05/04/17]

Members are asked to lend a hand this Saturday at the ground, getting covers on the mobile covers, scoring units in to the scorebox, sightscreens in position, etc.  The work will start at 1pm, and should take around an hour if plenty people show up.  Then, if the weather's fair, there will be an outdoor net session for players.

  

March

 

Cricket taster session [posted 20/03/17]

The club was delighted to run the first of two introductory, "taster" sessions at Netherlee Anchor Boys group this evening.  The group has more than a dozen youngsters aged six to eight years old regularly attending it, and this evening's session saw them running, throwing, catching and hitting to their hearts content!  Thanks to Alistair Haw and his team for inviting the club's coaches - you can see some photo's of the session in the Gallery, taken by Alistair and used with permission.

 

Cricket Scotland squad pre-season training camp [posted 20/03/17]

Congratulations are due to both Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selections for a Cricket Scotland pre-season training camp being held at the La Manga resort in Spain in early April.  Both young players are currently part of the Scotland Under 19 squad, and will join other Development XI, A team squad and Under 19 squad players at the camp.

 

"Overseas Amateur" 2017 [posted 13/03/17]

 

We're pleased to confirm that nineteen year old Louis Geldenhuys will be joining the club as its 2017 "Overseas Amateur".  South African Louis, part of the Easterns Under 19 squad, comes to the club on the recommendation of Jurie Snyman, the club's Coaching Professional.  Louis (interviewed, left, after his hundred in the Khaya Majola Coca-Cola Cricket Week, and pictured, below) is a left-hand top-order batter, and will arrive in Glasgow in early April.

 

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Pre-season fixtures [posted 13/03/17]

We've added another fixture to the pre-season match programme, agreeing to play against Prestwick CC, at Henry Thow Oval, on Sunday the 16th of April. 

 

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#morethancricket conference [posted 11/03/17]

The club was represented at today's #morethancricket conference for cricket clubs in Stirling, Nicole Hanlon attending. 

 

The day, chaired by Svend Elkjaer of the Sports Marketing Network, opened with remarks from Malcolm Cannon, Cricket Scotland's CEO before a wide variety of presentations from a number of speakers: The Spartans FC's Debbie McCulloch, Tynemouth CC's Russell Perry, Youth Scotland's Rebecca Simpson, Diane Cameron talking about how clubs can become more like social enterprises, Cricket Scotland's Communication Manager Ben Fox, The Robertson Trust's Linda Macdonald, and Nic Wilson, Rosy Ryan and Ian Sandbrook of Cricket Scotland's Development Team.

 

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2017 membership subscriptions now due [posted 10/03/17]

The Annual General Meeting agreed the annual subscription rates for members for 2017.  The rates have not been increased which is good news for members.  With the subscription rates formally agreed, they now fall due for payment and new and existing members alike are asked to pay these as soon as possible to assist the club's cash flow. 

Payment can be made in many different ways: in cash, by cheque made out to "Poloc Cricket Club", by online bank transfer to the club's account ("Poloc Cricket Club", Clydesdale Bank, Pollokshaws Branch, Sort Code: 82-64-22, account number: 80064981), or by debit or credit card using the club's PayPal account.

 

Paying by debit or credit card is simple, and can be done online, here on the website.  To pay in this way you do not need a PayPal account yourself, only a debit or credit card.  Click here to go to the "Pay subscriptions" page of the website, and then simply click on the PayPal link button and make payment of the correct membership subscription amount.  Every payment made in this way is acknowledged by email.

 

Under 18 Scottish Cup draw [posted 02/03/17]

The draw has been made for this season's Under 18 Scottish Cup.  The draw sees the 'Loc drawn away, in the quarter-final against the winner of the first round tie between Greenock and Prestwick.  The draw's online here.

   

February

 

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NatWest Qualifying Cup draws [posted 28/02/17]

Cricket Scotland, today, circulated the draws for the NatWest Under 13 and Under 15 Qualifying Cups.  The draw for the Under 13 competition saw the club handed a home first round match against Ferguslie, whilst the Under 15 draw resulted in an away trip to Glenpark to play Greenock.  The draws are online here.

 

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.  

 

Under 13 and 15 Scottish Cup draws [posted 21/02/17]

The draws have been made for this season's Under 13 and 15 Scottish Cups.  The younger age-group sees the 'Loc drawn at home against West of Scotland, the Under 15 competition draw resulting in an away trip to Toytown to play Clydesdale.  The draws are online here.

 

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Abtaha at the Women's CWC qualifier [posted 13/02/17]

We've got some good photo's of Abtaha Maqsood participating in the Women's Cricket World Cup qualifier in Sri Lanka.  Have a look, they're in the Gallery, here.

 

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.

 

January 

 

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]

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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 lists can be found online here and here.

 

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ECB Cups, 2017 [posted 18/01/17]

The club's entered both age-group ECB Cup competitions open to it in season 2017 - at Under 13and 15 age groups.

 

These cup competitions see the early rounds being played locally, and the draws will be made in the next few weeks. 

 

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, and a Shawholm XI game away at Ayr on Sunday 23 April.  The full global fixture schedule, 2017, can be found online here.

 

Junior fixtures, 2017 [posted 12/01/17]

The WDJCU released its league and cup fixtures today, and we've got these online on the various junior age-group pages.  The club has entered teams in the Under 11, 13, 15, 16 and 18 Leagues, in addition to all the cup competitions.  The addition of participation in the Under 16 League means that the opportunities for matchews for our young players is even more comprehensive.  The full league fixture list can also be seen online here.

 

Abtaha Maqsood [posted 10/01/17]

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Everyone at the club was delighted to hear of Abtaha Maqsood's selection for the Scotland Women's squad to take part in the upcoming Womens ICC CWC qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka.  Abtaha will leave with the squad, for the UAE in the first instance for warm up matches, on the 29th of January, before heading to Sril Lanka where the side is in a group with South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea.  Congratulations to Abtaha.