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June

 

Rowan Cup exit [posted 15/06/17]

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The 'Loc exited this season's Rowan Cup after defeat to Prestwick this evening.  In a match reduced to eighteen overs-a-side, the 'Loc struggled again to get an early breakthrough, Prestwick racing to 79 for 0 in the first ten overs.  However once the first wicket eventually came, the side did really well to drag themselves back in to the tie, Ahmed-Raza (4-0-19-2) and Hamza (4-0-18-0) being the standout bowlers in this regard.

However the damage had been done "up top", and 119 was the target set.  And just as the inability to make a breakthrough or build scoreboard pressure in the first ten overs has been the side's Achille's Heel with the ball, so failing to rotate the strike and build momentum with the bat has been the batting line-up's failing.  This added to batters inability to bat for more than just a few overs. Both short-comings again reared their heads to ight, as openers Owais and Rambo ate up 24 deliveries in making a combined 9 runs, whilst seven of the batters faced ten or fewer balls before getting out.  And all bar Hamza did get out: 93 all out saw the side slip to a 25-run defeat.  Disappointing therefore to exit the competition, but more disappointing is the poor performance and lack of apparent ability to learn from recurring mistakes and - more simply - do the basics well.  Sturday sees the bext chance to prove this scribe wrong however, and here's hoping for a "reaction" and a determination to execute the skills that are undoubtedly there.  We've got the scorecard and a match report online, and updated statistics and averages.

 

The 'Loc sneak the win, and cup progression [posted 14/06/17]

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The 'Loc somehow managed to sneak past West of Scotland this evening, winning by three wickets with four balls to spare to progress to the McCulloch Cup quarter-finals.  The win saw them finish top of the group and, therefore, book a home quarter-final against Drumpellier in a fortnight's time.  Chasing 121 to win, the side had bowled and fielded scrappily, the Keystone Cops scenes being best summed up by reporting that Ihty's bowling spell totalled two balls.  Both beamers.  End of.    You couldn't script it. 

But 121 it was, and when West's pro' Ramanayake had torn through the 'Loc's top order (5 for 16 from his first three overs!), a win seemed a long wat off.  However Asad (20) and Louis (40*) put on 45 for the sixth wicket and dragged the 'Loc back into the game.  Louis would stay until the end too, seeing the side across the finish line in the final over, Hamza for company. We've got the scorecard online, and updated statistics and averages.  We've also got a match report and video highlights.

 

Western Cup loss [posted 13/06/17]  

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Shawholm suffered derby defeat tonight, losing out at home to Titwood in the Western Cup.  Batting first on another damp and dank night, the side were bundled out for just 86, despite a brisk start that had seen them 22 for 0 in the fourth over.  However a mid-innings collapse saw the side lose eight wickets for just 35 runs!  And only Lewis's 38 (33) saw them post anything north of horrible.

If the Shawholm boys struggled with the bat, Titwood made equally hard going of their run-chase.  The only difference was that they didn't lose wickets.  In fact when they reached the winning post of 87, they'd faced just one ball fewer than Shawholm!  However they were three down, not all out!  For Titwood, as in the first innings, only one batter really got going: Shoukat, who bunted 36 (38).  And given he was dropped when in single figures, the old adage of "catches winning matches" also applied.  We've got the scorecard online (here), as well updated group stage table, and updated statistics and averages.

 

Match off [posted 13/06/17]

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Tonight's Under 13 League Cup tie, away to West of Scotland, has been postponed for the fourth time, rain again seeing the ground at Hamilton Crescent too wet for play.

 

Derby win in Monday night junior action [posted 12/06/17]

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Unfortunately the continuing poor weather claimed tonight's Under 18 derby clash with Clydesdale as its latest victim, leaving just the mirror Under 13 match "over-by".  And in a low-scoring match, dominated by ball over bat, the 'Loc youngsters sneaked home by the narrowest of margins, winning by just 1 run in what turned out to be an exciting finish.  We've got the scorecard online, as well as a short report.

 

Match off [posted 12/06/17]

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Tonight's Under 18 match at home to Clydesdale has been cancelled because of the wet weather.  However the corresponding Under 13 match at Toytown goes ahead, likely being played on the roll-out Flicx pitch.  Under 11 and women's practices at Shawholm go ahead, however, as scheduled.

 

Shawholm win in Partick [posted 10/06/17]

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With the 'Loc's game at home to East Kilbride beaten by the weather, today's entire focus was on Shawholm's away day at Hamilton Crescent against Partick.  And in a reduced 45 overs-a-side match the side didn't disappoint, coming out on top in a closely-fought affair, winning by 8 runs in the penultimate over.  The win sees the side move up to fourth on day when only a handful of matches beat the weather.

Batting first, Lewis led from the front with 36 as 144 was posted.  Then, with ball in hand, the skipper grabbed a "3-for" as Partick were eventually dismissed for 136 in the 44th over.  There were also a couple of wickets a-piece for Ahmed-Raza and Hunnain in what was a really good win.  We've got the scorecard online (here), as well updated tables, and updated statistics and averages.

 

Matches off [posted 09/06/17]

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Both tonight's junior age-group league matches are off because of the continuing very wet weather, the Under 11s' trip to Kilmarnock, and the Under 15s away fixture at Glasgow Accies.

 

Weekend action [posted 08/06/17]

This weekend's cricket action starts on Friday with both the Under 11s and Under 15s in league action, both away - to Irvine|Kilmarnock and Glasgow Accies respectively.  Saturday's two senior mens league matches see Poloc host East Kilbride, and Shawholm travel to Hamilton Crescent to play Partick.  On Sunday the Academy are in Sunday League action, before Monday's Under 13 and Under 18 league clashes with the Dark Side.

 

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Last ball loss at Weirs [posted 07/06/17]

The 'Loc fell to the loss tonight at Albert Park, Weirs sneaking home off the last ball of the match, scampering the 2 runs needed to win by five wickets.  In a match reduced to eighteen overs-a-side because no umpires showed, the 'Loc mustered what looked to be a below-par 87 for 4 batting first on a wicket still drying after Tuesday's heavy rains. 

However 87 so very nearly proved enough in the end, and only 16 being scored off the last over - completely against the pattern of play in both innings up until that point - saw the home side to victory.  As ever in such games of the smallest of winning margins, it's easy to concentrate only on what happened at the end, and no doubt Jurie will wonder how his over went for 16.  However it's never as simple as that.  57 dot balls in the 'Loc's innings - that's well over half the deliveries - certainly took a toll, as did conceding 7 runs in wides, an overthrow and maybe some other poor decision-making and execution of skills in the field.  But a loss it was, and disappointing to suffer it off the last ball.  However the side still has progression in the McCulloch Cup in its own hands, with a win in their final group stage match next Wednesday against West of Scotland being enough to see them in to the quarter-finals.  We've got the scorecard online, and updated statistics and averages.  We've also got video highlights.

 

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Two wins in Monday night junior action [posted 05/06/17]

The Under 13s and Under 18s were both in action this evening, the younger side entertaining Ayr at Shawholm, the older team taking on the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined side at Meikleriggs.  Pleasingly both sides recorded wins too, the Under 13s winning by over 100 runs and the Under 18s seeing off their opponents by five wickets.

For the Under 13s there was an unbeaten 33 from Hassaan, with a couple of cameo contributions from Hasan (22) and Samee (21), whilst Rambo (38*), Taimoor (3-2-1-1), Sobo (4-0-6-2) and Abdullah (3-0-13-3) stood out in the game in Paisley.  We've got the scorecards online.

 

Western Union Cup win against Hillhead [posted 04/06/17]

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The 'Loc booked their berth in the next round of the 40 overs-a-side Western Union Cup this afternoon with a straight-forward win over Hillhead at Hughenden.  The home side elected to bat first after Jurie lost the toss, but quickly lost wickets after Hamza and Ahmed-Raza - on 1st XI debut - came in to the attack after only four overs of seam.  Hamza would eventually take three wickets, and Ahmed-Raza a "5-for", as their fifteen overs bowling in tandem saw Hillhead lose eight wickets, whilst scoring just 22 runs.

After a quick turnaround, the 'Loc made relatively easy work of the run-chase, despite losing Uzzi without scoring in the first over.  Mo top-scored with an unbeaten 31, as victory was secured in the thirteenth over.  We've got the scorecard online, and updated statistics and averages.  We've also got video highlights.

 

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Double derby defeat [posted 03/06/17]

Both the 'Loc and Shawholm went down to derby day defeats today, the 'Loc being thumped at Titwood - for the second time in a week - and Shawholm losing on DLS at home when rain brought to a halt their run-chase.  Disappointment all round then, both in terms of the results, but far more in the performances.

At Titwood the game's start was rain-delayed such that it was 26 overs-a-side.  Batting first the Dark Side slayed the 'Loc's bowlers to all parts, with the wagon wheel again showing that the heaviest scoring areas were square of the wicket,.....on both sides!  This familiar pattern, added to another familiar feature - a bountiful dowry of wides and no balls, this week totalling 16 in 26 overs - saw Clydesdale post 187 for 7.  Chasing 188 to win, the 'Loc then lost Owais early early - run out - before slipping to 39 for 3, and not really ever recovering.  As with the bowling, the batting reflected now familiar patterns, with batters unable to hang around long enough to either build partnerships or individual innings of substance.  In the end the side slumped to 106 all out inside 21 overs, and defeat by plenty runs.  A defeat that sees the side slip to third bottom in the table. 

 

The Shawholm defeat wasn't - on paper - as much of a thumping, yet still exposed weaknesses.  After restricting Titwood to 147 for 9 in their innings - reduced to 28 overs - the side then crawled to 8 for 1 in seven overs at the start of their run-chase, a start that ultimately cost them as evening rain saw the match cut short, 21 overs having been bowled and the side 28 runs short of the DLS par score at that juncture.  So, arguably, one decent half of cricket, but - ultimately - as across in G41 - derby day defeat.  We've got the scorecards online (here and here), as well updated tables, and updated statistics and averages.  We've also got video highlights.

 

A tie and a defeat in Friday night juniors action [posted 02/06/17]

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After a couple of weeks washed out, the Under 11s and Under 15s returned to action tonight, the Under 11s at Woodfarm Pavilion, and the Under 15s entertaining Glasgow Accies.  The club's youngest hardball side succumbed to an older East Renfrewshire side in the match in Giffnock, losing by 43 runs, whilst the Under 15s tied their match with their visitors from the West End.  We've got the scorecards online, and short match reports.

 

Match off [posted 01/06/17]

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Tonight's Western Cup group stage match at Glenpark has been cancelled because of the rain. 

 

Weekend action [posted 01/06/17]

There are seven matches coming up in the next four days, with the Under 11s and Under 15s in league tomorrow against, respectively, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow Accies.  The Under 15s are at home.  Saturday's two senior mens league matches see derby clashes against the Dark Side, Shawholm acting as hosts and the 'Loc making the short trip to G41.  Sunday's fixture is the Western Union 40 Cup first round tie against Hillhead, over at Hughenden.  The weekend action then ends with the Under 13s and Under 18s both in league action on Monday evening.  Teams are online, as selections are confirmed.

 

Sandy Strang [posted 01/06/17]

David Love, Secretary of Ferguslie Cricket Club has contacted the club to say, "I write on behalf of Mary Fisher, the partner of Sandy Strang, to advise that a short ceremony, incorporating the scattering of Sandy's ashes, will take place on Friday 9th June 2017 at Meikleriggs. Members, players and friends are welcome to attend this short ceremony at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Mary would be grateful if this information could be circulated within your club." 

 

May

 

Butt-kicking at Toytown [posted 31/05/17]

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The 'Loc came back from Toytown this evening with tails very much between legs, butts sore after a kicking.  Even though it was a school night, two very young sides played out the latest southside derby, the Dark Side coming out on top, winning by four wickets in the McCulloch Cup group stage match.  Batting first, the 'Loc simply didn't post a big enough total, with no fewer than 61 dot balls proving fatal.   

Then, just as harmful, in defending just 115, the side conceded no fewer than 16 runs in wides and no balls as they slumped to defeat with ten balls left.  We've got the scorecard online, the updated group stage table, and updated statistics and averages.

 

Matches and practice off [posted 29/05/17]

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Tonight's Under 13 League match at home to the Irvine|Kilmarnock combined team, and the away Under 18 League at Langloan against the Drumpellier|Victoria combined side, have been cancelled because of the rain.  Also off is Under 11 practice and coaching for the same reason. 

 

Panthers slip to first defeat of the season [posted 28/05/17]

You can read skipper Irfan's latest musings, on the Panthers' first defeat of the season at home to Weirs today in the Sunday League.  His match report's online.

 

The 'Loc reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals [posted 28/05/17]

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The 'Loc - to borrow a well-worn sports report cliche - "bounced back" from yesterday's depressing defeat to Prestwick, with a comprehensive win over Ferguslie, at Meikleriggs, in the second round of the Scottish Cup.  Losing the toss, the side were invited to bowl first.  And good tight bowling, and decent fielding where nearly every chance offered up was taken, saw them bundle their hosts out for just 117. 

Hamza starred with ball as regards wicket-taking, returning 6 for 17 to get his name on the Honours Board for a second consecutive time in the Scottish Cup.  The run-chase then - when looking back on it - was utterly efficient, the 118 runs needed being scored before drinks, with Owais (56*) and Jurie (37*) seeing the side home.  We've got the scorecard online, and updated statistics and averages

 

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Bad day at the office [posted 27/05/17]

Both senior men's sides lost in Saturday league action today, Poloc going down at home in a match interuppted on numerous occasions and eventually seeing opponents Prestwick reach their DLS -adjusted target of 76 with seven balls to spare, seven down. 

And whilst defeat was being suffered in the damp in Glasgow, down on the coast Shawholm - in another rain-interrupted match - were slipping to a loss too, failing to chase 201, a target St. Ninian's had set thanks in no small part to them being gifted no fewer than 52 runs in wides and no balls!! 

 

To make matters worse, 'Loc skipper Pasty suffered a serious-looking knee injury slipping in the field and will likely miss tomorrow's Scottish Cup match at Meikleriggs, his absence adding to Muhammad's unavailability, also due to an injury, his nack injury being picked up on Friday.  If there were any bright spots on an otherwise pretty depressing day they likely included The Professor's 60 and Graeme's 53 for Shawholm, and Pasty's 46 and Hamza's "3-for" for the 'Loc.  Louis's over-the-head screamer of a catch should also get a mention in despatches.  We've got the scorecards online (here and here), as well updated tables, and updated statistics and averages.  We also have match highlights from the match at Shawholm, online now, along with photo's in the Gallery.

 

The Under 16s progress in the Frank Smith Trophy [posted 26/05/17]

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The 'Loc Under 16s were in action this evening, and returned from Hamilton Crescent having progressed to the semi-finals of this season's Frank Smith Trophy, this year being played at Under 16 level.  The win - by 95 runs - was a convincing one, the home side hampered by being a couple of players short.  For the 'Loc Rambo was the standout batter, making an unbeaten 75.  Then, with the ball, the wickets were shared around, Hassaan taking a couple, and there being two run outs thrown in for good measure.

We've got the scorecard online, and a short match report.

 

Rowan Cup progress [posted 25/05/17]

The club secured safe passage to the quarter-finals of this season's Rowan Cup with a relatively straight-forward win at Renfrew.  Chasing 79 for the win after restricting their hosts to 78 for 9, the 'Loc chased down the required runs inside ten overs, Taimoor top-scoring with an unbeaten 31.  In the first innings, skipper Hamza had returned figures of 4-1-13-3 to lead the bowling unit in effectively strangling the Renfrew batters.  There were also braces of wickets for Ihty and Abdul. We've got the scorecard online and updated statistics and averages.  We've also got video highlights.  After their win over Stirling County, the 'Loc's next opponents in the competition are Prestwick, who'll visit Shawholm in a fortnight's time. 

 

McCulloch Cup win at West [posted 24/05/17]

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The 'Loc returned to winning ways at Hamilton Crescent this evening with an eight-wicket win over West of Scotland.  Set 107 to win, the side chased down their target with more than four overs to spare, Owais top-scoring with an unbeaten 65* (46).  The low'ish target owed much to effective spells from the six 'Loc bowlers used.  Only Louis and Taimoor were on the expensive side, though the latter, and Pasty, both grabbed a brace of wickets each.

We've got the scorecard online, the updated group stage table, and updated statistics and averages.  We've also got video highlights.

 

The Panthers secure club bragging rights [posted 23/05/17]

The first of this season's two intra-club, league clashes took place tonight at Shawholm [Ed: obviously, doh!] when the Academy hosted the Panthers in what was the former's home Evening Leagfue match.  And despite as horrendous start that saw the Panthers slump to 5 for 4, they would eventually come out on top, posting - and then successfully defending - 109.  Abby's 51 was the standout contribution in the recovery from 5 for 4, his knock including three maximums, and coming from just 32 deliveries.  Ahmed-Raza was the Academy's top performer in that first innings, returning 4-0-10-3 to pip Uzzi for the honour, the latter returning figures of 4-1-10-2.  And it was Uzzi who opened the Academy's batting, with CJ, in search of the 110 needed to win.  A steady start never really gained momentum however, and by half way the Panthers had the upper paw, the pressure they were able to exert in the gathering gloom seeing both runs dry up, and wickets fall.  Uzzair's 24 (38), CJ's 20 (29) and Sobo's 13 (22) all flattered to deceive, the reality - in hindsight - being that none of the three ever really got going, nor did either of their partnerships see effective enough strike rotation.  And so it was that the Academy would eventually finish 12 runs shy of their target, and their "visitors" would secure their 11-run win.  Scorecards are online, here and here [Ed: the same one of course!].

 

Another abandonment! [posted 22/05/17]

In what's been the driest start to a season many can remember, perhaps unbelievably the Under 13s became the third junior side to be involved in a match that was abandoned!  The match in question was the League Cup quarter-final tie with West of Scotland.  And to add to the disappointment the side had made a great start, Hasan Malik's 30 not out, being augmented [Ed: children, go look the word up!] by Hassaan's 24 and Abdullah's 20, to see them well-placed after seventeen overs on 109 for 4.  Then it rained......

 

Mixed results [posted 20/05/17]

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It was a day of both mixed fortunes as well as mixed weather today, as the Shawholm side secured a straight-forward home league win over Cambusdoon in dreich conditions on the southside, whilst Poloc slipped to defeat in the final over of their match with Ayr at New Cambusdoon, failing to defend 267.  Ouch.  So, mixed fortunes.  We've got the scorecards online (here and here), as well updated tables, and updated statistics and averages.

We also have match highlights from the match at New Cambusdoon, online now.

 

Friday washouts [posted 19/05/17]

Unfortunately both tonight's junior league matches - the under 11s and Under 15s both playing Clydesdale - were washed away by the heavy rain that hit the southside just as both games were starting. 

 

Weekend games [posted 19/05/17]

There are five games over the next four days.  Tonights sees the Under 11s and Under 15s in league action, both taking on Clydesdale.  The Under 11s are over in Crossmyloof, the Under 15s at home.  Saturday's two senior mens league matches are against Ayr, Shawholm entertaining Cambusdoon, and Poloc down in Alloway.  Sunday's scheduled Academy Sunday League game with Stenhousemuir has been postponed at The Tryst club's request, leaving Monday's Under 13 League Cup match at Hamilton Crescent against West of Scotland as the game that closes out the weekend's action.  Team selections are online, players added as they confirm availability.

 

Panthers progress in the Greenwood Trophy [posted 18/05/17]

The Panthers saw off the challenge of BBC Scotland in the fitst round of this year's Greenwood Trophy, securing a 66-run win on yet another gloriously sunny night at Shawholm.  Inserted by the visiting skipper after he won the toss, the Panthers' 177 for 2 accrued from Rambo's unbeaten 80, and 73 not out from Uzzi.  Their jumbo partnership effectively took the game away from the Beeb and gave their side more than enough to defend.  That said, the second innings run-chase started at a rattling good pace, and after ten overs - though wickets had fallen - it was very much game on with BBC Scotland plundering boundaries at will and the Panthers' bowlers being in generous extras-awarding mode.  However as the number of wickets continued to rise, the brakes were gradually applied, and in the end, a 66-run win seems all to straight-forward.  Hunnain and Zakir took a brace of wickets each, and Sobo grabbed a "3-for", one a smart caught and bowled.  So the Panthers progress, and in the next round they're on the road to either Kilmarnock of the Death Star.  Meantime you can see highlights of tonight's match in the Video library.  We've also got the latest novel,....sorry, match report, from the Panthers hierarchy.

 

McCulloch Cup defeat [posted 17/05/17]

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The 'Loc went down to derby defeat tonight, losing to Weirs by 7 runs, chasing 133 to win, in the McCulloch Cup at Shawholm.  The visitors posting 132 didn't seem particularly likely early on when they were 14 for 0 after five overs, and only passed 50 in the tenth over.  However top bunting from Afzal - who hit 34 (22) - in the second half of the Weirs innings, and some scrappy fielding, saw the defendable total posted.  

The 'Loc run-chase then suffered from that direst of combos: falling wickets and dot balls.  In all, though the side would fall short of their target by only 8 runs, nine wickets were lost along the way, and no fewer than 52 dot balls were recorded.  With only three batters - Pasty (52*), Jurie (22) and Taimoor (18) - getting in to double figures, the revolving door of batters took its toll and defeat resulted.  We've got the scorecard online, the updated group stage table, and updated statistics and averages.  We've also got video highlights.

 

Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik [posted 17/05/17]

Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik were again action today for Scotland Development XI, in the a second one-day match against Durham CCC's Academy side at Uddingston's Bothwell Castle Policies ground.  The match saw Owais open the batting, scoring 30, whilst Ihty opened the bowling and returned 1 for 41 from his ten overs.

 

Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik [posted 16/05/17]

Congratulations to Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik on their selections for Scotland Development XI today, in the match with Durham CCC's Academy side at Uddingston's Bothwell Castle Policies ground.

 

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. 

 

Three games, three wins, three hundreds! [posted 14/05/17]

Today saw no fewer than three Poloc sides in Sunday afternoon action.  And the pleasing thing to report is that all three won!  And even more pleasing was that there were three Poloc centurions on the day!!  At Shawholm, two batters - Sobo (118*) and Uzzi (105) - scored hundreds as the Academy posted 311 for 2 in a big win over Hillhead in the Sunday League.  (Sohaib and Uzzair are pictured below.)  Meanwhile there was another ton being recorded across on the other side of the country as Jurie stroked 106 in the 'Loc's good Scottish Cup win over Eastern Premier Division pace-setters Glenrothes at Gilvenbank (see team photo' below, and video highlights).  And, lastly, but certainly not least, the Panthers enjoyed a victory over West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent - read the match report of this one online here.  So after yesterday's wash outs, today was defintely a day for everyone at the club to enjoy.  #Toffee

 

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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.