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Shawholm match abandoned [posted 18/09/21] 

Another match involving Shawholm has ended in an abandonment.  Today it was their away match against Albert Park.  Chasing 121 to win, the home side were 110 for 6 when the match was abandoned.  James Cathcart had taken 4 for 30 in ten overs by this point, with Saad Salim grabbing the other two wickets to fall.  The low target of 121 had resulted from another poor batting performance from the Shawholm side, their 120 all out, in just 36 overs, seeing only three batters - Robert cathcart (29*), Awace Ahmed (29), and Usman Baig (14) - reaching double figures, and only one other batter getting past 4.  For Albert Park, Afzal had been destroyer-in-chief, taking 5 for 27 in his ten-over spell, with Shah chipping in with figures of 10-4-13-3 opening the bowling.  A disappointing end to any match however, never mind the final Saturday League match of the season.  [Scorecard]   


Shawholm lose heavily [posted 11/09/21] 

St. Ninian's were the visitors to "Shawholm" today, looking for revenge for Shawholm's win at "Henry  Thow Oval" earlier in the season.  Batting first after St. Ninian's had guessed wrongly at the toss, Shawholm, in truth, never really got going.  They'd eventually bat nearly their full complement of overs, being bowled out in the 49th over, however they'd mustered just 126.  Balawal Fahim, who'd scored heavily in the reverse fixture in Prestwick earlier in the season, top-scored with 29, skipper Irfan Hanif providing some support with 20.  But with six batters scoring 4 or less, and three batters getting run out (!), this wasn't really a recipe to cook up a decent total, and even 33 runs in extras wouldn't see this outcome: 126 all out, the scoreboard likely needing some WD40 for next week so rarely were the mechanisms set in motion.  


Defending 126 would be tough, but stranger things do happen.  But it certainly needs early wickets, and tight bowling.  Unfortunately neither materialised as Morrison (43*) and Singh (39) put on 63 for the first wicket, before a further 35 were added for the second.  The pendulum had well and truly swung in St. Ninian's direction.  No more wickets would be taken either, and St. Ninian's passed the finish line in the 28th over, and so secured an eight-wicket win.  A disappointing result, and performance, likely only Balawal Fahim and Hamaad Anwar (10-0-34-1) coming out with pass marks.  [Scorecard


Shawholm lose high-scoring game [posted 04/09/21] 

202 proved not enough for Shawholm today, as visitors Deanpark chased down their target with five overs to spare.  Disappointing after Ali Raza Qazi (46), Hasan Malik (31), and Osama Baig (52) had looked to have given their side a chance.  With only Saad Salim (14) and Irfan Hanif (16), however, making any other semi-meaningful contributions with the bat Shawholm's 202 for 9 was likely a bit under par given conditions, and 25 runs light given where the side were going in to the last third of their innings.    


Deanpark's successful run-chase was also based on a couple of meaningful individual innings: Siddiq (56) and Chopra (50) providing the visitors' two top scores.  22 for Sankaran, batting at six, was also useful.  203 for 7 was the score when the finish line was passed, in just the 45th over, Saad Salim, Osama Baig, and Zakki Tariq each having taken two wickets, but to no avail.  33 in wides can again be highlighted as, at best, unhelpful for Shawholm in defending their score, however with only Hamaad Anwar's ten-over spell going at less than 4.6-an-over, the blame for letting Deanpark chase down their target should really be shared around.  [Scorecard


Match abandoned [posted 28/08/21] 

Shawholm's away match in Coatbridge against Langloan ended in unusual circumstances this afternoon when, with Shawholm 199 for 6 in the 43rd over, chasing 233 for the win, the Langloan players left the field after a dispute following the turning down of a so-called Mankad appeal.  Ali Raza Qazi was the batter whose dismissal had been appealed for, the Shawholm opener having progressed to 86 not out in the run chase.  With him in the middle was Hamaad Anwar, batting at eight, on 4 not out.  These two had come together with the score on 162 after Shawholm had lost three relatively quick wickets after a good start.  72 had been put on by the openers, Zakki Tariq (30) batting with Ali Raza Qazi in a new opening pair.  72 for 1 had then progressed to 100 for 1, when the second Shawholm wicket fell.  The middle order then gave further support to Ali Raza Qazi, Osama Baig, Usman Amin, and Hasan Malik all getting in to double figures.  But, really, the Shawholm reply was all about Ali Raza Qazi, the abandonment leaving open the questions of whether he'd have reached his hundred, and whether his side would reach their target.  


And, that target had been as high as it was thanks in no small measure to the #PolocPlague striking yet again: 54 in extras, including 47 wides!  A half century from Aziz (58*) batting at eight had also frustrated the Shawholm bowlers, 135 for 6 suggesting a much lower total would be posted before Aziz's effort.  But Aziz would eventually run out of partners, Hamaad Anwar dismissing last man Faqir.  This was one of the two wickets taken by Hammad Anwar, with Saad Salim taking 3 for 44, and Hasan Malik having a great day with the ball returning figures of 8-0-39-4 to be top wicket-taker.  232 all out in the 47th over.  Was it enough?  Unfortunately that'll never be known.  [Scorecard


Shawholm lose out in high-scoring north:south derby [posted 14/08/21] 

Partick were the visitors to "Shawholm" today, and, in a high-scoring match that would see over 450 runs scored, would return to their eponymous city district with the win after their hosts couldn't chase down 255 to win.  Batting first, the visitors accumulated runs consistently over their full 50-over allowance, five batters getting into double figures, two - Farndale (46*) and Galloway (67) - making individually significant contributions.  Actually another contributor matched Farndale's haul, Mr. Wides finishing unbeaten on 46 as Shawholm's bowlers' generosity reached new heights.  [Ed': and don't mention the 10 runs in no balls!]  Back to the Partick innings: 254 for 8 was the final scoreboard score, with James Cathcart the stand-out bowler in terms of wickets, his figures finishing as 10-0-51-4.  Abdullah Malik, though finishing wicketless, should also be name-checked here however, as his impressive season with the ball continued, returning figures of 10-0-22-0, figures that meant his side wouldn't be chasing a really big score.  255 to win then.  


The Shawholm reply started pretty well, and both openers - Hunnain Sohail (31) and Ali Raza Qazi (36) - would get decent starts.  However both would, also, likely concede "not going on" was a frustration after having done the "hard yards".  33 was on the 'board when the first wicket fell.  And it was still there when the second fell, Usman Amin departing without troubling the scorers.  But these two quick wickets wouldn't trigger a collapse, and Osama Baig (45), batting at four, would be the innings' biggest single contributor, scoring the majority of the runs in what would eventually be a 77-run third wicket partnership.  126 for 4.  Still not out of it though.  34 runs were then added for the fourth wicket, to see Shawholm 160 for 4.  This though would be the high-water mark of the run-chase as the visitors' bowlers got to grips with the lower middle order and tail.  No collapse, but reaching the winning post became growingly unlikely, then improbable, before becoming impossible.  208 for 9 was Shawholm's final score, 47 runs shy of their target.  A decent reply, and 5 losing bonus points secured, despite the defeat.  [Scorecard]


Now if only those 56 runs in wides and no balls had been a chunk fewer.....


Shawholm lose out in high-scoring derby [posted 31/07/21] 

Set 210 to win, hosts Titwood raced to a seven-wicket win inside 34 overs as Shawholm went down to a derby defeat in Crossmyloof.  The Shawholm bowlers just couldn't make the in-roads in to the home side's batting line-up, with dropped catches not helping the cause.  Saad Salim and Abdullah Malik did get 1s in the wickets column of their bowling figures, and Hamaad Anwar executed the run out that was the third dismissal of the second innings.  But the truth is that Titwood, after the quick loss of Farid, with the score on 1, never looked like not chasing down their target.  And that target had been set in a first innings that saw, after Irfan Hanif had won the toss, and elected to bat first, Andrew Mallichan score 58, adding to decent contributions from Hasam Malik (28), Hunnain Sohail (25), Usman Amin (23, and Ehsan Rafiq (17).  However - and it's a harsh school we know - each should be frustrated they couldn't go on and make a match-winning contribution.  Getting in, then getting out, is sometimes the most frustrating.  Hard word done, then,.....ooops.  And the Shawholm 'card was really a 'card of two halves: five scores of under 9, four beings 1s, and four scores of 23 or more.  Added all together, and lobbing in 35  in extras, and the first innings had seen 208 for 9 posted.  However it wouldn't be enough, and Shawholm slipped to back-to-back defeats.  [Scorecard]


Shawholm winning streak ended [posted 24/07/21] 

Meikleriggs were the visitors to "Shawholm" today where their eponymous hosts were looking to extend their league winning streak.  And after bowling their visitors out for 179, and sitting pretty midway through their run-chase, at 135 for 5, it looked like another "W" was on the cards.  But no.  Ahem, not so fast!  135 for 5 would become 150 all out as the side collapsed to finish 30 runs short of their target.  Disappointing after the first innings' effort, and then the good start to the run-chase.  Balawal Fahim (35) was again top-scorer, but couldn't repeat his heroics of the last two weekends, and a cameo 23 from skipper Irfan Hanif was also not enough, as only two other batters got into double figures, and seven couldn't get past 6.  Not even 34 runs in wides from Meikleriggs could see the side home [Ed': that's waywardness of Poloc proportions!  ]. 


But let's go back to the first innings.  Meikleriggs batted first after winning the toss, and at 80 without loss this looked a great decision.  However three quick wickets saw Shawholm right back in it, 80 for 0 becoming 89 for 3.  And then, from that juncture, the Shawholm bowlers just kept chipping away and picking up wickets to see Meikleriggs eventually dismissed for 179.  Abdullah Malik (8-2-25-4) and Elliot Moffat (8-1-27-3) were the stand-out bowlers, bamboozling the visitors' batters with their leg-spin.  And 179 would prove enough as Shawholm's batters failed to fire for the first time in the last three matches.  [Scorecard


Mention, too, of a significant injury to Hasan Rafiq, who dislocated his knee whilst batting.  No doubt disturbing to the others players, everyone was pleased to hear that his knee has been "put back in" by hospital staff, and Hasan is on the road to recovery.  We wish him well, and a full, and speedy, recovery. 


Shawholm continue their winning run [posted 17/07/21]  

The Shawholm league bandwagon rolled on today, with an impressive four-wicket win at "Shawholm" over Albert Park.  Set 176 to win, an unbeaten 70 from Balawal Fahim, that followed his 70 last weekend in the win over St. Ninian's, was the innings around which a successful chase was completed.  He was supported by 37 from Ehsan Rafiq opening the batting, and a cameo 18 from Rizvan Ali at five.  176 for 6 in the 46th over saw the side across the finishing line with plenty balls in hand.  A good chase.  


The target of 176 set by Albert Park was after Shawholm had bowled out their visitors for 175.  Abdullah Malik grabbed 4 for 32 as the Albert Park tail struggled, only 7 runs coming off the bat from batters seven through eleven.  38 runs in wides - the #PolocPlague - were, however, generously given to the side from Newlands, and 176 to win wasn't a shoe-in to chase down.  But chased down it was, and the win sees Shawholm settle in the top-half of the table.  [Scorecard]   


Shawholm record back-to-back league wins [posted 10/07/21] 


Okay, so last week's match in Renfrew against Dean Park was abandoned, but, the week before, Shawholm snuck home against Langloan to record the win, and so today's five-wicket win at the "Henry Thow Oval" was, technically, still, a second consecutive victory.  Set 193 to win, the convincing run-chase centred around a 133-run partnership between Hunnain Sohail (69) and Balawal Fahim (70, pictured, left).  When they were separated with the total on 134, they'd broken the back of the challenge set in the St. Ninian's' innings.  And, though a couple more wickets would fall, a 4 from Hasan Rafiq saw the side across the finish line in the 41st over, and scooped them another 25 win points.  


The target of 193 had been set after St. Ninian's were restricted to 192 for 7 batting first, deciding to have first use of the pitch after Irfan Hanif had guessed wrong at the toss.  In a decent bowling display by the Shawholm bowlers, particular mention to Nabel Khan who opened the bowling with Saad Salim, and returned figures of 5-1-13-0 to prevent the home side getting off to a flyer.  

Abdullah Malik got through ten overs - the only Shawholm bowler to bowl a full allocation - and his spell cost just 37.  With three run outs executed - by Nabeel Khan, Elliott Moffat, and Hunnain Sohail - the home side became growingly jittery towards the end of their innings trying to "up" the score.  So, a decent bowling display,.....until you check out the #PolocPlague column: 43 runs gifted in wides!  The plague rages on.....  Anyway, a win's a win they say, so let's leave the wides for another day.  [Scorecard


A couple of washouts [posted 03/07/21] 

Both today's Saturday League matches were - literally - washed away by a couple of the localised thunderstorms that were a feature of the day's weather.  At "Shawholm", the 'Loc were maybe thankful for the intervention by the weather gods as visitors Uddingston had racked up over 300 batting first.  Including a remarkable 217 from opener Awais, the "Bothwell Castle Policies" side posted 329 for 6, with most of the 'Loc bowlers taking a hiding.  Mention though for James Cathcart, who was making his competitive 1st XI debut, and, amidst the carnage, returned figures of 19-0-50-3, including the wicket of bludgeoner-in-chief Awais.  James's older brother Robert must've thought his afternoon was also going, comparatively, pretty well, as his first six overs cost just 15.  Awais, changing gears, then had different ideas, as overs seven through nine cost 52.  And Robert's experience wasn't unique: Kess Sajjad's first six overs saw him return figures of 6-1-19-1, before seeing his next four go for 34.  As skipper Imran Adrees looked to find a way to slow Awais down he would try seven bowlers, Murtaza Syed and Sufian Ali likely not thanking him for tossing them the ball with Awais in full flow, their four overs going for 34 runs too, and Imran himself perhaps wondering how his own figures of 5-1-16-1 ended up as 10-1-67-1.  Sometimes it's your day though, and today was certainly Awais's.  Well batted to him. 


With the Uddingston innings finished (and it having included a couple of rain breaks, and an early tea), when the near flash flood hit, the officials quickly abandoned the match, with the 'Loc not having started their reply.  [Scorecard


Shawholm didn't fare much better over in Renfrew either, their match against hosts Dean Park at "King George V Playing Field" being hit by another thunderstorm earlier in the afternoon than the one that hit Pollok Park.  Batting first the Shawholm openers had been skittled by the Dean Park bowlers, the side slipping to 46 for 4 at one stage.  A recovery was, however, being put together by Hasan Malik (21*) and Abdullah Malik (6*), batting in the middle order, the two having added 34 when the match was abandoned.  Again it was good to see two of the club's younger players contributing in senior cricket, Hasan Malik, in particular, continuing his run of good form with the bat. [Scorecard]  


Shawholm go out of the Western Cup [posted 29/06/21] 

Partick came to "Shawholm" this evening to take on their eponymous hosts in the Western Cup.  Batting first Shawholm would post 119 all out, being dismissed in the last over.  And though they only missed out on four deliveries, in the final analysis what might those unused balls have cost the side?  Four batters got in to the 20s, but as in other recent matches the batters "getting in" couldn't "go on", and Mudassar Khan (24), Irfan Hanif (21), Zakir Siddiqui (19), and Hasan Malik (14) will all likely feel frustrated despite top-scoring.  Well, actually, Mudassar Khan was joint top-scorer, with Mr. Extras contributing 24 too.  119 all out was the final score, meaning Partick would need 120 to win. 


In their reply, Partick got off to a poor start, Mills (2) and Lindley-Dawe (8) both being dismissed cheaply.  11 for 2, Imran Adrees and James Cathcart with a wicket each.  But the early momentum couldn't be maintained by Shawholm, as bowlers three through six struggled to contain the Partick batters.  None would finish with economy rates under 7-an-over, and 13 runs gifted in wides would add fuel to the fire of those four unused deliveries.  Partick eventually got home in the nineteenth over, five down, to win by five wickets with ten balls to spare.  So out of the cup, but what to conclude?  mainly the two adages: 1. bat your overs; and 2. bowl straight.  Simples.  It's amazing how many games are won by sides that gift fewest extras, and bat their full allocation.  Time will tell if this lesson will be learned.  [Scorecard


Shawholm sneak home in thriller [posted 26/06/21] 

Langloan were the visitors to "Shawholm" today, and decided to bowl first after winning the toss.  And, less than 40 overs later, this seemed a pretty shrewd decision, Shawholm bundled out for just 137.  And it could've been worse, save for a bit of middle-order backbone being displayed by Hasan Malik (27), Abdullah Malik (15), Jobanjit Singh (10), and Hasan Rafiq (10), that added to Saad Salim's 22 at the top of the order.  That said, each of these five will be frustrated they did the hard bit, got a start, but were then dismissed without really kicking on.  Langloan gifting Shawholm 39 runs in extras would, in the final analysis, also be absolutely critical.  


Then in the second innings, with Langloan at 43 for 5, Shawholm were bang in the game, as the visitors' top-order struggled.  And, still 90-odd runs to get.  But then a few semi-partnerships: 75 for 6, 85 for 7, and then 97 for 8.  41 runs still needed though; advantage still to Shawholm.  The rest of proceedings are where the drama was really seen.  Langloan's run-rate all-but stopped, as they crawled towards the finish line - target 138.  Overs 35 to 39 saw just 8 runs scored, as nerves became frayed.  28 was, though, added for the ninth wicket - 125 for 9.  Now just 13 runs needed to steal victory from the jaws of defeat for the side from Coatbridge.  130 was reached - just 8 now needed.  The match in the balance.  But it wasn't to be for Langloan as Hasan Malik pouched a catch at "cow" to give James Cathcart a fourth wicket, and his side the "W".  Langloan 135 all out; just 2 runs short of a tie, and 3 from a win.  For Shawholm, good to get over the line in a tight game, with Nabeel Khan's "4-for" and Hasan Malik's top-scoring 27 in the first innings meaning the side's three youngsters had made the match-winning contributions.  [Scorecard]


Shawholm go down to defeat in Paisley [posted 19/06/21] 

It was a road-trip to Paisley today for Shawholm, who were in Premier Division Reserve action against Whitehaugh.  Like Poloc who were at "Shawholm", the Shawholm side would field first.  Whitehaugh's openers Gilmour (35) and Arbuckle got their side off to a good start as they put on 77 for the first wicket, and then Arbuckle (71) would add another 49 runs with Mohiagha (20) as the Shawholm bowlers struggled to make inroads in to their hosts' batting line-up.  126 for 1 at one stage, once the second wicket fell, things did, however, get better for Shawholm, and after 221 for 4, became "for 5", wickets fell in a rush, Whitehaugh eventually being bowled out for 230 in the 47th over, the home side collapsing [Ed': accepted they still posted a good total!] from 221 for 4 to 223 all out, and therefore losing their last six wickets for just 9 runs.  Three Shawholm bowlers grabbed "3-fors": James Cathcart (9-1-27-3), Rizvan Ali (7.2-0-31-3), and Abdullah Malik (10-1-40-3).  


Chasing 231 for the win, the Shawholm innings was in some sense the mirror opposite of their hosts'.  At 21 for 4 the top order had succumbed, and getting to three figures was, bluntly, in doubt.  However, as cheaply as the top order had given away their wickets, the middle and lower order dug in.  Ehsan Rafiq (23), Abdullah Malik (27), Hasan Rafiq (24), Hasan Malik (32*), and Elliot Moffat (10) all reached double figures as their side got through the 100 barrier, and past 150, to eventually be bowled out for 167 in the 46th over.  A good rearguard action, and enough to see Shawholm collect 3 losing bonus points - the value of which should never to be under-estimated!  So some encouragement with the bat, but each of the batters who got in to the 20s will perhaps rue not being able to push on and make a really telling contribution, and take the game deeper, and the scores closer.  [Scorecard]  


Shawholm progress in the Western Cup [posted 15/06/21] 


The revised Western Cup got underway this evening, Shawholm travelling to "Old Anniesland" to take on north-side GHK.  Bowling first, the side got off to the perfect start, grabbing the first wicket with only 1 run on the 'board.  1 for 1, James Cathcart with the wicket, then became 7 for 2 as Mudassar Khan made his first impact of the match.  Four overs in and a third scalp was taken, GHK slipping to 29 for 3; run-rate fine, but three wickets wouldn't have been in the hosts' script.  And wickets kept falling: 36 for 4, then 43 for 8, and it was still the ninth over.  It was all happening: three batters cleaned up, and two run outs nicely executed.  In the final analysis, GHK would post 107 for 9, Raza (12) and Mudassir (10*) adding a few at the back-end of the innings, and the home side grateful for Shawholm's gift of 28 in extras!  On other days that would've cost the side.  Target 108 to win. 

The Shawholm run-chase would be spearheaded by Mudassar Khan and, making his debut for the club, Ali Raza Qazi.  The two quite simply sprinted out of their blocks: 40 for 0 after four overs reflected that.  And they didn't slow up to any meaningful extent, 79 for 0 being the score after eleven overs, and Mudassar Khan (pictured above, left) moving to his half century in just the twelfth over.  He'd eventually depart for 57, a knock that included no fewer than four 6s, and six 4s, meaning only 9 runs didn't come from boundaries.  Mudassar Khan's dismissal brought Zakir Siddiqui to the crease, and he (9*) and Ali Raza Qazi (39*) saw Shawholm across the finish line in the eighteenth over, and to a nine-wicket win.  [Scorecard


The next round, the quarter-final, sees Shawholm host Partick, who beat Milngavie CC this evening.  


Shawholm lose league opener [posted 12/06/21] 

"Hamilton Crescent" was the venue for Shawholm to play their first league game of the season, and, after the toss, would bat first against hosts Partick.  The side all-but used their allotted overs, being bowled out in the final over for 161.  Osama Baig (26) and Hasan Malik (24*) were the two highest scorers, Hasan, batting at nine, unluckily being left stranded at the end.  Aside these two there were useful contributions from Murtaza Syed (19), Abdullah Malik (18), and Adil Munir (17), all of, however, will, likely, be frustrated they didn't score more having done the difficult bit and "got in".  However 161 wasn't terrible, and the side were at least in with a shout of defending it if they had lady luck on their side, and bowled and fielded well.  


However the Partick batters clearly were in no mood to give their Shawholm counterparts a sniff of the win, openers Corner (39) and Cole (73*) putting on a century opening partnership, and only - evntually - being separated with the score on 128, Elliot Moffat taking the wicket.  No matter how skipper Murtaza Syed rung the changes with the bowlers a second wicket just wasn't forthcoming, and Partick ran out comfortable nine-wicket winners in the 22nd over, Jakobson's 19* being the only other home side batter score requiring to be added to the 'book.  So a thumping nine-wicket loss, however as "Shawholm", there were some positives, young Hasan Malik returning from injuring and scoring 24 not out being an obvious one.  Next up for the side is next Saturday's trip to Paisley to take on Whitehaugh.  [Scorecard



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