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

 

A match report from a horse's point of view [posted 14/05/17]

"Neighhh…  While grazing through the lush outfield in Partick, I witnessed and contributed in a game between the Panthers and WestGhussa (Hasan Rafiq) was sent in for the toss and as you would expect he lost.  He did try to persuade the home Captain by saying ‘'Geeez a bat yaar, dont be lyk dat yaar,' but since no member of opposition could comprehend the 'shield language they decided to bat first. 

 

"Graeme 'Sharma' Etheridge started the proceeding for the Panthers and due to yet another communication error Ghussa ended up with the 'keeping gloves (a decision the Panthers Captain regretted the very next ball).  Habib 'Yasir Shah' Safi and Sharma bowled well and kept the runs off the bat dry, however, there was a significant number of byes conceded by Ghussa. From mid-wicket and mid-on, it looked as the 'keeper was trying to imitate the batsman; any leave by the batsman was also well left by Ghussa behind stumps. Many thought it was as if Ghussa was replicating his role model Slappy.

 

"Habib did get the first breakthrough however, and also a second wicket and both openers were back in the hut, no thanks to the 'keeper. Graeme Sharma got the third wicket for the Panthers by cleaning up Greene and though Ghussa stated that he was bowling 'gasss yaaar' the bowler said it was a slower one.  Both seamers bowled really well at different stages of the game and would finish with brilliant figures of 6-2-10-2 (Graeme) and 8-2-22-3 (Safi).

 

"The first change would see your scribe and Gulfam. The danger man Mills was still around and started dispatching Gulfam for at least a boundary every over. Mills was accompanied by McCall who was eventually bowled by the Mighty Stallion.  Fair play to the youngster who faced Habib and Greame with a big heart. The score had started ticking over by this point thanks to some super-friendly bowling by Gulfam who would eventually finish with 5-0-22-0, the Mighty Stallion on the other hand managed to clean bowl the  top scorer on both sides Mills (31) and Ghussa stated 'that ripped yaar, massive turn bruh', but it was just a straight one.  Your scribe finished with the figures of 8-3-11-2 but, neiiighhh, it was no biggy.  He may state this, however, he was appealing for 4s and 6s as if they were LBW.

 

"The next change would see Hunnain 'The Bogeyman' Sohail, to which the opposition immediately objected stating distractions swinging from the bowler's nose. The visiting Captain persuaded his players to keep batting however and told them not to worry 'he's not that good anyway'. The lack of quality in both, bowling and banter, would result in The Bogeyman being replaced by Ghussa. The 'keeper was now Sharma and the batsman both thought Ghussa was a seamer but he just had a very long run-up for an off-spinner. Ghussa, nevertheless, would reap rewards for his poor 'keeping and ‘heavi gud’ bowling which resulted in figures of 3-1-8-3.  The Panthers were given a target of 109 in 40 overs.

 

"To the batting: The Bogeyman and Faizan were sent in to bat and received a barrage of full tosses in first few overs. Faizan negotiated a couple well but one struck his butt resulting in him coming up with the idea of a thigh pad that also covered the buttocks (Patent Pending). His defence against full tosses was fairly reminiscent of the one and only 'Iron Dome Abdullah' who was missed in this game.  The Bogeyman skied one full toss and ran in a strange direction, although it was a no-ball but resulted in a good direct hit that found The Bogeyman short of his crease, good riddance.  In then comes, at number three, the ever so reliable Ali Maddock. He walked in with a horse riding helmet and a disgusted look on his face, perhaps he had seen The Bogeyman without a helmet on his way out?  Faizan was the second wicket to fall after a quick-fire 25 that included three 4s and a 6. At number four, Awace 'The Gainz' walked in and immediately tried to go after the bowling.  His big heaves resulted in a boundary and perhaps a few pulled muscles, his stay at the crease being interesting to say the least as he was dropped three times for his 6 runs.  He gave the opposition good catching practice and they eventually managed to grab one.

 

"At number five, the captain Irfan Hanif walked in with and taking the bat off of Shiekh Gainz who destroyed it with his toe-ender skiers.  Irfan's swagger was apparent but the stay was fairly short as he was also cleaned bowled after making a solid 4.  At number six, the best Rafiq of them all (Ehsan) blocked a few balls and then a few overs got out for 2 having managed to steady the ship.  His dismissal would see Hasan and your scribe at the crease, the calm head of Haseeb and not so calm head of Hasan being an interesting combination.  They managed to chase the required score with ease (okay, not with ease as Hasan struggled big style to hold the newly-broken-borrowed-bat). Haseeb himself struggled too though, middling the edge multiple times for his boundaries.

 

"To conclude, it was refreshing to see fixtures like this.  The overall team performance, barring Hunnain, was very good. The wicket-keeping (in the first twenty overs) required a lot of improvement. Your scribe never imagined that he would be able to witness such a level of slappiness in 'keeping, but he was proven wrong. Many thanks again to West for a super tea and excellent sportsmanship throughout the game."

 

The 'Loc retain the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy [posted 23/04/17]

The annual pre-season clash between the club and Uddingston for the Eric Lane Memorial trophy was played today and saw the 'Loc retain the trophy with a three-wicket.  Batting first the visitors to Shawholm posted 193 for 7, with professional Hafeez top-scoring with 69.  He was supported in the lower order by Fergus Clarke who hit a rumbustious 24 not out.  Aside these two a couple of other Uddy batters got starts - Lyons (21), Allan (15) and McGuire (13*) - but none contributed perhaps what would have been a second and decisive match-winning innings when added to Hafeez's effort.  For the 'Loc Hamza's 8-3-13-1 were the standout bowling figures, with Ihty's 2 for 25 (in six overs) and Pasty's 3 for 3 (in six overs) being worthy of mention too. 

 

The run-chase saw the 'Loc need 194 in their 40 overs.  And though they would eventually get across the finishing line with a little bit to spare, this was despite a poor start: both Owais (0) and Uzzair (2) going cheaply.  The Shah brothers' departures saw Pasty and Jurie brought together early on, and they'd rebuild the innings.  Jurie compiled a nice 52* (50) before retiring, whilst Pasty reached 76 (118) before he was trapped LBW by Gul.  Jurie's retirement allowed Louis time in the middle and he took advantage of the opportunity with a nice 30 (27).  He'd depart LBW like Pasty however, leaving the win to be secured by the rest of the middle order, Ihty hitting the winning runs with a six over square-leg.  So a good run out for the side, with a few more of the winter cobwebs blown away. 

 

On the plus side a number of batters got runs and spent time in the middle, and bowlers rolled their arms over.  To work on though would be the bowling disciplines and over rates, [Ed: likely the two are linked] with 32 runs gifted in wides and no balls likely costing the side on more occasions than not. 

 

Encouraging pre-season chase [posted 23/04/17]

Skipper Lewis James reports from New Cambusdoon, "At 140 for no loss after the first nineteen overs of the day, a comfortable win looked a foreign prospect for the boys travelling to Ayr for what was for most of the team, the first outing of the season. 

 

"After losing the toss, Shawholm were asked to have a bowl on what looked like a firm but green wicket (on further inspection it turned out to be a road).  Ayr had raced to 54 for 0 after the opening bursts of Ishtiaq and Graeme Etheridge [Ed: on 'Loc debut] finding the outside edge of Aussie "Overseas Amateur" Crawshaw on two occasions but both going down at first slip.  When spin was introduced into the mix the run-rate began to increase rapidly as 'set' batsman Crawshaw opened up and caned Gary and LJ to all parts. 

 

"However, after Crawshaw departed for a brutal 90, caught in the deep by CJ off Sobo, things began to change. 140 for 0 became 141 for 2, 147 for 3 and 153 for 4 as tight spells from Sobo and Rohail Gilani [Ed: another 'Loc debutant] created pressure, and pressure equalled wickets.  After a late flurry from Bandari, Shawholm were set a target of 222 in 40 overs. Sobo had returned figures of 7-1-19-3, and Rohail's 7-1-28-2 were also decent. 

 

"After a quality Ayr tea, Abdullah and Sobo were tasked with seeing off the opening bowlers for the 'Loc. And this they did,.....and some. Batting with a plan of getting to 30 overs with wickets in hand and evaluating then, Abdullah and Sobo had chancelessly cruised to 114 for no wicket, after twenty overs, when Abdullah fell for a well made 54. And just like the first innings it was a case of bang-bang as Sobo departed for 38. 

 

"However, unlike their opponents it was not panic stations just yet. The old head of Dr Uzzi steadied the ship with a composed 43 not out. Usman was helped along by Graeme who hit a cameo 36 batting at number five, his departure leaving CJ to come in and seal the victory with five overs to spare.

 

"A good win then to prepare us for what will be a tough encounter against Meikleriggs next week and pleasing to chase down a total with smart batting, executing our plans. Onto next week!"

 

Man of the match: SMS Shah

 

Season opemer [posted 22/04/17]

Season 2017 finally got underway at The Grange today with the 'Loc taking on Grange in a pre-season friendly.  In a 40 overs-a-side match the 'Loc won the toss and elected to bat first on a really impressive early season deck.  And despite losing Uzzair (1) early the batters posted a competitive 212.  There were runs for Owais (42), Asad (38*), Jurie (36) and Pasty (27), which was encouraging, albeit three of the four (i.e. Asad excepted) will be frustrated they didn't "go on" after "getting a start".  Still time in the middle early in the season is really helpful, and 212 wasn't to be sniffed at. 

 

However, though 212 in 40 overs isn't horrible, defending it and gifting 22 runs in wides (9) and no balls (13) is!  Unfortunately the opening bowlers never really found the control and rhythm needed to put the Grange top order under any pressure, extras and poor deliveries ensuring their hosts' batters could bat within themselves and still keep up with the rate.  Hamza's 8-1-28-0 was the best return from an economy perspective, with Zaighum's 4-0-17-0 being okay too.  These two aside, the bowlers were generally expensive, and wickets not being taken simply added insult to injury, and Grange would pass their target more than two overs to bat having only lost one wicket, McCallum skying a catch to Uzzair off Hamza's bowling late on.  Let's hope that's the rustiness gotten rid off then, and with the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match against Uddingston tomorrow at Shawholm, there's an immediate opportunity for the bowling unit to regroup and improve on today. 

 

A big thanks to Grange for the invitation through to The Capital, and a reiteration of the praise for a really impressive early season wicket. 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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 Grange away and Uddingston at home on the weekend on 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.

 


 

Other fixtures 2017

 

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Poloc and Shawholm XIs

 
Poloc and Shawholm XIs are variously fielded to play friendly matches against other clubs - often as pre-, or post-season friendlies, sometimes against touring sides.