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Poloc slump to big defeat on the final day [posted 18/09/21] 

The final Saturday League match of the 2021 saw Langside visit "Shawholm", in a match that would reflect much of the 'Loc's season: a collective inability to put enough runs on the 'board, whether batting first, or second, despite the bowlers proving more than competitive.  This week the bowlers were in action first.  In restricting Langside to 203 for 9 in their 50 overs, the wickets were shared around.  Hamaad Anwar, Ahmed-Raza Hanif, and Hunnain Sohail each took a brace, and Imran Adrees, Murtaza Syed, and Andrew Mallichan took one each.  None of the bowlers wentb at more than 4.8-an-over, with Andrew Mallichan's figures of 5-0-9-1 opening the bowling being the standout from an economy point of view.  Hamaad Anwar's first two Saturday League wickets on debut included stumping by Calum James, who was wearing the gloves in Saif Sajjad's absence.  Also missing this week was Robert Cathcart whose late withdrawal through injury saw Hasan Malik come in to the side to bat in the middle order.  

 

203 for 9 meant the 'Loc needed 204 to win.  67 for 3 was a reasonable start; Ali Raza Qazi (40) occupying one end as he lost three early partners.  Calum James (5), Hunnain Sohail (10), and Amaan Ramzan (14) each sort of got in, but none could stay with Ali Raza Qazi.  And when Kess Sajjad (7) and Ali Raza Qazi were separated with the score on 67, the chances of the home win were much reduced.  Only 21 in wides and no balls, in fact, would prevent the side being eventually dismissed for under 100, as batters six through eleven mustered just 10 off the bat between them.  67 for 3 had become 115 all out, and the 'Loc's 2021 Saturday League season had ended in a whimper.  [Scorecard]  

 

No fun at the seaside [posted 11/09/21] 

September league cricket continued today, and with the warm late Autumn still with us it was a trip to the seaside that beckoned for the 'Loc, and some beach cricket.  Prestwick were the side's hosts, and after guessing correctly at the toss, skipper Kess Sajjad decided to bat first on a square that had proved to be spin-friendly throughout the season.  But it wouldn't be so much spin-friendly today, more spin-tastic as the 'Loc were unceremoniously bundled out for just 63, the home side's two off spinners - Chaudhary and Haq - taking seven wickets between them.  Well, actually, that's really doing Chaudhary a disservice, as he took six, to Haq's solitary scalp.  6 for 25 in fact, as he dismantled the 'Loc's batting line-up.  

 

After a steady'ish start the side had actually been 49 for 2 at one point, Amaan Ramzan (21) and Saif Sajjad (11) having stabilised things after both openers - Calum James (9) and Ali Raza Qazi (1) - went cheaply to see the 'Loc slide quickly to 17 for 2.  But when Amaan Ramzan and Saif Sajjad were seperated - 49 for 3 - the Jenga tower started to wobble.  Three wickets fell 8 runs later, and 57 for 6 then became 63 all out as five of the middle and lower order batters failed to trouble the scorers, including last man Imran Adrees (0*) who was left wearing the Sherriff's badge.  Prestwick set just 64 to win therefore.  

 

And the home side's batters made quick work of their task, losing just three wickets - two to spin - en route to 64 for 3, and the 25 win points.  Imran Adrees, Ahmed-Raza Hanif, and Robert Cathcart took a wicket each, but in truth defending 63 would've needed a collapse of,.....well, of Poloc proportions.  And it wasn't to be, Prestwick running out comfortable seven wicket winners.  Nxt week is matchday eighteen, and the final league match of the 2021 season, Langside visiting "Shawholm".  [Scorecard

 

Defeat at "Bothwell Castle Policies" [posted 04/09/21] 

The final result was an 82-run win for the hosts, Uddingston, today at "Bothwell Castle Policies", the 'Loc failing to chase down 241 to secure the 25 win points.  157 all out was all that could be mustered, and with this, just the 1 losing bonus point.  The eventual capitulation wasn't necessarily "on the cards" however, mid-way through the 'Loc's reply, skipper Kess Sajjad (45) and Hunnainm Sohail (23) having added 56 after coming together with the score on 72.  The top three had all got in to double figures, but none of Calum James (11), Sufian Ali (12), or Saif Sajjad (19) could get to 20, and Kess Sajjad and Hunnain Sohail were then in tandem when Amaan Ramzan departed for just 1.  128 for 4 then, and a nice partnership forming.  But it didn't last, and when Hunnain Sohail was fifth out, this triggered a revolving door at the top of the steps to the changing rooms: 128 for 5 became 157 all, none of the last three batters getting past 5.  Disappointing, not just the manner of the collapse, but the consequences too, in that another defeat ends with minimal losing bonus points secured.  

 

The target of 241 had been set by the hosts batting first, Lyons' 77, batting at seven, being the highlight.  Only opener Ahmad (51) offered much support as, like the 'Loc's, the Uddingston's scorecard reflected the 5's and under scores, and a bundle in the teens.  240 was also, "240, all out", the 'Loc dismissing Uddingston in the last over.  Imran Adrees helped himself to another "3-for" to continue his impressive season with the ball, and Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Murtaza Syed, and Kess Sajjad each taking a brace of wickets: 2 for 52, 2 for 21, and 2 for 74, respectively.  Ahmed-Raza Hanif also took four catches, as seven out of the ten home wickets to fall saw batters holing out.  [Scorecard

 

Heavy defeat for Poloc against Stirling County [posted 28/08/21] 

Today's home league match against Stirling County ended in heavy defeat for Poloc as their visitors ran out easy - and big - winners, bowling out the 'Loc for 147 inside 45 overs to record a near 100-run victory.  The run-chase target of 241 had been set by Stirling County batting first, the "New Williamfield" side opting to have first use of the pitch on another warm and sunny day on Glasgow's southside.  Relying a lot this year on their top three, today's 240 for 7 reflected just that, with Tweedie (69), Booker (36), and McMullen (88) amassing over 80% of their side's runs; the other six batters to get to the middle adding just 23 between them.  What the 'Loc bowlers wouldn't have given to have got to batter number four earlier than when the scoreboard showed 204 for 2!  20 runs in wides wasn't terrible by this season's standards, but certainly didn't help, as the big target was posted.  For the 'Loc's bowling attack, Imran Adrees continued to haul in victims, taking another three league wickets and returning figures of 10-0-44-3.  Robert Cathcart took 2 for 33 in his eight overs, and Ahmed-Raza Hanif again bowled nicely, and tightly, returning figures of 10-1-35-1 bowling first change when the Stirling County top three were in full flow.  240 for 7, 241 to win.  

 

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The tough run-chase then got off to a bad start as the 'Loc quickly slipped to 11 for 2 early in their reply.  Hunnain Sohail (34) and Amaan Ramzan (23) then steadied HMS Poloc and took the total past 50, before, with the 'board showing 71, and their partnership having reached 60, Amaan Ramzan was bowled.  A few other quick wickets then followed as 71 for 2 became 84 for 6, and a pointless [Ed': i.e. no bonus losing points being picked up] end to the match beckoned.  However the lower middle order dug in and Andrew Mallichan (29), Murtaza Syed (12), and Robert Cathcart (10) ensured 1 losing point was gained, alongwith some respectability, before the side were eventually all out for 147.  

 

So a heavy defeat that brings the recent run of good league form to an end.  Next week it's Uddingston away, and a trip to "Bothwell Castle Policies".  [Scorecard

 

Win on the northside, sees the 'Loc record back-to-back wins [posted 14/08/21] 

The 'Loc returned from across the Clyde with 25 win points this evening, after defeating West of Scotland by 31 runs (DLS) in a rain-affected match.  Batting first after being put in, the 'Loc slipped to 12 for 2 as their hosts made early in-roads.  Sufian Ali (1) and Balawal Fahim (0) were the two batters out, both openers' wickets being claimed by Oliver.  This brought Saif Sajjad and Amaan Ramzan together, whose first job was a rebuilding one.  This they did, firstly settling the ship, and then pushing the total towards 50.  The two looked comfortable, however under threatening clouds, and with the rain on, a rain-interruption saw their rebuild paused.  In fact the players and officials would be off the field for some time, play not resuming until 4pm, by which point the game had been reduced to 31 overs each.  When play did resume, the two 'Loc batters would continue where they'd left off, and took the score, firstly, to 50, then into three figures.  Both reached their half century as their partnership continued.  Saif Sajjad would eventually be dismissed with the score on 122, stumped for a well-made 54 (71).  He'd put on 110 for the second wicket, and provided a base for Amaan Ramzan to accelerate over the remaining overs of the side's 31-over allocation.  He'd finish unbeaten on 74* (75), with Kess Sajjad also getting a sheriff's badge, ending on 17* (9).  175 for 4, a total that would be adjusted up under DLS to leave the home side needing 179 to win. 

 

The West of Scotland openers got their run-chase off to a decent start too, 48 being added without loss, until Hislop was stumped by Saif Sajjad to give Ahmed-Raza Hanif the first of what would be a brace of wickets.  And the remaining momentum created by the West openers then evaporated, as 48 for 1 became 53 for 3, Young (16) holing out to Murtaza Syed off Kess Sajjad's bowling, and Page (1) being smartly caught behind by Saif Sajjad, again off the bowling of Ahmed-Raza Hanif.  The 'Loc had snuck back in to the box seat, and the middle order now had work to do.  Much would depend on home skipper, Fennah, and he quickly got in to his stride, going at more than a-run-a-ball.  But around him, the wickets kept falling.  The fourth would fall on 97, and then the fifth on 126.  And, importantly, that fifth wicket was Fennah's.  Bowled by Kess Sajjad, he'd made 41 from just 35 deliveries to keep his side in the hunt.  His departure though sparked a collapse; 126 for 4 becoming 141 all out, as the last six wickets fell for just 15 runs.  141 all out, and a 37-run (DLS) for the 'Loc.  

 

Kess Sajjad grabbed the match-winning wicket, trapping Lord (0) leg-before in the 28th over, to give him a "3-for", a haul matched by Imran Adrees's 3 for 19.  Ahmed-Raza Hanif's brace came at a cost of just 11, as he returned the miserly figures of 6-2-11-2 to continue his impressive season's work with the ball.  Saif Sajjad also added to his important half century with the bat, to claim another three victims (two stumpings, and a catch) in the second innings of the match.  Any negatives?  Maybe only the return of Mr. Wides to prominence, the 'Loc bowlers leaking 23 runs in this extras category, in under 28 overs.  A good win, some good individual performances, but - as always - still something to improve on.  [Scorecard

 

Poloc secure second league win [posted 07/08/21] 

Batting first in today's Premier Division match against Dumfries at "Shawholm", after Imran Adrees elected to have first use of the track when the visitors' skipper McCutcheon called wrongly at the toss, the 'Loc posted 196 all out.  Their 'card was really a tail of two cohorts: the batters who to double figures, and those that didn't, including two who didn't trouble the scorers at all.  Of those who got in, there were notworthy contributions from Sufian Ali (27) and Saif Sajja (19), in support of Amaan Ramzan's 75.  The 'Loc's total was also boosted by the generous donation of 24 runs in extras by Dumfries, 196 being the side's biggest league score of the season.  Any downsides, notwithstanding the decent total?  Only that the side failed to face eight of their allotted 300 deliveries, being bowled out in the 49th over, James Cathcart the last batter dismissed.  

 

With rain threatened by the forecast throughout the day, and heavy locaslised downpours falling across the city, it was always going to be hit-or-miss [Ed': no pun intended!] as to whether a full game would get in.  [Ed': and to evidence just this point, Clydesdale's home match at "Titwood", about half a mile away, was interrupted on numerous occasions, before eventually being abandoned.]  "D", "L", and "S" were also, therefore, going to be three letters at the front of players' and match officials' minds as the second innings started.  74 for 1 saw Dumfries well-placed too, as they got off to a quick start in pursuit of 197, and to get ahead of the DLS par score.  However two wickets falling on that score dragged the 'Loc back in to the game, and when another two fell with the total on 97, the pendulum had swung in their favour.  A 28-run partnership for the sixth wicket reintroduced some nerves for the home supporters, however when that wicket fell, the run-rate slowed and the 'Loc continued to pick up additional wickets at regular intervals, until Robert Cathcart applied the final nail in the Dumfries coffin by bowling McCutcheon.  166 all out in the 46th over. 

 

A good win then, with some real positives, not least coming out on the right side of a tight match.  Good to bank what that takes, and involves.  Another good bowling performance by the bowling unit as a whole too, was another positive, Robert Cathcart (3 for 31), Kess Sajjad (3 for 36), and Imran Adrees (3 for 37) all taking "3-fors"; and Ahmed-Raza Hanif returning figures of 10-2-29-1 to again play a key role in the middle overs putting the screws on opposition line-ups.  With the bat, 196 was better, and competitive, but more bigger contributions should be the target, as well as batting the full 50 overs.  Always stuff to learn.  Next week it's West of Scotland away.  [Scorecard]

 

Spin and LBWs the tale of the game [posted 31/07/21] 

Today's derby at Shawholm was a low-scoring, at times attritional, affair, with both sides slow bowlers tying up batters, and rattling pads, and occasionally wickets.  Between them the slow bowlers returned combined figures of 39.4-11-97-11, six of the eleven dismissals being LBWs, and three seeing batters cleaned up.  But back to the start: after the toss the 'Loc were batting, Barbour having guessed wrong.  And the 'Loc would then get off to a pretty good start.  86 for 1, and into the middle overs was encouraging, Saif Sajjad (33) and Sufian Ali (35) both going well, and looking settled.  But it wouldn't last.  86 for 1 became 88 for 3, and the nerves set in.  The spinners were on, and the scoring rate dived.  103 for 4 was next, and before you could say steady the ship, it was veering towards the rocks as wickets kept falling.  105 for 5, then 6, before a momentary pause for breath.  22 were added for the seventh wicket, but when it fell, the clatter started again: 127 for 7, 130 for 8, then 9, and, finally, 131 all out.  Only Robert Cathcart (16) of batters four to eleven got past 6, with three not troubling the scorers.  A really encouraging start washed away, and the good ship Poloc looking battered.  132 to win then.  

 

Surely a skoosh?  You'd think so, but not at 51 for 5, with the entire Clydesdale top five "back in the hutch"!  Game on.  Imran Adrees had done the most damage, grabbing a "3-for", whilst Murtaza Syed's leggies had accrued him a brace, and Ahmed-Raza Hanif - the 'Loc's third slow bowler - taking the other wicket to fall.  But, unlike in the 'Loc's innings when recovery from a clatter of wickets couldn't be achieved, Mughal (53*) and Farid (33*), batting at six and seven for the visitors, not only steadied their boat, but, after steering it to calmer waters, then cruised it into the harbour berth named Win.  135 for 5 in the 39th over, and a five-wicket win.  Defeat then, but some encouragement against the current league leaders.  Both innings saw good starts, and the 'Loc bowlers again showed an ability to make inroads into batting line-ups.  And, a much better wide count, only 2 runs being conceded in wides this week.  Remarkable.  But, of course, two good half innings won't win you a game, and so lessons to be learned about the importance of putting together more complete performances: batters who get ingoing on.  Somehow finding a way to keep the pressure on when the side has opponents in trouble.  And, most crucially of all: finding a way to put together bigger totals, and batting the full allocation of overs made available.  Today's 131 all out saw the side use only 41.4 overs.  [Scorecard]

 

Poloc go down to heavy defeat at "Meikleriggs" [posted 24/07/21] 

The 'Loc suffered a big loss today, at a sun-kissed "Meikleriggs" on the Côte d'Paisley.  Set a whopping 322 to win, the side capitulated to 103 all out, with the only batting plaudits going to Calum James who carried his bat amidst the carnage for an unbeaten 54.  His innings included six 4s and two 6s, and was the exception-that-proved-the-rule as wickets fell around him at regular intervals.  Murtaza Syed likely also comes out of the game with net credit, following up his "4-for" last week against Langside, with another four-wicket haul in Paisley, and a cameo 28 batting at seven.  Albeit it was a tad more expensive - 4 for 71 - it did, however, see Ferguslie batters succumb to his leggies - two cleaned up, and two trapped leg-before.  The rest of the batting 'card probably shouldn't be dwelt upon, as six players failed to trouble the scorers, their wagon wheels remaining spokeless.  103 all out resulted in a 218-run loss.  

 

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The big target set for the 'Loc included the usual extras dollop, this week's wides count rising to an almost improbably high 28!  Five home side batters also got their "names in the 'paper", reaching 30, with Ferguslie skipper Henry top-scoring with 75 before becoming one of Murtaza Syed's victims.  So, a heavy defeat, and it's back to training in the search for improvement, next Saturday seeing the 'Loc host near-neighbours Clydesdale.  [Scorecard]

 

The 'Loc lose out in low-scoring affair [posted 17/07/21] 

Set just 140 to beat Langside at "Albert Park", the 'Loc fell 17 short of their target, being bundled out for just 123.  This was a disappointing end after skittling their hosts - the former Weirs CC - for 139, with Murtaza Syed grabbing a "4-for" (7-0-26-4) with his leg-spin.  In the field first after having lost the toss, the side made quick inroads in to the Langside batting, with a brace of Cathcarts again opening the bowling.  And both Robert (8-0-33-1) and James (4-0-18-1) were in the wickets early as Langside slumped to 17 for 3.  However the home ship was steadied somewhat and it was, at one stage, 106 for 3.  But then a collapse akin to a drunk playing Jenga then ensued, and 106 for 3 had become 139 all out, with Murtaza Syed running amok.  Imran Adrees took a couple of wickets amidst the chaos too, eventually returning figures of 7-1-23-2.  139 all out, 140 to win.  Wide count?  22.  Remember that number. 

 

The 'Loc's reply got off to the worst possible start as the side made the Langside top-order's effort look half-decent.  Without the services of their two top run scorers this season - Calum James (holiday), and Saif Sajjad (ill) - a re-jigged top order slumped to 17 for 3, a start that would not have been the plan, as the side failed to see off the new ball.  Then some stability was restored as Sufian Ali (17) and Kess Sajjad (24) added 40 before being separated.  57 for 4.  New batter in; loads of overs left.  Breathe.  Start again.  But, not to be.  57 for 3 became 58 for 6 as dismissal followed dismissal.   But then, again, the pendulum slowly started its journey back towards the 'Loc.  75 for 6.  Past the halfway mark.  75 for 7, then 76 for 8, however, saw the pendulum stop its journey and return back from whence it came.  Could the tail wag?  33 was added for the ninth woicket as the tail showed some fight.  And Ahmed-Raza Hanif (19*) and James Cathcart (1) did all they could to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, but would be separated 17 runs shy of their side's target.  123 all out in the 47th over.  17 runs short therefore.  Now remember that number from earlier?  22.  Enough said.  #PolocPlague  [Scorecard

 

Another washout! [posted 10/07/21] 

Like London buses it seems!  You see none for ages, then two come along at once.  After last Saturday's home match against Uddingston was abandoned at the innings interval, Poloc's hosting of Prestwick went exactly the same way.  That said the 'Loc hadn't been set over 300 to win this time.  Instead, after restricting their visitors to 184 for 7, they were targeting 185 for the "W".  But, just 1.1 overs in to their reply, and 15 for 0, the match was abandoned, persistent, and at times heavy, rain ensuring no further play would be possible.

 

Looking back in a bit more detail at the Prestwick innings, for the first time we had the Cathcart brothers opening the bowling in tandem, their combined twenty overs returning figures of 20-3-50-3 for a more-than-decent return for the family!  Imran Adrees was also at his economical best, his ten-over spell seeing him take 2 for just 23.  [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]  

 

Heavy defeat in Stirling [posted 26/06/21] 

The 'Loc went down to a 95-run defeat at "New Williamfield" today, as the side failed to chase 257 for the win after bowling out their hosts - Stirling County CC - for 256.  The home side's big total relied on their top order, almost exclusively, with five of the six middle-, and lower-, order batters failing to reach 5, and three recording blobs.  But the damage had been done long before the back end of the first innings, with Shahzad (80), McMullen (64), and Booker (36) seeing their side to 179 for 3 at one point.  Both McMullen and Shahzad notched up their runs at better than a-run-a-ball too, as the 'Loc bowlers struggled to make regular breakthroughs after dismissing home side skipper Tweedie relatively early on.  There were, however, some reasonable bowling figures amidst the run-fest, Imran returning 8.1-1-30-4, and Kess Sajjad took 3 for 54.  Ahmed-Raza Hanif's control was definitely missing, in the middle overs, with Sufian Ali, Hunnain Sohail, and Andrew Mallichan combining to bowl fifteen overs between them, and returning a combined 1 for 104.  256 all out, 257 to win.  

 

The 'Loc's run-chase would then get off to the worst possible start as Saif Sajjad was trapped LBW by Shakoor with the second ball of over one.  Calum James - who'd top-score with 57 - then put on 38 with Sufian Ali (9) before the latter was second out, the first of three wickets for leg-spinner Jones.  And, unlike in the Stirling County innings, wickets kept falling at regular intervals, with - aside Calum James - 'Loc batters getting in, then out, too quickly.  Robert Cathcart (13) and Hunnain Sohail (13) both reached double figures before departing, and Ali Raza Qazi made 27 batting at five.  But the innings would eventually peter out, Andrew Mallichan (5) last out, leaving Imran Adrees (4*) wearing the Sheriff's badge this week.  161 all out, and a heavy defeat by 95-runs.  [Scorecard]  

 

Home league win over Greenock [posted 19/06/21] 

Greenock were the visitors to "Shawholm" today as one of the club's oldest Western Union rivalries saw its latest instalment.  The visitors' skipper, McDougall, called incorrectly at the toss, and Imran Adrees had no hesitation puuting Greenock into bat.  This looked like the wrong choice in the first part of the first innings mind you, as Flack, after opening partner Prabhu had departed early, put on 57 with Briggs to see Greenock to 71 for 1, before the 'Loc made the next breakthrough.  And from 71 for 1 the wheels fell off the Greenock bus as 71 for 1 became 82 for 4, and then - after a brief respite in the clatter of wickets - 96 for 4 became 113 all out.  Kess Sajjad had scooped himself a "3-for", and there were braces of wickets each for Imran Adrees, Robert Cathcart, and Waseem Ahmed.  Mention in despatches too, again, to Ahmed-Raza Hanif whose figures of 8-1-18-1 were again exemplary.  Flack had almost single-handedly seen his side to a respectable total, his 43 being only one of two first innings scores in double figures, with wides and no balls being gifted to the tune of 22 runs.  113 all out, and so the 'Loc would need 114 for the "W".  

 

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Calum James (2*) and Kess Sajjad (32*)

 

After the tea interval Ali Raza Qazi (12) and Sufian Ali (6) opened for the 'Loc, and the pair put on 25 for the first wicket.  Their partnership broken, this brought Saif Sajjad to the middle, and he'd play the first of - arguably - the two match-winning knocks for the side.  Eventually nicking off to the 'keeper, Saif made 32 (five 4s), and all-but saw the 'Loc to the winning post.  However it would be left to Kess Sajjad (32*) and Calum James (2*) to do the needful, the side finishing 117 for 4 in the 37th over, and recording a six-wicket win.  A good win, in what was - even this early in the season - an at-times nervy match between sides looking for their first win.  Positives were, again, the economy rates of the bowling attack, and, pleasingly, a no-drama run-chase.  But, and as ever, there's still work to do, including cutting out the extras, and improving the fielding.  Next up in the league it's Stirling County CC at "New Williamfield".  [Scorecard]

 

The 'Loc lose out in high-scoring run-fest [posted 17/06/21] 

East Renfrewshire CC were the opponents this evening in the Rowan Cup quarter-final.  Losing the toss the Giffnock side found themselves in the field.  Opening for the 'Loc were Hunnain Sohail and Mudassar Khan.  The two would have contrasting fortunes as the former departed for 2, whilst Mudassar Khan hit four 4s, and two 6s in his 32.  Saif Sajjad, at three, then stroked a well-made half-century, before being bowled for 57, leaving brother Kess Sajjad (33*) and Robert Carthcart (12*) to see the side to 176 for 4.  Calum James was the other batter to spend time in the middle, and contributed a useful 20 before being bowled by Shoukat.  176 for 4; eminently defendable.  

 

Well, that is unless the oppo' openers start smokin' the ball to all parts!  And this is what happened.  Imran Adrees took some tap for the first time this season, eventually going at just under 7s.  But the skipper's figures still looked comparatively good in the final analysis as none of the other bowlers went at less than 7-an-over.  Mudassar Khan - the hero of Tuesday's Western Cup win at "Old Anniesland" - in particular, had a spell to forget as his two overs were bunted to all parts, and cost 35.  Sometimes it's just not your day.  Ahmed-Raza Hanif did take a "3-for", returning figures of 4-0-36-3, and made the important in-roads to the East Renfrewshire batting order midway through their reply to give his side hope.  And, briefly, with five overs to go the 'Loc had somehow scrambled their way back in to contention reducing the visitors to 137 for 5.  50 needed from five overs.  However it wouldn't be, and the roof fell in, in the nineteenth over, with East Renfrewshire reaching their target with nine balls to spare.  [Scorecard]   

 

Derby defeat for the 'Loc [posted 16/06/21] 

Near-neighbours Clydesdale CC progressed in the McCulloch Cup with a 13-run victory in this evening's southside derby at "Shawholm".  Batting first, the "Titwood" side were restricted to just 113 for 7 in their twenty overs, with Imran Adrees continuing to roll back years with his slow left-arm bowling, returning figures of 4-0-8-2.  The rest of the bowlers were more expensive, but none returned 18 Certificate figures as the visitors struggled to maintain any real momentum, as wickets fell at regular intervals.  Mughal top-scored with a run-a-ball 22, with no other batters reaching 20.  And, in fact, 113 was only posted in the final analysis, thanks to some wayward 'Loc bowling: 10 runs being gifted in wides, before taking in to account what might've been scored from the eight extra deliveries.  Criminal really, and costly come the end of the 'Loc's reply that saw them finish just 13 runs short.  

 

That run-chase never really got going with Clydesdale's Bashir tying up one end at the start of the second innings.  Hunnain Sohail used up ten deliveries before departing without troubling the scorers, whilst Ali Raza Qazi faced 36 deliveries for his 18.  Sufian Ali - batting at three - did give the innings a bit of momentum with 24 (28), and Kess Sajjad tried valiantly near the end with 18 (12), as did Jobanjit Singh with 12 (8), however even that was too little, too late as the 'Loc ran out of overs.  So defeat it was, and opportunity to rue those gifted extras in the first half, as well as some scrappy outfielding that saw runs leaked.  Out of another cup therefore, but tomorrow's Rowan Cup home quarter-final tie against East Renfrewshire to look forward to, and the chance to immediately bounce back.  [Scorecard]  

 

The 'Loc slip to back-to-back league defeats [posted 12/06/21] 

The 'Loc came back down to earth with a bump in today's first home league match of the 2021, COVID-19-affected, season.  After the high of Thursday evening's Rowan Cup win on the road, today's home match, in front of a large members and guests day crowd, was the other side of the coin.  An eventual 114-run defeat principally stemmed from a batting collapse after the side had bowled pretty well in restricting visitors West of Scotland to 205 for 8 batting first.  A steady start to the run-chase from Hunnain Sohail (9) and Sufian Ali (7) that saw them all-but reach 20 without loss was then undone as a flurry of wickets saw the side slip to 33 for 5, after Calum James (3), Kess Sajjad (5), and Saif Sajjad (0) followed Sohail and Ali back to the clubhouse.  Andrew Mallichan (17) and Robert Cathcart (19) then steadied the ship a little in the middle order, adding 32 for the sixth wicket, but after their partnership was broken, only skipper Imran Adrees (15*) put up much resistance as the side was bowled out for just 91 in the 30th over.  This was 114 runs shy of the total posted by West of Scotland, and resulted in a heavy loss that saw the 'Loc pick up no losing bonus points.  

 

West of Scotland's 205 for 8 owed much to the patience of opener Strachan, whose 52 came off 134 balls.  Around his base, the other batters played more shots.  Oliver's 39 (64), and Fennah's 29 (17) both augmented Strachan's knock, the former being another patient stay in the middle, the latter a more flambouyant one.  For the 'Loc almost all the bowlers used bowled tidiliy enough, resulting in the target of just a shade over 4-an-over.  Standout was probvably Imran Adrees with 3 for 30, whilst Ahmed-Raza Hanif again evidenced his capability at this level, returning figures of 10-0-27-1.  Hi also chipped in with another run out, as did Andrew Mallichan whose nice pick-dive-and-throw saw Miller depart.  Robert Cathcart's figures were spoiled late on with one expensive over, aside which his figures of 2 for 50 didn't perhaps otherwise reflect his overall performance with the ball.  

 

So a defeat in their second league outing; and as at "Nunholm" last week, some positives.  Batting the overs remains the challenge however, and with a busy period of cricket ahead the next opportunity to put that right comes soon enough.  [Scorecard

 

The 'Loc progress in the Rowan Cup [posted 10/06/21] 

Poloc secured a home quarter-final tie against East Renfrewshire CC in the Rowan Cup by defeating Renfrew by 51 runs at King George V Playing Field this evening.  Batting first the side posted a challenging 136 for 6, with Calum James leading the way with a 31-ball 41 that included three 4s and a maximum.  Batting in the middle order, he came in after Mudassar Khan (17, from fifteen balls) and Saif Sajjad (30, from 26 balls) had given the innings a good start, and after Sufian Ali had departed cheaply.  Hunnain Sohail's cameo 29* (29) then added late innings accelaration to the run-rate finish nearer 7-an-over than six.  137 the home side's target.  

 

And with a few club supporters watching the Renfrew CC livestream on Facebookthe 'Loc bowlers then looked to defend their side's score.  Robert Cathcart and Imran Adrees set the perfect tone to this end, opening in tandem, and returning combined figures of 4-0-16-0 to restrict their hosts at the start of their run-chase.  Kess Sajjad and Ihtisham Malik - the latter making a welcome return to Poloc colours - then bowled the middle overs, Ihtisham picking up the wicket of Malik, and Kess dismissing Abbasi.  With ten overs gone Renfrew had been restricted to 51 for 3, and the 'Loc were very much in control.  With some big overs needed therefore, skipper Mudassar Khan brought himself in to the attack alongwith Ahmed-Raza Hanif, and it would be the latter that would bring the game to an abrupt end by - twice - taking two-in-two-balls, and finishing with the remarkable figures of 2.5-1-3-5 to record a "5-for" for himself, and the win for the side.  

 

So a win, and progression in what is believed to be the oldest T20 cup competition in the world.  Next up, a home quarter-final tie on 24 June 2021.  [Scorecard

 

Opening day league defeat for the 'Loc [posted 05/06/21] 

"Nunholm" was the picturesque venue for what turned out to be the 'Loc's league opener of season 2021, after continuing Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions put paid to scheduled matchdays one and two.  A side that showed no fewer than nine changes from the last Poloc team to take to the field in a league match (on 3 August 2019) found themselves in the field first after skipper Imran Adrees won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first.  This looked like it might've back-fired on the 'Loc skipper however, as the home side's openers put on 65 for the first wicket, having raced out of the blocks assisted by some wayward bowling in the first four overs.  And when 99 was on the 'board with still just the one Dumfries wicket having been taken, it looked possible that the 'Loc might be chasing a big score.  However three quick wickets then saw the side claw their way back into things, as 99 for 1 became 118 for 4.  Brockwell (54) and Davidson (21) steadied the home ship though, and added the second, 50-run partnership of the innings, before the latter departed.  178 for 5, and ten overs left.  The final ten overs saw the usual clatter of wickets as the Dumfries lower order looked to push their side's total past 200, and this they did, the hosts being eventually bowled out on the last ball of the innings.  Kess Sajjad, who'd struggled with the new ball, returned to the attack in style, and did most of the damage late on, grabbing the last four wickets to finish with 4 for 31.  Robert Cathcart (6-2-14-0) and Ahmed-Raza Hanif (9-1-35-2) also deserve mentions on the bowling front, both bowling tightly.  221 to win. 

 

The 'Loc run-chase started really well.  Calum James (12) and Sufian Ali (28) put on 26 for the first wicket, and then the latter added 65 with Andrew Mallichan (37) to see the 'Loc 91 for 1 at one stage, and still inside the twenty-over mark.  However the second wicket - Sufian Ali being dismissed - sparked, as had happened in the Dumfries innings, a minor collapse: 91 for 1 becoming 107 for 5 as Andrew Mallichan, Kess Sajjad (10), and Mudassar Khan (1) all departed in just over five overs.  It was now a tougher assignment to chase down the 221 required for the win.  And the assignment proved beyond the lower order as only Robert Cathcart (17) got in to double figures, and the side slipped to 150 all out in the 42nd over, and to a defeat by 70 runs.  

 

So an "opening day" defeat, but perhaps still positive signs: the bowling was decent enough, with a couple of tight spells from Robert Cathcart and Ahmed-Raza Hanif, and Kess Sajjad cleaning up the tail.  And the start of the run-chase, along with Andrew Mallichan's 37 (50), gives hope that the side could post a competitive total in future games.  [Scorecard]  

 

Scottish Cup exit [posted 30/05/21] 

The 'Loc exited the Scottish Cup at the first hurdle, as they went down to a six-wicket defeat to Clydesdale at "Shawholm" this afternoon.  Played in brilliant sunshine (see photograph below, courtesy of Clydesdale CC), but after the recent cool and wet weather that has been the feature of May 2021, the scoring, in part, reflected the latter.  Batting first after Clydesdale guessed wrong at the toss, the 'Loc opened with Hunnain Sohail and Saad Salim.  However the first wicket fell quickly, Saad Salim being trapped LBW without scoring.  27 were then added for the second wicket, 30 for 2 seeing Hunnain Sohail (10) depart.  Zakir Siddiqui (12), batting at four, dug in, but no other batter, save Haroon Khan (10), would get to double figures as the 'Loc were grateful to their visitors' generosity in conceding 28 runs in wides to eventually post 75 all out.  Five home batters didn't trouble the scorers in the runs column, and the innings had been wrapped up inside 27 overs.

 

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Needing just 76 to secure their win, Clydesdale's start to their innings was almost as poor as the 'Locs, the visitors slumping to 46 for 4, as Imran Adrees rolled back the years with a destructive spell of slow left-arm bowling that saw him grab three wickets, and eventually return figures of 10-1-16-3.  However his efforts would be in vain as the handicap of posting such a low score proved fatal, the "Titwood" side getting home in 24th over having lost no more wickets.  Ahmed-Raza Hanif was the other 'Loc bowler to take a wicket.  [Scorecard]

 

With the Scottish Cup now in the past, the side await news from the Scottish Government on Wednesday as to whether league cricket will be start this coming weekend, the side scheduled to travel to Dumfries.  

 

 

Archived match reports

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

 


 

1st XI league and cup fixtures 2021

 

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

 

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Senior practice

 

Senior coaching and net practice takes place, at Shawholm, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings starting at 6.30pm, structured practice being on Tuesdays, and open net sessions being Mondays and Fridays.  Sessions can, but do not necessarily always, involve net practice, but, even if underfoot conditions are not conducive to having "nets", fielding and catching practice is often undertaken.

 

The club has a large grass practice square with two mobile net cages as well as all-weather astro-turf net bays.

 

Indoor net sessions are also organised during the off-season.

 

Outdoor practice sessions start in April and run throughout the season - new members (of whatever standard) are always welcome.

 

Directions to Shawholm can be found on the Find us section of the website.