Welcome!  Please enjoy this virtual look round our club – but, better still, why not come and visit us? Founded over 140 years ago, we’re an open-membership, family-centred club with our own ground in Pollok Park on Glasgow’s southside, members coming from all backgrounds, and from across ethnic and cultural spectra, all taking an active part in club life.  As well as year-round competitive and social cricket for juniors and adults, there are internal and outside seating areas, and a well-appointed clubhouse complete with bar and lounge area, function room, and gym.

In addition to year round cricket, the club has a unique six-hole golf course, created over 100 years ago, and recognised by the The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.  It also has a busy and popular fitness section – Bodyfit Camp – that runs year-round fitness classes, and uses the club’s well-appointed fitness gym.


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  • McCulloch Cup campaign ends with a win (23rd June 2022)

    GHK were the visitors this evening in the final McCulloch Cup group stage match, the ‘Loc looking for their fourth win over the Glasgow West End side this season.  After the toss, the ‘Loc were batting, Mohammad Chaudhry and Calum James opening.  James continued his form of 24 hours earlier – when he’d scored an unbeaten 90* in the Evening League – making 31.  And Chaudhry (51) would also score heavily, reaching his half century before being dismissed.  Also in the runs, and continuing his good form of last weekend, was Balawal Fahim, whose 33, batting at four, was integral to the 150+ total eventually being posted.  152 for 8 in fact, 15 runs coming in extras, and meaning the “Old Anniesland” side needed to score at more than 7.5 runs-an-over to record the win.

    But this never looked likely as the visitors lost early wickets.  Three of the top five batters failed to trouble the scorers, with Robert Cathcart – opening the bowling with Waseem Ahmed – returning figures of 4-1-6-2.  Saad Salim also notched a brace of wickets, though in somewhat more bizarre circumstances: his single over costing 11 runs, as well as seeing him pick up the wickets of Dar and Mirza.  In total, seven bowlers would roll their arms over, with Ahmed-Raza Hanif’s spell again being worthy of mention in dispatches: 4-1-4-2.  86 all out in the final over saw the ‘Loc record a 66-run win, and saw the side finish on 7 points in the group, the same number as both Clydesdale and Langside.  However the ‘Loc‘s poorer NRR will see the other two southside clubs progress from the group, and being a good reminder that losing well is always better than losing badly, whether in Saturday League matches or round-robin cup competitions!  [Scorecard]

  • Academy win in Evening League opener (21st June 2022)

    East Kilbride were the hosts for the Academy side’s Evening League opener this evening.  And on a gloriously warm and sunny evening, on the longest day of the year, the youngsters secured the “W”.  Batting first after skipper Ahmed-Raza Hanif won the toss, the side’s 134 for 7 was based around Calum James’s unbeaten 90* that came from just 60 balls, and saw him smack the ball to all parts of the “Torrance House” policies.  He scored seven 4s, and four 6s as he looked en route to a maiden hundred, only to be frustrated by not being able to get on strike as late innings wickets fell at the other end.  Reflecting just how much James’s knock had dominated the innings, the next highest individual score was 12, from Faiz Khan.  135 to win then for the home side.

    Opening the bowling, James Cathcart and Abdulsubhan Rana both returned the identical figures of 3-0-8-0, restricting the home side’s openers, and seeing the required run-rate climb.  And that squeezing by the bowlers, backed up by good energy in the field, would be the characteristics of the whole second innings, East Kilbride eventually finishing 106 for 4, number three Doyle top-scoring with an unbeaten 38 (39).  Rajmohan had also batted nicely in reaching 20 (25), before he was run out by a neat piece of work by Moiz Maqsood.  So a 28-run win, and good start to this development XI’s senior league campaign.  [Scorecard]

  • Panthers go down in the Sunday League (19th June 2022)

    Renfrew were the opposition for the third game in two days today as the Renfrewshire club visited “Shawholm” in the Sunday League.  After two wins by concession, the Panthers were pleased to be actually on the park, and were batting first after the toss.  Connor Browne (5) and Osama Baig (11) opening.  After a cautious start, that saw the pair put on 24 for the opening wicket, they were separated, allowing Abdullah Rana (4) to get to the middle.  However 24 for 1 quickly became 28 for 2, then 35 for 3, as the visitors make good inroads in to the Panthers‘ batting line-up.  And it really wasn’t until the last of the top four, Jack Cannon (6), had departed to allow Hunnain Sohail and Sufian Ali to bat together did any momentum start to be built.  Sohail would stroke a measured 30, including three 4s, supporting Ali, who would go on to top-score with 58 (63).  Ali’s innings saw him notch up six boundaries, and provide the base for a potentially defendable total.  But there’d be no big push to the Panthers‘ innings as the last five batters mustered just 11 off their bats, and the side were bundled out for 167.  In fact had it not been for 42 runs in extras, the Panthers would’ve been planning for early journeys home.  167 all out, meaning Renfrew needed 168 in their 40 overs for the win.

    And 168 was what the visitors would reach, in just 32 overs.  However the eventual four-wicket win, with eight overs in hand, maybe doesn’t tell the whole story.  Like in the Panthers‘ innings, many of the Renfrew batters struggled, seven batters failing to get past 16, and four scoring less than 5.  However opener Hussain couldn’t be budged, and his unbeaten 84 (103) was, ultimately, the difference between the sides, with – again as in the first innings – extras contributing a healthy chunk of the total scored.  34 runs were conceded by the Panthers‘ bowlers in the 32 overs bowled – just imagine if that had been single figures.  [Scorecard]

  • Regulation (18th June 2022)

    As wins go this would be filed in the drawer labelled “Regulation”.  Batting first at home, against visitors Deanpark, Shawholm racked up 216 for 8 to set the Renfrew side a stiff target.  Built around meaningful contributions from Aasim Khurshid, who top-scored with 43 (56), and Inderjit Dulai (36), and assisted by cameos from Rameez Hassan (28), and skipper Hasan Rafiq (26), the eventual total was also boosted by 37 runs in extras, a gift that included 28 in wides and no balls.  Khurshid’s knock included six 4s, and he and Dulai added 63 runs for the third wicket, before Dulai then put on 53 in tandem with Rafiq.  That ol’ saying that two 50-run partnerships never loses would, therefore, be tested.  219 to win for the away side.

    But at 9 for 3, an away win looked a distant hope, a Zakki Tariq run out, and a wicket a-piece for James Cathcart and Khurshid having seen to Shaik, Kakar, and Goodman, none of whom troubled to scorers!  Shaik’s opening partner Siddiq (29) dug in though, and stabilised things with Muchhala (14), adding 40 for the fourth wicket.  But after they were separated there was another flurry of wickets: 49 for 3 became 59 for 6.  But then another partnership, this 38 being added for the seventh wicket, Deanpark having moved on to 97 when that happened.  And to complete the pattern, the partnership breaking was followed by wickets, this time the last three: 97 for 7, becoming – remarkably – 98 all out, and inside 33 overs.  The wickets had been shared around, with a brace each for Cathcart, Dulai, and Rafiq.  A good – dare we say regulation – win.  [Scorecard]

  • Back from the dead! (18th June 2022)

    At 48 for 7 today, batting first against Renfrew, the ‘Loc looked like returning back to earth with more of a thud than a bump, after Thursday’s heroics in defeating West of Scotland in the Rowan Cup quarter-final.  And even though Saad Salim (10) added 26 with Balawal Fahim for the eighth wicket, things still looked pretty bleak when Robert Cathcart arrived in the middle to join the latter.  But then something happened.  Or, actually, more accurately things stopped happening.  Wickets stopped falling.  Fahim and Cathcart dug in, and batted time.  Their partnership surpassed the 26 between Salim and Fahim, went through 50, and was just 1 run shy of three figures before it ended.  Fahim was the batter to eventually depart, but his 61 (133) – an watchful innings that included just four boundaries – was absolutely essential in helping his side to, firstly, respectability, and then near something that could be defendable.  Cathcart (33*) would bat through, with the side being bowled out on the last ball of the 50th over.  As watchful as Fahim had been, Cathcart had been measured, his knock seeing him face 69 deliveries.  The ‘Loc  – somehow – had managed to post 173 all out.  #GameOn

    The home side’s reply then started like a mirror image of the first innings, Renfrew slipping to 42 for 4, then 72 for 5, as the top order was eaten in to.  In-and-out by this stage, importantly, was home Professional, Khan, caught by Mohammad Chaudhry off Cathcart’s bowling.  The Enforcer had lived up to his moniker!  [Ed’: go Google it!]  But then, and again as in the ‘Loc‘s innings, a middle order partnership started to form.  Shuja and Sharma put on 51 for the sixth wicket, before being separated by Fahim’s grab off the bowling of Ahmed-Raza Hanif that saw Shuja depart for 35.  Sharma dug in though, and with the tailenders not chucking in the towel the ‘Loc were going to have to work hard for the win.  Hunnain Sohail claimed the wickets of Sharma and Patel, a run out neatly executed between Andrew Mallichan and Cathcart saw to Majeed, before Ahmad hit Waseem Ahmed to Hanif, who held on to the chance, to see the ‘Loc secure the “W” (the winning moment captured below).  160 all out, and a win by 13 runs.

    Ahmed had finished with 3 for 33, with Hanif’s 10-2-25-2, and Sohail’s 10-0-28-2 being hugely important contributions with the ball too.  Hanif’s two scalps takes him to twenty wickets in competitive 1st XI matches already this season, with still a round of matches to go in the first half of the league campaign.  #Toffee  [Scorecard]

  • Another washout! (17th June 2022)

    Tonight’s home Under 14 League match against East Kilbride has succumbed to the wet weather; heavy overnight and morning rain leaving the ground unplayable.

  • Semi-final berth booked (16th June 2022)

    West of Scotland were tonight’s visitors to “Shawholm”, making the short trip over the Clyde for a Rowan Cup quarter-final tie.  And, likely, they made the trip confident of success given the ‘Loc‘s horror show less than 24 hours previously in the McCulloch Cup.  Being the Rowan Cup it was coloured-kit time too, the ‘Loc‘s black kit reflecting appropriate mourning after being skittled for just 53 by Langside.  Winning the toss, the visitors had no hesitation in batting first, eager, no doubt, to put pressure on their hosts by making them chase again.  But, unlike yesterday, the ‘Loc bowlers started well, and picked up early wickets.  Mills (9), Malik (1), and Oliver (6), all went cheaply, leaving Australian “Overseas Amateur” Colgan with work to do.  And after Spensley (5), batting at five, also came-and-went quickly, it was left to Colgan (26) and Strachan (31*) to try and post a defendable total.  Colgan departed having made 26, being one of Sufian Ali’s four wickets, Ali bamboozling the “Hamilton Crescent” batters from the Burrell End.  106 for 8 was the eventual total, McNulty’s 15 (14) providing some late-innings momentum to get his side into three figures.  107 to win.

    The run-chase started well too: Hunnain Sohail and Calum James raced out of the traps, stroking a flurry of boundaries, and had put on 21 before Sohail (14) miss-pulled a Smith short ball, and departed caught at mid-on.  James then added 34 with Ali, again the two scoring quickly.  They were separated when James (24) also holed out, this time Smith was the catcher off the bowling of Dutia.  55 for 2.  There then followed a bit of a wobble, as 55 for 1 became 66 for 4, Ali (15), Fahim (6), and Mallichan (8) all returning to the hutch.  But would the wobble see the ‘Loc stumble and fall short of their finish line?  Answer: no.  Mohammad Chaudhry (27*) steered the good ship PCC safely to a semi-final berth, Hasan Rafiq (0*) at the other end, the winning runs coming in the final over, Chaudhry carving Smith through extra cover for 4.  108 for 5, and a win by five wickets.

    So what a difference a day makes.  A good win, in a game that had a tense finish.  And a semi-final tie against Ferguslie secured.  [Scorecard]  [YouTube recording]

  • Nightmare in Newlands (15th June 2022)

    This’ll be a short report, and reading might just about take as long as the ‘Loc batted for in tonight’s thumping by Langside in the latest McCulloch Cup group stage match.  “Albert Park” was the venue for the latest southside derby of the season, and after the toss it was the home side batting.  And from the get-go, the batters were on top.  Ahmad (28) put on 72 for the first wicket with home skipper Hafeez.  Ahmad’s departure – caught Calum James, bowled Saad Salim – didn’t seem to affect Hafeez however as he motored on, through his half century, before eventually being bowled by Ahmed-Raza Hanif for 82, 18 runs shy of his hundred.  Throw in a cameo 32 not out from Esakhiel, batting at four, and the home side had racked up 154 for 3.  155 to win.

    Well, theoretically at least.  Because at it turned out that Langside had, in fact, scored three times as many runs as were required.  The ‘Loc batting line-up simply folded.  No-one got in to double figures, or, indeed, past 7!  And only 16 runs in extras saw the ‘Loc finish with a total starting with a 5!  53 all out in under twelve overs.  Horrible.  [Scorecard]

  • Don’t say we didn’t tell you! (14th June 2022)

    Both our readers might remember, after last week’s Western Cup win at “Hughenden”, that your web reporter suggested tonight’s final group stage match might see Shawholm complete the set of results: after an abandonment, a loss, then a win, it was likely the final game against Victoria would result in a tie.  …..and so it was!  Genius!  127 for 8 was Victoria’s reply to Shawholm’s 127 for 4.  Saturday’s Lotto numbers are also available upon receipt!  But, back to the game itself.  Batting first after they won the toss , Victoria’s 127 for 8 centered on contributions from Iqbal (32) and Waqas (24), batting in the middle order, adding to Hussain’s 20, batting at three.  For Shawholm, all the bowlers, save Hunnain Sohail, got in amongst the wickets, Haris Khan’s 4-0-15-3 being the standout.  Matching Khan’s economy was James Cathcart’s figures of 4-0-15-2, Cathcart opening the bowling with Hamaad Anwar.  In all Victoria lost eight wickets en route to posting their 127.

    So, 128 to win.  Shawholm’s run-chase was substantially delivered by the top order, with Awace Ahmed’s 34 and Sohail’s 31 being the two scores that would’ve seen their names in the ‘paper.  The question was, however, would the batters get to, or pass their target.  It would be the former, 127 being on the ‘board when the last of the second innings’ 120 legitimate deliveries was bowled.  The question though – to determine the winner – was “at what cost”, i.e. how many wickets had fallen, the winner in a tie in this competition being the side losing fewer wickets.  And in this regard: 4 played 8 – boom!  Home win.  #Toffee  [Scorecard]

  • Weekend washout (11th June 2022)

    After a wet week it was maybe no surprise that neither senior Saturday side completed a match today.  Shawholm’s home match against St. Ninian’s was called off in the morning, whilst Poloc travelled to “Torrance House” for their clash with East Kilbride, but just got to watch rain.  Then, to make a miserable weekend complete, and as posted online yesterday, Stenhousemuir have conceded tomorrow’s Sunday League match at “Shawholm”, unable to field a side.


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Poloc cricket teams play under various playing names: Poloc, Shawholm, Poloc Panthers and Poloc Pythons.

Teams play in the league and cup competitions of the Western District Cricket Union (“WDCU”), and cup competitions of the national governing body, Cricket Scotland.

Poloc Panthers play in the WDCU Sunday and Evening Leagues, the Poloc Pythons compete in Cricket Scotland’s winter tapeball league, and junior sides play at different age-group levels in the West District Junior Cricket Union soft- and hard-ball leagues and cups, as well as in national cup competitions.


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