December 2016

Super 8s’ Finals Day [posted 30/12/16]

The ‘Loc ended up in third place in the Under 12 Indoor Super 8s competition played today, and went one better by finishing as runner-up in the Under 19 competition, also completed today.  Though perhaps disappointing not to have secured a win in the tournament, as ever the crash-bang-wallop of the indoor games was great fun for all three age-group sides competing. The Finals Day match scorecards can also, now, be seen online.

Under 12s qualify for Super 8s’ Finals Day [posted 29/12/16]

It was the third day of Indoor Super 8s group stage matches today, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Centre.  And it was the ‘Loc‘s Under 12s who were in Group B action.  In game one the youngsters saw off the challenge of Renfrew, 91 for 1 batting first, with Hassaan Mehmood scoring 18 not out, proving 18 too many for their opponents.  Hassaan added to his unbeaten 18 with 2 for 8 in his three overs.  Then in game two, against Kilmarnock, the Under 12s were required to chase just 40 to win after restricting the Ayrshire side to 39 for 4 in the first innings.  Hassaan again stood out with the ball, taking 3 for 4.  Then in the straight-forward run-chase Andrew Harden (18*) and Hassaan (12*) saw the side home without any undue alarm.  The match scorecards are online.  The ‘Loc‘s Finals Day opponents are Clydesdale and Ferguslie who won, respectively qualifying Group A and qualifying Group C.

Under 15s miss out on Super 8s’ Finals Day [posted 28/12/16]

The Under 15s were in group stage Indoor Super 8s action today, but missed out on reaching their Finals Day after back-to-back losses to the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined side and Clydesdale. The match scorecards are online.

Under 19s secure Super 8s’ Finals Day berth [posted 27/12/16]

The Under 19s secured a place in Friday’s Indoor Super 8s Finals Day with wins over the East Kilbride|Uddingston and Glasgow Accies|West of scotland combined sides in today’s group stage matches.  Match one saw them restrict the Lanarkshire joint team to just 35 for 7 in their twn overs, a total the ‘Loc surpassed in under five overs.  Gaff’ took 3 for 11 in the first innings, before Owais (10), Taimoor (13*) and Uzzi (13*) did the needful in the run-chase.  Game two saw a win over the Glasgow west end combination team.  Again bowling first, the ‘Loc restricted their opponents to just 46 for 4, before CJ (28*) and Aliyan (14*) again secured a fifth-over win after Gaff’ (0) and Owais (0) had both failed to trouble the scorers.  Joining the Under 19s on Finals Day are the Dark Side and the Glasgow Accies|West of Scotland combined side who finished as best runner-up. The match scorecards are online.

Under 19 Indoor Super 8s draw [posted 19/12/16]

The draw for this year’s Under 19 Indoor Super 8s has been made, and the ‘Loc are in Group B with Glasgow Accies CC and the combined Ferguslie|Hillhead side.  Group stage matches are on Tuesday the 27th, with Finals Day – if the side progresses – on Friday the 30th.  Match start times are online.

New gate [posted 14/12/16]

The club is delighted to unveil its new gate at Shawholm.  For many years access to the car park has been unrestricted, with this being – at times – frustrating to members.  However thanks to the team of talented craftsmen at Pollok Park, we are pleased to say that we have a new gate,…..and what a gate!  Beuatifully crafted in metalwork, the gate has the club’s name on it as well as bat, stumps and balls!  Paul Brannan’s team has done a brilliant job, and big “Thank you” is owed to them.  The gate – pictured below – will be open during practice and match times, with it being locked at certain other times.  We think it adds something of lasting value to the policies, as well as being of practical help to members.

WDJCU Indoor Super 8s tournament draws [posted 14/12/16]

The draws were made for this winter’s Under 12 and Under 15 Indoor Super 8s tournaments today.  The Under 12 draw sees the club in Group B alongside Kilmarnock and Renfrew; and the Under 15 draw resulted in us ending up with Clydesdale and a Ferguslie|Kelburne combined team in Group A.  The Under 19 tournament draw is still to be made.  Tuesday the 27th of December will see the Under 19 group stages, Wednesday the 28th the Under 15 group stages and Thursday the 29th the Under 12 group stages, with Friday the 30th of December being Finals Day.  The various match start times are online.

Club helmets [posted 13/12/16]

The club is again ordering Masuri helmets with the club crest embroidered on them.  The bulk order will be made at the end of December and anyone wanting to purchase a helmet should contact Keith Young (07802-951913).  The helmets come in two ranges: the Vision Series ELITE, and the Vision Series TEST.  And each of the two ranges has a Titanium or Steel grille option.  The prices and a size guide is below.  Anyone wanting too see what the finished, embroidered, helmets look like should also contact Keith Young (07802-951913), or – of course – ask one of the players who already has one!

November 2016

Jurie Snyman [posted 30/11/16]

We’re delighted that 2016’s coaching Professional Jurie Snyman is back with us again.  Jurie (pictured right), arrived back in to Glasgow today – all wrapped up for the winter – and has returned to work with our players over the winter and pre-season, and will stay with us throughout season 2017.

It’s great to have Jurie back after the impact he made on-and-off the field last season, with the continuity of influence and coaching that this brings being something that the club believes will be of real benefit.  The first chance for some to meet up with Jurie will on Sunday, at this week’s indoor junior cricket practice.  Welcome back Jurie!


Iain Johnstone [posted 30/11/16]

The club was saddened to hear, earlier this week, of the passing of Ayr CC stalwart Iain Johnstone.  Iain (pictured left), father of Dougie and David, was well known and liked in Western Union cricket, and beyond.  The club’s condolences go to Dougie, David and the extended Johnstone family.  Iain’s funeral will take place on Wednesday the 7th of December, at Masonhill Crematorium near Ayr, at 1.15pm.  A full, and fitting, obituary can be read, online, here.

NVT Group continues its sponsorship [posted 29/11/16]

The club is delighted that its now more-than-decade-long partnership with NVT Group is to continue, Scotland’s largest independent ICT services provider committing to a further two-year sponsorship of the club and its sister Charity, The Community Coaching Initiative.  Without this funding support, much of the club’s and Charity’s community engagement would simply not be able to function.

As a leading Technology Services Integrator, NVT Group design, test, build, deploy and support voice and data Enterprise Infrastructure solutions which support business operations and facilitate the staging of world-class events, helping organisations to harness the power of ICT, so that they can maximise performance and productivity.  NVT Group has a proven track record delivering services to sport, in 2012 winning the contract to become the Technology Services Integrator for the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and in 2014 successfully delivering the technology required to stage two of the biggest sporting events ever hosted in Scotland.  And its work in the community is not limited to its funding support in cricket, the group taking seriously its corporate social responsibility, making donations to other Charity partners, assisting with local community projects and raising sizeable amounts for several good causes.  More about the group can be found on its website, including about its corporate social responsibility in particular.

WDCU batting and bowling awards [posted 25/11/16]

The WDCU announced it individual batting and bowling awards last night, and congratulations go to the club’s two saturday Captains: Craig Young (pictured left), who picked up the First Division batting award; and Abhishek Bhatia (pictured right), who collected the First Division reserve bowling award.


WDJCU indoor Super 8s tournament draws [posted 24/11/16]

The club’s again entered a side in each of three age-group Indoor Super 8s tournaments being played between Christmas and New Year.

The Under 12s will be defending the title they won almost a year ago, whilst the Under 15s and Under 19s will be looking to emulate their younger brethern come Christmas week.

October 2016

Winter indoor practice [posted 12/10/16]

The full schedule of this winter’s junior indoor cricket has now been confirmed, and can be found online.  It’s on the “Upcoming events” page, in chronological order, and also on the “Juniors” page, by age-group.

If anyone’s in any doubt as to which session they should attend please get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).  All the sessions are, as usual, on Sunday afternoons at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall.

New Cricket Scotland partnership launched at Shawholm [posted 12/10/16]

Cricket Scotland launched a new young volunteer partnership programme today, with Shawholm as the backdrop for the launch photo-shoot.  More about the partnership – between the national governing body, Scotrail and Glasgow Kelvin College, can be found on Cricket Scotland’s website, here.

September 2016

Lahore Qalandars Jazz Rising Stars [posted 18/09/16]

Well done to Owais Shah on success in the recent Lahore Qalandars trial day in Lahore.  Pictured left, Owais was one of sixteen players selected from the trial to go forward in the Rising Stars programme.  More about the programme, and what comes next for Owais, can be found on the Jazz Rising Stars website.

Final league tables [posted 14/09/16]

The WDCU has finalised the league tables for the Evening and Sunday Leagues.  These are online now, and they show that the Academy side has finished up top-of-the-pile in their Evening League division.  Well done to CJ2 and the Academy players.

Under 18s confirmed as league champions [posted 12/09/16]

The WDJCU has confirmed this season’s league winners, with the club’s Under 18s securing their league title.  The Under 15s finished runners-up in their league, with the Under 13s and 11s taking fifth spots in their leagues.  Well done to the Under 18s therefore, who completed an unbeaten league campaign, and who still have the Frank Smith Trophy final to look forward to, that match being held over until the start of next season after being washed away last weekend.

Poloc women pipped down at Ayr [posted 11/09/16]

Nicole Hanlon reports on yesterday’s T20 semi-final against George Watson’s at New Cambusdoon.  Nicole writes, “Our skipper won the toss and elected to bat first, sending Ellen Watson and Abtaha Maqsood in to open the batting.  Both got off to a good start, putting on 28 runs in five overs, before Abtaha was caught at point for 20.  Despite Abtaha’s dismissal, the side continued to bat well, with Ellen being the pick, scoring 30.  In our allotted overs a total of 71 for 4 was posted.  The second innings saw the side put in a big effort in the field, featuring some very good bowling [Ed: despite strong winds!]  However two George Watson’s openers – Bryce (31*) and Henderson (24*) – would see off the bowling attack and reached their target of 72, in just 9 overs.  There were, however, some impressive bowling figures from Sam Bachari (2-0-5-0) and Abtaha (2-0-7-0), and the fielding, overall, was really good.”

Representative selections [posted 06/09/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selections for a Scotland Development XI that’s playing Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI in a three-day game starting today.  You can follow the boys’ progress on Total Cricket Scorer.

Outdoor junior practice finished [posted 04/09/16]

For the avoidance of doubt, with last Friday seeing the last scheduled junior league match played, outdoor junior coaching and practices – on Monday and Wednesday evenings – are now finished for season 2016.  As usual indoor coaching and practice sessions will run over the winter, and details of these will be sent to juniors in the near future, as well as being advertised here online.

Match off [posted 04/09/16]

Today’s Poloc Academy Sunday League match, away to Ferguslie, is off because of the weather.

Under 15s in comfortable win [posted 02/09/16]

The East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined side were the Under 15s’ opponents this evening in a re-arranged league match.  In the field first, and in a match reduced to sixteen overs-a-side, the ‘Loc restricted their hosts to 72 for 4.  Then, chasing 73 to win, Uzzi (45*) and Sobo (26*) rattled off the required runs in under seven overs to secure the win.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.


Match off [posted 02/09/16]

Today’s Under 11 match, away to East Kilbride, is off because of the weather.

August 2016

Defeat for the 13s [posted 29/08/16]

The Under 13s went down to defeat this evening, at home to Clydesdale.  Batting first they posted just 69 for 4, with Sobo top-scoring with an unbeaten 30.  Defending as low a score would prove tricky, and so it turned out as the Dark Side passed the finish line with over five overs to go, just the one wicket down.  Quite simply not enough runs were scored, the final five overs of the ‘Loc‘s twenty overs seeing just 12 runs scored, this despite having plenty wickets in hand.  This winter’s project then: rotate the strike!

We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

League season ends with two big wins [posted 27/08/16]

Both the club’s senior Saturday sides enjoyed big wins today.  Down in Ayrshire the ‘Holmboys secured a ten-wicket win over Marress, with CJ (33*) and Sobo (33*) chasing down the 73 needed to scure the win after Abhi’, Noaman and Ahmed-Raza had each taken “3-fors” as their eponymous hosts were bowled out 72.  At Shawholm meanwhile Irvine slumped to 96 all out after starting out well batting first and reaching 38 without loss. 

Then Pasty (31*) and Owais (33) scored the majority of the runs in the run-chase as an eight-wicket win was recorded.  We’ve the scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here)

Under 11s secure win against Weirs [posted 26/08/16]

The focus of attention this evening was the Under 11 side, with the Under 15s on a bye week.  Southside rivals Weirs were the visitors to Shawholm and in a game where the 11s bowled and batted well, the club’s youngest hardball side recorded an eventually comfortable 70-run win.  Musa starred with the ball, taking a “3-for”, whilst Hassaan, with 21 not out top-scored with the bat.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Under 15s win high-scoring match against Prestwick [posted 25/08/16]

The Under 15s took on Prestwick this evening in a re-arranged junior league match at Shawholm.  In a high-scoring match, the ‘Loc posted 150 for 1 batting first with Uzzi leading the way with 86 not out from only 66 balls.  He was ably assisted by a cameo 27 (eleven balls) from Rambo after Sobo had been dismissed for 25.  Then in the Prestwick reply their skipper, Cole, nearly replicated Uzzi‘s feat by racing to 50, only to caught by Rambo on the long-on boundary for 52 (38).

With Cole’s departure the visitors’ chances of winning receded and the ‘Loc change bowlers tied down the rest of the Prestwick batting order sufficiently to secure an eventual 29-run win.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Team selections [posted 25/08/16]

The weekend’s match action starts on Friday night with the Under 11s in home action.  They entertain near-neighbours Weirs, the match starting at 6pm.  Saturday’s two senior matches see Irvine as the opponents, the ‘Holmboys travelling to Marress and the ‘Loc hosting Irvine at Shawholm.  Both games start at 12 noon.

Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Reinstatement of tie [posted 25/08/16]

The WDCU Competition Management Committee (“CMC”) has confirmed that Saturday’s match at New Williamfield is a tie.  The club is, as at the time, and as reiterated to Stirling County and the WDCU thereafter, content with whatever result was decided.  The club also wishes to put on record the cooperation of Stirling County, in particular its Captain Matthew Tweedie, on, and since, Saturday as regards there being no disagreement as to what happened, and the sequence of events.  And, finally, the club also wants to acknowledge the responsible way in which much of the post-match comment that appeared on both social media and in the press has been reacted to by players and officials of both clubs.  With the result now confirmed, the club can also now put its usual match highlights online (below) as well as the confusion of the last ball (left).

Match off [posted 23/08/16]

Wednesday’s rescheduled Under 18 League match with the Dumpellier|Victoria combined team has been cancelled.

Under 18s win at Meikleriggs [posted 22/08/16]

The Under 18s won comfortably this evening over at Meikleriggs in Paisley, defeating the Ferguslie|Hillhead combined side by 58 runs.  Batting first Rambo, with an unbeaten 50, led the side to posting 105 for 6 in their [reduced] eighteen overs.  There was also a cameo [Ed: at the start!] 28 from Ghaff’.  Then in defending 105 the 18s’ hosts were quickly in trouble at 13 for 5, and never really recovered, finishing 47 for 6 with eight ‘Loc bowlers rolling their arms over.

We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Rearranged matches [posted 21/08/16]

Attempts are being made to re-arrange a number of junior fixtures that were weather cancellations.  In this regard this week coming sees the Under 18s play a rescheduled match against the Drumpellier|Victoria combined team, and the Under 15s entertain Prestwick.

Wet and wild! [posted 20/08/16]

The ‘Holmboys were again the victims of the #Scottishsummer today as Friday’s, and early morning, rains put paid to their home league match against Williamfield, along with most of the rest of the matches scheduled in-and-around the west of the country.  However the ‘Loc were luckier in that their game – albeit a shortened match with rain-interruptions, decided on D/L – was completed at New Williamfield.  And, in the tightest of finishes, they secured a tie on the last ball.

We’ve the scorecard online, updated statistics and a match report, as well as photo’s on the Cricket Europe website

Matches off [posted 19/08/16]

Both today’s junior matches – the Under 11s’ and 15s’ matches with Prestwick – are off because of the weather.

Team selections [posted 18/08/16]

If the weather forecast is wrong then we’ve four games in two days, over Friday and Saturday.  Friday night is “Juniors Night”, and the Under 11s and 15s are slated to play Prestwick, the 11s down in Prestwick.  Then Saturday sees home-and-away fixtures with Stirling County, the ‘Holmboys hosting Williamfield and the ‘Loc travelling to Stirling.  That is if the forecasters are wrong…..

Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Under 18s exit Scottish Cup after tie [posted 17/08/16]

It might not’ve been the “Thriller in Manila”, but it could go down as the “Showdown in the ‘shaws”!  What could?  The Under 18s’ exit from the Scottish Cup – on wickets lost – after a tie with the Dark Side.  The bare bones tell of 88 all out in 17.2 overs losing to 88 for 7 in twenty overs.

But that wouldn’t be doing justice to the contest.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.  Read on, unless you’re of the faint of heart!

Mixed fortune Monday [posted 15/08/16]

The Under 13s somehow managed to loswe to the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team this evening, gifting no fewer than 41 in wides bowling second and, thereby, failing to defend 103, as the visitors to Shawholm were allowed to recover from 26 for 3.  It was, however, and pleasingly, a completely different affair at Henry Thow Oval where the Under 18s defeated the Kilmarnock|Prestwick combined side, winning by 232 runs!

Batting first, the Under 18s posted 250 for 4 before then bowling out their hosts for just 18.  We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and a short reports.

Scottish Indians versus Scottish Pakistanis [posted 14/08/16]

There were two dramatic last over finishes to today’s two T20s hosted at Shawholm on the UCare Foundation’s Charity T20 day.  In the first game between Asian Youth and Asian Veterans teams, the ‘Loc‘s Aliyan Qureshi saw the youngsters home in the last over with an unbeaten 30, sealing the win in style with a big shot over long on.

However that ending was nothing compared to the last-ball win by the Scottish Pakistanis over the Scottish Indians in the day’s main event that saw another ‘Loc player secure a win for the Pakistanis with a last ball 6 over long off (see above)!  Ihty was the player, and, astonishingly, it was the first ball he’d faced! #BOOM


Matches off [posted 13/08/16]

Both today’s senior Saturday league matches – the home and away matches with Glasgow Accies – are off because of the weather.


Matches off [posted 12/08/16]

Both today’s junior matches – the Under 11s’ and 15s’ matches with Ayr – are off because of the weather.

Team selections [posted 11/08/16]

We’ve four games over the next two days, starting with tomorrow evening’s Under 11 and Under 15 league matches against Ayr.  The Under 11s are at home, the Under 15s away.  Saturday then sees home-and-away league games against Glasgow Accies, the ‘Loc at New Anniesland, the ‘Holmboys at home.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.


Hanif Mohammad [posted 11/08/16]

The club was saddened to hear of the passing of Hanif Mohammad, at the age of 81, in Karachi today. Hanif (pictured left with his brother Sadiq, who was Club Professional in 1969 and 1970) – often referred to as, simply, the “Little Master” – was the club’s Professional in 1972. And, as the club’s Centenary Book records, in engaging him, Poloc had “obtained the services of one of the greatest cricketers of all time”. The account of his stay at Shawholm notes that, notwithstanding his fame, “he proved to be a very likeable personality…..and assisted the 1st XI in raising themselves from the basement of the Union”. Those at the club who remember him, do so fondly, and the club’s thoughts are with his family at this time.


Practice off [posted 10/08/16]

Tonight’s Under 13 and 15 coaching and practice is off with today’s persistent heavy rain leaving the ground in an unsuitable condition for safe use unfortunately.


Dark Side defeat [posted 09/08/16]

The Panthers were in Evening League action tonight, at home, hosting the Dark Side in the return fixture of season 2016.  In the field first the Panthers restricted the Empire‘s batters to just 120, however in the gathering gloom – a creeping darkness you might even say – this proved just enough to secure the victory and see the win points carried off back to Toytown.

As is becoming now a pleasing new norm’, the match report on this evening’s latest southside skirmish has been penned by a guest reporter.  Tonight’s scribe is none other that the horse described as crazy: read his musings here.  The scorecard is online too, as well as updated statistics. 

Good win for the Under 13s [posted 08/08/16]

The Under 13s recorded a good, 50-run, win over at Hamilton Crescent this evening, with both Sobo and Abdul retiring after reaching 30.  Then as all the fielders bowled two overs in West‘s innings, there were two wickets for Zakir as the 13s’ hosts were restricted to 82 for 5.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.


Washed away [posted 07/08/16]

On what must’ve been been one of the more bizarre cricketing occasions today at Shawholm, Prestwick rocked up with seven players for the Sunday League match against the Panthers, batted first, and proceeded to bunt 314 for 4 courtesy of 209 not out from one of their two overseas players, Trunkwala, who opened the batting.

What made it all the more bizarre however was a pre-match agreement to borrow two of the Panthers players – Sobo and Abdullah – to make it nine-a-side (!) meaning that there were but nine Panthers in the field to go collect the ball for Trunkwala’s extended centre-wicket net.  Respect in the passing, too, to Ihty who opened the bowling and returned 7-2-19-0 meaning that the carnage that was Trunkwala’s range hitting was reflected in the other bowlers’ numbers.

After tea however it was agreed that Sobo and Abdullah should be returned to the Panthers having not batted [at eight and nine] so that the match wouldn’t be deemed void or a concession, and so there was then the curious sight of Prestwick bowling and fielding with seven players.  As it happens none of this really mattered as rain swept across the ground after tea and the Panthers‘ innings – 33 for 1 after six overs – was cut short.  Match abandoned.  Any other sides looking for net facilities for their overseas players should email the club at to book an appointment.  We’ve the scorecard online, as well as updated statistics.

 Scotland Under 15 selections [posted 07/08/16]

Congratulations to both Uzzair Shah and Amaan Ramzan who are both in the Scotland Under 15 squad for its Celtic Cup matches against Ireland, in Ireland, this week.

Under 18 match conceded [posted 07/08/16]

Unfortunately tomorrow’s home Under 18 match against West of Scotland has been conceded by the Hamilton Crescent club as they can’t field a side.

Woeful batting displays get what they deserve…..two losses [posted 06/08/16]

Just to show that anything the ‘Holmboys can do, the ‘Loc can do better, after the Shawholm side had been skittled out for just 84 at Hamilton Crescent, the ‘Loc were then bowled out for 131 chasing just 144 to beat West of Scotland at home, after a D/L calculation.  There are likely technical terms for the performances, however “woeful” likely covers both.  Neither batting line up ever really threatened to post a challenging total, or chase down the required runs, respectively.

At Hamilton Crescent only Dr Uzzi reached 20, whilst at Shawholm three batters got there, but none got past 25.  With the ball things were better, with the ‘Loc having reduced West of Scotland to just 132 for 7 in the 44 overs the west end side batted for, whilst Abhi’s “4-for” in the second innings over in Partick proved in vain.  So disappointment all-round, and some thinking to be done by all the batters as to what, exactly, their game plans were on the day.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).

Big defeat in the cold and wet [posted 05/08/16]

The Under 11s were on the wrong end of a big margin of victory tonight, losing by 50 runs to Kilmarnock in deepest, darkest Ayrshire.  And dark it was with the game being played in persistent drizzle and on a really chilly evening.  The loss included the side losing no fewer than sixteen wickets under the “pairs” scoring system!  However on the flip-side the game also saw Moiz take a “5-for”, all clean bowled!  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Team selections [posted 04/08/16]

We’ve four games over the next three days, starting tomorrow evening with the Under 11s’ trip to Scott Ellis Field to play Kilmarnock.  Then Saturday sees home-and-away league games against West of Scotland, the ‘Loc at home, the ‘Holmboys over at Hamilton Crescent.  The weekend’s games then finish with the Panthers hosting Prestwick in the Sunday League.

Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Representative selections [posted 04/08/16]

Belated congratulations to a number of the club’s youngsters who’ve been in representative action this week.  Uzzair Shah was in the Scotland Under 15 side that beat Northumberland earlier in the week.  Abtaha Maqsood is down south with Scotland Women Under 17s, playing against Derbyshire yesterday and today.  Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah have been playing the Celtic Cup matches against Ireland Under 17s at Ayr, and Sohaib Shah and Amaan Ramzan have played in both the Western Warriors Under 15s’ inter-regional matches this week: against the Eastern Knights at Myreside, and against the Caledonian Highlanders at Glenpark.  Also selected for the Western Warriors – but the Under 18 side – was Adil Ghaffar, who was selected for that regional side’s matches this week.

Mixed fortunes in Monday junior games [posted 01/08/16]

The Under 18s saw off the challenge of the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side this evening, with skipper Adil leading the way with 49 and bowling figures of 4-1-7-1.  Also in the runs were CJ (51) and Jonny (26*), whilst Abdullah grabbed a “4-for”, and both Rambo and Jonny held on to three catches.

However it wouldn’t be a Monday night double as a young Under 13s side went down to defeat at Glenpark.  After posting a creditable 86 for 4 batting first, the youngsters couldn’t defend their total as Greenock ran out easy winners.  Standout performers, albeit in a losing cause, were Moiz and Samir who both bowled their two overs for just 5 runs.  We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

July 2016

One to forget! [posted 31/07/16]

The Panthers were in Sunday League action today, but – in truth – maybe they wish they hadn’t been.  Bellahouston Park was the venue, and Victoria the opposition, as the side – astonishingly – played only the second Sunday League match to beat the elements this season.  Batting first the side could only muster 72, with Jawad top-scoring with 22 and Yash the only other batter to reach double figures.  Then after the a la carte tea, the bowlers needn’t have worried about gorging on the delicacies laid out as they were required to bowl just eight overs, being the exact number needed by the Victoria batters to chase down the 73 runs needed for the win.  Two wickets did fall, however this was a mere footnote to an otherwise depressing away day.  The one plus-point was likely, only, that the team were back at Shawholm in time to watch most of the Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day!  A silver lining indeed!  The scorecard’s online, as are updated season statistics.

Another double win Saturday [posted 30/07/16]

Weirs were the opponents in today’s two senior Saturday fixtures, the ‘Loc hosting Weirs at Shawholm, and the ‘Holmboys making the short trip to Newlands to take on Albert Park on their home patch.  Both sides were batting first in their respective matches, but they’d suffer quite different fates thereafter.  At Albert Park the ‘Holmboys racked up 254 for 4 in their 50 overs, whilst the ‘Loc stumbled to 198 for 8 in theirs.

For the ‘Holmboys there were good contributions from Ahmed (64*), Sobo (55) [Ed: his maiden senior half century], Dr Uzzi (54) and Abdullah (26*), whilst the ‘Loc were indebted to Jurie (60), Uzzi (42) and Ihty (33*) for them being able to post at least a respectable total.  Then in the respective second halves, both sides managed to bowl out their opponents, the ‘Loc restricting Weirs to 159, and the ‘Holmboys bowling out Albert Park for just 108.  Abdullah grabbed a “4-for” in Newlands and Pasty took a “3-for” at Shawholm.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).

 Double Dark Side defeat [posted 29/07/16]

The Under 11s lost again this evening, this time going down at home to Clydesdale.  And at the same time over at Toytown the Under 15s were also going down to their local rivals.  At Shawholm the 11s lost by a whopping 126 runs, whilst “over by” it was much closer – the 15s losing by 31.5 [Ed: all scores at Toytown being, of course, halved].  We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.


Match and practice off [posted 28/07/16]

Tonight’s senior practice is off because of the persistent late afternoon rain, the cancellation coming after this evening’s Poloc Academy rescheduled Evening League match at Albert Park against Weirs was called off earlier in the day.

Team selections [posted 28/07/16]

This weekend’s action starts with Friday night’s home and away junior matches against Clydesdale, the Under 11s acting as hosts, the Under 15s as visitors.  Saturday’s two senior matches see games against Weirs, with the ‘Loc at home.  Then Sunday’s scheduled Sunday League match is between the Panthers and Victoria at Bellahouston Park.

Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Matches off [posted 25/07/16]

Both today’s junior matches are off.  The Under 18 match was conceded by Glasgow Accies, and the “mirror” Under 13 match at New Anniesland was cancelled because of the weather.


Sunday friendly win [posted 24/07/16]

Perhaps unbelievably, but we wouldn’t lie, the Panthers friendly with Ferguslie at Meikleriggs was played to its completion today.  Batting first the Panthers were bowled out for 114 in twenty overs, but then defended it – comfortably, skittling their hosts for just 49 in under eleven overs.  Uzzi top-scored for the Panthers with 33 in their innings before Zaeem’s “4-for”, a “3-for” for Abdullah and a brace of wickets for Hasan, were the main features of the successful defence.  We’ve the scorecard online, and updated statistics.

 Game off [posted 24/07/16]

Today’s Academy Sunday League match against Uddingston has been cancelled because of the wet weather.

Representative selections [posted 24/07/16]

Congratulations to Abtaha Maqsood who, after her three Scotland Women Under 17 appearances last week, is in today’s Scotland Women’s side to face Northants.  Well done, too, to Muhammad Azeem Dar and Adil Ghaffar, both of whom are in the Scotland Under 19 squad for its matches this week coming, whilst Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah both travel with Scotland Under 17s to take on Leicestershire in a two-day game on the 26th and 27th, and Uzzair Shah is in the Scotland Under 15 squad for its matches down south against Derbyshire and Durham.

Two wins over Hillhead [posted 23/07/16]

Both Saturday sides recorded wins over their Hillhead counterparts today, the ‘Holmboys defending 132 at Shawholm, at the ‘Loc winning comfortably at Hughenden after posting 312 for 6.  The big total in the west end featured 100 from Jurie, 71 from Owais, and 30s from Mo (39) and Pasty (35).  At Shawholm meanwhile it was the ‘Holmboys‘ slow bowlers who took the plaudits.

Ahmed-Raza took a “3-for”, whilst Mushy got through fifteen overs and conceded just 27 runs, as the two choked off the runs in the crucial middle overs.  Two other “3-fors” were recorded on the day too: by Hasan at Shawholm, and by Pasty over against Hillhead.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).  We’ve also got some photo’s from the ‘Holmboys match in the Gallery, courtesy of Ali.

 11s lose, but 15s win in Friday night juniors action [posted 22/07/16]

The Under 11s went down to a 10-run defeat at Woodfarm Pavilion this evening to East Renfrewshire, whilst the Under 15s bowled Renfrew out for just 21 before romping to a straight-forward win.  The game at Woodfarm Pavilion featured two instances of “mankading” by the home side, coincidentally being the eventual margin of their win [Ed: -10 runs being the cost of losing a couple of wickets in “pairs cricket”].  We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

Team selections [posted 20/07/16]

This weekend’s action starts on Thursday with the Panthers in Greenwood Trophy quarter-final action against Renfrew.  Then Friday sees both the Under 11s and Under 15s play: the 11s go to Woodfarm Pavilion to play East Renfrewshire, whilst the 15s host the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined team.

Saturday’s two senior league fixtures pitch the club against Hillhead, the ‘Loc travelling to Hughenden, the ‘Holmboys at home.  Then the Sunday’s Academy Sunday League match at Bothwell Castle Policies rounds off the action.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Representative honours [posted 20/07/16]

The club’s juniors continue to earn representative honours.  Last week saw Adil Ghaffar feature in a Scotland Under 19 side that took on the MCC in Edinburgh, whilast this week has seen Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah playing with Scotland Under 17s in their two-day match against Lincolnshire, douth south.  And to complete the national age-group side honours, Abtaha Maqsood starred today for Scotland Women Under 17s in their comprehensive win over The Netherlands, making a half century and taking a “5-for”.  Other youngsters have also been in regional representative action: Amaan Ramzan, Sohaib Shah and Uzzair all featuring for the Western Warriors Under 15s in their win over Eastern Knights on Monday, whilst Adil, Ihtisham, Aliyan and Owais are all in the Western Warriors Under 18 side to play the touring Ulster Schools side at Hamilton Crescent on Friday.  Also in action against the tourists this week has been Muhammad Azeem: first for the Western Union “Centurions”, on Monday, then a senior Western Warriors “A” side, the following day.  Congratulations to all these players.

 Washed out, tossed out [posted 20/07/16]

The game that was destined never to be – the WU40 Cup clash with Greenock – was, you’ve guessed it, cancelled again this evening after heavy rains washed away any chance of play.  And with the WDCU CMC’s patience exhausted a coin toss took place and the Clydesider’s call was correct to see them progress to the next round.

The Panthers exit the Greenwood Trophy [posted 19/07/16]

The Panthers were knocked out of the Greenwood Trophy at the quarter-final stage tonight, losing by six wickets to a strong Renfrew side featuring a number of players who’d appeared in the King George V Playing Field side that took on the ‘Loc a few weeks ago.  Setting their visitors 116 to win, thanks to an unbeaten 59 (52) from Dr Uzzi, the Panthers just couldn’t contain Renfrew, conceding 23 in wides and no balls along the way as the away win was secured with eleven balls to spare.

We’ve the scorecard online, a short report and updated statistics.

Mixed fortunes in the Evening League [posted 19/07/16]

The Panthers‘ run of good form came to a halt this evening as a strong Prestwick side defeated them by 69 runs at Shawholm, on a balmy night.  Meanwhile over in Alexandria, the Academy were strolling to a leisurely nine-wicket win over hosts Vale of Leven at the picturesque and historic Lesser Millburn Park.

Reflecting on the Panthers game, skipper Irfan writes, “Prestwick went over 10-an-over for the first nine overs or so, not helped by a lot of misfields.  I can’t say there were any dropped catches either!  Their batters were hitting out well until Hunnain and I reigned them back in a bit.  The seamers at the start bowled too short, and there were also a lot of extras signalled by the umpires.  On the batting front, things started off well with Hunnain and Mirza providing a base after which Dr Uzzi came in and tried to ‘up’ the rate.  Unfortunately he’d get caught on the boundary, and after he went the rest just tumbled really.  Saurav and I tried to rebuild with quick running between the wickets, but in the end we lost by a big margin!”

Over in Alexandria meanwhile, the home side posted just 76 batting first after winning the toss, CJ2 chipping in with a “4-for”.  “Champagne moment” of that first innings was, however, not CJ2‘s bowling, good as that was, but Abdullah’s one-handed [Ed: his left hand!] grab at mid-wicket: he threw himself to his left and held on to a really good one-hander, inches off the ground!  The run-chase was fairly straight-forward even though it took a while for the batters to work out how to score against bowling with no pace at all.  As it was though, only Sobo was dismissed, Uzzi (35*) and Uwais (14*) seeing the side home.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here) and updated statistics.

Under 13s slump to defeat against Stenhousemuir [posted 18/07/16]

The Under 13s were well beaten this evening at The Tryst when, chasing just 119 to win, they could muster just 63 for 9 batting second to slump to a 55-run defeat to Stenhousemuir.  Notwithstanding the poor ultimate result, there were some bright spots, in particular Jamesy‘s 3 for 13 from his four overs, all three dismissals seeing him bowl the batter.  That said let’s not forget there was also 38 conceded in wides by the side, which made the run-chase harder than it could’ve been.

We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Win and a loss in seniors Saturday [posted 16/07/16]

There were mixed fortunes today in the two senior Saturday league fixtures, as the ‘Loc defeated St. Michael’s by 96 runs at Shawholm, but the ‘Holmboys went down to their first defeat of the season, losing by 30 runs in Dumfries, failing to chase 137 to win.  Disappointing, but perhaps not unexpected given the amount of “unavailability” for this, the furthest, away-day trip.  #reapwhatyousow

The defeat in Dumfries did, however, have its plus points, with Ahmed-Raza and Wajid both chipping in with “3-fors” as Kingholm were bowled out for that 136, and CJ – with 39 – again showed he’s a heavy run scorer in the Reserve League, though he might be disappointed he couldn’t go on.  At Shawholm meanwhile, in a rain-interrupted match – the ‘Loc posted 167 for 9 batting first, with Jurie (46), Mo (31) and Owais (31) all getting starts.  Then, in the second innings, really good spells up-front from Ihty and Ghaff’ saw St. Michael’s lose early wickets and struggle to score.  And they never really recovered, and with Ghaff’ going on to take a “5-for” the win was secured.  The margin of victory, 96 runs.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).

 Team selections [posted 15/07/16]

There are no Under 11 or Under 15 league matches today, both sides being on a bye week.  However there’s the usual Saturday league action as both senior Saturday sides take on St. Michael’s from Dumfries.  The ‘HolmBoys are on the road to Kingholm, whilst the ‘Loc entertain their counterparts at Shawholm.  Sunday then sees Greenock visit in the WU40 Cup.

Double win Tuesday in the Evening League [posted 12/07/16]

The Panthers made it two in a row in the Evening League with another knee-trembler of a victory, over at Hamilton Crescent this time.  Batting first the Panthers posted 113 for 9, with Dr Uzzi top-scoring with 61.  Then in the second innings, four run outs saw helped restrict the Panthers‘ hosts, West of Scotland, to 111, despite 46 from Ewing and 34* from Greene. Meanwhile over at Toytown, the scene of the Panthers‘ win last week, the Academy was also recording the “W”, the margin of victory in this one, 23 runs.

The Academy’s 144 for 6 included 41 from CJ2 and 44 from late-replacement Pasty.  Uzzi also hit a cameo 17* at the end of the innings, including a couple of maximums over the Toytown rope.  Then, and just as at Hamilton Crescent, run outs were the mainstay of the dismissals as Clydesdale were bowled out for 121, not four though, but five!  [Ed: and just as well seeing as no-one seemed able to catch a ball!]  So a couple of wins, and good to get some cricket in given the last few weeks of miserable weather.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here) and updated statistics.

Representative honours [posted 12/07/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah on their selections for the Scotland Under 17 squad to taken on Cumbria over the next two days, as well – along with Adil Ghaffar and Lewis James – their selections for one or both of the Western Warriors Under 18 matches against Eastern Knights and Caledonian Highlanders on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Under 18s win in Uddingston [posted 11/07/16]

The Under 13s were left without a fixture this evening (see below) and so the focus was on the Under 18s who made the short jaunt, east along the M74, to Bothwell Castle Policies to take on the East Kilbride|Uddingston comined side.  Batting first the Under 18s rackred up 157 for 6, with CJ top-scoring with 43 (38), Amaan Ali (28), Beast (26) and Ghaff’ (23) all chipping in with cameos.  The side then defended their total, restricting the combined side to 108 for 5, Uzzi taking a “3-for”.

We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Under 13 match cancelled [posted 11/07/16]

Tonight’s home Under 13 League match with Stirling County is off, conceded by the New Williamfield club as they cannot raise a team.

Matches off [posted 09/07/16]

Both today’s senior Saturday matches are off, beaten by the weather.

The ‘Loc exit the West League Cup [posted 07/07/16]

The ‘Loc under-performed in all three disciplines this evening as Drumpellier progressed in the West League Cup at their expense, in a rain-interrupted match that was settled under D/L.  Batting first the ‘Loc openers struggled to rotate the strike and faced 58 dot balls between them as they put on 87 for the first wicket in seventeen overs.  Then, nine balls later the innings came to an abrupt halt as rain interrupted proceedings.

After a brief delay the game did, however, restart with Drumpellier set 88 to win in fifteen overs.  This should’ve been beyond the visitors in the gathering gloom, but two dropped catches, a missed stumping, numerous mis-fields and 7 wides saw the visitors stroll home with six balls in hand.  Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory, and no-one else to blame but themselves.  We’ve the scorecard online, along with updated statistics.

Team selections [posted 07/07/16]

The weekend sees two fixtures scheduled: Saturday’s home and away league matches against Greenock.  The ‘Holmboys entertain Glenpark, whilst the ‘Loc make the trip down the Clyde.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Under 13 and 15 practice [posted 06/07/16]

Recognising that many of our juniors, and their families, will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr today, tonight’s Under 13 and 15 practice has been cancelled.

Panthers gain revenge over the Dark Side [posted 05/07/16]

After Sunday’s mauling at the hands of Clydesdale’s Cavaliers side, the Panthers were back in action against the Dark Side tonight, this time over at Toytown in the Evening League.  And the good news is that, in a thriller, the Panthers sneaked home by just 1 run.  Batting first the side’s 121 for 7 was built around Hunnain’s 40 not out, as he carried his bat.  He was involved in a couple of good partnerships, with Dr Uzzi (30) and Ahmed (16).  But really everyone chipped in with the bat, with some positive running between the wickets seeing invaluable runs scored, particularly given the eventual narrowest of winning margins.  Then in defending their total it all came down to last over, Hasan – who had a “3-for” – being tossed the ball by the skipper.  Hunnain had bowled the penultimate over, and having taken a wicket to add to his unbeaten 40, can perhaps lay claim to a MoTM award.  And as nerves started to get a bit frayed, that last over played out as so many do: Keystone Cops and brilliance in equal measures.  There was desperate running, overthrows and Ali’ blinder of a catch! And it all came down to the last ball as an initial appeal for a run out was turned down, only for the home batters to then attempt a third – a tying – run.  Smart thinking by the Panthers however saw a stump pulled out of the broken wicket and the ball pressed against it for the run out that counted.  Exciting stuff, and a good bounce-back win.  There are updated statistics online, along with the scorecard.

 Academy cruise to the win [posted 05/07/16]

The Academy were in Evening League action this evening and cruised to the win, bowling out opponents Hillhead for just 54 – the last wicket coming on the final delivery of Hillhead’s innings – and then chasing the 55 needed to win inside six overs.  Ahmed-Raza was the standout performer in the first half returning figures of 3-1-6-2, taking a good low catch at mid-on and running out Tervet to see Hillhead lose their first wicket early on.  Then in the run-chase, only CJ (4) was dismissed, CJ2 (23*) and Mo (27*) seeing their side safely across the finish line with a flurry of boundaries.  There are updated statistics online, along with the scorecard.

Representative honours [posted 04/07/16]

Congratulations to Uzzair Shah on his selection for the Scotland Under 15 squad taking on Cumbria at New Cambusdoon tomorrow, and Durham at Myreside on Thursday.

Practices and match off [posted 04/07/16]

Tonight’s Under 11, and women’s and girls’, coaching and practices are off given today’s heavy rain.  Also cancelled is the Under 18 match with Ayr.

Sunday League thumping [posted 03/07/16]

On a day that started with rain, continued with the Under 15s being comprehensively beaten in the Scottish Cup, and ended with more horizontal rain driving across the old ground, it’s perhaps appropriate that squeezed in between the 15s’ humbling and the early evening rain, there was just time for the Panthers to be thrashed by the Dark Side‘s Cavaliers side.  187 all out was a hefty total to post by the Cavaliers, and it proved many more than enough as the Panthers mustered just 55 in reply.  Berryman, the opposing skipper, helped himself to a “5-for” in to the bargain, as the ‘Loc boys were outplayed in almost every department.  True, the energy, if not the skill, in the fielding department was good, and some of the bowling got pass-marks, however too many dropped catches and fumbled run out attempts cost the side runs in the first half.  Then in the run-chase, only Sobo (drafted in as a late replacement for Dr Uzzi, and Gulfam (batting at nine) got in to double figures.  In fact, of the other nine batters none got past 5.  Another ouch!  Still, as ever, a leqarning experience, and the side’s first 40 overs-a-side outing of the season.  Next up there’s a chance for near instant revenge as the Panthers go to Toytown on Tueasday night in the Evening League.  We’ve the scorecard online, along with updated statistics.

Under 15s exit cup to Carlton [posted 03/07/16]

The Under 15s were bundled, unceremoniously, out of the Scottish Cup today on a damp, dank even, morning at Shawholm.  To the victors the spoils they say, and in this instance the victors were Carlton.  The Edinburgh side was restricted to 113 for 5 batting first, with Uzzi (4-0-10-2) and Sobo (4-0-12-1) the pick of the bowlers, Hassaan (2-0-6-0), still an Under 11, also proving economical.  However chasing 114 to win was very quickly a forlorn task as Uzzi was adjudged leg-before by the visiting umpire, ball #1 of the reply, and Rambo nicked off to Johnston for 11 (9) when looking in decent touch.  Sobo (11), the only other ‘Loc youngster to get in to double-digits, offered some resistance, but it was eventually in vain as the rest of the ‘card took on a look of binary code.  Four ducks, and two 1s tell their own story, a miserable 41 all out the eventual “18”-rated scoresheet.  Ouch.  We’ve got the scorecard online, as well as updated statistics.

Double defence! [posted 02/07/16]

Both Saturday sides batted first in their respective matches today.  At Shawholm, after a delayed start that saw the match reduced to 40 overs-a-side, the ‘Loc posted 209 for 4 against Renfrew and then successfully defended their total.  Owais top-scored with 74, Pasty chipped in with a better than run-a-ball 62 and CJ2 hit a cameo 20* (14) at the end.  Defending, there was a “3-for” for Beast as the slow bowlers opened for the side to get through the overs with more bad weather threatened.

At King George V Playing Field in Renfrew meanwhile, the ‘Holmboys posted 226 in their [full] 50 overs, with CJ making 70 at the top of the order, and Wajid (46) and Ahmed (43*) adding invaluable lower order runs to see the big score recorded.  Then in their defence, it was skipper Abhi’ who starred, taking 5 for 21 as Deanpark were bundled out for 68.  Two good wins therefore in pretty bleak “summer” conditions.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).


Matches off [posted 01/07/16]

Tonight’s Under 15 match at Glenpark, against the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team, is off because of the weather.  Also off is the Under 11 match against East Kilbride.

June 2016

Team selections [posted 30/06/16]

Friday night sees the Under 11s (versus East Kilbride) and Under 15s (versus the Greenock|Helensburgh combined team) both in action.  Then on Saturday, the two senior league matches are against Renfrew, with the ‘Loc at home.   Sunday’s Sunday League match between the Panthers and the Dark Side‘s Cavaliers then brings the weekend’s action to a close.

Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Panthers progress in the cup [posted 30/06/16]

In what turned out to be a very straight-forward win at Torrance House this evening, the Panthers romped to a ten-wicket win over hosts East Kilbride in the Greenwood Trophy.  In the field first they bowled out East Kilbride for just 51 before chasing the required runs in under six overs: CJ and Amaan the not out batters.  We’ve the scorecard online, along with updated statistics. 

 Representative honours [posted 28/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah on their selections for the Scotland Under 17 squad taking on Durham CCC Academy at Bothwell Castle Policies today and tomorrow in a two-day game.

Practice and match off [posted 28/06/16]

Tonight’s Under 13 and Under 15 practice is off because of the weather, as is the Poloc versus Drumpellier West League Cup match.

Derby win for Under 18s [posted 27/06/16]

The opening match of their league season saw the Under 18s drawn to host near-neighbours Clydesdale in what would be a tough test first up.  After winning the toss, skipper Beast opted to bowl first and, with the Dark Side 0 for 2 in the first over this seemed a genius decision.  It then rained!  Play did resume though, but despite the Dale‘s Zaigham Ahmad’s (38*) best efforts the visitors slumped to 78 all out in under fifteen overs.

79 win always seems easier said than chased [Ed: to coin a new phrase] and so it’s pleasing that despite losing Rambo in the sixth over, CJ (41*) and Owais (23*) saw the side home to what was, in the end, a comfortable win, with just under seven wickets in hand.  Credit the ‘Loc‘s two slow left arm bowlers – Ahmed-Raza (4-0-11-3) and Harris (4-0-13-1) who bowled nicely, in tandem, to strangle the visitors’ batters after Ihty‘s opening salvo.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Women washed out [posted 26/06/16]

The Poloc Women’s National League match at New Cambusdoon today went the way of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures: abandoned!  However some play was possible, and you can read Nicole’s short report online here.

Matches postponed [posted 26/06/16]

This morning’s Under 15 Scottish Cup match against Carlton is off, the ground having not dried out sufficiently after yesterday’s, and overnight, rain.  Also off is this afternoon’s Sunday League match with Ayr.

Rain 1 – 1 Poloc [posted 25/06/16]

Both Saturday league matches were abandoned today.  At Shawholm the ‘Holmboys did however get a “game” in as there were 21 overs bowled in the second innings.  And after racking up 267 for 6 in 38 overs batting first before rain sent the players in for tea, visitors Marress had slipped to 65 for 6 batting second to hand the ‘Holmboys a comfortable win on D/L.  Dr Uzzi – with 92 – and Amaan (64) were the two main contributors in the first innings, Crazy Horse taking a “3-for” in the second.

Down in Irvine the ‘Loc were not quite so lucky as they only got ten overs in in the second innings, chasing 115 for the win, before the rain washed away chances of further play.  The home side had been bowled out for 114 in 33.1 overs, but tea was taken nevertheless to see the ‘Loc up against the clock when play resumed.  Then after a break in play for rain, overs started to be lost – compounded by the absence of a laptop to calculate the D/L score and remaining overs as time ticked by.  However it likely didn’t matter as – after a couple of impressive claps of thunder, and an all-too-near flash of lightning – the rain set in.  So a win, and an abandonment.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).

Win and a loss in Friday night junior games [posted 24/06/16]

The Under 11s travelled to Albert Park this evening for a southside derby against near-neighbours Weirs, and a very inexperienced side ran their hosts close but eventually came out on the wrong side of a 14-run defeat.  Chasing a net 68 runs to win, after they’d restricted Weirs to net 67 with Andrew taking a “3-for”, 21* from Moiz and 16* from Andrew just wasn’t enough to gtet the win.

At Shawholm meanwhile the Under 15s were bowling out the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side for just 47, with Nabeel taking a “3-for” in the this one.  Then the Shah boys knocked off the 48 runs required in double-quick time without alarm to secure the win.  We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

Team selections [posted 23/06/16]

This weekend’s cricket action starts with the Under 11s at Weirs, and the Under 15s hosting the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side.  Then Saturday sees the ‘Loc away in Irvine, and the ‘Holmboys hosting Marress.  And, finally, Sunday’s two matches involve the women in action at New Cambusdoon, and the Panthers hosting Ayr in the Sunday League.

Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Defeat for the Under 13s in the Scottish Cup [posted 22/06/16]

The Under 13s won’t be repeating last Sunday’s ECB Cup Finals Day appearance in the Scottish Cup this season, as they went out of the competition to Clydesdale, at Shawholm, this evening.  Batting first the 13s squandered a good start that saw them well-placed at 43 for 1 in the ninth over to slump to 77 for 9.

Five batters failed to trouble the scorers, and 77 was never likely to be enough.  And so it transpired as Clydesdale got home with six wickets, and nearly as many overs, in hand to progress in the competition.  Bright spot amidst the batting woes was Sobo‘s good all-round performance, scoring 33 (retired) and returning bowling figures of 4-0-16-1, with a catch and run out thrown in for good measure.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Representative honours [posted 22/06/16]

The club’s delighted that no fewer than three of its young players were selected for the Scotland Under 17 team to play MCC today at Goldenacre.  Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik, Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah on their selections.

One-for-two in Evening League [posted 21/06/16]

The Academy side saw off the challenge of GHK at Old Anniesland this evening, recording a comfortable 44-run win.  However, back at base, the Panthers came second best to BBC Scotland in their Evening League clash.  So the club was one-for-two on the night.  In the home game BBC Scotland were bowled out for 138, with skipper Z taking a “3-for”.  However early wickets saw the stuffing knocked out of the Panthers‘ reply and they, in turn, were bowled out for 95, Dr Uzzi top-scoring with 26.

At Old Anniesland meanwhile, the Academy side batted first, with Owais top-scoring with 32 not out in a moderate total of 118 for 4.  The “hairy” outfield likely accounted for a few runs being “left out there”, but it was still a get’able score for hosts GHK, if the the Academy didn’t bowl well.  Luckily their defence of 118 started really well, with Aliyan (4-1-9-0) and Ahmed-Raza (4-0-7-2) putting a stranglehold on the home side’s top order.  And the change bowlers did their jobs too resulting in the comfortable win.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here) and updated statistics.

Under 13s beat Ferguslie [posted 20/06/16]

The Under 13s were back at Shawholm this evening for their third game in two days.  Ferguslie were the visitors, and on a plessant summer evening the Under 13s secured a 103-run win.  Batting first the side posted 173 for 4, with Sobo (32*), Zakir (33*) and Abdul (31*) all retiring, and Nabeel finishing 24 not out.

Then in the second innings, the side safely defended their total, with nine bowlers getting the chance to roll their arms over, and Hassaan taking a “3-for”.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Representative squad selection [posted 20/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik on his selection for the Western Warriors squad to play Eastern Knights at Titwood tomorrow in the CS T20 Blitz competition.

Under 13s take third place [posted 19/06/16]

The Under 13s took part in the ECB Cup Finals Day at Inverleith today, losing to Grange in the semi-final before – on run-rate as rain the match short – beating Forfarshire in the 3rd/4th play-off.  The first semi-final was pretty one-sided as Grange posted 129 for 6, a total the ‘Loc youngsters never really threatened with only Sobo (20*) getting in to double figures.  However the 3rd/4th place play-off against Forfarshire saw a much more competitive performance put in as, batting first, the Under 13s posted 121 for 8 before reducing Forfarshire to 13 for 5 in five overs to see a “match” played and securing the win on old-fashioned straight-forward run-rate.  Sobo had again top-scored with 27, and there were useful contributions from Zakir (24), Samee (10) and Nabeel (10).  Then in the Forfarshire reply Sobo took all five wickets to fall, the last three a hat-trick!  Well bowled sir.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics.

WU40 wash out [posted 19/06/16]

Today’s WU 40 Cup second round match started, but didn’t even get to half-time as persistent heavy drove both the ‘Loc and visiting greenock players from the ground, never to return.  The ‘Loc were mid-way through their innings and were two down, Jurie (13*) and Rosco (13*) the not out batters after CJ (0) and Uwais (14) had come-and-gone before them.  66 for 2 after 22 overs was the scoreboard readout as play was abandoned.  The tie will now be replayed in a fortnight’s time.  We’ve got the scorecard online (here) and updated statistics. 

The Professor hits a ton as both Saturday sides win [posted 18/06/16]

The highlight of Saturday’s two league wins was undoubtedly The Professor‘s ton at New Williamfield.  Chaaing over 200 for the win, the ‘Holmboys lost just four wickets en route to a really good run-chase win.  And the centre-piece was Usman’s unbeaten 114.  A knock that included thirteen 4s and two 6s, it was a really composed innings that steered the side to the win.  He was given good support from Noaman (27*) and Abdullah (24) as the ‘Holmboys ended up 216 for 4.

Meanwhile at Shawholm, the ‘Loc were also winning, and also by way of successful run-chase.  Set the lower target of 156 to win, the side got home with seven wickets, and over fifteen overs, in hand.  There were contributions from nearly all the batters: Jurie (40*), Pasty (38), CJ2 (32*) and Uzzi (25).  The relatively modest target had come about after Stirling County had batted all but two balls of their allotted 50 overs, the ‘Loc bowling restricting pretty much all the visiting batters.  Tweedie top scored with 58 (137), with Ghaff’ returning figures of 11-1-24-4.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).

Under 15s win in Prestwick [posted 17/06/16]

With the Under 11s out of action this evening after Prestwick conceded the match at Shawholm, the focus was on the Under 15s and their reverse trip to Henry Thow Oval to take on their Prestwick counterparts.  Having lost heavily on the opening day – in the ECB Cup – to Prestwick, tonight’s result – a 37-run win – was particularly pleasing.

Centre-piece of the win was posting 140 batting first, a total that was almost entirely down to Rambo‘s 98.  On 98 with two balls to go in the innings he unluckily missed out on his hundred when he holed out to long-off.  A really good knock though – destructive in parts, Amaan hitting nine 4s and seven 6s.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Team selections [posted 17/06/16]

It’s another weekend of wall-to-wall cricket, with tonight’s Under 15 match kicking things off with their trip to Prestwick.  Unfortunately a scheduled home Under 11 match with the same opposition is not going to happen though after Prestwick conceded, unable to field a team.  Into the weekend now, and Saturday’s action is home-and-away action against Stirling County, the ‘Holmboys up in Stirling.

Then Sunday sees the Under 13s in Edinburgh at the ECB Cup Finals Day, whilst Greenock visit Shawholm in the WU40 Cup.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

The Under 15s overcome Ayr,…..rain and midges, to progress in the Scottish Cup [posted 16/06/16]

On a dreich night across the west district the Under 15s miraculously played a game at New Cambusdoon in the Scottish Cup this evening!  True.  It really was miserable: persistent drizzle, a zillion midges and a chill in the air – yup, that’s cricket in Scotland!  However the game was played, and the Under 15s did win, defeating their hosts by 28 runs.

The 15s posted 140 for 2 batting first, with Uzzi and Sobo recording half centuries, before restricting Ayr to 112 for 3 in their innings.  The win sees the ‘Loc progress to a home tie against Carlton. We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Under 11 game off [posted 16/06/16]

Prestwick have called off tomorrow’s scheduled Under 11 league match as they are unable to field a side.

West League Cup quarter-final draw [posted 16/06/16]

The quarter-final draw for this season’s West League Cup has been confirmed, and the ‘Loc will take on Drumpellier, at Shawholm, on the 29th of June.

Representative squad selections [posted 15/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik on his selection for a Scotland Select to play MCC in a three-day match starting today at Forhill in Broughty Ferry.  Also named in a representative side are Aliyan Qureshi and Owais Shah who are both included in the Western Warriors Under 18 squad to play Eastern Knights at New Williamfield in Stirling tomorrow.

Match off [posted 14/06/16]

Tonight’s final West League Cup group stage match – at Hamilton Crescent against West of Scotland – has been cancelled because of the weather.  The cancellation sees the end of the group stages of the competition, the ‘Loc finishing top of the Glasgow Section group and, therefore, progressing to the quarter-final.


Practices and match off [posted 13/06/16]

Tonight’s Under 11, and women’s and girls’, coaching and practices are off with today’s persistent rain leaving the ground in an unsuitable condition for safe use unfortunately.  Also cancelled is the Under 13s’ away league match at Prestwick.


Matches and Kwik Cricket off [posted 12/06/16]

Unfortunately the weather’s beaten today’s ECB Cup Finals Day in Edinburgh, overnight and morning rain making play not possible.  The reserve date is next Sunday, the 19th.  Also off are the home and away Sunday League matches with Irvine and Stenhousemuir, respectively, and this morning’s Kwik Cricket festival.

The ‘Loc beat Accies, and the rain, but the ‘Holmboys lose… the rain [posted 11/06/16]

Today’s two senior Saturday league matches saw the club in opposition to Glasgow Accies.  The ‘Holmboys ended up frustrated as, after agreeing to a 50-overs-a-side game starting at 2pm to accommodate a school match, they arrived to find their oppo’ wanting a reduced 40-overs-a-side game, and then had to watch as early evening rain saw the game abandoned.  They’d posted 158 in their innings, but only seventeen overs were bowled in the second.

Meanwhile at Shawholm, the ‘Loc were more fortunate, in as much as they got their game done-and-dusted before the rain, and recorded a win.  After winning the toss Accies opted to bat first but were bowled out for 143, a total the ‘Loc passed, three down, inside 29 overs.  Individual performances of merit on the day saw runs for The Professor (47), Jurie (65*) and Uzzi (32), whilst Jurie also recorded 3 for 32 with the ball.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).

Two wins in Friday night junior action [posted 10/06/16]

Two wins was the outcome of this evening’s junior league matches, both the Under 11s and Under 15s beating Ayr.  At Shawholm the Under 15s chased 110 for their win, with runs for Rambo (40*), Uzzair (30) and Abdul (21*), whilst down at New Cambusdoon the Under 11s secured a 50-run win over their hosts, Hassaan with an unbeaten 29, and Callum with a “4-for”.

We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

Team selections [posted 10/06/16]

The club has no fewer than seven matches scheduled over the next three days starting with the Under 11s and 15s take on Ayr, away and at home respectively, this evening.  Then tomorrow it’s home-and-away Saturday league matches against Glasgow Accies, the ‘Loc at home.  This leaves Sunday’s three games: the Under 13s in ECB Cup Finals Day action, the Academy at Stenhousemuir, and the Panthers hosting Irvine.

Oh, and there’s “Kwik Cricket” on Sunday morning too, from 10am.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Under 13s win through to Finals Day [posted 09/06/16]

For a second consecutive year the Under 13s have masde it to the national Finals Day of the ECB Cup.  Tonight’s quarter-final win – by 13 runs – over Ayr at New Cambusdoon sealed their Finals Day spot, and sees the side slated to take on Grange, at Stewart’s Melville, on Sunday.  Tonight’s win centered on another impressive innings from Sobo who made a retirement-inducing 33 at the top of the order, before, in the second innings, Nabeel’s “4-for” was the foundation upon which was built a successful defence of the 108 for 9 that had been posted.  Also in the wickets was Jamesy, whi, in taking the first two, created the base for Nabeel’s haul.  And mention, too, of a tremendous display in the field by Daayum, whose diving and stopping prevent at least another 15 or 16 in runs.  A top effort.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Representative squad selection [posted 09/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Forthill today in the third match in the CS T50 Blitz competition.

Back to winning ways in the West League Cup [posted 08/06/16]

Weirs were the visitors this evening in the latest round of group stage matches in this year’s West League Cup.  Batting first after winning the toss, the visitors from Newlands got off to the worst possible start, being three down [Ed: yes, that’s three!] inside four balls, as Ghaff’ tore through the top order.  From there the Albert Park men did well to post 103, with Shah’s 40 (21), batting at ten, the main reason respectability was ensured.

Then in the run-chase, Jurie batted through for an unbeaten 164, with Dr Uzzi (12*) for company at the end as an eight-wicket win was secured, with more than six overs in hand.  We’ve the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).  Elsewhere in the competition, in the ‘Loc‘s group, West of Scotland lost to Clydesdale.

One win, one defeat in Tuesday’s Evening League games [posted 07/06/16]

The Panthers and Academy were both in Evening League action this evening, the latter with a win, and the former slipping to a loss.  At Shawholm the Academy likely felt they’d taken around seventeen Motherwell wickets as they eventually bowled out their opponents to secure a 16-run win, whilst at New Anniesland the Panthers lost by 61 runs chasing 190.  We’ve got the scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, and short reports (here and here).

Under 13s match cancelled [posted 05/06/16]

Unfortunately tomorrow’s home Under 13s match against Kelburne is off, as Kelburne cannot raise a team.

Double over West [posted 04/06/16]

In two very close matches this afternoon, on both sides of the river, the club came out on top against West of Scotland.   At Shawholm, the ‘Holmboys remained unbeaten in the league thus far with a 32-run win over Partick.  After being bowled out for 189 in only the 35th over, the side had Mushy to thank for defending their total, Mushy taking 6 for 43 as Partick were bowled out for 157.

Though not a big score, 189 was defendable, and getting there owed much to CJ‘s buntalicious 72 up-top, as well as Stouty‘s cameio 20.  Partick though must be ruing the 53 extras gifted to the ‘Holmboys.  Talking of extras…..the ‘Loc were again in generous mood over at Hamilton Crescent as they gifted West 34 in their host’s eventual 239 all out (the last batter being dismissed on the last ball of their innings).  Pasty sneaked a late order “3-for”, before then putting on a partnership of 118 with Jurie for the third wicket to set up the successful run-chase.  However – and rightly so – just as Mushy‘s “6-for” took the plaudits at Shawholm, so Jurie’s eventual unbeaten [exactly a] run-a-ball 127 must do over at Hamilton Crescent.  After Pasty departed for 53, Jurie batted with the rest of the middle order as saw the side home for a good win, with thirteen balls to spare.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).

Mixed fortunes in Friday night junior games [posted 03/06/16]

The Under 11s conceded eleven (!) wickets this evening in their defeat to Kilmarnock.  Despite scoring more runs – with both Andrew and Hassaan getting in to the 20s – than their opponents, with each wicket lost seeing 5 runs deducted under the “pairs cricket” scoring system, the side finished up on the losing side.

There was, however, a comfortable win at New Anniesland for the Under 15s who beat Glasgow Accies by 117 runs, unbeaten half centuries for each of Sobo, Uzzair and Rambo.  We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

Team selections [posted 03/06/16]

It’s another busy few days of cricket action, starting this evening as Kilmarnock Under 11s travel to Shawholm on league duty, whilst the Under 15s go over the Clyde to New Anniesland to play Glasgow Accies.  Saturday also sees cross-river clashes as the club takes on West of Scotland in both Saturday league games: the ‘Loc over at Hamilton Crescent, the ‘Holmboys entertaining Partick.

Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Back to back cup losses [posted 02/06/16]

The ‘Loc suffered another disappointing cup defeat this evening, losing to Ferguslie by 62 runs in a match where, to be fair, they could’ve lost to almost anyone such was the poor first half display.  Having learned nothing it seems from 24 hours earlier, the side contrived to gift 44 in extras to the Meikleriggs batters, who actually need only to have stood with bats in the hands and pads on to have post north of three figures.  As it was Stafford (68*) also “made a score”, albeit the 24 he bludgeoned from the last over from Aliyan made his strike-rate seem more flattering than it really was.  However he’d done his job, batted through, and protected the fragile middle and lower orders.  163 for 6 was a more than decent total and Ferguslie would have to,…..well they’d have to bowl and field like the ‘Loc for there to be a chance of a home win.  But it wasn’t to be, only 7 in extras coming the ‘Loc‘s way in the second inningas, and though Carruthers and Harron Tahir took a bit of tap, their eight overs costing 70, the other bowlers more than made up for it and the ‘Loc couldn’t find a match-winner in their batting line-up.

Defeat in the end by 62 runs then.  So that’s 63 extras gifted in the space of 24 hours, in just over 34 overs [Ed: and not mentioning the over-throws!].  That’s nearly 2-an-over and makes winning games just ever so slightly harder!  We’ve the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).

Highlights [posted 01/06/16]

We’ve got some highlight’s from this evening’s game against Clydesdale.

Scotland A selections [posted 01/06/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their inclusions in the Scotland A squad to play Ireland A next week at Ayr’s New Cambusdoon ground.

Defeat in the West League Cup [posted 01/06/16]

The ‘Loc suffered their first defeat in the West League Cup tonight…..for over two years!  [Ed: apologies readers, that’s pretty poor!]  The victors were the Dark Side who took their revenge after having lost over at Toytown three weeks ago.  Fielding a much stronger side, they were worthy winners on the night, easing past the ‘Loc‘s 98 for 5 in the fifteenth over for the loss of just the two wickets.

We’ve the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).  Elsewhere in the competition, in the ‘Loc‘s group, West of Scotland beat Weirs.

May 2016

Bank Holiday tour match [posted 30/05/16]

The club hosted West Yorkshire club, Hebden Bridge, this afternoon in a 35-overs-a-side match.  Played in glorious sunshine, the match was the last in Hebden Bridge’s mini-tour north of the border.  Batting first the tourists were bowled out for just 79, with the ten wickets falling being shared by seven of the eight home bowlers used by skipper, The Professor.

The win was then secured – three down – with both Hunnain and CJ2 getting into double figures, the latter remaining unbeaten on 41.  We’ve got the scorecard online as well as updated Poloc XI statistics. 

Two wins in the sunshine [posted 30/05/16]

The Under 13s and Under 18s were both in action this evening, as the sun beat down on beautiful scenes at Bothwell Castle Policies and Shawholm respectively.  Over in Uddingston the Under 13s were invited to bowl first after Sobo lost the toss, and the side restricted their hosts to 45 for 9.  Standout performer for the 13s was Samir who took a “4-for”, with Sobo helping himself to three catches fielding at short cover.  Then in the [brief] run-chase, the skipper raced to 35, retired, from just twelve deliveries, as the 13s knocked off the required 46 runs in just 4.1 overs.  Back in the southside the 18s were also enjoying a comfortable win, getting past Glasgow Accies in the first round of the Scottish Cup, winning by seven wickets.  Batting first, the visitors from over the river posted 74 for 6, with extras comfortably the top scorer.  CJ then led from the front in the run-chase, with an unbeaten run-a-ball 32, as the 18s reached the finish line inside thirteen overs.  We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

Representative squad selection [posted 29/05/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Forthill on Monday in the third match in the CS Pro50 Cup competition.

Stirling County come out on top in women’s first home match of 2016 [posted 29/05/16]

The Poloc Women were in league action today, at Shawholm, and skipper Nicole Hanlon has sent us her reflections on the day.  Nicole writes, “The Poloc and Ayr ladies – AyrLoc for short! – faced Stirling County today; Poloc Women’s first home match of the season.  And, the sun was shining to make it a great day for cricket!  After the toss AyrLoc were batting first, Stirling took three early wickets in the opening 5 minutes of the game!  But not to be rattled, AyrLoc were able to find their feet, and played much more consistent thereafter, including their two very new players who got in to bat.  With a number of boundary 4s scored, AyrLoc posted 43 points. in 12 overs.  Stirling County, certainly the stronger side, were also generous in getting as many of their players involved as they could.  Abby and Emily opened the bowling for AyrLoc in the second half, bowling really well in the first four overs.  They were followed by Gill and Karolina who also bowled good sets of overs.  But good as the bowling was it could stop the Stirling County batters reaching their target of 44 with plenty overs in hand.  The day was finished off with a friendly game, mixing the teams together, to play a ‘pairs match.”

Double Saturday success [posted 28/05/16]

Both the club’s senior Saturday league sides recorded comfortable wins over their Weirs counterparts in the latest southside derbies.  At Shawholm the ‘Holmboys won by six wickets, chasing just 49 to win.  Their low target was set up by Abhi’ (“5-for”) and Mushy (“4-for”) tearing through the visitors’ batting line up.

Then, despite a brief scare when the top order collapsed to 15 for 3, the run-chase ended up being fairly routine.  Over in Newlands the match followed much the same pattern, Weirs being bowled out for just 70, thanks to Jurie (“4-for”) and Beast (“3-for”) [Ed: and five slip catches!].  Then, after Dr Uzzi holed out first ball in the reply, Pasty (54*) and Uzzair (14*) saw the side safely across the finish line, inside sixteen overs.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics and match reports (here and here).

Double Dark Side defeat [posted 27/05/16]

Both junior sides in action this evening were soundly beaten by their Clydesdale counterparts, and can have no complaints as in both matches the better side won.  At Toytown a very young and inexperienced Under 11 side lost by almost 100 runs, whilst at Shawholm the 15s fared little better ending up on the wrong side of a 46-run loss.

Not much to write home about in either game on the individual performance side either, with maybe Nabeel Khan’s (3-0-9-0) bowling figures in the Under 15 clash being worthy of a mention in whatever despatches are being sent.  We’ve got the scorecards online, updated statistics, and short reports.

Team selections [posted 26/05/16]

Tomorrow sees the start of the weekend cricket action, with the Under 11s and Under 15s both facing off with the Dark Side.  The 11s are at Toytown, and the 15s act as host.  Saturday sees another double-header, and more derbies, as the ‘Loc travel to Newlands to play Weirs, whilst the ‘Holmboys host Albert Park.

Sunday then sees Poloc Women at home in National League action, against Stirling County, before Monday’s three games: a Bank Holiday friendly against touring Hebden Bridge CC, and two junior games in the evening: the Under 13s and Under 18s both in action.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Match and practice off [posted 26/05/16]

The Rowan Cup match against Ferguslie is a weather victim this evening as persistent rain has put paid to any chance of play.  The two sides will try again next Thursday evening.  Tonight’s senior practice is also off.

The ‘Loc make it 2 and 0 in the West League Cup [posted 25/05/16]

The ‘Loc are still unbeaten in the group stages of this season’s West League Cup after a hard-fought win over northsiders West of Scotland.  In the field first, a couple of poor overs combined with generally sloppy fielding, as well as positive batting from their visitors, saw the ‘Loc have to chase 139 for the win.

With Dr Uzzi leading from the front with 35 (21), the batters virtually all managed to contribute something to successfully chasing down the target with nine balls to spare.  We’ve the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).  Elsewhere in the competition, in the ‘Loc‘s group, Weirs beat Clydesdale.

Both Evening League teams lose narrowly [posted 24/05/16]

Both Evening League sides were in action tonight, but – unfortunately – both came up short in run-chases.  At Prestwick the Panthers fell 4 runs short chasing 120 to beat their hosts, whilst at Shawholm the Academy finished 8 runs shy of Kelburne’s 138.  We’ve got the scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, and short reports (here and here).


Under 13s start league campaign with a win [posted 23/05/16]

The Under 13s were in league action this evening, with the League Cup now behind them.  On a beautiful evening, Ayr were the visitors and in a tightly-contested affair it was the ‘Loc youngsters who came out on top, winning by seven wickets in the nineteenth over.  There were retirement-inducing 30+’s from both Sobo and Abdul, with the bowling unit all getting through their overs well.

We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Academy record big win [posted 22/05/16]

The Academy side recorded a convincing win today in the sunshine at Shawholm, beating visitors Glasgow Accies by 232 runs in the Sunday League.  There was a century for CJ2 (110), whilst Owais contributed 61 and Aliyan a cameo unbeaten 37 from just 27 deliveries.  Then in reply Accies were bundled out for 48, with Ahmed-Raza and Aliyan both taking “3-fors”.

We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Matches off [posted 21/05/16]

Both today’s Saturday league matches were cancelled after heavy overnight, and early morning, rain left Shawholm and Hughenden unplayable.  Elsewhere, the matches between Stirling County and Greenock, Glasgow Accies and St. Michael’s and Irvine and Renfrew were also off, leaving West of Scotland’s game with Weirs at Hamilton Crescent that saw a home win.


Matches off [posted 20/05/16]

Both tonight’s junior matches have been cancelled because of wet grounds.

Team selections [posted 19/05/16]

The weekend’s cricket action – weather permitting – sees the Under 11s and Under 15s both in Friday night action, home to East Renfrewshire and away to the East Renfrewshire|Renfrew combined teams respectively.  The Saturday leagues games pit the ‘Loc against Hillhead at home, with the ‘Holmboys going to Hughenden.

Sunday also had two scheduled league matches, with the Academy side hosting Glasgow Accies and the Panthers going to Albert Park.  However with the Weirs versus West of Scotland WU40 Cup tie still to be played, the Panthers‘ game has been postponed.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Match and practice off [posted 19/05/16]

Tonight’s ECB Under 13 Cup match, at New Cambusdoon against Ayr, has been called off because of the weather.  Tonight’s senior practice is also off.


Practice and match off [posted 18/05/16]

Tonight’s Under 13 and 15 coaching and practice is off with today’s persistent heavy rain leaving the ground in an unsuitable condition for safe use unfortunately.  Also cancelled is this evening’s PlayerReg West League Cup group stage tie at Albert Park against Weirs.

Representative selections [posted 18/05/16]

Sohaib Shah’s again been selected as Captain of one the three Under 14 Challenge Series teams, the Foxes.  Also selected for the Foxes‘ match against Sharks this weekend at Titwood is Dilina Loku Yaddehige.  Well done to both players.

Match off [posted 17/05/16]

Tonight’s Western Cup group stage match, at Shawholm against Glenpark, has been called off because of the weather.


Under 13s fall at the semi-final stage [posted 16/05/16]

The Under 13s seemed to have caught the club’s batting collapse bug, at least if tonight’s horror show at Toytown is anything to go by!  Despite having beaten the opposition not much more than a week ago on Rebel Alliance turf, the raid on the Death Star proved fruitless as, batting first, the 13s were overrun in the early stages a were 19 for 7 at one point!

Despite recovering to 79 all out, this was never going to be enough on the ground where the wide lines double for the boundary, and the white disks are in the car park!    And so it proved as Clydesdale cruised to an eight-wicket win and a cup final berth.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Representative selections [posted 15/05/16]

Whilst the ‘Loc were in Scottish Cup action today, the club had a number of its young players in Under 12 area squad and Under 14 Challenge Series action.  Sohaib Shah and Dilina Loku Yaddehige were selected to play in the Challenge Series, whilst James Cathcart, Hassaan and Samee Mehmood, and Ubaid-Raza Hanif were all in the South Glasgow area side.  And mention, too, of Nabeel Khan who, but for splitting his webbing last week, would have also been in inter-area action.  Looking in to next week, the club’s also proud that Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah are both in the Scotland Development XI squad to face Durham CCC Academy at Uddingston’s Bothwell Castle Policies ground.  Well done to all the players named.

The ‘Loc lose by 3 wickets in the Scottish Cup [posted 15/05/16]

Though it is was largely another day to forget for the batters, with a sense of “Groundhog Day” being felt by those who’d seen yesterday’s match in Dumfries and watched today’s home Scottish Cup tie with Heriot’s FP, the bowling unit partially restored pride, and there was a much better all-around fielding display, as the ‘Loc succumbed to their Edinburgh visitors by 3 wickets.  The sense of déjà vu with the bat was even mirrored by individual scores.  Jurie raced out of the traps, passed 50, but would then hole out in the deep; Pasty looked in decent nick but got out cheaply, Owais came-and-went in a few balls and didn’t bother the scorers; CJ2 got himself in, looked really good then had another brain-freeze to depart for a cameo; the middle order couldn’t hang around; Aliyan went first ball; and there was a clatter of wickets to finish the innings: yesterday 144 for 3 to 176 all out, today 119 for 9 to 147 all out.  “Groundhog Day” indeed.  However, and this is the positive, the second half was much better.  Heriot’s, though accepted not under scoreboard pressure given the low target, were never allowed to “get away”.  Wickets continued to fall pretty much throughout the near-38 overs it took them to get to 148, and the energy and skills in the fielding effort were unrecognisable from the shambles of Kingholm 24 hours earlier.  From 53 gifted in extras yesterday, to just 10 today.  There were also genuinely good catches snaffoled by Jurie (caught and bowled), Adil (a steepler and a sharp chance at point), CJ2 (a low catch at mid-wicket and an over-the-shoulder skyer) and Uzzair (a ridiculous, coincidental coordinates-type one-hander at mid-wicket).  So positives, but oh for another 70 runs.  We’ve got the scorecard online (here), updated statistics, and a match report (here).  There are also photo’s courtesy of Ali Maddock in the Gallery.

What a shocker! [posted 14/05/16]

A bad few days just got worse today down in Dumfries when, following on from back-to-back losses for the Under 15s, then Kingholm conceding today’s match with the ‘Holmboys to leave an empty ground on a glorious day, the ‘Loc then decided to have a ‘mare against St. Michael’s that saw them lose by 36 runs.  But that cold stat’ doesn’t nearly do the scale of horrible’ness justice – in the field first, the side gifted no fewer than 53 [Ed: yes, you read it correctly, fifty-three, five – three!] in extras, before then – somehow, and like a ghost of seasons past, crumbling from 144 for 3 chasing 213 to win, to 176 all out with more than six overs unused.  Words fail your scribe.  Anyway, and despite typing under the influence of valium, we’ve got the scorecard online (here), updated statistics, and an 18-rated match report (here) that should only be read after the watershed!  

Kingholm concede [posted 13/05/16]

The club was told this evening that St. Michael’s Kingholm XI would not be coming to Shawholm tomorrow – Saturday – being unable to fulfil the Reserve League fixture because it did not believe it could field a competitive-enough side.  Tomorrow’s home senior Saturday league match is, therefore, off.

Back-to-back defeats [posted 13/05/16]

The Under 15s slumped to back-to-back defeats this evening, going down to Glasgow Accies just 24 hours after succumbing to Prestwick.  Tonight’s loss was in the league – this season’s opening fixture – and saw the 15s go down by six wickets.  Again batting first, and again failing to bat their overs, 91 all out was posted.  33 of the runs came from Sobo but he couldn’t bat for more than a ball shy of eight overs and what had looked like being a “big one” became a cameo.  Big bro’ Uzzair’s 21 (twenty balls) was also in the cameo category, Uzzair similarly failing to capitalise on a good start.  Aside these two, only Abdul (10) got in to double figures.  Then, defending, the bowlers in the main did their jobs, with only Hassaan’s figures looking a little ugly.  For Accies top-scorer Robinson batted all the way through for a gritty 28 (47), a knock given support by Abdul [Ed: yes, that Abdul!] whose 14 byes made him – comfortably – Accies‘ second highest scorer.  In fact no fewer than 29 of the eventual 93-run total scored by Accies were extras.  Sigh.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Team selections [posted 12/05/16]

The cricket keeps coming think and fast.  After five matches already this week, the weekend starts with Friday-night Under 15s’ action, the club hosting Glasgow Accies.  Saturday’s two senior matches are home and away against St. Michael’s, the ‘Holmboys at home.  Then Sunday sees Heriot’s FP visit in the Scottish Cup.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

The Under 15s are knocked out [posted 12/05/16]

The Under 15s’ season started on another glorious early May evening, tonight.  Prestwick were the visitors in the ECB Cup, and in a game that was probably more competitive than the eventual margin of victory suggests, the ‘Loc went down by nine wickets.  Batting first the youngsters were bowled out for 87, and the visitors from the seaside reached their target inside twelve overs.  So, why – you say – could it be categorised at all as “competitive”?  Well, in the main, because though the lower middle order and tail didn’t really muster many runs, three of the top four arguably got “starts”.  Then, with the ball, Uzzair, in particular, gave the Prestwick openers some nervous moments early on.  But as it was, the breakthrough never came, and once “in”, Cole and Rao then scored freely and secured the win for their side.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Representative selections [posted 12/05/16]

Sohaib Shah’s been selected as Captain of one the three Under 14 Challenge Series teams, the Foxes.  Also selected for the Foxes is Dilina Loku Yaddehige.  Well done to both players.  The Foxes take on the Eagles this Sunday in the first of this season’s Challenge Series matches. Also in recent representative team action was Uzzair Shah, who was part of the Western Warriors Under 15 side that defeated Eastern Knights at New Williamfield last Sunday.

The ‘Loc stutter across the line after first-half fireworks [posted 11/05/16]

The ‘Loc maintained their unbeaten start to the season,…..but only just in the end.  If the first innings – that saw 154 for 2 posted thanks to an impressive knock of 96 not out by Jurie, that included six 6s and six 4s – was the sublime, then the second innings’ display in the field was the ridiculous!  Runs were [Ed: quite literally at times!] thrown away, catches were grassed and concentration and energy both seemed lacking, along with an ability to execute the basic processes!

But, and only just, it wouldn’t ultimately cost the side the group stage win points as they snuck home by 12 runs.  Aside Jurie’s onslaught there was a 108-run partnership between him Pasty – the latter’s contribution a near-run-a-ball 28.  Then amidst the under-par fielding performance there were some second highlights, notably Aliyan’s 4-0-15-3, catch and direct-hit run out.  Beast, too, bowled tidily, his 4-0-30-1 seeing him take his tenth competitive wicket of the season already.  We’ve the scorecard online (here), updated statistics and a brief match report (here).

Both Saturday sides still unbeaten [posted 07/05/16]

It was a second consecutive double-win Saturday today as, first, the ‘Holmboys ran out comprehensive winners at Glenpark where, after bowling out their hosts for just 45, raced to the win – without the loss of a wicket – in just five overs.  Openers Sobo and Uzzi made light work of the run-chase, their low target having been set up by a clinical display from the bowlers.  Abhi’ led from the front with a “5-for” [ed: to get on the Honours Board], and Mushy chipped in with four.  Meanwhile back at Shawholm, the ‘Loc were eventual 93-run victors over Greenock, “eventual” in as much as at 27 for 8 in reply to the ‘Loc‘s 217 all out, it looked like the margin of victory would be much greater.  However a dogged rear-guard action by Jonathan Hempsey (46) and Greg McDougall (14*) put on 90 for the eighth wicket to see the Clydesiders’ total up to 124.  Ghaff’ with a “6-for” also gets his name on the Honours Board, and opening partner Ihty returned figures of 6-1-8-4 to record equally impressive bowling figures.  The target of 218 had been set courtesy of an unbeaten 74 from Pasty, aided by a second consecutive half century from Jurie.  So two good wins, and both sides remain unbeaten thus far in their respective league campaigns.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, match reports (here and here), and match photo’s from both matches, courtesy of Ali Maddock, in the Gallery. 

Under 11 match conceded [posted 06/05/16]

Unfortunately this evening’s opening Under 11 League match against Irvine has been cancelled, conceded by the Ayrshire club.

Representative squad selection [posted 05/05/16]

Congratulations to Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah on their selection in the Western Warriors Pro Team squad to take on the Caledonian Highlanders at Titwood on Sunday in the first match in the new CS T20 Blitz competition.

The Under 13s progress in the cup [posted 05/05/16]

The Under 13s got their first round ECB Cup tie with Clydesdale played this evening, this after last night’s original scheduling of the match saw the game start but get rained off.  In much better conditions, the ‘Loc youngsters batted first and posted 94 for 5, Sobo top-scoring with an unbeaten 30.  Also in double figures were Abdul (16) and Zakir (10).

The side then managed to defend their total, sneaking home by 7 runs as they restricted the Dark Side batters to 87 for 9 in this the first the usual plethora of Rebel Alliance versus Empire clashes of the season.  We’ve got the scorecard online, updated statistics, and a short report.

Team selections [posted 05/05/16]

It’s a busy weekend of cricket with the Under 11s starting things off as their league campaign kicks off down at Irvine.  Saturday then sees home-and-away fixtures against Greenock, with the ‘Loc at home and the ‘Holmboys on the road.  Sunday’s home WU40 Cup tie against Helensburgh then finishes things off.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Derby abandoned [posted 04/05/16]

Tonight’s Under 13 ECB Cup derby clash with Clydesdale lasted just 3.3 overs as persistent rain won the day.  Batting first the ‘Loc openers – Sobo and Abdul – had looked reasonably comfortable and had taken the score on to 20 without loss, but the good start would count for nowt and so they’ll have to do it all again…..tomorrow!

Match off [posted 03/05/16]

Tonight’s Western Cup group stage match, at Titwood, has been called off because of the weather.


Practice and match off [posted 02/05/16]

Tonight’s Under 11 coaching and practice is off with today’s persistent heavy showers and the overnight heavy rain leaving the ground in an unsuitable condition for safe use unfortunately.  Also cancelled is this evening’s Under 13 League Cup tie at The Tryst against Stenhousemuir.

Sunday matches cancelled [posted 01/05/16]

Both scheduled Sunday matches were cancelled today.  The home WU40 Cup first round match against Helensburgh was rained off, whilst the Academy’s opening Sunday League match against Hillhead had been conceded by the Hughenden club earlier in the week.

April 2016

Saturday double on matchday one [posted 30/04/16]

Today saw the start of a new league campaign for both senior Saturday sides.  The opposition for both was Renfrew.  At King George V Playing Field, the ‘Loc posted an impressive 280 for 3 batting first, with Pasty top-scoring with an unbeaten 99, and Jurie and CJ2 making 72 and 60 not out, respectively, on their competitive ‘Loc debuts.  Then in the second innings, Beast – with a “4-for” – was the main wicket-taker, as seven bowlers rolled their arms over in dismissing the hosts for 104.  At Shawholm, the ‘Holmboys made sure it would be a Saturday winning double for the club as, after posting 208 for 7 batting first, they then restricted Deanpark to just 129 for 7 in the second innings.  For the ‘Holmboys there were contributions with bat from Wajid (36), Dr Uzzi (32), Nomi (22) and Crazy Horse (22*).  Then in the Deanpark reply there was a brace of wickets each for Abhi’, Roberto and Hunnain.  We’ve scorecards online (here and here), updated statistics, match reports (here and here), and match photo’s from both matches, courtesy of Ali Maddock, in the Gallery. 

Team selections [posted 28/04/16]

Saturday is the opening weekend of a new league campaign for both senior Saturday teams.  The ‘Loc travel to Renfrew, whilst the ‘Holmboys entertain the Deanpark XI.  Then, on Sunday, there’s a home WU40 Cup match against Helensburgh scheduled.  Teams for all matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Kilmarnock CC and St. Michael’s CC [posted 28/04/16]

The WDCU intimated to clubs last night that Kilmarnock CC’s place in the CSL Western First Division is being taken by St. Michael’s, who will take over Kilmarnock CC’s places in the league fixture schedule.  The website’s been updated accordingly.

Eric Lane Memorial Trophy success [posted 24/04/16]

Sunday saw a third weekend senior pre-season fixture played, this time the annual Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match against Uddingston.  This year at Bothwell Castle Policies, the match saw the ‘Loc record a third weekend win, defeating their hosts by 30 runs, defending 230 having opted to bat first.  There were runs for Adil (50), Beast (47), CJ2 (38) and Aliyan (35) in the first innings, before the seven bowlers used successfully combined to defend the 230 posted.  CJ2 took a “3-for”, whilst skipper-for-the-day Beast (pictured left receiving the trophy) and The Enforcer grabbed a brace each.  So another good workout at an immaculately presented BCP as usual, today’s win coming against a strong home side who likely feared a more one-sided encounter when they saw the ‘Loc line-up.  We’ve today’s scorecard online, and updated statistics, as well as a match report.

Double Saturday delight [posted 23/04/16]

Two senior Saturday XIs took to the field today as home and away pre-season 40-overs-a-side fixtures against Prestwick were played.  And the good news is there were two wins.  At the Henry Thow Oval, after posting 193, a Shawholm XI bowled out their hosts for 89 with Robster grabbing himself an opening day “4-for”.  In the first innings, CJ had got the side off to a flyer with a quick-fire 57 that included six 4s and a maximum, before Uzzi (36) and Uwais (40) on his club debut made meaningful contributions down the order.  In the home game there was a last over win for a Poloc XI, defeating their Prestwick XI visitors by six wickets with a ball to spare.  After their visitors had – like the Shawholm XI had, at Prestwick – posted 193 [for 5] batting first, the successful run-chase saw contributions from CJ2 (65*), Owais (56), Stouty (20) and Uzzair (20).  In that first innings Adil, also on debut, had the standout bowling figures, returning 5-1-7-0 opening from the Cart End.  Mushy‘s 5-1-12-0 was also a good return on a chilly day for the side in the field.  We’ve scorecards online, the first statistics of the new season, match reports (here and here), and match photo’s courtesy of Ali Maddock in the Gallery.

Western Warriors Pro Team selections [posted 22/04/16]

Congratulations to Owais Shah and Craig Young on their selections in the thirteen-player Western Warriors Pro Team squad to play against the Eastern Knights in Edinburgh this Sunday at The Grange.  The match is the first in the new CS Pro50 Cup competition.  Well done, too, to Craig on being named Captain for this match.

More information on the new senior inter-regional structure – comprising the CS Pro50 Cup and CS T20 Blitz, can be found on the Cricket Scotland website, here.

Change to league fixtures [posted 22/04/16]

The WDCU announced today that Hillhead CC have replaced St. Michael’s CC in the divisions in which the club’s two Saturday sides play.  The reasoning behind this can be read on the WDCU website.  The fixtures online here have been amended accordingly.

Team selections [posted 22/04/16]

Saturday sees two pre-season friendlies against Prestwick CC, with a Poloc XI at home and a Shawholm XI down on the coast.  Then Sunday sees the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match against Uddingston, this year at Bothwell Castle Policies.  Teams for both remaining matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Owais Shah in Scotland A action [posted 19/04/16]

Scotland A took on Durham CCC today on day one of three-day match, a match that saw Owais Shah, still just 16, make his debut at this level.  And it turned out to be a baptism of fire as an early wicket saw Owais, batting at three, out in the middle in the first over.  He dug in to make 10 as a flurry of wickets fell at the other end, before being fifth out with the socre on just 37.  Scotland A would eventually post 157 in their first innings, before the home side’s top order blasted their way to 395 for 1 by the close of play, Phil Mustard smacking 166 from just 131 balls, and fellow opener Clark also getting to three figures.  The scorecard’s online on Total Cricket Scorer, and there’s video of the day’s play on YouTube.

Sunday match off too [posted 17/04/16]

Unfortunately the final remaining weekend pre-season match – away to Grange CC – was beaten by the weather too, overnight raining preventing the game going ahead.

Matches off [posted 15/04/16]

Both of Saturday’s pre-season friendlies against Prestwick CC – home and away – are, unfortunately, now cancelled, with both grounds not yet playable after the recent poor weather.  There is, however, still a chance that Sunday’s Poloc XI pre-season match away to a Grange XI remains on.

 Scotland A selection [posted 15/04/16]

Congratulations to Owais Shah on his selection in the Scotland A squad to take on Durham CCC’s 2nd XI at the Emirates Riverside in a three-day match next week.  The full squad can be seen online, here, on the Cricket Scotland website.

Team selections [posted 14/04/16]

Saturday’s home pre-season friendly against Prestwick CC’s St. Ninian’s XI is, unfortunately, cancelled, with the Shawholm square not yet playable after another wet week.  There is, however, still a chance the Poloc XI match at Henry Thow Oval against a Prestwick XI goes ahead.  Similarly, Sunday’s friendly away to a Grange XI remains on.

Teams for both remaining matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

Senior outdoor training [posted 13/04/16]

Our outdoor training starts tomorrow evening – Thursday – at the club, with a 6.30pm start.  With the weather still pretty cold, players should wrap up well and be prepared to run around a bit!  If they are dry enough for safe use we’ll make use of the all-weather astro-turf net bays, and do some fitness and fielding.  Thereafter senior training will be every Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 6.30pm.  If players want to come earlier and “have a hit” in the net bays that’s fine, but organised sessions will start promptly at 6.30pm.  And for those still to do so – remember that your membership subscriptions are now due…..overdue in fact!

Abtaha in Scotland action [posted 10/04/16]

The first real action of a new season was played today, with Scotland Women Under 17 taking on a Scottish Students women’s side at Peffermill in Edinburgh today.  In action for the Wildcats Under 17s was Abtaha Maqsood.  Batting first, the students posted 131 in what was a scheduled 35-overs-a-side match, Abataha taking the first two opposition wickets to fall.  Then, in the run-chase, Abtaha opened the batting for the Wildcats, putting on 25 for the first wicket with Prestwick CC’s ‘keeper|batter Ellen Watson, before holing out at mid-wicket.  As wickets continued to fall at regular intervals thereafter, it was the student side who ran out eventual winners.  Well done to Abtaha on another appearance for the national Under 17 side, and good to get a game and a new season started.

Ground clear-up/set-up day [posted 09/04/16]

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the ground today to help with preparations for the new season.  Over twenty members (see below) put in a good shift and as a result the screens are now in place, the covers are ready to go, the ‘board has its scoring units back in place, the all-weather practice net bays look the business, the square’s been measured and marked and there’s not a twig to be found on the outfield.  With the week leading up to the day having seen pretty heavy rain it was good to see the place beginning to dry out, and groundsman Scott McCutcheon’s efforts were there for everyone to see.  The outfield was also completely scarified on Friday and so – if the weather holds – there might just be a chance of play next weekend.

A mention too of Kenneth Robertson’ sterling efforts over the school Easter holidays thus far in attending to a myriad of jobs in the clubhouse and house, including starting on the removal of the old lockers in what was the gents tennis changing room.  A big thank you to Kenneth for his hard work.

Poloc Women’s fixtures [posted 09/04/16]

The league, friendly and festival fixtures for the 2016 Poloc Women’s season are now online.  In an exciting development the league campaign is bolstered with a series of festivals taking part over the course of the season.  Poloc Women will host one of these on the 24th of July which adds to their recruitment BBQ initiative that’s scheduled for the 22nd of May.

Ground clear-up/set-up day [posted 06/04/16]

We’re looking for members’ help this Saturday – the 9th – between 2pm and 4pm, to do some work at the ground.  Sightscreens need put in to their positions, covers and hoses need putting on to mobile covers frames, etc.  As they say: many hands make lite work!  Please don’t leave it to others – 2pm for two hours – be there!

Welcome CJ! [posted 06/04/16]

We’re pleased to say that 2016 “Overseas Amateur”, CJ Van der Walt, arrived safely in Glasgow today, hot-foot from a long flight from his home in South Africa, and after a brief “hiccup” coming through Passport Control!  

More about CJ, who will be around the club from next week, after a short time spent in Ireland where he’s visiting friends, can be found on the Overseas players page.  Welcome!

Sunday League matches [posted 04/04/16]

The WDCU has released the Sunday League fixtures for the new season and these can be seen in the global fixture schedule as well as on the Poloc Panthers and Poloc Academy pages.

Overseas players, 2016 [posted 02/04/16]

The club’s pleased to formally announce the names of its two overseas players for the upcoming season.  22 year old South African Jurie Snyman (pictured left) and fellow countryman, nineteen year old CJ Van der Walt (pictured right), both come to the club for the first time.

Both are also top-order batters, both play at Easterns Cricket.  The duo will be arriving in Glasgow, separately, over the next few weeks.

Despite his relatively young age, this will not be left-handed Jurie’s first spell in the UK having played in the Derbyshire Premier League last season where he amassed 1,178 runs at an average of over 51.  His recent form in domestic First Class and List A cricket is also good having scored a century (144 versus Namibia) and two half centuries since the start of March.  CJ similarly comes in good form and having gained invaluable experience over the recent South African domestic season as part of the Easterns Under 19 side.  More about the duo can be found on the Overseas players page.

Poloc women, 2016 [posted 01/04/16]

Nicole Hanlon writes, “The Poloc and Ayr ladies teams would like to share the exciting news that for the 2016 season the two teams will be coming together to play as one.  This will support both clubs to field a full team and have a great summer of cricket, while supporting each other in the development of their respective teams.”

“Thriving clubs programme” [posted 01/04/16]

The club was delighted to learn today that its application to participate in Cricket Scotland‘s “Thriving clubs programme” has been accepted.  In his email to David James who’s leading the club’s interest in the programme, Cricket Scotland‘s Head of Participation Ian Sandbrook writes, “I am pleased to inform you that Poloc CC has been selected to enter into the next phase of Cricket Scotland‘s ‘Thriving clubs programme”.

“As you know, the objective of the programme is to help clubs become more vibrant, visible and viable community clubs.  We hope that with the support of Sports Marketing Network we can help you on this journey.”  The first steps in the programme will see the appointments of a “Social Media Champion” and a “Young Cricket Ambassador”, who will attend a workshop delivered by Sports Marketing Network and Cricket Scotland, followed by a visit from Sports Marketing Network‘s Svend Elkjaer to the club.

Junior registration, 2016 [posted 01/04/16]

We’ve made registering as a junior for the coming season really easy this year!  In the past we’ve posted out, or emailed, forms to be printed off and filled in.  To make things easier, and save money and use less paper, we’ve now got a secure online registration webform that can be completed.  You can find it here.  All parents or responsible adulst for juniors are asked to complete the online registration for the new season as soon as possible.  Updating our records ensures we have current contact and other information for our young players.  Please, thereafter, pay your subscription for 2016.  We’re pleased to be able to have frozen our junior membership subscriptions for yet another year, with the usual discount for siblings.  The easiest way to pay subscriptions is using a debit or credit card, via the online PayPal function.  Remember you don’t need a PayPal account, only a debit or credit card.

March 2016

Rowan Cup draw [posted 29/03/16]

The Rowan Cup draw was made yesterday and saw the club handed a home first round tie against Ferguslie, to be played on 26 May 2016.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 25/03/16]

The twentieth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

Cup draws and Evening League fixtures [posted 18/03/16]

The WDCU has released the draws for the Greenwood Trophy and Western Cup, as well as the Evening League fixtures.  All are now online and can be seen on the respective team pages.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 18/03/16]

The nineteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 20th of March 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

Annual membership subscriptions [posted 15/03/16]

Last week’s AGM approved the annual subscription rates for 2016 and these can now be paid, with subscription notices being sent out to members by Secretary Keith Sheridan.  Paying subscriptions as soon as possible is helpful to the club, particularly in the off-season months when – as with most clubs – cash flow is tightest.


To assist with paying subscriptions the club offers paying by credit or debit card using a secure PayPal facility.  To use this facility, simply click on the Pay subscriptions page link in the left-hand menu list and follow the instructions on the page this takes you to.

Senior indoor practice [posted 14/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, continue tomorrow night.  Tomorrow’s session is at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

Cup draws [posted 14/03/16]

The draw for the group stage matches in this season’s PlayerReg West League Cup has been published and sees these games played on six consecutive Wednesdays starting on the 11th of May.  First up for the ‘Loc is a trip to Toytown and a derby clash with the Dark Side.  Also made was the first round draw for the WU40 Cup, with the ‘Loc landing a home tie against Helensburgh CC.  Both draws can been seen online.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 11/03/16]

The eighteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

AGM [posted 09/03/16]

The club’s AGM was held this evening in the clubhouse.  Along with the items on the Agenda, there was wide-ranging discussion on a number of other matters.  The election of office bearers and committee members saw David James assume the Treasurer’s role, succeeding Stephen Brown who steps down after what was estimated to be a quarter of a century of service on committes, and in the roles of President and Treasurer.  Stephen’s huge commitment to the club was rightly acknowledged by a number of speakers at the meeting: his service being an example for all members to aspire to.  Also elected to the General Committee were Abhishek Bhatia, Grant Cathcart, Lewis James and Hazel Telford.  Membership subscription rates for 2016 were also agreed, with changes being made to the Student Membership rate (increased by £10), and the New Member’s rate (also increased, and now representing a discount of a third on normal Full Member rate).  Having now been agreed by the membership, subscriptions are now due.  These can be paid online, by debit or credit card, by using the club’s website PayPal facility – click here.

Facebook [posted 09/03/16]

Adding to the club’s existing extensive social media platforms, we’re delighted we’re now also up-and-running on Facebook.  Ali Maddock’s administering this new web presence.  Click on the link to see how the page is coming on, and join the discussion.  As ever however please be careful what you post online, and registered players in particular are reminded about their responsibilities under the WDCU’s Code of Conduct.  A zero tolerance approach will be adopted to members bringing either the club or the game into disrepute online.  That all said now: go, enjoy!

Senior indoor practice [posted 07/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, continue tomorrow night.  Tomorrow’s session is at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 04/03/16]

The seventeenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 6th of March 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

Senior indoor practice [posted 01/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, starts tonight.  The sessions are at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

February 2019

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 27/02/16]

The sixteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

Uzzair Shah [posted 23/02/16]

Congratulations to Under 15 player Uzzair Shah on his invitation to, and attendance at, the recent Scotland Under 15 development day at the National Cricket Academy in Edinburgh.  Held on Sunday the 21st, the session was the first of a couple of assessment days for the country’s most promising Under 15 players – well done to Uzzair.

Cricket Scotland Under 18 Scottish Cup draw [posted 22/02/16]

The draw for the 2016 Under 18 Scottish Cup was made this morning, and the ‘Loc have been given a home tie against Glasgow Accies.  The full draw can be found online.

Cricket Scotland Under 13 and 15 Scottish Cup draws [posted 18/02/16]

Hot on the heels of the ECB Cup draws, the draws for the Under 13 and Under 15 Scottish Cup were made today too.  The Under 13 draw saw the ‘Loc given another home cup tie against the Dark Side.  And in the Under 15 competition, the draw threw up a trip to Ayr.   The full draws can be found online.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 17/02/16]

The fifteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 21st of February 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).


NatWest ECB Under 13 and 15 cup draws [posted 16/02/16]

The draws for both the Under 13 and Under 15 ECB Cups were made this morning.  In the older – under 15 – age-group the ‘Loc will host Prestwick in round one, with the winner entertaining Clydesdale in the quarter-final.  And in the Under 13 draw, the ‘Loc were handed another home tie, this time against Clydesdale.  The full draws can be found online.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 12/02/16]

The fourteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

ICC U19 CWC – update [posted 10/02/16]

All three Poloc players played in Scotland Under 19s’ final ICC U19 CWC match this morning, against Ireland.  In an eventual 95-run defeat, Adil Ghaffar returned figures of 3 for 49 in his ten overs, whilst Ihtisham Malik’s six overs saw him take 1 for 17, as Ireland posted 235.  Then, in the Scots’ reply, Owais Shah, batting at three again, got to double figures before departing caught and bowled.  The scorecard of the match is online here.  The boys travel back to Glasgow tomorrow.  We’ve tried to keep tabs on how they’ve been getting on over the course of the tournament and have pulled together a selection of the photo’s that’ve appeared online – you can see these in the Gallery.

Junior fixtures [posted 09/02/16]

The WDJCU has published league and cup fixtures for season 2016, and these can be seen in the various age-group sub-sections of the Junior section of the website.


ICC U19 CWC – update [posted 08/02/16]

Owais Shah featured in the Scotland Under 19 side that won through to an 11th/12th place play off against Ireland later in the week with a win over Fiji at the ICC U19 CWC early this morning.  Batting first Scotland posted 225, with Owais scoring 39 batting at three, a total that proved enough as Fiji were bowled out for 149.  Adil Ghaffar and Ihtisham Malik, both part of the squad, sat out this morning’s match.  The scorecard of the match is online here.


ICC U19 CWC – update [posted 04/02/16]

Scotland Under 19s lost to New Zealand , over-night, in the quarter-final of the Plate competition at the ICC U19 CWC in Bangladesh.  Owais Shah top-scored for the side as they posted 181 for 9 in their 50 overs, a total the Kiwis passed with some ease, three down, in 27 overs.  Adil Ghaffar returned figures of 0 for 26 in the second innings, with Ihtisham Malik sitting out the match.  Next up in the competition for Scotland is the loser of the Afghanistan versus Fiji match.  The scorecard of the New Zealand match is online here.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 04/02/16]

The thirteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 7th of February 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).


ICC U19 CWC – update [posted 02/02/16]

It was another “tough day at the office” for Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah as Scotland Under 19s went down to South Africa by ten wickets in the third and final group stage match at the ICC U19 CWC being held in Bangladesh.  The defeat leaves the side to take on New Zealand in the Plate quarter-final on Thursday, another good challenge for the squad, and one that Adil, Owais and Ihtisham Malik will be looking forward to.  The scorecard of the South Africa match is online here.

January 2016 

ICC U19 CWC – update [posted 31/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah were again in the Scotland Under 19 side that was in overnight ICC U19 CWC action – this time up againast hosts Bangladesh.  In the field first, Adil took 4 for 60 as Scotland restricted Bangladesh to 256 in their 50 overs.  In their reply, the Scots were eventually bowled out for 142, with Adil the not out batter, and Owais being – unfortunately – run out without scoring, or facing a ball!  The scorecard’s online here.  Ihtisham Malik was again one of the unlucky squad members that sat out lthe match.  The three Poloc players now look foward to the final group stage match against South Africa.


ICC U19 CWC – update [posted 29/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah featured in the overnight defeat for Scotland Under 19s – to Namibia – in the ICC U19 CWC being held in Bangladesh.  Batting first, the side scored 159, with Owais top-scoring, batting at three, with 39, and Adil chipping in with 16 as last man.  Namibia then chased down their target for the loss of just the one wicket, Adil opening bowling and returning 0 for 23 in his spell.  The scorecard’s online here.  Ihtisham Malik sat out last night’s match.  All three Poloc players now look foward to the next group stage match, against hosts Bangladesh on Sunday.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 29/01/16]

The twelfth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).


Adil and Owais in action [posted 22/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah were in ICC U19 CWC warm-up action today, taking on the West Indies in Bangladesh in the run-up to the start of the competition proper.  Batting first, the West Indies racked up a prety challenging 342 for 4, in their 50 overs, with Adil returning figures of 0 for 51 in his eight overs, opening the bowling.  Owais, batting at three, then scored 55 (82 balls), adding 98 in partnership with Ben Wilkinson for the third wicket.  The scorecard’s online here.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 22/01/16]

The eleventh indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 24th of January 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

Saturday league fixtures released for season 2016 [posted 22/01/16]

The WDCU has, this morning, published season 2016’s Saturday league fixtures.  The fixture scheduling sees the ‘Loc open their league campaign with home and away matches against Renfrew – the ‘Loc travel to King George V Playing Fields, and the ‘Holmboys entertain Deanpark at home.  The full fixture lists can be found online here and here.

Scottish Cup draw [posted 21/01/16]

The draw for this season’s Scottish Cup was made his evening.  Again being played on a straight knockout basis, the draw saw the ‘Loc drawn home to Edinburgh club Heriot’s in round one.

Pre-season matches [posted 14/01/16]

With the turn of the year, thoughts start to turn to a new cricket season, and in this regard we have arranged for five pre-season fixtures.  Starting on 16 and 23 April, the fixtures will see two senior teams taking on Prestwick, home and away, on both Saturdays.  Then, on Sunday the 24th, the annual Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match with Uddingston will be played.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

Senior indoor practice [posted 13/01/16]

Additional indoor practice sessions, for senior players, have been booked.  The sessions, starting on the first Tuesday in March, are at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 13/01/16]

The tenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).


ECB Cups, 2016 [posted 12/01/16]

The club’s entered both age-group ECB Cup competitions open to it in season 2016 – at Under 13and 15 age groups.

These cup competitions see the early rounds being played locally, and the draws will be made in early February.

Tom Robertson – funeral [posted 05/01/16]

The funeral of Tom Robertson will take place on Tuesday the 12th of January, at 10am, at Linn Crematorium in Glasgow.

Tom Robertson [posted 03/01/16]

The club was saddened to learn today, that Tom Robertson passed away this morning after a short illness.  Tom joined Poloc in 1965 and played for the 1st XI for a number of years, captaining from 1973 to 1977.  He played in the Western Union-winning teams in 1981 and 1983, and the Scottish Cup winning side of 1984.  In all games he took 677 wickets and scored 5,901 runs.  TBR, as most referred to Tom as, was also President of the club during one of its most successful times in the early ’80’s, for many years acted as Junior Convenor, and was Special Efforts Convenor running the Burns Supper, fêtes, barbecues and dances.

A fine after-dinner speaker, Tom had a very quick, and wicked, sense of humour which many members will remember.  Despite suffering in recent years following a severe stroke he still wanted to know how Poloc were doing, and was delighted when they won.  He will be sadly missed.  Our sympathies are with his wife, Avril, son, Kenneth and daughter, Lynsey, as well as the wider family at this sad time.  Funeral arrangements will be posted later.