Indoor Super 8s, Under 19s Finals Day [posted 30/12/18]
The Under 19s were in Indoor Super 8s Finals Day action today, finishing runners-up to Clydesdale who beat them by 17 runs in a high-scoring first match. 153 for 4 proved too many for the ‘Loc, the side finishing 136 for 5 in their ten-over reply. CJ top-scored with 38 not out, and was given able support by Amaan Ali who made an unbeated 26. The side were ahead of their opponents rights up until the start of the ninth over in their run-chase: their score with two overs to go of 115 for 5 being 12 runs ahead of where their opponents had been at the same stage in their innings. However the heavy scoring of the end of the first innings wasn’t repeated and the 17-run loss resulted.
In game two the ‘Loc took on a Clydesdale II side. Batting first they scored freely, reaching 72 for 2 at the halfway point in the innings, Rambo (pictured left, batting with CJ) retiring. Amaan Ali would also continue his good form with the bat, retiring for a second consecutive match, and helping the side post 152 for 4.
In reply, the Clydesdale II side got off to a slow start – 16 for 2 after three overs – and lost early wickets in to the bargain, Froggy bagging a brace in the third over. Clydesdale II continued to find it hard going and had reached just 38 for 4 at the midpoint of their reply, Froggy taking a third wicket. CJ was also in the wickets, taking a smart caught and bowled in the sixth over to keep the screw tightened. Wickets continued to fall as the second innings progressed, the ‘Loc‘s opponents being seven down going in to the ninth over. A decent final over from the ‘Loc then secured what was a big win, the side winning by 84 runs.
Under 15s miss out on Finals Day [posted 28/12/18]
The Under 15s (pictured left) couldn’t match their elder brethern in today’s Under 15 Indoor Super 8s group stages, going down to three defeats – against Ferguslie CC, Uddingston CC and Glasgow Accies CC – respectively in their Group A matches. There were highlights however, all with the bat, as Moiz (27*), Hassaan (25*), Elliot (26*) and Hasan (28*) all made retiral-inducing scores. However the side’s indiscipline with the ball cost them dear, an avalanches of no balls and wides [Ed’: 19 wides and 33 no balls to be precise! ] being seemingly unstoppable over the day.
Under 19s come through the group stages [posted 27/12/18]
The Under 19s (pictured below, with Team Manager Josh Sajjad) came through their group stage matches today to qualify for Sunday’s Finals Day. Despite losing to Clydesdale in their first round-robin match, a big win against the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined side saw them secure top spot in Group A, on NRR. Game two saw them chasing 110 to beat the Dark Side, however they’d finish 14 runs short and go down to defeat. However with the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined team having beaten Clydesdale in game one, a big enough win over the Paisley combo would still be enough to see the Under 19s finish top of the group. And it’s probably safe to say that after being set 125 for victory, the odds were in favour of back-to-back losses. But the side had other ideas, and a blistering attack on the Ferguslie|Kelburne bowling attack saw the side romp home in just 8.1 overs to see them record the best NRR of the three sides in the group.
Pythons‘ suffer consecutive losses….. [posted 22/12/18]
The Poloc Pythons went down to a second defeat in the Cricket Scotland Tapeball League on Tuesday night. You read skipper Irfan Hanif’s match report online, as the Pythons lost to Govanhill CC.
More about the league, fixtures, results, etc. can be found on its Facebook page here.
Indoor Super 8s [posted 20/12/18]
The club’s Under 15s and Under 19s are in Indoor Super 8s tournament action next week. Starting with the Under 19 group stage matches on Thursday, the Under 15s then play the following day in their round-robin group matches. The Under 19s have been drawn against the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined team and Clydesdale’s second team in their group, whilst the Under 15 draw saw the ‘Loc in with Ferguslie CC, Uddingston CC and Glasgow Accies CC in Group A of their tournament.
Indoor cricket [posted 13/12/18]
Our winter indoor cricket continues at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall this Sunday – the 16th of December – with two, one-hour sessions. First up – between 2pm and 3pm – is a session for younger players, with Keith Sheridan leading a group of Under 12s. Then, from 3pm until 4pm there’s another open net session, with Under 14s and Under 16s joining older players.
Pythons‘ momentum derailed….. [posted 12/12/18]
The Poloc Pythons went down to a first defeat in the Cricket Scotland Tapeball League last night. You read skipper Irfan Hanif’s match report online, as the Pythons lost to Motherwell CC.
More about the league, fixtures, results, etc. can be found on its Facebook page here.
Still unbeaten! [posted 07/12/18]
The Poloc Pythons took on Asian All Stars on Thursday, on matchday three in the Cricket Scotland Tapeball League. You read skipper Irfan Hanif’s match report online, as the Pythons secured a third consecutive win to remain unbeaten this season.
More about the league, fixtures, results, etc. can be found on its Facebook page here.
Indoor cricket [posted 05/12/18]
Our winter indoor cricket continues at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall this Sunday – the 9th of December – with a two-hour open net session, between 2pm and 4pm.
Two from two! [posted 03/12/18]
The Poloc Pythons took on Greater Pollok Eagles on Thursday, on matchday two in the Cricket Scotland Tapeball League. You read skipper Irfan Hanif’s match report online, as the Pythons secured back-to-back wins.
More about the league, fixtures, results, etc. can be found on its Facebook page here.
Club meeting [posted 29/11/18]
Club members – senior and junior – and the parents/guardians of juniors, are reminded about the upcoming club meeting. All being stakeholders in the club, attendance at the meeting – this Sunday at 4.30pm in the clubhouse – is encouraged. Hopefully everyone has received a letter about the meeting, either via the club’s various WhatsApp message group, or by email from club Secretary Keith Sheridan. If you have not received a copy of the letter, please contact Keith.
Indoor cricket [posted 28/11/18]
Our winter indoor cricket continues at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall this Sunday – the 2nd of December – with two, one-hour sessions. First up – between 2pm and 3pm – is a session for younger players, with Keith Sheridan leading a group of Under 12s. Then, from 3pm until 4pm there’s another open net session.
Matchday one win! [posted 21/11/18]
The Poloc Pythons were back in Cricket Scotland Tapeball League action last night, recording a five-wicket win over new side Dynamic Dale. You read skipper Irfan Hanif’s match report online.
More about the league, fixtures, results, etc. can be found on its Facebook page here.
Indoor cricket [posted 21/11/18]
Our winter indoor cricket continues at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall this Sunday – the 25th of November – with two, one-hour sessions. First up – between 2pm and 3pm – is a session for younger players, with Keith Sheridan leading a group of Under 12s. Then, from 3pm until 4pm there’s another open net session.
Neil Gunn [posted 17/11/18]
The club was saddened to hear of the death of long-time member Neil Gunn, who passed away peacefully, on Wednesday. Poignantly, as the centenary of the Armistice has just been marked, it was Neil who researched biographical details of those members who fell in both World Wars, and that are reproduced on the club’s war memorial.
Western Warriors trials [posted 15/11/18]
Congratulations are due to a number of the club’s young players who have been selected to trial for Western Warriors age-group squads. Trialling for the Under 14 squad are: Moiz Maqsood, Massaan Mehmood and Shahan Raja. And, invited to the Under 16 trial are: James Cathcart, Nabeel Khan, Abdul Malik, Hasan Malik, Samee Mehmood, Abdullah Rana and Zakir Siddiqui.
The Under 14 trial is this weekend, on Sunday the 18th, with the Under 16 trial following a week later, on the 25th of November 2018.
Indoor cricket [posted 14/11/18]
Our winter indoor cricket continues at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall this Sunday – the 18th of November – with two, one-hour sessions. First up – between 2pm and 3pm – is a session for younger players, with Keith Sheridan leading a group of Under 12s. Then, from 3pm until 4pm there’s another open net session.
Back up and slithering! [posted 14/11/18]
|The Poloc Pythons will be back in tapeball action a week yesterday as the 2018-19 Tapeball League starts up for its second season. The Pythons‘ first match sees them take on some motley crew called “Dynamic Dale”, whoever they are! Thereafter the fixture card sees matches against Greater Pollok Eagles, Asian All Stars, Motherwell CC and Govanhill CC, in that order. As usual we’ll be keeping up with the side’s fortunes as the season progresses.|
Remembrance Day [posted 11/11/18]
The club, again today, the 11th of November, remembered those of its members who gave their lives in the two World Wars of 1914 to 1918 and 1939 to 1945. Commemorated in the entrance to the clubhouse, the name of each of the fallen is each listed on the club’s war memorial and, together, remind us of the ultimate price paid by our predecessors.
Those who gave their lives were: World War I: H Aitken, AJ Brown, JAM Brown, WM Coulter, AG Deveria, W Finlay, AM Greenwood, CC, Henderson, A Hunter, AR Temperley, DF Thomson, WD Wallace and TM Whitelaw. World War II: WT McBeath, IL Macdonald, DP McLoughlin, TGM MacIntyre, PE Mitchell, JB Stephen and WW Weir.
Indoor cricket [posted 06/11/18]
Our winter indoor cricket continues at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall this Sunday – the 11th of November – with two, one-hour sessions. First up – between 2pm and 3pm – is a session for younger players, with Keith Sheridan leading a group of Under 12s. Then, from 3pm until 4pm there’s another open net session.
Indoor cricket [posted 30/10/18]
The first indoor cricket of winter 2018-19 takes place this Sunday, the 4th of November. The session is at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall, between 2pm and 4pm, and is an open indoor net session. The full schedule of sessions is online, and will be regularly updated. A WhatsApp group has also been created to intimate sessions to members, please let the club know if you are not on this group. Sessions will also be advertised on the club’s social media platforms.
Indoor cricket [posted 10/10/18]
The winter programme of indoor cricket – coaching and practice – will be starting in early November. The sessions will, until early in 2019, be at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall as usual, on Sunday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. From February 2019 there will then be additional Tuesday evening sessions in the lead up to the new season. Details of session participants will be announced here on the website over the next fortnight. Please check back from time-to-time for more information.
Thank you [posted 20/09/18]
A big “thank you” is owed by the club to Scottish Power for its excellent and speedy response to being told about a tree having fallen on to one of its substations sited on the ground. After being told only yesterday, during the day, the tidy-up work was done overnight, last night, with the impacted area then taped-off so that the metal fencing could be repaired today. Top job.
Storm Ali damage [posted 19/09/18]
The club’s grounds saw damage caused by Storm Ali as it passed through the central belt today. A sightscreen was toppled, as were numerous branches and tree limbs, with a tree falling on to the Scottish Power substation sited on the ground.
Shawlands Academy Festival of Sport [posted 15/09/18]
Grant Cathcart reports on our involvement at Shawlands Academy’s Festival of Sport today. “Local sports clubs were in attendance today at Shawlands Academy for a southside festival of sport, highlighting clubs and opportunities available locally. Representing Poloc, the brothers Hanif, Cathcart and Mehmood along with Zakir Siddiqui and Shahan Raja gave a three-hour cricketing demonstration via the joy that is Kwik Cricket. Kids of varying ages dropped in and out (and one dad, whose leg-side sweeps hinted at his West Indian cricketing pedigree), learning about the game, and smacking Ahmed-Raza around the ground (well that may just have been Zakir!). Hopefully we’ve switched some kids onto the game and we’ll see them over the coming months at indoor training. Thanks again to the guys for turning out.”
Autumn ground work day [posted 15/09/18]
A big thanks to groundsman Scott McCutcheon and those members who came along today to help him today with the main ground clear-up work and work on the square (see below). Thanks, too, to Paul Brannan and his park staff for their help in moving pallets of loam and solid tining. Invaluable assistance. Today’s work was the culmination of a full week’s activity by Scott; a great effort.
End-of-season tidy-up [posted 10/09/18]
This Saturday – the 15th – we have an end-of-season tidy-up day where – amongst other things – we’ll work with groundsman Scott McCutcheon as he does his end-of-season work on the square, as well as other ground work and clubhouse tidying-up. Start time 10am – all members, no matter age, are invited to come along and help. It’s your club, and your help’s needed!
You guessed it….. [posted 09/09/18]
Yup, today’s Sunday League was…..washed out by the rain. Sigh. Both teams were there, but a deluge of rain as the clock showed 1pm put paid to any play. And so ended season 2018.
Season-ender [posted 08/09/18]
The 2018 season comes to an end tomorrow with the final Sunday League match, Irvine the visitors to take on the Panthers with a 1pm start. The team is online, Hunnain skippering the Panthers in Irfan’s absence.
Under 16s defeat the Dark Side [posted 04/09/18]
|The Under 16s made the short trip over to Crossmyloof, for the latest Rebel Alliance : Empire clash. With a 5.30pm start agreed there was still enough light [Ed: just!] to play a full twenty-over match, notwithstanding both sets of players seemingly determined to rubbish this idea by gifting 45 runs in wides between them! Anyway, back to the match: batting first, the ‘Loc recovered from 15 for 3 to eventually post 122 for 6, thanks in the main to 37* (43) from Elliot, as well as a couple of cameo 11s from Abdul (out) and Nabeel (not out), Nabeel’s knock including a “shot of the night” extra cover drive for 4.|
123 then for the Dark Side to secure the win. Like the ‘Loc, Clydesdale’s top order struggled a bit. 24 for 3 was the scoreboard read-out in the sixth over as a wicket a-piece from Samee and Hassaan, and a run out by Zakir, had seen batters one, two and three returned to the clubhouse. Wickets continued to fall at fairly regular intervals in fact, with two more run outs perhaps reflecting a growing agitation resulting from falling behind the required run-rate.
Nine bowlers would be used before, with eight balls to go and 22 runs still needed for the win, the third run out – by Hassaan, after fielding the ball off his own bowling – was executed to see the home side dismissed for 101. A good win therefore, and just in time as darkness enveloped the ground. We’ve got the scorecards from tonight’s matches online, alongwith updated stat’s.
Panthers lose to West of Scotland [posted 02/09/18]
|Playing the second of their back-to-back Sunday League matches today, at Shawholm, the Panthers couldn’t repeat yesterday’s winning performance down on the coast, and slipped to a comprehensive defeat to West of Scotland. The northsiders posted an imposing 253 for 4 batting first, with Hasan Rafiq grabbing a “3-for”, albeit expensively, along with the other bowlers used. Then in the reply, the Panthers lost wickets at regular intervals to eventually fall to an 86-run defeat.|
Awais was the standout batter, stroking six 4s in his 40. Aside his contribution only Hunnain (27), at three, and Rob’ (22) at eight, really got in. We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
Under 18s reach Scottish Cup Finals Day [posted 02/09/18]
The Under 18s finally got their quarter-final match against Carlton played this morning, the 10am start seeing the ‘Loc bat first and post 144 for 4. Buggsy (89*) was the main reason that a decent total was reached after the side had slipped to 25 for 3 with Rambo, Itty and CJ all “back in the hutch” cheaply. He got decent support, late on, from Kess (20) that gave the side something to bowl at. The Edinburgh youngsters, in their reply, then got off to a good start, reaching 70 for 2 at the halfway point. However, just 18 runs then being scored in overs eleven to fifteen when Raza and Zakir were bowling in tandem put the ‘Loc “in the box seat” going in to the final five overs. And it would turn out they’d just done enough as Carlton finished 12 runs short, five down. So it was off to Titwood for a semi-final!
At Titwood, after no break at all, Forfarshire awaited. Again the ‘Loc would bat first, and again only one of the top order would make a score. This time it was Rambo (35), with Itty, CJ, Buggsy and Kess mustering just 19 between them. In fact only Froggy (17), batting at eight, would get to double figures aside Rambo to emphasise the scale of the batting collapse. Sure, the side hadn’t had much of a break between matches, but that’s why fitness and resiliance are such an important parts of sport. 90 for 9 was the total posted, the match reduced to eighteen overs-a-side. It was always going to be tough to defend such a low score, and so it proved with the Broughty Ferry side crossing the finish line with six balls to spare, 92 for 2 their winning reply. The “spin twins”, Raza and Zakir, again took the bowling plaudits, their combined figures of 8-0-30-1 standing out from the other figures returned. So a fall at the second-last hurdle, but still a decent “cup run”, beating two Edinburgh clubs with strong junior pedigrees along the way. We have the scorecards online, as well as updated stat’s.
Panthers win in Alloway [posted 01/09/18]
|September league cricket took place today, with – though a Saturday – the Panthers travelling to New Cambusdoon to play Ayr in the Sunday League. Batting first, the hosts were bowled out for just 145, with Zakir the pick of the Panthers‘ bowlers with 4 for 19, including two caught and bowleds. He got good support from Hunnain, who returned the economical figures of 6-1-16-0 to help restrict the Ayr run-rate. 146 to win then.|
After tea, the Panthers reply started with a blip, Hunnain going early. However Ali (18) and Hassan (16) put on 30 for the second wicket to steady the ship a bit, before Osman (38) anchored the middle part of the innings. However as more wickets fell – the middle order capitulating somewhat – it would fall to Rob’ (11*) and Zakir (12*), batting at nine and ten, to see the Panthers across the finish line with just over four overs in hand. The Panthers are back in action again tomorrow, West of Scotland visiting Shawholm. Meantime, we’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
Junior practice – finished for outdoor season [posted 30/08/18]
Please note that Thursday evening Under 10, 12, 14 and 16 junior practices are now finished for the 2018 outdoor season. A big thanks to our coaches – particularly Jurie Snyman and Coenie Nel – who have largely enjoyed great weather on Thursdays…..at least until near the very end of the season! Details of winter cricket will be released over the next month or so.
However even though practice and coaching sessions are done, there are still a couple of rescheduled junior league and cup matches to be played, so the season itself is not quite yet done!
Gerald Matthews [posted 28/08/18]
The funeral of Gerald Matthews will take place at Linn Crematorium on Wednesday 29 August 2018, at 12 noon, with a funeral tea thereafter at Haggs Castle Golf Club.
Rain and more rain [posted 27/08/18]
The Under 12s were the latest side to feel the pain of the wet weather that’s blighted the west of the country in recent weeks, this evening’s rescheduled match against Glasgow Accies being cancelled due to a still-saturated pitch.
Yet another washout [posted 26/08/18]
Today’s two scheduled matches – the Under 18 Scottish Cup tie against Carlton, and the Panthers‘ home Sunday League match against Weirs – were both cancelled because of the weather.
Cancellation, and defeat [posted 25/08/18]
|The ‘Loc players lost seven hours of their lives they won’t get back after travelling to Glenpark in vain this afternoon, their final league match of season 2018 going the way of so many in the last three or weeks: cancelled without a ball being bowled. The pitch at Glenpark was eventually deemed just too wet for play by the umpires after their fourth formal inspection just after 3pm. This let the players return to watch the Shawholm versus Whitehaugh game that was taking place back in the city.|
However, pleasing though it was for the Shawholm guys to get a game in after their idle few weekends, the result wouldn’t go their way. After setting Whitehaugh 177 to win thanks to 50 from Awace and 37 from Saad, the side just couldn’t take enough wickets to really give their opponents the wobbles, Whitehaugh cruising to a seven-wicket in the 44th over. We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
Weekend fixtures [posted 24/08/18]
As the wet weather has continued to blight the west of the country, more games fell victime to the rain. Thursday’s Under 18 Scottish Cup match will now be played on Sunday morning at 10am – weather-permitting – the match’s fourth re-scheduling. Prior to that Saturday’s final two senior league matches see Poloc travel to Glenpark, and Shawholm welcome Whitehaugh. Both games have 12 noon starts. Sunday also sees a Sunday League, but not the one originally scheduled,…..or – actually – originally rescheduled! Nope, that Poloc Academy versus Clydesdale match was cancelled, and so it’ll be the Panthers in action, hosting Weirs,…..in a match originally slated for Albert Park. Hope you’re following this dear reader! The weekend fixture card is then completed with the Under 12s visiting Shawholm on Monday, 6pm the start time for this match.
Match and practices off [posted 23/08/18]
This evening’s Under 18 Scottish Cup tie against Carlton has been postponed, again, because of the weather. Also off are both this evening’s junior practices, the ground being saturated after heavy morning rain. The Under 18 cup tie will now, hopefully, be played on Sunday, with a 10am start time. Fingers-crossed.
Back-to-back losses for the Under 12s [posted 20/08/18]
|The Under 12s were again up against the East Kilbride|Weirs combined side, this time making the trip to Torrance House where – as ever – there was the other opposition to be overcome: midges! To the game: a week ago the ‘Loc‘s youngest side lost heavily to the combined side, and so it was really pleasing to see a much-improved performance all round. The side scored 17 more runs batting first, and then took two more wickets and conceded 11 fewer in extras when bowling.|
The result might still have been a loss, but the margin much less: 52 runs compared to the 123 runs seven days ago. There were also some good individual performances: Abdullsubhan with 20, Max with a great direct-hit run out from square leg, and five of the seven bowlers used taking a wicket. Encouraging signs from this very young side. We’ve got the scorecards from tonight’s matches online, alongwith updated stat’s.
Gerald Matthews [posted 19/08/18]
The club was saddened to hear of the passing, yesterday, of Gerald Matthews after a short illness. Gerald, a member of the club for many years, will be missed by all those who knew him, and our thoughts are with, and condolences go to, his family, most specifically wife Irene and sons David and Ian.
Sunday matches off [posted 18/08/18]
Tomorrow’s Sunday League match between the Panthers and Ayr, at New Cambusdoon, has been cancelled. Also off, to be played now on Thursday, is the Under 18s’ Scottish Cup tie against Carlton.
Saturday wash-out [posted 18/08/18]
Both today’s senior Saturday league matches were cancelled due to the continuing wet weather, the Shawholm match in Renfrew and Poloc’s home match against Dumfries.
The continuing wash-out [posted 17/08/18]
Tonight’s Under 14 match against Kilmarnock became the latast in a now growing list of weather victims this week as it was cancelled due to the persistent heavy rain. Also off tonight is senior net practice.
Weekend fixtures [posted 17/08/18]
After a near-washout of a week, tonight sees the first of six scheduled matches for the club over the next four days: Kilmarnock are tonight’s visitors in a re-arranged league fixture. Saturday’s two senior men’s league matches then see Dumfries come to Glasgow, and Shawholm go to Renfrew to take on Deanpark. Then on Sunday the Under 18s have an early start as they host Carlton in the Scottish Cup, this match being carried over from last Sunday when…..it was rained off. It’s an 11am start on Sunday. Also on Sunday the Panthers go to New Cambusdoon to play Ayr in the Sunday League before Monday’s Under 12 match at The Tryst against Stenhousemuir brings the curtain down on the weekend’s scheduled matches.
Monday night blues for junior sides [posted 13/08/18]
|Both the junior sides in action this evening suffered losses unfortunately. At Shawholm the Under 12s were well beaten by a strong, and much bigger and older, East Kilbride|Weirs combined side, the ‘Loc youngsters going down by 123 runs. Meanwhile down at Glenpark the Under 16s were also on the wrong result of the result, their six-wicket defeat seeing them exit the Frank Smith Trophy at the hands of Greenock.|
Batting first, the ‘Loc set their hosts the pretty reasonable target of 143 to win, thanks to useful contributions from Hassaan (43), Hasan (35) and Abdul (27), their combined 105 coming from just 81 balls. However the bowlers couldn’t quite defend 142, Greenock running out winners on the last ball of the eighteenth over, Forrest top-scoring with a 28-ball 64. We’ve got the scorecards from tonight’s matches online, alongwith updated stat’s.
Representative selections [posted 13/08/18]
Abataha Maqsood is in action for Scotland Women Under 21 again this week in their match against Durham Academy. Also in Scotland age-group action are Amaan Ramzan and Kess Sajjad who are included in the Scotland Under 17 squad for its Celtic Cup matches against Ireland at New Cambusdoon.
Matches off [posted 12/08/18]
This morning’s Under 18 Scottish Cup tie against Carlton has been postponed because of the weather. Also off is this afternoon’s Poloc Academy Sunday League match away at Bothwell Castle Policies against Uddingston.
Representative selection [posted 11/08/18]
Craig Young has again been selected in the Western Warriors squad for its Tilney Group Pro50 match against Caledonian Highlanders at Forthill tomorrow.
Shawholm win big, and Poloc score big,…..but lose [posted 11/08/18]
|The ‘Loc managed to rack up over 260 runs today down at New Cambusdoon, however having conceded 305 [for 4] beforehand they went down to defeat against Ayr, their hosts winning by 43 runs. Coenie top-scored with 80, whilst all the other nine batters – aside Ghaff – who faced a ball got to at least 20. The first innings had seen two home centurions, and no fewer than 40 boundaries scored – ouch! The scorecard’s online, as are match highlights and updated stat’s.|
There was better news at Shawholm however where the club’s emponymous hosts comfrtably defended 195 against Cambusdoon, bowling out the visitors from Alloway before drinks in their innings, for 93. Crazy Horse took a “4-for”, and Rob’ and Irfan grabed a brace each. Earlier, as the near 200 total was posted, Hunnain top-scored with 57, with Noaman chipping in with a cameo 28. We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s, as well as match photo’s in the Gallery, courtesy of Ali Maddock.
Win for the Under 14s [posted 10/08/18]
|The Under 14s saw off the challenge of visitors Uddingston this evening in a rescheduled league match. Batting first the youngsters eventually posted a whopping 167 for 4, this after losing two early wickets. There were contributions pretty much throughout the middle and lower orders, with retirements and not outs for Samee (27*), Elliot 26*, Abdullah 25* and Nabeel 21*, and 20 for Moiz.|
In the defence of their total the ‘Loc bowlers bowled straight enough to clean bowl six of the Uddy line-up, with the other wicket to fall coming courtesy of a good safe pouch in the deep by Nabeel. Uddingston would eventually be bowled out for 76 in the eighteenth over, their skipper Willmott being unable to bat after leaving the game with suspected broken finger – our best wishes go to him. We’ve got the scorecard from tonight’s match online, alongwith updated stat’s.
Weekend games [posted 10/08/18]
Uddingston visit Shawholm this evening to play the first of another full schedule of weekend fixtures. Saturday’s two senior fixtures see home and away matches against Ayr, with Cambusdoon travelling to Shawholm, and the ‘Loc going down to Alloway. Both matches start at 12 noon. Then on Sunday the Under 18s host Carlton in the Scottish Cup, this one with a 10.30am start, whilst the Academy are slated to play Uddingston at Bothwell Castle policies in the Sunday League at 1pm. The weekend’s action then finishes on Monday with the Under 12s hosting East Kilbride|Weirs and the Under 16s going to Glenpark in the Frank Smith Trophy. Teams are, as usual, added to the website once players confirm.
Under 15s exit the cup [posted 09/08/18]
|The Under 15s exited the Scottish Cup at the quarter-final stage this evening, going down by 31 runs in a relatively high-scoring match at Titwood. Batting first after being inserted by Abdul, the Dark Side posted 134 for 7, with Zulfiqar retiring after reaching 50. Oddly the hosts were 100 for 0 at one point, then 103 for 4 after – first – Nabeel, and – then – Shahan took two wickets in two balls to cause jitters in the home changing room.|
However 135 was eventually set as the target, and it would see the ‘Loc need over a run-a-ball to secure the win. At the halfway stage in their reply this looked on too. 60 for 3 was the score, and – aided by Clydesdale’s bowlers’ generosity on the extras front and some dropped catches – the run-rate needed was still manageable. 27 runs from the next four overs kept them in contention still too. However when Hasan (23) was fourth out the impetus seemed to be lost. Overs fifteen, sixteen and seventeen saw only 10 runs scored, and more wickets go down. And so it was that the run-chase fizzled out, the side eventually finishing 103 for 5, to lose by 31 runs. Hasan’s 23 was the top score, aside extras who managed 27!
Earlier Nabeel had returned the best bowling figures of 4-0-18-3, and had added to this with a blinder of an overhead one-handed catch to dismiss Ahmadzai. We’ve got the scorecard from tonight’s match online, alongwith updated stat’s.
Academy beat West of Scotland [posted 08/08/18]
|It was the Poloc Academy’s turn to play in the Evening League this evening, West of Scotland their visitors. And, pleasingly, it was back-to-back wins for the club after last night’s win by the Panthers in the same competition. Tonight’s win saw the side chase down West‘s score with more than three overs to spare, Saify top-scoring with an unbeaten 45. Earlier, as the Hamilton Crescent side was bowled out inside their twenty-over allocation, there was a “4-for” for Hamaad.|
We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
Panthers win in the Evening League [posted 07/08/18]
The Panthers secured an Evening League win tonight, defeating Renfrew at home. Setting the visitors 148 to win, thanks in the main to Akshay’s 87, the side then comfortably defended their score with Saad taking a “3-for”, Imran returning figures of 4-1-7-1 and Ali chippng in with a cheeky wee brace of scalps at the death. We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
Representative selections [posted 06/08/18]
Abataha Maqsood is in action for Scotland Women Under 21 this week in their matches at Bothwell Castle Policies against Ireland. Also in Scotland age-group action are Amaan Ramzan and Kess Sajjad who are included in the Scotland Under 17 squad for its matches against Northumberland. And, finally, Hassaan Mehmood and Shahan Raja are in the Western Warriors Under 13s squad for their triangular tournament with Eastern Knights and Belfast in Prestwick on Monday and Tuesday.
Under 16s slip to defeat [posted 06/08/18]
|The Under 16s slumped to defeat tonight on a dull, chilly and gloomy evening at Shawholm. In what must’ve been the slowest moving junior T20 match of all time (!), the Under 16s’ run-chase reflected the lethargy of proceedings, the side ending up 91 for 8 in pursuit of their opponents’, Glasgow Accies, 116. Abdul top-scored with 27, but from 36 deliveries, and – overall – the sluggishness of the second innings was reflected by both openers (Abdul and Zakir) facing no fewer than 68 dot balls between them.|
The first innings had been a little better, with the ‘Loc‘s bowlers bowling generally good lines, and the fielding getting pass marks. Shahan likely takes the bowling plaudits, returning 3-0-13-2. However the overriding memory of this one will simply be that it took nearly forever! Next up is the Frank Smith Trophy, being played at Under 16 age-group this season, the ‘Loc going to Glenpark in round one next Monday. We’ve got the scorecard from tonight’s match online, alongwith updated stat’s.
Panthers lose narrowly [posted 05/08/18]
The Panthers seemed to have caught the epidemic that’s affecting the club’s senior teams of late, and that results in narrow defeats failing to chase down targets and being bowled out with overs to spare in to the bargain. Today’s margin of defeat was 11 runs as they finished 195 all out – Irfan stranded on 30* – in the 35th over, and 11 runs short of Kelburne’s 206. At the danger of repeating yesterday evening’s thoughts after the loss at New Williamfield, the match was lost in so many places: from gifting Kelburne 30 runs in wides is criminal first up, through a suicidal run out that saw the Panthers lose their first wicket with just 2 runs on the ‘board, to the last three wickets seeing batters cleaned up, two trying flambouyant across-the-line shots to straight balls! Frustrating, particularly for the skipper who was the stranded not out batter. Hunnain at least had the compensation of a “3-for” in the first innings, though he was one of no fewer than eight Panthers batters who got into double figures – five getting passed 20 – who failed to “go on”, Buggsy top-scoring with 41.
We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
The tightest of defeats [posted 04/08/18]
|A fortnight ago – the ‘Loc‘s last outing in the league – the side lost by 4 runs against Uddingston. However if you think that was a hard pill to swallow dear reader, today’s 1 run loss at New Williamfield was a genuine gut-wrencher. The bare bones of the “scores on the doors” were that the home side posted 222 for 8 batting first, and the ‘Loc finished 221 all out, Saif run out on the first ball of the final over after all-but seeing the side home.|
Behind the headlines though, as always, there were a myriad of reasons why the result was what it ended up being, and – again as ever in these tightest of matches, and no matter which way the result goes – every player can look back and find where they could’ve scored a couple more runs, stopped a couple of runs, held a catch, not gifted an extra, etc. And so it was today, Stirling County’s win, coming with just five of 600 deliveries still to be bowled, was simply the net result of 595 individual events, the ‘Loc unfortunately ending up on the wrong side of the “W”. There were highlights however: Adil back in action (and taking 3 for 35), Akshay’s near run-a-ball 41 in the middle order, and Saify finding form and oh-so-nearly seeing his side home. But it wasn’t to be, the maximum 9 bonus points being small consolation,…..for the third game running! The scorecard’s online, as are match highlights and updated stat’s.
Games off [posted 03/08/18]
Tonight’s Under 14 match against East Renfrewshire was the latest beaten by this week’s poor weather, the match being cancelled this afternoon. Also off is Saturday’s home league match for Shawholm, Torrance House conceding the match this evening. This leaves Poloc’s match at New Williamfield tomorrow, before Kelburne visit in the Sunday League on Sunday.
Weekend games [posted 03/08/18]
Tonight sees the start of another weekend of cricket action, the Under 14s in league action against East Renfrewshire, the match being played at Shawholm after an agreed switch of venue. Saturday sees Torrance House come to Shawholm in the Premier Division Reserve League, and Poloc travel to New Williamfield to play Stirling County. There’s then one Sunday League match, with the Panthers taking centre-stage and hosting Kelburne. And, finally, Monday night’s junior action brings the weekend’s matches to a conclusion, the Under 12s going to Stenhousemuir, and the Under 16s hosting Glasgow Accies. Teams are, as usual, added to the website once players confirm.
Under 15 Scottish Cup update [posted 03/08/18]
Cricket Scotland has determined that Poloc Under 15s will progress in the Scottish Cup after yesterday’s tie against Greenock was cancelled. The Under 15s now face Kilmarnock in the next round, with the winner playing Clydesdale.
Under 15 Scottish Cup match off [posted 02/08/18]
This evening’s Under 15 Scottish Cup tie at Glenpark, against Greenock, has been called off because of the continuing wet weather. A decision on whether a rescheduling is to take place will be made by Cricket Scotland.
Match off [posted 01/08/18]
Tonight’s rescheduled Under 16 league match at Bothwell Castle Policies has been cancelled because of the weather.
Representative selections [posted 01/08/18]
Four Poloc players are included in the Western Warriors Development XI squad to play Caledonian Highlanders at Lochlands in Arbroath today; congratulations to Ahmed-Raza Hanif, Amaan Ramzan, Kess Sajjad and Ihtesham Ul Haq. Also in representative action this week is Abtaha Maqsood who captains the Scotland Women Under 21 side in matches against Durham Academy and Germany Women.
Still raining! [posted 30/07/18]
After Saturday’s matches were both washed away by the rain, Sunday’s Academy match at East Kilbride followed in the same way, before Monday evening’s Under 12 clash with East Renfrewshire also fell foul of the weather Gods, and tonight’s Evening League clash between the Panthers and Academy became the fourth match cancelled.
Wash out [posted 28/06/18]
Both today’s senior Saturday league matches were cancelled, the heavy overnight rain resulting in both Shawholm and Meikleriggs being unplayable.
Derby win [posted 27/07/18]
|The Under 14s enjoyed derby success at Titwood this evening, defeating their hosts by three wickets after successfully chasing 93 for the win. Standout performer in the first innings, that saw the Dark Side restricted to 92 for 7, was Hassaan Mehmood who executed no fewer than three run outs. Then in the run-chase there were contributions from Hasan Malik (24), Hassaan (24) and Samee (15). We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.|
Weekend games [posted 27/07/18]
This weekend’s action starts with tonight’s trip to Crossmyloof for the Under 14s, and their derby match with the Dark Side. Then Saturday’s two league matches see Ferguslie as the opposition, with Shawholm travelling to Paisley and Poloc at home. Sunday’s match sees the Academy travel to Torrance House to take on East Kilbride, with Shawholm hosting the Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day. Monday’s Under 12 match with East Renfrewshire then brings the weekend’s games to a close.
Evening League losses [posted 214/07/18]
The club again had both its Evening League sides in action tonight, with the Panthers hosting Hillhead and the Academy at Meikleriggs playing Ferguslie. The Paisley match was fairly one-sided with the home side posting 163 for 2, thanks to half centuries from openers Ahmad and Tahir. The Academy’s young bowlers acquitted themselves well however, Under 13s Hasan Malik and Hassaan and Samee Mehmood getting through eight overs between them. The two wivkets that did fall came courtesy of a good grab by Zakir and a run out effected by Raza. In the Academy’s reply there was valuable time spent in the middle by Amaan Ali (26) and Zakir (34), both eventually being dismissed to leave the Malik brothers, Buggsy and Froggy, to bat out the overs. The Academy finished 102 for 2, and lost by 61 runs. At Shawholm meantime things were, however, very much tighter. After being skittled out for just 113 inside their twenty overs, the Panthers very nearly defended their paltry total, taking the game to the final delivery, a ball that saw Hillhead scramble the run needed to tie the scores and secure a win for the Hughenden outfit on the basis of losing fewer wickets. Only Crazy Horse (23) and Akshay (28) got in to double figures in the first innings, whilst – in the second – Imran returned the ridiculous figures of 4-1-4-1, and Hasan Rafiq took 3 for 17. But the bowlers’ efforts would ultimately be in vain as the win points were snatched at the death by the visitors. Match scorecards can be found here and here, and the season’s stat’s have been updated.
Representative selections [posted 24/07/18]
Congratulations to Amaan Ramzan and Kess Sajjad on their selections, again, for Scotland Under 17s, and the squad’s matches with Leicestershire this week, in Uddingston.
Under 18s progress in the Scottish Cup [posted 22/07/18]
|The Under 18s welcomed Edinburgh side Watsonians to Shawholm this morning for a Scottish Cup tie. After winning the toss the youngsters from the Capital elected to bat first, but were dismissed relatively cheaply, and quickly, mustering just 93 all out and being dismissed in fifteen overs. Kess and Abtaha both took “3-fors”, whilst – maybe extraordinarily – the visitors’ innings included no fewer than four 6s and ten 4s!|
In reply the ‘Loc chased down the required runs in thirteen overs with Rambo (49*) and Buggsy (22*) the not out batters when the finishing line was passed. Next up for the side is another Edinburgh side, Carlton. The scorecard form today’s match is online, as are updated stat’s.
Panthers win against Prestwick [posted 22/07/18]
The Panthers were in Sunday League action today, travelling to the Ayrshire coast to take on a strong Prestwick side. Batting first after winning the toss, the Panthers posted a hefty 234 for 9, with Hasan Rafiq top-scoring with 79 batting at three, and useful contributions from the skipper (39) and Murtaza (32). 234 was all the more impressive given the home side’s attack included Pitt, McBeth and “Overseas Amateur” Steber. 235 to win then. And, though Singh made 86 and McBeth 49, 235 would prove beyond the Panthers‘ hosts, who’d eventually close their innings on 196 for 8. The wickets were shared around by the eight Panthers used on the day, with Robert grabbing the plaudits with a “3-for”. We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
Big win, tight loss [posted 21/07/18]
|Winners today were Shawholm, who romped to a seven-wicket win over Bothwell at home. In the field after losing the toss, the side skittled out their visitors for just 89, with skipper-for-the-day Irfan Hanif taking a “5-for”. With the first innings being done-and-dusted well inside the 50-over allocation, the Shawholm run-chase started straight-away, and it lasted just 12.1 overs, 62* from Irfan Sajjad being the centre-piece of the side’s race to the finish line. We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.|
At Bothwell Castle Policies meanwhile, the ‘Loc were slipping to an agonising 4-run loss, failing to chase 173 to beat Uddingston having restricted their hosts to 172 for 9 in the first innings. The Uddy innings was unusual in as much as it included four run outs, and a batter departing having obstructed the field. Of the other four wickets to fall, Raza took three. The eventual loss was then all the more agonising given the side had reached 132 for 2 with more than twelve overs left, meaning just 41 runs were needed with eight wickets in hand and more than 60 deliveries to face. Then, somehow, the side managed to collapse to 139 for 8, losing six wickets for 7 runs, in just over five overs!
The collapse started when the partnership between Rambo (50) and Coenie (57) was ended with the latter’s dismissal, both likely being frustrated not to have gone and seen the side home. However it wasn’t to be, and, in the final analysis, only a cameo 21 (18) from Imran enabled the side to get as close as they did. Hugely disappointing. The scorecard’s online, as are match highlights and updated stat’s.
Weekend games [posted 20/07/18]
Tonight is a rare free Friday as regards junior matches, with the Under 14s on a bye week. Tomorrow’s two senior Satirday league matches are home-and-away clashes with Uddingston, the ‘Loc travelling to Bothwell Castle Policies and Bothwell visiting Shawholm. Sunday has two scheduled games: the Under 18s hosting Watsonians from 11am, and the Panthers travelling to the Henry Thow Oval. (The Poloc Academy’s match against Stenhousemuir has been postponed due to the Under 18 Scottish Cup game.) Then Monday sees the weekend’s final two matches, with the Under 12s hosting Glasgow Accies CC and the Under 16s taking on the East Renfrewshire|Uddingston combined side.
McCulloch Cup exit [posted 18/07/18]
|The ‘Loc exited the McCulloch Cup this evening at the semi-final stage, going down by 53 runs to Ferguslie, at Meikleriggs. Chasing a whopping 194 to win, and after a brisk start that saw them 40 for 0 after just three overs, the side just couldn’t build any real momentum, nor partnerships, such that surpassing their host’s total was likely. The damage was done in the first half when, despite, picking up five wickets, the bowlers just couldn’t slow the run-rate.|
Jurie and Crazy Horse both picked up a brace of wickets a-piece, with, likely, only Imran and Coenie get pass-marks in the economy stakes. In the run-chase there were “starts” for a number of batters, with no fewer than five getting in to double figures, but no-one getting more than 33. The final ‘Loc wicket would eventually fall in the final over to see the side 140 all out, and 53 runs shy of their opponents’ score. The scorecard’s online, as are updated stat’s.
Win and a loss in the Evening League [posted 17/07/18]
The Panthers defeated West of Scotland this evening in the Evening League, 64 from Imran spear-heading a good run-chase that saw Awais hit the winning run off the final ball of the match. At Hughenden, over on the north-side meanwhile, the Academy were going down to defeat, albeit the young side performed really well. Batting first they posted 112 for 7 with Froggy top-scoring with 30, and Zakir chipping in with 20 and Abdullah recording a cameo unbeaten 22. However 112 proved a few too few as Hillhead got home with an over in hand, this despite Zakir’s “3-for”. Match scorecards can be found in the usual places (here and here), and the stat’s have been updated.
Representative selections [posted 16/07/18]
Well done, and good luck, to Amaan Ramzan and Kess Sajjad on – respectively – their selections, again, for Scotland Under 17s, and the squad’s matches with Lincolnshire this week.
12s win at West [posted 16/07/18]
|The Under 12s recorded a good away win this evening over on the north-side, defeating West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent. The side defended their first innings score, but only just, taking three more wickets than their hosts, under the Under 12 League playing conditions, helping them along the way. The standout performance came from Musa Rana who took a “6-for”! We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.|
Double derby defeat [posted 14/07/18]
|Shawholm lost out by seven wickets over in Crossmyloof today, Titwood the victors in the Reserve League derby. Batting first Shawholm posted a perfectly respectable 205, with Dr Uzzi again top-scoring with 84. The next highest individual score – aside Mr. EX Tra who was 1 short of a half century – was Hasan Malik, who scored 20 batting at three. Titwood would, however, make light work of their run-chase, getting home inside 30 overs, Irfan with two of the three wickets to fall.|
We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
Over at Shawholm, it was a broadly similar story, except the run-chase that saw the ‘Loc slip to back-to-back league defeats, lasted until the 48th over. Batting first, thanks to a second league hundred of the season from Coenie (107*), the ‘Loc recovered from a slow start to post 216 for 7. Coenie was given some support from Akshay (22) and Murtaza (21), however in reality his effort was the sole reason a 200+ score resulted. Then in the second innings, when there were hopes of defending their score, the ‘Loc immediately let the initiative go with loose bowling in the first ten overs that saw Clydesdale race to 51 for 1. And though the run-rate then slowed pretty much steadily for the rest of the innings, the taking of wickets that might’ve caused alarm bells to start ringing in the Dark Side‘s camp didn’t materialise. And with Dhami (61*) anchoring the run-chase, there at the end, it was – in truth – a pretty uneventful and “regulation” chase, the ‘Loc losing by five wickets in the final analysis. The scorecard’s online, as are match highlights and updated stat’s.
Weekend games [posted 13/07/18]
This evening’s junior action sees the Under 14s travel to New Cambusdoon to play Ayr. Saturday then sees home-and-away matches against the Dark Side, Clydesdale travelling to play poloc and Titwood entertaining Shawholm. Sunday’s a rare blank day in the schedule, allowing players and groundstaff a well-earned break, and then the weekend fixtures conclude on Monday with a scheduled Under 16 match against the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined side.
Representative selections [posted 12/07/17]
Amaan Ramzan and Kess Sajjad were both in Scotland Under 17 action today, playing against Cumbria in a one-day match. In The Netherlands meanwhile, Abtaha Maqsood will add to her Scotland Women’s caps in the WWT20Q match against Bangladesh. And in regional cricket action, Hassaan Mehmood, Samee Mehmood and Shahan Raja are all included in the Western Warriors Youth Select XI for today’s match at Hamilton Crescent against XL Club Scotland, whilst Craig Young is included in the senior Western Warriors squad for Friday’s T20 Blitz match at Forthill against the Caledonian Highlanders.
The Panthers exit the Greenwood Cup [posted 11/07/18]
Kilmarnock came out on top in this evening’s Greenwood Cup quarter-final at Scott Ellis Field, defeating the Panthers by ten wickets. Batting first after winning the toss, the Panthers were restricted in the first half of their innings by the home bowlers, though didn’t lose wickets. At the half-way stage it was 43 for 1. The next five overs saw 41 runs added, but another couple of wickets lost, leaving a final push to be made in the final quarter of the innings. And though four wickets would be lost, the side did end up posting a run-a-ball 120, Crazy Horse, who opened the batting, top-scoring with 48. 121 to win for Killie then. But the Ayrshiremen wouldn’t need their full twenty overs, romping to the win, without losing a wicket, in the thirteenth over. We have the scorecard online, and player statistics have been updated.
Win and a loss in the Evening League [posted 10/07/18]
The Panthers lost out to Ferguslie this evening in the Evening League, their 120 all out being overtaken by their hosts inside fifteen overs. Awace Ahmed had top-scored for the Panthers with 45 in the first innings of this match, with a cameo 24 from Immy batting at six. Immy then took a brace of wickets in the second innings, returning figures of 4-0-17-2. However only one more wicket was taken as Ferguslie got home in the fifteenth over, Habib taking it.
At Shawholm meanwhile a poor fielding display by the Academy, that saw Renfrew rack up 174 for 4 batting first was then completely offset by a really good run-chase, in which Amaan Ali batted through for an unbeaten 71* (58). He was given great support by Ihtesham (55 from 33 balls), and then Coenie (35* from nineteen deliveries). 177 for 2 was the final winning score, the finish line being crossed in the final over. Match scorecards can be found in the usual places (here and here), and the stat’s have been updated.
Representative selections [posted 10/07/17]
Congratulations, and good luck, to Amaan Ramzan and Kess Sajjad who are both included in the Scotland Under 17 squad to face Cumbria in two matches this week: a one-day match, and a two-day game.
Under 16s make it back-to-back wins [posted 09/07/18]
|The Under 16s travelled to the Ayrshire coast this evening to take on Ayr at New Cambusdoon on yet another beautiful summer’s evening. In the field first, the ‘Loc youngsters made a couple of early breakthroughs to see their hosts set back on 9 for 2. This good early also wasn’t allowed to slip as further wickets came at regular intervals, so much so that the home side were bowled out for just 71 inside their twenty-over allocation. The target of 72 was then chased down in 11.2 overs, with Froggy top-scoring with 32*.|
We have the match scorecard online, and the season’s junior stat’s have been updated.
Academy remain unbeaten in the Sunday League [posted 08/07/18]
A century (112) from Amaan Ramzan was the centrepiece attraction of this afternoon’s Sunday League for the Academy over Helensburgh at Shawholm. Rambo anchored the major part of the Academy’s innings, batting first, and with contributions from Murtaza (74*) and Froggy (47), 321 for 6 was posted. A big total in a 50 overs-a-side match, far less a Pro40. Rambo‘s 112 included sixteen 4s and two 6s, and he dealt with the threats of Helenburgh’s two South African overseas players with ease. Abdul’s 47 followed his half century in Shawholm’s win 24 hours earlier, and saw him continue a rich vein of form. In the second innings, the visitors were eventually bowled out for 159, Van Rooyen (44) and Alexander (25), the overseas players, making – along with opener McGowan (33) – the largest contributions. For the Academy, Hassaan and Nabeel, opening the bowling, both did their jobs, as did Shahan, who would end up with 3 for 17. Mention, too, to both Itty and Habib who both took genuinely good catches running in from the boundary to pouch a couple of skiers! The scorecard’s online, and the stat’s have been updated.
Representative selections [posted 08/07/18]
Congratulations to Samee Mehmood and Hasan Malik on their selections for the Western Warriors Under 14s, for their match against the Eastern Knights today at Scott Ellis Field in Kilmarnock. Also in action – in the WWT20Qs – is Abtaha Maqsood, Scotland Women playing Ireland today in their latest match in The Netherlands.
Shawholm win, Poloc lose [posted 07/07/18]
|Shawholm were winners this afternoon in their league match at home against St. Ninian’s. Set 185 to beat their Ayrshire visitors, the side reached their target, five down, and with plenty overs in hand thanks to 69 from Dr. Uzzi and an unbeaten maiden senior half century from Abdul Malik (52*). Earlier, as St. Ninian’s were bowled out for 184, there were braces of wickets for Noaman, Habib, Hassan and Dr. Uzzi, with mention, too, to Samee Mehmood for his figures of 10-0-34-0, bowling first change.|
We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.
Down on the coast meanwhile the ‘Loc were coming off second-best to Prestwick in a match they were arguably ahead in twice. Batting first, openers Rambo (27) and Pasty (35) put on 70 for the first wicket, only then to see this decent start fizzle out and the side slump to 157 all out. Both openers departed within 2 runs of each other, Rambo tamely chipping a catch to mid-wicket and Pasty being run out responding to a call from the other end, and from this juncture – save a 41-run partnership between Murtaza (20) and Kess (23*), who batted with real responsibility – it was a revolving door for the batters. Then in the Prestwick reply, on a tricky batting track, the ‘Loc reduced their hosts to 37 for 4 before Macdonald (66) managed middle order support to see his side home with over sixteen overs in hand, albeit six wickets down. So a poor day for the side, and plenty for players to consider as regards how a different result could’ve been achieved. The scorecard’s online, as are updated stat’s, and you can watch match highlights in the Video library.
Abtaha Maqsood at the WWT20Q [posted 06/07/18]
Good luck to Abtaha Maqsood as she and the Scottish Women’s side compete in the World T20 Qualifiers in The Netherlands over the next few days. First up for the side in the tournament is Uganda on Saturday.
Under 14s narrowly lose to Ferguslie [posted 06/07/18]
|Tonight’s junior match saw the Under 14s narrowly lost to Ferguslie, with the ‘Loc youngsters just failing to chase the 134 to win they’d been set. The game was really a battle between two players on the night, with Ferguslie’s Mahapatra scoring 65 of his side’s 133 all out, and Hasan Malik’s knock accounting for 47 for the ‘Loc‘s eventual 118. Aside Hasan’s innings Hassaan Mehmood scored 29 and young Musa Rana a really well-composed 20. Nabeel Khan and Abdullah Rana were the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 2-0-3-2 and 3-2-11-2 respectively.|
We have the match scorecard online, and the season’s junior stat’s have been updated.
Weekend matches [posted 06/07/18]
This weekend’s matches start with the Under 14s entertaining Ferguslie this evening with a 6pm start. Then on Saturday the two senior league matches see the ‘Loc travel to Prestwick and Shawholm host St. Ninian’s. Both of these games start at 12 noon. Sunday afternoon features just the one Sunday League clash, with Helensburgh visiting Shawholm and taking on the Academy. And, finally, the four-day fixture card ends with slated league fixtures for the Under 12s and 16s on Monday, East Renfrewshire and Ayr, respectively, the opposition.
Greenwood Cup postponement [posted 05/07/18]
Tonight’s Greenwood Cup tie at Scott Ellis Field, against Kilmarnock, was postponed after difficulties were encountered at the Ayrshire ground. The match will now be played next Wednesday, the 11th of July.
Tuesday triple…..defeat! [posted 03/07/18]
The club had three sides playing this evening in senior league or cup competions. Shawholm were in Paisley playing Meikleriggs in the Western Cup quarter-final, the Panthers were in Renfrew in the Evening League, and it was the same competition that took the Academy over to Hamilton Crescent. And in each match – all away from home – the ‘Loc sides batted first. And to complete the beautiful symmetry, all then failed to defend their totals! At Meikleriggs the home side somehow chased down a whopping 211 to progress in the cup, this after Rambo (90) and Irfan (80) had put on 172 for the first Shawholm wicket. Reports of poor fielding and dropped catches seem to be the tale of the second innings. At King George V Playing Fields meanwhile the Panthers couldn’t defend 144, Akshay’s unbeaten 45 being the standout knock in the Panthers‘ innings, Froggy chipping in with 32. And to complete the triple, the Academy – after posting 141 for 3, with Saif making 74 – let hosts West of Scotland reach their target with an over to spare, this despite Samee’s 3 for 25. Again over on the northside it was a case of dropped catches, with 25 wides (!) thrown in for good measure. So three losses, however it shouldn’t be overlooked that fielding three senior teams on a midweek evening, in holiday season, is – in itself – perhaps the actual “win” on the night for the club!
Match scorecards can be found in the usual places, and the stat’s have been updated.
Bill Hunter [posted 03/07/18]
The club was sorry to learn, today, of the passing of former club Treasurer and President, Bill Hunter, and our thoughts are with Bill’s widow Betty, and children, Anne, Douglas and Barrie.
Under 16s defeat Renfrew|West of Scotland [posted 02/07/18]
|The Under 16s entertained the Renfrew|West of Scotland combined side this evening in the league, and ran out 33-run winners. Batting first the ‘Loc posted 124, Zakir top-scoring with 46 (39). He was ably assisted by Hassaan’s run-a-ball 28, with Samee chipping in with a cameo 16. Then in defending their total the side bowled out their visitors for 91, with the Mehmood brothers taking three wickets a-piece. We have the match scorecard online, and the season’s junior stat’s have been updated.|
Mixed fortunes [posted 30/06/18]
|Shawholm came off second-best in today’s Premier Division Reserve league fixture over at Hamilton Crescent, leaking no fewer than 402 runs in their match against Partick, with former ‘Loc player Graeme Etheridge bunting a big hundred. After the barage of runs in the first innings it was, therefore, perhaps no suprise that the shell-shocked side were bundled out cheaply – 92 – when it was their turn to bat. We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.|
Over at Shawholm, meanwhile, it was West of Scotland who were being bundled out, and for just 2 more runs than Shawholm mustered. However they were batting first having won the toss. 94 all out was the Mitres‘ total, as Gary and Jurie both helped themselves to “3-fors” on a day when the side held some really good catches – take a bow Mssrs. Snyman, Nel and Ramzan in particular. In the run-chase, there was – looking back – not too much drama, though West of Scotland kept the ‘Loc honest in taking four wickets before the six-wicket win was secured. [Ed: when we say four wickets, we are, of course, including the cue-ended shot to leg-slip that led to a somewhat unusual LBW! ] The scorecard’s online, as are updated stat’s, and you can watch match highlights in the Video library.
Weekend action [posted 29/06/18]
As the sun continues to split the sky and temperatures remain at near record-breaking highs, this weekend again sees plenty of cricket. Friday night’s Under 14 match won’t, however, be one of the games played with Kilmarnock requesting a postponement of the scheduled league match. This takes us to Saturday where home-and-away matches against West of Scotland are slated, Shawholm travelling over to the north side, and the Mitres coming south. Sunday’s a blank date, remarkably, meaning the weekend action finishes with Monday’s Under 12 and Under 16 matches. Teams are online as players confirm.
Quarter-final win in the McCulloch Cup [posted 27/06/18]
The ‘Loc progressed to the semi-finals of the McCulloch Cup this evening, sneaking past Prestwick in a relatively high-scoring affair. After losing the toss, Pasty was invited to bowl first, and the side got off to a decent start grabbing an early wicket and restricting the Prestwick batters in the early overs. However aside the early dismissal of Rafiq no other inroads were made and the visitors started to up the run-rate. Compounded the proverbial “4-ball-an-over”, 20 for 1 after five, became 58 for 1 after ten, then 87 for 2 after fifteen. Still a good job by the ‘Loc. That is until the third wicket. Falling in the eighteenth over it brought Singh to the middle and he proceeded to bunt his way to a ten-ball 34! A before you could say “Mind the windows Tino!” it was suddenly 155 for 3. So 156 to win then. And the ‘Loc‘s reply was the first innings inverted, as – after the early loss of Saif – Jurie and Pasty scored freely and raced to 85 for 1 after ten overs. However the introduction of “Overseas Amateur” Steber to the attack then changed things as he got rid of Jurie, then took three more scalps as the late innings jitters set in. However Coenie, batting at six under the McCulloch Cup rules, held his nerve and – with eventually Imran as his final partner – saw the side home with four balls to spare. He finished 17* (14), adding to Jurie’s (63) and Pasty‘s (44) 68-ball 112 run partnership. Next up in the competition, in the semi-final, is Ferguslie. The scorecard’s online, as are updated stat’s, and you can watch match highlights in the Video library.
Western Cup win [posted 26/06/18]
The Western Cup group stages reached their final matchday this evening with Bothwell’s visit to Shawholm. Batting first Shawholm’s openers Irfan and Rambo raced out of the traps and put on 50 inside six overs. Helped by a welcome level of generosity on the extras front, the run-rate continued to be around 9-an-over well in to the second half of the Shawholm innings. In fact the opening partnership eventually reached 137 before Irfan and Rambo were separated. It was Irfan who was first out, trapped LBW for 62. Rambo followed him shortly afterwards, offering a relatively simple caught and bowled chance to Dunne, who held on to the chance. Dr. Uzzi then had time for a cameo 20* (13) as 169 for 2 was eventually posted.
The Bothwell reply got off to worst possible start from their perspective, Allan being bowled by Imran first ball. Dunne, who replaced Allan, would score a near run-a-ball 34, however his efforts were ultimately in vain as wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end. 21 for 2, 46 for 3, 52 for 4, 68 for 5, etc……you get the idea. Hunnain would be the pick of the bowlers from a wicket-taking point of view, returning figures of 4-0-23-3, whilst Murtaza and Rob’ were the most miserly with combined figures of 8-0-31-2. Bothwell would eventually end up eight-down, having scored 112, seeing Shawholm the winners by 57 runs. We’ve got the scorecard online, and the Shawholm stat’s have been updated.
Mixed fortunes [posted 25/06/18]
|There were mixed fortunes for the club’s two junior sides in action this evening, with the Under 12s losing to Glasgow Accies over on the city’s northside, whilst the Under 16s were beating Prestwick at Shawholm. The Under 12s, despite finishing on the losing side, again showed real improvement in all areas of the game as they took on a very much older and bigger side in Accies. There was also a hardball debut for Max Moffat who acquitted himself well. Highligh of the night for the Under 12s was Abdullsubhan’s “4-for”.|
At Shawholm the standout performances in the Under 16s’ 20-run win over Prestwick included Zakir’s 40 and Hasan’s 36 in their first-wicket partnership of 73, and Shahan’s 3 for 22 in the visitors’ reply, an innings that also saw James return figures of 3-0-9-1 opening the bowling. We have the match scorecards online, and the season’s junior stat’s have been updated.
Academy win in the Sunday League [posted 24/06/18]
Rambo saw the Academy side home with an unbeaten 99 in a solid run-chase that saw the young side make 254 for 5 in reply to Whiteinch’s 253 for 9. That had seen Gary and Amaan Ali take “3-fors”, with Coenie picking up a brace of wickets. Whiteinch’s total owed much to 106 from Khan and Ahmad’s 83, the two putting on 152 for the fourth wicket. The Academy’s reply got off to a flyer with Coenie bunting a quick-fire 42 (28), before Rambo and Bugsy (44) put on 106 for the second wicket. Rambo then batted with the rest of the middle order, Zakir (11*) finishing as his not out partner when the finish line was crossed in over 31. A third century of the weekend for a ‘Loc was only missed out on because, needing 2 to win but 3 for his century, Rambo‘s lofted drive to deep mid-on was cut off and the required boundary not scored. Unlucky, so-near-yet-so-far, but well batted nonetheless. The scorecard’s online, and the statistics have been updated.
Two from two [posted 23/06/18]
|It was #doublewinSaturday as Shawholm won by six wickets at Whitehaugh, and the ‘Loc defeated Greenock by 277 runs at home. The win at Whitehaugh owed much to the first half bowling performance, with Noaman and Habib both recording “3-fors” as the home side was restricted to 160. Then in the second half run-chase, three batters got past 20, with Usman Amin top-scoring with 39, as the target of 161 was reached in under 30 overs. We’ve got the scorecard online, and updated stat’s.|
Meanwhile, at Shawholm, the ‘Loc batters set all sorts of records as Jurie (209) and Pasty (128*) put together a second wicket partnership of 358 as 369 for 2 was racked up. Jurie’s double hundred came from just 146 balls and included fifteen 6s and the same number of 4s. Pasty‘s unbeaten 128 saw him carry his bat and also included fifteen 4s. In reply Greenock were dismissed for 9s, with Chris’ Hempsey unable to bat after he picked up a hand injury early on in the match. In bowling the visitors out for 92, Coenie helped himself to 4 for 6, whilst Gary took 3 for 8. The scorecard’s online, as are a match report and updated stat’s, and you can watch match highlights in the Video library.
Weekend action [posted 22/06/18]
There are six matches coming up over the next four days, starting with the under 14s travelling to Bothwell Castle policies tonight to take on Uddingston. Saturday’s two senior league fixtures see Greenock come to the southside and Shawholm travel to Paisley to play Whitehaugh. Sunday has one Sunday League match scheduled: the Academy hosting Victoria. Then on Monday the under 12s travel to play Glasgow Accies, and the Under 16s host Prestwick. Teams are online as players confirm.
Under 14s win in Lanarkshire [posted 22/06/18]
The Under 14s romped to a big win this evening, defeating their Uddingston counterparts at Bothwell Castle Policies by 133 runs. Batting first Samee led the way with 47, with Nabeel all-but matching him with 41 not out. There were also useful contributions from Elliot (24*) and Hassaan (20) as the side posted 183 for 7. Uddingston’s reply stuttered from the off, the Under 14s’ hosts slipping to 5 for 2. However 22 from Wilson held things together at one end whilst wickets fell at the other. Aside Wilson’s 22, no Uddy batter got past 10, and three didn’t trouble the scorers, as the csaying goes. Eight ‘Loc bowlers were used, with the nine wickets to fall [Ed’: Under 14 matches are nine-a-side] being shared around. We have the match scorecard online, and the Under 14 stat’s have been updated.
Abandoned! [posted 19/06/18]
The Poloc Panthers and Poloc Academy Evening League Match made it halfway this evening before persistent rain brought an early end to proceedings. The Academy had batted first and posted 145 for 7, thanks in the main to an unbeaten 60 from CJ. There was also a short cameo from Coenie (26 from seventeen balls), whilst the Panthers‘ bowlers shared the wickets around. The scorecard’s online, and the stat’s have been updated.
Double defeat [posted 18/06/18]
|The junior sides’ poor run of league form continued this evening with the Under 12s going down to defeat at Hamilton Crescent against West of Scotland, and the Under 16s suffering a third consecutive set-back at Glenpark against Greenock. There were highlights notwithstanding the two results however, the young Under 12s continuing their improvement against another much older side, and Abdul Malik’s 65 not out being the standout individual batting performance down the Clyde, and seeing him get an entry on the Junior honours board.|
We have the match scorecards online, and the season’s junior stat’s have been updated.
Representative honours [posted 17/06/18]
A number of the club’s young players have won selection for national teams in the last few days. Abtaha Maqsood is in the Scotland Women’s squad for their matches against Northants and Durham this weekend. Ihtesham Ul Haq is in the Scotland Under 19 squad for their two matches against the MCC at the end of next week. And both Kess Sajjad and Amaan Ramzan have been included in the Scotland Under 17 squad for its matches against Northants on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Well done, and good luck, to all four players.
Saturday league win,…..on a Sunday [posted 17/06/18]
With Eid Al-Fitr being at one time thought to be falling on yesterdat, today saw the re-arranged Premier Division reserve fixture between Shawholm and visitors Deanpark. And the good news to report is that the change of weekday didn’t jinx the Shawholm boys, as they secured a 92-run win. Batting first after winning the toss, the side posted a hefty 272 for 4, with Dr. Uzzi top-scoring with 90, and Akshay chipping in with a half century (55). There were also useful contributions from Irfan (20) and Slappy (30), and a cameo 41* from Murtaza. Deanpark then got off to a fast start in their reply, being ahead of the DLS par score – one wicket down – after the required minimum twenty overs, and as rain started to fall. However, luckily, the rain came to nothing and the Deanpark run-rate slowed as more wickets were eventually taken. Habib – with a “3-for” – would secure the standout bowling performance of the day (8-1-16-3), with Noaman (3 for 44) also getting in amongst the wickets in style. So a third consecutive league win for Shawholm, with good momentum going in to next week’s final match of the first half of the season. We’ve got the scorecard online, and the Shawholm stat’s have been updated.
We also have match photo’s, taken by Hassan Syed, in the Gallery.
Wash out [posted 16/06/18]
The ‘Loc made the trip south to Nunholm today, but in vain, as overnight and morning rain saw their league clash with hosts Dumfries washed out after a second inspection just after 1pm. Only two matches beat the wet weather, the games at Ayr and Prestwick seeing reduced-overs matches completed. Shawholm, whose match with Deanpark was rescheduled to tomorrow when Eid Al-Fitr was thought to be falling today, look to have drawn the long straw therefore, with at least drier weather forecast for Sunday.
Junior practice rained off [posted 14/06/18]
Tonight’s Under 12, and Under 14 and 16, junior coaching practice has been called off because of the wet weather.
Cancellation [posted 13/06/18]
Tonight’s home McCulloch Cup group stage match against West of Scotland has been cancelled due to the weather.
Derby defeat in the Western Cup [posted 12/06/18]
Shawholm’s batter couldn’t reach the dizzy heights of their last two outings this evening as they failed to chase 131 to beat near-neighbours Titwood in the Western Cup group stages this evening. In the field first, their opening bowlers – Rob’ and Imran – kept things quiet with the new ball, and would return combined figures of 8-1-30-0. However their economy would be matched in its frugalness [Ed: is that a word?!?] by the generosity of the change bowlers. None of the other four bowlers tried could return economies of under 6.5 and Titwood were allowed to rack up 130 for 5. 131 to win it was then. Hardly unchase’able,…..unless you start with a collapse! And so it would turn out. Five of the top six batters failed to reach double figures, and three earned new entries on the “Webbed Feet Award” table! Dr Uzzi was the exception, his good form continuing. His 24, along with 28 from Hunnain and 27 from Imran, would be the individual knocks that at least prevented a real embarassment from unfolding. The rot was stopped, but it had already done its damage and the side could eventually only muster 106 for 7 to see Titwood winners by 24 runs. We’ve got the scorecard online, and the Shawholm stat’s have been updated.
Under 13s exit the Scottish Cup [posted 12/06/18]
A very young Under 13 side performed admirably against much older, and stronger, opponents tonight in the Scottish Cup, going down to a loss at Meikleriggs against their Ferguslie hosts. Scorecard.
Well beaten [posted 11/06/18]
|The Under 16s lost heavily this evening in the latest southside derby skirmish with the Dark Side. Batting first the ‘Loc‘s started badly – Zakir nicking off first ball – and never really recovered. Poor shot selection and execution, allied to horrible calling and running (leading to two avoidable run outs) saw the side bundled out for just 54 in the nineteenth over. The target of 55 then proved as hard as a Scottish win over England at The Grange, Clydesdale romping home, just two-down.|
We have the match scorecard online, and the Under 16 stat’s have been updated.
Double win Saturday [posted 09/06/18]
There were two wins again today, in today’s two Saturday league matches. At New Cambusdoon, Irfan Sajjad stole the show with an unbeaten 131 as Shawholm chased down their hosts’ score of 236 with seven wickets in hand. Meanwhile back on the southside the ‘Loc were also completing a pretty decent run-chase of their own, running down Ayr’s 190 with no fewer than nine wickets in hand, Pasty (76*) and Rambo (81) putting on a 169-run opening partnership to all-but secure the win for the side. In the first innings, plural, there’d been “3-fors” for Itty and Kess at Shawholm, with the Robster similarly taking three scalps down in Alloway. We’ve got the scorecard from Shawholm online, as well as the scorecard from New Cambusdoon, and the season’s stat’s have been updated. There are also match highlights from Shawholm online.
Back-to-back wins for the Under 14s [posted 08/06/18]
|The Under 14s were again hosting this week, tonight’s visitors being Ayr. As seven days previously the side was in the field first and, also as last week, they dismissed their opponents relatively cheaply. Ayr would be bowled out in under ten overs, with the wickets being shared around. The score posted was just 33, however it might’ve been much lower had 22 (!) not been conceded in extras. In their reply, the ‘Loc‘s batters were equally fragile as they lost four wickets en route to a five-wicket win in the sixth over. We have the match scorecard online, and the Under 14 stat’s have been updated.|
Sunday match cancelled [posted 08/06/18]
Sunday’s friendly with Torrance CC has been called off.
Weekend action [posted 08/06/18]
This weekend’s action starts at noon today with Shawlands Academy hosting Lomond School. Then, at 6pm, the Under 14s play host themselves, Ayr the visitors on league business. And Ayr are again the club’s opposition on Saturday with home-and-away fixtures against the New Cambusdoon club. Poloc are at home, Shawholm are on the road – both matches start at 12 noon. Sunday then sees a Pro40 friendly against Torrance CC, start time 2pm, with the Panthers acting as hosts. And then the weekend action finishes on Monday with both the Under 12s and Under 16s in action: the Under 12s go to Woodfarm Pavilion to play East Renfrewshire, whilst the Under 16s host Clydesdale. Teams are online as players confirm.
Third group stage win in the McCulloch Cup [posted 06/06/18]
Weirs were the visitors to Shawholm this evening, playing their reverse fixture with the ‘Loc in this season’s McCulloch Cup group stages. After winning the toss, Pasty elected to bat first. The early loss of Jurie was a blow, however Saif (28) and Pasty (41) knuckled down and put on 56 for the second wicket. Then, after Saif was trapped LBW, most of the rest of the middle order kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely, to see 132 for 7 eventually posted. The Newlands’ side’s reply got off to a flyer when they came to chase 133 for the win, Butt bunting a couple of maximums over “cow” in the first three overs. However Crazy Horse would dismiss him, enticing him to drain a catching chance to Jurie at long-off, who snaffled it. This was the first of three grabs by Jurie in the deep, as the ‘Loc kept taking wickets at just the right times to prevent their visitors really building up a head of steam in their chase. Things still went to the wire however, with Jurie’s two late overs (2-0-11-1) being crucial to Itty having 16 runs to play with in the final over. And he kept his nerve, Weirs losing two wickets in the final six deliveries to see them finish 126 for 8, and fiving the ‘Loc a 6-run win. We’ve got the scorecard and updated stat’s online, as well as match highlights.
A win and a loss in the Evening League [posted 05/06/18]
|On yet another glorious long summer’s evening, the ‘Loc‘s two Evening League sides were both in action: the Panthers at Hughenden, and the Academy hosting Ferguslie. And once the skirmishes were over it was a win and defeat. The win came at home, as the Academy defended 140 (scorecard), whilst the loss was suffered over in the West End, the Panthers allowing their Hillhead hosts to wriggle out of 13 for 5 to chase down the 112 needed for the win (scorecard).|
Player stat’s have been updated too.
Under 16s lose at Stenhousemuir [posted 04/06/18]
The Under 16s’ league season finally got underway this evening, but ended in defeat at The Tryst, thanks in part to a mix-up over there being no retiral rule in this age-group league. As it was the match was high-scoring, with the hosts’ 140 being 18 runs too many for the ‘Loc. All ten fielders bowled for the ‘Loc too, with only ‘keeper Abdul not rolling his arm over. With the ball in the first innings Hassaan’s 2-1-1-0, Samee’s 2-0-4-1 and Jamesy‘s 2-0-6-1 were the best bowling figures returned, whilst with the bat Hassaan completed a decent all-round performance with 25* (retired); Zakir (22), Abdul (20) and Nabeel (15*) also chipping in with contributions as the side ended up on 122 for 8. We have the match scorecard online, and Under 16 stat’s have been uploaded too.
Sunday League loss [posted 03/06/18]
|The Panthers lost out to Victoria at Bellahouston Park this afternoon, failing to chase 268 for the win and eventually running out 129-run losers. Their hosts racked up the substantial 40-over total thanks in the main to splendiferous lower order bunting. And then in the reply, despite three batters getting in to the twenties, none could go on and make a match-winning performance and the side struggled to create partnerships. The scorecard is online, as are updated player stat’s.|
Two tons, and two wins [posted 02/06/18]
We’re not sure how often it’s happened before, but – as they say – if it has, it happened again! Two unbeaten 100s by ‘Loc players, one each in the Poloc and Shawholm matches. At Torrance House Dr Uzzi led from the front, reaching 100 not out before a rain delay forced the sides off the ground, Shawholm having reached 277 for 4 and their innings then closing there. Whilst at Shawholm Jurie recorded his second 100 of the season, and his first ever at home, scoring an unbeaten 148 as Poloc posted 282 for 4 batting first against Stirling County. And pleasingly both tons were in winning team performances, Shawholm winning by 111 on DLS, and Poloc winning by 129 runs after bowling out their visitors for 153. In the second innings at Shawholm there were “3-fors” for both Gary and Itti. Well bowled to both. So two tons, two wins. #Toffee
We’ve got the scorecard from Shawholm online, as well as the scorecard from Torrance House, and the season’s stat’s have been updated. There are also match highlights from Shawholm online.
Straight-forward win [posted 01/06/18]
|This might’ve been the quickest junior league match of all time, the Under 14s’ win over East Renfrewshire seeing them chase just 24 for the win, and doing so on the first ball of the third over. Hasan and Hassaan saw the side safely home, their low target owed to the potency of the bowling attack. Seven-player East Ren’ won the toss and decided to bat first, however lost wickets quickly and regularly to see them bundled out for just 23 in the twelfth over. We have the match scorecard online to look at, and the Under 14 stat’s have been updated.|
Weekend action [posted 01/06/18]
Today sees the start of another hectic weekend of cricket action. Kick-starting with the Under 14s, who host East Renfrewshire this evening, Saturday then sees Stirling County visit Shawholm and Shawholm travel to take on Torrance House in East Kilbride. The Panthers are in Sunday League action, taking on Victoria at Bellahouston Park, before the four-day cric’ action frenzy finishes with two more junior league matches on Monday: the Under 12s host Stenhousemuir, whilst the Under 16s travel in the opposite direction to take on their Stennie equivalents at The Tryst. Teams are online as players confirm.
Derby loss [posted 30/05/18]
The ‘Loc lost out to Clydesdale this evening to go down to their first defeat in this season’s McCulloch Cup group stage matches. Batting first the side struggled for fluency with Rambo (23) and Coenie (23*) the only batters into the twenties. However, the gift of 29 extras from the Dark Side allowed 113 for 7 to be eventually posted. Enough? Well it looked like it might be, despite some “lives” being gifted to the visitors from Crossmyloof, not least two run out chances horribly messed up, and ‘Loc fielders doing that now-familiar conjuring trick of turning 1s in to 2s! And so it was that going in to the final third of the second innings Clydesdale still needed 64 runs from just 42 deliveries. However over thirteen saw 15 plundered, and the pendulum had started to swing away from the ‘Loc. And it never returned. 25 were needed from the last three overs, but over eighteen cost 12, before nineteen went for 11. And so it was that Clydesdale eased across a finish line that had looked a distance away only 25 minutes earlier, winning – five down – with six balls to bowl. Frustrating.
Tonight’s other result saw Weirs defeat West of Scotland and so the ‘Loc remain top of the table despite their loss. You can see the scorecard online, as well as match highlights.
Western Cup win [posted 29/05/18]
|Anniesland were the visitors in this evening’s Western Cup group stage match, and were soundly beaten by Shawholm, in double-quick time. The visitors, it should be said, only fielded seven players however, after having arrived with nine and two then leaving. That aside, the Shawholm boys did a professional job, bowling out their opponents for 62, before chasing their target in under seven overs.|
The scorecard is online, as are updated player stat’s.
Under 13s exit the ECB Cup [posted 27/05/18]
What must’ve been the youngest Poloc Under 13 side ever to take to the paddock, took on Carlton today in the ECB Cup. Up against a strong, and much older, side, the young ‘Loc players accredited themselves really well. It was also a great experience for the youngsters who, in the most part, are playing their first season of hard ball cricket. After bowling first they found themselves having to chase 198 to win! Yikes. However on the plus side, they took six Carlton wickets. In their reply, the main plus points were Moiz’s retiral-inducing unbeaten 32, and the fact that they batted their full twenty overs [Ed: senior Saturday teams, are you reading this!]. But in the end it was a hefty defeat, score-wise, but invaluable experience for the youngsters in all other ways. We’ve the match scorecard online.
Representative selections [posted 27/0518]
Abtaha Maqsood was with the Scottish Women A team today as they took on Northumberland in Dumfries. Congratulations to Abataha, and well done to the side who ran out eight-wicket winners.
Both Saturday sides lose [posted 26/05/18]
Today’s league match at Meikleriggs, saw the ‘Loc take on the division’s early pace-setters, Ferguslie. Unbeaten thus far, the Paisley side went in to the game as favourites. However at 27 for 3, and 54 for 4, maybe the pre-match predictions would prove to be wrong. But, as seven days previously against Uddingston, the ‘Loc couldn’t press home their early advantage and Ferguslie ended up posting 246 for 8, assisted by no fewer than 40 extras, including 30 in wides and no balls. In the second innings, then, and again as like last week, a good start – this time chasing – was blown when 78 for 1 in the nineteenth over became 78 for 4, and then – after another horrible lower order collapse – 138 all out. Result? Defeat, and, unfortunately, no losing bonus points.
Also hurting was the Shawholm side’s second thumping in a week. After having to chase 306 to win at Bothwell Castle Policies a week previously and being skittled out for just 137, today the side batted first, only to be bundled out for a meagre 85 before Meikleriggs romped home inside sixteen overs.
Two big losses therefore, and both sides go in to matchday five with a one-and-three win:loss record, and now sitting in the lower thirds of their respective divisions. Work to do. We’ve got the scorecard from Meikleriggs online, as well as the scorecard from Shawholm, and the season’s stat’s have been updated.
Derby defeat [posted 25/05/18]
|Tonight’s Under 14 League match between the ‘Loc and Clydesdale ended up being as high on tension at the death, as it had been low of quality throughout. So let’s go straight to the exciting bit. In the crazy system that are the new playing conditions, the situation was this: the ‘Loc had batted like diddies and were defending 75. However the Dark Side decided to try and match the ‘Loc‘s batting debacle with one of their own, such that with just one wicket in hand they still needed 9 to win.|
Under 2018’s playing conditions “last man stands” rule the ‘Loc then had no fewer than eighteen legitimate go’s at dismissing last batter Ferguson, only to concede 4 wides and a no ball, en route to a full-toss that was despatched for the winning runs! Hmmm. Anyway, it was cracking night, the ground looked great and in the end there was some excitement to offset the generally dismal technique on show. An exceptions from blame is likely possible for Shahan who scored a nice 26 and then took 3 for 9 in his two overs, whilst Hasan returned bowling figures of 3-0-6-1. We have the match scorecard online to look at, and the Under 14 stat’s have been updated.
Weekend action [posted 25/05/18]
With the great weather continuing we’re hopeful of getting five matches completed over the next four days. Starting with tonight’s Under 14 derby with Clydesdale that starts at 6pm. Then it’s Saturday league action, as Shawholm entertain Meikleriggs, and Poloc go to take on Ferguslie in Paisley. Sunday’s solitary match is an Under 13 ECB Cup match with Carlton, where a young ‘Loc side will host from 2pm. The Bank Holiday Monday then brings the weekend action to a close with the Under 12s welcoming West of Scotland to Shawholm. Teams are online as players confirm.
Rowan Cup exit [posted 24/05/18]
Hamilton Crescent was the location for the ‘Loc for a third evening running as the famous old west end ground hosted a Rowan Cup clash with West of Scotland. Like 24 hours previously, Pasty won the toss and elected to bat first. Also like last night the side got off to a fast start, 15 runs coming from the opening over. Continuing the sense of déjà vu Saif would also be dismissed early, seeing Pasty in in the second over. Coenie (30) and Pasty (60) would then add 40 for the second wicket, Coenie departing, caught by Fearn, in the ninth over. Pasty then batted with much of the rest of the order, to see the side eventually post 126 for 9. Not a bad target to set. However it would prove far from enough as a poor fielding display would gift multiple lives to West‘s opener Naitram who’d steer his side home with plenty of overs to spare with an unbeaten 82. He was dropped before he’d gotten off the mark, and was then dropped a further three times – mainly in the deep – and made the ‘Loc pay for their generosity. Aside Naitram’s knock, Fearn chipped in with a chanceless 24, and it was these two who saw the hosts home in the fourteenth over. So a comprehensive win/loss [Ed: delete as appropriate depending on who you are, dear reader!], with the ‘Loc‘s fielding inadequacies cruelly exposed. The scorecard’s online, as are updated player stat’s.
McCulloch Cup win [posted 23/05/18]
|The McCulloch Cup group stage matches continued this evening at a gloriously sunny Hamilton Crescent, and in a high-scoring T20 affair the ‘Loc secured their second win in this round-robin stage of the competition. Their win was largely down to Jurie’s fireworks with the bat, his 100 coming off just 39 deliveries and including five 6s, more than one of which landed across the road. Giving some company was Pasty, whose 24 was basically comprised of singles to get Jurie back on strike!|
172 for 7 was eventually posted, Jurie getting out the ball after reaching his hundred. West then made more than a fist of chasing their sizeable target, Fearn (45 from 30 balls) and Naitram (37 from 27) leading the onslaught. Fearn in particular seemed keen on out-blasting Jurie, hitting three maximums, two departing Hamilton Crescent still going up! But as it was 172 would prove 17 runs too many, and the ‘Loc‘s hosts would finish 155 for 6. The scorecard’s online, as are updated player stat’s. Match highlights can also be viewed online.
Evening League double,…..defeat! [posted 22/05/18]
After Sunday’s two wins, the Panthers and Academy sides came back to earth with bumps tonight, perfectly symmetrically both falling to seven-wicket losses. The Panthers defeat came at the hands of a strong West of Scotland side, the Panthers‘ hosts chasing 131 to win.
Meanwhile the Academy’s loss came at home, Hillhead chasing the lower target of 101 to win this one.
There were some highlights however, with Osman’s 51 not out at Hamilton Crescent being one, and CJ‘s 33 (36) opening the batting at Shawholm being another. The Academy scorecard is online, as is the Panthers ‘card, with the stat’s also updated.
Under 12s lose to Glasgow Accies [posted 21/05/18]
|It was a bright, if not warm and sunny, night this evening at Shawholm as the Under 12s entertained visitors from the city’s northside. Glasgow Accies were the Under 12s’ opponents, and in a match that saw nineteen wickets fall the ‘Loc youngsters slipped to defeat to an older and physically bigger and stronger Accies. There were plus-points in the loss, as always, however, with the side taking ten Accies‘ wickets, to Accies‘ haul of nine. Then with the bat, there was a good knock from Abdullsubhan, whilst all the batters’ calling and running was improved on seven days previously.|
We have the match scorecard online to look at, and the Under 12 stat’s have been updated.
Sunday League wins [posted 20/05/18]
|Both Sunday League teams were in action today, a young Academy side travelling to Renfrew with Coenie and Jurie, and the Panthers entertaining Clydesdale at Shawholm. The Academy side ran out winners, thanks to runs from Coenie and Jurie who batted with the youngsters, the win being secured in the final over. Meanwhile at home there was a derby win to celebrate as the Panthers secured 2018’s first win over a Dark Side XI. The Academy scorecard is online, as is the Panthers ‘card, with the stat’s also updated.|
We also have a match report from the Panthers‘ match online.
Representative selections [posted 20/0518]
The club had three players in representative squad involvement today: Abtaha was with the Scottish Women A team as they took on Durham CCC; Craig Young was with the Western Warriors for their T20 Blitz matches against Eastern Knights and Caledonian Highlanders; and Samee Mehmood was in the Western Warriors Under 14 squad for their match against Caledonian Highlanders. Well done to all three players.
Bad days at the offices [posted 19/05/18]
It was another double defeat day as both senior ‘Loc sides lost to their Uddingston counterparts. To deal with the easy match first: the Shawholm boys got their collective backsides skelped [Ed: a technical term!] as Bothwell won the toss, batted first, and racked up over 300. Then in the reply there was a batting capitulation that was something akin to,…..to…..well, something akin to what was also going on in the match at Shawholm! In this one, the ‘Loc somehow managed to step on their Uddy opponent’s throats not once, but twice, only to remove their boot and hand their guests from Lanarkshire the win. Firstly in the first innings when, astonishingly, the side somehow managed to convert 163 for 3 in the 33rd over into 181 all out in the 42nd. Now that’s clever! Then in the second innings, to show they could match with the ball what they’d achieved with the bat, the side then allowed Uddy to escape from 53 for 5 to win by three wickets. Common theme to both matches, and both performances? Inabilities to bat any lengths of time by the vast majority of batters [Ed: notes to selves – Saturday matches aren’t T20s], and technical flaws being found out when it matters,…..in matches! So a thumping, and a case of reverse alchemy. On to next week, and, hopefully, improved discipline with bat and ball. We’ve got the scorecard from Shawholm online, as well as the scorecard from Bothwell Castle Policies, and the season’s stat’s have been updated. Match highlights from Shawholm can be viewed online, and remember, too, individual-by-individual playing performance stat’s are online – they, eventually, don’t lie!
Under 14s lose at Meikleriggs [posted 18/05/18]
|The Under 14s got their league underway at the third attempt this evening, travelling to Meikleriggs in deepest, darkest Paisley to take Ferguslie. Batting first the ‘Loc‘s youngsters lost just four wickets en route to posting 120. Under the new WDJCU league rules [Ed: devised by Professors of Complication at the University of Complication, in Complicationville] three ‘Loc batters also retired having faced twenty deliveries. The scores-on-the-doors showed four ‘Loc batters got to 20 [runs!]: Hasan, Abdullah, Samee and Moiz.|
In their defence of 120 the ‘Loc started brightly, grabbing an early wicket, however – and despite taking six wickets – they’d end up on the losing side thanks, in the main, to self-induced pain caused by bowling wides, and two good innings from Mahapatra and Esakhiel. Defeat was confirmed in the seventeenth over, Mahapatra pushing the winning single square of point to secure the win points for his side. Ubaid’s figures were the standout ones, his two overs costing just 5 runs, Hasan’s 2 for 12 also being worthy of mention. The scorecard’s online, as are stat’s.
Weekend matches [posted 18/05/18]
This weekend sees no fewer than seven scheduled matches. The Under 14s kick things off with a trip to Paisley on Friday evening to take on Ferguslie. Saturday’s two senior mens matches see home and away clashes with Uddingston, the Shawholm side travelling to Bothwell Castle Policies. Sunday is another two-game day: the Panthers hosting the Dark Side, and the Academy travelling to Renfrew. Then on Monday, the four-day schedule is completed by Glasgow Accies Under 12s coming to Shawholm, and the Under 16s opening their league campaign with a derby match at Toytown. Teams are online as players confirm.
Greenwood Trophy advancement [posted 17/05/18]
The Panthers safely advanced in the Greenwood Trophy this evening, seeing off the challenge of BBC Scotland by 27 runs. Assisted by BBC generosity in the extras department, 46 not out from Slappy on his first run out of a new season was the main reason for 122 for 7 being posted after Irfan had won the toss and decided to bat first. This was then relatively easily defended, with Awace grabbing a “3-for” as the BBC Scotland reply ran out of steam to finish on 95 for 9. The scorecard’s online, as are match highlights.
Next up for the Panthers in the competition is Anniesland, on the 21st of June.
McCulloch Cup win [posted 16/05/18]
|The McCulloch Cup [Ed: formerly West League Cup] group stage matches got underway this evening at the second time of asking, the ‘Loc making the short trip to Albert Park to take on Weirs. Bowling first the side got the best possible start with a wicket in the first over, courtesy of a fine catch by Buggsy in the deep. And this turned to be a sign of things to come as wickets just kept on-a-coming, the home side slipping to 76 all out.|
Highlight of the bowling effort was Hasseeb’s “5-for”, with Pasty‘s two catches, run out and a wicket getting a mention in despatches. The ‘Loc‘s reply didn’t take too long, despite three wickets going down, Jurie obviously deciding he wanted to catch the end of the Europa League Final, and bunting a quick-fire 47 not out from just eighteen deliveries to see the side home inside nine overs. One over in particular saw Jurie flex his muscles, Ali being despatched for three consecutive sixes in an over that would go for 22. Next up in the competition is West of Scotland. The scorecard’s online, as are updated stat’s and match highlights.
Panthers secure the bragging rights [posted 15/05/18]
Tonight’s T20 between a Panthers XI and a Shawholm XI saw the former come out on top as 123 for 5 proved 12 more runs than the Panthers needed to see off their opponents. The first innings total set owed much to two things really: the Shawholm XI’s inability to avoid gifting runs in extras (19 in wides and 4 in no balls being “criminal”), and Abdul’s late innings cameo that saw him bunt 21* from just ten deliveries to take his side’s score past a-run-a-ball. For the Shawholm XI, Mohammed, with figures of 4-0-11-2, again showed his prowess with the ball, and Habib (4-0-14-1) was economical enough. In their reply, the Shawholm XI batters got off to a poor start, and were reduced to 5 for 3 three at one stage, Hunnain causing chaos with the ball, and batters unable to avoid getting out. Hassan and Habib both joined the Webbed Feet Award listings, after Akshay (4) had been first out. Humza (31), opening with Akshay, would hang around however, and hit two 6s in his 34-ball stay in the middle. However his knock, and those of Gulfam (17 from twenty deliveries) and Noaman (33 from 28 deliveries), wouldn’t be enough, as Hunnain returned at the death to restrict the lower order batters. He’d finish with standout figures of 4 for 17 from his four overs, whilst The Enforcer lived up to his name again with a two-over opening spell of 0 for 2. The scorecard is online, as are Poloc Panthers XI and Shawholm XI stat’s, whilst the overall batting and bowling stat’s have also been added to.
Under 12s get their season underway [posted 14/05/18]
|The Under 12 season got underway today with the visit of the East Kilbride|Weirs combined side. After winning the toss, Abdullsubhan decided the 12s would bowl first. Taking four wickets, the ‘Loc youngsters then restricted their opponents to 102 for 4 [Ed’: or at least it’s thought this was the score given the sheer complexity of the new “pairs-but-not-really-pairs” format. Then in their reply, needing 102 to win, [Ed’: or more, but not sure how much more, if wickets fell!] the 12s ended up 78 for 6.|
And so, and please pay attention here, this resulted in a loss by 32 runs. Nope, we don’t know why either! Anyway, highlights on the night included a plethora of head-high beamers as the new 16-metre pitch was used for the first time, and a late finish given the requirement for overs with wides and no balls to see at least eight balls bowled. More seriously it was good to see Aaitish make his competitive debut, good to see the sun shine and a good number of parents and families in attendance, and good to see the enjoyment that results from runs being scored and wickets taken! The scorecard’s online, as are stat’s.
Scottish Cup exit [posted 13/05/18]
If Saturday was a gloomy day, results-wise, then today’s Scottish Cup exit at the hands of East Kilbride saw players being relieved of their belts and shoe laces. In a reduced 38 overs-a-side affair, delayed because of soft bowlers’ run ups, the ‘Loc simply failed to show up, and – after being skittled for 121 – lost by three wickets. Three wickets sounds close, however the truth is that aside a wobble near the finish line, the ‘Loc never looked much like defending their low score. All-in-all – and notwithstanding the glorious sunshine – this was a game to forget, and not one that’ll see the club re-introducing turnstiles! For the strong of constitution, the scorecard and updated stat’s can be found online, as can match highlights.
Double derby day defeat [posted 12/05/18]
This afternoon saw the first of season 2018’s clashes with the Dark Side, Poloc travelling to Crossmyloof and Shawholm entertaining Titwood. In the home clash, Shawholm gave themselves a decent chance of recording the win after dismissing their visitors for 162. However a poor batting display in the second innings saw them slump to 117 all out, to lose – comfortably – by 45 runs. At Titwood, it was the same story, by which your scribe means a failed run-chase after a toss win that saw both ‘Loc skippers invite their opponents to bat first. In Crossmyloof, however, the numbers were a bit bigger. The Dark Side posted 251 for 7, before the ‘Loc mustered 187 all out. Individual performances of note worth mentioning in despatches would be Mohammed’s and Aman’s “3-fors” in the Shawholm versus Titwood match, whilst Jurie (47, and 3 for 38) and Coenie (67) get pass marks in the skirmish over at the Death Star. So a disappointing day on the southside for the ‘Loc, both sides at least picking up half-decent losing bonus points. We’ve got the scorecard from Titwood online, as well as the scorecard from Shawholm, and the season’s stat’s have been updated. There are also match highlights in the Video library.
Tomorrow sees the ‘Loc with the chance to bounce back quickly however, as East Kilbride visit in the Scottish Cup.
Weekend matches [posted 11/05/18]
This weekend sees five scheduled matches. The Under 14s kick things off with a trip to Kilmarnock on Friday evening, before Saturday’s two senior home-and-away league matches against the Dark Side. Shawholm host Titwood, and Poloc make the short journey to Crossmyloof. Sunday’s solitary fixture is the first round Scottish Cup tie against East Kilbride, at Shawholm. Then on Monday, the four-day schedule is completed by Weirs Under 12s coming to Shawholm. Teams are online as players confirm.
Poloc progress in the Rowan Cup [posted 10/05/18]
|Tonight saw cricket – finally – return to Shawholm, with East Kilbride visiting in the first round of the Rowan Cup. In a keenly-fought encounter, the ‘Loc would eventually come out on top, to win by four wickets with five balls to spare. Batting first, East Kilbride posted 95 for 6, with Coenie (4-0-18-2), Pasty (4-0-13-1) and Hasseeb (3-0-8-1) being the main contributors to restricting the visitors. Then in the run-chase, Pasty (40*) led from the front and saw the side across the finish line, and in to round two.|
The scorecard’s online, as are updated stat’s and match highlights.
Match cancelled [posted 09/05/18]
Tonight’s first McCulloch Cup group stage match – the away tie at Titwood – is off, cancelled because of the weather.
Matches cancelled [posted 08/05/18]
Both this evening’s opening round Evening League matches were cancelled because of the weather.
The Academy open their Sunday League campaign with a win [posted 06/05/18]
West of Scotland were the Poloc Academy’s opponents today in both sides’ opening Sunday League fixture. After losing the toss, Coenie’s troops were in the field first up, managing to both take wickets at regular intervals and restrict the run-rate as they restricted their hosts to 101. In fact the target might’ve been even lower had West of Scotland’s final wicket not come after a tenth-wicket partnership of 32. Standout performer for the ‘Loc was Haider who, after three years inactivity, returned to cricket with a “5-for”! Well bowled. He was ably assisted by Kess (4-2-3-2), Habib (4-1-4-0) and Humza (3-0-9-2) who, opening up and bowling first change respectively, had set the tone for a good bowling display. Mention, too, for Rambo who was ‘keeping, and took four catches. In reply, the Academy made light work of the run-chase, losing just two wickets en route to reaching their target in the fifteenth over. Rambo (42) and Buggsy (35), who’d opened, had done all-but secure the win with their opening partnership, but departed in consecutive deliveries, to leave Coenie and Hasan to finish the job.
The match scorecard’s online, as well as the first Academy stat’s of season 2018 and match highlights.
Under 15s lose to Carlton [posted 06/05/18]
|The Under 15s were in ECB Cup action this morning, in Edinburgh, against Carlton. As usual when playing Capital clubs in cup competitions the match wasn’t, of course, played at the opposition’s ground, but rather at Inch Park, home of Edinburgh South CC. The game also took place on an all-weather wicket, something relatively new for the ‘Loc‘s youngsters. Batting first the Under 15s started brightly, reaching 81 without loss with six overs to go. However after Abdul (50*) retired, and Zakir (35) was diamissed, the rest of the top- and middle-orders failed to fire, and 111 for 6 was eventually posted. In reply, the second innings was another “game of two halves”, the Under 15s restricting their opponents to 41 for 1 in the first ten overs, only to then leak 71 runs in the next seven, as Carlton accelerated to their win.|
The match scorecard’s online, as well as the first junior stat’s of season 2018.
Shawholm kick-off with a win, Poloc left frustrated [posted 05/05/18]
|Poloc were left stranded at Shawholm today as their home match with Prestwick didn’t get started, the umpires determining that the run-up at the Burrell End was unsuitable for safe play . There was better news from the mirror fixture at Henry Thow Oval however, as Shawholm got their 2018 season underway at last, and did so with a win, defeating hosts St. Ninian’s by seven wickets.|
Murtaza took a “3-for” as St. Ninian’s were bowled out for 166, before Akshay (52) and Irfan (50) anchored a successful inside 36 overs. The scorecard’s online, as are the first Shawholm stat’s of season 2018.
:: IMPORTANT :: Changes to junior and senior practice and training session timings [posted 03/05/18]
Changes are being made to the club’s practice nights and times. From next week – the week beginning 7 May 2018 – practice nights will now be as follows:
- Mondays: open senior net practice (6.30pm to 8.30pm);
- Tuesdays: coach-led senior training (6.30pm to 8.30pm);
- Thursdays: coach-led junior training, all age-groups (Under 12s, 6.30pm to 7.30pm; and Under 14s and 16s, 6.30pm to 8pm); and
- Fridays: open senior net practice (6.30pm to 8.30pm).
The rationale behind the changes include:
- Under 12 cricket matches are now on Monday evenings (whereas Under 11 matches were, historically, on Fridays);
- bringing together all junior practice on the same night will be helpful for parents who then only have to bring their children to practice on one evening, not two;
- having junior coaching and training on a night where there are no senior matches will help optimise coach numbers;
- starting all practices at 6.30pm allows additional time for parents/players to get to the ground after school/work/tea;
- moving to three dedicated time-slots for senior practice should assist accommodate the good numbers we have, and ensure players playing in Tuesday Midweek League matches can still practice at two dedicated times.
Junior matchdays are Mondays (Under 12s and 16s) and Fridays (Under 14s), and the ground itself will be being used most weeks on these weekdays, however there remains plenty room for net practice and fielding and fitness training at Shawholm.
Match cancelled/rescheduled [posted 03/05/18]
Unfortunately tomorrow’s Under 14 League opener against Uddingston has been cancelled at Uddingston’s request. It has, however, been rescheduled for 10 August 2018.
Weekend matches [posted 02/05/18]
It’s a busy weekend – leading to an even busier week – of cricket. The weekend starts with the Under 14s opening this year’s junior cricket league action, entertaining Uddingston at Shawholm. Then Saturday sees home and away senior league matches against Prestwick, with Shawholm travelling to the Ayrshire coast, and Poloc hosting Prestwick. Sunday sees two more matches, with the Under 15s provisionally slated to play Carlton in the Under 15 ECB Cup, in Edinburgh, and Poloc Academy going over to Hamilton Crescent to take on West of Scotland in the Sunday League. The Under 15s’ match is provisional, as Carlton are still to confirm a venue and start time for the match. The team selections are online, with players’ names being added as they confirm their availabilities. Also selected are Tuesday’s night’s Midweek League sides.
Opening day win [posted 28/04/18]
After the day started with the disappointment of the cancellation of Shawholm’s home match against Partick, it’s pleasing to be reporting – come the end of day – on an opening day for the ‘Loc, whose clash with West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent both beat the weather, and turned in to a classic. Complete with a century for Coenie, this match maybe saw the craziest or crazt finishes. With the ‘Loc‘s last pair in the middle and 13 needed off the final over to win, Immy decided to dispense with anything like making it into a last-ball thriller and proceeded to go 6 2 6. Game over! Astonishing, and not least given both maximums were slog sweeps to a huge leg-side boundary! 201 for 9 beats 199 for 8, and – somehow – after being 30 for 4, the ‘Loc had completed the most unlikely of run-chases. Setting up the target of 200 had resulted from a scrappy performance with the ball, 24 runs in wides and no balls taking their toll. There were “3-fors” for Jurie and Pasty, and Coenie’s 10-3-16-1 was vital as exactly 4-an-over was established as the second innings winning run-rate. And with Coenie smashing a 109-ball 105 that included no fewer than seven 6s, that crazy ending was set up. Bonkers. But a win’s a win we guess. West must really be wondering just how they didn’t end up with the win in this one. A cracking finish then, on a chilly day, and good to get a game in when most didn’t. The scorecard’s online, as are the first league stat’s of season 2018 and video highlights.
Start of league matches [posted 25/04/18]
|Saturday sees the scheduled start of the 2018 league cricket season, with home and away fixtures against West of Scotland. Shawholm entertain Partick at home, and Poloc travel to Hamilton Crescent. Both games have 12 noon start times. The team selections are online, with players’ names being added as they confirm their availabilities. Also selected is Tuesday’s night’s Western Cup side to take on BBC Scotland at Titwood.|
Under 15 ECB Cup [posted 22/04/18]
The club’s Under 15s were drawn away to Carlton in the first round of the ECB Cup, and this fixture’s been agreed for Sunday the 6th of May, with a provisional 10am start at Grange Loan.
Junior outdoor training [posted 22/04/18]
This week sees the start of outdoor junior training after a long winter indoors. Monday night between 6pm and 7pm sees players aged 11 or younger (as at 1 September 2017) practice at Shawholm, before, on Wednesday, between 6.30pm and 8pm, players aged 12 to 15 will train.
Pre-season win [posted 21/04/18]
In what looks like being the only pre-season match to beat the weather, a Poloc XI defeated Dumfries at Nunholm today – in the glorious sunshine – winning by 102 runs. Batting first on a remarkably firm and dry surface, the side posted 256 for 3 in their 40 overs, with Rambo top-scoring with 62, one of three half centuries (pictured below). There were also runs for Saif (47) who put on 88 with Amaan for the first wicket, and then for Pasty (60*) and Coenie (54*), on debut, who put on 72 in just 51 balls at the end of innings. Then in the field, the slow bowlers did most of the damage, and work, returning a combined 4 for 59 in their 24 overs, Crazy Horse taking 2 for 17 in his eight overs, and Coenie and Jurie getting a wicket each. The scorecard’s online, as are a short match report, the first stat’s of season 2018. And, match highlights can be watched online here.
Games cancelled [posted 19/04/18]
Two of this weekend’s second round of pre-season matches have, unfortunately, been cancelled. Saturday’s home fixture between a Shawholm XI and a Nunholm XI is off as the Dumfries club were unable to raise a strong enough side, and Sunday’s Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match at Bothwell Castle Policies is also off as, like at so many clubs, Uddingston’s ground is just not ready after the very poor Spring.
Weekend matches [posted 18/04/18]
This weekend sees three scheduled pre-season matches. Dumfries host a Poloc XI at Nunholm on Saturday, with a Nunholm XI travelling north to take on a Shawholm XI. Then on Sunday the annual Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match against Uddingston is scheduled, Bothwell Castle Policies the venue – by rotation – this season. All matches, of course, are weather-dependent! The team selections are online, with players’ names being added as they confirm their availabilities.
Games cancelled [posted 13/04/18]
Unfortunately Sunday’s pre-season game against Prestwick was called off early on Friday, the continuing poor weather resulting in season 2018’s first casualty! Then, on Friday evening, Saturday’s trip to New Cambusdoon became victim number two, as this match, too, was beaten by the weather.
Weekend pre-season matches [posted 13/04/18]
Saturday and Sunday see – weather-permitting – the first two, of five, pre-season matches taking place. First up is Saturday’s trip to New Cambusdoon to take on an Ayr XI, before another trip to Ayrshire on Sunday, and a game against Prestwick at Henry Thow Oval. Saturday’s match has a 12 noon start and will be 40 overs-a-side, Sunday’s match starts at 1pm. The team selections are online, with players’ names being added as they confirm their availabilities.
Coenie en route [posted 09/04/18]
Coenie Nel (pictured left), the club’s 2018 “Overseas Amateur” started the long journey from South Africa today.
Coenie arrives in Glasgow on Tuesday evening and we wish him safe travels.
Pre-season ground clear-up day [posted 31/03/18]
A big thanks to those hardy, and committed, souls (pictured below) who braved the chilly and drizzly weather today to get through a mountain of work in preparation for a new season. From stone and stick clearing, sightscreen pushing and mobile cover building, through skip filling and leaffe raking, to net bay weeding, net hanging and re-lining, the work party got through their “To do” list whilst groundsman Scott McCutcheon worked on the square. In addition, special thanks to Andrea Young for the spring cleaning of the house in anticipation of Jurie’s return, and Coenie’s arrival in the next fortnight. Thanks again to all those who came along…..some even stayed for a late afternoon net in the rain!
Jurie in the runs again [posted 25/03/18]
After his recent century, Jurie Snyman’s rich vein of form continued with another 100 (see left) in Easterns’ win over Kwa-Zulu Natal Inland today (scorecard). Jurie’s ton followed his being awarded South Africa’s “Cricketer of the Week” last week recognising his performances for both Easterns and his club, Kempton Park, his last club outing seeing him score 124 (pictured right, report).
Club helmets [posted 23/03/18]
Masuri has delivered the new Poloc-embroidered club helmets (pictured right) and these can now be collected by players who had ordered, and have paid for, a new helmet.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 23/03/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 25th of March, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 14 and Under 16 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
Friendly fixture added [posted 22/03/18]
After playing an inaugural Sunday friendly against them in 2017, the club will again be hosting Torrance Community Cricket Club this season. The match has been added to the “Other fixtures” schedule, and will be on Sunday the 10th of June.
Under 15 Scottish Cup draw [posted 20/03/18]
Cricket Scotland released the draw for this season’s Under 15 Scottish Cup this morning, the draw seeing the club draw away to Greenock CC in the first round. The full draw is online, here.
WDJCU junior league fixtures, 2018 [posted 19/03/18]
The WDJCU released the league fixtures for season 2018, and these can now be found online, in the Juniors sub-sections.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 16/03/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 18th of March, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 12 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
Pre-season ground clear-up day [posted 12/03/18]
There will be a pre-season ground clear-up day on Saturday, 31 March 2018. Starting at 12 noon, and followed by a pre-season meeting for players, the afternoon work schedule will see a range of activities undertaken to ready the ground for a new season, including moving the sightscreens, re-covering the mobile covers, weeding around the net bays, re-marking the net bays, marking the square, general “tidying-up” after the winter and a range of tasks in-and-around the clubhouse. All players aged 14 and over should come along to both the clear-up and meeting.
2018 membership subscriptions [posted 12/03/18]
The club’s AGM approved the membership subscription rates for 2018. These have seen increases in the main membership subscription rates for the first time in a number of years. An individual full senior subscription is now £180, the first increase in this rate since 2012. A family membership subscription has been increased to £200, a level that is still only £15 higher than over a decade ago (it was £185 as long ago as 2006).
The other main rates are new full senior members (£120), student (£120) and junior/sibling (£80/£40). In a change from the past, and to assist members in paying their subscriptions, it was also noted at the AGM that paying subscriptions in instalments an option open to members. In this regard, subscriptions can be paid in four equal instalments, payable by 1 April 2018, 1 May 2018, 1 June 2018 and 1 July 2018. For an individual full senior membership this would mean four monthly payments of £45.
The club’s AGM approved the membership subscription rates for 2018. These have seen increases in the main membership subscription rates for the first time in a number of years. An individual full senior subscription is now £180, the first increase in this rate since 2012. A family membership subscription has been increased to £200, a level that is still only £15 higher than over a decade ago (it was £185 as long ago as 2006). The other main rates are new full senior members (£120), student (£120) and junior/sibling (£80/£40). In a change from the past, and to assist members in paying their subscriptions, it was also noted at the AGM that paying subscriptions in instalments an option open to members. In this regard, subscriptions can be paid in four equal instalments, payable by 1 April 2018, 1 May 2018, 1 June 2018 and 1 July 2018. For an individual full senior membership this would mean four monthly payments of £45.
Paying membership subscriptions is easy.
Payment can be made in cash to either the Secretary, Keith Sheridan, the Treasurer, David James; or the President, Keith Young.
Payment can be made by cheque, made out to “Poloc Cricket Club”, and posted to the club at its postal address.
Paying by debit or credit card can be carried out in two ways: (i) online, using debit or credit card details and paying in to the club’s PayPal account (click here); or using debit or credit and paying by “chip ‘n’ pin” at either indoor or outdoor net practice or other time.
Members will be reminded about paying their subscriptions at regular intervals, and if anyone has any questions on the payment options they should direct these in the first instance to the Secretary.
Notwithstanding this instalment payment option the other conditions attaching to payment of membership subscriptions will continue to apply, including that a person who has not paid their subscription (either in full or is up-to-date with their instalments) will not be eligible for selection for any team, and a registered player who owes a historical subscription or other cricket-related liability (in full or in part) must settle this prior to the club agreeing to the transfer of their registration to another club.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 09/03/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 11th of March, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 14 and Under 16 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 02/03/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 4th of March, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 12 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
AGM – postponed as a result of weather [posted 01/03/18]
Tonight’s club Annual General Meeting has been postponed with a Met Office amber weather warning for snow still in force in and around Glasgow. Club Secretary Keith Sheridan will email members with the new date.
Ton up for Jurie [posted 25/02/18]
Club coaching Professional Jurie Snyman was in action for Easterns today, in the South African domestic one-day competition. North West were Easterns’ opponents, and in a tight match that would eventually see Easterns win by 7 runs, Jurie top-scored, batting at three, with 136 from just 120 balls. His knock – see the match scorecard – included no fewer than ten 6s and six 4s, and followed on from his 48 in Easterns’ preceding one dayer against Boland. Well batted Jurie.
The Pythons‘ winning run continues [posted 21/02/18]
The Pythons continued their good run of form [Ed: if not a legible run of match reporting!] on Tuesday with a win over the Classic Tigers. You can read skipper Irfan Hanif’s musings on the win, on the Tapeball page.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 20/02/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 25th of February, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 14 and Under 16 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
Roof replacement [posted 20/02/18]
Contractors C Hanlon were busy at work today, starting the work to replace the “Junior Pavilion” roof, damaged irrecoverably by a recent storm. The work sees the roof replaced in its entirety as well as internal remedial work to address the consequential water damage that was caused.
Funding support for community coaching [posted 16/02/18]
We’re delighted that independent financial planners, Capital Managers LLP, have continued their partnership with the club’s sister Charity, The Community Coaching Initiative, for another year, the associated financial support for the Charity’s work being invaluable as it introduces local children to cricket, both in schools and in the wider community.
|Also continuing its partnership with the Charity is corporate insurance brokers, Mackay Corporate, who, like Capital Managers, is a long-time supporter of the its work. The club is extremely grateful to both businesses for their ongoing support.|
Winter indoor cricket [posted 15/02/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 18th of February, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 12 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
The Pythons win again in the tapeball league [posted 13/02/18]
The Pythons saw off the challenge of hitherto [Ed: look it up in the dictionary!] league leaders, Govanhill, this evening. You can read skipper Irfan Hanif’s match report on the win, on the Tapeball page.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 08/02/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 11th of February, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 14 and Under 16 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
Bounce-back win for the Pythons in the tapeball league [posted 07/02/18]
The Pythons bounced back from consecutive losses with a good win over The Greater Pollok Eagles on Tuesday evening. You can read skipper Irfan Hanif’s match report on the Tapeball page.
Pythons slip to consecutive defeats in the tapeball league [posted 02/02/18]
The Asian Tigers defeated the Pythons last night in the tapeball league, a second consecutive loss. You can read vice-skipper Zakir Siddiqui’s match report on the Tapeball page. As ever, the report’s the usual amusing mix of the factual, the made-up, and the downright unintelligible!
Winter indoor cricket [posted 01/02/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 4th of February, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 12 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
Pythons slip to defeat [posted 30/01/18]
We’ve got a report on the Poloc Pythons defeat to the Glasgow Giants in the tapeball league online now. You can read debutant match reporter Zakir Siddiqui’s thoughts on the Tapeball page.
WDCU cup, Sunday League and Midweek League draws released [posted 29/01/18]
The WDCU Competition Management Committee has released the draws for the Rowan, McCulloch, Western and Greenwood Cups today, along with the league fixture schedules for the Sunday and Midweek Leagues. These can be found online, along with an updated master fixture schedule for the club.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 22/01/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 28th of January, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 14 and Under 16 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
Additional pre-season matches [posted 21/01/18]
We’re pleased to have added two additional matches to the pre-season schedule, with home and away games against Dumfries CC having now been agreed. A Poloc XI will travel south to Nunholm, whilst a Shawholm XI will host a Nunholm XI at Shawholm.
Scottish Cup draw [posted 16/01/18]
Cricket Scotland has released the draw for this season’s Scottish Cup. The draw for round one saw the ‘Loc handed a home tie, East Kilbride the visitors on Sunday the 13th of May. The full draw can be seen online, on Cricket Scotland’s website.
Junior cricket restructured [posted 13/01/18]
The WDJCU Committee has circulated details of the new junior league structure for 2018. 2018 will see Under 11 cricket played with a softer ball, in two formats. A new Under 12 hardball league has been introduced. The Under 13 and Under 18 leagues have both been disbanded, with the Under 14 and Under 16 leagues the remaining main leagues. Only the Under 16 League is eleven-a-side, with nine-a-side being the format for the Under 14 League, and the Under 11 and Under 12 leagues both being eight-a-side. A summary of the changes is online.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 11/01/18]
Indoor cricket continues this Sunday, the 14th of January, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is split between players aged Under 13 and Under 16 (2pm to 3pm), and players aged over 16 (3pm to 4pm). There will be a £3 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.
Saturday league fixtures, 2018 [posted 06/01/18]
The WDCU has published the Saturday league fixtures for season 2018. These see the ‘Loc start the season with home and away matches against north side rivals West of Scotland. The Poloc side will be over at Hamilton Crescent, the Shawholm side entertaining Partick at Shawholm. You can see the ‘Loc‘s two side’s fixture lists online (here and here), and the full fixture lists on the WDCU’s website.
Winter indoor cricket [posted 05/01/18]
Indoor cricket restarts this Sunday, the 7th of January, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall between 2pm and 4pm. The two-hour session this week is for players aged over 16. There will be a £5 per person charge to cover the sports hall hire charge.