Academy news and match reports
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Mearns beat Academy in the Evening League [posted 30/08/22]
The Academy hosted Mearns this evening in a rearranged Evening League fixture. Reduced to either overs-a-side given fading evening light, the visitors batted first. After racking up 243 for 9 in their 40 overs against the Panthers two days previously, Mearns must’ve hoped to be similarly destructive against the Academy. However it wouldn’t be the case as the Academy youngsters bowled tightly, and – as importantly – took wickets at regular intervals. The first wicket fell with the visitors’ total on 23, and this triggered regular further dismissals. Only opener Kapila (44) would make a major contribution, eventually finding a bit of support from number eight Ganesan (16*). However, by then, seven other batters had come-and-gone without any reaching 5, the Academy bowlers finding the sort of success that had evaded the Panthers. The final wicket would fall in the eighteenth over, Hamaad Anwar taking his fourth wicket to see Mearns bowled out for 110. Anwar had returned figures of 3.4-0-22-4, and Bilal Hassan (2 for 21) and Elliot Moffat (2 for 21) had taken a couple of wickets each. 111 to win then.
Hunnain Sohail (23) and Adam Mohammed (13) put on 21 for the first wicket before separated, but, after Mohammed departed the side struggled to form batting partnerships. And as wickets fell regularly in the first innings, so the same happened in the Academy’s reply. Four batters recorded ducks. and after Sohail departed the Mearns’ bowlers pretty much ran through the rest of the line-up. Unusually nine of ten wickets to fall saw the batter clean bowled, the other wicket seeing Robert Cathcart trapped LBW. There’s definitely something in that about batters playing straight,…..or not! 62 all out was the final score, seeing Mearns run out 49-run winners. So a disappointing second innings, after such a good first half. But still positives in that first innings. [Scorecard]
The Academy lose out at the death [posted 09/08/22]
Ferguslie sneaked home with a ball to spare this evening in the Evening League, chasing down a target of 152 on the penultimate delivery of the match. The decent total had been set courtesy of a half century from Abdullah Rana (52), and Zakki Tariq’s 45. These had opened for the ‘Loc and built a 100-run partnership. Bad balls were dispatched, and there was also good running-between-the-wickets pretty much throughout. There was also a cheeky, wee cameo from Nabeel Khan who arrived in the middle very late in the innings, but gave it good momentum as it entered its final phase. 151 for 3, 40 runs coming in extras, to boot!
Ferguslie’s run-chase was built around Tahir’s 69, Usman Amin adding valuable runs with a busy 30 batting at four. Tahir’s innings wasn’t chanceless, however, the home opener surviving a stumping chance really early on in his innings, as well as experiencing one of those days when anything miss-hit landed safely. He was, eventually, dismissed, bowled by Ahmed-Raza Hanif. And though the ‘Loc skipper got rid of the main threat, it would prove too late in the day to prevent Ferguslie getting across the line.
So the narrowest of defeats, made all the more galling when post-match reflections centered on fielding and bowling errors, that leaked 10-plus runs to the home side, and, ultimately, cost the Academy the “W”. [Scorecard]
Academy lose to GHK [posted 26/07/21]
The Development XI went down to defeat in this evening’s home Evening League match against north-side club GHK. Batting first on what started another pleasantly warm summer evening, the visitors at first – though ticking along – lost regular early wickets. 42 for 3 at one stage, with the top three all out, the Development XI would have been encouraged that they would restrict GHK to a chasable score. James Cathcart had nipped both openers – Khanna (8) and Fahid Umer (20) – and Faiz Khan had induced Kumar, batting at three, into a miss-timed shot that saw him caught by Hassib Raza. But 42 for 3 wasn’t capitalised on, and Trikha, in at four for the “Old Anniesland” side, started to score heavily. Hitting ten 4s en route to 61* (47), the GHK middle order batter controlled the rest of his side’s innings, putting on 74 with Hamza Umer. The two took the score past 100, then 150, and were only separated with the score on 159, Umer being bowled by skipper Saad Salim, who’d brought himself in to attack. The final score would be 171 for 5, the Development XI in some ways also hurting themselves in gifting 25 runs in wides to their opponents. 172 to win.
The Development XI’s reply started with Adam Mohammed and Nabeel Khan, the openers putting on 34 before the latter was bowled for a 21-ball 19. Mohammed then followed Khan back to the changing room, run out for 18. Two new batters then. 47 for 2. Actually, make that 48 for 3, after Faiz Khan inexplicably ran himself out, first ball. Three down now, two dismissals by way of run out! Khan was replaced by Bilal Hassan, who, with Robert Cathcart, added 6 before Hassan became,…..wait for it,…..the third batter run out! 54 for 4. Actually, make that 54 for 5. New batter Haroon Khan dismissed by Fahid Umer, courtesy of a catch by Khanna. Cathcart and Salim then added just another six before the former departed for 10, Salim batting until all-but the end of the innings, top-scoring with 15, after adding 21 with Elliot Moffat. Moffat (10*) and Raza (2*) were the not out batters when time was called, the Development XI finishing 97 for 7. So a 75-run loss, but still some positives. James Cathcart (4-0-21-2) and Faiz Khan (4-0-22-1) bowled nicely with the new ball; Moffat’s figures didn’t reflect how he bowled, with chances being created and some different field positions likely seeing him return better figures; and Moiz Maqsood’s figures, like Moffat’s, didn’t reflect a pretty decent spell – he was just unlucky running in to Trikha in full flow. With the bat, Nabeel Khan’s busy knock of 19 was good to see, reflecting an urgency to look for, and get, quick singles. [Scorecard]
Academy win on the road in Renton [posted 19/07/22]
The Academy side visited Vale of Leven this evening in their latest Evening League match. After the toss the side was in the fields first, Faiz Khan and Hassaan Mehmood opening the bowling for the Academy. The two young right-arm seamers would make an immediate impression too, nicking out the home sides’ top order. They took four wickets between then, Khan three, Mehmood one. And whilst the former perhaps takes the initial plaudits with his “3-for”, Mehmood’s figures of 4-0-8-1 reflected really good control of the new ball. 24 for 4. A great start for the youngsters. A fifth wicket would then fall before Vale of Leven had reached 30 to see the Academy firmly in the driving seat. The change in bowlers did release some pressure though, with Saad Salim and Haroon Khan struggling more than Khan and Mehmood had done. The former found the footholds tricky, whilst the latter found controlling the pink ball hard on the night. The Academy’s hosts – assisted by no fewer than 37 runs in wides and extras – would eventually post 89 for 9, with Salim, like Faiz Khan, getting three wickets. 90 to win.
18 for 2, with both Adam Mohammed and Mehmood dismissed without scoring wasn’t the best of starts to the run-chase, but settled by Mohammad Chaudhry’s and Murtaza Syed’s presence in the line-up the Academy would go on to lose no more wickets en route to an eight-wicket win. The finish line was crossed in the fifteenth over, Chaudhry unbeaten on 50, and Syed on 30*. [Scorecard]
Academy lose high-scoring T20 [posted 05/07/22]
The Academy side were back in action this evening, hosting Milngavie at “Shawholm” in the Evening League. After the toss it was the visitors who were batting first, Faiz Khan and Abdulsubhan Rana sharing the new pink ball for the Academy. Edmonds and Skelton opened for Milngavie, the latter falling first, bowled by Khan, for 5. Khan’s wicket was his only scalp, but he returned the impressive figures of 3-0-11-1, continuing the form showed in the side’s first Evening League match against East Kilbride. Rana’s figures of 3-0-18-0 were also perfectly respectively, and saw him keep a lid on the run-rate to a satisfactory extent. The change of bowlers brought a release for the Milngavie batters though, Sindal having joined his skipper in the middle. And unfortunately for Bilal Hassan and Hassib Raza it was them who would bear the brunt of Edmonds’ and Sindal’s assault on the batting, their combined figures of 1 for 73 from six overs seeing momentum swing very firmly in the north-side club’s direction. Edmonds would eventually depart having made 41, bowled by Raza, but Sindal would carry on to make the match top-score of 82. He’d eventually fall to Hunnain Sohail, one of two late innings wicked he’d pick up, Ahmed-Raza Hanif also rolling his arm over towards the end and picking up a brace. Milngavie would lose seven wickets in all, the final wicket falling on the last ball, and posted 160 for 7.
161 to win then. The Academy’s reply then started badly, as Abdullah Rana (0) was run out without facing a ball. Sohail, who opened with Rana, then got Abdul Malik for company, the two batting well together, and building – first – a 50-run partnership, before taking the total on to nearly three figures. They’d not quite put on 100 however, Sohail being bowled by Heavey for a well-made 55. Malik continued on however, and would finish unbeaten on 45, as the Academy’s reply closed on 116 for 2. So defeat by 48-runs, but more valuable experience for the young side. [Scorecard]
Academy win in Evening League opener [posted 21/06/22]
East Kilbride were the hosts for the Academy side’s Evening League opener this evening. And on a gloriously warm and sunny evening, on the longest day of the year, the youngsters secured the “W”. Batting first after skipper Ahmed-Raza Hanif won the toss, the side’s 134 for 7 was based around Calum James’s unbeaten 90* that came from just 60 balls, and saw him smack the ball to all parts of the “Torrance House” policies. He scored seven 4s, and four 6s as he looked en route to a maiden hundred, only to be frustrated by not being able to get on strike as late innings wickets fell at the other end. Reflecting just how much James’s knock had dominated the innings, the next highest individual score was 12, from Faiz Khan. 135 to win then for the home side.
Opening the bowling, James Cathcart and Abdulsubhan Rana both returned the identical figures of 3-0-8-0, restricting the home side’s openers, and seeing the required run-rate climb. And that squeezing by the bowlers, backed up by good energy in the field, would be the characteristics of the whole second innings, East Kilbride eventually finishing 106 for 4, number three Doyle top-scoring with an unbeaten 38 (39). Rajmohan had also batted nicely in reaching 20 (25), before he was run out by a neat piece of work by Moiz Maqsood. So a 28-run win, and good start to this development XI’s senior league campaign. [Scorecard]
Development XI versus Clydesdale [posted 04/08/21]
A Poloc Academy (Development XI) took on near-neighbours Clydesdale this evening in a T20 friendly at “Shawholm”. Ostensibly featuring Under 23 year old players, the sides were a mixture of experienced young senior players, and still junior players. After the toss, the visitors decided to bat first. For the Academy, James Cathcart and Hassaan Mehmood shared the new ball. And it was the former who made the breakthrough, in the third over, dismissing Cunningham. At the end of the power play (the first six overs) Clydesdale had progressed to 32 for 1, and had given themselves a good base. Tarun Koteeswaran and Faisal were the batters in the middle, and both looked to be in good nick. However the two would be separated in the tenth over, as Hasan Malik bowled Koteeswaran for 41 (32). 63 for 2, 44 having been added for this second wicket. Good as it was to get that second wicket, it would, arguably, be from the next over onwards that it would be determined just how big the visitors’ total would become. Hamaad Anwar came in to the attack, and with him, spin made its entrance. The run-rate ground to a halt, and a third wicket was taken. Adam Ali also came in to the attack, and – like Hamaad Anwar – managed to put the brakes on the scoring rate. And so it continued through the third quarter of the first innings, these five overs seeing Clydesdale slip from 68 for 2, to 86 for 6. Anwar had picked up four of those wickets, his right-arm off-spin proving too much for the visitors’ middle order. And when Abdullah Malik replaced Adam Ali from the River Cart end, it was spin at both ends, and Malik would end up returning figures of 3-0-10-3, bowling overs sixteen, eighteen, and twenty to finish off the innings. 111 for 9 was the final score, 112 to win. A good bowling performance, with the bowlers picking up wickets at regular intervals, and the outfielding and catching pretty good too. And in this regard, mention of Adam Ali whose direct-hit run out was a highlight of the first innings.
The ‘Loc‘s reply started with Hunnain Sohail (21) and Calum James (14) getting the side off to a decent chance, being separated when James chipped a Shafiq delivery to mid-wicket. This brought Kess Sajjad to the middle. He’d then, effectively, manage the rest of run-chase, adding 20 with Sohail, then 46 with Hasan Malik (25), finishing on 35 not out alongside Abdul Malik (6*). It was a fairly regulation run-chase as run-chases go, with the Academy assisted by some miss-fields from the visitors’ outfielders. But that shouldn’t take away from a good performance, with enough to be encouraged by in both innings to see the value in these sorts of fixtures. Thanks to Clydesdale for sending a side. [Scorecard]
Archived match reports
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