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Thursday night friendly [posted 27/04/22]
We’ve managed to squeeze in another pre-season friendly, this Thursday seeing a Poloc XI make the trip over to the northside – to “Old Anniesland” – to play GHK in a fifteen overs-a-side match. Scores and reports will, hopefully, follow!
Loss to strong touring Stoneywood-Dyce side [posted 24/04/22]
Today, in yet more glorious weather, a ‘Loc XI welcomed a Stoneywood-Dyce XI to “Shawholm”, Sunday’s pre-season match between the two clubs being a repeat of a 2019 April match between the two clubs. The ‘Loc had lost to a Kelburne XI yesterday, whilst the tourists had recorded a comprehensive win over a Clydesdale XI at “Titwood”. After the toss, the visitors were batting first, Rayner and Coetzee opening, with the Cathcart borthers – Robert and James – sharing the new ball for the ‘Loc. Both openers would be nipped out relatively cheaply, both wickets taken by Robert, as the visitors from “Peoples Park” slipped to 23 for 2 in the seventh over. However a 57-run third-wicket partnership between Wolmarans and Stander – ended only when the latter was bowled by Hunnain Sohail – steadied the Stoneywood-Dyce ship, and saw the early momentum gained by the two quick wickets snuffed out. 80 for 3 would become 96 for 4, shortly thereafter, with Wolmarans (31) also being dismissed, clean bowled, by Sohail. This brought Bester to the middle, and he’d play the key knock of the first innings. With Brophy, he’d put on 67 for the fifth wicket, and in under eight overs. Eventually dismissed for 66 (39), holing out to Zen Kamran at long-on, Bester’s innings included five 6s, and five 4s. 163 for 5 then, with just over ten, of the 40, overs to bat. Whilst the middle overs run-rate wasn’t kept up after Bester’s departure, the visitors would add another 70 runs to post 234 for 9.
For the ‘Loc the best of the bowling figures belonged to the Cathcarts: Robert returning 8-1-31-2, and James 8-0-27-1. And both could’ve – should’ve – been much better, had they not included no fewer than 15 wides!
After the interval, the ‘Loc‘s run chase was spearheaded by Sohail and Mohammad Chaudhry. The two openers started cautiously, putting on 33 for the first wicket. And the first to go was Chaudhry (18), bowled by Kidd. Akshay Hudar (0) then came-and-went quickly, batting at three, his departure being part of a mini-collapse, the side slipping from 33 for 0 in the twelfth over, to 52 for 5 in the twentieth over. Sohail (19) had been third out, Kamran (0) and Ehsan Rafiq (4) the other two to be dismissed. Zakki Tariq (19) and Jobanjit Singh (11) then brought some calm to proceedings, albeit only relatively briefly, before being separated with the score on 79. And from this point it was a house of cards: 84 all out, none of the last four batters troubling the scorer in the runs column. A defeat by 150 runs.
So two pre-season matches completed, and two pretty comprehensive losses. On the plus side, nineteen opposition wickets were taken, however the cancer that is the gifting of runs in wides (49 over the two matches) has reared its ugly head already. Also inked in to the “To Do List” is fielding, both awareness and execution. Lots to do then, and with more fair weather forecast the week coming provides the players with the perfect opportunity. [Scorecard]
First match brings first loss [posted 23/04/22]
A Poloc XI took on a Kelburne XI today, on a gloriously warm late Spring day. “Shawholm” looked well under clear blue skies, and in the radiant, and warm, sunshine. The match saw a number of debutants in the Poloc XI side, with Mohammad Chaudhry, Anil Roy, Fahid Iqbal, and Rameez Hassan all playing their first match for the club. After the toss, it was the visitors from “Whitehaugh” that were batting, experienced campaigners Miller and Morrow opening. For the ‘Loc Waseem Ahmed and Robert Cathcart shared the new ball. After a cautious start, and with the score having reached 21, the Kelburne openers were separated, Morrow being bowled by Ahmed. This brought the first of the Paisley side’s overseas players to the middle, however Nasar, the “Overseas Amateur” didn’t stay long, being adjudged LBW by umpire Jenkins. 22 for 2, Cathcart with the second wicket. It was then 23 for 3 when Kelburne’s Professional, Garnett Tarr, was bowled by Ahmed for just 1, leaving the visitors in a bit of early trouble. Miller steadied the ship however, with new partner Barak, the two adding 22 before the former departed bowled by Sufian Ali. And from this juncture the first innings would be a tale of two players: Ali, who’d go on to help himself to a “6-for”, and Kelburne skipper Arbuckle (29*), who would finish 29 not out, and steer his side in to three figures and to posting 124. He was assisted by Javed (23), batting at eight, as the ‘Loc spurned a number of chances to skittle the opposition much more cheaply than would ultimately be the case. 124 all out, in the 28th over: 125 to win.
After the interval, the ‘Loc‘s reply in search of 125 runs was spearheaded by Sufian Ali and skipper Hunnain Sohail. However the two openers would only be together very briefly as, in somewhat chaotic fashion, Ali was run out without troubling the scorers in the second over. He was replaced by Mohammad Chaudhry, batting at three, and he’d go on to make the only really meaningful innings in the second innings, eventually being dismissed for 40 (36), and being the fifth batter out in the fifteenth over. Between Ali’s departure and his own, Chaudhry had had company from Sohail (4), Anil Roy (12), and Amaan Ali (0). 59 for 5 was the scoreboard readout [Ed’: the nice, new electronic ‘board!] when Chaudhry departed, and after he left the rest of the batting line-up struggled to accumulate runs, Kelburne spinners Tarr and Barak tying up both ends. Tarr would finish with figures of 8-4-7-3, and Barak, 6-2-10-4. Both would be contenders for bowling MoTM on any other day, however Ali has already secured that particular gong with his first innings 10-2-34-6. Baig (2) was the last ‘Loc batter out, his dismissal seeing the side bundled out for just 71.
A great day then – weather-wise – and good to get the season up-and-running. However, an ultimately disappointing result, given where the ‘Loc XI had found themselves in the first innings – Kelburne 54 for 6,with both overseas players out. Tomorrow sees a Stoneywood-Dyce XI visit, in another 50-overs-a-side match starting at noon. [Scorecard]
Weekend pre-season matches cancelled [posted 16/04/22]
Unfortunately the recent poorer weather has beaten all three of this weekend’s scheduled pre-season fixtures: the two home matches, and the away fixture at “Ardencaple”, all being called off. With better weather, next weekend’s matches – the home games against Kelburne and Stoneywoofd-Dyce – will both go ahead as planned.
Other fixtures 2022
Poloc XIs are fielded to play friendly matches against other clubs – often as pre-, or post-season friendlies, sometimes against touring sides.