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Shawholm go down to heavy defeat [posted 27/08/22]

Cambusdoon visited “Shawholm” today, in the final Premier Reserve Division Saturday League match of season 2022.  And after the toss, it was the Ayrshire team that were batting first, Woodhouse and McCrossin the openers.  This combination of youth and experience set the base for what would be a hefty innings total, 72 being put on in double-quick time by the pair.  McCrossin was first to be dismissed, trapped LBW by Hasan Rafiq, bringing Borland to the middle to join Woodhouse.  Borland (17) and Mitchell, like McCrossin experienced campaigners, would both get starts, but be unable to really press on.  Woodhouse, however, was still accumulating nicely.  72 for 0 had become 145 for 3 when Mitchell was the third batter out, Logan, batting at five, the next Cambusdoon batter to partner Woodhouse.  The latter had by then reached his half century, and would bring up his 100 en route to an impressive 119.  Comfortably the highest score of the innings, and – in fact – the match.  Throwing in 40 runs in extras, and Woodhouse’s efforts had seen his side to 249 for 5 in their 50 overs.  A mere 250 to win then!

The Shawholm reply started poorly as well; Ehsan Rafiq and Zen Kamran going for just 3, and 4, respectively.  Aasim Khurshid, batting at three, got in to double figures, but would be dismissed after adding just 1 more run, and Awace Ahmed – in at four – made 3 more, before being bowled by Forsyth for 14.  By this stage not only was 250 looking out of reach, but even the first losing bonus points were beginning to look unlikely.  Irfan Hanif (31*) did stop the rot, and would be unbeaten come the final wicket falling, however he couldn’t find a partner to stay with him, Rameez Hassan (0), Saad Salim (4), Tariq Din (1), and Hamaad Anwar (3) all coming and going cheaply.  With Humza Baig not batting, Shawholm reply closed on 92 for 9, leaving Cambusdoon 157-run winners.  [Scorecard]

So near, yet so far, 2 [posted 20/08/22]

As the ‘Loc were suffering heartache at home, losing by just 16 runs in a tight match against Renfrew, Shawholm would be on the wrong end of an even closer loss at “King George V Playing Field”, going down to defeat to Deanpark, by just one wicket.  Having posted 181 all out, batting first, the side just couldn’t get the elusive final Deanpark wicket that would see them secure the win.

Their 181 was built around a strong batting performance from the middle order, skipper Hasan Rafiq, batting at five, leading this pack with 50.  He was supported by Irfan Hanif (32) with whom he put on 76 for the fourth wicket.  Cameos from Jobanjit Singh (21) and Rameez Hassan (20), batting at six and seven, then allowed the side to push the total on past 150 and up to the final 181.  The match having been reduced to 40-overs-a-side meant that the total posted was eminently defendable, with a good display with the ball, and in the field.  182 to win then for Deanpark.

And the side would get the al-important early breakthrough, Deanpark losing their first wicket with the score on 12, Usman Baig claiming the first of two catches to dismiss opener Siddiq.  But the early wicket wouldn’t trigger a flurry, Syed and Saha adding 49 for the second wicket.  The home side were also benefiting from some wayward bowling from the Shawholm bowlers, something that would eventually cost the side.  In all 41 runs would be leaked in wides, and no balls.  But back to the Deanpark reply.  61 for 2 did then become 99 for 6 as wickets were taken steadily through the middle of the innings.  Hammad Anwar – back in the side after his time away – was the main wicket-taker, dismissing Saha, Khasiya, and Singh Khehra.  He’d eventually finish with 3 for 24 from his eight-over allocation.  And it would be – as it was at “Shawholm” – the slow bowlers who generally had the greater success, notwithstanding Singh’s 2 for 37, opening the bowling.  Wickets continued to fall, and when the ninth fell with the total on 166, the equation was strasight-forward: Shawholm needed one more wicket, Deanpark needed 16 runs.  And it would be the home side who’d succeed in meeting their aim, Shawholm just not being able to eke out one of the two remaining batters.  Number ten, Patel, would be the home hero, his unbeaten 23* seeing his side home.  [Scorecard]

Shawholm lose at the seaside [posted 13/08/22]

Shawholm made the trip to the seaside today, travelling to “Henry Thow Oval” to take on St. Ninian’s in the Premier Division Reserve.  Batting first, openers Akshay Hudar (15) and Zen Kamran (14) started patiently, and prevented the home side’s opening bowlers from making early in-roads in to the batting order.  However they would be separated, and this brought Zakki Tariq to the middle, batting at three.  He, too, would reach double figures, but, like Hudar and Kamran couldn’t then capitalise on “getting in”.  Bowled by Turner, to give the St. Ninian’s youngster the second of what would be an eventual six wickets, Tariq’s departure sparked a bit of a collapse.  Ehsan Rafiq (0), Adam Mohammed 98), and Hasan Rafiq (2) came-and-went quite cheaply, leaving the side in a bit of bother with half the line-up back in the hutch.  However Saad Salim (19) and Tariq Din (29) managed to stem the fall of wickets, and added vital runs towards the back-end of the innings.  With Irfan Hanif also making it in to double figures, the side eventually posted 133 all out, being bowled out with just two deliveries to go.  Turner – with figures of 10-0-32-6 – was the clear standout bowler for Shawholm’s hosts, and rightly gets to keep their match ball.

The St. Ninian’s run-chase proved very straight-forward, as fluent scoring saw them chase down the 134 needed for the win inside twenty overs.  Only three wickets were taken, one-apiece for Salim, Tariq, and Elliot Moffat.  Hasan Rafiq’s figures of 5-1-18-0 are worthy of mention too however, opening the bowling with Faiz Khan.  [Scorecard]

Derby defeat [posted 07/08/22]

Shawholm hosted near neighbours Titwood today, in the return Saturday League clash of 2022.  Batting first, after winning the toss, the visitors were grateful to Galling’s 93 to eventually post 248 all out.  His knock was supported by Ashraf (39), and Dhami (34), Galling featuring in two 50-run partnerships before eventually being run out by Saad Salim just 7 runs short of his hundred.  With opener Galling anchoring the Titwood innings, this allowed others to come in and play shots, Messrs. Ashraf and Dhami doing just that.  Salim would add three wickets to his run out, returning figures of 7.1-0-47-3.  Expensive, perhaps, but bowling second-change he ran in to the by-then free-flowing Galling.  Standout bowler was actually, likely, Jobanjit Sing, who opened with Zakki Tariq, Singh returning figures of 10-1-23-2.

249 to win then.  It’s fair to say the run-chase never really got going, with the Shawholm top three – Irfan Hanif (1), Adam Mohammed (0), and Zakki Tariq (9) – each going cheaply.  Ehsan Rafiq (23), batting at four, did dig in, but didn’t find a partner who could stick with him.  Rameez Hassan (10), Singh (13), and Hasan Rafiq (11) all got starts, batting in the middle order, but none could hang around, the side eventually being bowled out for just 109 in the 39th over.  So a big margin of defeat, and bragging rights very firmly packed in car boots heading back to Crossmyloof.  [Scorecard]

Shawholm go down to Albert Park [posted 30/07/22]

Albert Park gained revenge for their defeat to Shawholm earlier in the season today, winning by three wickets in a low-scoring affair.  Shawholm were inserted by visiting skipper Afzal, and this looked to be a shrewd decisions as Adam Mohammed (8) was nipped out early by Mahal.  Osama Baig and Ehsan Rafiq then steadied the ship somewhat, adding 31 for the second wicket.  39 for 2.  But as so often happens in cricket, the old adage that “one brings two” then applied.  39 for 1 became 39 for 3.    Another steadying exercise to be done.  And it was, at least temporarily.  The score move past 50, and had reached 63 before the fourth wicket fell.  And then to re-emphasise the aforementioned adage, the fifth wicket fell on the same score.  63 for 3 had become 63 for 5, and the side were in difficulty.  And when the sixth wicket fell on 72, the difficulty looked even more acute.  Enter Rameez Hassan.  Batting at eight, Hassan took the attack to Albert Park bowlers, stroking two 4s, and three 6s, en route to finishing as the not out batter.  He’d rescued things somewhat, seen his side through the 100 barrier, and – when the final wicket fell, and the innings closed – on to 126.  126 all out.  Not ideal, but a score that’s been defended before.  The visitors needed 127 for the win.

And the visitors from Newlands started safely enough.  21 for 1 didn’t result in a clatter of wickets, in fact they’d pushed reply on to 66 before the second dismissal came.  But 66 for 2 chasing just 127 wouldn’t have seen alarm bells ringing in the away dressing room.  More wickets were needed, and quite quickly.  The third fell on 89, then another on 95, then another on 97.  Now it was sort of getting interesting.  Tariq Din – who’d finish with 3 for 18 – and Saad Salim – who’d also record a “3-for” – were doing the damage, and with Albert Park’s number three, Khalid, having retired hurt, 97 for 5 was effectively, 97 for 6.  So 30 still needed, and four wickets in hand.  Former Poloc junior Khan was, however, holding Albert Park’s reply together.  Batting at five, Khan would eventually steer his side to the win, his unbeaten 26 being enough to secure the 25 points.  So, ultimately, disappointing, but as always, also, some highlights: Hassan’s counter-attacking 35*, and Salim’s and Din’s bowling, all being worthy of mentions, with a mention in dispatches to Humza Baig for his three catches.  [Scorecard]

Not another one! [posted 23/07/22]

Shawholm must be one of the unluckier sides this season, todays seeing their third abandonment of what – to many – has seemed a fairly dry summer.  This time, bad luck struck at “Hamilton Crescent”, where hosts Partick got their reduced overs innings completed, only for the weather to put paid to any reply being possible.  And Partick will be as disappointed as the Shawholm players at the decision – taken by appointed umpires – having posted 223 for 6 in their allotted 30 overs.

17 for 2 early – both wickets snapped up by skipper Waseem Ahmed – had seen the home side in a bit of both, but healthy contributions from the rest of the top order – Deshmukh, Williams, and Wilson – meant the early innings wobble was, only that, just a wobble.  The Shawholm bowlers plugged away spiritedly, albeit 30 runs conceded in wides – 1-an-over – didn’t help their cause.  Ahmed’s 6-2-16-2 figures was the clear standout return for any of the Shawholm bowlers, the rest all taking a bit of tap, and going at more than 6s.  But as it turned out, the weather would have the final say; match abandoned at the break.  [Scorecard]

Peaked early [posted 16/07/22]

At 17 for 4 early in their innings, Whitehaugh – today’s visitors to “Shawholm” – were in, you might say, a spot of bother.  Aasim Khurshid and Waseem Ahmed – opening the bowling for Shawholm, had torn through the Paisley’s team’s top order, with Gilmour (0), Arbuckle (0), McMillan (2), and Miller (2) all “back in the hutch”.  But the visitors aren’t division title contenders for no reason, and Shawholm’s spectacular start soon started to fade, as – first – 35 runs were added for the fifth wicket, then 66 for wicket seven.  The experienced Whitehaugh middle order was showing their nous, Sadagopan (26), Allan (32), and Mohiagha (18), at seven, eight, and nine, respectively, digging in, and seeing their side through to a defendable total.  And that total would be 161, albeit Whitehaugh had left more than seven overs unused.  Though, that said, it could be argued they did actually face 50 overs, Shawholm inexplicably gifting 48 runs in wides and no balls.  Extraordinary.  So they were chasing 162 to win, when just over the ton could’ve been their target had the bowlers been more accurate.  And every bowler was a cuplrit.  Ahmed and Khurshid, who’d been so devastating at the start conceded 30 of the runs given away in wides and no balls, and even Ahmed-Raza Hanif, electing to play in the Shawholm side today, would, unusually for him, concede 5 runs in wides.  Khurshid would end up with 4 for 41 from his ten overs, though this could’ve been 4 for 21 had he had more control.  Tariq Din was also in the wickets, his “3-for” reflected in figures of 7.5-2-15-3.  Economy-wise Hanif’s 10-1-25-0 was the stand-out, albeit a fifth of the runs conceded were those pesky extras.

So to the run-chase.  Like the first innings, the Shawholm reply started with a stutter or two.  Actually two.  Two early wickets.  19 for 2, with Zaki Tariq (2) and Khurshid (2) both out.  Tariq’s opening partner, Osama Baig (18), tried to steady things, but would be fourth out when the score had reached 45, the third batter dismissed being Haroon Khan (1).  45 for 4 then.  Actually, for 5, as Anil Roy (0) came and went without troubling the scorers.  A real mountain to climb then.  The two mountaineers with this task were Balawal Fahim and Hanif.  Fahim (21), like Hanif (11), was making his Shawholm debut for the season, and the two would add 29 before being separated.  Fahim was the man to go.  Hanif and new partner Din then put on 27 for the seventh wicket, but as other partnerships before theirs, it ended just as it might’ve been beginning to look promising.  The innings then sort of petered out, 101 for 7 becoming 126 all out, Humza Baig (1) the last man out, in the 40th over, run out by Farrukh.  Ahmed was left with the sheriff’s badge, and the side had gone down by 35 runs…..some 13 runs fewer than the wides and no balls conceded.  However it should, perhaps, quickly be added that Whitehaugh, too, conceded exactly the same numbers of both types of bowling extras.  So in a match where the total runs scored were 287, no fewer than 96 were wides and no balls!  There’ll be umpires somewhere in the west of the country this evening with very sore arms!  [Scorecard]

Shawholm do the double over Bothwell [posted 09/07/22]

In low-scoring match at “Shawholm” today, Bothwell were defeated for the second time this season, Shawholm completing a home-and-away double over the Bothwell Castle Policies team.  Batting first Shawholm ground out 137, before being bowled out in the 34th over.  The score – low though it was – could’ve been worse had it not been for lower order runs from Anil Roy(28), and Rameez Hassan (36), batting, respectively, at seven and either.  Their knocks included ten 4s, and were at odds with the other innings played, batters struggling to get on top of the visitors’ bowling.  Openers Osama Baig (15), and Zakki Tariq (7) had put on 16 before they were separated, but 16 for 1 then – too quickly – became 29 for 5 as Aasim Khurshid, Hasan Rafiq, and Awace Ahmed all recorded blobs, whilst Saad Salim, though avoiding a Webbed Feet Award entry, scored just the solitary run.  Hassan and Roy really rescued their side, as, after coming together when the sixth wicket fell on 40, they added 69 together.  But 137 would be all that was eventually posted, and at the break it was maybe odds-on the visitors.

And by contrast, Bothwell’s innings started quite sensibly.  Walsh and Sharif did depart early – 8 for 2 – however Singh (42), batting at three, then steered his side to 44 for 2, before the third wicket fell.  And this really started the pattern that would be seen for the rest of the innings: wickets falling at regular intervals.  Salim was the main threat, and would end up with 4 for 24, Waseem Ahmed, Tariq Din, and skipper Rafiq each taking a brace of wickets.  Bothwell were eventually bowled out for just 115, though at 112 for 7 they would still have held thoughts of reaching their target.  But it wasn’t to be, and it was Shawholm that took the win points in this low-scoring affair.  In an unusual-looking second innings scorecard, four Bothwell batters were adjudged LBW, three were bowled, and there were caught out – Rafiq holding on to all three.

So league win number four for Shawholm, as they move to a four-and-five record.  [Scorecard]

Heavy defeat in Paisley [posted 02/07/22]

For the second time in three days a ‘Loc side went to Paisley and came back on the wrong end of a heavy defeat.  Thursday past it was Poloc in the Rowan Cup semi-final; today it was Shawholm who ran into a juggernaut in the form of hosts Meikleriggs.  Batting first, the home side posted 253 for 7, with big scores from their middle order batters, Vejandla, Tahir, and Malik.  This after the Shawholm bowlers had managed to keep things relatively tight up-top.  Waseem Ahmed and Aasim Khurshid had shared the new cherry, the former ending up with a “3-for”, dismissing Mahapatra, Malik, and Mahmood.  However, both opening bowlers would end up seeing their full ten-over complements going at north of 4.5 runs-a-over, and it would be skipper Hasan Rafiq that would return the most economical figures, his ten overs costing just 29 runs, and seeing him take a solitary wicket, opener Tufail being trapped LBW.  254 to win then.

Unlike the home side, however, Shawholm just couldn’t create partnerships.  Wickets fell at regular intervals, with only Osama Baig, who opened with Abdullah Rana, Khurshid, and Rameez Hassan getting in to double figures.  With the gift of 22 in extras from their hosts, the Shawholm innings eventually closed on 99.  Not all out however, but for 9 – effectively all done though! – with Haris Khan unable to bat due to injury.  Our best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.  99 for 9 then, and a thumping defeat, by 154 runs.  The season’s now pretty much set theme continues therefore, not enough runs scored making winning games hard.  [Scorecard]

Well beaten [posted 25/06/22]

Shawholm were on the end of a heavy defeat today down in Alloway, as Cambusdoon racked up 368 for 4 batting first, before skittling Shawholm for just 153 inside 40 overs.  A thumping win for the home side therefore, the winning margin a mere 215 runs.  So were there any silver linings on a pretty cloudy day in cricketing terms?  Well, actually, there were.  Amidst the carnage of the first innings, that saw two home centurions in Maxwell (104*), and Borland (133*), Haris Khan returned the almost ridiculous figures of 10-3-24-2, with Tariq Din also getting through eight overs each costing less than 4-and-a-half runs on average.  From this you’d be right to conclude some of the other bowling figures were Certificate 18 stuff, five of the ten [Ed’: yes, 10!] bowlers used going at more than 11-and-a-half runs-an-over.  And before going on to talk about the Shawholm reply, it’s worth mentioning Borland’s knock again.  133 not out is impressive enough, but when it’s from just 59 deliveries it’s really the stuff of fantasy cricket.  Well batted to him.

So, just the 369 runs to win…..  And the reply started in the worst possible fashion, Shawholm losing their first wicket with 0 on the scoreboard.  36 were then added by Aasim Khurshid and Zen Kamran, the two being separated when Kamran departed for 10.  Khurshid would go on,…..and on though.  In fact he’d bat with most of the line-up as he scored 80 (100) to ensure some dignity to the side’s reply.  Around him, aside Kamran, only Abdullah Malik (16) got in to double figures, Shawholm being grateful to extras (29) for the second highest contribution.  James Cathcart ended up with the sheriff’s badge, as the final wicket went down in the 39th over, 153 on the ‘board.  A hefty defeat therefore but – yes – there were those bright spots: Khan’s bowling, and Khurshid’s knock both being deserving on not ending up on the losing side.  [Scorecard]

Regulation [posted 18/06/22]

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

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

Don’t they we didn’t tell you! [posted 15/06/22]

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

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

Shawholm romp to the win [posted 07/06/22]

Shawholm secured their first win in this season’s Western Cup.  After an abandonment, a loss, and a cancellation, and with tonight seeing the win, it’s to be fully expected that next Tuesday’s final group stage game will see a tie!  Back to tonight’s game though.  Batting first, Hughenden, the home team, posted 96 for 6 in their twenty overs, with contributions in the teens from all but one of the batters who got out.  Ahmed (3) was the exception.  And just as there was no absolute standout individual batting performance, the Shawholm bowling unit performed well as a unit.  If push-came-to-shove, an observer might, however, opt for the bowling plaudits to be given to Hamaad Anwar again, his 4-0-11-2 return seeing him dismiss both the home side’s openers.

Set 97 to win, Shawholm sent out Hunnain Sohail and Zen Kamran to see if they could their side off to a good start.  And they did.  In fact they gave them both a good start, and good ending, batting through to the sixteenth over, and reaching their target on the first ball of that over.  Sohail finished on 51*, an innings that included six 4s, and Kamran ended on an unbeaten 29 (two 4s), having played the supporting role.  So a ten-wicket win, and, as importantly, for the group table, a fillip for the side’s NRR.  [Scorecard]

Tough day in the sun [posted 04/06/22]

Shawholm made short trip to Crossmyloof to take on Titwood today, but couldn’t return with the win points.  Set a daunting 252 to win, the side capitulated in the run-chase, slumping to 100 all out.  As last week – albeit seven days ago it contributed to a win against Albert Park – the side were grateful for a bumper gift of extras from their opponents.  Today’s 29 runs at least allowed the ‘board to register three figures in the total column, with only two batters – Irfan Hanif (21), and Anil Roy (16) – reaching double figures.  In a batting display to be forgotten, four more entries in the Webbed Feet Award resulted from the side’s attempted run-chase, with Titwood eventually running out 152-run winners, and seeing Shawholm’s league record this season slip to 2 and 3.

The big target was set in a strong first innings batting performance from the home side’s top order.  The openers – Khan (76), and Farid (47) – put on three figures for the first wicket, whilst Thaker (29) and Faisal (58) added important middle order runs to see 250 passed.  For Shawholm, Hamaad Anwar’s bowling was again the standout, his off-spin returning figures of 10-1-29-2.  So back to earth with a bump after last week’s dramatic win in Newlands, with musings as to how to bat 50 overs, and build partnerships, set to continue for another week at least.  [Scorecard]

Shawholm record second league win [posted 24/05/22]

Shawholm travelled to Newlands today, to play “Albert Park”, and returned with a 25-point haul after winning a thriller.  Set 169 to beat their hosts, at 129 for 8 the side looked destined to record an “L”, and not a “W”.  But Rameez Hassan (22*) and Hamaad Anwar (15*) had other ideas, putting on an unbeaten 40-run, ninth-wicket, partnership to see their side home.  The run-chase had started well too, openers Irfan Hanif, and Zen Kamran, putting on 49 for the first wicket, assisted by some wayward bowling up-front by the home side’s opening bowler, Khan.  But 49 for 0 would be but a distant memory of confidence in chasing down 169 when only two of the middle order managed to get in to double figures.  Awace Ahmed (14), at seven, nudged a few important runs, before the Hassan/Anwar Show took centre stage.  169 for 8 was the final score, the side reaching their target in the 45th over.

The target of 169 had been set by the home side batting first, and owed much to Albert Park’s middle order: Ameen (24), Mahal (29), Afzal (11), and Khan (23), batting at three, four, five, and six, adding important runs.  The Shawholm bowlers, however, helped themselves, limiting the bowling extras to just 16 runs.  This’d be crucial in the end, and compared to Albert Park’s bowling unit conceding no fewer than 49 runs in wides and a no ball.  Remarkable.  Skipper Hasan Rafiq took 3 for 24, whilst Hamaad Anwar again bowled beautifully to return figures of 10-4-24-1.  [Scorecard]

Chance missed [posted 24/05/22]

Shawholm were back in Western Cup action this evening, hosting Strathclyde in the second group stage match.  After last Tuesday’s abandonment, the side was looking to register a “W” in the competition with the aim of progressing out of the group.  After the toss, they were batting first, with Saad Salim and Mohammad Chaudhry opening.  14 were added by the pair, before Salim departed for 4 (14), caught behind off the bowling of Dar, chasing a wide delivery.  Calum James was Chaudhry’s new partner, and they’d add 27 at a decent lick before Chaudhry had to say goodbye to a second batting partner.  James, like Salim before him, departed courtesy of a grab by Mirza, his 12 coming just fourteen deliveries.  41 for 2.  Next in was the skipper, Hasan Rafiq.  He, like James, managed to get going from the get-go, and was busily going along at nearly a run-a-ball before – after some deliberation from the umpires as to whether a delivery had bounced twice – he was bowled by Tariq.  16 off eighteen deliveries for Rafiq.  Chaudhry was still there however, and looked set to steer his side to a big score.  Now he had inderjit Dulai for company, but Dulai would be the batter left in the middle when the fourth Shawholm wicket fell, Chaudhry run out by a direct hit by Singh, for a better-than-a-run-a-ball 45, an innings that included five 4s.  After Chaufhry’s departure home hopes of 120+ dissipated, and the side would lose one more wicket (Awace Ahmed, for 6) as they eventually posted 109 for 5.  110 to win then, for the visitors.

And win they did, reaching their target – Mudassir scoring the winning runs with a maximum – in the penultimate over.  115 for 2, with opener Rafiq (51*) batting through.  He’d had Singh (11) for company early on, before the latter was bowled by Jobanjit Singh.  Singh’s 4-1-18-1 was the standout bowling spell in Shawholm’s unsuccessful defence of their total, with Hasan Rafiq’s 4-0-10-0 also being important in the middle overs as Shawholm clawed their way in to the box seat with eight overs left,  However they couldn’t contain Rafiq, who – with Umer, and Mudassir – steered the Strathclyde ship home.  A disappointing result then, with the side in the hunt until the last few overs when things got a bit ragged in the field, and with the ball.  13 runs gifted in wides and no balls, in a match one with just seven balls left, is also criminal, and – as so often – really counts against the culprits.  [Scorecard]

Second best [posted 22/05/22]

Shawholm travelled to Paisley this afternoon, to take on Whitehaugh.  Eventually losing by a wide margin, this was, however, a slightly off game.  A glance at the scorecard evidences this, two batters scoring 135 between them – “them” being the Whitehaugh openers Gilmour (89) and Arbuckle (36) – whilst, of the other twenty players to strap on their pads, and get out to the middle, only three would reach double figures.  The collapso cricket started pretty much as soon as Whitehaugh lost their first wicket, number three Lauder (2) setting the new trend, and being followed by batting scores of 2, 4, 5, 5, 6, 5, 2, and 0.  198 all out, with extras – at 42 – comfortably second-highest scorer.  Strange, but true.  For Shawholm, Saad Salim (3 for 39), and Hasan Rafiq (3 for 50) had been the leading wicket-takers, with Abdullah Malik – making his 2022 season entrance – returning 4-0-20-2.  Hamaad Anwar, opening with his off-spin might also stake a claim to the bowling plaudits, return 10-2-13-0 – well bowled sir.  199 to win.

However as has already been stated, the Shawholm batters, in the main at least, decided they’d follow Lauder’s lead and not Gilmour’s ands Arbuckle’s, with only Salim (27), and Rafiq (19*) getting close to batting pass-marks.  76 all out, Whitehaugh being far less generous in the extras stakes, in fact you might suggest they were downright stingy, conceding just the 7 runs in wides.  Four Shawholm batters added entries in the 2022 “Webbed Feet” Award listing, and four others didn’t get past 5.  So a thumping defeat, and work to do with bat [Ed’: obviously!], but, also, ball – 42 extras makes it a long day in the field, no matter the weather, and means your opposition is facing north of 55 overs, five of them going at the equivalent of a-run-a-ball!  Ouch.  [Scorecard]

Washout! [posted 17/05/22]

Tonight’s Western Cup group stage match – the first between Milngavie CC and the club – lasted just five overs, as the forecast early evening rain duly arrived pretty much on time.  Shawholm had been invited to bat first, and Mohammad Chaudhry (11*) and Calum James (8*) were trotting along nicely when the rain decided enough was enough.  25 for 0, after five overs, match abandoned.  [Scorecard]

Shawholm lose out in low scoring game [posted 14/05/22]

Partick made the short trip over the river from their eponymous home to take on Shawholm this afternoon.  And after a week of rotten weather, Adam Richardson had miraculously presented the ground in great shape, and the day would be blessed with fine weather.  The visitors, after winning the toss, decided to insert their hosts, and so Shawholm batted first.  And the Partick skipper’s choice seemed genius as the home side struggled from the get-go.  32 for 5 was bad, but it turned out it was actually pretty much par, as the second five wickets generated only 1 more run.  Extras, in particular wides, comfortably top-scored, as only Usman Baig, with 14 (48), got in to double figures.  65 all out, including 19 in wides!  And as if to reinforce his decision to insert Shawholm, Partick skipper Sandhu helped himself to figures of 9-3-12-4.

66 to win then.  Surely the runs would be knocked off quickly, and at least everyone would get in to watch the FA Cup final?  At 34 for 4 it wasn’t quite so clear who might prevail, though the rate of dismissals certainly meant that Wembley’s 4.45pm kick-off didn’t looked like being missed!  Aasim Khurshid, as seven days previously against Bothwell, had ripped out the opposition top order.  Last week it was the Bothwell top three, today Partick’s.  He’d finish with 3 for 22 in seven overs, but would be challenged for the bowling plaudits by Hamaad Anwar who bamboozled the Partick middle order with his off-spin, returning figures of 5-4-1-2.  Remarkable.  But, and despite losing two more wickets (Hasan Rafiq grabbing the other one), Partick would get across the finish line in the 24th over, to run out four-wicket winners.

The combined scorecard read 131 for 16 in just 50.4 overs – bonkers really!  [Scorecard]

Shawholm sneak home in a thriller! [posted 07/05/22]

It was “Bothwell Castle Policies” for thrills today, as Shawholm sneaked home, with just one wicket in hand, against hosts Bothwell in a low-scoring affair.  Set just 86 to win, the run-chase would go to the wire, James Cathcart, Shawholm’s number eleven, being called up to pull a Jahanzeb delivery through mid-wicket in the 30th over to seal the win.  Just.  And Cathcart was needed after a batting collapse by his team-mates that had mirrored what had happened in the first innings.  That innings had seen Bothwell skittled out for just 85, Aasim Khurshid doing most of the damage early on when he cleaned up the hosts’ top three batters.  38 for 3.  Saad Salim (2 for 8), Anil Roy (2 for 6), and Hasan Rafiq (2 for 12) then each taking a brace as only two Bothwell batters got in to double figures.  20 runs in extras boosted the dismal home batting display to see some sort of respectability applied to the total.  85 all out inside 25 overs; 86 to win.

But then a second batting collapse.  Actually it was worse.  17 for 3 worse.  Then 25 for 5!  Five of the top six Shawholm batters had failed to reach 7, and it would be left to skipper Rafiq (25) to claw his side back in to the contest.  Salim (10) gave him some support, but neither could see their side home.  And so it was to that dramatic ending.  Fahid Iqbal (1), faced 25 deliveries, but would also depart, leaving last pair – Shehroz Hussain and Cathcart – to try and secure the win.  And they did just that, Cathcart holding his nerve, and pulling a short delivery from Jahanzeb to get across the winning line.  Again, just!  [Scorecard]

Washout! [posted 30/04/22]

As could almost be predicted after a gloriously sunny and, at times, beautifully warm, April, the league season-opening Saturday saw rain, more rain,…..and more rain.  In fact just 2.4 overs were bowled in the home match between Shawholm and Meikleriggs, the visitors from Paisley managing to nip out Ehsan Rafiq in that time to see the hosts on 7 for 1 when play was halted.  An hour later, and it was handshake time as both skippers, and their teams, were content that completing a game just wasn’t going to happen.  So week one, and it’s the #Scottishsummer that’s the winner!  [Scorecard]

Archived match reports 

You can read earlier, and prior season, match reports online in our archive too.

2nd XI league and cup fixtures 2022

The 2nd XI compete in the Western Union, as well as the Western Cup.

Senior practice

Senior coaching and net practice takes place, at “Shawholm”, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 6.30pm.  Sessions can, but do not necessarily always, involve net practice, but, even if underfoot conditions are not conducive to having “nets”, fielding and catching practice is often undertaken.

The club has a large grass practice square with two mobile net cages as well as all-weather astro-turf net bays.

Indoor net sessions are also organised during the off-season.

Outdoor practice sessions start in April and run throughout the season – new members (of whatever standard) are always welcome.

Directions to “Shawholm” can be found on the Find us section of the website.