Welcome to the Western District Cricket Union website.  The Union organises and promotes cricket to half the population of Scotland, from Dumfries & Galloway in the south-west, up the west coast, and across the central belt to the Forth Valley.  We co-ordinate with the West District Junior Cricket Union, local authorities and Cricket Scotland to encourage youth development and provide a structured developmental pathway with the aim of allowing the game to flourish and grow at all levels.  From the Premier Division to the Greenwood Trophy, the Union provides competitions for all its member clubs, from 50-over Saturday cricket to competitive T20 competitions.



Latest news and notices

  • ‘Home Office immigration rules for cricket’ and Cricket Scotland position statement (11th February 2019)

    Please see the links below to information documents from The Home Office regarding rules for professional and amateur cricketers. Also attached is a guidance note to clubs from Cricket Scotland.

    Cricket Scotland Position on Home Office Rules

    Home Office Immigration Rules for Cricket Overview

    Home Office Overseas Players Amateur v Professional

  • WDCU Saturday League Fixtures 2019 – ‘A message from the Chairman’ (9th February 2019)

    The Saturday League fixtures have now been issued. As ever, there have been some significant challenges in compiling these, including the spread of different sides across divisions, ground availability and the CS play off date for Premiership. My thanks to Iain Kennedy our Administrator, and supporting committee members for the work involved in doing this. I note below some key points in relation to the fixture list.
    The priority has been to play as many of the fixtures on Saturdays as possible, and moving games to a Sunday has only been done as a last resort.

    We have used 20 weekends between late April and end August to maximise Saturday games. In particular, Division 1 is starting and finishing a week later than the Premier League, due to ground availability issues in late April. One Premier Reserve Division game is being played on the 20th of April. Some Division 4 fixtures will also be on 31st August. This is quite similar dates to many previous seasons. The Premier League has to start and finish earlier due to the very early date of the CS play off this year.

    One result of this is that there are some sequences of home or away fixtures, and also occasional Saturdays when some clubs will have both teams away from home. This is an unavoidable consequence of the constraints noted above. We have tried to minimise this.
    On a positive note, West of Scotland CC have entered a 3rd XI to the Saturday League this season, and Hamilton Crescent will be participating in Division 4. Thanks to Stirling County for their willingness to make their second ground available to them and to East Renfrewshire pending completion of their new square.

    As there are a few cases where lower XIs of a club will be playing on a date when a higher XI is not, we would like to remind clubs of what is expected here. Clubs should not be selecting players from a higher XI which has played the day before, and the playing regulations will be amended to reflect that this year. Similarly, for those fixtures on 31st August, particularly the Premier Reserve League, the CMC do not expect to see selections which abuse the spirit of cricket or the rules of our competitions by selection of players from a higher team. Whilst some allowance can be made for form, availability and injury, the CMC will monitor team selections in these cases and take action where they consider a club has not made a ‘bona fide’ selection. If in doubt, clubs should consult the Administrator in advance.’

    Duncan Paterson, Chair CMC.

    Sat League Fixtures 2019 Final AM aligned

  • Cricket Scotland Awards Dinner on Friday 8th March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow (7th February 2019)

    To celebrate a successful 2018 season, the Cricket Scotland Awards Dinner takes place at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow on Friday 8th March.
    The evening will start with a welcome drink and the opportunity to meet Scotland’s international male and female players, followed by a 3 course dinner, main speaker and the annual international player and club awards presentation.

    Evening Details
    6.30pm: Drinks reception
    7.00pm: Welcome from our MC and dinner in the main suite
    9.00pm: Guest speaker
    9.30pm: International player and club awards
    11.00pm: Closing words from our MC
    11.45pm: Last orders
    Dress code: Smart and Scottish
    Individual tickets are priced at £47 or a table of 10 for £430.
    Sponsors table available – contact commercial@cricketscotland.com

    Please go to the Cricket Scotland website to book your individual tickets

  • The West of Scotland Cricket Society of Scotland- Annual Dinner – 18th March 2019 at Titwood (7th February 2019)

    The West of Scotland Branch of the Cricket Society of Scotland are once again extending an open invitation to all cricket-lovers to their Annual Dinner at Clydesdale on Monday 18 March. The speaker this year is Alan Butcher of SUrrey, Glamorgan and England fame. Alan is a speaker who will appeal to a much wider audience than simply the members of the Cricket Society and invitation is extended to all cricket followers. more information can be found in the attached flyer and if you are interested in going along please contact Ewen McConville.

    Cricket Society 2019 dinner flyer

     

     

  • New umpires wanted – Final reminder (31st January 2019)

    The umpiring course due to be held in Glasgow in February is fast approaching. Please sign up now if you would like to commence umpiring in the West. We really need you so don’t hesitate! See info below and if you need to find out more contact course organiser Shaun Els.

    If you can’t play cricket any more, or never did for that matter, what better way to get close to all the action than becoming an umpire!  More umpires are badly needed in the west so you will never be short of an opportunity to utilise your new skills.  Details of the training courses are listed below and all you need to do now is have a look at them, apply and go along.  If you sign up and attend all three courses it’s a snip at £40. if you choose to attend an individual course then it is £30-a-course.

    The courses are all being held at Clydesdale CC where access is straightforward and a convivial learning experience is guaranteed. For further information please contact Shaun Els at this email address: whoels78@gmail.com

    “Introduction to Umpiring” – Tuesday 5th February 2019 – https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express

    “It’s your Call Umpire Education”, stage one – Tuesday 12th February to Tuesday 5th March 2019 – https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express

    “It’s your Call Umpire Education”, stage two Tuesday 12th March to Tuesday 26th March 2019 – https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express

    All course sessions run between 7pm and 9pm.

     

  • Vale of Leven CC – Quiz Night 23 March 2019 (29th January 2019)

    Vale of Leven CC are running a Quiz at the Station Bar by Alexandria Station on 23 March and would like to invite teams from other WDCU clubs to come and join in the fun. Teams can be up to 4 people and entry is just £10 per team and all entries are welcome!!

    Could interested clubs who want to enter a team please contact David Trenner at (mdseagull11@aol.com)  before 9 March.

     

  • Clydesdale CC 5-a-side football competition to raise funds for Brain Tumour research and Con de Lange (22nd January 2019)

    Calling all Scottish cricket players, supporters and followers!

    Clydesdale Cricket Club is hosting a 5-a-side football tournament in support of our former 1st XI Captain, club coach and Scotland international Con de Lange, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, and to raise money for the de Lange family and The Brain Tumour Charity.Details are as follows:

    – Sunday the 24th of February at Clydesdale Cricket Club;
    – 10am start;
    – 20 teams;
    – £150 entry per team, with squads of up to nine players;
    – BBQ running throughout the day with a burger/drink included in the entry fee;
    – food served after the final; and
    – raffle with numerous prizes to be won.

    To enter a team into the tournament please contact the number on the poster (see right).

    We hope Scottish cricket can rally round and show their support to Con and other sufferers of this condition.

    Please visit the de Lange’s Just Giving fund-raising page for more information about this extremely worthy cause.

  • Child wellbeing and protection training at Titwood, Sunday 20 January, 2019 (12th January 2019)

    Colin McDougall will deliver child wellbeing and protection training at Titwood on Sunday the 20th of January 2019.  Two separate sessions will be delivered on the day, details as follows:

    10am to 1pm: “In Safe Hands, 1”.  This will incorporate specific guidance on the Cricket Scotland Club Child Protection Policy. This course is aimed at club Child Protection Officers, Junior Convenors, etc.

    1.30pm to 3pm: PVG training.  This is aimed at clubs who have not yet engaged and clubs where the person undertaking the CPO role has changed since the initial training.

    Cricket Scotland strongly encourage clubs to make use of this opportunity.  Numbers are restricted to twenty for each course so could you please reply to Tim Hart by Thursday the 18th of January 2019 with names for each of the courses.

  • West of Scotland CC – Coach vacancy, 2019 (9th January 2019)

    West of Scotland CC, based at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, are on the lookout for a coach for season 2019. For more details on the post and how to apply please click on the link below.

    Coach vacancy

  • New umpires wanted – Final reminder (18th December 2018)

    The umpiring course due to be held in Glasgow is fast approaching. Please sign up now if you would like to commence umpiring in the West. We really need you so don’t hesitate! See info below and if you need to find out more contact course organiser Shaun Els.

    If you can’t play cricket any more, or never did for that matter, what better way to get close to all the action than becoming an umpire!  More umpires are badly needed in the west so you will never be short of an opportunity to utilise your new skills.  Details of the training courses are listed below and all you need to do now is have a look at them, apply and go along.  If you sign up and attend all three courses it’s a snip at £40. if you choose to attend an individual course then it is £30-a-course.

    The courses are all being held at Clydesdale CC where access is straightforward and a convivial learning experience is guaranteed. For further information please contact Shaun Els at this email address: whoels78@gmail.com

    “Introduction to Umpiring” – Tuesday 5th February 2019 – https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express

    “It’s your Call Umpire Education”, stage one – Tuesday 12th February to Tuesday 5th March 2019 – https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express

    “It’s your Call Umpire Education”, stage two Tuesday 12th March to Tuesday 26th March 2019 – https://booking.ecb.co.uk/c/express

    All course sessions run between 7pm and 9pm.