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

  • Cricket Scotland announces #Beanies4BrainTumours (15th March 2019)

    Cricket Scotland has announced a new campaign, #Beanies4BrainTumours, with the aim of raising £3,500 across the club network for the Brain Tumour Charity through purchasing charity beanies and wearing them on the first game of the season.

    What is #Beanies4BrainTumours?
    On the first game of the cricket season, we invite clubs to purchase customised beanies to wear in the field during their first competitive game. The beanies, designed in partnership with Brain Tumour Charity, help show your support and raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity – which is a charity very close to the heart of Cricket Scotland. Our goal is to raise £3,500 which could fund two weeks of research for one of the Brain Tumour Charity’s leading brain tumour researchers to improve understanding and provide more targeted treatments.

    Why is Cricket Scotland doing this?
    In 2018, news of Scotland all-rounder Con de Lange’s brain tumour was made public. Since then, the community has rallied in support to raise vital funds for the Brain Tumour Charity. The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. It funds pioneering research to increase survival, raises awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours and provides support for everyone affected.

    How can my club get involved?
    To show your support for Con de Lange and the Brain Tumour Charity, you just need to take a look at the attached information pack, let us know how many beanies you would like to order and our team will do the rest. In addition to the beanies, we encourage clubs to hold a small fundraiser to raise additional funds. The Brain Tumour Charity will provide you with a free pack to do so which includes information on the charity, branding materials to decorate your clubhouse and fundraising ideas. If interested in holding your own fundraising event alongside #Beanies4BrainTumours, all you need to do is visit the Brain Tumour Charity’s website by clicking this link: Hold Your Own Fundraising Event

    We hope your club will join us in raising £3,500 to help fund two weeks of vital research.

    http://www.cricketscotland.com/beanies-4-brain-tumours/
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    Websites:
    Cricket Scotland: www.cricketscotland.com
    The Brain Tumour Charity: www.thebraintumourcharity.org
    Cricket Scotland’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cricket-scotland-brain-tumour-charity

    The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. It funds pioneering research to increase survival, raises awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours and provides support for everyone affected.
    Keep up-to-date with the #Beanies4BrainTumours campaign:
    Website: www.cricketscotland.com
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/cricketscotland
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/cricketscotlandofficial
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/cricketscotland

  • MCC On Line Umpiring Course in the laws of Cricket – Aaron Caulfield Vale of Leven CC. (14th March 2019)

    Many congratulations to Aaron Caulfield from Vale of Leven CC who has passed the above course. He is the first person to let me know he has done so since the link to the course  was published on the 20th of February. The course is for aspirant umpires, players and  player umpires it would be great if we could increase the number of passes before the start of the season.

    The Laws of Cricket online course_Certificate of Completion

    https://laws.lords.org/login/index.php

     

  • Moon and Nayma – The perfect pitch (28th February 2019)

    Cricket is a sport that can be played and enjoyed by so many people. Its not only dads and lads! Attached is a link that tells you one of the great cricket stories and highlights the pivotal role parents play in sport.

    https://sportfirst.sportscotland.org.uk/articles/perfect-pitch/

  • Duckworth Lewis Stern Edition 3 – 2019 (21st February 2019)

    The new Duckworth Lewis Stern Information for implementation in 2019 is now available. For the details please see the documents below.

    DLS3 Pack Sep 2018

  • Vacancy – Clydesdale CC – Groundsperson (21st February 2019)

    After announcing the retiral in the Spring of long term groundsman Cyril McLatchie Clydesdale CC are on the lookout for his replacement. If this is a job that is of interest to you please follow the link for details.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DaleCricket/status/1098240468075380736

  • MCC On line education course in the laws of cricket – For umpires and players. (20th February 2019)

    The WDCU is keen to increase the number of quality umpires standing in games in the West of Scotland. We are also keen to improve the standard of player umpires in games where no umpires are available. One way you can do either of these is to enrol and complete the MCC On line cricket laws course. The link for the course is below. You can work your way through the training opportunity and complete an assessment at the end.
    Once you have completed the assessment please send a copy of your certificate to the WDCU at admin@wdcu.co.uk.

    https://laws.lords.org/login/index.php

  • ‘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