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

  • Club Update – 7 (21st June 2019)

    Sorry there was no club update last week. Time just got ahead of me!! Here is this week’s:

    As we approach the half way stage of the season the leagues and cup placings are beginning to take shape. GHK, GHK Strathclyde, Kirkstyle and Motherwell are the only unbeaten teams in the Saturday league so well done to them. Can they stay that way at the half way stage?

    There was a dip in clubs fully submitting their scorecards, Captain’s reports and fair play scores last week and this is a reminder that they are compulsory. Please remember that if you have no umpires in your games you must score the opposition team for their umpiring performance.

    Other reminders are to ensure that clubs have DLS information available and to make sure that you have clear team lines for the opposition and umpires.

    A new one for you all this week is to make sure you have enough used balls of different quality so that all balls being lost can be replaced with one of an equivalent standard. Performances like Eoin Morgan’s this week are entirely possible!!

    As we are at the half way stage next week their will be an update on the fair play scores. Who will be at the top and bottom in each league???

    Finally and once again good luck to all WDCU sides playing in national competitions this weekend.

    Iain Kennedy, WDCU Administrator

  • Western Cup – Quarter Final draw (13th June 2019)

    Congratulations to the following teams for reaching the quarter-final of the Western Cup:

    The draw is:

    GHK v St. Ninian’s
    Titwood v Deanpark
    Whitehaugh v EBC Langloan
    Albert Park v Partick

    Ties to be played on the 25th of June.

    Iain Kennedy, WDCU Administrator

  • WDCU XI v Emu touring team (Australia), Monday 10th of June , Meikleriggs, Paisley – match report (12th June 2019)

    The WDCU XI was hit by three late call offs on game day morning which resulted in three replacements being called in at short notice. Nkosana Mpofu, Moneeb Iqbal and Fazal Jawad all missed out due to injuries sustained in Scottish cup ties. Haroon Tahir (Ferguslie), Fergus Clarke (Uddingston) and Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew) all came into the team at very short notice to face the strong touring Emus side from Australia for their first game. The touring team consisted of players aged up to 24 with a number having played Grade cricket and were accompanied by Pete Clifford the former Greenock professional and a group of enthusiastic supporters.

    On a glorious sunny, warm summers day in June, yes we are talking about Scotland, at Meikleriggs WDCU XI captain Aamir Gul won the toss and elected to bowl on a green wicket in a 50 over a side game with ODI rules and pink balls.

    The opening bowlers for the WDCU team, Umair Khan and Gavin Smith, utilised the conditions well and made early in-roads with the Emus rocking at 33 for 4 after 9 overs, with Khan and Smith taking two wickets apiece including a caught and bowled for both. As is the Australian way the Emus fought back with James Psarakis and Alec Baldwin taking the total to 102 before a sharp piece of fielding by Haroon Tahir resulted in Psarakis being run out. This brought Ben McMahon to the crease who shared a stand of 42 with Baldwin before he was caught by Lucas Farndale at slip of the bowling of skipper Gul. The Emu’s total had reached 144 for six with overs in hand and there was still a chance to add substantially to the total as the dangerous Baldwin was still at the crease. Unfortunately for the Emus this did not materialise as they only added a further 18 runs after the reintroduction of Khan into the attack finishing on 162 all out in 37 over. Baldwin was stranded on 52 not out of 86 ball including seven boundaries. Umair Khan was leading wicket taker for the WDCU XI with figures of seven overs, three maidens, 4 for 16 , closely followed by Aamir Gul whose figures were, six overs, 3 for 20, and Gavin Smith was the only other bowler to pick up wickets ending with five overs, one maiden, 2 for 23. The WDCU team fielded well restricting the singles but took the foot of the gas in the middle of the innings where the Emus batters took advantage of some loose bowling.

    WDCU openers Imran Mughal and Muhaymen Majeed were given the task of getting their team of to a decent start, Mughal was hitting his shots well but perished LBW to Dan Cranitch who was bowling at a pace not often experienced by WDCU batters. Mughal departed for a run-a-ball 27. The WDCU batters were struggling in the face of some tight bowling from the Emus’ bowlers, and there was a lack of intent in taking singles and the strike rotation was just not there with the batters getting bogged down. The WDCU team limped along losing wickets until the arrival to the crease of Lucas Farndale and Chris Brockwell brought a bit of urgency to the game and increase in the run rate. Just when it looked like the WDCU team was back in with a shout Brockwell holed out with the score on 102 but at 6 down and 18.5 overs still remaining there was still hope. Unfortunately that did not last long, when Tom Lord, the seventh wicket, fell on 110, only 1 further run was added for the last three wickets. The WDCU XI team all out 111 in 34.4 overs, top scorer was Mughal on 27 closely followed by Farndale who scored 24.

    A disappointing batting performance.

    Spinner Scott Brennan was the pick of the Emus’ bowlers with figures of six overs, two maidens, 4 for 14, with seamers Dan Cranitch, Angus MacNeil and Ben McMahon all picking up two wickets apiece.

    Man of the match went to Alec Baldwin for his 52 not out and Umair Khan was man of the match for the WDCU XI team for his bowling efforts of 4 for 16 and he was presented with an Emus tie from the Emus management team. Pete Clifford also presented Ferguslie Vice President Iain Glassford with a plaque to thank Ferguslie for hosting the game and their excellent hospitality. Finally a big thanks to the players of both teams and the individuals who played a part in the organisation of the game.

    Sai Majeed, WDCU

    Pictures courtesy of Bill Wilson

  • Club update – 6 (7th June 2019)

    I’m still hoping the rain goes off!! This week can I remind all clubs that the umpires should be paid promptly please. I have had reports of umpires having to ask for their fees. This is not  acceptable. Please remember that each team has the responsibility to pay one umpire. Teams that repeatedly fail to do this will face a sanction.

    The information on player umpiring and fair play is building up. As you would expect some teams are not doing so well and close scrutiny is now being carried out on reports in so far. In all self umpired games please umpire fairly as that is in the ‘spirit of the game.’ Captains are reminded that they are responsible for their own behaviour and that of their team and they will be held responsible for it. Keep the fair play scores coming in as they are rich with information!

    A wee reminder from last week is the requirement to provide opposition teams with an accurate printed team sheet on game days. This has not been fully achieved to date so clubs are reminded of this requirement. All photographs should be clear so there is no ambiguity regarding any player. If you have any player photographs that are not clear they should be updated on PlayerReg. Finally on this point clubs are asked to make sure that the names in scorebooks match those on your teamsheet. This is important for the integrity of the league.

    To finish off good luck to all the WDCU teams taking part in the national cup competitions this weekend.

    Iain Kennedy, WDCU Administrator

  • WDCU Select XI v Emu touring side from Australia at 1pm on Monday, 10th of June, at Meikleriggs, Paisley. (7th June 2019)

    A WDCU Select XI has been picked to play against a touring side from Australia. The young touring side has former Greenock professional Peter Clifford as guide and mentor. The game at Meikleriggs in Paisley is one of a number of games planned over the next fortnight and we hope a number of spectators will come along to take in the action. Congratulations to those selected and here is the team:

    Aamir Gul, Tunnock’s Uddingston, Captain
    Moneeb Iqbal, East Kilbride
    Imran Mughal, East Kilbride
    Umair Khan, East Kilbride
    Lucas Farndale, McCrea FS West of Scotland
    Gavin Smith, McCrea FS West of Scotland
    Tom Lord, Prestwick
    Fraser McDonald, Prestwick
    Fazal Jawad, Prestwick
    Israr Hussain, Renfrew
    Nkosana Mpofu, Ferguslie
    Chris Brockwell, ETGB St. Michael’s

  • Club update – 5 (31st May 2019)

    Given that there was very little cricket played last weekend here is a reminder of last weeks main update. Please remember that all short summaries, full scorecards, captains reports for all Saturday games and fairplay reports now need to be completed accurately and on time. Failure to do so will mean that sanctions will be applied. This is the last reminder….

    I have posted a first quarter update of the fair play scores in the link below. Please remember that these are scores that your club has given to and received from other clubs on Saturday league games. There hasn’t been too many games and some scores have not been entered so this is only a first indication. I will update it at the end of June as it will have taken better shape by then.

    One thing I would like to remind everyone of is the requirement to provide opposition teams with an accurate printed team sheet on game days. This has not been fully achieved to date so clubs are reminded  of this requirement. All photographs should be clear so there is no ambiguity regarding any player. If you have any player photographs that are not clear they should be updated on Player reg. Finally on this point clubs are asked to make sure that the names in scorebooks match those on your Team sheet. This is important for the integrity of the league.
    Last reminder for this week. Please remember if your club is  involved in player transfers as it is in season you are now required to complete and submit form TR1. Transfers requested only on Player reg will not be granted without this form having been completed beforehand.

    I hope the rain goes off!!

    Iain Kennedy WDCU Administrator.

    WDCU Fair play Updates

  • Galloway CC – Fund raiser for the Brain Tumour Charity, in memory of Con de Lange (27th May 2019)

    Galloway CC didn’t  do the beanies fundraiser but decided to hold a “pay for the teas” fund raiser on Saturday 25th May.  Williamfield were the visitors and both teams put in donations for their delicious Galloway tea. Unfortunately the match was rained off after 39 overs but that did mean both sides were able to eat plenty!  We raised £51.47 and here are pictures of the lovely tea and the players and spectators tucking in.

    Katherine Naylor

           

  • Club update – week 4 (24th May 2019)

    This weekend stages the final league games for the merry month of May. As it stands the following teams remain unbeaten on a Saturday:

    Tunnock’s Uddingston, Prestwick, PSL Team Sports Clydesdale , McCrea FS West of Scotland, Ayr, Irvine, Croma Vigilant Dumfries, East Renfrewshire, GHK, Motherwell, Cavaliers, GHK Strathclyde, Kirkstyle and Titwood. Who will remain unbeaten for the month?

    Also in April and May there has only been one player disciplinary report from Saturday league games – keep it up as that is the way it should be!!

    It should also be remembered that as of this weekend penalty points will be deducted for those clubs and teams that do not complete the following accurately and in time.

    • The short and long scorecards
    • The captain’s report (make sure all non-umpired games are marked too.  You are required to assess your opponent’s collective team umpiring!!)
    • The fair play score.

    Next week’s club update will focus on the fair play scores. We will find out how your team’s behaviour and playing in the spirit of the game has been marked by your opponents in this season so far….I wonder who will be at the top and bottom of the pile!

    Iain Kennedy, Administrator

  • Gavin Gemmell – a good news story!! (17th May 2019)

    On a weekend that produced several bad news stories in terms of player behaviour and teams not playing in the spirit of the game I received a ‘nice’ email form Bernie Mitchell from Hillhead. I thought I would share it with you…

     

    WDCU DIVISION 2 – 11th MAY 2019
    GAVIN GEMMELL
    We are all getting on.. perhaps an obvious thought but in the context of umpiring it is one which now amazes !! Yesterday I watched Gavin umpire on his own for total of just under 70 overs at Gatehouse . Naturally he was rather “slow” between ends, BUT otherwise he gave a first class performance.

    He commanded the respect of ALL the players and did not appear to put a “foot“ wrong. Amazing; and also he drove to the game from Ayr and back again on his own. All of this at the tender age of EIGHTY!!!

    Gavin is deserving of an end of season award if he continues like this.

    Yours sincerely,

    Bernie Mitchell 

    Secretary/Scorer Hillhead Cricket Club

     

    It would be nice to post something similar next week.

    Iain Kennedy, Administrator

  • Club update – week 3 (15th May 2019)

    Good weather this weekend and pretty much every game on. Everyone is now getting the short scores and extended scorecards in right on time so please keep it up. Captains are also reminded to complete their umpire reports and fair play scores.

    Please note that this will be the last bedding in weekend for the new process and failure to properly complete these forms on time will attract 5 penalty points.

    Please remember that in games where there are no umpires the captain should assess the umpiring of the opposing team in its entirety. captains are reminded to do this as failure to do so will attract a 5 point penalty.

    Finally the fair play scores took a big dip this weekend and there were several reports made to WDCU.

    I would urge all clubs to constantly remind captains and players of their responsibility to behave well and play within the Spirit of the Game.

    Iain Kennedy, Administrator