It is with great sadness that the WDCU has learned of the sudden death over the weekend of WoSACO umpire Brian Reid. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time
Western District Cricket Union
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 to ensure the game flourishes and grows 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
- Brian Reid (15th May 2017)
- An Evening with Sir Garfield Sobers (12th May 2017)
West Indies Cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers is coming to Scotland next month and will be holding a FREE presentation night and Q&A session at the High School of Glasgow, 637 Crow Road, Glasgow G13 1PL on Tuesday 6th June 2017. Starts at 7pm.
Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. To secure your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reminder: Complying with WDCU Rules & Playing Conditions (11th May 2017)
Analysis of the first two weeks of Umpires Reports highlights there are areas of the League Administration Rules and Playing Conditions that the WDCU CMC feel clubs need to reminded of:
- League Administration Rule Appendix 1.b.vi The pitch shall be swept and remarked (and rolled if requested) during the interval between innings. There have been too many instances already of home clubs failing to action this requirement.
- Saturday league Playing Conditions: Appendix 7 (at the end of the 1st Innings) The D/L operator will enter this information into the software, produce 4 copies of the over-by-over printout and distribute one copy each to the Home Captain, the Visiting Captain, the Scorers and the Umpires. Again there are far too many Umpires reporting back the failure to do this. The CMC would recommend ALL clubs familiarising themselves with Appendix 7 and their obligations within that Appendix.
- League Administration Rule 14.e This fee should be paid to the Umpires at the tea interval, if not before. Can all clubs please ensure that they follow this rule as it is not happening in all cases.
Please note that these are not all of the areas where clubs are failing to comply, just some of the more common ones. The WDCU CMC also note that clubs should familiarise themselves with all rules & conditions of the respective competitions and that they are obliged to comply with these rules in ALL aspects applicable to that club. Failure to address or achieve these conditions may result in sanctions being applied.
The League Administration Rules and the Playing Conditions are available on the WDCU website in the Document Centre (http://wdcu.co.uk/document-centre/)
- TR ‘Big Ron’ Irvine (7th May 2017)
It is with great sadness that the WDCU has learned of the sudden death on Thursday 4th May of Ron Irvine.
Big Ron, as he was known to everyone, was a larger than life character who played for Greenock CC 1st XI during the period from 1955 to 1974, captaining the team in 1967 and 1968. During his 1st XI career, he scored 1,736 as a hard-hitting lower-order batsman, and captured 203 wickets, bowling at a fast-medium pace from quite a height. In recent years, he had taken up umpiring and enjoyed several years on duty round the grounds of the west of Scotland before ill-health forced him to give this up.
We send our deepest condolences to his widow, Doris, and the rest of his family.
- Sandy Strang – Funeral Details (5th May 2017)
Details of Sandy Strang’s funeral are now available.
Sandy’s funeral is a private funeral, but a memorial service will be held at Sherbrooke St Gilberts Church, Nithsdale Road at 12.45pm on Wednesday 10th May which anyone wishing to attend may do so.
- Sandy Strang (3rd May 2017)
The WDCU is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Sandy Strang after a short illness. Sandy played at a high level for Clydesdale and Ferguslie for many years, with shorter spells at Kelburne and Poloc. He captained Clydesdale, and enjoyed 6 Scottish Cup wins in his career. He recently served as a Board Director of Cricket Scotland, and Executive Committee member of the WDCU until his recent illness brought an end to these roles. He was much more than just a ‘cricket person’ though, being equally gifted as a teacher, after dinner speaker and journalist, as well as an amateur footballer good enough to gain a Blue for Cambridge and play for Queens Park . The fulsome tributes appearing on social media from a whole range of sources bear witness to how highly he was regarded by so many. He was a fierce competitor and a gentleman, both on and off the cricket field. He will be greatly missed and our condolences go to his family and friends.
We understand that there will be a private funeral followed by a memorial service, and details of the latter will be announced when available.
The WDCU understand that many clubs may wish to pay their respects to him as appropriate before this weekend’s matches and would be fully supportive of this and suggest it is managed by the captains and umpires.
- 2017 Duckworth Lewis Stern (27th April 2017)
The CMC, following recommendations by Cricket Scotland are advising that for 2017 clubs should use Duckworth Lewis Stern v2.0. The software should already have been emailed to clubs by Cricket Scotland. If clubs don’t have a copy then it is available on the WDCU website (zip folder) or by emailing the Administrator. Note that this is mandatory for the Premier, First and Second Divisions.
For all other divisions, if a computer is available, then the above should be followed, where a computer is not available, then the CMC have agreed that they can use a suitable app on a phone/tablet etc. It is recommended that one of the following apps are used:
(Please note that when using an app, Umpires and both Captains must agree what app is to be used). Finally, the current Duckworth Lewis v1 paper tables can be used only in the exceptional circumstances that technology fails. Clubs are reminded that the objective is to achieve a result, and that the spirit of the game must be the first priority when matches are decided using this method. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the Administrator.
- SGM and EGM note of thanks (24th April 2017)
The WDCU CMC and Executive Committee would like to thank the member clubs for the excellent level of attendance at the SGM and EGM on Thursday evening, particularly noting that Bute County CC, Galloway CC and St. Michael’s CC made the effort to send full representation. The CMC would also like to thank the clubs for the overwhelming vote of confidence received at the SGM, and will continue in their efforts to serve the best interests of our member clubs.
- Fixtures and other administrative information (21st April 2017)
At last nights EGM Administrator Iain Murdoch mentioned a number administration matters. These are summarised below.
Clubs are asked to ensure that their contact email addresses are accurate and up-to-date. The current list that that the Administrator has is in the Document Centre section of website under Club Contacts.
The First Division has returned to a ten-team division, and the CMC has announced that there will, therefore, be relegation from this Division in line with the guidelines set out in the Saturday League administration document.
The CMC also requires completed forms for all players who will be registered as a Professionals or Overseas Amateurs to be sent to it (via the Administrator) prior to them being eligible to play in any competitive WDCU game. If a club’s Professional or Overseas Amateur is not on the WDCU website list, or is listed with a red asterisk (*), then the CMC has not received the appropriate completed form.
Match returns will be done using the same system as used in Scottish Cup. Instructions on how to submit results are available within the system. Any clubs encountering problems should contact the Administrator. The team name to use is the name of the club, and passwords are set to a default of “password”. Clubs are asked to ensure that they change this password once they access the system. The system is open for practising with, and will remain so until Wednesday the 26th of April. Clubs should feel free to add in mock results, etc. until that date. After the 26th, the system will be reset to its live status.
Deadlines for completing Match returns, summary and full scorecards, and Captains Reports are also on the website in the Match return deadlines section.
Clubs should note that there remains an issue with what D/L system is to be used in season 2017. Clarification of this will be communicated to clubs by next week and the Playing conditions updated to reflect the decision.
Clubs with queries on any of the above matters should feel free to contact the Administrator (07816-400562).
- SGM reminder (19th April 2017)
Ahead of tomorrow night’s SGM and EGM, clubs are reminded that they are entitled to send a maximum of one, or two representatives to these meetings depending on their membership category. In addition WDCU Committee members may attend, but can only vote as a representative of a member club, and not in their capacity as a WDCU Committee member. Clubs should note that any additional representatives beyond the entitlement will not be admitted to the meeting.
The SGM will only consider the motion before it, and any matters raised not pertaining to this will be declared inadmissible. Where appropriate additional matters can be raised at the EGM