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

  • CSMOA – Umpire Training Courses – Spring 2021 (4th March 2021)

    Please see a message regarding umpire recruitment for season 2021, including a female only course:

    CSMOA is proud to announce to its members, and more importantly, prospective members the details of 2021 training courses for Umpires.

    Due to current travel and meeting restrictions we are holding this years courses via virtual learning.

    We have two options available; an online ECB ACO accredited course, or a Zoom meeting facilitated by accredited tutors. Both courses being the equivalent to the Stage 1 ECB ACO qualification.

    For the first time we are also offering a female only Zoom course being led by an accredited female tutor, Ingeborg Bevers.

    It is essential to  pre-register for either options as spaces will be limited. The pre-registration link being http://bit.ly/3uBKSw9

    For the online course, we will provide a link after registration, and this can be completed at your own pace. For the Zoom courses we will provide joining instructions, the dates being;

    • Thursday 25th March @ 19.00 hrs
    • Thursday 1st April @ 19.00 hrs
    • Thursday 8th April @ 19.00 hrs

    For more detailed course content & CSMOA information, please visit www.csmoa.org.uk

    All courses are supported and funded by CSMOA, and are therefore free of charge to all registered participants.

    This year is a key year for umpire recruitment, so please spread the word to any interested cricketing communities, we are keen to hear from all. To this end, we attach two flyers promoting the courses for any onward communication.

    Any further queries, please contact the undersigned.

    Kind regards,

    Allan Jack – Head of Recruitment

    CSMOA

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  • WDCU club information update, 25 February 2021 (25th February 2021)

    Please see message below sent from WDCU to all club contacts on 25th February 2021.

    Please find below a club update following the most recent WDCU Executive and Cricket Management Committee meetings.  The  Cricket Scotland Regional Chairs meeting had been deferred until after the latest Scottish Government announcement and is now planned for Monday next week.  With regard to season 2021, the WDCU are still planning as full and meaningful a season as possible taking into account Covid-19 guidelines and rules.  The CMC is currently undertaking an exercise to temporarily adapt the Saturday League Administration Rules to cater for the circumstances we find ourselves in.  The rules may be subject to further change before or during the season and will be shared with clubs as soon as the current work is finalised.

    Unfortunately the Scottish Government announcement on 23rd February regarding lockdown easing, and the subsequent Cricket Scotland update on the 24th, do not indicate significant change in the short- to medium-terms and indications are that geographical movement restrictions may be in place into the early part of the season.  It is hoped that the next announcement around 15th March may provide more clarity and allow our planning to be more meaningful.

    As stated in the earlier mail I will update you as and when significant information becomes available during March and once again at the end of the month.

    Thank you to all clubs that have now submitted their initial estimates for team participation for the season.  A number of clubs have still to update me with their new club contacts for the season and more importantly any ground availability issues for the season. This was due in for 6th February so could you please return the latter to me by Friday 9th March if you haven’t done so yet.

    Could I remind clubs that your subscription for the year is now due and would ask you to arrange payment to the treasurer as soon as possible and no later than the 31st of March.

    Please also remember that we are taking ball orders for the coming season and I have reattached the order form for your use.

    Iain Kennedy
    WDCU Administrator
  • Return to cricket – Cricket Scotland message, 24 February 2021 (25th February 2021)

    Please find below a message from Cricket Scotland CEO Gus Mackay regarding a safe return to cricket this season.  This follows Tuesdays announcement from the First Minister regarding lockdown easing.

    COVID-19 update, 24 February 2021

  • Prestwick CC – Brain Tumour Charity: £4,536.96 (23rd February 2021)

    Please see below two acknowledgements of Prestwick CC members fundraising effort for the Brain Tumour Charity. The walk from Prestwick to Lords raised over £4,500. Well done to all concerned.

  • Milngavie CC – Level 2/3 Coach required (22nd February 2021)

    Milngavie CC are on the look out for a Level 2/3 qualified coach to help prepare their team for this season.  If you are interested please contact Matthew Edmonds on his email: massieedmonds@googlemail.com

  • Irvine CC player/coach opportunity, 2021 (16th February 2021)

    A paid player/coach position is available at Irvine CC.  Please see details in the document below.

    Coach advert, Irvine CC

  • Update from Cricket Scotland Chief Executive Gus Mackay (12th February 2021)

    “I am writing to update you on our positive steps towards a return to cricket in the coming months.

    “As we have throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Cricket Scotland is in regular contact with sportscotland to ensure that cricket is well represented in any plans for a return to sport.

    “The Scottish Government is currently focused on the return of schools, but if this goes well then it is likely that the country will revert to a tier system (0 to 4) in March, allowing for some sport to be played under the same kind of restrictions as last season.

    “Cricket Scotland is committed to facilitating the return of the sport as soon as is safely possible and we will continue to work with sportscotland and the Scottish Government to review restrictions on specific areas which might inhibit a return to play, for example, the sharing of transport.

    “While there is still some uncertainty around the timing, we are actively planning to help the game get up and running again as quickly as possible. We are hopeful that, as case numbers drop and the vaccines are rolled out, it will be possible for us all to enjoy a better domestic cricket season this year.

    “With that in mind we will be advertising several new short term (6-month) roles within Cricket Scotland tomorrow (Friday), including three regional Development Officers, with the aim of supporting clubs once play is possible again and maximising the number of people who have the opportunity take part in cricket in Scotland this summer.

    “I will keep you updated on any further developments once we have received more information from sportscotland.

    Gus Mackay
    CEO

  • Local authority funding for businesses struggling with Covid (4th February 2021)

    Please see below information forwarded by Cricket Scotland regarding funding that may be available to clubs struggling with COVID-19 restrictions.

    “Dear Regional Association Secretaries

    “I read today that additional funds are being offered by councils for businesses struggling from COVID – not sure if any clubs in your region will qualify for it.

    “The following link provides more information, Discretionary business support fund.”

    Iain Kennedy
    WDCU Administrator

  • WDCU, Club communication, 27 January 2021 (29th January 2021)

    Please see the most recent communication from WDCU sent to clubs earlier this week.

    Following recent communications regarding planning for this season I would like to update you on a few things.  I am still waiting on a small number of responses to my request for clubs initial estimates for team participation for this season. A number of the outstanding clubs have informed me that it will be with me shortly which is good. To those yet to contact me at all (six clubs) could you please provide a reply even if it is that you are really unsure at this time.

    It would also be helpful if clubs could inform me if there are likely to be any dates where your ground will be unavailable during the season and including the first two weeks in September as this may be a period where games are scheduled. If you could let me know on both counts by Friday the 6th February that would be great.

    Also if you would like a sponsors name attached to your teams for this year please let me know if you haven’t already done so. These can be added in up until the middle of March.

    Could I also inform you that both the WDCU Executive and CMC are meeting regularly to undertake the complex planning for the forthcoming season. WDCU is also represented at planning meetings being hosted by Cricket Scotland dealing with similar issues from a national perspective. As all these discussions are at an early stage and there are significant uncertainties regarding Covid 19 restrictions no fixtures lists will be published in the immediate future.

    I will provide clubs with an update in mid February following the next round of meetings and at the end of each month. Should any significant information become available I will share that as I get it.

    Iain Kennedy
    WDCU Administrator

  • sportscotland, “Racism in sport project” (26th January 2021)

    Please see information below from Nic Wilson regarding an ongoing racism in sport project.  Please feel free to participate if you are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community.

    “Dear cricket-in-Scotland network,

    “We are asking for your help by sharing this email with your network of members, coaches and match officials. AKD Solutions are carrying out this work for sportscotland and there are more details in this news article.

    “Background to project:

    sportscotland have recently commissioned a piece of work along with UK Sport and the other home country sports councils on race and racism in sport.  We are looking for your help to promote this.

    “The research asks people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to share their knowledge and understanding of accessing, being involved in, or being excluded from sport.  The research will run from now until 15th February 2021.

    “There are a few ways people can take part:

    • Upload their story to the website
    • Register to take part in online forums (discussion groups).

    “Website for sharing stories and signing up for online forums – Forums link on website

    “Direct link to register for Scotland forum (link) on Friday 29th January 7.30pm to 9pm

    “We want to get as much engagement across Scotland as possible so could you please share across your organisation, networks and groups you work with.

    “Your support with this is much appreciated.”