Premier Reserve League, 2018 – Winners: Partick

Partick’s tremendous season continued apace at the weekend when they became the 2018 Premier Reserve League champions. Many congratulations for the remarkable effort to go through the season undefeated.

Premier Division, 2018 – Winners: Ferguslie CC

They had to wait a mammoth 51 years for this success but it was worth it. Congratulations to Ferguslie CC on winning the 2018 Premier Division. A tremendous team performance, and thoroughly well deserved!!

The Greenwood Trophy, 2018 – Winners: Partick

The second terrific final of the week resulted in a last over victory in the Greenwood Trophy for West of Scotland CC’s second string Partick. Unlike last week, the weather was kind and the crowd at Albert Park were treated to some excellent cricket. Congratulations to Partick.

Eid al-Fitr

The WDCU’s CMC has, today, contacted member clubs to advise that Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of Ramadan, is expected to occur on Saturday the 16th of June 2018.  In light of this, clubs may seek a postponement of matches on that date only, with the agreement of their opponents.  Any such postponement must be agreed by the clubs and notified to the Administrator no later than Tuesday the 5th of June 2018.

“Last man stands” – umpires needed

Paul Reddish writes, “I am looking for some help to make this year’s ‘Last man stands’ Glasgow league even bigger and bigger than last year.  I am looking for umpires to assist with the smooth running of matches – with matches due to start later this month.  Anyone interested in helping out should contact me directly. Please note that there is reimbursement (£20 per match) available.”

Fixtures and other administrative information

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).

Special General Meeting

The WDCU Executive Committee has sent notification to all clubs, by email, regarding a Special General Meeting (“SGM”) to be held on the 20th of April 2017, at “Shawholm” (Poloc CC). at 7pm.  Details are obtainable from the WDCU, through the Administrator.  Further details about the SGM will follow in due course.

New WoSACO website

Frank Johnstone, the West Appointment Officer at the West of Scotland Association of Cricket Officials, has advised that there is a new WoSACO website and clubs are asked to refer to this for up to date information on the association going forward.

All Stars Cricket

Launched on Monday 20 March, “All Stars Cricket” aims to inspire five to eight year old children to take up the sport through a fun first experience of the game.  The Cricket Scotland eight-week programme begins in May and will see participating boys and girls develop their skills and make new friends in a safe and inclusive environment at one of fourteen west-based cricket clubs who have signed up to host and run the sessions.

For more information please visit the “All Stars Cricket” website or contact either of the West Region “All Star Champions” Tim Hart and Rosy Ryan.

Hunter Cosh

It is with sadness that we report the passing of (Stephen) Hunter Cosh, a stalwart of Ayr Cricket Club and the Western Union.

Hunter, a former Captain and President of Ayr CC, was capped 42 times by Scotland as a wicket-keeper and batsman, captaining his country between 1956 and 1959 scoring 873 runs with a top score of 99. He was well liked and respected by all who knew him, and there were many, throughout the West and beyond. Our thoughts are with his wife Betty, his children Catherine, David and Gordon and all of his family and friends at this time. Hunter’s funeral will be held at Masonhill Crematorium on Friday 24 March at 3.30pm to which all family and friends are invited (family flowers only).

Cricket Scotland has paid it’s own respect to Hunter with this article.