2018 League structure

Please find below the 2018 structure for the WDCU Saturday Leagues. Online are a brief covering note and a brief summary of the promotion and relegation guidelines.

The full playing conditions and regulations will follow in the New Year once the effects of the ICC’s laws 41 and 42, which are still under discussion, have been considered.

The 2018 league fixtures have been compiled and are going through the final QA checks. These will be issued in the first week of January 2018.

2018 Covering note for league structure

2018 Promotion and relegation

2018 Cup, Sunday and midweek competition applications now welcome. Deadline 12 January 2018

The WDCU will be offering the following cup/league competitions in 2018 for clubs to participate in.

Responses should be made to the WDCU Administrator (admin@wdcu.co.uk) no later than 5pm on Friday the 12th of January 2018 with clubs’ wishes for 2018 competitions. Please note that a null response will result in a club NOT being entered into any competitions in 2018.

If clubs could also please advise the name of the team(s) that they wish to register under each competition.

The 2018 competitions available are:

Sunday League: Open to all clubs. No restriction on number of teams per club.
Midweek League: Open to all clubs. No restriction on number of teams per club.
Rowan Cup: Open to all clubs in Group A below. One team per club.
McCulloch Cup: Open to all clubs in Group A below. One team per club. (Maximum of 16 teams.)
Western Cup: Open to all clubs who have a first XI in Group B below and all 2nd XIs of clubs in Group A below. One team per club. (Maximum of 20 teams.)
Greenwood Trophy: Open to all clubs who have a first XI in Group B below and all 2nd XIs of clubs in Group A below. One team per club.

Group A: All clubs who played in 2017 Premier and First Division, excluding St. Michael’s CC, but including Helensburgh CC.
Group B: All clubs who played in 2017 Divisions 2 and 3 excluding Helensburgh CC, but including St. Michael’s CC

Bobby Hill (Kilmarnock CC) – funeral details

The funeral service for Bobby Hill will be held at 12pm on Tuesday the 5th of December 2017, at St. Andrews and St. Marnock Church, St. Marnock Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1DZ (next to the Police station), and thereafter, at 1pm, at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn, KA11 4EF.

Bobby Hill (Kilmarnock CC)

Kilmarnock CC and the WDCU are deeply saddened to announce the death of club Life Member, former President, Captain, and Scottish internationalist, Bobby Hill.

Bobby came from a family intimately connected with the club, and he was closely associated with it as a player, President, committee member and supporter for his whole life.  As well as gaining several Scottish caps, he also served as Chairman of Selectors and kept a close interest in the game throughout his life.  His son Alan and nephew Jim remain heavily involved with both the club and WDCU.

WDCU Chair Alex Miller said: “Bobby was such a nice guy – a pleasure to play against, and have a drink with.  It is another sad loss to Scottish Cricket.”

Our sincere condolences go to his wife Liz, Alan, Alison, Jim and the rest of the family.

WDCU Annual Awards, winners

WDCU Premier Division Champions: Prestwick CC
WDCU First Division Champions: West of Scotland CC
WDCU Second Division Champions: Helensburgh CC
WDCU Third Division Champions: Whiteinch
WDCU Premier Reserve Champions: Titwood
WDCU First Reserve Champions: Deanpark

WDCU Evening League First Division Champions: Victoria CC
WDCU Evening League Second Division Champions: Glasgow Accies CC
WDCU Evening League Third Division Champions: Hillhead CC
WDCU Sunday League First Division Champions: Victoria CC
WDCU Sunday League Second Division Champions: Clydesdale Development XI

WDCU Premier Division Batsman of the Year: Richie Berrington (Clydesdale CC) 
WDCU Premier Division Bowler of the Year: Mitchell Rao (Prestwick CC)
WDCU First Division Batsman of the Year: Chris Brockwell  (St Michaels CC)
WDCU First Division Bowler of the Year: Callum Grant (Stenhousemuir CC)
WDCU Second Division Batsman of the Year: Paul Flanagan (Kilmarnock CC)
WDCU Second Division Bowler of the Year: Patrick Druce (Galloway CC)
WDCU Third Division Batsman of the Year: Zarak Ahad  (Whiteinch)
WDCU Third Division Bowler of the Year: Andy Fielding (Bute County CC) / Gareth James (Inverclyde CC)
WDCU Premier Reserve Division Batsman of the Year: Gowtham Rai (Bothwell)
WDCU Premier Reserve Division Bowler of the Year: Callum Henderson (Cambusdoon)
WDCU First Reserve Division Batsman of the Year: Ian Wilkinson (Williamfield)
WDCU First Reserve Division Bowler of the Year: Iftikhar Khan (Torrance House)

WDCU Annual General Meeting

The WDCU Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday the 16th of November 2017 at Poloc CC, Shawholm, at 7pm, followed by the annual awards presentation. The minutes from the last AGM and EGM, and a list of nominees standing for election can be found here: WDCU AGM and awards night files. (Accounts and reports from the various committees, the WDJCU and Cricket Scotland will follow later.)

No additional nominations to those proposed by the Executive Committee have been received for any of the office bearer roles or committee positions due for election. If any club has changed Secretary or other contact and has not notified the WDCU, could it please do so, both to the Secretary, and also via the WDCU Administrator email address (admin@wdcu.co.uk), or, if a club’s AGM is forthcoming, please remember to advise the WDCU of any changes to contact details.

Mark Colman
WDCU Secretary

Vacancy – Head Coach, Stenhousemuir CC

Stenhousemuir CC are currently advertising for a Head Coach to help drive forward their growing youth section. The club have made significant strides in the last two to three years with their junior membership growing rapidly and an ethos developing around the club that is welcoming, fun and at the heart of the local community.

The club run junior teams that compete in WDJCU and national cup competitions, and also deliver an extensive schools coaching programme that exposes local children to cricket and transitions them to the club. The club are part of Cricket Forth Valley that sees six local clubs work together to share best practice and grow junior cricket opportunities in the area, and they also participate in the “Thriving Clubs” programme that contracts the support of Sports Marketing Network to assist clubs to become more visible, vibrant and viable.

The current growth in junior members has now seen the club reaching capacity in terms of it’s coaching provision. Therefore, they are looking for a dedicated coach that can coordinate and lead a quality junior coaching programme and also help build the coaching capacity to ensure sustainable junior structures for the future.

Grant Stanley

We are hugely saddened to hear about the death of Grant Stanley overnight. Grant was a giant of a man who pro’d for Prestwick, Kilmarnock and Ayr in the 1970s and ’80s. His influence in cricket in Ayrshire, the west district, throughout Scotland and indeed the world, was immense. Always willing to take time with youngsters and seasoned players alike, Grant will live long in the memory of all who met him.

Cricket Scotland – west region Coach Education & Coach Development Calendar, 2017-18

Please find details of some upcoming courses/workshops which are available within the west region (see link at bottom of post).

Cricket Scotland is delighted that its High Performance coaching team have been able to find some time during a very, very busy winter to come and deliver a Coaching Forum (two, 3-hour workshops on Saturday, 21 October) with some very interesting and relevant content.  Colin McDougall and Gill McElnea have agreed to come and deliver the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop and the Basic First Aid for Sport training on Sunday, 26 November 2017, as both courses play a crucial role in helping to keep young players within club environments safe. All of the upcoming opportunities could be of benefit to clubs and/or coaches – and Cricket Scotland looks forward to welcoming any coaches, officials and volunteers to the courses.

If anyone has any queries please get in contact with the West Regional Participation Manager, Tim Hart at timhart@cricketscotland.com

Cricket Scotland – West Region Coach Education and Development Calendar, 2017 – 2018