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 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)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or, if a club’s AGM is forthcoming, please remember to advise the WDCU of any changes to contact details.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Hart, Cricket Scotland West Regional Participation Manager confirms dates for the ECB Certificate In Coaching Children’s Cricket (UKCC Level 2) course which CS are planning to run – if there is enough interest. The course is scheduled as follows:
10am – 5pm
All Saints Secondary School, Glasgow
Saturday 7 October, Sunday 8 October, Saturday 4 November and Saturday 2 December
This course is designed to help to develop your confidence and equip you with the knowledge, understanding and applied skills to lead coaching sessions for children and create safe, fun, player-centred environments. This course is for coaches who are going to predominantly coach children from six to thirteen years old.
Candidates need to be able to attend on all four dates.
Any person interested in the UKCC Level 2 course should contact Tim Hart direct on for more information.
Cricket Scotland are organising the above exhibition which will run from 1 November to 31 March next year in the Hampden Football Museum. The intention is to highlight the heritage of Scottish Cricket and its contribution as a national sport within Scottish society. It’s a great opportunity to show off our history and also engage with new audiences.
Cricket Scotland are looking to borrow any items which would be of interest within the exhibition, old bats, shirts, documents, photographs or paintings and cups. Basically anything that would be of interest.
Could you please give some thought to what your club might have available and who might have the items. Also is there anyone that springs to mind in your club that you think might be useful to speak to. Please direct any responses to Colin Neill at email@example.com or 07703-387110. (more…)
Please find attached the items raised for the club forum to be held at Shawholm on Sunday 17 September from 2pm to 4pm.
A reminder that this is not a decision making meeting but is a vehicle for comment, discussion and feedback by clubs.
Thanks to those clubs that have provided the items below.
1. Format of WDCU Saturday League. (West of Scotland, Kilmarnock and Hillhead)
1.5 Sunday League cricket (Greenock)
2. Merits of the Western Union Cup in the calendar and its existing format. (Clydesdale)
3. Free hit for a no ball in Premier/First Division league cricket. (Clydesdale)
4. 2nd XI games be 40 overs rather than 50, with the proviso that should both teams wish to play 50 over games then this is permitted. (Irvine) (more…)