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.

Clydesdale wins funding for green initiatives

The Titwood Sports Ground Trust, the charitable-status owner of the land and the buildings used and operated by Clydesdale Cricket and Hockey Clubs, is grateful for its award of funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). The Trust’s Low Carbon Club Project will yield a transformative reduction in the carbon footprint of this Community Amateur Sports Hub on the southside of Glasgow. The CCF grant of £89,284 includes maximum funding of £24,998 from the European Regional Development Fund.

The funds will enable the Club, which leases the venue from the Trust, to make a number of environmental improvements to its operations by:

  • replacing the hockey pitch floodlights with new energy-efficient LED lights, thereby achieving electricity savings of 25kW/hour;
  • increasing energy efficiency in the clubhouse to reduce the CO2 emissions by over 8 tonnes per year;
  • highlighting public transport opportunities to our members, to reduce private car journeys to the clubhouse;
  • installing sheltered cycle racks to encourage cycling to the club, and increase cycling activity at the club;
  • installing PIR switches and LED fittings within the clubhouse to reduce lighting waste;
  • tackling extensive heat loss in the main clubhouse area by replacing the 113-year-old roof with an insulating roof and loft installation;
  • separating and reducing waste through a range of recycling initiatives;
  • replacing single-glazed windows with double glazing on the north-facing community room;
  • introducing an energy advisory programme to take the message of energy efficiency and reduction to the local community;
  • working with local schools on evidence-based research for projects into energy efficiency; and
  • highlighting our project to all playing and non-playing members in our community.

Following a scientifically-approved monitoring and evaluation programme architect Frank Hirst, who chairs the Titwood Sports Ground Trust, and is one of the main professional advisers to the club on such projects, says: “The Titwood Sports Ground Trust aims to make Clydesdale the greenest sports hub in Scotland.  This climate challenge programme will enable our clubhouse and playing area to become significantly more energy efficient, while our energy advisers and transport specialists will help our members, their families and the local community to improve their own home energy efficiency and live greener lifestyles.”

Club president Bill McCracken, who is managing director of the club’s shirt sponsors Prosperity Financial Solutions, adds: “Our sportsmen and women are already high achievers, and our administration of the club’s operations has become more professional over the past couple of years. This Low Carbon Club Project is yet more evidence of this approach.  We are indebted to both Frank Hirst and Steve Taylor, our project manager, for their hard work in securing the support of the Climate Challenge Fund.”

Stenhousemuir CC, Head Coach vacancy

Stenhousemuir Cricket Club is looking to recruit a head coach to run senior and junior practices on two nights a week, with an option to play Saturday cricket in the WDCU.  Candidates should hold minimum cricket coach qualification UKCC2 or equivalent, ideally working towards or have completed UKCC3 qualification.  PVG Scheme membership through Disclosure Scotland is required.  Remuneration is negotiable.  Candidates should apply by emailing a CV along with a short covering letter to Iain McDonald.

Herschelle Gibbs and LMS in Glasgow

Herschelle Gibbs and his star studded invitational side will be taking on the Last Man Stands (“LMS”) Scottish champions, Fulton Flyers in a LMS charity exhibition match on the 21st of April 2017 at Titwood, home of Clydesdale CC. The match starts at 5pm (bar open from 4pm).  Free Entry.

There are opportunities to be in Herschelle’s team through an online bidding auction.  Immediately after the match there is a fundraising dinner, where all proceeds from the dinner will go towards junior cricket initiatives in the WDCU.  Tickets are £55 per person or £500 per table of ten. And, you can also sponsor the event as well.  We would encourage people to attend, individually or as an opportunity for corporate hospitality to help maximise the benefits to WDCU.  More details can be found online.

Orders now being taken for season 2017 balls

The WDCU are ready to take clubs’ order for balls for season 2017.  Please note the requirements for each of the competitions:

  • Premier and First Division league matches, and Western Union Cup matches, use the red Tiflex “Oxbridge Windsor” ball.
  • Rowan Cup and McCulloch Cup evening matches use the pink Tiflex “Oxbridge Windsor” ball.
  • All other WDCU league or cup matches will use the Lords pink (evening matches) or red (Saturday and Sunday matches) ball.

Notes:

  • Only the permitted balls may be used in a WDCU competition.
  • Umpires and captains will be asked to check that the ball being used is permitted and failure to use the permitted ball will lead to penalties including possible forfeiture of the match.
  • Use of new balls will be mandatory in all competitions except in competitions as noted below, in which either a new Lords pink/red ball or previously used Lords pink/red ball of an acceptable condition will be permitted: (Greenwood Trophy, Evening League and Sunday League, Western Cup).
  • Outside of the competitions where the higher-cost balls are mandatory, clubs will always have the option to use the higher-cost balls if they so wish.

“Oxbridge Windsor” balls (red or pink): £18 each; and

Lords “Regal County Crown” balls (red or pink): £15 each.

All balls must be ordered in multiples of six per type.  Could clubs please advise their requirements as soon as possible to both the Honorary Treasurer Keith Young and Iain Murdoch, WDCU Administrator, by 28th February 2017 at the latest in order that balls can be available at the pre-season EGM.  Please remember to include a club name when ordering.

Cheques should be made out to: “Western District Cricket Union”, or electronic payment sent to:

Account name: Western District Cricket Union

Bank: Bank of Scotland

Branch: East Kilbride

Sort Code: 80-06-64

Account number: 00899459

Please note that a cheque/electronic transfer for the appropriate amount must be sent to Keith Young before balls are collected.

WDCU Saturday League fixtures, 2017

A revised version of the WDCU Saturday League fixtures for 2017, amending a couple of errors advised by clubs, has been emailed to all clubs, and also uploaded to the website in .pdf format in the League and cup fixtures section of the Document centre.  Thanks to those clubs who got in touch with the Union to note fixtures requiring amendment.  The updated league administration and playing conditions documents are expected to be issued by the end of January and will be distributed then.