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

ECB Certificate In Coaching Children’s Cricket (UKCC Level 2)

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.

Scottish Cricket exhibition – Hampden Museum items wanted

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 nilocllien@hotmail.co.uk or 07703-387110.
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End of season club forum: Shawholm, Sunday, 17 September, 2pm to 4pm

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)
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Western Union Cup

Having finally been blessed with sunshine, Clydesdale defeated Stirling County by 8 wickets at Titwood on 2nd September.
County took first innings and Calum Drummond made the initial breakthrough in the 6th over, score 8-1. Matthew Tweedie (opening the batting and playing a captain’s innings) and Gavin Anderson then repaired the damage with a valuable partnership which took the total to 65-1 at drinks (20 overs). The second wicket stand was eventually broken in the 22nd over, having put on 60. The introduction of spin at both ends (Con De Lange and Hamid Mahmood) continued to stifle the run rate and a couple of run-outs, including Tweedie for 50, added to the pressure on the later batsmen. The final total of 148-8 (40 overs) was one which Clydesdale would have been confident of chasing. The wicket takers were Drummond (6-1-20-3), De Lange (8-1-23-2) and Mahmood (8-1-23-1) – all returning tidy figures. Basit Ali was wicketless on this occasion but his 5 overs for 16 runs helped to increase scoreboard pressure.
The home reply was in the hands of Mo Awais and Paddy Barbour and, when the 50 came up in the 7th over, the run chase was well and truly under way. Awais was finally out for a typically aggressive 61 in the 14th over (10 boundaries), the openers having put on a match-winning partnership of 103. De Lange’s dismissal for 16 brought Richie Berrington to the wicket and the match was concluded in satisfactory style for ‘Dale supporters as Barbour reached his 50 and the match was won by 8 wickets in the 24th over. Thomas Jones took both wickets at a cost of 33 runs.

Prestwick become west history makers
Picture by Donald MacLeod www.donald-macleod.com

Prestwick 97 all out (T Fleet 22; A Neill 4-18, H van der Berg 3-21)
Heriot’s 92 all out (S Chauhary 4-20)

Prestwick last night completed a remarkable comeback to become the first team from the west to win the CSL Grand Final.

Having been dismissed by Heriot’s for just 97 at Meikleriggs, Paisley, it looked as if the Eastern Premier champions would become the sixth different team in a row from the east to lift Scottish cricket’s most prestigious club prize. However, the Ayrshire side’s never-say-die attitude, frequently displayed during their triumphant march to the Western Premier title, again revealed itself at the most important moment as they clawed their way back to clinch an astonishing five-win. Coach Andy Tennant said: “It’s a brilliant achievement by the lads. They deserve the success they’ve had this season for the way they have worked and consistently found a way to win. Today was a classic example of that.”

Instead of accepting what looked like an inevitable defeat, the Prestwick bowlers applied the pressure on their rivals from the outset of their reply. Despite some tight bowling, Hayes van der Berg was able to make his way to a composed 21 before being trapped LBW by Mitchell Rao. With the score on 25, Heriot’s were already more than a quarter of the way to their target but the capture of the first wicket inspired Prestwick. A battle of attrition ensued with the Ayrshire side taking wickets at regular intervals while the rival batsmen strived to produce the one meaningful partnership that would surely have swung the match their way. Sachin Chaudhary, Rao’s “spin twin”, became the bowling hero with four key wickets at a cost of just 20 runs as the momentum switched decisively in favour of the Ayrshiremen. A dogged 21 from skipper Keith Morton kept the capital troops in contention but when he was bowled by Fraser Macdonald Prestwick seized their victory chance. (more…)

WDCU Premier Division – end of season review

Congratulations to KPM Residential Prestwick, Premier Division Champions 2017.

In a season marred by poor weather, KPM Residential Prestwick were deserved winners. Ten wins from twelve matches completed and an 89% total gave the Ayrshire side a 5% winning margin from runners-up Ferguslie who managed just ten matches completed with eight wins. KPM Residential Prestwick were unbeaten in the Premier Division from early June.

At the opposite end of the table, the poor summer weather also had a significant effect on the final placings. East Kilbride, who were relegated along with Kelburne, completed only eight matches out of a possible eighteen……less than 50%.

As always, there were numerous very fine individual performances. Champions KPM Residential Prestwick had the top two wicket-takers in the Premier Division in Mitchell Rao (31) and Sachin Chaudhary (28) with Chaudhary having the season’s best figures of 6 wickets for just 5 runs against Kelburne in early July.

Former New Zealand test player Michael Papps of Ayr was the top run scorer with 633 runs while Scottish internationalist Richie Berrington of Clydesdale was a close second with 539 runs including the season’s top score 139 not out against Ashas East Kilbride. Michael English of Ferguslie had two of the top five highest scores of the season with 134 not out against Ayr and 119 against Greenock.

WDCU First Division – end of season review

Congratulations go to First Division champions West of Scotland, who along with Stirling County, will return to Premier Division cricket for 2018.

In a very competitive division where any team could beat all others on a given day, it was West of Scotland who proved the most consistent. They ended the season as division champions, winning nine of their eleven completed games at 87%, giving them a reasonably comfortable winning margin over runners up Stirling County (six wins from only nine games at 74%). West of Scotland’s top order leading the way with four batsmen out of the top eight in the Division – Pro’, Hashen Ramanayake 407 runs, James Fennah 328, Ian Young 281 and Jonathan Fearn 267.

At the other end of the table, St. Michael’s struggled for consistency and finished bottom. They will be relegated to the Second Division for 2018. With some strong individual performances from the St. Michael’s team, most notably from Chris Brockwell (364 runs and 18 wickets), they will be hoping to bounce straight back up for the 2019 season.

The individual performances were somewhat dominated by the overseas players. The top batsmen being Rushdie Jappie (Stenhousemuir) 536 runs at 59, Hashen Ramanayke (West of Scotland) 407 at 51 and Brandon Harwood (Irvine) 376 at 42). With the ball, Brandon Harwood (31 wickets), Callum Grant (Stenhousemuir – 24 wickets) and Azeem Akbar (GHK – 20 wickets) were the top performers.

The only downside, as ever in Scotland, was the wet weather with most teams managing to complete around just half of the scheduled fixtures.