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.