Notification papers for a WDCU SGM have been sent to all clubs this morning. The papers are attached below for information.
Western District Cricket Union
Welcome to the Western District Cricket Union website. The Union organises and promotes cricket to half the population of Scotland, from Dumfries & Galloway in the south-west, up the west coast, and across the central belt to the Forth Valley. We co-ordinate with the West District Junior Cricket Union, local authorities and Cricket Scotland to encourage youth development and provide a structured developmental pathway with the aim of allowing the game to flourish and grow at all levels. From the Premier Division to the Greenwood Trophy, the Union provides competitions for all its member clubs, from 50-over Saturday cricket to competitive T20 competitions.
Latest news and notices
- WDCU Special General Meeting – 7pm on Wednesday 7th September by Zoom. (15th August 2022)
- Scottish Pakistani XI v Pakistan Pro’s XI – Sunday, 14th August, at Meikleriggs (10th August 2022)
Please see below details of the Pakistan 75th Independence Day T20 challenge match to be held at Meikleriggs on Sunday, 14th August. With a fine array of talent signed up, it should be an entertaining day.
- Club Development Officer, Dumfries CC – Job Opportunity (10th August 2022)
A new Club Development Officer post is being created at Dumfries Cricket Club.
This exciting role will look to build on the excellent work of the volunteers at Dumfries CC and aims to establish the club further within the local community and schools. The job advert, and description are attached below.
The role will look to use cricket to improve the levels of physical activity in children and adults in the Dumfries Burgh and wider area. Working with schools and community groups the role will aim to increase transition from schools and communities into the club setting.
The club is committed to its “One Club” ethos, which ensure that all members are equally important, and have an equal say in the activities we deliver.
The role will involve delivery of cricket coaching, however knowledge and experience of coaching other sports will be beneficial.
Dumfries CC are committed to sports equity, and this role will play a pivotal role in helping establish our activities in the wider community.
If you are interested in the position, then please send your CV with covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 August 2022.
If you would like to discuss the role and opportunity then please feel free to contact Andrew Reed, Dumfries Cricket Club Chair, 07792-827695, or email: email@example.com
- Club Communication 9-08-2022 (9th August 2022)
Please see below the communication sent to clubs today.
As we are now into August that means we are nearing the end of the season where Champions will be identified and promotion and relegation will be decided from all our league competitions.
Given that we have been using our new system WDCU Live to administer our leagues this year and it is new to all of us could I ask that all clubs check the results and points gained in all the Saturday, Sunday and Evening League matches. It is really important that these are all up to date and correct. One of the big issues appears to be the entry of bonus points so please pay particular attention to that.
If there are any errors or issues please highlight them to me and I will take the appropriate action. Could I ask that this is done no later than Wednesday, 17th August please so that we go in to the last two weekends of Saturday League cricket bang up to date.
Three of our four cup finals have been contested, and our congratulations go to the winners:
Rowan Cup – M8 Driving Ferguslie
Western Cup – Titwood
Greenwood Cup – Partick
The one remaining final – the McCulloch Cup – will be contested between Clydesdale CC and McCrea FS West of Scotland at 1pm on Sunday, 21st August at Titwood. Finally our congratulations go to Ayr CC who have reached the final of the Scottish Cup where they will take on Forfarshire on 28th August at Goldenacre.
- Greenwood Cup 2022, winners – Partick (8th August 2022)
The final of the Greenwood Cup was held at Albert Park on Sunday, 7th July, where Partick secured a clinical victory against Glasgow opponents GHK Strathclyde. Both teams had battled hard to get to the final which was played in great spirit.
In a solid first innings Partick overcame a nervy start to post a commanding total of 127 for 7 from their 20 overs. Five of the Partick batsmen achieved double figure scores with Robert Corner (36) and Samual Jakobson (26) the star performers. GHK Strathclyde stuck to their task in the field and promising young paceman Zain Ullah caught the eye with four overs, 2 for 14. He was ably supported by Zahid Mirza with 4 overs 2 for 19, and Mahboob Ahmad with four overs 2 for 31.
The GHK Strathclyde reply never really got off the ground due to some excellent bowling and fielding from the Partick side. In a well-balanced attack the top wicket takers were Graeme Etheridge and Mahavir Singh Dhillon with identical figures of four overs, 3 for 12. Top score in the GHK Strathclyde run chase came from Faraz Shamim with 20.
WDCU would like to thank the CSMOA umpires for the day Majid Haq and Colin McLardie who officiated the game in fine fashion.
Thanks are also due to Paul Coffey for supplying the zinger stumps and the Live stream for the game on Frog Box
Finally thanks to Langside CC for hosting the final in great style and arranging the fine weather.
- Western Cup Final 2022, winners – Titwood (8th August 2022)
Western Cup winners 2022 – Titwood
The final of the Western Cup was held at the Henry Thow Oval on Sunday 31st July where Titwood won a closely fought encounter with Paisley rivals M8 Driving Meikleriggs.
In an exciting game M8 Driving Meikleriggs posted a first innings total of 107 all out in 18.2 overs thanks mainly to a healthy contribution of 57 from Taimoor Ahmad. M8 Meikleriggs would later rue the fact they were bowled out with 10 balls to go. Titwood bowled and fielded well with the pick of their attack being Rohan Dhami with the splendid figures of four overs, 3 for 11. He was well supported by Daniel Cairns who bowled four overs, 2 for 19.
The Titwood reply was steady with consistent partnerships throughout the innings but solid contributions of 29 from Daniel Cairns and 25 not out from Kallum Dhami was enough to see the Titwood side home with a ball to spare. M8 Driving Meiklleriggs bowled and fielded valiantly, but it was not enough to defend their total of 107. Pick of the Ferguslie bowlers were Hasan Mailk with 3.5 overs 2 for 26, and the miserly Taimoor Ahmad bowling four overs, 1 for 7.
WDCU would like to thank CSMOA umpires Paul Hoffman and Duncan Blair for officiating the game splendidly.
Finally thanks to Prestwick CC for hosting the final, and providing the fine seaside weather.
The winning team photo’ courtesy of Bill Wilson.
- WDCU statement (27th July 2022)
The WDCU held a meeting of all its Committees and Disciplinary & Appeals Panel last night to discuss the Plan4Sport “Changing the Boundaries” review (the “Review“). The meeting was held as soon as practicable after the publication of the Review.
The WDCU thanks everyone who came forward to share their experiences of racism in the game in the west of Scotland, and sincerely, and unreservedly, apologises to everyone who has experienced racism, or other forms of discrimination, during their involvement with cricket in WDCU competitions, and at WDCU member clubs. The WDCU welcomes that the Review has brought into focus players’, officials’, and administrators’ experience of racism in our game. The only appropriate response is to take on board the recommendations of the Review, and work to ensure that cricket in the west of Scotland is run, and managed, in an effective, actively anti-racist, way that allows the sport, and its administration, to reflect the wide diversity of the playing population.
The WDCU fully accepts the findings of the Review, which is the first stage in the process, and will now engage with sportscotland and Cricket Scotland in the next phase to implement fully the Review’s recommendations.
The WDCU is dismayed by the Review’s finding that there was “little confidence in the WDCU’s ability to manage cases of racism fairly and transparently”, but fully accepts, and respects, that finding. The finding demonstrates a lack of confidence in the current WDCU leadership, and effectively revokes the mandate given to WDCU office bearers when they were last elected.
The WDCU Committees and Disciplinary & Appeals Panel Panel wholeheartedly endorse the need to allow our member clubs to establish leadership in which they have confidence by facilitating whatever changes in leadership they, acting on behalf of their memberships, desire. To this end, the Committees unanimously agreed that all office bearers and committee members will step down from their positions at the earliest practicable opportunity. In practical terms, this means that:
- Those whose function is suspended (the Disciplinary & Appeals Committee, and Panel), and any others who can practicably do so, will step down immediately.
- To ensure that the WDCU continues to function, the remaining office bearers, and committee members, will continue to serve in the meantime until an EGM can be held in line with the WDCU Constitution.
All involved recognise, and applaud, the bravery of those who have stepped forward to share their experiences of racism in our game, and acknowledge the damage racism causes to its victims, sport, and society in general. The WDCU is committed to working for, and with, its membership in any way necessary to ensure that the bad experiences of the past are not repeated in the future.
The Executive and Committees of the WDCU
27 July 2022
- “Changing the boundaries” report (25th July 2022)
sportscotland, today, released the “Changing the boundaries” report, the report of the independent review into racism in Scottish cricket. It can be viewed online, here, and its key findings are summarised on the sportscotland website, which can be viewed here. The WDCU has made contact with Cricket Scotland in connection with the recommendations of the report, and will work with the national governing body, and sportscotland, going forward in the aftermath of the report.
- Remaining WDCU Cup finals 2022 (22nd July 2022)
With the semi-finals of these competitions concluded the make-up of all the finals is as follows:
Western Cup – Titwood v M8 Meikleriggs at Henry B Thow Oval on Sunday 31st July, at 1pm.
Greenwood Cup – GHK Strathclyde v Partick at Albert Park on Sunday 7th August, at 1pm
McCulloch Cup – Clydesdale v McCrea FS West of Scotland at Titwood on 21st August, at 1pm
Good luck to all the finalists.
- Rowan Cup winners, 2022: Ferguslie CC (21st July 2022)
The final of the Rowan Cup was held at Meikleriggs on Wednesday night where 2021 winners Ferguslie won a closely fought encounter with Glasgow rivals Clydesdale.
In a game that fluctuated several times Ferguslie who had posted a first innings total of 137 all out thanks mainly to contributions of 40 from Taimoor Ahmad and 33 from Haroon Tahir held off a spirited challenge from Clydesdale CC who had bowled and fielded well. Pick of the ‘Dale’ attack was Akram Shakhoor with the splendid figures of 4 overs 3 for 21. Special mention should be made of a terrific running catch by Paddy Barbour, the Clydesdale skipper to remove the dangerous David Stafford.
The Clydesdale reply got off to a slow start with Ferguslie claiming two early wickets but a solid partnership between Fazal Jawad (46) and Craig Young (33) looked to be steering Clydesdale to victory. However the introduction to the Ferguslie bowling attack of teenage off spinner Qasim Khan with three timely wickets swung the game in Ferguslies’ favour. A late flourish from Saif Sajjad 22 just failed to carry Clydesdale to victory as the innings concluded at 130 for 8. Other Ferguslie bowlers who impacted the game were Taimoor Ahmad with 3 overs 2 for 18, and the winning skipper Haroon Tahir with 4 overs 2 for 18.
WDCU would like to thank CSMOA umpires Craig MacDonell and Iain McDonald for officiating the game splendidly.
Finally thanks to Ferguslie for hosting the final (and providing the weather), and the WDCU wishes the team good fortune at the National T20 Finals Day to be held at Stirling CC this Sunday.
The winning team photo’ courtesy of Bill Wilson