WDCU First Reserve Division – end of season review

On the final Saturday of the season the weather had the last say when only one match at Kingholm survived the persistent rain which fell over a few days in the west of Scotland. The table stayed pretty much unchanged with the only top spot up for grabs, with both Deanpark (Renfrew) and Torrance House (East Kilbride) already promoted. Deanpark clinched the title with no play by a margin of 3.7% over Torrance House. Deanpark, won nine games out of the eleven played with a number of players having important contributions but without doubt their star performers were their 14 year old young guns, Rafay Khan (who finished with 20 wickets 2nd in the Division and also scored 157 runs) and Muhaymen Majeed (Deanpark) also scored 234 runs in nine innings.

It was a division where there were regular upsets, in particular from Marress and Williamfield, both teams who earlier in the season had to concede games to a lack of players. Well done to both teams in recovering by not only fielding sides but being competitive and winning a number of games, with Williamfield, at one point bottom, climbing to fifth spot.

Leading batsman in the division was 54 year old Ian Wilkinson of Williamfield, who showed there is no substitute for experience. Best bowler was Iftikhar Khan from Torrance House with an impressive 29 wickets, and the top all rounder was evergreen team mate Shahid Mahmood with 331 runs and 19 wickets. The highest score in the division was 152 not out by Chris Foster of AC Guitars Kingholm, in their match with Marress when they scored 393 for 7 in 50 overs.

An interesting statistic in the Division is that there were fourteen more games played in the First Reserve Division compared to the First Division.