WDCU league reports, 2018 – Third Division

Here is the final report in the series compiled by Ricky Bawa from the CMC.

Season 2018 saw a revamped format with some second elevens integrated into the league structure. Division 3 had a mixture of first and second elevens.  The league was certainly closely contested with two stand-out teams in Motherwell CC and Whiteinch battling it out for the league Title.  Ultimately the fact that Motherwell defeated Whiteinch twice (the only games the latter lost), meant that Motherwell were deserved champions.  East Renfrewshire CC finished third and GHK|Strathclyde fourth as they fought hard, but ultimately fell short, against the big two teams. The next six teams were evenly matched and scrapped it out to see who would finish in the bottom two. There was only 9% separating the teams at the end of the season. The unlucky two teams eventually finishing in the bottom two places were Kingholm and Glenpark.

The batting star in the league was Ali Qazi of East Renfrewshire who hit an astonishing 671 runs in ten innings, including four hundreds at an average of 95. The league winners Motherwell had two batters score 500 plus runs for the season: Alaguraja Pichaimuthu with 662 runs, including two hundreds, and Radhakrishnan Palanismy with 594 runs.

On the bowling front Khurram Fawad from Motherwell was the leading wicket-taker with 26 wickets. Ahmad Mumtaz and Derek Heron were also consistently in the wickets, with 25 and 24 wickets respectively.

Congratulations to Motherwell on winning the league with just one loss from their fifteen games.