Around Scotland February

25 Feb

ABAman Bailwal has been named Dundee Sports Person of the Year 2012 at the Dundee Sports Award ceremony held at the Caird Hall on Wednesday night.

Awarded in recognition of outstanding performance throughout 2012, Aman represented Scotland at the under 19 World Cup in Australia as well as producing several excellent performances throughout the season for Forfarshire.

Scott Cameron was runner-up in the Young Sports Person of the Year category in a season that saw him captain Scotland under 15s as well as make his National League debut for Forfarshire following impressive performances with bat and ball.

Forfarshire’s U15 team were runners up in the Young Team of the Year category and is worthy recognition of their excellent performances throughout the year, culminating with reaching the Scottish Cup final.

Samir Hill was rewarded with a runner-up nomination in the Young Volunteer of the Year category in credit of his work with the junior section and as team manager of the Forfarshire u12 mini-hardball team.

Dick Auchinleck was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award (runner-up) to recognise his efforts to Forfarshire and cricket throughout the local area having been a valuable player, club captain, president and currently junior convener over many years in addition to serving on league committees locally and nationally.


Introduction to Umpiring Course


This introductory course is an interactive two-hour course, which is free to candidates, aimed at those in junior coaching roles, adult playing members and those who wish to start out on the umpiring pathway. It is also a requirement for all CSL teams to send 2 candidates to the course.

The course syllabus is centred on the key themes of:

• Umpire positioning

• No Balls and wides


• Methods of being out

• Umpire signals

This year we will be running two courses for those interested to attend before the start of the season. The courses will be at the following venues:

  1. Carlton CC – Wednesday 20th March, 6.30-8.30pm
  2. Grange CC – Wednesday 3rd April, 6.30-8.30pm

The cost of this course is free

To register your interest, please contact Lea Tsui with your name, contact details and which course you would like to attend by email (

Guidelines for Rolling in Cricket

By Peter Shipton

Freuchie ClubThere is a list of conceptions, theories, pre-conceived ideas, personal mantra, tradition on the amount of rolling that should be carried out on cricket grounds, both in pre-season and during the pitch preparation.

“The guidelines for Rolling in Cricket” is a scientific investigation in how to obtain the absolute maximum benefit from rolling. Although the report is scientific in its general content, it is written in an easily read/understandable language.

The information in the report is very enlightening and conclusions are very informative. A must read for all groundsmen.

Guidelines for Rolling in Cricket 


Kinross’ Courses Kick Off

This is the third pre-season coaches and officials development programme offered in Perth & Kinross. During previous years, we have offered a wide variety of courses and workshops aimed at enabling local clubs and schools to develop all aspects of the game. This fulfils part of the local strategic development plan which has a vision to grow the game in all areas focussing on developing well trained people which is in alignment with Cricket Scotland’s development strategies.

Previous year’s events have included the Cricket Scotland workshops; Pace Bowling, Spin Bowling; Wicket-keeping and Fielding;

Look out for further courses later in the year including Strength and Conditioning for Cricket.

We are pleased to be able to include interested coaches and officials from across Scotland to take part in our development program.

Full Program Available for Download (PDF)


The Western Union by David W. Potter

The Western UnionThe Western Union is one of the oldest organised cricket structures in existence and the long and storied history is examined in a new book by Falkland scorer, former umpire and accomplished writer David W. Potter.

David starts with the league's formation in 1893 and the six founding members, West of Scotland, Poloc, Clydesdale, Drumpellier, Greenock and Uddingston, continues through the decades as numbers fluctuated, standards rose and fell, and the eventual Nationalisation of the club game through the Scottish Cup and eventually the National League.

Among the fascinating snippets of information are the "retirement" from the league in 1910 by West, Clydesdale, Drumpellier and Greenock over fixture numbers and professionalisation, and the fact that Terry Racionzer scored a century against every Union club, home and away, a feat that will never be equalled.  David also explores the day in 1926 that some 6000 people turned up at Meikleriggs for a controversial Paisley derby which ended with Lords having to adjudicate on the result!

The book devotes chapters to each of the ten long term members of the Union and details many significant achievements like Kilmarnock's professional Bob Massie taking all 10 Poloc wickets for 34 in 1969, and being only the third bowler in the Union's history to achieve such a phenomenal feat.  We also read about an interesting difference of opinion between Tom Porteous of Drumpellier and Hamish More of Heriots in a Scottish Cup clash where the make and type of ball proved to be a serious point of contention.

David W. Potter has written four books on Scottish Cricket and is well known for his passionate writings on his other love, Celtic Football Club.  His research is substantial, utilising newspaper archives and many observations from current and former Western Union players.  Many of the rare photographs included will also raise memories about the old Cambusdoon and stalwarts like Mike Denness, Dan MacKay and the inimitable Racionzer.

A thoroughly worthwhile read for anyone interested in cricket, the book is available from and priced at only £7.99


 A Maiden Voyage

Gregor MaidenFormer Scotland wicketkeeper/off-spinner/batsman, Gregor Maiden has set off off on tour to Argentina with the MCC.

The tour party have a few other well-known names on the trip with Warwickshire CCC all-rounder Darren Maddy, and Somerset CCC, opening bowler Steve Kirby and wicket-keeper Steve Snell.

The tour party will leave on Saturday the 23 February and return on Sunday 3 March, where they will encounter some tough Argentinian cricket.

In addition to playing six matches, the MCC touring party will deliver a special coaching session for local primary schools, and will present an umpiring seminar, to assist with the on-going development of cricket in Argentina.

Scotland’s cricketing ties with Argentina might be a bit stronger than you would think as Performance Analyst, Toby Bailey spent some time as National Coach for Argentina.


Sat 23 Feb

MCC v President's XI - (50 overs)

St. George's College

Sun 24 Feb

MCC v North XI - (50 overs)

Hurlingham Club

Tue 26 Feb

MCC v South XI - (50 overs)

Belgrano Athletic Club

Thu 28 Feb

MCC v Argentina - (50 overs)

Hurlingham Club

Sat 2 Mar

MCC v Argentina - (50 overs)

Belgrano Athletic Club

Sat 3 Mar

MCC v Argentina - (50 overs)

Belgrano Athletic Club



Job Alert

Do you have a passion for cricket? Do you hold a cricket coach award at UKCC2 level or above? Then you may be just what we are looking for! We pride ourselves in providing excellent sport and leisure facilities for the local communities and visitors to East Lothian.

 In partnership with East Lothian Council and Cricket Scotland, enjoy Leisure is seeking to appoint a dedicated, enthusiastic, motivated individual with a passion for cricket to assist in delivering a cricket development plan. 

The Community Cricket Coach will work as part of a sport specific team to increase the number of people playing cricket and improve the quality of cricket provision across the authority. The post holder will be responsible for delivering the outcomes set in the Cricket Development Plan.

We require an individual who will deliver sessions in and after school as well as support local cricket clubs to increase the number of people playing junior cricket. The successful candidate will possess a pleasant, enthusiastic and approachable manner and should demonstrate a proven track record of good customer care. 
Hours of work will be 15 per week and will include evening and weekend working.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 4th March 2013.


Dougie Brown Interview 

Former Scotland cricketer, Dougie Brown talks to ECB TV on his new appointment as Warwickshire CCC Director.

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