Around Scotland - October 2015

27 Oct

Around Scotland - The end of the domestic season might have drawn to a close, but there is still plenty going on behind the scenes across the country. 

Selkirk Cricket Club – Replacement Artificial Wicket

Following successful funding bids to Clubsport Borders, Cricket Scotland and Scottish Borders Council, Selkirk CC were able to progress with the replacement of the existing artificial wicket. The existing wicket had been in place for over 20 years and had become badly worn, bounce was irregular and the facility had basically reached the end of its useful life. 

The new artificial wicket mat was installed in late April prior to the start of the 2015 season. The following benefits were a direct result of the new facility 

Numbers at net practices increased both at adult and junior level. Confidence in the bounce being regular saw an improvement in the development of batsmen. Net practice could take place when the weather was damp. Games were played on the artificial wicket which would have been cancelled due to weather. The  old wicket was not in a state which would have allowed games to take place. Games which went ahead which in previous years would not have taken place include

  • A Saturday East League fixture
  • A midweek Border 20/20 fixture. This fixture resulted in a very exciting, high scoring game with over 300 runs being scored
  •  An end of season Colts social event including a Dads v Lads and Lassies game.  
  • Net practice for juniors has continued after the normal season has ended. This keeps kids interested longer and hopefully will result in them returning next season. Numbers at the late net sessions were very healthy.
  • Indoor net sessions at the High School during winter have just commenced and numbers – around 15 for first two sessions – are higher than previous years (no more than 10). This is as a direct result of having continuity between the summers/autumn outdoor sessions and winter nets 
  • A schools Festival took place early June and whilst most cricket took place on grass we were able to use the artificial to help in the session.

The benefit of having a good level surface with a true bounce allows batsmen to have confidence in playing shots, resulting in them improving at a faster pace. Bowlers also benefit knowing that they can bowl and get a true bounce. 

The facility has resulted in an increase in numbers albeit this tailed off late in the season as other sports seem to start their season earlier each year.

The Club is indebted to the bodies whose funding made this project possible and hopefully the facility will continue to allow cricket to develop.

Machan rewarded with new Sussex deal

Scotland and Sussex cricketer Matt Machan has been awarded a three-year contract with his home-town club. 

The Brighton-born left-hander made three centuries in four-day cricket, making his career-best score of 192 against Somerset at Taunton. Machan also smashed a century on the opening day of the season at Hove, against Worcestershire, with his other ton coming against Nottinghamshire at Horsham.

The Scotland International also hit 377 runs in white-ball cricket, with his unbeaten 52 against Hampshire helping the Sharks to a stunning NatWest T20 Blast victory at the Ageas Bowl, as he and Craig Cachopa put on 144 for the fourth-wicket.

Machan said of his deal at Sussex, “I’m absolutely delighted. I’ve played at the club since I was 10 and to sign for at least another three years is fantastic.

“I obviously want to play for Sussex and I feel the club is moving forward with a young squad. Three years definitely gives me that security to try and become a real senior player at this club, and to kick on next year and win games of cricket for Sussex.” 

Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said, “Matt had a very good year and learnt his lessons from a hard 2014 season. He’s got everything in place to become a very dangerous player in all competitions. As a homegrown player, he’s the type of character and player who will carry us forward in the future.” 

Improvements at Meikleriggs

The 2015 cricket season has now ended and the planning and preparation for the forthcoming 2016 cricket season has already started.

The club remains committed to providing opportunities for all to play cricket in an environment where playing and practice facilities are of the highest standard. As you will be aware, in recent years we have undertaken a number of improvements including the redecoration of our changing facilities, purchase of new covers, purchase of two new sightscreens and a boundary rope. 

In advance of the 2016 cricket season we are currently working on the most ambitious phase of improvements to date. Our proposed improvements relate to the installation of a new three bay, synthetic net facility and the erection of a combined groundman’s garage and scoreboard. The proposed improvements would result in a high quality practice facility which can be utilised by both our junior and senior players alike, while also providing an electronic scoreboard that can be used by all teams and an enlarged groundman’s garage. The proposed improvement would represent a significant investment in the playing and practice facilities at Meikleriggs. 

The facility improvements require substantial investment and as such we are delighted that financial support has already been secured from a number of sources including Renfrewshire Council and The Cricket Development Trust Scotland, amongst others.

We do, however, have a funding shortfall (around £20,000) and we are awaiting decisions on a number of further funding applications. In addition, we are appealing to members, friends and supporters to help us reach our target and thus enable the new facility to be installed and constructed in time for use in the 2016 cricket season. 

In this regard we are seeking pledges of financial donations from anyone wishing to support us in helping to improve the playing and practice facilities at Meikleriggs. At this stage we are only seeking pledges of donations and if you would like to contribute then I would be grateful if you could complete the attached pledge form and return it to the club marked ‘Nets Improvement Programme’. Alternatively you can register your pledge online by clicking here. We will be in contact with those make a pledge in the near future when we reach the next stage of the project.

I hope you will consider supporting our facilities improvement project and help Ferguslie Cricket Club to continue to provide opportunities for all to play cricket in in an environment where playing and practice facilities are of the highest standard.

Glamour day for Wildcats

As they prepare to make the long journey to Bangkok to take part in the Twenty20 Qualifier in Thailand, three members of the squad made their way to the Daily Record studios in Glasgow for a fashion shoot with stylist Julie Hannah. 

Elizabeth Priddle, Samantha Haggo and captain Abbi Aitken swapped their bats for make-up as they experienced the flashing studio lights for the afternoon. 

The final squad of Wildcats will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday 28 October) for the Twenty20 Qualifiers. 

New cricket facility available over the winter

Cluny Clays (near Kirkcaldy) have confirmed this week that their new Indoor Cricket Centre is now available for booking.
The nets have a 20m approx run-up for bowling and can be booked per lane per hour or by clubs/groups for both nets.
Bowling machine is available so it is possible to have a net with just a couple of people.
The centre is open 7 days per week on a pre-appointment basis. 10am to 6pm at weekends and 10am to 9pm from Monday to Friday.  Male and Female changing rooms and showers are located inside the cricket hall.
As well as cricket you can also enjoy other facilities at Cluny Clays including Golf CourseDriving RangeClay Pigeon ShootingSegways plus a Bar and Restaurant.
Call Callum at Cluny Clays on 01592 720374 or email with any questions or to make a booking.

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