Around Scotland - November 2016

03 Nov

It might be the off-season in Scotland, but there has been plenty of happenings around the country and abroad. 


A number of Scotland’s professional cricketers have returned to the National Cricket Academy this week after a break away to re-charge the batteries.

A number of players have been in warmer climes. Scotland all-rounder Safyaan Sharif made a great start to this stint in Pakistan, as he struck 187 from 101 balls to help County Star Cricket Club defeat Degree College in Faisalabad.

Meanwhile in Australia, Matthew Cross was also in the runs for his side Tullamarine CC against Spotswood, scoring 124,  while spinner Mark Watt has been bedding into life with Kyabram Fire Brigade Cricket Club.

Both Chris and Tom Sole have been making an impact down-under and have been selected by district side Border Bullets after impressing with Albury CC.

Scotland youth players Owais Shah and Ihtisham Malik have also been playing some cricket in Pakistan, with Shah selected for the Lahore Qalanders Jazz in October. There was also an opportunity for Ithisham to meet Pakistan bowler Mohammad Irfan during the trip.


Inverness Cricket Official Receives Highland Coaching Award

Ken Ross, a Cricket Official with the North of Scotland Cricket Association was announced as the ‘Technical Official

of the Year’ at the 2016 Highland Coaching Awards, held at Inverness Leisure on Saturday 22nd October 2016.  The awards are run by High Life Highland in partnership with sportscotland to recognise the outstanding contribution and significant impact of local coaches.  These coaches enable quality sport and physical activity opportunities to happen in communities across the Highlands.  

Ken is qualified to Level 1 and has been officiating as an umpire (and cricket scorer) for the best part of 40 years.

Ken has umpired at most levels in Scottish Cricket with the exception of International games. He was regular on the National League circuit before stepping down a level to umpire in the national feeder leagues. He is still umpiring in North of Scotland Cricket Association (NoSCA) senior (1st XI) reserve (2nd XI) and junior competitions after some 20 years, often against his doctor's advice!

His experience and knowledge of the game is sought after throughout NoSCA.


Cairnsmore Challenge 2016 

All at Galloway Cricket Club are so proud of the 28 folk who walked, slid and climbed to the top of Cairnsmore of Fleet on Saturday 29th October as a fundraiser and team-building activity.

This crazy idea was thought up by Phil McMenemy who organised the walk and lead the group up a mountain to play cricket at the summit! Even the mucky weather didn't dampen spirits and those who made the trek through the mist and damp to the top where the group pitched stumps and had a game of cricket must be applauded.

This was done to raise funds for the club - thank you to all who made sponsorship contributions. The group also had great news given to them by President of the club Dennis Coombs at the foot of the climb who announced that the club had received another significant contribution to the new pavilion. This was welcome news and helped push the troops up the hill with a gay and jaunty HURRAH! 

It’s worth highlighting the range of ages involved in the walk - from 8 years to 70+ years - cricket truly is a great leveller and a great sport for all!


Six-hitter at the mountain top of the day: Glen Montgomery
Bowler of the day: Harry Sinclair!
Batsman of the day: Alex McMenemy for sending his bat further than the ball!!
Slip-slider of the day (joint award): Tessa Hall and Joe McMenemy
Fielder of the day: Catriona Scobie
Talker of the day (joint award): Pat Druce and Alistair Scobie
Cold Hands of the Day: Natalie Hamblin
Hat of the Day: (joint award) Rory Bathgate, Dawn Campbell and Ginger Ramsay

It’s safe to say that the challenge was so much fun and it was so good to share the whole experience as a club together that there WILL be another mountain top game of cricket organised - there has to be!!

Well done all - and thank you for everyone’s support.

Anyone who would like to get in touch with the club please email


Vale of Leven Cricket Club Are ‘Club of The Year’

Vale of Leven Cricket Club won the ‘Club of the Year’ Award at the recent West Dunbartonshire Community Sports Awards 2016.  The event, which was held in Clydebank Town Hall on Thursday 13th October, recognised the efforts of local people within the heart of the West Dunbartonshire sporting community.

The shortlisting in, and subsequent winning of, their category came as a result of the close work the club has been doing with West Dunbartonshire Active Schools to try and take cricket to a new group of young people - and to increase participation in sport and specifically cricket.  Nearly 500 upper primary school aged young people were able to try out cricket for the first time, thanks to voluntary sessions which were delivered by twelve different coaches, and players, from the club.

Thanks must go to all the coaches, officials and volunteers from Vale of Leven CC for their commitment to their schools’ programme during 2016 – and congratulations to all those involved on this deserved success.

For more information about Vale of Leven CC, or their 2016 schools’ project, please contact Hugh Hutchinson:

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