Cricket in the West Review
Cricket relies so much on the efforts of key volunteers and on the weather – and, so far, 2014 has been no different. The weather has, on the whole, been very cooperative and all those key volunteers (covering all aspects of cricket from coaches and parents, scorers and umpires, groundsmen and a lot in between) cannot be thanked enough for helping to get so much cricket activity happening within the west of the country.
2014 has seen many of the clubs within the west region re-affirm their commitment to youth, and whole club, development by retaining, or obtaining, their Cricket Scotland ‘TOP Club’ status. Special thanks must go to these 19 different clubs, and their key volunteers, for continuing to commit to ensuring that there is a wide range of cricket opportunity available within the west region.
A key organisation within the west is the West District Junior Cricket Union (WDJCU). The WDJCU coordinates the youth leagues and the U10 Kwik Cricket. The four main leagues (U11, U13, U15 & U18) are currently led by four different teams – but there is plenty of cricket left to play. The WDJCU runs a very impressive website (www.westjuniorcricket.com) – a website which includes details of the U12 & U14 Inter-Area competitions and the performances of the U15 & U18 Western Warriors teams in their respective Inter-Regional championships.
Senior cricket continues to be structured by the Western District Cricket Union (www.wdcu.co.uk). The WDCU provides nine competitions for clubs of all standards – including 50 over Saturday cricket, 40 over Sunday cricket and midweek T20 cricket.
Ayr CC currently lead the top division of the Saturday league following a series of impressive performances – and, in Clydesdale CC, the WDCU will have a representative in the final of the Scottish Cup.