Report - WDJCU Indoor Super 8s
Hutchesons’ Grammar School once again played host to the WDJCU Indoor Super 8s. The annual event, which takes place between Christmas and the New Year, saw 159 different players represent 10 Clubs – and three combined teams. There were three separate tournaments – at U12, U15 and U19 age groups.
The U12 winners were the pre-Tournament favourites Ayr CC. They won all their games to complete an unbeaten campaign for this age group in 2014 (with the squad having won all 14 matches they played during the outdoor season!). The closest any other team came to beating Ayr was Clydesdale CC who pushed them to the penultimate ball of the first match of the Final Group. The Ayrshire side then went on to win the Final against Glasgow Accies CC – needing only 4.1 of the 10 overs to chase their target of 52!
Wicket-keeper Richie Simpson led the way with the bat, scoring 71 runs at an average of 71.00 throughout the tournament. With the ball, six of seven bowlers took wickets – to complete a good all-round effort.
The U12 Player of the Tournament was Gautam Kakar of Clydesdale CC who finished as the joint second top run scorer in the tournament (with 73 runs at an average of 73.00) and returned combined bowling figures of 5-0-23-2.
The U15 Tournament was hit with a few teams calling off – to the extent that the eventual winners, Clydesdale CC, only played two competitive matches. Rather than there being a Final Group of three teams, Clydesdale played local rivals Poloc CC in a one-game, ‘South-Side’ derby. Batting first, Clydesdale were immediately in trouble at 3/3 off one over. However, sensible batting, aggressive running and a few big hits took the total up to 100. Although Poloc were well set at 44/1 off 5 overs, they were not able to up their scoring rate and finished 83/4 in reply.
Similarly to the U12 Tournament, the Player of the Tournament did not come from the winning team. The U15 Player of the Tournament was Aliyan Qureshi of Poloc CC who was comfortably the leading wicket-taker in the tournament (8-0-27-8), including an incredible performance of 3-0-8-5 against West of Scotland CC during the Group Stage.
Traditionally, the ‘form-book’ has never been a guide to the U19 Tournament – and this remained the case in 2014. Put simply, the team which played the best cricket throughout the Final Group emerged as the winners. Clydesdale CC lost both its games – to Poloc CC and then to Ferguslie CC. This set up a genuine Final between Poloc and Ferguslie – and it was the Paisley side who were the victors. A good all-round bowling and fielding effort limited Poloc to just 87/4 in their 10 overs. In reply, Ferguslie always kept themselves up with the required rate. Their effect was built upon a good second wicket partnership between Alastair Preston-Jones (25, retired) and Taimoor Ahmad (17). However, it was a calm match and tournament winning innings from left-arm spinner Hamza Tahir which saw his side home. Ferguslie 88/4.
Based on his effort in the Final with bat, and his 63 tournament runs and combined bowling figures of 12-2-70-4, Hamza was named as U19 Player of the Tournament.
Finally, thanks must go to all those who helped to make the 2014 WDJCU Super 8s both possible – and successful.