WDCU - Week 1 Round Up
The WDCU season got underway in most places with a surprising number of matches completed after the downpour of Friday evening. The weather provided the ugly element of the weekend with New Williamfield (right) still feeling the effects of the deluge on Monday.
It was a good weekend for Clydesdale, Uddingston and the CricHQ app live scoring system, and a bad weekend for Poloc, Stenhousemuir and the CricHQ scorecard entry system!
Dale, Uddy and live scoring sparkled on an ever improving Saturday afternoon. Clydesdale were just along Haggs Road at Shawholm but Poloc's batsmen were still in pre-season as they floundered against Adil Ghaffar who tore through "Loc's" middle order en route to claiming 5-12 as the home side capitulated for just 39. Clydesdale eased to an 8 wicket win sometime before the football was finished.
It was an even better effort from Sammy Zia at Bothwell where he helped Uddingston rout Stenhousemuir by taking 5-6 in a total of 52 all out. Uddy cruised home by 9 wickets and helped to suggest that last season's powerhouses will be right in the mix again this year.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came at Henry Thow Oval as a rejuvenated Prestwick turned over highly fancied Ayr by 26 runs. Prestwick were boosted by the returning Willie Rowan and Andy Tennant and look likely to sail free from the doldrums of the past few seasons. Dumfries completed a home double in Group D of the CricHQ40 Cup by reaching a target of 171 with 3 balls to spare at an excited Nunholm against highly fancied East Kilbride, Chris Bellwood taking the lead in the battle for the WDCU "Orange cap" by anchoring the chase with a marvellous 83*.
In the Western Cup, the CricHQ live scoring app was put to great use in a thriller between WDCU powerhouses Irvine and Glasgow Accies. The audience grew along with the tension as firstly Irvine crumbled to 91 all out then reduced Accies to 79-8! the runs were eked out by Accies late order though and they became the first WDCU side to defeat Irvine on a Saturday since 2012.
The CricHQ system didn't perform quite as well late on Saturday and early on Sunday though! A major upgrade provided a host of new features and, predictably in the world of software development, promptly broke many things that worked perfectly! The support staff in New Zealand are now on first name terms with WDCU Administrator Frank Johnstone and all the issues are well on their way to being repaired as I write, ready for an explosion of use by clubs on Saturday coming when the CricHQ40 Cup and Western Cup really start to take shape.