WDJCU 2016 Season Review

19 Sep

Sunday 11th September saw the youth cricket season in the west of Scotland come to an exciting climax with the West District Junior Cricket Union (WDJCU) U11 Finals’ Day.  

The day itself, which was held at Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC), saw the top four ranked U11 clubs come together to compete for the league championship.  Fittingly perhaps, it was the two league section winners, Clydesdale CC and Ferguslie CC, who would win their semi-finals to contest the final.  After a great exhibition from the youngest hardball players in the region, it was Clydesdale CC who emerged victorious, by 40 runs.  It was a great end to another busy season in the west.

In total there have been 233 fixtures fully completed in the various league and cup competitions, including the final of the 2015 U18 Frank Smith Trophy.  Fixtures took place from late April to early September and saw clubs ranging from as far apart as Ayr to Stirling and East Kilbride to Helensburgh come together to compete against each other.   The season also saw west region clubs complete 27 matches in the five different Cricket Scotland youth competitions – with Clydesdale CC being crowned as U18 Scottish Cup winners. 

U10 Kwik Cricket festivals remained as the first opportunity in the playing pathway – a pathway designed to provide opportunities for both female and male players.  ‘Kwik Cricket’ continued to allow young players to enjoy an introduction to ‘competitive’ cricket, while still playing with a soft ball.  This season was the first year of a new split into ‘north region’ and ‘south region’ festivals – in an effort to reduce travel and increase participation.  Despite another poor season weather-wise, 13 festivals took place, hosted by 10 different clubs, with a total of 349 participants. 

Also introduced in 2016 were new U14 and U16 leagues.  These replaced what had previously been called the ‘B’ leagues.  In total 48 matches were completed across these two new competitions – a marked increase on matches completed in recent years in the old format. 

The number of entrants, format and winners of the various leagues were: 

Age Group

Format

Teams Entered

Number of Clubs

Winners

U11

8 or 10 per side, pairs

18

18

Clydesdale CC

U13

11 per side

13

15

Clydesdale CC

U14

8 per side

7

9

East Renfrewshire/Renfrew combined VIII

U15

11 per side

7

9

Clydesdale CC

U16

8 per side

8

9

Prestwick CC

U18

11 per side

10

15

Poloc CC 

There was also a wide range of representative playing opportunities on offer.  There was an U12 Inter-Area Development Tournament for the six Area Cricket Development Groups, an U14 West Regional Development Centre (WRDC) ‘Challenge Series’, an U14 Triangular Festival contested by Belfast, Edinburgh and the Western Warriors and there were fixtures for both the Western Warriors U15 and U18 sides in the Cricket Scotland Inter-Regional Championships.  These competitions saw another 21 matches completed, in a typically-busy summer. 

The weather did cause some slight disruption at various stages of the season and this has resulted in both the U13 League Cup Final (Clydesdale CC hosting Ayr CC) and the 2016 Frank Smith Trophy Final (Poloc CC hosting Clydesdale CC) being carried over to next season.  These matches will take place during April or May 2017 – but only after another action-packed indoor ‘Super 8s’ tournament which is, once again, scheduled for December. 

Throughout the season regular updates have been available via the twitter feed (@westjuniorcrick) and the website has provided more detailed information about everything which has been going on.  Full details about all the competitions mentioned above are available on-line at www.westjuniorcricket.com

Finally, thanks must go to all the players, parents, groundsmen, umpires, the club coaches, officials and volunteers and the WDJCU Committee, all of whom have played their part in another busy season which has provided lots of opportunities for young cricketers in the west of the country.

 

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