Indian pair come to share their skills

Sourish and Sachin on the front foot to coach

Sourish and Sachin on the front foot to coach

Two Indian cricket players have arrived in Galloway to help coach youngsters for the summer.

Sachin Chaudhary is here for the second year in a row but alongside him is Sourish Mukherjee, a first-time visitor to Scotland and both have begun an intensive programme of coaching in the region’s schools.

From one end of the Dumfries and Galloway to the other, the pair are taking groups from each school for sessions on how to play the game and give them a few tips from their semi-professional backgrounds.

Members of Galloway County Cricket Club have been fundraising to pay for the visit and the next stage of that will see some climb the peaks of Arran.

Sachin and Sourish will also be helping out with a cricket clinic in Wigtown over the summer which will cost £5 per child with a maximum of five per class.

Anyone interested in learning more about the programme or to donate, can call Patrick Druce on 07881585431 .

See The Galloway Gazette article.

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More Cricket at Local Primary Schools

New Community Coach Chris Stewart is out and about at more local primary schools this week.

Cricket sessions start tomorrow at Loreburn Primary and he is at Newington Primary on Thursday as part of their health week.

And cricket camps are planned for later on in the year in October on the 13th at Langholm, and the 30th at Annan.

DG U13 League: Wins for the Dumfries sides

The second week of the Dumfries & Galloway Junior Cricket League had Langholm/Lockerbie Thunder playing Dumfries Indians at Castleholm and Dumfries Cowboys playing Langholm Lightning at Nunholm.

At Langholm it was the Dumfries Indians who prevailed by dint of their bowlers with Michael Temlett to the fore taking 4/10. He was ably backed up by Todd Rafferty (3/14) and Chris McBride (2/17). Callum Bell (12 runs) and C Harris (13) top-scored for the Lightning who could not quite bat out their full 20 overs. In reply Chris Lumb made sure of victory with 22 runs out of the 56/3 needed.

At Dumfries the Cowboys batted first and a second wicket partnership of 40 between Dean Brotherstone and Gordon Walker set up the winning total. This was against some tight bowling with Colin Little in particular giving nothing away. Chris Berry then took advantage of the platform with an unbeaten 29. Colin Little’s 2/7 from 6 overs was very impressive.

In reply the Langholm side never quite got to grips with the bowling but perhaps thought that with Gregor Masterton having set himself up with 19 runs that they could push on towards the target of 87.

Niall Alexander put paid to any such thoughts with a display of class bowling – he got the wicket of Masterton with his first ball and completed figures of 3/1 from his 4 overs. The Littles – Dominic and Colin – had a flurry at the end but by then the damage had been done – 57 for 7 not quite enough.

Girls’ and Women’s Development Day

Cricket Scotland are excited to announce that the annual Cricket Scotland Girls’ and Women’s Development Day will be running on Sunday 14 June at Stirling County Cricket Ground from 10am to 4pm.

Girls and women of all ages and ability are invited to take part in skills and drills and exciting games. Players from Scotland Women’s Squads will also be on hand for helpful advice and tips and to answer any cricket questions.

More details are available on the Cricket Scotland website here. Also

Cricket Scotland’s continued support and development towards the girls and women’s game has taken another stride forward and are now looking for clubs and schools to nominate U15 girls who play cricket to be part of the U15 girl’s development squad.

The training day will take place on the 14th June 2009 at Stirling County Cricket Club 10am – 4pm.

Again more details are available on the Cricket Scotland website here.

DG U13 League: Langholm/Lockerbie win in close finish

Sunday saw the start of the D&G U13 league for the Langholm teams.

Langholm/Lockerbie took on Langholm at the Castleholm with the sun shining. The match was 14 overs per side and despite a slow start it turned into a bit of a thriller with the Langholm/Lockerbie team just coming out on top.

Langholm/Lockerbie batted first on the artificial wicket and were soon in trouble. After 4 overs they were 9/4 without a run being scored off the bat, the runs had come via wides and byes. However, Liam Rogerson and Ross Rae batted well together and started to gain in confidence. When Rogerson (2) was bowled by Colin Little it was left to the two Ross’s, Rae and Crawford to get some runs. They did just that with Rae (22) including a very impressive six and Crawford (7no). Eventually Langholm/Lockerbie were all out for 71. Colin Little grabbed five wickets with Dominic Little getting three. Continue reading

Cricket Coaching at Lockerbie Primary

Chris Stewart, the new Dumfries and Galloway Community Cricket Coach, is getting his cricket development work underway by taking coaching sessions at Lockerbie Primary this week. These take place on Thursdays and are in a five session block.

New DG Cricket Community Coach gets to work

Chris Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway's new Community Cricket Coach

Chris Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway's new Community Cricket Coach

Cricket in Dumfries and Galloway has had a major boost with the appointment of a new community cricket coach. The post will provide cricket coaching to children across the region encouraging them to take part in this growing sport. Scotland as a national side has been prominent in recent years in World Cups and International matches against England and Australia and interest in the sport has continued to grow.

Cricket Scotland in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Dumfries and Galloway Cricket Development Group has appointed Chris Stewart to the newly created role of Community Cricket Coach for the region.

The new post will deliver coaching sessions to local schools, organise local competitions and assist club coaches in developing their sessions. The aim is to expand upon the junior cricket played locally in schools and clubs. Schools will be linked with their local club to ensure that there is support for the school and a thriving group of such clubs in the future.

This project to develop cricket in Dumfries and Galloway is supported with funding from the Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme, the Hollywood Trust, Cricket Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Leisure and Sport department, and local cricket clubs.

Chris, a Level 2 Coach from Langholm, is completing his Cricket Development Apprenticeship (SVQ) with Cricket Scotland and has just taken up his new position. Of his appointment Chris says “I want to give everyone, boys and girls, the chance to play cricket in Dumfries and Galloway and see strong links between schools and clubs as especially important. It is key that youngsters get the chance to play club cricket”.

Andy Reed, Leisure Services Manager, Sports Development with Dumfries and Galloway Council, said “Cricket is one of the Council’s 14 priority sports and we are pleased to enter into partnership with Cricket Scotland and the local clubs to provide a quality programme for young aspiring cricketers across the region. We see this appointment as crucial to developing the clubs and the sport within the region. “.

Local schools are currently being contacted about cricket visits but if cricket is already being played or an introduction to cricket is wanted then schools can contact Chris for assistance at DG One on 01387 267225 ext 63278 or email Chris.Stewart@dumgal.gov.uk.

More information about how to play junior cricket in Dumfries and Galloway can be found here at http://www.dgcricket.org.uk.