DG U13s overcome defiant Ayrshire

This year’s Under 13 West Area Championship got underway for Dumfries & Galloway’s youngsters at Nunholm on Tuesday with a match against their counterparts from Ayrshire. Having had high hopes in 2008 but failing to win a match hopes for 2009 were a bit more subdued. But proving the rule that cricket is a funny old game the boys “done good” with an excellent victory – a win achieved on the back of an all-round team effort.

Batting first the region’s young cricketers made 143 for 9 in their allotted 35 overs. Dean Brotherstone was the cornerstone of the innings but Chris Lumb, Gregor Masterton, Fraser Strachan, Chris McBride, Douglas Hubbert and Niall Alexander all made significant contributions to the total and Andrew Geddes, batting at eleven made sure that there were no wasted overs.

In reply Ayrshire went off at a rate of knots but the Littles of Langholm – Dominic and Colin – kept taking wickets – 5 in all and when 10-year-old Chris McBride came on to take 3 wickets in his first 2 overs Ayrshire were deep in trouble at 64 for 8. Niall Alexander was brought back and quickly took the ninth wicket and the game was in the bag – NOT. Morgan was up to the task of seeing him off and then with Rao, who had been watching the lemmings at the other end, put the D&G boys under severe pressure. They put on 45 for the tenth wicket and were only defeated by a sharp piece of fielding and direct hit from young Chris when thinking of a quick single.


DG U12s cut their teeth

Dumfries and Galloway ’s next batch of young cricketers cut their teeth on Sunday against the Borders. The under 12s – with some making their “real cricket” debut – came up short but not without showing some potential. Bowling first, Fraser Strachan and Robbie Matthews were the wicket-takers – a brace apiece in a total of 145 for 5 in 25 overs.

In reply the undoubted top performance of the day came from Dean Brotherstone who got to his fifty with a wonderful straight drive – a shot which typified his innings. He was well backed up by Chris Lumb (25) and Chris McBride had an impressive cameo at the end to add to his earlier wicket. The final total of 121 for 3 was not enough for victory but certainly enough to give the youngsters confidence that they have what it takes to win matches in the future.

DG U13s: Battle with the Borders

Dumfries & Galloway under 13 cricketers failed to get their revenge against the Borders in what was the second of their recent encounters. Having received a comprehensive beating in the game at Hawick, the boys were keen to make amends at Langholm, on Sunday but could not quite manage it in a hard-fought encounter.

They got off to a poor start with both openers back in the pavilion with only 10 on the board. However Dean Brotherstone from Dumfries and Langholm’s Gregor Masterton repaired the damage – putting on a fifty partnership. Dean then went on to score the day’s highest total before being out to a superb diving catch, from a shot that had “boundary” written all over it. Some good bowling and further good catching then restricted the D&G team to only 13 runs from the last 5 overs of the allotted 30.

With a total of only 89 to defend the bowling and fielding had to be good and the pressure was on the opening bowlers to give their team a good start. Dominic Little, of Langholm, did just that – with a wicket in each of his first 3 overs – and figures of 3 for 12 from his initial 4 overs. Skipper Niall Alexander backed him up with a couple of his own and the Borders were deep in the mire at 22 for 5.

Alas, despite chances, no more wickets fell. The change bowlers all bowled well and kept things tight but could not get the breakthrough and the Borders’ batters were good enough then to step up a gear and take their team to victory.

Match details:
Dumfries & Galloway U13s 89/5 (Dean Brotherstone 39, Gregor Masterton 11)
Borders U13s 91/5 (Dominic Little 3/21, Niall Alexander 2/13)

Cricket Scotland Summer Camp: 11-13 August

Another three day Cricket Scotland Summer Camp is taking place this summer.

2008 Cricket Scotland Summer Camp

2008 Cricket Scotland Summer Camp

Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th August

Saltires Camp 9am to 12pm, Lions Camp 1pm to 4 pm

Nunholm, Dumfries Cricket Club. Cost: £40

Cricket Scotland LogoLions Camp: 9-11 year olds
Aimed at developing school cricketers / basic young club cricketers.  Based on skill development / introduction of hard ball.


Saltires Camp: 12-15 year olds (existing cricketers)

Develop players’ ability and understanding of the game, focusing on specific areas of skill development, game sense and specific practice.

All junior cricketers participating in the camps will be entered into a draw to win:

  • A 1:1 coaching session with the Saltires Coaching Team
  • A signed Saltires shirt
  • A bat signed by the Saltires Squad.

To book a place on a course, simply phone Cricket Scotland on 0131 3137420 with a credit or debit card to secure your place. Further details are available on the Cricket Scotland site here.

A supporting poster and flyer is available to download and print here –  2009 CS Summer Camp and 2009 CS Summer Camp Flyer .

McBride representing Scotland

Scotland U17sDumfries CC first eleven cricketer Tommy McBride has been the region’s representive playing this week for the Scotland Under 17 side in the ECB 2-day County Championships.

Previous matches have included a win over Cumbria and a defeat to Northumberland and this week he top scored with 41 in the second innings. He was also the top scorer for the side in the second match of the ‘tour’ with 62 in their win over Hertfordshire.

Now the side move on to compete in the European Championships in Northern Ireland at the end of the month.

Read the match reports here.

How the Western Academy Works

From Iain Stewart, West Community Development Manager.

Western Cricket AcademyI have had several discussions and received a few emails surrounding the Academy and Area set up and how things work in the winter, summer and how selection works. This is understandable as new Junior Convenors and coaches have come to the fore this season (which is great to see) and also parents, some of whom are only now discovering cricket through their children, are also curious about how it all works. So here is an effort to answer the queries that have arisen…

In the rest of the country they have an Eastern Regional Academy (Head Coach, last year’s Western Academy coach Simon Smith) and in the North District they have ‘rebranded’ as the Caledonian Academies (Neil Burnett is Head Coach in Tayside & Fife sub-academy and Neil Nicol is Head Coach for the other sub-academy in Grampian & Highlands which make up the Caledoinan Academies).

Academies have an Under 14 Junior Academy Squad and an Over 14 Senior Academy squad. Players over 16 are only eligible for the winter training if they are in or are deemed to have the potential to play national level. These players are to get extra mid week 1-2-1 sessions and are known as the Performance Squad.

Last winter squads trained on alternate weeks and this will most probably be the same this winter. 9am – 12pm for cricket specific training, 12pm -1pm for fitness and also there are sport psychology seminars and nutrition workshops spread through the winter.

The Western Academy has the following Coaching/Management team:
Head Coach – Iain Stewart (Level 3)
Asst Head Coach – Iain Kennedy (Level 3 & mentor coach to Head Coach)
Administrator – Tim Hart
Performance Squad Lead Coach – Isaac Umeed
Senior Academy Team Manager – John Blair
Junior Academy Lead Coach – Joshua Johnston
Specialist Batting Coach – Bruce Patterson
Pace Bowling Coach – Paul Hoffmann
Spin Bowling Coach – Richard Young
Wicket Keeping Coach – Dougie Lockhart
Coaching Assistant – Ian Young Continue reading

Western Senior Academy get a winning draw against Meikleriggs

Sunday’s Western Union Division 1 game saw a thrilling encounter between the senior Western Academy and Meikleriggs, aka Ferguslie 2nd XI, who had several players with current or recent 1st XI experience.

Galloway’s Fraser Conn hit 49 in 45 balls before being dismissed lbw in the Academy total of 249.

Read the full match report here .