Girls and Women’s cricket goes FitMad

Fit MAD is an activity club project run by the PE Departments and the Active Schools Co-ordinators of the Dumfries Burgh Schools and is aimed at all P7—S4 girls and their mums (or female guardian). The idea behind the club is to get as many girls and their mums to enjoy exercising and to lead more active and healthy lifestyles.

There is a programme of classes which will run from Monday 3rd May to Sunday 27th June and are open only to P7—S4 girls and their mums.

This year for the first time it includes cricket and will involve the guidance of the Scottish Girls and Women’s Development Officer, Lea Tsui who will be in attendance for a number of sessions.

Cricket, Tuesdays, 6.30 – 7.30pm, at the David Keswick Centre

For more details and to book your place see the FitMad website here.

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Dumfries High School enter Scottish Schools Cup

Dumfries High School play Langholm Academy, entrants last year, in the draw for the Scottish Schools Cup. The High School cricketers have been in training after school on Wednesdays to prepare for their first match in the competition. The team is largely new to the game but keen and await their competitive debut in April.

The draw for the 2010 Scottish Schools Cup is below with more details here on the Cricket Scotland website.

Round 1 (Wednesday 22 April)
Greenwood Academy, Irvine v Doon Academy
Belmont Academy, Ayr v St Ninians RC High School, Giffnock
Dumfries High School v Langholm Academy
Airdrie Academy v Lomond School, Helensburgh
Belmont House School (Newton Mearns) v Glasgow Academy
Hillhead High School v Eastwood High School
Shawlands Academy v High School of Glasgow
Kelvinside Academy v Hutchesons’ Grammar School

Round 2 (and round 1 of Shield) games to be played by 5 May, reserve date 12 May
Semi Finals to be played by 19 May, reserve date no later than 26 May
West Final Wednesday 2 June
Scottish Final at Stirling County CC, Thursday 17 June

DG U13s trained up

The winter DG U13s training sessions completed at the weekend. A 5 week block of training sessions have been conducted for two groups, one in the west of the region, in Dumfries on Saturdays, and the other in the west, in Langholm on Friday evenings.

Course: Introduction to Cricket – 29 Mar 2010

An Introduction to Cricket course is being held at the David Keswick Centre in Dumfries from 10-12:30 on Monday the 29th March 2010.

The course is aimed at those starting out in taking cricket sessions at schools or clubs. To attend contact devgroup@ dgcricket.org.uk .

2010 D&G Easter Cricket Camp – 6/7 April

A Cricket Scotland Easter Cricket Camp is being held during the Easter school holidays at the David Keswick Athletic Centre in Dumfries.

The sports camp is for children aged 8 to 13, boys and girls, and is open to all ability levels and and is for participants across Dumfries and Galloway. The camp will have a large emphasis on fun and participation.

The camp takes place on Tuesday (6th April) and Wednesday (7th April) from 10am to 1:30pm. The cost for the two days is £10 and bookings can be made now by contacting the D&G Community Cricket Coach, Chris Stewart, by emailing Chris.Stewart@dumgal.gov.uk or use the contact form below. Continue reading

McBride heads for India

McBride batting against Netherlands U17s, courtesy of ICC/CricketEurope

Tom McBride is packing his bags to experience cricket in India. Next week he leaves for the Pune Cricket Academy near Mumbai for an intensive twelve day National Academy tour of the sub-continent.

Last year the player, from Dumfries CC, played for Scotland U17s and Scotland U19s and the 18 year old has spent the winter as one of seven players invited onto Scotland’s Performance Course at Telford College in Edinburgh. He joins those in the National Academy Squad in making up a 15-man party.

The focus will be on training with three games scheduled later in the stay including a planned match against the state U19 side. Craig Wright, ex-Scotland captain, and now the National Performance Development Manager is one of the coaches travelling. Once in India the group will be under the direction of experienced local coaches well versed in the local conditions.

Wright commented that “the aim is for the batsmen to work on playing spin and for the bowlers to master very different conditions. The expertise at what is a global cricket academy, the facilities available and the experience will stretch their abilities.”

“Tommy has worked really hard on his game over the past months, both on the physical and the technical aspects. He is also benefitting from training with the others in the performance group some of whom gained their first caps for the full Scotland side last year.”

The former Lockerbie Academy pupil was first introduced to the sport thanks to a holiday cricket taster session organised by D&G Council’s Sports and Leisure Department and is a product of the hard work of the junior coaches in the region and has regularly played for the regional teams at varying age groups.

As one more experience the group will hopefully get to see the razzmatazz of a Twenty20 IPL game during their stay.