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August 2006 News
European Championships 2006 - Review
Posted on Thursday 31st August 2006 by Neil Dowers
At the beginning of August, New Anniesland played host to four matches in the European Cricket Council's Championships.
Strathclyde Police called upon Accies at the eleventh hour to host two Israeli games, expected to attract up to several hundred protestors, due to the extra security afforded by the perimeter fence. The best thing to come out of the switch was that it allowed the club to meet the French team, against whom they later played a Twenty20 friendly.
The major attraction at New Anniesland was the Scotland v Denmark game, where a reasonable sized and enthusiastic crowd was treated to a thrilling contest, if not the best weather of the summer. Fraser Watts’ 171* was the highest ever score for Scotland, while the match itself, aided by Messrs Duckworth and Lewis, went right to the last ball.
Accies came out of the tournament receiving praise from all quarters, most notably former Test-Match umpire John Holder. Accies is hoping that all the positive press will convince Cricket Scotland to allocate some future international/representative matches to the club.
Full scorecards are available to view here, along with over-by-over commentary of Scotland v Denmark.
Accies is grateful to many people for their help and efforts over the week of the Championships and particularly during the Scottish Game.
- To Robert Cheape and his team of groundstaff (Gary, Alex, Zander and Euan) for preparing fantastic pitches and presenting the ground beautifully, despite the best efforts of the elements.
- Ken Barron and his catering team for preparing the food and running the bars at all games. The barbecue at the Scotland game has attracted much praise.
- Carlsberg, Ernst and Young and WM Mann for taking corporate hospitality at the Scotland game.
- WM Mann Investments Ltd for sponsorship of the Scotland game on top of corporate hospitality.
- Scoreboard Sports for the donation of a signature bat, which was signed by all players/officials at the Scotland game and will be displayed in the clubhouse.
- All club volunteers for their efforts setting up the ground/moving sight-screens/managing covers and groundsheets. A special mention to Stuart Murray and Ian Smart for running "the fastest scoreboard" John Holder has ever seen.
- Hillary Atkinson for her PA announcements.
National League Play-Offs - Notice for Supporters
Posted on Tuesday 29th August 2006 by Fraser Murray
As you are probably aware, the 1XI has won the WDCU Division 1 and is now contesting a play-off with Borders League champions Kelso.
The first play-off will be held this Saturday at Uddingston's Bothwell Castle cricket ground (link to map below). Play will begin at midday, and Accies will be looking for as many supporters as possible.
Anyone who wishes to come along and support the 1XI is asked to meet at Accies at 11am for the drive to Uddy, so that those without cars can get a lift.
If you intend to join in the cheering-squad, please let me know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, so that Uddingston can cater for the navy blue masses and we can try and judge the number of cars required.
End of Season Barbecue and Club Photo
Posted on Friday 25th August 2006 by Fraser Murray
Come and celebrate the (not quite) end of season in the late summer sunshine at Accies this Saturday, as the 1XI conclude their victorious league campaign at home to East Kilbride.
Members of all teams, senior and junior, as well as friends, partners, children and anyone else who enjoys fine food in the chargrilled style are invited to an impromptu barbeque, this Saturday, from 8pm at New Anniesland (please note the bar open from around 2pm).
Entry is £10, or £5 for kids. This includes all the food you can eat, good company, sharp repartee and your name guaranteed on the guest list of Nigel Campbell's late night Stumpy extravaganza.
An end-of-season club photograph is also planned. Anyone under the age of 16 will need to bring a completed Photography Consent Form.
Make sure you claim your place on the club house's wall-of-the-immortals by being there!
To ensure there's enough food to go round, an indication of your attendance by emailing email@example.com would be appreciated.
Cricket Section AGM and Dinner, Friday 15th September 2006
Posted on Wednesday 23rd August 2006 by Fraser Murray
Annual General Meeting
Friday 15 September 2006, 6.30 pm
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Cricket Section will be held in the Clubhouse at New Anniesland on Friday 15th September 2006 at 6.30pm.
A summary agenda for the meeting is below. A detailed agenda is being compiled for circulation at the meeting.
- Minutes from the 2005 AGM (pdf)
- Chairman's Report
- Presentation of Awards
- Election of Office Bearers
Cricket Section Dinner
Friday 15 September 2006, 7.30 pm for 8 pm
Please note that you are invited to attend the customary Dinner (expected timing 7.30 pm for 8pm) that will be held in the Clubhouse at New Anniesland immediately after the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting.
Members and friends able to attend should contact Fraser Murray, David Carnegie, Colin Dawson or George Paton (details below) as quickly as possible to secure a place at this prestigious event.
Tickets are £23 per head (under 21/Students - £18).
It is vital that numbers attending are known by Wednesday 13 September so that Ken Barron can make the appropriate arrangements.
Please bring lots of drinking vouchers and spare cash for the excellent raffle that will be held during the course of the evening!
- Fraser Murray: 07905 376151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Carnegie: 0141 931 5501 (Home) or 07720 446970
- Colin Dawson: 0141 339 3217 (Home/Business) or 07931 569138
- George Paton: 0141 571 3171 (Home) or 0141 204 0112 (Business)
Posted on by Fraser Murray
Glasgow Accies will play Kelso at Bothwell Castle Policies, Uddingston on Saturday 2nd September, with a 12pm start.
With the position in both the East League and the Strathmore Union still unknown, the exact number and dates of other play-off matches is not yet clear.
Taking Stock and Moving Forward
Posted on Monday 21st August 2006 by Fraser Murray
It was this time last year, at a specially convened player's meeting, that we voted to endorse an ambitious 5-year plan for Glasgow Accies Cricket Club. The plan represented a collective statement of our commitment to the club and of our intention to do what we could to improve the facilities the club offers and the playing strength of the section as a whole.
One year on, plenty has happened at New Anniesland. Through the hard work of members of all ages, some fantastic things have been achieved, both on and off the field. At the end of the 2006 there is, it seems fair to say, a real sense of ambition and determination around the ground, and much to be proud of.
It seems appropriate, therefore, that we should meet up again to take stock of the season, to recognise how far we’ve come, but also to look forward to next year and to the future more generally. On that basis, an end of season player's meeting is called for the evening of Wednesday 23rd August, to take place either after nets at 8pm. As usual pasta will be available at the cost of £2.50.
Can all playing members of the club, and anyone with an interest in the future of cricket at Glasgow Accies, please attend if at all possible.
Come with your comments about this season, come with your suggestions for improvements, come with your ideas for fund-raising and come with anything else that you wish to say to your team-mates about how the club is run and the direction in which it is headed. If there are any particular issues that you feel ought to be discussed, please drop a note me at email@example.com in advance.
The process of making the 2007 season even more successful than the 2006 season begins here!
Posted on Sunday 20th August 2006 by Fraser Murray
A thrilling last over victory over Irvine CC at Accies on Saturday has seen the 1XI build an unassailable lead at the top of the WDCU Division One and secure the National League play-off place with a game to spare.
Irvine batted first and scored 186, with overseas professional Sanjay Raul making 116*. Kashif Rashid and Richard Andrew each bowled 15 overs straight for 51 and 55 respectively and each claiming one wicket. Al Miller and Nigel Campbell claimed two wickets apiece.
In chase, openers Neil Dowers and Richard Andrew put on 53 for the first wicket and Fraser Murray and Daniel Scott added 63 in a patient stand which set up the successful chase.
Fittingly, Dan Scott was there right at the end and struck the winning runs in what has undoubtedly been a winning season for the Victorian. He has fitted seamlessly into the side and been as made as much impact off the pitch as on.
Scotland on Sunday Club Focus: Youth is not wasted on resurgent Accies as the SNCL beckons
Posted on Sunday 13th August 2006 by Fraser Murray
GLASGOW Academicals, who had been more used to the role of underachievers in recent times despite their prestigious name, top the Western Union en route to the play-offs and a coveted SNCL slot.
They have lost but once in the season, vanquished at Irvine by a last-ball six, and next Sunday the vibrant New Anniesland club will contest the Rowan Cup final against Clydesdale of the Premiership. Accies last won the trophy in 1932, and it is 38 years since they previously contested the final.
Why the remarkable change in fortunes?
"We've managed to put together a pretty good team of relatively young players, who have no fear and are hungry for success," notes captain Fraser Murray. Apart from a veteran slow bowler in Nigel Campbell, the squad largely is comprised of enthusiasts in their 20s and talented teenagers.
Former SMRH opener Ed Hunter, Richard Andrew, Andy Dodson and Murray himself have been consistently among the runs, and Australian overseas amateur Dan Scott, from Ballarat in Victoria, has made an enormous impact with nearly 600 league runs at an average of more than 60, including an unbeaten 137 fashioned in 112 balls against GHK. His 66 not out was also the mainstay of the innings in a last-over win against Partick at Hamilton Crescent, and all-rounder Euan Sheridan and former Scotland under-13 player Roddy Kelso have added useful scores.
Murray says: "Our varied bowling attack has also stepped up to the plate, not least recently against Hillhead, one of our major challengers, when we defended a low total. Seamer Kash Rashid has been a revelation in his first season with us, forming a potent opening attack with Ally Miller."
Andrew Smith, once a Durham trialist, offers off-breaks, Euan Sheridan dispenses left-arm spin, and the evergreen Campbell continues to provide his idiosyncratic brand of slow deliveries with remarkable success.
Youth convener Colin Dawson says: "Huge credit should go to Fraser Murray for bringing this side together, gelling them and generating some grand performances, especially given their relative youthful inexperience." He reveals that the club have implemented an ambitious five-year plan, with a key focus on youth development, in which school coach Vedam 'Hari' Hariharan has worked wonders for many years.
Hari, a senior coach at the Australian Sports Gateway Academy with Ashley Mallet and a director of the International Cricket School in Bangalore, India, is one of the most experienced development coaches in world cricket, and it is testimony to his outstanding work that in 2004 Glasgow Academy won the Henry Grierson award open to all UK schools: they were judged best for captaincy, batting, bowling, fielding, turnout and behaviour.
Hari's conveyor belt of talent flows on, with Sam Page holding the Scotland under-13s' innings together against Denmark, and Accies' league-topping under-18s providing four members of the West district squad. A further measure of the club's burgeoning popularity is that next season ten junior and senior teams will be fielded.
Accies can boast a handful of international players. The 1920s and 30s saw Andy Innes, George Crerar and Alex Forrester in Scotland colours, and more recently batsman-wicketkeeper Dougie Lockhart gained the first of his 147 caps out of New Anniesland.
But if the bandwagon keeps up its momentum, there is every chance that the club's honours board will require a signwriter once more. The rejuvenated Academicals are a force to be reckoned with, without doubt - and they are here for the long haul.
Sandy Strang, Scotland on Sunday, Sunday 13th August 2006
International Twenty20 Comes to The School Ground
Posted on Sunday 6th August 2006 by Fraser Murray
Glasgow Accies are pleased to welcome France back to Anniesland for a twenty-over thrash tomorrow (Monday 7th) afternoon.
The match will be played at the school ground with a 1pm start. Tea will be taken at the school ground, while the top bar at the main ground will be open after the match.