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May 2004 News

Weekend Update - 25 May 2004

Posted on Tuesday 25th May 2004 by Neil Dowers

Weekend Update - 23 May 2004

Saturday the 22nd of May witnessed the return of ex-1XI batsman Brian Dundas to Accies, sadly sporting East Kilbride colours. It was somewhat of a success for Baz, much to the disappointment of Accies, as EK left Anniesland with a winning draw, the returning Baz scoring 37 along with 72 from Gavin Bradley contributing to a first innings total of 202 all out. What should have been a relatively simple chase for Accies - considering the depth of their batting - turned out to be too much in the end. Fraser Murray was one of the only Accies batsmen to flourish, scoring 42 before being stumped after charging the East Kilbride spinner. Roddy Kelso and Nigel Campbell batted out 10 overs for the draw, Roddy finishing on 26* - a fine effort for an U15 playing only his second Western Union Division 1 match!

Accies seconds were away at Vale of Leven, where they enjoyed the challenge of chasing the score of 163 set by the home side. Marty Oliver scored 48, Sohail Riaz 28, and Satwant Uppal a six off the third last ball to tie the scores. Thanks to Satwant's habitual big hitting, the seconds came away from Vale with 25 points.

The 3XI got their season underway this weekend, suffering a losing draw at the hands of Kirkstyle. Performances of note from that game were the 2 wickets of 11 year old Sam Page, a 39 from Jamie Young and a controlled performance from Ross Beattie to bat 20+ overs for the draw.

On Sunday, Bute's Sunday XI travelled to Accies to face our development XI. The amount of actual developing going on was questionable, as the Bute first innings total of 133-9 (Fleming 3-32 off 8, Sood 2-32 off 5, Sheridan 3-13 off 8) was knocked off largely in a 100 partnership between 1XI Skipper Fraser Murray (63*) and ex-1XI Skipper Nigel Campbell (45). Note must go to Thomas Fleming for taking two wickets with chinamen that spun several feet, one taking out the batsman's off-stump after he had left, the other getting the man plum lbw not offering a shot! Perhaps it would do Bute good to study the laws of the lbw for our next fixture. I only say this having heard their discussion as they left the field: "That one where he hit it into his pads, that was SO out!"

Scorecard: 1XI v East Kilbride, Saturday 22nd May

Scorecard: Development XI v Bute Sunday XI, Sunday 23rd May

Robert Cheape

Posted on Tuesday 18th May 2004 by Colin Dawson

As reported back in February Robert Cheape has won CricketScotland's Professional Groundsman of the Year Award for 2004.

The Award (sponsored by Rigby Taylor, Seed and Turf Specialists) will be presented to Robert on Monday, 31st May at the Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh when the Saltires play Yorkshire in the National League. Apart from the award itself Robert can choose a visit to a County Ground of his choice for a two day expenses paid visit to learn all there is to know about preparation of pitches for four day matches (I thought we already had part of the M1 at New Anniesland!)

If you have Sky TV you may well spot Robert in the coverage as the match is being televised.

Under 12 Leagues and weekend update

Posted on by Colin Dawson

As of last weekend we have been advised that Ayr, Irvine and Renfrew Cricket Clubs have all withdrawn from our division of the Under 12 league. This means that there are only four clubs left viz. Accies, West, Poloc and Uddingston. Every effort will be made to find alternative fixtures for Friday evenings up to the end of June and a suggestion has been put forward (well received I'm told) to combine the two divisions from July onwards giving regular (and scheduled) matches until the end of the season.

We can only apologise for any inconsistency in match cricket between now and then - we are trying to resolve matters so please bear with us.

On a brighter note encouraging league performances were shown by Accies and Anniesland last Saturday with winning draws against Irvine and Inverclyde respectively whilst the Sunday Development XI recorded a victory over old adversaries Glasgow University Staff. The Under 15's completed their second victory of the season over Hillhead but the Under 12's had an "off day" and went down to West although there is promise of better things to come - if only we can get fixtures organised!

Weekend Update - 16th May 2004

Posted on Sunday 16th May 2004 by Neil Dowers

A slightly better weekend for cricket than the last, Accies enjoyed three days devoid of cancellation!

On Friday night, the U15s enjoyed a comfortable victory over Hillhead, easily chasing the total required with a 50 partnership between Andrew McLaughlan (10) and Roddy Kelso (44) providing the basis for the chase. Meanwhile, the U12s were comprehensively beaten away at West, the home side chasing the target of 77 with 9 wickets and over 5 overs to spare.

On Saturday, the firsts played host to Irvine. Skipper Fraser Murray lost the toss but Accies were put in to bat on a beautiful deck, which proved to be a poor decision decision as they scored 194, with Stuart Matthews and Fraser Murray each wielding the bat with great effect, scoring 75 and 39 respectively. Special notice must be given to Roddy Kelso for being out twice off the same no-ball (bowled, then stumped), having also been run out but for the keeper's pads beating the ball to the stumps only a few balls before. He should have been dismissed 4 times in his brief knock of 2. The bowlers set about attacking the Irvine line up, and managed to take 9 (3 for Vedam Hariharan and Andy Smith, 1 apiece for Nigel Campbell and Michael Hopkins, and one run out) before play closed. The game ended in a winning draw in which Accies were left ruing dropped catches.

The seconds travelled to Inverclyde, where they batted first (Tommy Milne scoring 98 - well done for avoiding costing Dobs another tankard!) and scored a respectable total. They bowled well, with Thomas Fleming taking 3 for, and the game ended in a winning draw for Accies.

On Saturday, the Development XI played the University Staff in a match transferred from Garscube to Accies. Fraser continued his remarkable run of won tosses in the Sunday league (now 8 in a row) to allow Accies to bat first. The openers batted well, and made a partnership of 72 (R Kelso 40, N Dowers 34). Richard Andrew batted 3 and scored a quick 30 as Accies coasted to 193 from 40 overs. Accies bowled tightly and took 9 wickets as the Uni. Staff failed to chase the total.

Another successful weekend for Accies - let's hope both the form and the sunshine persist!

Scorecard: 1XI v Irvine, Saturday 15th May

Scorecard: University Staff v Development XI, Sunday 16th May

Weather Takes Toll

Posted on Tuesday 11th May 2004 by Colin Dawson

Saturday, 8th May - 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI matches were all lost to the weather.

Sunday, 9th May - The Sunday Development XI suffered a similar fate.

Monday, 10th May - The U15 XI match was cancelled with a bang, literally. Great tongues of forked lightning preceded the deluge that put paid to the match against Clydesdale. The U12 XI match against Renfrew had already been cancelled by the opposition due to football, BB and exam commitments.

Please note that Ayr CC U12 side has withdrawn from the U12 League.

Saturday, 15th May -

1st XI v Irvine (Home) 1pm start; 2nd XI v Inverclyde (Away) 1pm start; 3rd XI - No match.

Sunday, 16th May -

Development XI v GU Staff (Away) 2pm start.

Junior Record Breakers?

Posted on Friday 7th May 2004 by Colin Dawson

The Sunday Herald article did not appear on 9th May but there's a chance it may now appear on 16th May under Sport - Googlies! Have the U12's just made history?

It might not be the lowest total made by an opposition but I don't think any team has managed ten ducks in an innings like Uddingston U12's did tonight at Bothwell. The No 6 batsman did well to score 0 not out! Yes, that's quite right - not a single run off the bat just one bye with seven wides costing 2 runs apiece and eight no balls also at two apiece - total 31. Can anyone beat Sam Page's analysis of 5 for 0? (Definitely due a jug for that!). Accies then knocked off the runs for a 10 wicket win.

Seemingly the U15's had a gripping match at Accies tonight against Clydesdale bowling them out for 81 and then losing by a single run. Roddy Kelso was again in the runs scoring 49 of our total.

Kelso races into the spotlight................

Posted on Monday 3rd May 2004 by Colin Dawson

Roddy Kelso (15) has just completed a memorable weekend scoring a total of 278 runs in five innings at an average of 92.7!

On Friday evening he scored an unbeaten century (104*) against Ferguslie U15's earning himself a tankard. He followed that up on Saturday morning by scoring 87 for the Glasgow Academy 1st XI against Kelvinside Academy. Immediately after that match he turned out for the Club 2nd XI (Anniesland) scoring a further 30 runs in the Division 3 league match against Victoria.

Sunday proved to be a "bad hair day" missing the boat with a mere total of 9 for the Glasgow Development Group Under 15 side against Ayrshire but he then came back to form again on the Monday scoring 48* against Hillhead U15's.

If he keeps his wits about him he should score an awful lot more during the coming season.

Weekend Update - 2nd May 2004

Posted on Sunday 2nd May 2004 by Neil Dowers

It is undeniable that Accies have made an excellent start to the 2004 season.

It all began on Friday night, when the U15s took on Ferguslie at Meikleriggs. Ferguslie batted first and totalled 134. This was a tough looking total, and would have proved too large for most sides. Unlike most sides, however, we had Roddy Kelso opening the batting. He scored 104* as Accies won at a canter. A marvellous start to the season for Roddy, Accies will be left hoping he can continue to score runs as well all season!

On Saturday, only 1 of the 3 league teams got their season underway. The 2XI faced Victoria at Alps, Accies being unplayable. Accies bowled first, dismissing the opposition for just 174, the captain and ever inspiring Eggy taking 4 for. This total was easily chased, as George Paton hit his first 50 of the season, and Watson Briggs chipped in with an unbeaten 47.

On Sunday, a relatively new look 1XI travelled next door to face GHK. New captain Fraser Murray won the toss and elected to bowl. This proved to be an excellent move, as the first three wickets fell fairly quickly, one going to Richard Andrew, two to débutante Nish Goyal. With bad blood, umpiring controversy and lusty blows aplenty, GHK were finally all out for 166 from 48.2 overs. Every Accies batsman got a knock as the score was chased down - most notably, 50 from Sid Hariharan, 39 to Fraser Murray, and an unbeaten 1 from retired captain Nigel Campbell to win the game, playing his favourite - and only - shot: the late cut!

Long may weekends be as successful for the club!

Scorecard: GHK v 1XI, Sunday 2nd May