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May 2006 News

Clothing Orders

Posted on Wednesday 31st May 2006 by Fraser Murray

The jumper order is finally nearing completion and should arrive in time for the weekend of 10th/11th June.

Child Protection

Posted on Friday 26th May 2006 by Fraser Murray

The club's Child Protection policy and associated appendices are now available for download/viewing.

Alps and U13 Team Selections

Posted on by Colin Dawson

I am asking for your cooperation please. Please check your email inbox on a regular basis.

For the last couple of weeks I have been emailing team selections to individuals for both the Alps XI and for the U13's. It is evident that some people are better than others at reading their messages. They ask for reply by return confirmations of their own or their offspring's selection. If I don't receive the required confirmation within 24 hours I shall have to assume that the selection is void for that match.

The reason for this is that my phone bill is increasing year on year and email seems to be a very practical method of keeping costs down.

As from Saturday, 3rd June preference for selection will definitely be given to those people that already paid their subscriptions. If any senior member has paid direct to Neil MacLean, as requested on the form, please advise me so that I can update my records immediately.

You can contact me by email at colindawson17@aol.com or in person.

Colin Dawson

Match Report - Accies v Titwood

Posted on Wednesday 17th May 2006 by Neil Dowers

On Saturday 13th May, the 1XI got out the passports and ventured across the river to Titwood to take on the Clydesdale 2XI. By their 73 run victory they secured 25 more points and, at 75/75, top spot in the WDCU Division 1.

Fraser Murray lost the toss and Accies were invited to bat - you may notice a pattern is forming to Saturday games. Titwood assumed that run-chasing would be easy on their lightning outfield; and that it would be difficult to judge how many runs would be enough batting first.

Richard Andrew was lost early, Ellis (1-77 from 11) sneaking one through his defence. After this blip, the runs started to flow for Accies. Hunter, the keeper, and his skipper scored freely on both sides of the wicket, bringing up their partnership of 119 inside 24 overs. Ed went to 50 with a textbook perfect extra-cover drive, neatly bisecting mid-off and cover and holding the pose as the ball clattered the advertising boards. He was dismissed playing a tired shot to spinner Ali (4-54 from 15). Fritzy soldiered on regardless, driving through midwicket and the covers with equal poise and punishing short balls from the medium pacers on the flat deck. No sooner than everyone in Accies gear thought, 'Here comes Fritzy's ton, finally,' he took on one pull-shot too many, and lobbed a top-edge to square leg. His 82 came quickly, in 98 balls, and was the linchpin of the Accies innings.

Useful quick down the order contributions from Dan Scott, Roddy Kelso, Euan Sheridan and Andy Smith pushed the Accies total to 265-7. Andy's 18* took him to 67 runs for the season without a dismissal.

Al Miller and Kash Rashid took up the attack as the 'Dale began the chase. Al bowled a little too full for the wicket and was punished accordingly by the young openers Sinclair and Hollier. Kash's style proved far more effective, causing both batsmen to look very edgey, before cleaning up Hollier with a jaffa, knocking back his off-stick.

Demoted 1XI batsman, Singh, fared little better against Kash, picking up just a single before knicking off to Hunter. Clydesdale 2-24. Kash picked up Ellis for the same score, caught Murray, then should have had turncoat Hugh Fulton on his way without troubling the scorers - if Nige's hands were what they used to be. Shuggie never looked set and was run out by Dodson for just 5. Nige's drop cost 25 in partnership.

At 52-4, Madden tried to hit Clydesdale out of trouble. His 21 included 2 nice 4s and a massive 6 before he miscued one and Miller gratefully accepted the chance at long-off.

From this point, an Accies victory looked certain. Progress was held up by Forsyth, who smashed a quick 50, including 22 off one Smith over. When he fell and Sinclair followed, so ended any hope of a successful chase.

The only question that remained was whether Clydesdale might salvage the draw, but the tail offered little resisted as the innings capitulated for 190, the last 2 wickets ousted for just 10.

4 from 4 now for the Accies, who welcome Hillhead to Accies for the first home league tie of the season this weekend, and would also welcome any supporters with open arms.

Club Clothing Order

Posted on Monday 15th May 2006 by Neil Dowers

Due to the number of people impressed by flashy club kit now being sported by some members, there is going to be a second round of orders placed.

Some of the most popular items are as follows:

  • ¾ Sleeve Playing Shirts- £16
  • Long-sleeved Playing Shirts - £18
  • Polo Shirt with optional Printed Initials - £11
  • T-shirt with Printed Initials - Navy or White - £9
  • Navy Hooded Top with optional Printed Initials - £13
  • Baseball Cap - £7

Initials are to be specified in order.

The polo shirts are especially smart and would look excellent to turn up on match days. The t-shirts are a bargain at £9, look excellent and would be perfect to wear to training. The hoodies appear to be sized less generously than the other items, and we'd recommend going a size larger than normal with them.

All orders by e-mail to Fritzy. Cheques to Fritzy by post, on Wednesday at training or to your captain on Saturday. No payment, no gear!

Clothing Order Form (updated)

Training

Posted on Monday 8th May 2006 by Fraser Murray

Training this week will be on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6pm due to the midweek cup-tie on Thursday.

Wednesday's the main night. Tuesday's an optional extra if you're feeling keen due to the glorious sunshine or you can't make Wednesday as your team's made the final of the play-offs...

Pasta for £2 and a bar that's open for all those down on Wednesday.

Match Report - Accies v St. Michaels

Posted on Sunday 7th May 2006 by Neil Dowers

The 1XI made it 3 from 3 in 2006 with a comprehensive victory in Dumfries.

After Thursday's downpour, it seemed unlikely that anyone in the West would be travelling anywhere come Saturday, but a sunny Friday ensured that fixture week two went ahead.

Fraser won his second toss for the season and chose to bat on a wicket which played better than it first looked. That said, a few kept low, and it was this lack of bounce that did for Ed Hunter, as he was bowled trying to pull a ball that was never really there for the shot. Accies predicament grew as Fraser Murray dipped into Randy's technical manual, spooning to mid-off, and Dan Scott was sharply caught at point driving loosely.

Richard Andrew, looking good and getting his second start in as many league games, and Andrew Dodson tried to rebuild, but their partnership was short-lived, as Randy nicked off to spinner Goodwin. Dodson fell shortly afterwards, stumped charging the same bowler -- according to Fritzy, he "is still trying to regain his ground."

At 63-5, it fell again on the youngsters to bail Accies out of trouble with the bat. And they did not disappoint. Euan Sheridan and Roddy Kelso amassed 84 runs in partnership -- easily the match's highest -- by playing their shots and riding their luck. When St. Michaels finally managed to hold one and Sheri fell 4 short of a maiden 1XI 50, Accies were right back in the game. Roddy fell shortly afterwards to an lbw decision which was -- allegedly -- dubious.

Andy Smith took the sword to the St. Michaels attack at the death, converting half-volleys into straight 4s with impressive consistency. His high-score of 35* took Accies to 193-9 -- certainly a fighting total.

As the reply began, it became clear that, though Al Miller struggled to control extensive inswing early on, St. Michaels would never get close. Wickets fell regularly, with Kash and Al finding their feet and claiming 3 apiece.

Richard Andrew took up the attack, keeping it tight and eventually forcing stubborn opener Smith into a wild hack, brilliantly caught by Roddy at mid-on. If it wasn't before, the game was then dead as a contest, and Accies ran through the tail -- Randy claiming his best ever bowling analysis of 4-18. A sign of the returns to come from him, Accies must hope.

The 130 run victory gave Accies the perfect start to the season -- 100% in 2 -- and makes a good platform to build on for a successful campaign.

Bar Opening Hours

Posted on Friday 5th May 2006 by Fraser Murray

After a spot of discussion with Ken Barron, it can be confirmed that the bar will be opening midweek more often than we have grown used to.

Begining Wednesday 11th May, the bar will open after training from 8-10, with pasta for dinner at a cost of £2.

Lightning Stops Play... Well, Almost.

Posted on by Neil Dowers

Glasgow Accies completed a thrilling 6 run victory in a Rowan Cup match played under thunder and lightning at new Anniesland last night (04-05).

The match was reduced from 20 to 18 overs a side with the late arrival of Accies' opposition and the impending gloom as deciding factors.

Fraser Murray won the toss for the first time this season and decided to have a bat. The pitch proved slow and low, and playing across the line proved the downfall for Dan Scott, Fraser Murray and Andrew Dodson, who perished for 10 runs between them to leave Accies 16-3, with Hillhead amateur Lyndsy claiming 3-10. Accies were out of the frying pan and into the fire when Horn had Richard Andrew caught without adding to the score.

A stand of 30 between Euan Sheridan and late arrival Ed Hunter saved Accies blushes to some extent. The pair raised the rate a bit - between them striking 3 of the game's 6 boundaries!

Hunter was dismissed by a yorker from Hillhead skipper Bond and Neil Dowers came to the crease and tried to up the rate in 1s and 2s -- sadly straining a quad in the process. He finished batting and his 10* along with Sheri's 19 and 6 between Kelso and Goyal took the score 68-7. Not an indefensible score, but pretty close to it.

Fraser Murray chose to open the bowling in the second innings with two spinners - Sheridan and Campbell - a risky move, considering Hillhead's slowest bowler went at 5/over.

The decision was immediately rewarded, as Campbell and Sheridan kept it tight and claimed 2 wickets apiece - the Hillhead score was 27-4 after the first 10.

A glorious light-show began raging overhead at this point, forked lightning carving through the gloom born of the ceiling of black clouds rolling in from the south. From here on, it became a race to finish before the heavens opened.

Abhay Andar and Dan Scott bowled medium-pace with Hunter over the stumps, keeping it tight, claiming a further 2 wickets apiece and letting Accies limp home by 6 runs as the first drops of rain began to fall.

After a hurried covering of the pitches, it was off inside for the victorious Accies to enjoy a drink upstairs and watch the storm run its course.