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News 2017

A Great Week for the Club

Chairman Rod Turnbull writes:

During my 50 odd years with the Club, I thought I had seen some good times but this week tops the lot.

It beggared belief that we could once again be faced with the week from hell to run a major tournament - it happened twice in 2015 - but the response from the Club was truly magnificent.

From Monday morning until late Saturday, our band of volunteers worked tirelessly to fight and finally beat the elements and make sure that the gathering of eighty was fed and watered on time on each of those six days.

The result was that the Ladies t20 tournament was, incredibly, completed. Cricket Scotland and the ICC have been generous in their praise of the Club.

And to top things off, the County were promoted on Saturday and today (Sunday) have qualified for the Final of the Western Union Cup courtesy of a bowl out, which we can only assume had been practised well in to last night.

So the roll of honour for the week reads:

  • Albert, Paul and their team on the ground which varied by day but included Kevin, Isaac, Callum, Tom, Kari, Andy, Ian, Colin, Donald, Alasdair, Sandy, Graeme, Hamish and Jacques.
    If things were not fractious enough after the first few days, it was then decided on Thursday to abandon the main ground and move everything (sightscreens, covers, tents, advertising boards, soppers etc) to the top ground!
  • Catherine, Joan, Mags and Elaine for their magnificent effoerts in the kitchen. There were intended to be four days of play but the two reserve days were added so the ladies had to devise a menu for eighty then shop for each of those extra days. It appeared effortless!
  • Colin for being tents supremo, in addition to running a very successful BBQ last Sunday and supporting the ground team as required during the week.
  • Andy for doing a great job operating the scoreboards - particularly on Saturday when he had to improvise due to the restrictions of the small scoreboard on the top ground. And for helping on the bar.

And last, but absolutely not least, Jon, for masterminding arrangements for the week, liaising with the ICC and Cricket Scotland throughout, running the bar and making sure that the main scoreboard was fixed for the tournament.

The Club salutes you all. You have a very proud Chairman.


Junior Summer Coaching Camps

The Club will be running two Summer Camps for our Juniors this summer, both being lead by our overseas player Kevin Loggenberg.

Our first camp will run from Monday 17th July-Wednesday 19th July, with the second beginning on Monday 7th August and finishing on Wednesday 9th August.
This is a great opportunity for our youngsters to hone their skills and are competively priced at £15 per day. You may choose to attend the full three days or just one or two days.

For further details or to receive an application form, contact our Club Coach, Ian Shaw, via email on ianshaw1979@hotmail.com.

DATE: Mon 17th-Wed 19th July & Mon 7th-Wed 9th August 2017
TIME: 1.30-4.30pm all days
VENUE: New Williamfield

1st XI Knocked out of Cup by superior Clydesdale

Stirling County 1st XI suffered their first competitive defeat of 2017 on Sunday against a strong and efficient Clydesdale team. The result sees Stirling knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the first round.

Going into the match, the 'County Dawgs' knew they had their work cut out if they were to avoid a repeat of the comprehensive cup defeat suffered last year at the hands of the 2016 Grand finalists. There was one possible glimmer of hope in the shape of an off-season exodus from Clydesdale, with the likes of former Scotland player Majid Haq leaving for pastures new. However, Clydesdale could still boast some fine players, including Scotland stars Con de Lange and Richie Berrington. Both these players would ultimately play important roles in the visitor's relatively comfortable 5-wicket victory.

It can be argued that the main difference between the two teams - Scotland stars aside - was the accuracy and consistency of the two sets of bowlers on display. The accuracy from the Clydesdale bowlers showed throughout most of Stirling's innings and the home side struggled to maintain a decent run rate and would often fail to capitalise on any bad balls that did come their way (a criticism that could not be levelled at the Clydesdale batsmen). The only time that the Stirling innings showed any real promise of blossoming into something that could present Clydesdale with a challenging target was when County veteran Gavin Anderson and new recruit Akash Rawal put on just under 50 for the 4th wicket. Both batsmen seemed to be quite comfortable at the crease and were the only County batsmen during the match to display the ability to manoeuvre the ball into gaps and keep the scoreboard ticking over.  

However, both batsmen failed to convert their good starts into the big scores that their team so desperately needed. And with Anderson and Rawal back in the pavilion, the Clydesdale bowlers proceeded to squeeze the life out of the remainder of the home team's innings, with de Lange being particularly miserly in going for only 22 from his 10 overs (and picking up two wickets in the process). In the end, Stirling could only manage to limp to a rather tame (but not completely disastrous) 160 all out.

While the Clydesdale bowlers clearly displayed the greater control and accuracy, it could be argued that the home team's attack contained the greater threat and potency. And with the premier league outfit reeling at 25 for 3, thanks to a blistering opening spell from Ali Mubarak, the possibility of a major upset started to seem like a real possibility. The often capricious Mubarak bowled with real pace and fire to collect three quick wickets (including the prized scalp of Scotland captain de Lange) and send the yet-to-bat Clydesdale players scrambling for their pads.

This panic didn't last long, however, with Berrington steadying the ship (after riding his luck somewhat) and eventually guiding his team to a seemingly comfortable 5-wicket victory that that in reality belied the somewhat precarious situation his team was in at the start of the innings. Berrington finished on 55 not out and was ably supported by, first, K Farid (27) and then, latterly, by B Ali (25 not out). Ali Mubarak finished with figures of 3 for 44 and probably deserved better figures, such was the intensity and threat with which he bowled.

League Round-up

In the Western Union Division One, Stirling County 1st XI are riding high with a 100% win record from their first two games (this weekend's league match against Irvine was abandoned after just 20 overs of cricket).

In the first match of the season Stirling ran out comfortable winners at Drumpellier, beating the Coatbridge outfit by 7 wickets. Evergreen Jonathon Bowes and young leg spin talent Tom Jones starred with ball (taking four and three wickets respectively), helping the away side restrict Drumps to 80 all out. The run chase was made a lot easier than it perhaps could have been, thanks to the steady batting of captain Matthew Tweedie (31 not out) and some dashing strokeplay from the aforementioned Jones, who made a quick-fire 23 before needlessly throwing his wicket away with just 3 runs remaining for victory.

It was another 7-wicket victory when Stirling travelled to newly promoted GHK. Farcically, the game didn't begin until nearly two hours after the scheduled start time of 12noon. This was due to the ground being used for school cricket and is an issue that GHK will surely have to sort out, lest they run the risk of a default if a game doesn't begin by 2pm. When proceedings did get underway, County took a firm grip of the game from the very beginning and didn't relinquish it for the rest of the match. OSA Kevin Loggenberg starred with the ball - taking 5 for 17 - in an effort that helped to reduce the home side to 112 all out. Tom Jones again chipped in with three valuable wickets. In reply Stirling were never in trouble and coasted to victory with more than 30 overs still to be bowled. Jones was the main contributor with the bat, scoring 44 not out, while wicketkeeper Graeme Taylor posted a quick-fire 28 at the top of the order.

The next match at New Williamfield sees the 1st XI take on Glasgow Accies on Saturday May 20th.

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