January 10th saw the release of the much-awaited WDCU league fixtures for the 2018 season. The released fixtures include those for both Stirling County Saturday XIs and offer a glimpse at the challenge that awaits both teams this coming season.
Stirling County 1st XI mark their return to top-flight cricket on April 28th with what could be a difficult away trip. They travel to the Henry Thow Oval to face surprise 2017 CS Grand Final Winners Prestwick, who shocked Scottish cricket by defeating Heriot's in last season's showpiece game. The fixture will offer a good litmus test for the young County side and should offer a good example of the level of performance needed to survive in the top echelon of cricket in the West.
The 2nd XI will also face a stern challenge during the 2018 season, as they look to compete in the newly revamped WDCU 2nd Division. No longer playing in a league restricted to other 2nd XIs, the Williamfield team will have to hit the ground running in a tough division that includes the likes of 2017 1st XI opponents St Michaels and former national league outfit Hillhead. The 2nd XI's first league match is at home against Anniesland.
Prior to the commencement of league cricket, the club has also arranged a number of friendly matches. The pre-season kicks-off on April 7th with a home match against WDCU First division side East Kilbride. Two more friendly games follow against Corstorphine and Falkland on April 14th and April 21st respectively.
At the time of writing, the Scottish Cup, Western Cup and Sunday league fixtures are yet to be published.
Despite the recent holiday festivities still fresh in the mind and with the summer nothing more than a faint glimmer of light on the horizon, it is, nevertheless, almost time to again turn our attention towards that noblest of pursuits: cricket. That's right, winter nets will soon be upon us! The afternoon of February 18th marks the beginning of six weeks of indoor training that aims to aid all Stirling county cricketers prepare mentally, physically and technically for the upcoming season.
Coaching and guidance will be provided by the club's many experienced coaches and players. There will be a small charge of £2 for each session. As the upcoming season promising to be an important one for the club as a whole, the club would encourage all current and prospective members, regardless of ability and experience, to come along on February 18th and give yourself the best opportunity for having a successful 2018! Full are listed below:
Venue: Dollar Academy
Day and Time: Sundays - 12 noon to 2pm
Start Date: February 18th
End Date: March 25th
Charge: £2 per session
Edited (2/2/18) to correct information concerning the charge per session.
Edited (18/1/18) to reflect new day (Sunday) and start and end dates (18th Feb and 25th March).