Members have commented in recent times that they have seen a tangible change in the way the Club is presented and portrayed to them as well as the non-cricketing world, so we thought we would give you some of the background and the encouraging outcomes these have brought.
In March 2018, we stepped up efforts to promote the image of the Club and its facilities and explore the commercial potential. Many, if not all, Cricket Clubs are having to address this pressing need. The Board worked through a Sub-Group consisting of Jason Jones (Chairman), Rod Turnbull (Past Chairman), John Howell (Acting Treasurer) and Jon Taylor (Head of Clubhouse Facilities). Sunil Varu was appointed in April to give the Club direction, to engage with the broader Stirling District community and to begin to make the business connections. Sunil’s background is in developing Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) built around Business Plans, and also marketing and communications. He has worked across Scotland, from Ayr to Kirkcaldy, from Dunoon and Largs to Edinburgh’s West End. Sunil played cricket from school through to his University days and for a Club in West Sussex before moving north of the border to live in Ayr, where he also played at the old Cambusdoon ground.
The Sub-Group approved Sunil’s Plan of Action to improve the Club’s branding and social media communications, engage better with Club Members, build a database of business contacts with whom the Club could communicate about the Club’s facilities and sponsorship opportunities and to stage a Corporate Open Day to showcase the facilities to the local influencers within the business community. The Open Day highlighted the relatively low profile of the Club even from business men born and bred in Stirling, although they all gave very positive feedback on the Club’s facilities.
Having started on the journey to raise the profile of the Club, there is now the beginning of a growing interest in hiring the facilities and from commercial interests. To assist that, we have developed fresh communications in respect of our offers to private and commercial customers together with prospective sponsors. These can be found here:
Since April, the Club has used the services of Rohan Puri, a student at Stirling University, to strengthen the social media communications. The majority of this is now undertaken and coordinated by Rohan and, as Members will agree, the constant uploading of posts and tweets has given a new energy to the Club and we are celebrating the achievements of the Club as well as individuals much more. Rohan is a Masters Degree student and a former Sports Journalist from India with a passion for the game of cricket. His Masters degree focuses on the challenges that face cricket clubs in Scotland and has interviewed several key people from various Clubs from across Scotland.
The regular social media communications has seen an encouraging rise in the engagement we are having with the Club’s ‘Followers’ and ‘Likers’. Many positive comments have been received about the efforts being made to present the Club visually in its best light, as well as through social media, and special mention must be made of the sterling efforts of Joan and David Anderson who have put in a power of work in tidying up around the exterior of the Club for the Open Day and beyond. The Club is certainly looking a picture these days.
Next on the menu is a programme of visits to other clubs who have made a success of their commercial ventures, to see what we can learn. We had a good day exploring and exchanging ideas with Arbroath, Forfarshire and Carlton Cricket Clubs all of whom welcomed the meetings with us. We will report on that next time.
If anyone has any comments or questions or has any other suggestions which may help us to grow the commercial side of the Club, please contact the Chairman, Jason Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The women of Stirling County CC have enjoyed many successes so far this season, not only for club, but for region and country!
With the ongoing restructuring of the women’s game in Scotland, SCCC ladies once again formed the core of the Western Allsorts - a team comprised of players from across the country. In doing so, this has enabled eight Stirling players to showcase their skills in the Cricket Scotland Women's Premier League, where they faced off against the best female cricketers in the country.
The Allsorts’ campaign got off to an explosive start away at Royal High Corstorphine, which saw a mammoth 475 runs scored between both teams. Having been put into bat by the home side, captain Charlotte Dalton of SCCC carried her bat for an unbeaten 159* (scoring her maiden 50, 100 and 150 in one innings!) to guide the Allsorts to 237-5 from their 30 overs. In remarkable fashion, RHC chased down the required runs with 13 balls to spare to complete a 6 wicket victory, mainly thanks to a rapid 115 from 60 balls from opening bat Kitty Levenson. While the Allsorts were disappointed not to have been able to defend their score, the game was a fantastic advert for women’s cricket, setting social media alight with both team’s display of power hitting.
With Carlton conceding the subsequent fixture, the West side were next in action in Dumfries against the Edinburgh South-Stewart’s Melville side. Four SCCC players took to the pitch on this occasion with Catherine Berrill, Erin Leslie and Shelly McGhee appearing for the Allsorts, while Iona Lowry played for the team from the East, where she is also part of the Cricket Performance Academy. The East side’s combination of youth and experience, including former internationalist Kathryn White and Australian overseas player Hannah Short, proved too strong for the Allsorts, who lost by 37 runs. Lowry was the pick of SCCC bowlers on show, with figures of 4-0-9-1.
In what turned out to be the Allsorts’ final game of the competition (Watsonians conceded the final match), the young West side put on a strong performance to beat George Watson’s College at New Williamfield. Catherine Berrill, Iona Lowry, Caitlin Lowry, Kristy Reynolds, Shelly McGhee and Fiore Grant represented SCCC on their home ground, with the ‘County Dogs’ batters setting the tone. Wicket keeper Catherine Berrill hit 27 in the first wicket stand of 125 (Dumfries’s Orla Montgomery scored 84), along with 14 from Iona Lowry and 4 from Reynolds to help the Allsorts to 150 from their 30 overs. GWC battled hard in their innings, managing to take the game to the last over but were unable to get over the line, scoring 146-8 from their 30. Stirling’s Fiore Grant (2-0-17-0) and Iona Lowry (6-1-24-2) contributed with the ball. Club cricket will now take a break until August, when the Beyond Boundaries Women’s Scottish Cup gets underway.
Cricket Scotland Women's Premier League 2018 highlights:
- C Dalton: 3rd highest run scorer (159* from 1 innings), highest strike rate (159.00).
- I Lowry: most wickets taken (162 balls for 91 runs, 6 maidens, 8 wickets at an average of 11.37. Economy of 3.37. Best of 2-7.)
The success SCCC players experienced in the domestic league resulted in call ups to senior and age-group regional squads. Caitlin Lowry, Iona Lowry and Niamh Robertson-Jack represented the U16 Western Warriors, while Charlotte Dalton joined SCCC stalwarts Lorna Jack, Lois Wilkinson and Rachel Scholes in the Stormers women’s regional set up.
Success for the SCCC representatives at regional level was mirrored in the Wildcats ‘A’ squad, where all 4 Stirling seniors competed in the ECB Division 3 50 over competition, contributing across all disciplines and just narrowly missing out on promotion playoffs.
With the Women’s World T20 Global Qualifiers approaching, the focus of the senior players turned to securing their selection for the Wildcats national squad. Having worked hard throughout the year (including many hours in the gym at the instruction of Wildcats strength & conditioning coach Charlotte Dalton), Lorna Jack and Rachel Scholes were rewarded with places in the national team. Preparation for the Global Qualifiers came in the form of the ECB T20 Division 2 competition, which would serve as a tough challenge to the Wildcats, having been promoted from the Division 3 at the end of the 2017 season. Once again, all 4 senior SCCC players were involved in the domestic T20 campaign, including a first cap for Charlotte Dalton. Significant contributions from Jack, Scholes and Wilkinson with bat, ball and in the field helped steer the Wildcats to 7 wins from 8 games and were on course for promotion to Division 1. Agonisingly, promotion escaped the Scottish team as a surprise win for Wales against league leaders Hampshire saw both teams elevated to the top flight in place of Scotland. Nevertheless, a fantastic series of results were able to provide much-needed momentum going into the international fixtures.
With the Women’s World T20 Global Qualifiers now underway (July 7-14th 2018) in the Netherlands, everyone at SCCC sends their best wishes to the Wildcats who face off against Uganda, Ireland and Thailand in Group B. The top 2 teams from each group progress to the semi-finals and the resulting finalists will automatically qualify to the ICC Women’s World T20 competition held in the West Indies in November.
SCCC are always looking for new players, regardless of how much (or little!) experience you may have. Training takes place on Friday evenings from 6.30pm. We’re a fun and friendly group and cater for all ages and abilities.
Welcome to our second article in a series that aims to bring everyone up-to-date on the progress of the club’s various teams this season. In part one we focused on the exploits of the 1st XI in league and cup campaigns. In this second article we focus on the remaining senior teams: the 2nd, Sunday and Wednesday XIs.
Going into the Western Union’s third tier, where relegation and promotion are a possibility, was always going to make for a tough challenge for the 2nd XI - and so it has proved. With the exception of two victories over fellow strugglers Anniesland (one that was conceded and a comprehensive victory last week – more on that later) the 2nd XI have failed to win another game and have had to endure some chastening defeats. There have been some narrow defeats as well, however, with the 1-wicket defeat to Galloway 1st XI being a particularly cruel defeat.
As suggested above, special note should be made of the 2nd XI’s most recent match against the struggling Anniesland, in which the team produced a performance that will surely live long in the memory and place many a club record under threat. Batting first at New Anniesland, the 2nd XI racked up the mammoth total of 461 for 4. If such a huge total has been bettered in the past by the club’s 2nd (or, indeed, any) eleven, such a performance has long since vacated living memory. Unsurprisingly for such a mammoth team total, there were a few outstanding individual scores. The two standout scores were compiled by Akash Rawal and Ian Shaw, who scored 187 and 132* respectively. The team completed the rout by bowling out the hapless Anniesland for a meager 97 and, in doing so, completing a totally dominant 364 run victory!
Sunday and Wednesday XIs
Both the Sunday and Wednesday XIs have continued to offer opportunities for the development of both young and old cricketers alike, doing so in a more relaxed environment. In keeping with the goals of both teams, opportunities have been given to juniors and more inexperienced cricketers to help develop their skills and take on a more central role in the make-up of the team than might be offered on a Saturday. Such an approach has proved successful, with several notable and match-winning performances coming from these less experienced players.
The Sunday XI currently sit mid-table in the SDCU West Development league, having won 2 and lost 2 of their 4 games played thus far, while the Wednesday XI have witnessed a recent surge up the West Stirlingshire evening league, having recovered from a sluggish start to win the last four games on the bounce.
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- Pre-Season Work Day - 31/3/18
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