2018: The Season So Far Part 2 – 2nd XI, Sunday XI and Wednesday XI
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.