All the latest happenings concerning Clackmannan County.
Indoor nets 2012 [16/11/11]
Indoor nets have been booked provisionally for each Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm starting from February 14th. Please let Alan know via the forum if these times suit.
Rag Bag! [02/10/11]
A reminder that even though the season is finished, the Rag Bag will still be getting collected over the winter so if you have any summer clothes you are looking to throw away or indeed any winter clothes you have outgrown, feel free to bring them down and shove them in the box! Thanks to Nick for the 2nd XI stats for 2011 which can be found here.
Dates for the diary [28/09/11]
Please note firstly that the date for the players night has changed from October 8th to October 29th. This allows Alan and co. more time to organise the night and allows people more time to return the trophies. Whoever still has a trophy, could they please return them to the club. A provisional date has been set for the AGM as well, which is currently scheduled to take place on Thursday November 24th, starting at around 7.30pm. A final note, Noor has sent me the Alloa XI stats for 2011, which can be found here.
Until next year....[19/09/11]
So the season is complete and the true winner was the weather, who played a massive part in the season. However, the Player Awards night will be taking place on October 8th so be sure to come down and join in the fun. Could all players who have currently have a trophy please return them to the club as soon as possible so that they can be cleaned and engraved for the new winners! Also, much like the six nations sweep, Walter is running a sweep for the Rugby world cup and the results so far are interesting! Click here to see the current standings.
Season Finale [05/09/11]
The Alloa XI brought the season to a victorious end with their close victory over Glendelvine at the Arns. Glendelvine batted first and after a slow start posted a par score of 161 (M. Yellowlees 57; R. Ashraf 3 for 21) for the Alloa XI to chase. The team made the chase harder than it needed to be but credit must go to Glendelvine for bowling well as well. The total was eventually chased down in the last over and Clacks came away with the win (T. Sultan 50; R. Tait 2 for 25) (Scorecard | Report). The home fixtures against Glendelvine always seem to provide close, competitive games (remembering last season when Glendelvine were bowled out for 74 after the Alloa XI posted 75!) and it was a good game to end a torrid season weatherwise. All three teams are safe in their leagues and a reminder about next weekends 1st v. 2nd XI game!
1st XI vs. 2nd XI [31/08/11]
The game between the 1st XI and the 2nd XI has been changed from the 3rd of September to the 10th. All players are welcome to come down and teams will be selected on the day. Following the game, the players will have an end of season dinner at Azad's or hopefully we will be able to secure an Azad's delivery to the club and people can eat at the club. If you intend to play, please ensure you bring whites and teas down to the club! For any more details contact Ken or post in the thread he made on the forum! Also, thanks to Ando for sending me the 2011 first team stats which can be found here. The stat history has also been updated to include the previous season.
Final Weekend [29/08/11]
A fitting end to the rain affected season as both games on Saturday were rained off. Both teams are safe in their divisions so the season can be viewed as relatively successful. The Arns Sixes took place on a very cold Sunday but with cancellations and no shows, only four teams were present. The teams were: the teachers, Dutchisons/Heacons whatever you want to call it, Silicon group and Weirs. Weirs defeated Silicon in the final to win the competition. Some highlights include Scott King's massive six that hit the fence just before the road, the Weirs opening batsman (didn't get his name - sorry!) who had to retire after reaching 30 in each game but most impressive was the wicket maiden bowled by the leading wicket taker in the competition Mr Dow (for the day). The season will officially end this upcoming Sunday when the Alloa XI play host to Glendelvine in the last game of their campaign.
Penultimate Weekend [22/08/11]
In the second last week of games for the club, all three teams were able to play unaffected by the rain. The 1st XI played host to Corstorphine and batting first made 201 in the 50 overs, with every batsman contributing and Rizwan top scoring with 31. The team then bowled and fielded well with Keith posting figures of 3 for 36 to help ensure the victory (Scorecard | Report). The 2nd XI travelled to Dunbar for their game. Bowling first, the bowlers were able to restrict Dunbar to a very chaseable total of 138. Tariq posting figures of 3 for 31 and young Britt, bowling for his first time in a game, taking 2 for 40 in his opening spell. However, as has been the theme throughout the season, the 2nd's were let down by the batting and posted a feeble 50 in reply, with Nick top scoring with 18 (Report). On Sunday the Alloa XI made the long trip up to Montrose. Batting first, the team made a below par 128 (T. Mehboob 56). Defending a low score, some sloppy bowling and fielding ended up costing the team dear and Montrose won by four wickets (Scorecard | Report).
More rain [16/08/11]
Quoting the Travis song, why does it always rain on me? The rain over the weekend saw no games go ahead as scheduled. However, there is something to look forward to at the club. On Friday the 19th there will be a Games Night held down at the club. The night promises darts, pool, poker and a wii for a small sum of money. More than likely, the night will feature a call to a takeaway for some healthy pre-game dinners. The event is kicking off around 8pm so be down so come down and have a ball! Check the Events page for more details on upcoming socials down t'club.
Weekend 06/07 August [07/08/11]
The 1st XI entertained Musselburgh at the Arns this weekend and suffered a comprehensive defeat. Batting first, Clacks were all out for 136 with Gordon Oliver top scoring with 37. Musselburgh chased this down with ease and won by seven wickets within 23 overs. Rizwan was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 28 coming from his 7 overs (Scorecard). The Alloa XI game against Strathmore was cancelled due to rain.
Weekend 30/31 July [1/08/11]
The 1st XI were the only team to play on Saturday as another scheduling error from ESCA meant had both teams playing at home on Saturday. Having beaten Westquarter in a close game earlier in the season, Clacks were hopeful of doing the double. However, this was not the case as Westquarter left with the victory. Batting first, Clacks were all out for 118 with only Ando (38) and Tippu (31) making double figures. This was chased down with relative ease by Westquarter who won by four wickets. Rizwan and Keith both conceeding 20 runs and taking 2 wickets from their 10 overs (Scorecard | Report). The 2nd XI played their game against Broomhall on the Sunday and managed to secure a good victory. Batting first, the twos made 189 with Tariq scoring 57 and good contributions from Graham and Scott. After tea, Broomhall were bowled out for 160 with Kash taking 4 wickets (Scorecard | Report). The Alloa XI made the long journey up to Arbroath with only 9 players and batting first made an decent total of 176 - 6 from the 45 overs with Noor scoring 59. Arbroath were able to chase the total down in under 35 overs (Scorecard | Report).
Glorious sunshine! [25/7/11]
After last weekend was washed out and no games were played, the elusive sun embraced Scotland this weekend. Both Saturday teams found themselves playing Livingston. The 1st XI were away and brought back a good win with them. Batting first, the team posted 187, with Ando scoring 82 and Ash also passing fifty. Livingston could only reply with 65, with Alan and Rizwan taking five wickets each (Report). The 2nd XI were also scheduled to play Livingston away, but with the 1st XI using Livingston's pitch, the match was played at the Arns. Bowling first, the Clacks bowlers had Livingston all out for 119 but were unable to reach the small total and crumbled to 77 all out in reply (Report). The Alloa XI played host to Rossie Priory on the Sunday. Having lost the toss, Noor was put in to field. The bowling and fielding was not as tight as it could have been and Clackmannan were set 193 to win. This was successfully chased down thanks to a hundred partnetship between Alan (37) and Zeb (75).
Sunny with a chance of rain [10/07/11]
The 1st XI had no game this weekend as it was their turn to play Edinburgh this week. The Alloa XI game against Strathearn was cancelled as the opponents could not raise a team but the 2nd XI game against Heriots III went ahead and produced a good win for the twos. Batting first and with a twenty minute stoppage due to a brief heavy rain fall, Clackmannan posted 183-9 (B. Campbell 48; D. Turner 2 for 14). Some good bowling (particularly Tippu's slower ball off cutter which none of the Heriots batsmen could pick) by Clackmannan meant that Heriots ended up all out for 136 (C. Acheson 28; N. Bryant-Nichols 2 for 19) in the last over of the game. (Scorecard | Report).
Sunny Days [03/07/11]
The sun was shining in Clackmannanshire this weekend, but the weather produced mixed results. The 2nd XI game was cancelled as Edinburgh could not put out a team. The 1st XI looked to follow up a good win against Stirling last week by winning the return fixture. Unfortunately, Clackmannan failed to do so and were comfortably beaten by Stirling. Batting first, Stirling scored 227 - 8 (Miller 63, T. Mehboob 3 for 20) and Clackmannan never got close to this scored. All out for 67 (A. Rasul 35, Bielby 5 for 27), Clacks were beaten by a huge margin (Scorecard | Match Report). The Alloa XI game brought a win however. Batting first, Clacks scored over 200 (A. Rasul 62*) and Almond Valley were all out for under 170 (K. Ali 6 for 41) resulting in a good win for the Alloa XI (Scorecard | Report)
Ando's stat spreadsheet [28/06/11]
The stat spreadsheet Ando has been working on has been updated and the newly updated version can be found here. If anybody has any of the scorebooks from around 1960 onwards, they would be a great help to Ando and also any help people can offer would be greatly appreciated as it is a pretty heavy task for one person!
Cricket at last [26/06/11]
After two weekends without the first or second XI having a game, the weather finally let up and both teams were able to play. The 1st XI travelled to Stirling and returned with a good win. Batting first, Stirling scored 167-9 with two players (Miller 57, Bielby 55*) passing 50. Clackmannan were able to chase down the total with one wicket in hand as Rizwan hit two sixes to secure victory. Ando's essay can be found here! Next weekend, Stirling come to the Arns for the return fixture. The 2nd XI had no league game scheduled this week so instead played a friendly against Stewart Melville. Batting first, Clackmannan scored 172 from 30 overs with Tariq scoring 77. The total proved too much for Stewart Melville who were all out for 53 as a result of some very impressive Clackmannan bowling. (Scorecard | Report).
Rain rain go away [21/06/11]
After the rain last week washed out all three games, poor weather looked like it would be the winner this weekend as well. Both games on Saturday were lost to the weather, but the Alloa XI were able to complete their game against Strathmore. In a low scoring game, Clackmannan scored 73 before Strathmore were able to chase it down. Some good bowling from Clacks meant that Strathmore won with only two wickets in hand (Scorecard).
A Glum Weekend [5/6/11]
After a lovely spell of weather during the week, the weekends weather did not live up to the expectations. On a cold, overcast Saturday afternoon both teams were beaten comfortably. The 1st XI lost heavily to Kismet who scored an impressive 232 from their 50 overs which Clacks simply couldn't chase down (Report). The 2nd XI also lost. After being bowled out for just over 100, West Lothian chased down the low total with the loss of only two wickets (Scorecard | Report). The game on Sunday saw the Alloa XI heading up to Glendelvine. Glendelvine posted a score of 228 for Clackmannan to chase, but Clacks were bowled out for 116 (Scorecard).
Player Forms! [1/6/11]
Please find a form for the players to fill out here. Please fill it out and e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try and put them up as soon as possible. Noor had an idea of bringing his camera down to training/games to get pictures of all the players, so make sure you come to training looking your best!
A mixed week [29/5/11]
From what I've heard the first team lost narrowly but the second team got a good victory against Edinburgh South. The scorecard can be seen here as well as the match report by Ken Hutchison. A good bowling and fielding performance from Clacks saw Matt Booth finish with figures of 1 for 9 from his 8 overs. The Alloa XI were beaten comfortably by a good Arbroath team in the Sunday game at the Arns (Scorecard). A relatively low batting total by Clacks was chased down by Arbroath for the loss of only three wickets.
Rain stopped play part 2 [23/5/11]
Both games on Saturday were called off due to the weather, but thankfully Sunday's game at the Arns was able to take place. The Alloa XI chased down Forthill's score of 158 with four wickets to spare and claimed a good victory (Scorecard). On another note, a set of keys with a rampant Lion keyring were left at the club last Saturday so if anybody is missing a set of keys, you know where to find them! The Champions League final on Saturday will be shown at the clubhouse if people are interested in heading down to watch it!
A Brighter Week.
Both games on Saturday were won by Clackmannan this weekend. The ones got their season off to a winning start against Redding and Westquarter and the second eleven claimed a good win over Livingston at the Arns. The scorecard and match report for the 2nd XI game can be found here (Scorecard | Report). Alan e-mailed me a match report for the 1st XI victory (Report) but I haven't been sent a copy of the scorecard yet! The Alloa XI were unable to make it a clean sweep for the weekend as they suffered defeat away to Almond Valley (Scorecard).
Rain Stopped Play!
Only the second XI (as far as I am aware) were able to play this weekend and even that game didn't run its course as rain washed it out at the start of the 2nd innings. The scorecard for the match and a report from Nick can be found here. Let's hope next weekend provides more cricket-friendly weather.
April 30/May 1 Results
The first XI had no game this week. The second XI were away to Heroits and were beaten by two wickets in what looked to be a close game. Some good bowling figures by Tariq Mehboob and Blair Campbell. The scorecard and match report can be found here and congratuations to Noor for his man of the match. Please send me any information on the Alloa XI game. My e-mail address is email@example.com!
Selections plus Dalnacraig scorecard
Just a note that the selections for the next couple of weeks are online. The 2nd XI game is the first league game of the season and Nick would like all players to confirm they are available to play. The team is also not final, depending on availability. The Scorecard for the Strathmore game can be found here. I've used a spreadsheet for the sake of tidyness and I think it looks nice and neat, so if you go to the link, press back on your browser to return to the clacks website.
[edit: the Dalnacraig game is now online too, thanks to Tippu for the scorecard and match report.]
Start of the season!
The start of the season is fast approaching. Training is now running as normal. Good attendance last night and the new nets are looking quite good so far! The Alloa XI have a league game on Sunday and the team can be found here or on the forum. It's a strong team so hopefully the weather doesn't ruin the chance of getting the season off to a great start.
The Curry and Quiz night was a great success and many thanks must go to Marie for putting the event together, Buna for running the quiz and Tippu for providing a lovely curry. It raised around £200 for the club. Marie is always willing to listen to any ideas people have for a social event, so don't be afraid to pitch some suggestions!