Young cricketers from southside Glasgow clubs are celebrating their season’s performances in the west of Scotland junior leagues, with both Poloc and Clydesdale teams winning league competitions.
Clydesdale’s youngsters have had an excellent season at all age groups, led by their under-13 squad, who finished their terrific campaign as the only junior team in the west with a 100% record, having played and won all 11 of their matches.
The Taylor family from Newton Mearns had an extra reason for celebration.
The under-13 skipper was Owain Taylor, pictured receiving the shield from his father Steve, who coached the team jointly with Jat Dhami.
Owain was one of five players to score more than 100 runs in the season, while Kallum Dhami was the highest scorer with 247 runs.
The club’s under-15s — most of them in fact under 14 years of age — won all but two of their matches, and tied another to take second place to Ayr’s youngsters.
Their star performer with bat and ball was a newcomer to the club, 14-year-old Adil Ghaffer, who scored 274 runs, including a maiden century, unbeaten on 109, against Poloc, and took 15 wickets.
And Clydesdale’s under-18s came third in a 14-team league, with first-place held jointly by NVT Poloc and Ferguslie, and came top of the west’s clubs in their Cup competition, to reach the national semi-final in what was an impressive all-round squad performance.
At the youngest age group playing hard-ball cricket, the under-11 Clydesdale rookies came second in their regional league, and greatly relished their incredible 200-run victory over local rivals Poloc.
And in the under-10 soft-ball Kwik Cricket festivals around the west of Scotland, eight of which escaped the awful summer weather, Clydesdale’s youngest group won every single one of the 24 games they played, which augurs well for the club’s future.
Over 50 of the Clydesdale kids and their parents gathered in the Titwood clubhouse on Sunday evening for the annual junior awards presentations.