Welcome to the Western District Cricket Union website. The Union organises and promotes cricket to half the population of Scotland, from Dumfries & Galloway in the south-west, up the west coast, and across the central belt to the Forth Valley. We co-ordinate with the West District Junior Cricket Union, local authorities and Cricket Scotland to encourage youth development and provide a structured developmental pathway to ensure the game flourishes and grows at all levels. From the Premier Division to the Greenwood Trophy, the Union provides competitions for all its member clubs, from 50-over Saturday cricket to competitive T20 competitions.
If Hamilton was perhaps fortunate to enjoy even a cup of coffee at the highest level, Dougie Brown could consider himself mildly unlucky that his appearances for England were confined to a handful of one day internationals. A bit more than just a bits-and-pieces cricketer his first-class record compares favourably with some – David Capel, for instance – who were granted the chance to be found wanting in the test arena.
The most infamous cricketer was a Scot, Douglas Jardine, father to and inventor of "Leg Theory", which is well documented under "Bodyline". Jardine was born in British India, brought up in St Andrews, spent most of his life in England, died in Switzerland and his ashes were scattered in Perthshire. His parents were Scottish, and he gave his own children Scottish names.
The most famous cricketers to have come from Scotland are probably the former England captain, Mike Denness, Warwickshire all-rounder Dougie Brown, and former England test players Gavin Hamilton and Gregor MacGregor who represented Scotland at Rugby as well as England at Cricket. Another great Scottish cricketer was B.R. (Lager) Hardie, who was a major contributor to the successful Essex side of the 70's and 80's. Possibly one of the best spinners and certainly a respected journalist was the aptly named Ian Peebles, who was one of the cricketers of the year in 1931 alongside Donald Bradman. R. C. Robertson-Glasgow played for Oxford University and Somerset and later became a prominent cricket writer and correspondent. The South African-born former England captain Tony Greig also qualified for the team due to his Scottish parentage.
The first recorded cricket match in Scotland took place in Alloa in 1785. It would be another eighty years, however, before Scotland played their first full match, against Surrey in 1865, which they won by 172 runs.
After last weekend's washout, the 1st XI travel to Paisley on Saturday to play league leaders Ferguslie in the WDCU Premier Division. A match with Ferguslie is always a keenly fought contest and this Saturday's encounter should be no different. Greenock, who will be without Chris Hempsey and Phil McIntosh, will need to be on top of their game if they wish to bring the win points back to Glenpark. The match is scheduled to start at 12 noon. On Sunday, the 1st XI will make another attempt to play their second round Western Union 40 Cup tie with Ferguslie, again at Meikleriggs after last Sunday's abandoned fixture. Ths match starts at 1pm and a result is needed one way or another with the prize for the winners a home tie with Poloc in the quarter-finals. The Glenpark XI play Torrance House (East Kilbride's 2nd XI) on Saturday at Glenpark in the WDCU First Reserve League. The match will start at 12 noon and this will be a very difficult match for the Glenparkers as their opponents sit at the top of the table with a 100% record. The Hillend XI have a friendly match at Glenpark on Sunday against Torrance Community. This club was only formed in 2010 and is gradually building up its fixture list. This game starts at 1pm and as usual the Hillend side will feature a mixture of the very old and the very young. The junior section have a number of games this weekend. Friday evening sees the combined Greenock and Helensburgh under-15s travel to Glasgow to take on Clydesdale in the Under-15s league. On Monday, the Under-18s, who are also combined with Helensburgh, also play Clydesdale in their league, again at Titwood with Greenock's Under-13 team at Glenpark against Stirling County in the Under-13 league.
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