Over the last two weeks the Cricket Forth Valley Under 12 and 14 squads have been on tour to Yorkshire and Cumbria respectively.
The Under 12 tour to Yorkshire included watching a T20 Blast between Yorkshire and Worcestershire. We also went on a tour of Headingly with the players being shown areas in the ground generally reserved for County players. We managed a game against a local club side which they managed to win quite comfortably.
The Under 14 went on tour to Cumbria playing games against East Cumbria in Carlisle and West Cumbria in Cockermouth. The lads played against very good teams whose players were mainly Under 15 with at least eight of the Cumbria players having played County Cricket.
The tours were a success and it was all about given the Forth Valley players an opportunity to experience different conditions and broadening their cricket knowledge.
Forth Valley Sportsman’s Dinner
Saturday 21st March saw the inaugural Forth Valley Sportsman’s dinner, with guest speakers Paul Nixon (ex England wicket keeper batsman) and Grant Bradburn (current Scotland coach and
ex New Zealand international) in attendance. The evening’s festivities were marshalled by the very entertaining Doc Morton (Stirling C.C.C.)
50 guests experienced a great evening listening to stories from Paul’s career including his debut for England and his approach from an Indian bookmarker. Grant kept the audience entertained by teaching them Maori!, giving his thoughts on the World Cup and his aspirations for the Scotland team moving forward.
On Sunday Paul lead a master class with thirteen keen cricketers at McLaren Sports Centre (Callander), where he put them through their paces with various different drills and exercises. All who took part went away with big smiles on their faces, having enhanced their skills.
The weekend’s activities culminated in raising over £700 for grass roots cricket.
Ian Shaw CDM (Central, Angus, Fife & Dundee) commented ‘ it was great to see that everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly on the night, and that we raised a great amount over the weekend. A massive thank you to all who helped make the weekends activities such a great success, including Doc Morton, Paul Nixon, Grant Bradburn, Stirling County C.C. and the caterers’.
Today ICC Europe has announced the winners of the Pepsi ICC development Awards for the Europe region, with Cricket Scotland winning a hat trick of awards.
For the third successive year Cricket Scotland was awarded the Best Overall Cricket Development Programme Award for its work in a number of different areas. The Summer Squad Coaching Programme was a great success which included over 3,400 sessions and 4,100 coaching hours to over 50,000 juniors across Scotland, participating in cricket through the club-school link coaching programme. The programme engages 17 development groups, over 80 clubs, over 350 schools, and over 28 local authorities.
The organisation has now collected the European Development Programme Award for the eighth time, with the first awarded back in 2002.
The overall development programme also included a national schools competition which involved over 350 schools, 60 new coaches went through the new ECB certificate courses and the first `Last Man Stands` competition was started in Edinburgh.
Cricket Scotland’s Development Manager, Ian Sandbrook commented, “We are delighted to receive the news that Cricket Scotland has won this prestigious award. In what has been a huge 12 months for cricket in Scotland this award just adds to the growing momentum and profile of the game.”
“There`s no doubt that the real heroes in winning the award are the huge number of volunteers who continue to passionately move our game forward. Good people are the key to any success, and we`re extremely lucky in Scotland to have this in abundance. There`s no doubt in my mind that if we continue this approach of working together more success, both in the grassroots of the game and at international level, will come our way.”
Natalie Hamblin picked up the Women’s Cricket ‘Behind the Scenes’ Award for Scotland for her work as a coach at both junior boys and girls level, but also as a coach at her local women’s club, Galloway Ladies CC. Natalie has been instrumental in setting up a team at Castle Douglas High School and Dalbeattie High School and getting girls to engage in cricket who otherwise would never had recognised cricket as a sport to engage in Cricket Scotland’s Women’s Development Manager, Kari Carswell, said, “I'm thrilled that Natalie has won this award. She puts in a huge amount of time, effort and enthusiasm into all her coaching and organising.
Galloway CC have found a real gem! Volunteers are so crucial to the ongoing development in cricket, not just women's cricket but cricket and sport in general.”
Photo of the Year for 2014 was awarded to Ian Jacobs’ image captured at the Pepsi ICC Europe Division 2 held in Essex, England in June 2014, who has worked previously worked alongside Cricket Scotland. It captures an acrobatic catch, at one of Europe’s most important pathway events to the ICC World Twenty20.
Cricket Scotland’s selectors have named their final squad of 15 players to compete in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.
Scotland will start their Group A campaign on February 17th against hosts New Zealand, in what is now a sold out fixture, in Dunedin.
All of the selected members of the squad previously travelled to Australia and New Zealand for an acclimatisation tour back in September/October 2014.
Preston Mommsen will lead Scotland to their third World Cup campaign, and will be determined to help secure their first win on the global stage, while looking to boost their current One Day International ranking of 14th in the world.
Head Coach Grant Bradburn said, “It is great to announce our squad for the Cricket World Cup, and it is a fantastic achievement for the players to be named in the final 15. They have all worked hard over a long period of time, as they continue to do out here in Dubai during the current Tri Series. There is so much natural ability in this squad and we go to the World Cup aiming to do what no other squad has done before and win games of cricket.”
Scotland’s Final 15-man CWC squad: Preston Mommsen (captain), Kyle Coetzer (vice-captain), Richie Berrington, Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross, Joshua Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif, Robert Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.
NEW YEAR NEW YOU
On the 7th January 2015 McLaren High School together with Active Stirling and Callander Cricket Club ran a New Year New You initiative with S1 pupils at the High School.
The pupils were given a choice of a number of sports to participate in and 22 pupils signed up for cricket.
This was really encouraging as only 2 of the 22 had played club cricket before and there were also 10 girls which is great news for future development of the girls section at Callander Cricket Club.
The hall at the McLaren Leisure Centre was divided into three sections with a wicket keeping & fielding, bowling and batting taking place in each section for 10 minute slots.
A game of continuous cricket was played for the last 30 minutes of the session which was enjoyed by all participants.
This was a great initiative and congratulations to a well run event. Cricket was fortunate to have secured the hall as rugby and hockey had to take place outside with constant rain.
SPECIALISED COACHING WORkSHOPS
A massive congratulations to Jamie Cairns, Euan Edwards and Craig Sharpe who have been successful in their trial. They have been offered a place in the specialised coaching to be run by Gordon Drummond and Steve Gilmour.
Bad luck to the other players who went for trials but with dedication and determination you can get to these specialised sessions in 2016.
Batting and Pace Bowling - Jamie Cairns
Batting - Craig Sharpe
Wicketkeeping - Euan Edwards
The Scottish selectors today named their provisional 24-man squad for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup taking place in New Zealand and Australia from February 14.
Cricket Scotland announced last week that Preston Mommsen would lead the side, with Kyle Coetzer named as vice-captain.
The squad will then be reduced to 15 players on January 7th.
Assistant Coach Craig Wright said: “The squad announcement brings our participation in the 2015 Cricket World Cup another step closer. We’ve had some quality preparation already with really productive trips away to New Zealand, Australia and Dubai. I’m sure the players are itching to get selected for the final squad, allowing them to display their skills on the world stage.”
Scotland captain Preston Mommsen added: “It’s a real honour to lead this group of players into a global event of this magnitude. We are a tight-knit unit and have grown together over the past few years. We’re all very focused on the task ahead, and strongly feel that this is our opportunity to create history.”
Specialist Coach Paul Collingwood concluded: “I’m really excited to be involved with Cricket Scotland again in this superb journey to the World Cup. I’m looking forward to working with the boys in the most exciting cricket tournament they could play in.”
Preston Mommsen (captain), Kyle Coetzer (vice-captain), Richie Berrington, Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross, Joshua Davey, Alasdair Evans, Hamish Gardiner, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, Gavin Main, George Munsey, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Ruaidhri Smith, Robert Taylor, Andrew Umeed, Craig Wallace, Iain Wardlaw, Mark Watt.
Head Coach – Grant Bradburn
Assistant Coach – Craig Wright
Specialist Coach – Paul Collingwood
Performance Analyst/Fielding Coach – Toby Bailey
Physiotherapist- Mairi MacPhail
Strength and Conditioning – Simon Smith
Team Manager - Graeme Stewart
Media Manager – Ben Fox
Cricket Forth Valley (district development group) is embarking on an exciting new project.
From August 2014 the development group will be employing a full time community development coach working in each clubs clusters areas and have acquired the services of Sports Marketing Network (SMN), an organisation which will work closely with the clubs providing them with more information and advice on how to make themselves more viable, vibrant and visible sharing best practice across all sports.
The concept has been a long time in the making, as this type of project has called for a multi partner approach. Funding has been secured from a number of different sources including Sport
Scotland’s ‘Direct Club Investment’ the clubs themselves, and the Forth Valley Community Cricket Trust.
Following the recruitment process, Tony Phillips has been appointed as the Community Development Coach, with the role of enthusing the young people with cricket, and to encourage their migration from schools to the clubs. Tony commented, ‘I’m very much looking forward to the challenge of working closely with all the clubs and helping them to achieve their goals of increasing their membership numbers’.
Acquiring the services of Svend Elkjaar and the SMN is a new and different approach. Svend will be deliver group and 1-2-1 club seminars aimed at increasing club income generation, increasing community partners and club membership. The first group seminar is scheduled for the 30th September at New Williamfield, and then individual club meetings will be arranged.
Partners involved in this project include, Cricket Forth Valley, Clackmannan Council, Active Stirling, Falkirk Community Trust, Clackmannan C.C.C., Stirling C.C.C., St Modans C.C., Callander C.C., Westquarter & Redding C.C. and Forth Valley Community Cricket Trust.
This is the culmination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes and Ian Shaw Cricket Development Manager (Central, Angus, Fife & Dundee) commented. ‘Many thanks to all partners involved in this exciting new project, I look forward to working with Tony and Sven over the next four years ensuring that all the clubs increase membership, community partners and income generation, and ensure that cricket is on a firm footing in Forth Valley’.