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Dollar Academy - Saturday 11 June
The 1st XI played Dollar Academy on Saturday 11 at Anniesland. Captain John Oliver won the toss for TGA and had no hesitation in batting first. Opening the batting with Arman Khan, John Oliver started positively with the third and fourth balls he faced being despatched to the boundary with ease. Dollar, well marshalled by their skipper, were able to get both Arman Khan and Jamie Percival out fairly quickly. With our score on 31 for the loss of 2 wickets in the 7th over, Ruairidh Russell joined John Oliver to build a steady partnership for the third wicket. For the next 21 odd overs, we saw a batting exhibition - caution and respect for bowling and gradually building the innings to total obliteration of the bowling offered and dominating the game. John Oliver with eleven 4s and two 6s, scored his maiden hundred for TGA and was finally out for an excellent 108 scored off 72 balls! The partnership with Ruairidh (64) produced 152 runs. Tom Bouttell faced just 6 balls and smashed 18 runs with two 4s and a 6! TGA at the end of 30 overs were 209 for the loss of 6 wickets.
Dollar started positively and - although they lost a couple of wickets - they were on 71 for 2 wickets at the end of the 11th over. Enter Greg Macmillan and Jamie Percival and soon the game changed in TGA's favour. These two spinners, through their flighted deliveries posed questions of the batters' abilities and, before long, ran through the opposition. Dollar were bowled out in 18 overs with Greg Macmillan taking 4 wickets for only 10 runs and off only 3 overs and Jamie Percival 4 wickets for 29 runs.
Another very creditable win for TGA by over 105 runs.
TGA - 209 for 6 wickets
John Oliver 108, Ruairidh Russell 64
Dollar - 104
Greg Macmillan 4 wickets for 10 runs, Jamie Percival 4 wickets for 29 runs.
Result - TGA win by 105 runs
MCC - Wednesday 8 June
Our 1st XI played a strong MCC yesterday at Anniesland. To give you a brief overview, The MCC - founded in 1787 and with over 20,000 members - has its headquarters at Lord's Cricket ground. Seemingly, waiting periods for membership of this exclusive club are around 30 years but the playing route is much quicker. Hence, they have strong First Class and Test players in their list. MCC who are the custodians of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, play schools all over the UK encouraging children to play the game hard and fair. The game against The MCC starts always at 11.00 am and is scheduled to finish at 5.30 pm. The match results can be a win, loss or a draw. For school boys to hold out even to a draw against The MCC is very creditable.
Yesterday, MCC batted first and declared their innings after 41 overs at 241 for 3 wickets. Throughout the three hours on a hot day in the field, our boys played hard and worked well as a team. There were two outstanding catches taken - one by John Oliver diving to his right in the deep square leg boundary and the other by Arman Khan in the deep mid-wicket area, running in and diving forward and taking the catch inches off the ground. These two catches would have done international cricketers proud!
Perhaps the hard toil on a hot day in the field took its toll on the concentration aspect while we batted, as in the 6th over with our score on 13, Arman Khan was needlessly run out. Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals and although John Oliver (17), stayed for a while, we lost the match with just 5 overs remaining! Our boys played fair and hard and were beaten by a strong MCC squad who had players from different parts of the UK and one from Hong Kong.
Thanks to our groundsmen for the excellent pitch and our catering, all well appreciated by The MCC and our boys.
The MCC 241 for 3 wickets decl
Glasgow Academy 72
Result - MCC won by 169 runs
George Heriot's - Saturday 4 June
Playing George Heriot's School on Saturday 4th, after winning the toss our 1st XI Captain John Oliver inserted Heriot's to bat first. Our opening bowlers, John Oliver and Arman Khan started well: however, it was only in the 6th over that we were able to make a breakthrough with Adam McMurray inducing Heriot's batter to spoon a catch to Ross Heginbottom at square leg. Thereafter our spinners Jamie Percival (3 wickets for 11 runs) and Greg McMillan, through their slow-flighted deliveries, spun a web on the Heriot's batters, inducing false strokes and picking up wickets. At the end of their 20 overs, Heriot's could manage only 67 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Our fielding was excellent throughout and Fraser Gordon, once again, kept wickets very well, including a good stumping off Percival's bowling.
Although we lost Arman Khan early, unlucky to a faint tickle on the leg side, John Oliver (32 not out) and Jamie Percival (22 not out) knocked these runs off easily in 10.1 overs. Another very comfortable victory for TGA 1st Xl.
George Heriot's - 67 for 6 wickets in 20 overs
Jamie Percival 3 wkts for 11 runs.
Glasgow Academy - 69 for 1 wicket in 10.1 overs
John Oliver 32 not out, Jamie Percival 22 not out
Result - Glasgow Academy win by 9 wickets.
TGA Senior Six-a-side Competition
On a glorious Summer's day, The Glasgow Academy crashed through all their opponents and won The Glasgow Academy Senior Cricket Sixes tournament, very convincingly!
In the Sixes tournament, each team consists of 6 players and every player bowls an over, excepting the wicket keeper. So, in each match the batting team gets to play a maximum of 5 overs.
The teams that competed were Glasgow Academy, Hutchesons', Wellington (all in Group A); High School, Lomond and George Watson's College (in Group B). While George Watson's were the winners of Group B, Glasgow Academy were the winners of Group A. This meant that the semi-finals were played between George Watson's and Hutchie (number 2 in Group A) and TGA Vs High School (who were number 2 in Group B). While Hutchie booked a place in the finals by an exciting last ball victory against Geo Watson's, TGA won very convincingly against High School by over 36 runs.
The Final was played at High School ground against Hutchesons' and on winning the toss Captain John Oliver decided to bat first and in the 5 overs we scored 90. John Oliver scored 54 off just 18 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes! Hutchie were always struggling to keep up with the scoring rate against good bowling from all the TGA bowlers. In the end Hutchie could manage only 67 off the 5 overs. TGA won the match by 23 runs and retained the Sixes trophy!
The players in the squad are named below. They not only dominated every match but more importantly, played the games in the right spirit, worked well as a team and encouraged everyone.
John Oliver (Captain cool, led from the front with excellent performance through out)
Arman Khan (highest individual score in an innings- 76 not out of just 20 balls in the match against Wellington)
Ross Heginbottom (best strike rate of the tournament - 26 of just 6 balls against High School)
Adam McMurray (bowled and batted well)
Jamie Percival (bowled well)
Tom Bouttell (bowled well)
Fayz Siddiqui (kept wickets well)
Greg McMillan (scored through out all Group A matches)
Rick Mukhopadyay (scored through out all matches in Group B matches)
Kelvinside Academy - Saturday 14 May
The 1st Xl played Kelvinside Academy on Saturday 14 May at Anniesland. Kelvinside won the toss and elected to bat first but they struggled against our confident bowling attack. In the 6.3 overs between them, Ruairidh Russell (4 wickets for 7 runs) and Jamie Percival (2 wickets for 6 runs), destroyed Kelviside's innings. Kelvinside were all out for 36 in 12.3 overs.
John Oliver (26 not out with three 6s) and Arman Khan (4 not out) opened TGA innings and scored the required runs in only 4.1 overs, ensuring that TGA won by 10 wickets. Once again, another excellent win.
Kelvinside Academy - 36 in 12.3 overs
Ruairidh Russell 4 wkts for 7 runs, Jamie Percival 2 wkts for 6 runs.
Glasgow Academy - 37 for no loss
John Oliver 26 not out, Arman Khan 4 not out
Result - Glasgow Academy won by 10 wickets.
For more details and interesting reporting, do not miss reading Rick's piece on: findpenguins.com/tgacricket
High School of Glasgow - Saturday 7 May
The 1st XI played High School of Glasgow on Saturday 7 May at Anniesland. High School won the toss and elected to bat and were bowled for 65 runs in only 20.1 overs (30 overs match). John Oliver and Arman Khan opened our batting and played aggressively and passed High School's modest score without losing any wickets in only 10.3 overs. Probably the best win for Glasgow Academy 1st XI against High School 1st Xl in our history!
High School of Glasgow - 65 in 21.1 overs
Greg McMillan 2 wkts for 5, John Oliver 2 wkts for 9, Ruairidh Russell 2 wkts for 18.
The Glasgow Academy - 68 for no loss in 10.3 overs
John Oliver 28 not out, Arman Khan 28 not out
Result - Glasgow Academy won by 10 wickets!
For a more detailed report of the match, enjoy reading Rick's piece on findpenguins.com/tgacricket
Merchiston - Saturday 23 April
The 1st XI travelled to Merchiston to play against 1st XI in the Scottish Schools Cricket Tournament on Saturday 23 April. Unlike Merchie boys, who had a few outdoor training sessions and a match before ours, our boys were playing their first match of the season - and it was their first time on a grass pitch this season. This meant that our bowlers couldn't get their rhythm and we conceded over 30 extras! Added to that, we lost three wickets to run-outs, which made it all the more difficult. However, our boys tried very hard and in the end we lost by just 21 runs!
Merchiston - 156 for 1 in 20 overs
TGA - 135 for 5 wkts in 20 overs
Part of the boys' learning in 1st XI cricket and also to enhance their self-efficacy is to take independent decisions and be more creative. One result is a blog which they set up for the tour of Dubai, which helps to builds a social identity - link below which you may enjoy reading: findpenguins.com/tgacricket
Glasgow Academy 1st Xl Cricket vs Dollar - played at Dollar Academy on 13 June 2015
The 1st XI travelled to Dollar on Saturday 13 Juneto play their 1st XI, on a scenic ground and excellent batting track.Batting first, our opening batters, John Oliver and Arman Khan, put up the best partnership of the season - 95 runs for the 1st wicket in 14 overs!Agreed, the margin for errorfor bowlers on that excellent pitchwas very little, butJohn and Arman hadstill to ensure correct shot selection to keep up the scoring ratewhich they did very well.While John was out bowled to a well made 39, Arman carried his bat through tothe end of the 20th over andremained not out onan excellent 65.At the end of our 20 overs we finished with 139 for 3 wickets.
Dollar began their chase well and soon had our bowlers and fielders under pressureby keeping up with the rateof about 7 runs per over. But two important bowling changeshelped to tilt the balance in our favour.Arman Khan - introduced in the 8th over - had their left-handed batsman bowled by a corker and later Jamie Percival, bowling his loopyleg spinners had their main batter caught at deep mid wicket by Chris Rae - an excellent catch, judged well, running forward and inches off the ground! When the last over was bowled, Dollar needed 15 to win and Chris Rae had to bowl that over- spare a thought for the Head Boy! The first two balls were bowled well and conceded only 3 runs.With Dollar needing 12 off 4 balls, Chris bowled the third ball straight and had the batter out bowled - the noise in excitement by all our playerswhen they heard the timber rattlecould havebeen heard in the Dollar Glen! The remaining 3 balls were bowled wellandGlasgow Academy won by 8 runs! A great match indeed played well by both teams!
Andrew Simmers, playing his first match after a couple of years, kept wickets and did an excellent job.
Scores - TGA - 139 for 3 wkts in 20 overs
Arman Khan 65 not out, John Oliver 39
Dollar - 131 for 7 wkts in 20 overs
Arman Khan 3 wkts for 21, Chris Rae 2 wkts for 13, Jamie Percival 2 wkts for 33
Result - Glasgow Academy won by 8 runs.
Glasgow Academy 1st Xl Cricket vs Hutchesons' Grammar - played at New Anniesland on 29 May 2015
On Saturday 29 May the 1st XI played Hutchesons' Grammar School's 1st XI at Anniesland. TGA won the toss and invited Hutchie to bat first and, off the first ball of the match, Hutchie lost their first wicket to Fehzan Irfan! In spite of having a few West District players in their team, Hutchesons' just could not handle our excellent bowling led by Fehzan Irfan (2 wkts for 16 runs) and Cameron Russell (2 wkts for 9 runs). Arman Khan was the leading wicket taker with 3 wkts for just 8 runs.Hutchie were all out for 88 in 25 overs.
Jamie Percival opened the batting with John Oliver for TGA and was unfortunately run out.Cameron Horn came in at number 3 and along with John, played aggressively and put together a partnership of 52 runs in just 9 overs.While Cameron was out with his score on 17, John batted smartly and remained unbeaten on a well-made 56 which also included two 6s.TGA won the match easily by 8 wickets and in only 19 overs.A big win indeed!
Glasgow Academy 1st Xl Cricket vs XL Club - played at New Anniesland on 20 May 2015
The XL (Forty Club), reputed to be the largest wandering Cricket club in the world, consists generally of players over 40 years old and they play cricket matches against leading schools in the UK. With The Duke of Edinburgh as their Patron, their members include the 'who is who' of Britain and they play atsome excellent grounds, including Arundale Park and The Balmoral Castle!
As is the practice, XL Club were invited to bat first and began their innings aggressively with their two young Helensborough Naval-based Yorkshire-bred batters.Arman Khan came in to bowl first change andbowled their number onebatter with a good 'yorker'!XL Club's next batterwasWest of Scotland's, overseasplayer (from New Zealand) and he was bowled by a beauty fromJohn Oliver.However, XL Club with the other young opening batsmanwho scored 100and, along with the Edinburgh Rugby CEO, put up a good partnership and enabled XL club to declare at 227 for 4 wickets in 48 overs.John Oliver (1 wkt for 19 runs) and Arman Khan (1 wkt for 17 runs)were the pick of the bowlers.
Arman Khan and Ruairidh Russell opened our batting and - after a good partnership of 71 - Ruairidh (31) was out.Arman (37), was bowled in trying to up the scoring rate.Fehzan Irfan(18) and Adam McMurray (15)played well and made some quick runs.In trying to push the scoring rate further, we lost a few wickets.Cameron Russellplayed well and remained not out on 38.Jamie Percival too remained not out on 10.We finished with 164 for the loss of 6 wickets in the 35 overs we could get to bat.The match ended in a draw.
Our boys played well and their ground fielding was excellent.A special mention goes toFraser Gordon, James Thorington and Greg McMillan.These boys didn't get a chance to bowl or bat but fielded very well, helped the team and then left early to go back to their studies.
Thanks to the groundsmen for their efforts to get the ground ready, in spite of the rains we have been having and to the catering team for the excellent lunch!
Glasgow Academy 1st Xl Cricket vs Kelvinside Academy 1st Xl - played at New Anniesland on 16 May 2015
Our 1st Xl played Kelvinside Academy on Saturday 16 May.Choosing to bat first on a good hard pitch (yes, a firm pitch in spite of all the rains - thanks to the groundsmen and new covers!), we were soon in trouble, losing the wickets of John Oliver, Usman Irfan, Cameron Horn and Cameron Russell, due to a combination of good bowling by Kelvinside boys, lack of concentration and poor judgement in shot selection on a good pitch.The boys, including KA, also had the privileg eand experience of playing cricket in the 'unpredictable' Scottish weather - basically a stop, start, stop, start, experience.In this regard, when itrained, on a few occasions they had the fun of running and getting the covers on to protect the pitch, taking it off when it stopped raining to restart the game and so on - all wonderful experience one of the privileges of playing on a good ground.
Arman Khan (33 not out) and Ruairidh Russell (27) shouldered responsibility well, put their heads down and played sensibly by playing straight and picking quick singles.They put together a good partnership of 64 valuable runs for the 5th wicket. At the end of the 16th over (reduced overs due to rain interruptions) we finished with 108 for 6 wickets.
Kelvinside batters found it hard to chase our score and in their 16 overs could score only 37 for the loss of 7 wickets.Glasgow Academy won the match by 71 runs.
Our main wicket takers were Cameron Horn (2 wkts for 7 runs) and Fehzan Irfan (2 wkts for 12 runs).
We now move to the next round to play George Watson's.
Glasgow Academy 1st Xl Cricket vs High School of Glasgow 1st Xl - played at Old Anniesland on 9 May 2015
The Glasgow Academy - 159 for 6 wickets in 30 overs
John Oliver 64, Cameron Russell 30, Cameron Horn 22
High School of Glasgow - 50 all out in 21.3 overs
Fehzan Irfan 3 wickets for 1 run, Cameron Russell 3 wickets for 11 runs
RESULT - Glasgow Academy won by 109 runs
1st XI playing the XV Club on Wednesday 11 May
Lyle Hill hits out against the MCC