Durham link boosts youth scheme

Uddingston Cricket Club youngsters who got a masterclass from Durham CC pros
Uddingston Cricket Club youngsters who got a masterclass from Durham CC pros

Uddingston Cricket Club is looking to the future by launching a schools coaching programme to develop its youth section.

And they were given a helping hand last week when players from county side Durham CC helped them out at special coaching sessions.

Durham’s under-19 side were at Uddingston to play a three-day match against Scotland under-19s at Bothwell Castle Policies and their players and officials were more than happy to get involved.

Two Uddingston players - Calum MacLeod and Gavin Main - who are now professionals at Durham, playing in the English County Championship - and Durham head coach and former England international Geoff Cook were among those in attendance.

Uddingston junior convener Steve Newman said: “We’re trying to really develop the youth section this year through a schools coaching programme and also through the relationship with Durham which we are trying to forge and which we hope will really help the youngsters.

“John Windows, who is the Academy coach at Durham, and some of his team generously gave their time and expertise to coach the kids.

“Geoff Cook was also in attendance and the other Durham players kindly helped out.”

Anybody interested in joining the club, or going down to give cricket a go, should e-mail uddingstoncc.kwik@gmail.com.

Meanwhile on the field there was further disappointment for Uddingston as they went out of the Scottish Cup at the first hurdle on Sunday.

They travelled through to Edinburgh to face a Grange side who batted first and made 307 for 8 in a match reduced to 45 overs a side.

Pick of the Uddingston bowlers was new professional Anwar Hafeez who took 4 for 63.

In reply the Villagers again struggled with the bat and were reduced to 55 for 5.

Gavin Bradley and Derek Allan put on 62 for the sixth wicket before Bradley was out for 26 and although Allan went on to top score with 41 Uddingston were all out for 150 and lost by 157 runs.

Uddingston’s Western Premier match at Drumpellier on Saturday was washed out by the weather which also put paid to the Kwik Cricket Festival at Castle Policies on Sunday.

This Saturday the Villagers look to break their duck at home to West of Scotland, also chasing a first win after losing their opening two fixtures.