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    • Day 1

      First game of the season

      April 21, 2016 in Scotland ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

      After a few weeks to recover after Dubai and revise for exams; the cricket season will get under way this Saturday. Our first match is against Merchiston Castle School and it is a 20 overs-a-side match. Should we triumph in that fixture, we will go onto play Loretto School in another game in the same format. Both these schools are renowned nationally to be very good cricketing sides; but as the tour and following cricket sessions clearly highlighted: The Glasgow Academy are a formidable opposition.

      The details are as follows: we need to meet at school by 8:30 to ensure we reach Myreside around 9:45. This should give us time to warm up and get into our first game by 10:30. If we lose, we will return to school around 2 in the afternoon. However, we will ensure that this isn't the case by beating merchiston and therefore playing against Loretto in the afternoon. After this game, we plan to return to school around 6 to half 6 in the evening.

      As always, any form of support would be much appreciated. This is the first game (or two!) of the season and a good performance would set the platform for a brilliant season!
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    • Day 17

      VS The High School of Glasgow Report

      May 7, 2016 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Our first home game of the season saw The Glasgow Academy take on local rivals The High School of Glasgow. Despite exams, the 1st XI enjoyed a 100% turnout, with the inclusion of youngsters Siddiqui and Heginbottom in the side for the match. Having decided to bat, HSOG started tentatively, with captain Oliver(4.1-1-9-2) and Khan (3-0-9-1) putting the ball in the right areas to place pressure on the openers. Before long, Khan had Scotland hopeful, HSOG opener Sam Greene back in the pavillion with a brilliant inswinger. John Oliver followed this up with the archetypal dismissal: knocking over the top of off of HSOG's number 3 before Heginbottom did some good work in the field to rocket a throw into keeper Fraser Gordon who whipped off the bails in a flash to dismiss HSOG's other opener. One by one, the batsmen came and departed and scalps were shared between all four seamers and two spinners. Russell (4-0-18-2) and McMurray (3-0-8-1) both bowled well and picked up two thoroughly deserved wickets apiece. Legspinner Percival (3-0-12-1) and offspinner MacMillan (3-1-5-2) put any hopes of a HSOG recovery to bed and this meant HSOG were unable to bat the full 30 overs, instead making 65 all out having faced just 20.1 overs. Mention must go to Fraser Gordon for a brilliant performance behind the stumps whilst Tom Bouttell pouched the only catch of the match running in from mid-on. While the pitch was the typically two-paced Accies wicket, and although it clearly aided the bowlers, it still left The Glasgow Academy a fairly small task. Within 10 overs, Oliver, whose cover drives are becoming more eloquent by the day, and Khan, whose powerful shots are quite literally going from strength to strength, had claimed a victory by 10 wickets and with a multitude of overs to spare. Oliver's calm 24 Not Out and Khan's 28 (with 22 of those coming in boundaries!) Not Out was befittingly capped off with a towering six by Khan over the square leg boundary. After the handshakes and formalities were complete, coach Mr Hariharan praised a "strong all-round performance with the senior members playing their role well" and captain Oliver commented "This is hopefully the beginning of a very successful era for cricket at the Academy. With this win behind us, we will strive for greater victories in the fixtures to come. I'm proud of everyone who contributed today." Thanks must go to Mr Hariharan, the groundsmen for preparing a wonderful track for the first game of the season, the weather (for holding up) and above all a talented team for this win.Read more

    • Day 21

      VS. XL Club

      May 11, 2016 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Today, The Glasgow Academy took on the XL Club, a well-know 'travelling' cricket club in a test match style game with beautiful rather un-Scottish conditions for a change! Although exams and the alike threatened to reduce the side to depressingly low numbers beforehand, the team can proudly say that we had eleven players on the field most of the time. As per custom, the XL Club batted first. What ensued was a opening bowling performance oozing with class, maturity far beyond the bowlers' years, and stamina. Initially, the menacing duo of captain John Oliver (12-4-39-2) and the lethal Arman Khan (10-2-22-3) were unlucky to pick up wickets, despite a lot of lateral movement and quality bowling. However, their bad luck was followed up by some fortunate fielding when the openers looked settled on a team total of 36 but a sharp direct hit from Adam McMurray resulted in the first wicket of the day and initiated a collapse. Before long, 5 wickets had fallen in quick succession and the XL Club were left reeling at 61/6. Nevertheless, the opposition's batting depth was showcased as they rebuilt with a 7th wicket partnership towards lunch. After lunch, once again, the batsmen dominated until Khan broke the partnership and Oliver removed the batsman at the other end. Soon, respectable performances from Ruairidh Russell (6-0-15-1), Greg MacMillan (5-0-29-1), Adam McMurray (5-1-22-1) and Jamie Percival (2.3-0-14-1) ensured that the XL Club were restricted to a below-par 161. Notably, fielding was outstanding: Oliver bagged a diving catch at long-on to claim the tenth wicket off of one of Percival's dipping legspinners and Fraser Gordon (a spectacular catch and a stumping off a wide) once again showed his natural talent behind the wickets. However, the usual two-paced Accies wicket meant that the game was far from won. Openers Percival and Oliver made sure any hopes of an XL Club victory were banished. Oliver's calm and collected strokeplay led to a magnificent innings of 51 runs (three 4s) off 74 deliveries not out while Percival's brutal punishing of the bad deliveries gave him a well-deserved 48 (one 6 and five 4s) at a staggering strike rate of 98. Following this sturdy opening partnership of 86 runs compiled in 46 minutes, a mini collapse consisting of Ross Heginbottom's departure after a powerfully struck 29 off 23, Tom Bouttell's innings of 4, Fayz Siddiqui's shifty 11 off 17 and Callum Bell's unfortunate duck may have caused a slight momentum shift, but John Oliver's stability coupled with Adam McMurray's vital 9 off 13 not out saw The Glasgow Academy over the finishing line. Special mention must go to James Thorrington, Alastair Fry, Adnan Iqbal and Callum Smith for fielding well and contributing fully despite not batting or bowling, and Finlay Biok for stepping up at short notice. Overall, the team should be proud of themselves, as the captain said: "This team is turning into a formidable side. Not only is every senior player making their presence felt, but the contribution from less experienced players is generating a very well-drilled unit. I'm proud of today's performance. [On his partnership with Jamie Percival] Jamie was timing the ball beautifully so I was looking to just give him the strike. When he got out, I knew I had to see the team through and some helpful contributions from Adam, Fayz and Ross made sure of this." The next fixture for the 1st XI is against Kelvinside Academy this weekend and this will see the return of the usual limited overs format. To finish with, a thought that has grown ever since the start of this season is that this season's 1st XI ought to transcend all boundaries and limitations previously set, and dare I say, every match is bolstering this notion and furthermore, the players' belief in it.Read more

    • Day 24

      VS Kelvinside

      May 14, 2016 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Today saw The Glasgow Academy play their second home game of the season against Kelvinside in a 20/20 match. Blue skies stood tall and far and the scorching heat made for the perfect conditions for a great game of cricket. Having won the toss, Kelvinside decided to put a score on the board. Captain John Oliver (2-0-6-0) and Arman Khan (2-1-9-1) opened with a 2 over spell apiece. Despite early movement, it took 12 balls before the first wicket came in the form of a brilliant bit of bowling from Khan leading to one of the openers feathering an edge through to keeper Fraser Gordon. The over finished as a wicket maiden; however, a partnership threatened to develop after this wicket and it took the guile and control of the pick of the bowlers today - Ruairidh Russell (4-1-7-4) - to break it. From this point onwards, The Glasgow Academy controlled the innings. The ever dangerous Adam McMurray (2-0-4-1), who is fast becoming a proficient wicket-taker with his zippy left arm action, and Jamie Percival (2.3-1-6-2) with his deadly accuracy made sure that the Kelvinside innings never quite got back on track. A resurgence from their number 7 was sadly ended by a knee injury but in the spirit of cricket, John Oliver offered the last batsman the chance to bat, with a runner at the other end. Nonetheless, the efficiency of this effective bowling attack was admirable, with the opposition reaching 36 all out after 12.3 overs. Notably, there were only 8 extras in these overs, of which 4 were byes and this is an aspect of the bowlers' games that has definitely improved considerably. Fraser Gordon was once again reliable behind the stumps, giving his all every delivery and making sure the bowlers hit the right areas. Overall, a commendable performance. However, the score still had to be chased, and John Oliver and Arman Khan ensured that the total was gunned down with all 10 wickets in hand at an economy rate of just under 9. Once again, the right spirit was showcased by TGA, as the opposition required some fielders to make up their 11 on the field which we duly supplied. Whilst Khan (4 off 7 not out) struggled to find the middle in a bid to make use of the small boundary, John Oliver hit 26 not out off 19 deliveries and produced three marvellous sixes over the deep midwicket boundary. Having watched John since February, the confidence and charisma that now overflows in each and every one of his shots is a product of tremendous amounts of training and hard work and this was certainly on show today. Nevertheless, cricket is a game involving every player, and once again everyone did their best in the field and albeit a tough chance at mid off and a botched run out attempt, fielding was superb: Greg MacMillan took a brilliant high catch at mid off from an Adam McMurray high full toss and for the most part, runs were restricted. A valiant bowling effort, led by Russell, was what set the win up today and the effort of each and every bowler must be appreciated. On the win, coach Mr Hariharan said "A very good team performance, the boys are learning what a good feeling winning is!" whilst captain Oliver said: "Today was brilliant. I was extremely impressed with the character with which every player performed. [On his 'spirit of cricket' moments] Yes I think it is vital we play in the right spirit. It only seemed natural for us to offer fielders and for the last batsman to bat on and I'm happy that the entire team felt this way too.". Next week, we face Hutchesons' Grammar School in what should be a 30 over match. On a slightly more general note, our win-loss record (including Dubai) currently sits at 5-3. Of those three, one was a stellar Dubai cricket side which we faced around 24 hours after touching down in Dubai, one was an extremely narrow loss which could quite possibly be attributed to an unfortunate injury, and the last was a sporting school renowned for its cricket. If the calibre of our victorious oppositions is anything to by, then the 1st XI is turning out to be an absolutely sensational team.Read more

    • Day 43

      TGA Sixes Tournament: Group Stages

      June 2, 2016 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Today's sixes tournament took place in glorious sunshine. For those of you who are unaware of what a sixes match is, it consists of six players per team, with each player (apart from the wicketkeeper) bowling exactly one over each. A wide yields 4 runs and an extra ball, while a no ball yields 2 runs and an extra delivery. Whoever scores more runs in the allotted five overs, wins. A match report for TGA's semi final and final will follow but for now, here are the general facts and figures of the day:

      Match 1:

      Hutchesons' Grammar School 63/1:

      Kallum Dhami 38, Sam Cole 19*

      Bowling figures:

      Arman Khan (1-0-8-0), Adam McMurray (1-0-7-0), Tom Bouttell (1-0-12-0), Ross Heginbottom (1-0-23-0), John Oliver (1-0-8-1)

      The Glasgow Academy chased the score down with 6 wickets and 6 balls to spare:

      John Oliver 24(14)*, Arman Khan 22(10)*

      Bowling figures:

      Gaurav Rajmohan (1-0-25-0), Sam Cole (1-0-8-0), Daniel Cairns (1-0-20-0), Kallum Dhami (1-0-9-0)

      Match 2:

      High School of Glasgow 63/3:

      Callum Coats 10(6), Jonny Stark 1(2), Sam Greene 0(3), Blair Anderson 21(7)*, Hamish Stewart 20(8)*

      Bowling figures:

      Ollie Brown (1-0-2-0), Advait (1-0-12-1), K.Arvind (1-0-15-1), P.Brown (1-0-16-0), C.MacDonald (1-0-16-0)

      George Watsons' College chased the score down with 6 wickets and 13 balls to spare:

      Ollie Brown 41(12)*, C.MacDonald 9(5)*

      Bowling figures:

      Callum Coats (1-0-17-0), Sam Greene (1-0-9-0), Jonny Stark (0.5-0-32-0)

      Match 3:

      This match was played between Hutchesons' Grammar School and Wellington School. Hutchesons' won, having batted first. Unfortunately, I cannot provide any numbers as not only will they lack integirty, but many names, figures and details were omitted, making the scorebook indecipherable.

      Match 4:

      George Watsons' College 85/0:

      Ollie Brown 39(16)*, K.Arvind 31(14)*

      Bowling figures:

      James Guy (1-0-22-0), C.Caskie (1-0-5-0), Angus Guy (1-0-9-0), D.Morgan (1-0-27-0), R.Thornton (1-0-17-0)

      Lomond School were unable to chase the score down and lost by 21 runs:

      Angus Guy 25(15)*, C.Caskie 19(14), James Guy 0(1), R.Thornton 1(1)*

      Bowling figures:

      N.Bedford (1-0-12-0), Advait (1-0-8-0), K.Arvind (1-0-12-1), Ollie Brown (1-0-19-0), P.Brown (1-0-4-0)

      Match 5:

      Once again, it was a real shame that the scorebook was not completed properly with names, details etc.

      From the scorebook, it is evident that The Glasgow Academy batted first against Wellington and accummulated 142/1 in their 5 overs, with Arman Khan smashing 76(20)*, Adam McMurray 11(5) and John Oliver 21(6)*.

      The opposition then got 19/4 in their 5 overs, incurring a 123 run loss.

      The Glasgow Academy bowling figures:

      John Oliver (1-0-1-2), Arman Khan (1-0-4-1), Adam McMurray (1-0-4-1), Tom Bouttell (1-0-2-0), Jamie Percival (1-0-7-0)

      Match 6:

      Lomond School 84/1:

      Angus Guy 52(21), C.Caskie 7(7)*, James Guy 1(1)*

      Bowling figures:

      Callum Coats (1-0-7-0), Jonny Stark (1-0-17-0), Abhishek Chaudhari (1-0-12-0), Sam Greene (1-0-15-0), H.Stewart (1-0-19-1)

      The High School of Glasgow then completed a remarkable chase (thanks mainly to Sam Greene's efforts) with a delivery to spare, despite a stellar asking rate and requiring 29 runs of the last over:

      Callum Coats 18(10), Jonny Stark 19(9)*, Sam Greene 24(6)*

      Bowling figures:

      James Guy (1-0-9-0), C.Caskie (1-0-9-0), Angus Guy (1-0-13-1), D.Morgan (1-0-16-0), R.Thornton (0.5-0-29-0)

      And with that game, the group stages were completed:

      Group 1 Standings:

      The Glasgow Academy - 4 points
      Hutchesons' Grammar School - 2 points
      Wellington - 0 points

      Group 1 Standings:

      George Watsons' College - 4 points
      The High School of Glasgow - 2 points
      Lomond School - 0 points

      Therefore, the semi-finals would see The Glasgow Academy, who had so far produced the best performances of the tournament, take on The High School of Glasgow, who narrowly qualified ahead of Lomond School due to some last-minute heroics; and George Watsons' School, who had been dominant with bat in hand, lock horns with Hutchesons' Grammar School, who had been a very efficient and all-rounded set up.
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      Barbara Oliver  Great match report Rick, very informative

    • Day 43

      Semi Final 1

      June 2, 2016 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      The first semi final saw Hutchesons' Grammar School take on George Watsons' College. Having elected to field first, the strong GWC batting line up were sent in. Hutchesons' opener Gregor Anderson (1-0-6-0) immediately stifled the opposition with a brilliant first over conceding only 6 runs. This set the tone for a brilliant HGS fielding performance: Sam Cole (1-0-7-1) dismissed the ever dangerous Ollie Brown (4(5)), courtesy of a good catch by Gregor Anderson. Although G.Cornwall (1-0-16-0) and Daniel Cairns (1-0-13-1) leaked a few runs, Kallum Dhami(1-0-12-0)'s accurate last over, albeit unlucky to concede a couple of boundaries, made sure that GWC were restricted to a very chaseable 56 (target 57), given the short boundaries and beautiful astro wicket. C.MacDonald's patient 28(15) was teh main contribution in the GWC innings. Openers Kallum Dhami (15(8)) and Sam Cole (17(11)) raced to 32 for no loss after 3 overs, leaving Hutchesons' middle order requiring 25 off 2 overs. Although Ollie Brown (1-0-9-0), N.Bedford (1-0-15-0), K.Arvind (1-0-8-0) and P.Brown (1-0-10-1) all bowled tight overs, Gregor Anderson and Sahil Kakar (2(3)) needed just 15 runs off 6 deliveries to book their place in the finals. The first 5 balls of C.MacDonald's over read: dot, single, two, 2 byes, four meaning that HGS needed a six off the last delivery to win. With Gregor Anderson (21(7)*) on strike, C.MacDonald bowled a half-tracker which Anderson despatched over deep midwicket to secure a place in the finals. Congratulations to Hutchesons' Grammar School and commiserations to George Watsons' College.Read more

    • Day 43

      Semi Final 2

      June 2, 2016 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      The second semi final saw local rivals The High School of Glasgow and The Glasgow Academy face each other. Having won the toss, captain John Oliver elected to set a target. Himself, and Arman Khan picked up 19 runs off opening bowler Abhishek Chaudhari's over without losing a wicket. Clearly, this was an indication of things to come. Whilst Oliver was unfortunately dismissed for a flamboyant 38(16), his partner Arman Khan teamed up with Ross Heginbottom to bolster the Academy's innings. Ross's innings read 6,4,4,6,6,out!; with a strike rate of 433 and a towering six into the trees of The Academy fields to leave him with the enviable score of 26(6). To end, Tom Bouttell crashed a boundary to hit 7(2)*, whilst Arman Khan had to settle for 9(5)* due to a lack of strike. However, he could hardly have complained given Heginbottom and Oliver's supreme efforts giving The Glasgow Academy a score of 97. Meanwhile, John Oliver (1-0-7-1) and Jamie Percival (1-0-9-1) bowled two brilliant opening overs which left HSOG reeling at 22 for 2 after 2 overs. Despite a couple of late meaty blows from Aidan FitzGerald and the impressive Jonny Stark (42(19*)), Arman Khan (1-0-13-0), Ross Heginbottom (1-0-9-0) and Tom Bouttell (1-0-16-1) made sure that they closed the game out to gift The Academy a win by 36 runs. This set up a second meeting between Hutchesons' Grammar School and The Glasgow Academy as the final. Commiserations to The High School of Glasgow.Read more

    • Day 43

      The Final: TGA Sixes

      June 2, 2016 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Two teams with a point to prove, Hutchesons' Grammar School and The Glasgow Academy participated in the final of this year's sixes. Whilst Kallum Dhami's accuracy and Gregor Anderson's late flourish had brought HGS into the final, it was the might of John Oliver, Arman Khan and Ross Heginbottom's ferocious feats which carried The Glasgow Academy into the final. TGA captain John Oliver elected to bat on a flat astro wicket and this proved to be a brilliant decision. Despite Arman Khan (2(2)) departing 5 balls into Gregor Anderson (1-0-8-0)'s opening over due to an unfortunate run out, Ross Heginbottom (9(5)) joined John Oliver to ransack 33 runs off the next HGS over, delivered by Sam Cole (1-0-33-1). However, on the last ball of the over, Ross seeked one big hit too much it seemed, and Kallum Dhami's safe hands made sure that the dangerous batsman had to go. From there on in, although HGS's bowlers bowled some tight lines: G.Cornwall (1-0-10-0), Daniel Cairns (1-0-20-0) and Kallum Dhami (1-0-19-1), John Oliver stole the show. Even though Ross' 26 contained power and strength above all else, and Arman Khan's innings was simply spectacular, Oliver's ranked above both of them, for its class and the situation in which it was produced. Wickets fell constantly: Adam McMurray was the next to go for a well made 11 off 8 before being run out in the last over. But by that point, John Oliver had got his eye in, having nurdled intelligent singles and smacked some brilliant boundaries. When Kallum Dhami's last over contained 2 sixes and a four, all three hit by John, it was hard to see how he could stop clearing the fence. Eventually, he was run out trying to get back on strike, but having struck 54 off just 18, with 5 fours, 4 sixes and no dots(!) at a strike rate of 300, he had left The Academy in an extremely strong position: defending 90. If his talismanic batting efforts had not been enough, his penultimate over ensured an Academy victory. Arman Khan (1-0-15-0), Adam McMurray (1-0-10-1), Tom Bouttell (1-0-19-0) and Ross Heginbottom (1-0-16-0) all bowled brilliantly to suppress any of the last minute heroics that HGS had previously showcased. Notably, Heginbottom took a sensational high catch off the bowling of the zippy McMurray to send oppositon captain Kallum Dhami back for just 17(10). Although Sam Cole constructed a fantastic 23(9)*, Gregor Anderson 4(5) and Sahil Kakar (8(4)*) were simply unable to boost HGS. In the end, they lost by 23 runs meaning that The Glasgow Academy had retained their title! When receiving the bowl, John Oliver's smile said it all: it had been a brilliant day for The Academy. The performances of all the players were commendable, given the tight wide tramlines, the short boundaries, and the limited number of fielders. However, John's captain's innings was the cherry on the cake, the innings which pushed The Academy to the brink of glory, and the sensible bowling which followed made sure that TGA won. Such an amazing day (with amazing weather) is not possible without a number of helping hands: Mr.McCaskey, Mr Smith and Mr Wilson for supporting the team; Greg MacMillan for scoring; the catering staff for providing a tasty and filling lunch, Lomond School, Hutchesons' Grammar School, The High School of Glasgow, George Watsons' College and Wellington School for coming and their respective coaches for helping the event run smoothly, a special thanks to The High School of Glasgow for lending their facilities and above all, Mr Hariharan for his passion, enthusiasm, and effort which shines through with every victory the Academy gains. Thank you.Read more

      Barbara Oliver  Well done Accies, what a result! Sensational match report Rick, I almost had a tear in my eye 😂


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