Cricket Opportunities for 11-15 year olds

See information below – Free opportunity. (More Information at the bottom of the page)

What is the Hub?
The Hub is a cricket training program supported by the MCC Foundation to give 11-15-year-olds in the state-education system increased training opportunities to fulfil their cricket and athletic potential.

A program of 10 sessions is provided through the winter, delivering comprehensive, development focused training with dedicated coaches and specialist input. This will enhance the technical skills of participants, as well as their tactical awareness and approach to being an athlete, providing them with the tools to drive their progression forward even further.

The Hub builds on the support and opportunities provided by clubs. Participants have the opportunity to explore their potential and prepare for higher levels of cricket, from increased performance at club cricket to pursuing opportunities in the Regional Performance Pathway (Eastern Knights) and representative cricket.

Who is the Hub for?
The Hub is open to anyone in state-education who has played cricket before – with a club, in school, through Wicketz or in any other form – but did not play in regional (Eastern Knights) or national teams in 2021.

The Hub consists of three groups: U13 boys, U15 boys and “transition to hard-ball” girls (more details below). As well as providing age and stage specific coaching, these groups look to create communities to have fun and grow together.

The Hub is free to attend and aims to be as accessible as possible. Should you have any concerns or foresee any barriers to attending, please get in contact via the details at the end of this document. We will do all we can to support participation and inclusion.

Boys, U13 & U15
For 11-15-year-olds who have some cricket experience and feel ready to push for their next level. Sessions will be based around the hard-ball game, building on core skills and developing effective and exciting cricketers.

Girls, Transition to Hard-Ball
For those who have played soft-ball cricket (including Dynamos) and feel ready to explore the hard-ball game. Sessions will build on core skills and develop all aspects of participants’ cricket whilst introducing hard-ball equipment and techniques. Although the Hub has an 11 – 15-year-old age guideline, any young women wanting to try hard-ball cricket are encouraged to sign-up.

Session Details

George Watsons College
69 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH10 5EG

Trial/Taster – 9th January 2022
All registered applicants will be invited to attend this initial session. This session is for participants and coaches to get to know each other. The main aim of this is to allow the coaching team to tailor future training sessions to most benefit those

Should groups be over-subscribed, selection for the program will be based on the engagement and commitment participants show in the taster session and to the Hub program, the extent to which the Hub opportunity could benefit them, and their cricketing skills and potential.

Winter Training Sessions
16th January, 23rd January
Two-week break
13th February, 20th February
Two-week break
13th March, 20th March
27th March, 3rd April, 10th April (Outdoors if weather allows)

10am-11.20am – U13 boys
11.20am-12.40pm – U15 boys
12.40pm-2pm – Girls

Contact Details

Hub Manager
Fergus Morgan,
Regional Development Officer
Katie McGill, 07540 113 363

(For more details – email –

Fair Play to Selkirk Cricketers

For 3 years out of four Selkirk have come top in the ‘fair play’ standings in division 3. This year our players have gone one better and scored the highest average across all leagues. In the context that we compete hard, narrowly missing promotion and only failing to beat the undefeated champions, our players represent our club well.

Hawick Vs Selkirk 7/8/21

Selkirk took revenge on Hawick with a 32 run victory at Buccleuch Park on Saturday. There were some concerns about the weather but the rains never quite came and Selkirk were asked to bat first.

Either batting line up would have to overcome both the guile of the bowlers and the unpredictability of the wicket. Murphy didn’t last long but the score picked up pace with the arrival of M.Fenton coming in to join younger brother Greg, who had been, up until that point, uncharacteristically patient. They rattled the score on as the Hawick bowlers were becoming a bit sloppy and not making use of the pitch, G.Fenton flicked three consecutive over pitched balls to the square leg boundary (including 2 sixes) off of the tiring Johnston (2-32). Hawick changed the bowling and whilst one of these changes proved costly for the hosts, G.Alexander (5-12) had an immediate impact and showed the way for all bowlers on the day with steady line and length. G.Fenton (34) fell first and when the rested Johnston returned early to finish his overs he took the wicket of M.Fenton (19) with the score at 61.

At this stage Hawick would be confident that they could restrict the visitors scoring and get started on chasing down another low total. I.Gardiner managed to keep the score rolling along, smacking a  four over the fielder at mid on and then followed up with two boundaries in the next over. G.Alexander however was making short work of his partners removing Henderson and Hughes in short order, although the latter raised a few cheers with his first runs off the bat in 4 attempts. G,Alexander eventually picked up the wicket of Gardiner (20) but the lower order managed to wring out valuable runs, including a first boundary for L.McCulloch (5*). The innings ended with P.McTaggart delivering the slowest arching full toss of the day, J.Allan took aim and imagined the ball soaring over the high fence at square leg on to the rugby field, rather than what it did – plopping on to the top of the bails.

For some the total of 101 looked like an easy target but for others there was the suspicion that the Teries would find it hard in the conditions.  

G.Alexander, a thorn in the side of the souters at Philiphaugh earlier in the season, opened with the fiery J.Tait and both looked at home in the middle, playing some elegant shots. However, the longer grass in the outfield was holding water from earlier rain so they weren’t getting the same reward as the Selkirk players who had taken a more aerial route. After six overs they were comfortable, 28 runs to the good and the opening bowlers frustrated enough for the captain to change himself out in favour of Heard. M.Fenton continued and despite a growing frustration, almost trying too hard at times, he began to get some reward, toppling Tait (12) who hadn’t looked totally at ease facing M.Fenton’s pace, nor the popping ball. The game changed over the next four overs with Heard giving nothing away and Fenton removing, in succession E.Alexander and then the important wicket of G.Alexander (17).

Having bowled all of his overs M.Fenton was replaced by Gardiner who opened with a wicket maiden and the game then made sharp progress to its conclusion as wickets began to fall and in the field players took their catches, John Allan erasing the memory of that looping first ball duck to take two. G.Fenton returned with Heard having bowled his 8 overs and removed the last hope for the hosts as P.McTaggart (14) rapped the ball to J.Allan at gulley. Gardiner capped a solid all round performance with the final wicket ending the Hawick innings at 69, giving the visitors a great win going in to the final fixtures of the season, which starts with a visit from Holy Cross next Saturday.

Selkirk Vs Murrayfield DAFS II

In one of the two Div 3 games to survive the weather, Selkirk and Murrayfield DAFS 2nds served up their second low scorer of the season on Saturday but the Souters reversed the result with a dominant performance with bat and ball.

The Edinburgh team were sent in to bat first and made very slow progress against the miserly bowling of Greg and Michael Fenton but wickets were hard to come by. Opener Baikie (23) rode his luck at times to top score for the visitors but his opening partner only managed to contribute 2 before being clean bowled by M.Fenton. Banks (1-13) and Paterson (1-19) were brought in to the attack and continued to frustrate any progress, both also picking up a single wicket for their efforts. Paterson finally had Baikie caught behind and there was some hope that Selkirk would get through the lower order quickly.

Gardiner and Heard came on to bowl and both took early wickets with Henderson taking a great diving catch running forward at point to remove Pasala to give Gardiner his first wicket. The Murrayfield middle order rallied somewhat to keep Selkirk in the field for almost all of their 40 overs, Donald adding 18 without losing his wicket. He was however culpable for the final wicket run out with 3 balls remaining of their innings, underestimating the quality of fielding from Brodie Allan who found Ullah short with a direct hit. Gardiner (2-16) and Heard (2-17) both finished with two wickets but were outshone by M.Fenton (3-17) whose pace and accuracy was rewarded with three clean bowled dismissals.

Having bowled out Selkirk for 84 earlier in the season the visitors may have given themselves a chance of defending the 88 they totalled this time. However, this was a different Selkirk team, as it was a different DAFS XI, and the hosts never looked likely to fall short.

A gentle rain had started toward the end of the visitors innings and home players were keen to get their innings going. Murphy (10) was moved up the order to open with the skipper and deselected himself from the duck squad as he edged nervously for his first run in 3 games. Feeling more confidence, Murphy pleased the locals with a four smacked to deep mid wicket and was holding up his end well enough, which made his freakish dismissal all the more frustrating. Attempting to leave a delivery from Mitchell he managed to divert the ball from his thigh pad onto the underside of his bat and back on to the stumps.

G.Fenton was setting a relentless pace against a depleted bowling attack and Banks was also looking to waste little time. However, Mitchell (3-36) was testing technique and patience of the batsmen in equal measure and trapped Fenton (33) in front and tempted Banks (7) with a slow full toss, the Selkirk No.3 holing out to deep square leg where Krishna Dulipalli juggled but held on. Due in next, Paterson (8) was probably thinking that the game would be done without him and had to pad up quickly to join in-form M.Fenton (28) at the crease. With the ground becoming slower from the rain the pair had to work harder for their runs but the quality of shots from both was good and they quickly finished off the job, a victory sealed (in 18 overs) with a well placed push through the covers for 2.

Next week Selkirk travel south to take on the undefeated Hawick side.