The 1st XI travelled to Portgower Place to take on Grange without skipper Ali Evans, resting due to international commitments. South African professional Corne Dry made his Carlton debut but was powerless to prevent a poor batting display which set the home side 126 to win. Shiv Gupta picked up two wickets and Kyle Macpherson produced a fantastic runout but Grange eased to a 7 wicket win.
The 2nd XI entertained Edinburgh Accies and batting first posted an under par 142 with Parker Neame top scoring with 36. Omar Ahmad bowled a miserly opening spell but Accies were well placed at 81 for 2 at drinks until skipper Nick Martin brought himself on and picked up 3 wickets. Nick White also got a couple leaving Accies needing 31 with only two wickets in hand. Harry Simpson returned to the attack and claimed those wickets to give the 2nd XI a 12 run win.
At Cavalry Park 2 the 3rd XI hosted Edinburgh Accies 2nd XI. Invited to bat Ben Thurman scored a fine 54 but wickets fell in clusters to leave Carlton in trouble at 117 for 7 but the tail wagged well, in particular Ru McIntyre with 40 valuable runs. The final total of 174 looked a bit below par given the limited dimensions of the ground. The Accies reply never really got going with Ahmad Shah, Rob Grissenthwaite and Mo Nauman picking up two wickets apiece as the visitors subsided to 107 all out in the 30th over.
The 4th XI played Edinburgh Uni Staff at Peffermill and on winning the toss inserted the home side. Ewan Hutchinson and Charles Stronach opened for Carlton and both had early success. The home side made steady progress until the introduction of Jamie Beattie who just missed out on a hattrick to finish with 4 wickets. He also had an impact on his own side as Feds’ decision to stand up to him proved to be a poor one as he took a blow which broke his thumb. Chasing 151 the Carlton reply stuttered with wickets falling at regular intervals. None of the top order were able to get on top of the bowling and ended up on 133 for 8.
The 5th XI were away at Leith Links and restricted the home side to 174. Rory Ledingham and Charlie Kentish picked up a couple of wickets each and Max D’Ulisse hoovered up the tail to return figures of 3 for 20. A steady start from John Beattie and Euan Keatinge provided a solid base for the chase and when Charlie replaced John the youngsters produced an 85 run partnership that took the game away from Leith. When Euan fell for an excellent 42, Martin Robertson (31*) joined Charlie (63*) and saw the 5th XI home with 8 wickets and 3.2 overs to spare.
Unfortunately the Women’s fixture on Sunday did not go ahead as their opposition were unable to raise a side. The team took the opportunity of having the run of Grange Loan to get some practice out in the middle in the sunshine.