Sat. Sep 21st, 2019

U14s into the second round of the Scottish Cup

Carlton U14s vs Stew Mel in the Scottish Cup

The U14 Cup side welcomed their counterparts from Stewart’s Melville to Grange Loan on a sunny but cool evening for this Scottish Cup first round encounter.  Having been inserted Gav and Thomas got the home side off to a good start before the latter fell for 9 in the 3rd over (23-1).  Euan joined Gav and continued to put pressure on the bowling side before he was bowled for 10 (41-2).  Charlie was next in and immediately looked in good touch.  The scoreboard was moving along nicely but a few dot balls induced Gav to try to force things and he fell to a good catch at midwicket for 24 (63-3) in the 9th over.  Matthew joined Charlie and put on 28 in 16 balls before Charlie (30) retired (91-4).  New man Jamie kept things going before he too perished to a good catch in the deep (110-5).  Isaac joined Matthew and after getting his eye in turned the strike over nicely. Matthew eventually went for one big shot too many, finishing on 27 (127-6).  Ally Paul showed some alert running to put on 21 runs with Isaac before he was bowled by the returning opener in the final over (148-7).  Fraser came out and helped the home side post 150 from their 20 overs with Isaac ending unbeaten on 26.  A good batting performance, highlighted by the fact that the smallest partnership was a healthy 17 runs.

 

A quick turnaround saw Mark take the new ball and after a couple of looseners produced a fine delivery to remove the Stew Mel No 1.  Jamie joined the party picking up the other opener in his first over leaving the visitors in trouble at 2-2.  The new batsmen rebuilt over the next couple of overs but when Rudy joined the attack his dot ball pressure led to a run out (13-3).  In his next over he picked up two wickets, both clean bowled to blunt any hopes of a Stew Mel recovery (16-5).  To their credit they stuck in and their No 4 (Murray) played very well to retire on 30.  His 53 run partnership with No 8 (Thomas), who ended on 24*, helped them post 91 for 7 from their 20 overs.

 

In the end Carlton ran out comfortable winners, lots of good partnerships helped them post a challenging total and a strong bowling and fielding performance made sure of the result.  A harsh critic might note that we lost the wide count by a significant margin (23 vs 12) and the keeper’s choice of headgear didn’t meet universal approval, but the U14s march on to face Grange in the next round.