Saturday saw the 1st XI make the long journey to Aberdeenshire. Having won the toss and inserted the home side they ran through the top order with Shiv Gupta (2-13) and Corne Dry (3-14) claiming the first 5 wickets. Ali Evans (3-4) and Adeel Raza (1-13) kept the pressure on and a Kyle Macpherson run out helped skittle the hosts for 45. The Aberdeenshire pro Solo Nqweni did pick up 2 wickets but the 1s strolled to an 8 wicket victory in the 13th over.
The 2nd XI entertained Championship new boys Morton at Grange Loan and restricted them to 173 with Rory Allardice and Nick Martin picking up 3 wickets each. In reply the 2s lost Pete Gill early but Murray Whitaker and new recruit Shujaa Khan took the score to 86 for 1 in the 17th over before both fell in quick succession. That soon became 116 for 7 after a number of soft dismissals. Ben D’Ulisse and Rory Allardice steadied the ship and looked to be inching the 2s home but another run out broke the partnership. In the end the 2s fell 10 runs short.
The 3rd XI were at Pefermill for the visit of Holy Cross. After a steady start the 3s lost George Lamb with 27 on the board. Zaki Yusaf and Anish Amin combined for a super 189 run partnership with Yusaf (101) departing have just brought up his century. Harry Simpson joined Amin and put on a further 61 runs for the 3rd wicket before Amin (106) eventually fell. Mo Nauman (19*) and Simpson (43*) saw the 3s post an imposing 317 for 3. In reply Holy Cross were unable to form any significant partnerships and were eventually bowled out for 97 in the 36th over. All the bowlers claimed wickets but Simpson’s 2 for 8 was the best return.
The 4th XI faced a trip to Melrose and despite Bob Irvine losing his first toss of the season found themselves bowling first as usual. They restricted the home side to 160 for 7 with Jack Atack and Ewan Hutchinson taking 2 wickets apiece with Jamie Beattie picking up 1 wicket and Nahum Applelton a wicket and a run out. Unfortunately there were few batting highlights with only Mark Mackay making double figures as the 4s were bundled out for 77.
The 5th XI travelled to the compact surroundings of Cavalry Park 3 to play Stewarts Melville 4s. Stew Mel won the toss and chose to bat but the U12 combination of Ben Stronach and Max D’Ulisse had them 8 for 3 in no time. A good 4th wicket partnership was broken with the introduction of Euan Murray who went on to claim 5 for 7. D’Ulisse picked up his 3rd wicket and Gaby Taylor got one on debut as Stew Mel we rolled out for 95 in the 23rd over. In reply skipper Keith Murray (31*) and Martin Robertson (36*) saw the 5s home for an 8 wicket win.
On Sunday the 1xt XI welcomed Grange to Grange Loan for a Scottish Cup second round tie. Batting first all the top order got good starts with Fraser Burnett (46), Rory McCann (62) and Tom Simpson (48) helping the home side to post 253 for 6 from their 50 overs. In reply the star-studded Grange batting line up lost wickets at regular intervals. When Gordon Goudie was bowled by Chayank Gosain the visitors were left on 105 for 8 but a fine 9th wicket partnership by youngsters Jamie Cairns and Charlie Peet caused the home supporters some anxiety. It was eventually broken by Adeel Raza (Peet LBW for 32) and when Gosain had Cairns caught by Burnett for an excellent 52 the home side’s passage to the next round was secured.
The Women entertained GWC at the Inch and bowled the visitors out for 87 in the 27th over. Pick of the bowling was Georgia with 4 wickets, while Caitlin claimed 2 and Zaara, Ashely & Maisie picked up one each. In reply Carlton chased down the total for the loss of 4 wickets. Sarah top scored with 30 and skipper Ellie chipped in with a useful 20.
In the U16 Scottish Cup Carlton took on Watsonians at Myreside. Inserted Watsonians made 104 with Charlie Kentish claiming 3 for 11. In reply Gav Murray was out early but Rua McIntyre (25*) & Murray Johnson (52*) saw Carlton safely through to the next round in the 14th over.