The 1st XI travelled to Inverleith on Saturday and won the toss and batted. They posted a useful looking 235 for 9 thanks to 30s from Arun Pillai, Corne Dry, Ali Shah & Parker Neame and 40 extras. In reply Stewarts Melville were dismissed for 170 with skipper Ali Evans returning 2 for 14 from 7 overs. Rory Allardice and Adeel Raza also picked up 2 wickets.
At Grange Loan the 2nd XI entertained their counterparts from Heriot’s. The visitors also chose to bat first and scored 225 thanks largely to opener Long’s 115*. Nick Martin claimed 5 for 23 as his lack of pace bamboozled the Heriot’s lower order. The home reply got off to the worst possible starts with Murray Whitaker & the returning Harris Aslam both out without scoring. 0 for 2 however became 210 for 2 as Pete Gill (108*) and Will Hardie (99) took the game away from Heriot’s as the 2s cantered home to a 6 wicket win with more than 11 overs to spare.
The 3rd XI welcomed Penicuik to Inch Artificial and were inserted. They were looking in decent shape at 128 for 2 thanks to a good third wicket partnership between Gav Murray (54) and Anish Amin (40) but lost 7 wickets for 12 runs. In the end they were bowled out in the final over for 160. Charles Stronach and Andrew Lang picked up two wickets apiece but the aggressive Penicuik batting saw them home in the 28th over.
The 4th XI travelled to Peebles and Bob Irvine won another toss and duly opted to field first. Charlie Kentish took 6 for 51 but the strong home batting line up posted 254 for 9 from their 40 overs. Eric Edwards (41) & Brian Kaczynski (49) did take the 4s close but the 4s ended up falling 25 runs short.
The 5th XI and stand-in skipper Martin Robertson entertained high flying Drummond Trinity 4s at Cavalry Park 2. Asked to bat first the 5s struggled to cope with the accurate DTs attack and were all out for 75 in the 31st over. Challenging the 3s for biggest collapse of the day at one stage they lost 5 wickets for just 2 runs. After tea Max D’Ulisse picked up his customary 3 wickets and Zaara Dancu also claimed a wicket but DTs knocked off the runs in the 17th over.
On Sunday the 1st XI welcomed Aberdeenshire to Grange Loan for the quarter final of the Scottish Cup. Choosing to bat first, the 1s lost Fraser Burnett early but good knocks from Kyle Macpherson (47), Rory McCann (119), Arun Pillai (37) and Corne Dry (78) propelled Carlton to 315 for 6 from their 50 overs. Dry picked up both Aberdeenshire openers cheaply and Ali Evans and Adeel Raza claimed 3 & 2 wickets respectively as the visitors were bundled out for 97 just after drinks. Carlton will now entertain Stoneywood-Dyce in the semi-final.