The 1st XI travelled to Arbroath on Saturday but persistent showers meant they returned home without a ball being bowled. The 2nd XI game was also called off at Fettes and the 3rd XI’s rare Saturday outing at Grange Loan also fell foul of the weather.
The 4th XI travelled to Inverleith Arti to face Drummond Trinity 2s and managed to beat the elements. Skipper Bob Irvine won another toss and inserted DTs and kept them in check until the final ten overs. Set a target of 226 to win the 4s reply never really got going with only Paul Kentish (45) able to get the scoreboard moving. In the end the 4s fell 109 runs short.
The 5th XI game was never in doubt as they visited the Alloa microclimate and were inserted by Clackmannan County 2s. The posted 144 for 5 thanks largely to 60 from skipper Keith Murray but Clacks chased it down for the loss of 4 wickets in the 31st over.
On Sunday the 1st XI entertained Stoneywood Dyce in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. Asked to bat first in tricky conditions they lost a couple of early wickets and when Arun Pillai fell for 44 they were is a bit of trouble at 66 for 3. Tom Simpson (46) and Corne Dry (94) steadied the ship well and Carlton went on to make 281 for 9 from their 50 overs. The visitors reply got off to the worst possible start with a wicket in the first over as the top three all fell cheaply. Carlton kept taking wickets and when skipper Ali Evans had his counterpart Jack Mitchell caught by Pillai for 41 the visitors were all out for 94. Carlton will now face Heriot’s in the final at Meikleriggs in 4 weeks time.
Unfortunately there was less success for the U15s who travelled to Hexam to face Tynedale in the second round of the National Group stages of the ECB Vitality Cup. The home side racked up 166 for 2 in their 20 overs with only Murray Johnson and Rua McIntyre picking up wickets. In reply Shaun Smith top scored with 24 but the U15s could only muster 92 for 8.
The Women’s game against Watsonians was cancelled due to the very sad news about the untimely death of Willie Morton.