The 1st XI travelled to Forthill with both teams missing players on Scotland duty. Opting to bat first the home side lost a couple of early wickets to Omar Ahmad but rallied to post 251 for 8. Corne Dry and Chayank Gosain also picked up two wickets apiece. The Carlton reply, however, never really got going. The highlight was a 55 run third wicket partnership between teenager Pete Gill (27) and Kyle Macpherson (30). But in the end the 1s were bowled out for 128, not helped by Corne Dry (19) breaking a finger in the field and batting through the pain barrier.
The 2nd XI entertained Dunnikier at Grange Loan and won the toss and batted. A good start from Chris McAllister (39) and Zaki Yusaf (32) followed by 50 from Parker Neame set up a useful looking total of 194. The visitors lost early wickets and when Rory Allardice trapped Aziz in front just short of his half century the 2s were in the driving seat. Spin and Nick Martin accounted for the lower order with Allardice claiming 3 wickets and 2 for Harry Simpson as Dunnikier were bowled out for 77.
The 4th XI made the long journey south to Hawick and skipper Bob Irvine kept up his impressive record with the coin and duly inserted the home side. His world famous in-swinger broke the opening partnership and claimed the Hawick number 3 next ball. Sadly it eluded him for the hatrick ball and the home side went on to make 169 for 8. Ewan Hutchinson also picked up 2 in 2 balls in the final over as he and skipper shared the bowling honours with 3 wickets each. The reply was hindered by the loss of 3 quick wickets but Euan Keatinge (21) and Al Murray (22) steadied the ship. Unfortunately both set batsmen got out in quick succession and the 4s were bowled out for 107.
The 5th XI travelled to play unbeaten Bass Rock on the plastic at Meadowmill. Batting first Chales Stronach and the young bowling attack did very well to bowl the high scoring home side out for 141. Rory Ledingham picked up 4 wickets and there were 2 for Max D’Ulisse and one each for Ben Stronach, Mark McKay and Stronach Snr. Early wickets were again a feature of the reply with only Martin Robertson (36*) getting going, but he eventually ran out of partners and the 5s were bowled out for 74 in the 25th over.
On Sunday the U14s were in action in the Scottish Cup finals day at Inverleith/Arboretum. First up was Falkland and asked to bat first the young Carlton side posted 149 for 1 with Gavin Murray (33); Rua McIntyre (30) & Shaun Smith (31) all retiring. Charlie Kentish claimed 3 wickets and there were 2 apiece for Mark McKay and Euan Keatinge as the bowled the Fifers out for 74 in the 20th over.
The final against Clydesdale was a somewhat different affair. Winning the toss Murray chose to bat first but both he and McIntyre fell in the first over. That set the tone for a very poor patting display in the face of some accurate Clydesdale bowling as the Carlton youngsters were bundled out for just 10 runs in the 9th over. There were to be no heroics with the ball as the Glasgow side knocked off the runs for no loss in the 4th over.
The Women were also in Scottish Cup action hosting Edinburgh South – Stewart’s Melville at Peffermill. Wearing their new coloured kit they were inserted and lost openers Georgia Henderson and Heather Tait early but skipper Ruth Willis (67*) and Annette Drummond (50) helped propel Carlton to 143 for 5 from their 20 overs. In reply the visitors could only manage 65 as Hannah Rainey returned figures of 4-2-3-3 and Willis and Tait both claimed 2 wickets. They will now play in Finals Day next Sunday in Stirling.
Also on Sunday the 3rd XI entertained near neighbours Kirkbrae at Grange Loan. Opting to bat first the visitors were bowled out for 93 thanks to 4 wickets for Mikey Brown and 2 for Joe Flynn. Young Max D’Ulisse made his Division 2 debut and also picked up a maiden 3rd team wicket. Ben Thurman (23) and Brown (34) put on 49 for the first wicket but a mini-collapse saw them lose 5 wickets before they passed the Kirkbrae total in the 26th over.