Kwik Cricket festivals & fixtures 2017



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Peebles 23/07/17

The Carlton Kwik cricketers were invited to the Peebles U11 festival on Sunday 23rd July. There had been no cricket played the day before and the forecast was not looking good, but it was dry first thing and everyone was keen to play.

The Carlton team consisted of Isaac, Fergus & Hamish Foley, James Stronach, Jack Cran, Jake Hetherington, Blair Mackenzie and Robbie Murray. They played three matches against Gala, Selkirk and Peebles, losing the toss in each game resulting in them always batting first.

The pitch was unsurprisingly quite damp from the previous day's rain and Carlton's batters struggled in the first game against Gala. Wickets fell at regular intervals and although Blair, James and Hamish hit some impressive boundaries, the total of 226 looked a challenge to defend. Despite some accurate bowling, particularly from Robbie, James and Fergus, some dropped catches and powerful hitting from Gala let them get the win by 5 runs. A good lesson for the players in batting in difficult conditions and the importance of taking your chances when they come.

In the second match against Selkirk, the players adjusted better to the conditions and posted a much more impressive 261. Blair and Robbie opened and moved the score along without losing any wickets. There were good partnerships from Jack and Jake, who ran very aggressively, and Isaac and Fergus. Both Jack and Isaac hit big sixes. James and Hamish finished the innings off solidly. The Selkirk response was pegged back by tidy bowling and regular wickets. Jake was probably the pick of the Carlton bowlers and Carlton ran out comfortable winners.

The third match was against hosts, Peebles. By this time the rain was coming down fairly heavily, but the players pressed on despite conditions that would have seen their elders take cover. The Carlton batters hit 259. A number of reverse hits and over the top shots were attempted, with varying degrees of success, much to the amusement of the Peebles umpire. There were more sixes from Isaac and Jack. The Carlton bowling was again very disciplined, with Robbie, Hamish, James and Fergus particularly accurate. Some excellent fielding from Jake denied near certain boundaries, and a brilliant diving catch from Isaac off his brother Fergus (in a wicket maiden) helped restrict Peebles to 210, resulting in a comfortable, if damp, win in the end.

Overall, a very good performance from all the players in the rain. Two solid wins and a narrow loss.  Many thanks to Peebles for hosting and being so keen to play. It was great to get some cricket this weekend!

SMRH 19/07/17

Carlton Panthers

The Panthers consisted of Malachy Baynes, Christopher Calwell, Robbie Murray and Shourjo Dutta-Roy. Unfortunately Sam Bartlett who had been due to play could not get to the ground, which was a shame as his contribution was missed.

The Panthers played two matches against two SMRH teams of 6. The players batted for 6 overs each in the first game and 3 overs each in the second. SMRH kindly lent us 2 fielders when we batted. 

The first game was a solid victory for the Panthers who scored 280 in their 12 overs and then restricted SMRH to 223, largely as a result of the 10 SMRH wickets they took; 5 to Robbie, 2 to Malachy, 2 to Christopher and one run out. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly Shourjo's brilliant catch off Robbie's bowling. A genuine edge flew very quickly to Shourjo behind the stumps and he got both hands to it, parrying it into the air. He then had the presence of mind to safely catch it at the second attempt. Outstanding fielding!

The second game was against a stronger SMRH side. The Panthers scored 239 in their 6 overs. It was particularly pleasing that neither batting pair lost any wickets. All the players bowled well, taking wickets to restrict the score, and SMRH were left to hit 18 off the last over to win. Shourjo bowled very accurately under some pressure from the strong SMRH final pair, but they only managed to score 15 and the Panthers won by 2 runs.

A very fine effort by all of the team. Many thanks to all the players and their parents, and to SMRH for their hospitality and sportsmanship.

Carlton Leopards

The Leopards were a lively team made up of Jack Cran, Andrew Lima-Napier, Blair Mackenzie and Roger Chen. With only 4 in the team and two matches to play, they had to work hard both from a batting perspective and bowling/fielding, although SMRH obliged us with a couple of extra fielders to make the numbers up.  In the first game we were narrowly beaten (235 to 240), the main strength of the opposition being a very useful set of twins, one of who batted right-handed and the other left, causing considerable havoc.  Batting and bowling was generally of a good standard, the former including some boundaries and a few delicate stabs looking to take the quick single.

The boys moved on to the second game, encouraged by the narrow defeat and despite the very grey looming skies. They were determined to seek revenge! The boys batted well and this time reached a score of 258, again with some good hits, including one hard aerial drive from Blair straight at the SMRH umpire, who had to take sudden evasive action to avoid getting one straight in the chops! Perhaps tiredness was setting in a  bit, when it came to fielding, as many of the oppositions runs came from our increased wayward bowling and a number of boundary overthrows.  So, some good learning for the team was the importance of backing up the fielder at the wicket, which was difficult in this case, because we had only a small team. Despite this we held it all together well and eventually won by 23 runs. (258 to 235).

So we played two, won one and lost one. It was a fun evening for the boys from both clubs (many thanks to SMRH, great hosts as usual) and all the forecasted thunder and lightning was nowhere to be seen. Onwards and upwards to Peebles.

SMRH 25/06/17

Carlton Panthers

After some last minute changes, the Panthers who assembled at Inverleith on a breezy, but generally sunny, Sunday morning comprised Robbie Murray, Oli Stones, Gabriella Fontenla, Blair Mackenzie, Matthew Rae, Claude Winkler, and Percy and Hugh Sutherland.

Game 1

They played two matches against SMRH, with the batters playing as a pair together for 3 overs rather than the usual 2. In the first match the Panthers amassed an impressive 296, with Blair and Gabriella contributing 22, Robbie and Oli 36, Matthew and Claude 14, and Percy and Hugh 24. There were good contributions from all the batters, with lots of lusty hitting and good running between the wickets. The Panthers then bowled and fielded well with Hugh bowling a very first tight spell, Gabriella bowling with good pace and Claude's accuracy being rewarded with a wicket. A direct hit run out for Oli also pegged SMRH back and they fell short with 281 to ensure the Panthers won the first game.

Game 2

In the second match the Panthers played the stronger of the two SMRH sides and hit a competitive 281 in their allotted 12 overs. Hugh and Percy had a strong opening partnership against the pick of the SMRH bowling and Gabriella worked the leg side field mercilessly. Blair smashed a number of fine boundaries including a big six. Oli batted really well, hitting a boundary with almost every ball he faced including a pair of glorious straight drives. The Panthers certainly had a defendable total. SMRH started strongly with only Hugh's valiant efforts at deep cow keeping the Panthers in the game.  A few chances were missed in an otherwise strong performance in the field, but the standard of bowling was good and SMRH still needed 6 off the last over. Robbie bowled good line and length at a decent pace to restrict the batter's scoring opportunities, but an unfortunate 4 byes enabled SMRH to scramble enough in singles to win the match by 1 run.  A very even contest that could have gone either way. Well played both teams.

All in all, a most enjoyable morning with SMRH. Many thanks for their hospitality and sportsmanship. We look forward to the next match. 

Carlton Leopards

The Carlton Leopards for our invitational matches at SMRH were: Andrew, Sam, Jack, James, Matthew, Roger, Hector and Lewis - a good blend of older players and some of our less experienced cricketers.

Game 1

Captain Sam lost the loss for our first match and SMRH invited the Leopards to bat.  Hector and Lewis opened, and immediately faced some solid bowling - they each hit a couple of boundaries, but a good catch in the deep restricted their progress. Jack and James then upped the rate considerably, scoring a very impressive 27 from their three overs.  The Leopards' least experienced pair of Roger and Matthew were very unlucky to be facing SMRH's best bowlers and found their accuracy tough to deal with, but although a number of wickets fell they also did well to score a few singles to keep things moving along.  Sam and Andrew then displayed some great hitting at the end, finding the rope half a dozen times between them and pushing the total to a decent 260.

Sam and James opened the bowling in SMRH's reply, Sam striking in the first over to get things off to a flying start.  Jack and Hector then also chipped in with wickets, but the SMRH batters showed a lot of power and were also finding plenty of 4s and 6s - Andrew and Lewis both bowled well but couldn't do much to stop some excellent batting.  Matthew and Roger bowled tidily and managed three precious dot balls in each of their overs to keep the Leopards in the chase, and despite two more solid overs from Andrew and Jack (also taking a wicket) to finish there just weren't enough wickets down to restrict SMRH's total.

SMRH closed out a 22-run win on 282.  Despite some excellent power hitting on show from SMRH the difference in the two innings was really just number of wickets down - 7 lost by the Leopards vs 4 by SMRH, for a 15 run swing.  A good match,and a good lesson for the Leopards in the importance of keeping the ball down and defending straight ones!

Game 2

Andrew took the skipper's armband for match 2, but also lost the toss (perhaps a future career as captain of Carlton 4th XI beckons?).  SMRH elected to bat first, but hadn't reckoned on opening bowler James striking with the first two balls of the match to put them deep in negative territory. Sam and Jack kept it tight with good straight bowling, and SMRH were really struggling to get going.  Lewis was then a little unlucky to concede a couple of boundaries and some 2s, but also managed a wicket, while Hector conceded only 4 from his over and Roger, bowling well, just 6. Matthew, Andrew and James found the going a little tougher against SMRH's best batsmen, but the boys' fielding held up pretty well to stop the total getting out of control - Andrew, Sam and James with some particularly good efforts to stop certain 4s.  Sam sent down a rare maiden in his second over, Jack backing that up with a great penultimate over including the final wicket to fall.  Lewis then closed the innings with a tight set conceding just 5, and SMRH had made it to 273.

Andrew and Jack began the reply, hitting 14 from the first over with both finding the rope and starting the innings really well. Roger and Lewis kept the momentum going - special mention for a great comeback boundary from Roger after he was unlucky to be caught - Lewis making some super calls to take all of the singles on offer.  Sam and James then came in and put the Leopards firmly on top with 32 runs from their three overs faced, featuring some fantastic batting from both players, meaning Matthew and Hector just needed to score a net positive 5 from the final three overs to secure the win.  That looked a little doubtful when the first of their overs was scrambled for a couple of singles only, but Matthew made sure of the win with a glorious drive through extra cover for four from the first ball of the next.  Hector was sure in defence, and the Leopards were home on 287.

A particularly good win for the Leopards in this match with all of the boys contributing something really positive in the field or with the bat - a team performance of which they should all be proud.

Finally, also a mention for the Leopards successfully completing their pre-match challenge not to lose any wickets to run-outs - there were a couple of close calls and a few singles left on the field, but on the whole the calling and running went very well indeed.  Next time, to manage the "no overthrows" challenge too!

SMRH festival 18/06/17

Carlton Panthers

The encouragement the team gave each other was a delight to witness; well done to all of them. Carlton Panthers lost to Grange and SMRH but in the last game beat Edinburgh South, scoring their top score of 265 runs.

The game against SMRH was close with Carlton losing a couple of wickets being the only difference between the two teams. Grange were particularly strong and Carlton were up against a more experienced team and their boundary scoring reverse sweeps. The whole Carlton team played very well, getting better each game with some wonderful running between the wickets, fielding, catching, bowling and batting. It was a pleasure to manage the team and thank you to SMRH for a well organised and friendly competition, great weather too.

Carlton Leopards

The Carlton Leopards played Penicuik, SMRH and Watsonians and there was some real batting quality among the opponents. Although the Leopards didn't win, they showed great improvements throughout the course of the day, in particular with some increasingly sharp fielding and their ability to run tight singles.

There were highlights including a great catch by Scott, boundaries from Alex B and precision bowling from Alex. Tomos almost took a hat-trick and Conal's bowling saw the ball whistle past the stumps on many occasions. Angharad’s ever-improving bowling foxed even the best batsmen and Theo’s all-round abilities sparkled with positive contributes with bat, ball and in the field. Harrison proved himself particularly adept behind the wicket and hit many good shots. The team played in an excellent spirit and the cakes and crisps didn’t last long.

Gala: Rowan Boland Memorial Trophy 28/05/17

This was Carlton's first visit to the Rowan Boland Memorial Trophy, which is an important event for Gala Cricket Club, commemorating the tragic death of Rowan Boland at the club in 2010 from a heart attack aged only 9. Unusually, the tournament is u12, with three rounds and then a final for the top two teams.

The Carlton team consisted of Dougie Firth, Isaac & Fergus Foley, Ben & James Stronach, Kyle & Alex Burgess, and Robbie Murray. They played Selkirk, Gala 2s and Kelso in the early rounds winning each match with a combination of fast and accurate bowling, sharp fielding and bullish batting.

Carlton then played Gala 1s in the final on a big pitch using the main square. Gala 1s were clearly a strong side with some big players. They won the toss and elected to bat, hoping no doubt to dominate the Carlton attack. However, the Carlton opening bowlers started well, with James clean bowling the Gala opening bat in the first over. The Carlton fielding, which had been strong all day, then went to a new level with run outs regularly pegging Gala back further. The second set of Gala batters were two huge lads who strode out clearly determined to rectify the situation. Robbie appeared undaunted by facing these colossi and duly castled the biggest of them. Kyle claimed more victims with his spell, as did Fergus, who also took a fine catch and effected two direct hit run outs. Dougie took off his keeping gloves after a fine stint behind the timbers and did further damage himself with the ball. The Gala batsmen then had to face Ben and Isaac in the final two overs. Ben bowled with real aggression and Isaac, who had earlier sportingly only bowled spin against the weaker teams, showed his class when bowling pace with another fine clean bowled. At the end of the Gala innings they had lost 14 wickets and failed to hit a single boundary for a total of 142 (-58).

Any thoughts that the trophy was in the bag were quickly dispelled when the Carlton opening pair lost wickets and found runs hard to come by. The next pair too headed into negative territory after wickets fell. However, much needed boundaries from Alex and Fergus steadied the ship and Ben and Isaac were able to bring the victory home. Carlton finished on 204, not usually a winning score, but a fair reflection of the accuracy of the Gala bowling and general excellence of their fielding on the big pitch.

A well deserved win for Carlton at a fantastic tournament. The boys showed great teamwork and supported each other brilliantly throughout the day. The quality of their bowling, in particular, was outstanding.

A big thank you to all at Gala for hosting such a well organised and welcoming tournament. As is customary in the Borders, the games were all played and umpired with great sportsmanship. A very fine example of how cricket should be played. We are very much looking forward to returning next year to defend the trophy.

Grange u10 Festival 28/05/17

The Panthers featured Gregory, Oli, Lewis, Hugo, Sam, Percy, Hugh, Hamish and Holly. A number of the squad were making their Kwik cricket debuts and acquitted themselves very well. The first game against Penicuik saw Sam volunteer to help the opposition who were one short. The opening pairing of Oli and Lewis put on an impressive 27, closely followed by the second pair of Hamish and Hugo scoring another 22. Hugh, Percy, Holly and Gregory put in solid performances pushing the score onto 265 at the finish. Some excellent bowling and fielding saw the Panthers run out winners with Penicuik managing 247.

The second match against a strong SMRH side proved a very close affair. Boundaries were scarce with Sam scoring a notable 6 off the last ball to take us to 242. The first two overs were excellent with Lewis taking his first wicket and some smart fielding getting a run out. The middle overs looked like things were getting away from us until Oli took a smart catch and another wicket fell in the last but one over. Sadly, only needing 4 off the last over proved too much and SMRH ran out winners by 7 runs.

The number of debutants finally caught up with us against a strong Grange side. The opening pairing fared well again with Oli hitting a cracking 6 off the last ball. Wickets a plenty fell in between until the last pairing put some respectability onto the score thanks to Sam's two sixes. The final score of 233 was never enough and Grange ran out comfortable winners.

The Leopards, consisting of Malachy, Finlay, Sasha, Alice, Angaharad, Oshi & Tomos, assisted by Lily, improved throughout the morning despite losing against Watson's, Grange and South Edinburgh.  The last match was a keenly fought contest with some fine fast bowling from Oshi and Tomos and a good all round batting performance, the team posting a score of 255. 

The Leopards played well against some experienced opposition and the quality of our bowling was impressive in all three games.

A great effort to get two teams to the festival with another team at Gala. Both the Panthers and Leopards did fantastically well and the experience will have set them up for other tournaments later in the year.

Players v Parents 21/05/17

The senior teams had all been cancelled due to the weather the day before, but the overnight rain had passed and Grange Loan was happily playable for the players and parents who assembled on Sunday morning for the early season Players v Parents Kwik cricket match. This was a much anticipated fixture in many households and the two sets of games, players versus parents and then players playing with their parents, were both keenly contested.

Round 1: Players v Parents

The first players v parents match featured Hamish, Fergus and Isaac Foley, Robbie Murray, Alasdair Mills, Andrew Lima-Napier, Ruaidhi Vick and Hamish Holme and their parents, Kelly & Jon Foley. Keith Murray, Nick Mills, Gary Lima-Napier, Doug Vick and Jane Holme.

Former Grange star John Garden made up the numbers for the Foleys. The parents won the toss and elected to field. Kelly Foley opened the bowling and set a high standard, taking two wickets and forcing the players into negative territory. The parents bowling continued to be tight and it was only in the fourth over that Isaac and Robbie got the players score into positive numbers hitting Keith for successive boundaries. The players eventually amassed 219 in the face of particularly accurate bowling from Nick and Doug, who both sent down maidens.

The parents chase got off to an excellent start with a powerful boundary from Gary. However, a sharp run out and two wickets for Andrew in successive balls set the standard for a high quality bowling and fielding effort from the players to defend their modest total. Wickets fell at regular intervals to keep the score in check. Jon displayed a wide variety of leg side shots before smashing an off drive straight at Andrew who took a wonderful catch. Hamish Holme took another great catch on the boundary to deny Doug and the sides were tied on 219 at the start of the final over.

Dave Northridge faced his son Sam in this decisive encounter. Some might have considered blocking the next 6 deliveries to secure an honourable draw, but David dismissed such notions taking sharp singles when they were available and whacking a straight boundary off the penultimate ball to secure the victory. The parents won by 7 runs.

The other Players v Parents game on the lush surrounds of Pitch 2 saw the Players win the toss and elect to field - perhaps with an eye on the overcast conditions and in the hope that some movement could be extracted from a green-looking wicket? The Parents XI padded up and Michael & Soumya opened the batting - Shourjo & Nicholas taking the new ball. Despite the helpful bowling conditions it was the Parents who got away quickly with a flurry of early boundaries; 24 from the first two overs. Rumours swirled of an IPL scout watching intently from the pavilion.

The Players needed a strong comeback, and despite Chris being unlucky with a few byes being conceded from his over, excellent fielding (coupled with some... let's say "ambitious" running from Karl and Sarah) saw the Parents' momentum checked with two run-outs in Archie's excellent over. Gillian and Joe then batted well against Theo and Hugo, but a wicket from the last ball of Hugo's over kept things interesting. Euan carried his club form into his innings and struggled to get anything from Hector's pacey over away, but fortunately for the Parents he managed to scramble off strike and allow Ruari to display a nice array of strokes against a rather unlucky Blair. Paul and Angus headed in looking to give the Parents' innings a final push, and although Ollie took a good wicket and Claude bowled a strong final set, the Parents ended with a more than respectable 296.

The Players' opening bats of Ollie and Blair strode our purposefully, knowing that a positive approach was needed. And Paul took some punishment in the first over, two lovely boundaries setting a great tone for the chase. However, Ruari's all-round credentials were looking strong as he struck twice in the second over - would a net -8 prove fatal to the Players' chances? Theo and Chris came in and cleverly milked a series of singles from Gillian and Jonathan, but just couldn't quite find the telling boundaries. The Stewart brothers were next up, with dad Angus bowling two overs to make up the numbers. And that IPL scout will have been mightily impressed with Angus' ability to quieten the crowd in the middle overs, Archie and Hugo once again only able to work the ball into space for singles. Claude and Shourjo made a brilliant effort to quicken the pace of scoring by looking to play their shots, but paid the price with some unfortunate wickets - top of off stump bowling from Soumya and Karl doing the damage.

Hector and Nicholas were last up with an almost impossible task, and despite managing to score 12 from Euan and Michael it wasn't enough. 220 the final score for the Players - not really a fair reflection of how well they batted, but the loss of eight wickets (costing 40 runs) gave them too much work to do. A very good match all round, with some top quality fielding on display from the Players, and bit of work to do for the Parents on their running between the wickets. We also look forward to seeing Soumya, Ruari and Angus turning out for Royal Challengers Bangalore next spring.

Round 2: Players & Parents

In the second round of matches the Foleys, Lima-Napiers and Holmes took on the Murrays (x2), Stones. Winklers and MacKenzies. Team Murray won the toss and predictably fielded. Oli and Paul opened the bowling against Andrew and Gary and honours were pretty even. Euan then bowled beautifully against Fergus and John, picking up two wickets, despite some fine boundaries. The Winklers also took wickets, but some indifferent fielding pushed the score on and John Garden and Hamish had a fine partnership of 21. Kelly and Isaac also got the better of the Murray's bowling and Team Foley finished on a challenging 273. Team Murray's chase got off to a great start with Ruari and Blair blasting 15 off the first over including a six from Ruari that went a long way down Grange Loan. However a double wicket maiden from Gary pegged the batting side back and after 4 overs Team Murray had only amassed 203. Euan and Hector then got their heads down, hitting a number of boundaries to get the chase up to 228. Much was expected of skipper Keith and Robbie, but accurate bowling from John Garden and Hamish Foley denied them any boundaries and the final pair of Paul and Oli were left to hit 34 in the final two overs. Aggressive running and positive hitting enabled them to get the score to 266, but Team Foley had done enough to ensure a well deserved victory.

Unfortunately, your reporter did not view the other match as he was desperately looking for some batting form in the other game. A little journalistic flair could possibly have saved the day (assuming that it could have been sourced from elsewhere), but alas the scorecard has been completed without the addition of player names other than the helpful annotations of "Doug?" as the bowler of the second over, possibly to "Angus?", and the criminally under-rated "left hand boy" sending down the third. Well bowled, though, "Doug?", a wicket and just three runs from your set. A comprehensive inquest into the quality of both scoring and writing of match reports is currently underway. In any event, the scorecard reveals a tight match which see-sawed dramatically - the bowler of the final over of the first innings deserving of special mention, taking two wickets for the concession of just two singles and restricting the batting side to 243 when something well north of 260 looked a certainty. And that over was ultimately decisive, as a steady and well-constructed chase was successful, closing on 252 - but not without its significant drama, a wobble in the last over which could have blown the game as a crucial wicket fell to the third ball. A good recovery from the batters though, not succumbing to a collapse and blocking out the final three balls to see Team 4 safely home.

Many thanks to all who played and supported. Hopefully, the players and parents are all still on speaking terms. We are particularly grateful to Heather and Val who arranged the refreshments and Gregor McIntyre, Harry Simpson, Pete Gill and Mikey Brown for umpiring with great distinction.

Hawick u11 Festival 14/05/17

Carlton were invited to attend the Hawick U11 Kwik cricket festival on Sunday 14th May at Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club. We sent a strong, if relatively young, team of Isaac, Fergus and Hamish Foley, Sam Northridge, Andrew Lima-Napier, Robbie Murray, Oli Stones and James Stronach. The overnight rain had subsided and the festival was played in glorious sunshine. Dougie Welsh, the Hawick coach, had accurately advised us that the sun always shines in Hawick.

The first match was against Selkirk. The Carlton boys had to adapt to the Borders practice of using tees for a free hit following a wide or no-ball. They got the hang of this pretty quickly. Carlton lost the toss (as they did in each game) and batted first. Robbie and Oli opened the batting and started well, the highlight being an all-run four following a succession of overthrows by the enthusiastic Selkirk fielders. James and Hamish then continued to make good progress, with Fergus and Sam increasing the tempo, Fergus favouring the short leg side boundary behind square. Isaac and Andrew finished the innings strongly. Carlton amassed a respectable 275. This proved more than enough as the Carlton bowling attack was simply outstanding. Bowler after bowler sent down fast accurate deliveries, with very few wides or no-balls. Numerous wickets fell, Isaac picking up three, as the Selkirk youngsters struggled to cope with the Carlton attack, ending in negative territory on 189. A very fine start to the day.

Next up were the hosts, Hawick. Their team was composed of six girls and two boys. The Hawick boys were given very clear directions by their female team mates as to where they should field and what they should do. Excellent preparation for them for adult life! We batted first and produced a stellar batting performance, amassing a huge 324. Sam and Fergus top scored, hitting 40 in their two overs and there were strong contributions from all the pairs. There were numerous sixes, the pick of which was from Hamish, dismissively clubbing a good length ball over cow corner. Our bowling and fielding were again excellent, the highlights being a direct hit run out from Sam and James bowling with real pace and accuracy. Hawick were restricted to 211.

The final game was against Kelso. They only had 7 players so Isaac sportingly agreed to keep wicket for them. Having lost the toss again, we batted first. Oli had an excellent innings with Robbie, hitting some lovely straight boundaries. Hamish and James kept up the good work, with Hamish proving particularly adept at hitting boundaries from the tee and James bashing boundaries at regular intervals down the ground. Sam smashed more sixes and Isaac and Andrew finished up strongly, Isaac hitting the biggest six of the day into the middle of the next pitch. We posted another healthy total of 289. It would have been more but for some excellent fielding from Kelso, including a magnificent diving catch to dismiss Fergus. The form of our bowlers and fielders continued to be excellent. Sam effected another direct hit run out. Robbie took a great diving catch off his own bowling. Hamish took a good catch at cover off a spinning ball, Andrew fielded energetically throughout. Kelso only managed 214, so three big wins out of three.

Many thanks to Hawick for hosting a most enjoyable tournament and to all the other teams who played with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship. The boys acquitted themselves very well and each performed to a very high standard. Many thanks also to the parents for making the long, if pretty, drive through the Borders to Hawick.

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Carlton u10 Festival 07/05/17

Carlton Panthers – match report

The Carlton Panthers assembled at a sunny Grange Loan for the first Kwik Cricket tournament of the season, keen to do better than the club's three senior teams who had all lost the day before. The Panthers were Robbie Murray, Oli Stones, Sam Northridge, Malachy Baynes, Holly Sladen and Tomos, Osian and Angharad Hunt. Sam and Eliza Ungless who were originally selected for the Panthers sportingly volunteered to play with Murrayfield DAFs who were short of players. Angharad was making her Carlton debut and was content to sit out the first match against Watsons, who had 9 and kindly lent us one of their players, Niven.

Carlton lost the toss and were inserted. The Carlton opening pair of Robbie and Oli made a solid start getting the score to 218, before Sam and Malachy set about the Watsons' attack, pushing the score up to 238, including a big six from Sam. Tomos and Oshie then played sensibly, running well for mainly singles to get to 249, before the final pair of Holly and Niven pushed on to a very respectable total of 267, with no wickets lost. The Carlton attack then got off the best possible start with a wicket first ball for Sam. Malachy followed with a wicket in the next over and further wickets for Holly and Niven restricted the Watsons batters to 242. First blood to the Panthers.

Next up were a strong and well organised Livingston side. Holly won the toss and chose to field first. Livingston got off to a flying start, sitting on 237 after 4 overs, but a superb wicket maiden from Holly pegged them back and when Robbie picked up two wickets and Oli another in the final overs, Livingston were restricted to a manageable 242. The Carlton response started very well, Robbie clouting his first ball for six and hitting a second six in the same over. Tomos and Oshi pushed on, Tomos hitting a glorious cover drive for four. Unfortunately, two wickets fell and Livingston knew they were in with a chance. Undaunted Holly and Agharad steadied the ship, blocking good balls and taking singles when they were available, to push the score on to 241 with the last two overs to go. Some might have looked to play these cautiously, but Sam and Malachy took a different approach, smashing boundaries but also giving chances in almost equal measure. A big six from Sam over the head of the mid-on fielder looked to have won the match, only for another wicket to fall and Livingston were back in it. One final boundary from Sam and some sensible blocking from Malachy brought the Panthers home with a total of 248 to give them their second win.

The final match was against SMRH, who were also undefeated. The Panthers amassed 249, with Robbie and Oli's opening stand of 24 the highlight. However, the runs looked a bit light against a side of SMRH's quality and three wickets had reduced the Panthers' total. The Carlton attack started well with Sam and Malachy restricting SMRH to 209 after two overs. Thereafter, the SMRH batters took charge and scored heavily. Holly again bowled beautifully, but with only one wicket down, SMRH won comfortably amassing an impressive 275 despite Carlton's best efforts.

Overall, a very fine performance by all the Carlton players in the first Kwik cricket festival of the season. There were good contributions from everyone. The standard of fielding was high, with run outs taken, diving stops and good backing up. Many thanks to all the players, parents and visiting teams for their contributions and playing the game in such excellent spirit.


Carlton Leopards – match report

Lining up for the Leopards in the early summer sunshine at GL were: Fergus, Hamish, Kieran, Nicholas, Jake, Hector, Gregory, Hamish, Gabriella and Charlotte.

First match was against Edinburgh South. Fergus and Kieran kindly volunteered to play for a short-handed Murrayfield in their first match, and when skipper Gregory asked Edinburgh to bat the rest of team quickly got into their stride with a good fielding performance. Tight opening bowling from Hector and Nicholas and early wickets for Hamish and Charlotte kept South to a solid 270, with some good outfielding from Jake, Nicholas and Charlotte helping keep the total down. The chase was well on from Carlton’s first over in reply, with Gabriella’s power hitting through the leg side causing the South fielders difficulties right from the start. The two Hamishes kept up the pressure with plenty of boundaries, and a late cameo from Jake led the Leopards comfortably home on 286.

The next game saw traditional rivals Grange in opposition. Fergus and Kieran returned, and Charlotte and Gabriella stepped up to help Murrayfield with their next game. A successful call at the toss and the Leopards opted to bat first – a great decision, as despite some proficient Grange bowling Kieran and Fergus got the team off to a flying start. Momentum was kept up right through the innings, including a very disciplined partnership between Hector and Hamish, blocking out two superb overs from Grange’s best bowlers to let Hamish and Jake accelerate late on. A high quality innings which showcased some fantastic cricket from both teams ended with the Leopards posting a daunting 285. Grange’s innings was slow to get going thanks to good overs from Hector, Jake and both Hamishes, and a timely wicket courtesy of Fergus, but the later overs were dominated by the Grange batters’ ruthless targeting of the short fine-leg boundary. Thanks to some spectacular fielding from Kieran and Fergus, great work behind the stumps from Nicholas, and a tight last over from Gregory, the Leopards’ total was just too much and Grange fell a little short on 275. An excellent match from two very good teams.

The final match against Murrayfield saw a lost toss, with the DAFS opting to bat first and retaining the services of Charlotte and Gabriella. The third game in a row was starting to test the players’ stamina, but accurate opening bowling from Fergus, Hamish and Hector had the Leopards on top early on. There was no let-up in the pressure - Jake, Kieran, Nicholas and Hamish all bowling good sets and Gregory striking in the penultimate over - and with great back-up in the field Murrayfield’s total of 226 never looked as if it would be enough. The Leopards’ reply got off to a shaky start when Fergus was unfortunate to fall to what must have been catch of the day, but he soon made amends with an array of powerful strokes, setting the tone in partnership with Hamish. Kieran & Jake and Hector & Gregory also piled on the runs, with some aggressive running between the wickets forcing errors in the field from the tiring Murrayfield squad. Hamish & Nicholas saw the Leopards safely home to a good win on 260.

Three wins from three was a justified reward for some fabulous cricket from the Leopards, with all of the players taking it in turn to contribute to excellent all-round performances. Particular thanks to Kieran, Fergus, Gabriella and Charlotte for being so willing to help out by playing for Murrayfield – a great example of the spirit of cricket in action.

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