Kwik Cricket festivals & fixtures 2017





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Carlton (u9)
Players v Parents


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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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