Carlton Under 15s 2010 Fixtures and Results
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Saturday, 2nd May  Lothian Cup Final 2009 : 9.30
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Carlton U15
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SMRH U15
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135 for 2 (20 overs)

Rory Simpson 55*, William Brown 52*

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99 all out

Iain Martin 2 for 13, Chayank Gosain 2 for 18

The Carlton side got their 2010 campaign off to a fine start in retaining the East League Cup in a match held over from last season.

Kyle and Craig opened, and both made some aggressive shots before falling to catches as they tried to force the pace. But with the main strike force bowlers seen off, Rory & William played finely judged chance-free innings on their way to half centuries. Their fast running between the wickets was eye-catching.

135 was a large total to defend, but although under-strength, this SMRH side did contain some big hitters. In his first match as captain, Kyle was eager to ensure as many of the Carlton side as possible got involved. Whilst some wickets were taken, several crucial catches were spilled and with 6 overs to go, opener Alex Clayton was still there (having made a fine 50). At this point SMRH were looking comfortable in making the 8 runs an over required, so Kyle turned to man of the match Rory Simpson, and he promptly clean bowled the danger man.

Iain returned to take the final wicket thanks to a spectacular one handed catch by Haris. Cheeky, Fraser and Haris took wickets and it was good to see our Australian amateur Tobyn turn his fingers for a couple of overs.   Well done lads, but we're under no illusions that our fielding and catching needs to improve.

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Wednesday, 5th May Lothian U15 League
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Carlton U15
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RH Corstorphine U15
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51 for 1 (8.1 overs)

Will Brown 30

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50 for 8 (20 overs)

Gair Currie 2 for 7

A strong Carlton XI proved too good for their Corstorphine counterparts in this East League opener.

It was good to see our premier bowling attack in action and Neil & Gair looked a fine combination of fast and swing. Couple of wickets for Gair, with Tobyn, Gavin and Cheeky also striking. But the highlight was the ground fielding with no less than 3 direct hit run outs, 2 from Will and 1 from our 2009 hero in that respect, Fraser.

Not much resistance from the Corstorphine batsmen meant a low total for Carlton to chase but with Lothian rules allowing a full 20 overs to maximise involvement, a reasonable innings ensued. Will made a swift 30 before holing out to a splendid catch at mid-off, Fraser enjoyed a lengthy spell at the crease for 20, but Kyle picked up the batting honours with a fine half century. Rory & Matthew give a hint of the power in our middle order with late cameo roles - a huge 6 in dying light from Wellsy was a fine finish to the match with Carlton on 127 for 2.

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Wednesday, 12th May Lothian U15 League
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SMRH U15
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Carlton U15
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  127 for 6 away

126 for 2

Kyle Macpherson 60 not out, Gair Currie 44

The exam and school trip season always sets challenges for Under 15 team selections, but SMRH and Carlton still managed to serve up a thriller at Inverleith.

Impressive innings from Kyle and Gair helped the visitors set a challenging total. However, despite a very fine penultimate over from Haris, SMRH hit the winning runs in the final over.

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Sunday, 23rd May Scottish Cup Round 1
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Hawick & Wilton U15
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Carlton U15
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57 all out

Gair Currie 4 for 13, Iain Martin 2 for 6

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159 for 3

Will Brown 51 ret, Tobyn Fitch-Rabbit 50 ret, Matthew Wells 20 not out

Warm sunny weather welcomed our side to Hawick, but a damp strip caught out a couple of our batsmen early on.

However, Will and Tobyn knuckled down, grafted and punished the bad ball severely. Both reached 50s (and retirement), and it was good to see our Australian visitor strike eight 4s in reaching a half century on his batting debut for Carlton. Matthew (20*) & Neil (8*) ensured a high score was posted.

Our opening bowling duo Neil & Gair are a formidable partnership and they proved too good for Hawick, who lost their first 5 wickets for just 8 runs. Iain bowled a tidy spell and "run out king" Allardice produced a stunning stop and throw from the boundary (over the stumps to Wellsy) leaving the batsman yards short. Wellsy impressed again with a couple of stumpings, a catch and a run out assist, as we progressed to a second round tie away to Kelso (on 6th June).

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Wednesday, 26th May Lothian U15 League
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Grange U15
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Carlton U15
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110 for 6

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134 for 3

Matthew Wells 70, Will Brown 49 not out

Always a match to savour, and our visit to long-standing rivals Grange at the home of Scottish cricket turned out to be a cracker.

Grange bowling and fielding was tight throughout, and our batsmen looked for quick singles to avoid getting stuck in a rut. Unfortunately Kyle was run out early but that brought Will and Matthew together for a 114 run partnership. Matthew played a tremendous innings, his 70 including twelve 4s, displaying a full range of a strokes - on drives, cover drives, straight drives, square cuts and leg glances. Will provided strong support in an accomplished and vital innings (six 4s), just one short of a half century. "49 isn't the number that matters" said our Will in response to on-field jibes, as he watched on as Gair bludgeoned runs from the final over taking our tally to 134.

Grange are a fine team, capable of large totals and Kyle set his field accordingly with Gair and Rory opening our attack (an injured Neil was supporting from the boundary). Tight bowling paid off as first Tobyn made a direct hit from a fairly deep mid on (at the batsman's end!) to dismiss Player, and then Rory clean bowled Scotland cap Muir, as the first 8 overs were completed. Cheeky & Iain took a wicket apiece as the pressure was kept on, and with 5 overs to go the required run rate was up to 15. But Grange had some big hitters, and could have pulled off a shock until first Tobyn (clean bowled) and the Will/Matthew combo dismissed batsmen to seal a very good win for our side. Excellent fielding from our team, with some of the younger lads (David, Craig, Fraser) impressing with attitude and ability.

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Wednesday, 2nd June Lothian U15 League
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Carlton U15
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Penicuik U15
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81 for 2 (15.1 overs)

Craig Everett 44 not out

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80 for 5 (20 overs)

Ruari Macpherson 2 for 6, Chayank Gosain 2 for 10

We're not having much luck with the toss, and again our opposition chose to bat. All 5 pace bowlers unavailable, so Kyle employed a mixture of seam and spin from the outset. Still, the variations provided by Fraser's left arm over, and Haris' leg spin had the desired effect of keeping the runs down. Frustration got the better of opener Harrison as he charged Haris, and Craig whipped the bails off in quick time. All in all, an impressive 4 over spell from our U13 star Haris.

Cheeky & Wellsy ( a rare chance to bowl seam up) kept the bowling tight, with Cheeky snapping up a couple of wickets in a tight 4 over spell. Penicuik's innings eas completed with Tobyn bowling his best spell for us, getting a fair rip off the pitch with his off-spin and was unlucky not to take a wicket, while Ruari picked up a couple (fine catches by Kyle & Gavin) in the last over.

In recent seasons, Penicuik have always had good, fast opening bowlers (Ashforth, Davidsons) and Thomas Hilton is another addition to the list. In a fiery 4 over spell, he snared our forthcoming Scotland caps Kyle & Wellsy for 1 apiece, leaving Craig & Tobyn at the crease. But Craig is a tough wee cookie, and grittily saw off both Penicuik opening bowlers, before nudging and stroking the ball in a confident manner. Along with Tobyn, the bad ball was punished severely, and the winning total was reached with the minimum of fuss. Craig became our 7th individual batsman to score 40 or more this season, with four 4s in a fine, unbeaten 44, an innings full of skill and maturity.

The support provided by Tobyn (19*) should not be underestimated, a cool head on young shoulders and he impressed in the field as well to cap a very fine all round performance. Allegedly coach Al Duncan has opened negotiations with his parents for Tobyn to remain in Edinburgh while his family returns to Australia in July!

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Sunday, 6th June Scottish Cup Round 2
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Kelso U15
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Carlton U15
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27 all out (16.1 overs)

Iain Martin 3 for 6

away 28 for 0 (2.5 overs)

Top notch performance from Carlton as we progressed to the Scottish Cup quarter finals (and a home tie!).

The damage was done early with superb opening bowling from Neil (2 wickets) and Gair (1 wicket), plus an outstanding piece of fielding from Rory (threw down stumps at non strikers end from point). This tore the heart out of the Kelso batting, and (mindful of the gathering clouds) our lads kept up the pressure to dismiss Kelso for a low score. Fine catches from Gavin & Iain allowed Cheeky to pick up a couple, with Iain himself dismissing 3 of the middle order in a fine 4 over spell of out-swing. Haris combined with Craig to tie up the innings in the 17th over.

Kelso faced mission impossible in defending 27, and Will and Tobyn hit 3 or 4 fine shots before wrapping up the match in the 3rd over, just beating the rain.

Next up it's a quarter-final tie with Penicuik and a place in Finals Day up for grabs.

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Wednesday, 9th June Lothian U15 League
  West Lothian U15
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Carlton U15
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MATCH POSTPONED - RAIN
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Wednesday, 16th June Lothian U15 League
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Carlton U15
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Heriot's U15
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81 for 3 (12.4 overs)

Will Brown 48*

home 78 for 4 (20 overs)

We lost the toss again, and Heriots duly chose to bat. Kyle stuck to the successful opening bowling attack from the Penicuik league game a fortnight back, and Haris & Fraser were similarly economical. 21 for 1 after 8 overs, then spin continued at one end (Cheeky & Kyle) with David & Gavin bowling slow medium at the other.

Heriots tried their best to push the score along but tight fielding restricted the visitors to 78 off their alloted 20 overs. Haris, David & Cheeky picked up a wicket each, Gavin combining with wicketkeeper Ruari for a smart run out. Dougal & Tobyn were solid in the field throughout.

Will (48 not out) and Tobyn (10) got us off to a fine start putting on 40 for the 1st wicket inside 6 overs. Tobyn, then Dougal & Wellsy got out in similar fashion (top edging the leg spinner Dutia) but Will & Kyle saw us through to victory in the 13th over. Eight 4s for Will in a fine innings.  

An important 10 days for our team coming up in the Scottish Cup & East League, so let's concentrate, play hard and continue to put into play the good practices of our coaching sessions.

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Friday, 18th June Scottish Cup Quarter Final
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Carlton U15
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Penicuik U15
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73 for 0 (9 overs)

Kyle Macpherson 44 not out, Will Brown 27 not out

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71 for 6 (20 overs)

Neil Irvine-Hess 2 for 18, Iain Martin 2 for 22

An understrength Penicuik XI proved no match for a very strong Carlton side. Kyle duly lost another toss (why does he call tails when I always give him a double headed coin?), and we took to the field again.

Penicuik ground out the runs, making 71 off 20 overs, with Neil & Iain bagging a brace of wickets apiece. But the highlight was a tremedous running catch in the deep, up the hill by Fraser, when the big hitting Hilton connected with a length delivery from Iain. Special mention to Neil's fellow opening bowler Gair (4 runs from 4 overs), and fine death bowling from Rory (2 runs from 2 overs).

In reply, our opening batsmen treated the crowd to spectacular strokemaking. Kyle hit nine 4s in his 44 not out, and Will contributed five 4s in his 27 not out as we won the match in 9 overs.  

So, onto the Scottish Cup finals day on 27 June, although we may have to do without 2 or 3 of this particular side. Nevertheless, we'll relish the occasion!

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Wednesday, 23rd June Lothian U15 League / Lothian League Cup 2nd round
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Carlton U15
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Watsonian U15
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123 for 3

Tobyn Fitch-Rabbitt 41*, Will Brown 34

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72 all out

Neil Irvine-Hess 3-12, Haris Aslam 2-17

It's always a pleasure to welcome our close neighbours and friends from Watsonians to Grange Loan, and this evening produced a fine match which was a closer contest than the final score may suggest.

We batted first for a change, and the slightly understrength Watsonians attack struck in the first over, when Craig found a top edge to square leg. Nevertheless Kyle & Tobyn moved the score along quickly, until Kyle (18) was yorked by Nimmo. Scotland cap Cash then bowled a very tight spell, and was ably supported by Nimmo & Mackay and only 15 came off the middle 5 overs. However, Carlton had wickets intact and Will & Tobyn accelerated to a 50 partnership before Will holed out to the sub fielder (er, Everett) at mid off. Matt made a quick fire 12*, to complement a very fine innings from Tobyn of 41*.

No Gair or Rory to open our attack, but this spurred on Neil to an excellent performance in dismissing 3 of Watsonians' top order, with Haris trapping Cash leg before amongst his 2 wickets. Our 4 remaining bowlers picked up a wicket apiece but pride of place goes to Kyle, at cover collecting a fiercely struck drive, and fast, accurate return to Wellsy leaving the dangerous Bunker yards short.

This was a fine display by our lads, against a Watsonians side containing some very good players. This match also was played as a League Cup tie, so we progress to a semi final home tie to be played in July.

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Sunday, 27th June Scottish Cup Semi Final
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Carlton U15
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Clydesdale U15
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112 for 4

Will Brown 50 (ret), Kyle Macpherson 43

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75 for 8

Chayank Gosain 3 for 14, Tobyn Fitch-Rabbit 2 for 3

Another excellent team performance by the lads.

Kyle chose to bat, and his decision was vindicated as he and Will got us off to a splendid start. After seeing off Scotland opener Chaudray, Will (left) played a faultless innings, with fine strokeplay as he made his way to 50 (retired) including six 4s. Kyle was equally effective, the highlight in an excellent 43 being a hook for 6 from a Turnbull bouncer. But Clydesdale bowling was tight throughout, and once Kyle departed, our middle order found it a bit tough to add quick runs In the last couple of overs. Still, 112 was not bad at all, just a little short of our target.

In reply, Kyle employed seam up from one end (Neil – fine opening spell as always, Fraser  - ‘mr.  economy’) and spin at the other (Haris, Cheeky) and coupled with tremendous team fielding, Clysdedale never looked comfortable. It was the skipper who struck first, being on hand when Neil uncharacteristically spilled a catch off Haris, to fire a throw to Matt to run out the opening bat. Our spinners picked up 6 of the remaining 7 wickets to fall (Fraser’s left arm over accounted for the other), so well done to Cheeky (3), Haris (1) and ‘hooverman’ Tobyn (2). Couple of stumpings for Matt to add to his run out assist, a catch for Dougal, and solid fielding from Iain and Gavin throughout, meant that Carlton won this game comfortably – though not without gritty determination and very good application of their cricketing skills.

The players wish to thank the many supporters who travelled up to Perth from Edinburgh for the day (and well wishers who couldn’t make it), and to Akeel, Ani, Fantasy Bob, Damien & Andy in assisting with preparation & scoring. And to John, as always. Much appreciated.

On the day, rain interrupted, and then put paid to, the cup final against rivals Grange, but we hope to play the match in Edinburgh very soon.

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Wednesday, 7th July 5.30pm Scottish Cup Final
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  95 for 1 away

94 for 5

Will Brown 26, D Balfour 24 not out, Haris Aslam 21 not out

Some days you've just got to take your hat off to the opposition, and Grange had 4 players at the top of their game in this, the 2010 U15 Scottish Cup Final.

We batted first, and lost Matthew early. Tight, accurate pace bowling made life difficult for us, with only Will making a significant impact of out top order. We'd only reached 38 (2 down) at the halfway stage, then our hopes sank a little when Will skied a drive to mid off (and caught). Soon after it was left to Haris & Dougal to ensure we made the most of the remaining overs. And a couple of fine innings were provided by the pair with the partnership of 45 only broken on the final ball when Haris was clean bowled. 94 would not normally be enough to win a cup final, but you never know........

Our bowling plans were changed in the light of young Haris batting the last 7 overs, so Will opened with Gair. Both bowlers enticed the Grange openers to play and miss regularly, but our only success came in the 6th over with Matt taking an excellent catch behind off Will. We tried a few different bowling combinations without making any breakthrough, but the Grange batsmen were excellent in seeing their side through to victory with the minimum of fuss in the 16th over.

Still, our team never gave up at any stage, and the lads fielded well with enthusiasm throughout.

Being philosophical, Carlton love matches like this against first class opposition such as this - what doesn't destroy you, can only make you better.

So well done to Grange CC, and good luck for your lads in the next stage of the ECB Cup against English opposition.

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Monday, 12th July Lothian U15 League
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103 for 8

Matthew Wells 55, Dougal Balfour 26

home 115 for 6

Another marvellous cricket match between these 2 sides, saw 10 man Carlton just fall short of the Grange target by 12 runs.

Grange batted first, and we managed to keep them reasonably in check during Neil & Gair’s opening spell. Neil had a rare off night, with a flurry of wide and leg-side deliveries. However there were wickets for each of Gair, Fraser, Haris, Cheeky and young debutant Greg. Indeed all our 3 youngsters did well, with Blair safely pocketing a catch, and fine fielding from Rory throughout. Nevertheless, Grange posted a fair – but not unreachable total – of 115.

Fraser & Dougal were our opening partnership on this occasion, with Fraser gloving one behind in the 1st over. That brought Matt to the crease and with Dougal they embarked upon the partnership of the night. 68 was put on, with Dougal contributing a fine 26. Gair joined Matt, who was then unleashed peppering the boundary with an array of 4s & 6s. With 5 overs remaining and 30 required, we were in with a chance but when Matt fell to an excellent 55, Grange applied the pressure. Our batsmen tried in vain to make the runs required, losing wickets in due course – but whilst unsuccessful this time, the spirit and ability is there.

So, another evening in July, another loss to Grange, but our patchwork side came mighty close. Maybe next time.........

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Wednesday, 21st July Lothian U15 League
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RAINED OFF
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Sunday, 1st August 10am Lothian Cup Semi-Final
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111 for 4

Gair Currie 50 not out

home 88 for 6

It was evident by the contrasting height of players in both sides, that there had been quite a few youngsters called in. Although West Lothian were probably affected more than Carlton, there were some fine catches held by these up-and-coming cricketers - young Whitton (West Lothian) pocketing 2 catches, one a brilliant take overhead moving backwards up the hill, and our own David Mitchell with a safe pair of hands to dismiss the big hitting Gregor Thomson.  

All of which followed (as Carlton were put in to bat) an amazing mix up between the Carlton opening pair, as Will called Craig through for a stright forward bye as the wicketkeeper fumbled, only for Craig to remain firmly in his crease. Exit Will. Matt then set about the bowling only to sky a leading edge to Whitton at point, bringing Gair to the crease. We made steady enough progress to halfway, then Gair set about the bowling with some fierce strikes, albeit coupled with slightly tentative (!) running between the stumps. Seven 4s in a richly deserved half century for Gair (his first for Carlton), ably supported (but to lesser effect) by Craig, Fraser and Ruari. So 111 was achieved, which in reality could have been 120+ had we put more pressure on the West Lothian fielders.   

To give Gair more time to recover, Will opened the bowling with Haris and although wickets were hard to obtain, our bowlers kept the run rate low. Indeed, our only wicket to fall in the first dozen overs, was when Fraser produced a fast pick up and throw from backward point to Matt to run out opener Purcival by a couple of yards. Millar carried his bat (eventually ending on 35) and when the big hitting Thomson was there, West Lothian clawed their way back into contention. However, one highlight this season has been the left arm medium pace from Fraser, and he produced another accurate 4 overs for only 11 runs.

With Will and Gair now in tandem, this was our best chance to win the match, and Will soon enticed Thomson into a mistimed drive stright to David. Man of the match Gair tied up one end with some fine, accurate bowling, and young Euan picked up a wicket from his 2 overs. But the icing on the cake, was provided by our 2 'senior' players Will & Gair, with direct hits from excellent throws to dismiss a couple of batsmen.  

A good (but no better) performance was how the players summed up the match, with the feeling that we should have scored more, and better ground fielding and catching would have won the match a lot earlier.


Nevertheless, we're through to our second final of the season, and look forward to meeting our opponents (I wonder who they will be....) in the Lothian Cup Final later on in August.

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Sunday, 22nd August Lothian U15 League
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55 all out

Matthew Wells 3 for 6, Haris Aslam 3 for 8 (inc hat-trick)

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61 for 2

Ruari Macpherson 31 not out, Craog Everett 20 not out

Again, as in our last encounter, neither side was at full strength, although West Lothian were short of a little bit of experience to be fully competitive.

That said, our lads had clearly learnt from the slightly lackadaisical approach to our Cup encounter a couple of weeks back at Grange Loan. On this occasion, the team exerted peressure, and concentration from the word go, and the result fully justified our efforts.

Rather surprisingly, on a pitch dampened by overnight rain, WLCC chose to bat. We opted with our seamers until the pitch dried a little, and Ruari and Gair opened. Gair has been carrying an injury for most of the season, but here he was at his best. With his accuracy, movement in the air and off the seam, the opening bats could hardly get bat on ball. Super bowling, if wicketless this time. Ruari bowled equally accurately, before giving way to Fraser for his left arm over. After being hit straight down the ground for a big 4, Fraser followed up with a yorker, for our first wicket.

By this time, Haris had replaced Gair, and his 3rd over brought something special. 3rd ball, East U14 Academy opening bat Miller edged to Craig, next ball former Pentland U15 strokemaker Napoli was clean bowled, then with the field surrounding the new batsman (No. 5), David (at gully) gleefully pocketed a catch. A hat trick for Haris!

Matthew & young David replaced Fraser & Haris, but with big hitting Thomson there, the innings was far from closed. And big hit he did, dispatching David’s first over of left arm spin for 16. After a bit of encouragement and experienced talk from Cheeky, David’s next over paid dividends, enticing a top edge from Thomson in misjudging flight & spin, with Haris taking the catch at short fine leg. David followed up next ball with a clean bowled, and his own attempt at a hat trick just failed when the ball fell just short of Gavin at mid on. Meanwhile Matt, was trying to justify his place in the team as a seam bowler at the other end, picking up 3 tail enders with Patrick pulling off a fine catch on debut.

Ruari and Craig combined to run out the last man, and WLCC were all out for 55, but the damp and green pitch may yet be a factor.

And indeed it did, with a fired up Thomson finding one to lift into Kyle and we were 0-1 after 2 overs. Gavin had joined Ruari, and looked comfortable against the opening onslaught, but then was a little unlucky in middling a pull off off-spinner Strachan to Thomson at short mid-wicket. 13-2 and the opposition’s tail’s were up. 

A hard-looking Craig joined Ruari, and the pair played a sublime couple of innings, Ruari playing pace particularly well, with Craig playing everything particularly well! The target was reached quite comfortably in the end (given the batting to come), top score of 31* for Ruari, with Craig on 20*.

Kyle captained the team very well, but the whole side responded to his urgings. Ground fielding was exceptionally good (Fraser outstanding!), and all catches were held except when the square leg umpire (er, me) managed to obstruct Patrick (fine debut, was due to bowl the last over, but maybe next time....).

This was the final match in our season (unless the League Cup Final is hastily arranged), and what a pleasure it has been to be involved with such a group of well mannered, but fun-loving, players. And the cricket talent on show has been exceptional.  Well done, and for those who finished at U15 level, as you know there are always places for your talents in our Saturday afternoon league teams.

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