Carlton 3rd XI 2011 Fixtures and Results

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Saturday 30th April 1pm East League Division Four
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244 for 5

Grant Newman 127, Joss Beharrel 41

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248 for 6

Mike Kennedy 3 for 21

With the eagerly awaited commencement to the 3rdXI season finally upon us, the Carlton 3rd XI headed to our new home ground at Peffermill with great anticipation. With a delicate blend of youthful enthusiasm and experience, skipper Grant Newman lost the toss with Carlton being sent into bat on a dry, flat wicket.

Shaun Barrett and Alex Fedenczuk opened the batting with Shaun unfortunately receiving a great ball first up and headed back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers (1/0). Grant then joined Alex and they very slowly set about building a score. So slowly in fact that Grant did not trouble the scorers till the 10th over. Meanwhile Alex was settling in and managed to keep the score moving with some well timed cover drives. This pair eventually picked up the scoring and when Alex departed for 22 the score had reached 72 (21 overs). By now Grant was starting to come to terms with the pitch and the bowling and together with Joss Beharrell’s support began to lift the run rate to such an extent that at the fall of Joss’s wicket (42) the partnership had realised 118 runs in 22 overs during which Grant had posted his first Carlton century.

The fall of Joss’s wicket brought Andy Macpherson to the crease for the first time in many seasons and immediately showed his experience by rotating the strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Not long after Grant departed, which gave the opportunity to Mike Kennedy and Liam Prescott to do what they do best and attempt to hit the cover off the ball in two cameo performances. Carlton (5/244 – 50 overs)

Carlton entered the field knowing that it was important that we bowled tight and placed pressure on the Dunfermline Carnegie batsmen. This was achieved through fine opening spells by Jed Smith (6-2-0-22) and our dependable President, Dave Carter. David bowled his 10 overs on the trot into a stiff breeze without complaint and finished with the fine figures 10-3-0-27.

Now all we needed was a wicket. Cheeky  (10-1-0-59) in combination with Gavin Rittoo (8-0-0-42) again kept things relatively tight and bowled without luck. Gradually the Dunfermline openers grew in confidence and began to lift the run rate and gradually the run rate required was back on track. Still looking for our first breakthrough the skipper turned to experience in the form of Mike Kennedy.

Bowling down wind and stump to stump Mike finally broke through, ending a fine opening stand of 172 in 37 overs. Mike however was not finished and struck twice again in quick succession and combined with a run out we soon had Dunfermline Carnegie 4/203, needing 42 runs with 7 overs remaining.

One last effort was asked of bowlers and fielders alike as we moved towards the climax of the match. With Mike bowling a great line and length (6-0-3-21), Jed Smith (10-0-0-50) was recalled to the attack to bowl at the death and together they kept us in the game until the penultimate ball when the Dunfermline Carnegie captain found the boundary.

While there was obvious disappointment amongst the Carlton players with the loss, there were many positives to take from the match from both the batting and bowling and I commend the spirit in which the game was played, which was supported by many favourable comments from the opposing team.

  

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Saturday 7th May 1pm East League Division Four
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121 all out

Leigh Kasperek 3 for 12, Amit Bij 2 for 8

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122 for 7

Joss Beharrel 42, Alex Fedenczuk 31*

Having won the toss SMRH elected to bat on the artificial pitch at Inverleith. The bright sunshine of the previous week had been replaced with low cloud and freezing temperatures and the skipper turned to Mike Kennedy and Dave Carter to open the bowling. Once again Dave Carter bowled his usual miserly spell claiming two important wickets in the process (10-0-33-2). Gavin Rittoo again played a great supporting role (7-1-20-1) but with SMRH 75/2 after 23 overs the skipper turned to his vast array of spinners hoping that they could produce some magic and magic they produced. With Cheeky tying up one end with nagging line and length (10-0-30-0) the damage proceeded to be inflicted by Amit (5-0-8-2) and Leigh Kasperek with her cleverly flighted off-spin (4-0-12-3). SMRH all out 121 (40 overs). 


The SMRH innings had made it clear that it was going to be important to get a start and with patience build an innings. Unfortunately the top order struggled with SMRH bowling good line and length and very soon Amit, Grant and Leigh were back sitting on the bench contemplating what went wrong. Carlton 28/3 (12 overs). What Carlton needed was a solid partnership and Feds and Joss set about restoring some respectability to the Carlton total. Feds ever patient and watchful held up an end as Joss set about the bowling once set, hitting one glorious six and six fours has he completed his second forty in a row. Carlton 100/4 (33 overs). First Jim MacDonald, then Liam Prescott and finally Mike Kennedy all fell cheaply and at 108/7 there was plenty of nervousness exhibited on the bench. However the concern was short lived as Feds calmly compiled another not out having opened the innings to see Carlton home, having been ably supported by Cheeky, to register our first win of the season.

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Saturday 14th May 1pm East League Division Four
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198 for 8 (45)

Grant Newman 82, Alex Fedenczuk   30*

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155 all out

Amit Bij 5 for 26

The Threes returned home to Peffermill this week for the game against Musselburgh. Skipper Grant Newman won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a track that may have something in it early on but, with home ground knowledge, likely to keep lower and lower as the game progressed. Grant opening with Craig Everett, returning for his first senior game of the season now that the pressure of exams was easing, began cautiously. Both batsmen found it difficult to hit the ball off the square, a trend that was to continue through the entire game. Slowly however bat began to dominate ball, when Craig received a ball that came back between the gate and bowled him. Carlton 33/1 (11 overs). This started a mini collapse as first Ruari Macpherson, then brother Kyle and finally Leigh came and went leaving Carlton at 89/4 after 28 overs. With only 17 overs remaining due to the game being shortened because of the need to be off the ground by 18:00 a score of 200 became the target. Grant passed fifty for the second time this season and set about trying to lift the run rate with Amit. This they achieved but both players were out in quick succession leaving Carlton at 138/5 with 10 overs remaining. This brought Feds and Mike Kennedy to the crease and with Feds (30 no) carrying on from last week important partnerships with Mike, Josh Walker and Cheeky brought the score up to a respectable 198/8 (45 overs).

 

Once again line and length together with tight fielding was going to be the difference between winning and losing and the Carlton bowlers and fielders delivered. Josh Walker steamed in and was unlucky not to snare a couple of wickets (6-1-14-0). Needing to keep some overs in hand from both Josh and Ruari for the end of the innings, the skipper turned again to Gavin Rittoo (who in the skipper’s mind is becoming the Glen McGrath of the Threes’) and his spin trio of Cheeky, Amit and Leigh. These four bowlers complemented each other perfectly and kept the runs down while regularly taking the wickets needed to keep the pressure on the scoreboard. Apart from a fine fifty by the Mussellburgh skipper Carlton persisted with accurate bowling and a fielding performance that was of a very high standard. With 6 overs remaining Mussellburgh still required 71 runs and though they tried valiantly wickets continued to fall with Amit Bij the star for the Threes as he returned figures of 5 for 26 as Carlton won by 43 runs.

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Saturday 21st May 1pm East League Division Four
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200 for 8

Grant Newman 49, Joss Beharrel 36, Seb Rae 34

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171 all out

Gavin Rittoo 4 for 25, Leigh Kasperek 2 for 20

On an extremely blustery day at Peffermill, Carlton lost the toss and were sent into bat by the Stirling County skipper.  Craig Everett and Grant began cautiously, wary of the variable bounce and after 10 overs the home side was 29/0. Disaster struck in the next over when attempting a quick single Craig was run out. This brought Seb Rae to the crease and together with Grant they endeavoured to pick up the scoring but the Stirling attack while lacking penetration bowled intelligently and at drinks Carlton were still only 68/1 (25 overs). With the wind getting stronger and the temperature lower Grant was to pull a calf muscle restricting his movement and as result decided to hit out and was out soon after. This brought Leigh Kasperek to the crease and with Seb they started to get on top of the bowling. Unfortunately Leigh was to fall Leg Before for 10 and Seb for a patient and well compiled 34 with the score on 121 and with only 14 overs remaining a score of 200 was looking unlikely. 

Joss Beharrel however had different ideas and quickly got the measure of the bowling and even though  Zaki Yusaf and William Brown, playing his first game in a long time for the Thirds, came and went quickly Joss (36) and Feds with another cameo appearance (22) brought the score some respectability allowing Cheeky and Gavin Rittoo to finish of the innings with some sensible bat on ball cricket. Carlton 200/9 from their 50 overs.   

The feeling as Carlton entered the field was one of quiet confidence. Stump to stump bowling supported by tidy fielding was the order of the day as the bounce in the pitch was still unpredictable. The weather conditions had worsened however and by mid afternoon the gale blowing across the pitch required the removal of the bails in order for the game to progress. Seb and Dave Carter opened the bowling and given the conditions bowled admirably. With control at times proving difficult due to the conditions David (10-2-35-1) and Seb (7-1-19-1) bowled steadily and picked up two vital wickets. Cheeky again bowled accurately (10-1-30-0) and kept the runs down and with Gavin Rittoo bowling a persistent line and length from the other end bowled a great spell picking up 4 wickets (8-2-25-4). 

Despite late resistance from the Stirling 8th wicket partnership Leigh Kasperek (6-0-20-2) and Will Brown (5-0-27-1) saw us home for our 3rd win of the season. Carlton winners by 29 runs. 

While our fielding was not of our usual high standard the team must be commended on the way they stuck to the task in difficult conditions highlighted by two stunning catches from Cheeky at backward square leg and a fine run out by Leigh. The continuous voicing of encouragement and the spirit in which the team plays the game shows that the Thirds are developing into fine team which augurs well for the games ahead.    

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Sunday 29th May 1pm East League Division Four
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236 for 7

Mo Ahmed 2 for 31

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237 for 3

Aravind Srinivasan 100*, Seb Rae 98

With the likes of Ross Burns, Akeel Aslam, Seb Rae, Mo Ahmed, joining a good mix of more senior and junior players along with first gamer Aravind Srinivasan, a more professional approach to the pre-match warm-up ensued with all manner of run throughs, stretching and motivational talk taking place. Thankfully this reporter was excused due to the need to nurse a sore calf but just watching the team prepare indicated that everyone was serious about the game and recognised this match as a pivotal game in our season.

Having lost the toss and being asked to bowl, we were once again faced with a howling gale, and if anything it was stronger than the previous week. Mo Ahmed and Seb Rae manfully took up the opening bowling duties. With some accurate and penetrating bowling Mo soon had both Dunfermline openers back in the pavilion and with Seb bowling without luck Carlton had the home team 42/2 after 13 overs. This then brought David Mitchell into the attack for his first bowl in the Carlton 3rd XI and he continued to apply pressure to the batsmen. Having to make huge allowances for the cross gale David bowled with great control and flight  (6 -1 -23-1) and fully deserved his wicket which was well caught by Srinivasan at mid-off. A change of bowler at the pavilion end brought the ever dependable David Carter on to once again deliver a Carteresque spell (10-1-29-1) and with only 20 overs remaining Dunfermline were struggling at 100/5. However at this stage of the innings the Dunfermline batsmen began to take some chances and with some fine hitting from the number 6 & 7 began to get on top of the Carlton bowlers. Most pleasing however was the way both Gavin Rittoo (10-0-62-2) and Leigh Kasperek (5-0-0-32) stuck to their task in the face of some aggressive batting and the experience will prove invaluable as we head into summer.  Then with a double change Mo and Seb were brought back into the attack with Mo finishing with fine figures of 10-1-31-2 and Seb picking up a deserved wicket (9-0-50-1). Dunfermline 236/7 from 50 overs.

While 236 was a decent score on a wicket that had something for the bowlers the conditions were not the easiest for bowling and with a strong batting line-up the run chase was approached with quiet confidence. Seb opened with Grant and they slowly went about nullifying the opening bowlers and by the time Grant departed Carlton were 46/1 in 14 overs. This brought Aravind to the crease and what was to follow was some of the best controlled batting 3rd XI cricket has seen in a long time. Eliminating all risks, Aravind and Seb increased the run rate with some glorious on & off drives, square drives, cuts, pulls and exemplary running between wickets such that with 20 overs remaining Carlton were 141/1 and in total control. From this point the question was whether either of these players could go on to post a century as they continued to play shots to all parts of the ground. Quickly both batsmen approached their individual milestones but unfortunately Seb (98) was caught in front, struck on the pads and the reluctant finger was raised. A great partnership (170) had come to an end leaving Carlton with only 21 runs for victory. Ross came and went quickly, having managed to delight us with his signature square drive for four. It was then left to Aravind and Leigh to see us through with Aravind managing to score the required 2 runs off the last ball of the innings that not only secured victory but in the process registered his maiden century for Carlton. Carlton winners by 7 wickets.

The Carlton 3rd XI this week once again reflected just how strong this Cricket Club is, not only in its depth of ability but in the attitude and professionalism of the players. The examples provided by Ross, Akeel, Seb, and Aravind by their approach to the game is so important in ensuring that their younger team mates have the role models they require and is gratefully acknowledged by the skipper. 

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Saturday 4th June 1pm East League Division Four
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166 for 0

Seb Rae 91*, Kyle Macpherson 68*

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162 all out

Leigh Kasperek 5 for 22

The 3rd XI returned home to Peffermill this week with a number of changes to personnel but with its batting and bowling strength more than maintained. Having viewed the pitch the consensus was that batting was the way to go, however Penicuik won the toss and elected to bat.

The attack opened up with another new opening combination of Seb Rae and Ruari MacPherson with the first breakthrough coming early on when Seb bowled an inswinging leg cutter that took the top of off stump. The perfect delivery. With Ruari bowling steadily at the other end, Penicuik were forced to take chances, hitting the bowling regularly in the air but it wasn’t until Cheeky came on to replace Ruari that the 2nd wicket fell with the score on 47 from 11 overs.

The Penicuik batsmen set about consolidating their innings and even though both Cheeky and Gavin Rittoo bowled accurately it wasn’t until the 27th over that the third wicket fell to Gavin courtesy of a spectacular one handed slip catch to Srinivasan diving to his right. From this point on, the wickets fell with alarming regularity as Leigh Kasperek produced a stunning spell of flight and spin. Leigh almost single handedly wrapped up the Penicuik innings by taking her first 5 wicket haul for the Thirds which when added to a run out assist made for a great afternoon in the field. Leigh (7.3-1-22-5) while being ably supported by Ani Majumdar who snared his first wicket of the season (4-0-14-1).

With a talented array of batsmen to choose from, the hardest decision of the afternoon for the skipper became the batting order. Having chosen Seb, fresh from his great innings the previous week, and Kyle MacPherson to partner him, both batsmen set about the Penicuik bowling. In no time both batsmen were scoring freely from both front and back feet, driving and cutting with such confidence that the score never dropped below 5 an over, resulting in an unbroken partnership between Seb (91 no) and Kyle (68 no) of 166 from 28.3 overs and a 10 wicket win to Carlton.

 

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Saturday 11th June 1pm East League Division Four
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Saturday 18th June 1pm East League Division Four
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Saturday 25th June 1pm East League Division Four
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Carlton 3
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89 all out

Chayank Gosain 3 for 14, Gavin Rittoo 3 for 19, Mo Ahmed 2 for 7

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90 for 1

Aravind Srinivasan 52*, Jimmy Guest 31*

With rain having washed out our previous two matches and with limited practice sessions due to inclement weather the 3rds travelled to The Tryst facing overcast and humid conditions, a little uncertain as to how the match would unfold. A late call-up for Fergus Whatley due to an injury to Leigh Kapserek resulted in a later arrival at the ground for the team than planned and with little time for a warm-up and a lost toss Carlton were put straight into the field by the Stenhousemuir skipper.

While the pitch had been covered during the week both sides were uncertain as to how it would play as there were many soft areas interspersed with hard and with a well grassed outfield it was imperative that we chased every ball to the boundary and the message was given that we were not to give up on anything.

The skipper opened up the bowling with Josh Walker and Mo Ahmed and in tandem they produced the best opening spell of the season. Both bowlers had the Stenhousemuir openers playing and missing on a regular basis and taking the edge only to see the catch dropped or fly wide of the fielders. Eventually however Mo and wicket keeper Everett combined to take the first wicket and from this point Carlton did not look back. Shortly after, Josh picked up a well deserved wicket with a catch to Feds in the covers and the wickets began to tumble with regularity. A double change followed and this brought Cheeky and Ruari into the attack. With both bowlers concentrating on bowling in the right areas and with the fielding concentration at the best levels all season, Stenhousemuir were struggling to score and as the pressure mounted Cheeky produced his best spell of the season (10-5-14-3).

Due to the limit on overs for junior fast bowlers Ruari was replaced by Gavin and once again Gavin did what he does best by bowling with great accuracy and control and ensured that the run rate was kept at two an over while picking up three valuable wickets.

With the run rate under control the skipper turned to Ferg Whatley and Mo to wrap up the tail which they did clinically and efficiently, Ferg ripping the ball with great control and accuracy that resulted in prodigious turn and a wicket and Mo claiming the final wicket with a ball that clipped the top of off stump leaving Stenhousemuir all out for 89 in the 47th over.

After tea Carlton opened the batting with Jimmy Guest and Craig Everett however after 3 overs we were off for rain. Questions were asked as to what impact the delay would have and phone apps were engaged and ESCA run tables consulted. Fortunately the rain resulted in only a 30 minute delay and Stenhousemuir must be congratulated on their eagerness to return to the field.

Unfortunately, shortly after the resumption Craig was out LBW to a ball that nipped back and Carlton was 6/1 in the 6th over. The fall of the wicket brought Aravind Srinivasan to the crease and no one would have known he had not batted since his debut century 4 weeks earlier. With glorious driving and timing Aravind (52no) dominated the bowling and with great support from Jimmy (32no) sensibly playing the ball along the ground and into the gaps the run rate escalated to such an extent that the game was won in the 22nd over with no further loss of wicket. Carlton winning by 9 wickets.

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Saturday 2nd July 1pm East League Division Four
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222 for 7

Grant Newman 78, Fraser Allardice 74

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143 all out

Leigh Kasperek 3 for 3, Fergus Whatley 3 for 41

With the 1st & 2nd teams drawn to play away, this week the 3rd XI were given their opportunity to savour the delights of Grange Loan and the team were not disappointed. A bright sunny day and what appeared to be a hard, fast wicket greeted the team as we arrived and for the third game in a row, the skipper proceeded to lose but fortunately was asked to bat. 

Carlton opened up with a new combination of Jimmy Guest and Kyle Macpherson. Both batsmen were watchful, as there was some assistance for the Stenny opening bowlers both in the air and off the pitch and together they saw Carlton through to the 10th over when Kyle in attempt to pull a short ball got a top edge and was caught. Seb Rae followed shortly after to one of the best leg side keeper catches you are likely to see in this level of cricket. 

The loss of Seb brought Fraser Allardice to the crease and with Jimmy together set about trying to restore some respectability to the score. This they achieved when with the score on 51 Jimmy was bowled for a patient 28. Again a period of consolidation was needed but Ruari Macpherson and Ross Burns came and went quickly leaving Carlton with some work to do with the score on 89/5 and 20 overs remaining, with a score of 250 considered par. 

With the loss of the 5th wicket Grant Newman had joined Fraser who was clearly settling down for a long stay at the crease and together they played some sensible cricket, playing the good balls and trying to score off the bad. This approach ensured that the run rate gradually increased and as each batsman grew in confidence more shots were played to such an extent that Grant hit his first six in over 13 years and with his confidence in full flow Fraser hit some exquisite pulls and cuts while always remaining fully intent on being there right to the end of the innings as asked to by his skipper. 

When Grant and Fraser were finally dismissed both run out going for the extra last over runs Carlton had managed to reach 222/7 providing a decent target for the bowlers to defend. Fraser in particular showing the importance of building an innings and accelerating without risk once set. 

Both teams enjoyed the tea break, especially Josh Walker who had to be dragged to the changing rooms with cream and jam plastered over his lips in order to prepare to open the bowling. What impact this would have on Josh’s performance only time would tell. In mentioning tea, special thanks are to be given to Karen and Andy Macpherson who volunteered to provide teas for an extremely appreciative 3rd XI team. 

The question was, given the fast, hard pitch and short street side boundary, would this be enough? The challenge was set for the bowlers to apply some scoreboard pressure through tight, accurate bowling and the opening combination of Josh Walker and Seb Rae delivered. A combined opening spell of 15-4-31-1, where both bowlers bowled with pace, accuracy and swing, put the opposition on the back foot. A position from which they were never to recover. This was an opening spell where the skipper has never seen batsmen play and miss so often and where the ball hitting the bat was the exception. The skipper has also noted that scones and more importantly jam and cream will become a staple of all teas for the remainder of the season. 

Josh and Seb were replaced in a double change that brought Ferg Whatley and Ruari Macpherson to the bowling crease. Ferg immediately hit his straps bowling his leggies with speed accuracy and spin with Ross Burns who had graciously agreed to wicket keep for the first time since Under 13s grinning from ear to ear every time Ferg spun one past the outside edge and into his ridiculously small gloves loaned to him courtesy of Ruari. Ruari too bowled well but was unfortunate that the Stenny number 3 took some chances and found the boundary with some calculated hitting. Gavin Rittoo (below) was brought on to replace Ruari and in a dependable spell of bowling captured the prize wicket of Owens hitting out to Seb at long on. Meanwhile at the other end Ferg continued to fizz away, twice capturing the outside edge of the bat where the catch was snaffled up at 1st slip by the skipper, as well as bowling Reed around his legs in a “Warnie” special. 

By this stage Stenhousemuir were 123/5 needing another 100 to win with only 18 overs remaining. The skipper pulled another double change bringing Ruari down the hill and Leigh Kasperek from the other end. This change brought immediate success with Ruari picking up 2 wickets with balls that clipped the top of the stumps and Leigh capturing the remaining 3 wickets in only 8 balls, the last 2 in succession. Stenhousemuir losing 5 wickets for 4 runs in 3.2 overs. Stenhousemuir all out 143 in 37.2 overs with Carlton winners by 79 runs. 

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Saturday 9th July 1pm East League Division Four
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139 all out

Fergus Whatley 3 for 37

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Saturday 23rd July 1pm East League Division Four
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84 all out

Chayank Gosain 3 for 10, Haris Aslam 3 for 27

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85 for 2

Kyle Macpherson 32*, Ross Burns 32*

The 3rd XI set out for Musselburgh this week with a particularly youthful side including 7 under 16 players.  This seemed to be very positive at first, as there would be plenty of willing and able bodies to run and around and create urgency in the field, however the age make-up of the side quickly posed problems in terms of transport.  With only two cars between eleven players (one of which was stylish though impractical BMW with a capacity of two players and one cricket bag) the services of two non-playing chauffeurs were acquired in the form of Andy Macpherson and Richard Allardice. 

Acting skipper Ross Burns tossed successfully and sent Musselburgh into bat on a soft, low bouncing wicket.  Opening the bowling were newly returned Jamie Davies and spinner Haris Aslam.  Jamie’s pace and bounce from ball one surprised everyone, not least wicket keeper Kamran Wells, who dropped a catch in the first over in an ultimately failed attempt to fix the match in Musselburgh’s favour.  Haris’ first over was especially eventful, with a smooth pick up and throw from Kyle at backward point, and skilful glove work from Matthew resulting in a run out, taking the wicket of the number 2 batsman.  The number 3 bat also came and went during the over, after Haris’ flight coaxed him out of his crease, setting up a straightforward stumping.

The Davies-Aslam bowling partnership frustrated the batsman, and sharp fielding all round made scoring runs even more difficult.  Jamie ended up with figures of 9-1-29-1, although he was unlucky not to have taken 3 or 4 wickets more, as some hard catching opportunities went down.  Haris bowled through his ten overs at an economical 10-2-27-3.

As the integrity of the press is a particular topic of interest in the news at the moment, it probably reflects badly on me that I accepted a bribe after the game by H. Aslam, in exchange for leaving out certain details about his spell.  In order to honour our agreement, I have censored the next part of the match report in accordance with his wishes.

Haris bowled very tightly and his wickets were useful in preventing partnerships from forming.  However there was very little reason why his three wickets couldn’t have been four.  Whilst he was bowling the ball was chipped straight up in the air and it can only be said that Haris dr**ped a complete sitter off his own bowling.  He looked well set underneath the ball but it unfortunately fell straight through his h**nds.  I hope this paragraph has satisfied the terms of Haris’ injunction.

A solid partnership from Ruari Macpherson (2-15) and Cheeky (3-10) made short work of the Musselburgh lower order and finished them off with 22 overs to spare.  The highlight of Carlton’s fielding performance were the three expert catches taken by Ross, one at first slip to give Jamie his wicket, another diving forward from the long on boundary off cheeky’s bowling, but the most impressive of all was at mid on.  Haris bowled, was chipped, seemingly over the skipper’s head, but a hugely athletic dive backward and up saw the ball into Rosco’s hands, with a hang time that the Wright brothers would have originally aspired to.

With the home side dismissed for just 84 runs, the stage looked set for perhaps a ten wicket victory.  Kyle Macpherson and Tom Barrett opened up, mindful of the slow and low pitch.  Tom was dubiously given out LBW in the 3rd over by umpire Matthew Akmal (perhaps in a final attempt to sabotage the game for the home side).  As out walked Tom and in walked Fraser Allardice at number 3, Tom’s advice was simply, “Don’t let it hit your pads”.  Mindful of Tom’s words, Fraser resolved to instead let the ball hit his leg stump, first ball.

This untimely dismissal gave way for skipper Burns, and continuing in the same vein of leadership by example, got off the mark with a splendid four.  He and Kyle then proceeded to chase down the total with command and control, each ending up on unbeaten 32’s.  A solid win for the third Eleven, keeping them well in contention for promotion. 

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Saturday 20th August East League Division Four
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230 all out

Mo Ahmed 3 for 27, Josh Walker 3 for 41

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81 all out

Josh Walker 25, Ruari Macpherson 19

This week the 3rd XI travelled the short trip to Double Hedges to take on the League leading Kirk Brae 1st XI in what would amount to a title deciding bout. Which team would land the knockout punch was anyone’s guess but at the weigh-in Kirk Brae lost the toss and the Carlton skipper elected to send the opposition in on a green soft deck with the hope of exploiting the conditions.

The Kirk Brae openers began cautiously with the League’s leading run scorer Steve Colvin being extremely watchful.. Mo Ahmed bowled well putting the ball in “the corridor of uncertainty” and was rewarded with Colvin’s wicket when playing the ball on.

This brought the Kirk Brae skipper, Bruce Smith, to the crease and together with Gandhe took control of the game as they managed to regularly find the boundary even with the slowest of outfields. In response a double change was made with Ahmed and Carter being replaced by Walker and Whatley. This change managed to keep the run rate at 4 an over but it wasn’t until the 27th over when Josh Walker snared 2 wicket in 2 balls that another wicket fell. Then with a run out a few overs later courtesy of a good chase and throw by Josh, there was a sense that Carlton was back in the game. Kirk Brae 134/4 in 32 overs.

The skipper by now was ringing the bowling changes in an attempt to keep the run rate down. To their credit Gavin Rittoo, Ferg Whatley, Rauri MacPherson and Nick Martin all valiantly tried to bowl to a plan but the Kirk Brae batsmen continued to bat sensibly on a difficult wicket and it wasn’t until Mo (10-1-27-3) and Josh (10-1-41-3) at the death finally put on the brakes in the last 5 overs while capturing 4 late wickets. Given the conditions Kirk Brae’s score of 230/9 was well above par.

Could Carlton get themselves off the ropes or were we to be sent to the canvas?

Mo Ahmed and Fergus Whatley enthusiastically accepted the challenge of opening the batting and took guard with great intent and purpose. Unfortunately it was not to be Carlton’s day at the batting crease as first Mo, then Ferg, quickly followed by Nick Martin, Ross Burns, Grant and Mike Kennedy all found themselves back in the pavilion wondering what had gone wrong.

Continuing with the boxing theme, too many of the Carlton batsmen were looking to deliver the knock–out blow rather than being patient and focus on working away at the body. It wasn’t until Ruari MacPherson and Craig Everett joined forces with the score at 32/6 in the 13th over that some sensible batting was witnessed and the Kirk Brae bowlers were forced to battle hard for their wickets. Both Ruari and Craig played each ball on its merits, watching the ball right onto the bat and in doing so showed their more mature and experienced team mates what could be achieved with a little graft and patience. Together both Ruari and Craig kept the bowling at bay for 17 overs demonstrating sound and compact techniques on a difficult wicket against accurate and penetrating bowling. While the partnership in terms of runs was minimal the experience gained by these two batsmen will prove invaluable to Carlton senior sides in the seasons ahead.

Once both Ruari and Craig departed it was left to Josh Walker to try and bring some respectability to the score which he did with some sensible hitting eventually being the last batsman out for an innings high score of 25.  Carlton all out for 81 runs.

Congratulations to Kirk Brae for securing the Division 4 Championships with such an emphatic win which highlights their dominance this season.

Unfortunately this result has left the 3rds with work to do in the final game of the season to ensure Carlton remains in 2nd position and eligible for promotion. This match is effectively a knockout final given that 3rds face Edinburgh University Staff who currently sit one position below us and who with a big win can secure promotion at our expense.

By applying ourselves to the task and remaining strong as a team, the skipper however is confident that the 3rds will prevail and another promotion will be earned.

Scorecard

Postscript: Edinburgh University Staff also lost their penultimate match, so Carlton 3rd XI are assured of a second place finish and, assuming no dramatic changes due to league reconstruction, have achieved promotion for the second successive year.

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Saturday 27th August East League Division Four
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111 all out

Gavin Rittoo 7 for 22

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166 for 4

Mo Ahmed 66

Having witnessed the wet conditions at Grange Loan prior to setting off for our final game of the season against Edinburgh University Staff (EUS), the Thirds were not confident of getting a game and being able to end the season on a high after our capitulation to Kirk Brae the previous week.

Thinking that the game was to be played at Peffermill it was a little disconcerting to find that no cricket was scheduled for the ground but fortunately Leigh Kasperek had had the foresight to check the ESCA website and confirm that we were in fact playing nearby at Cavalry Park. In the minds of the team however this change of venue was likely to reduce our chances of playing even further.

Upon arrival at the ground the customary pitch inspection was undertaken by all and to our disappointment the pitch was unplayable. While no surface water was visible each step taken on the pitch threw up great sprays of water and it was agreed that in order to have a game radical thinking was required.

Ross Burns, one of the few senior players in the team, immediately declared that the long grass to the side of the prepared pitch was playable and that all we needed was some white paint and a brush. The Cavalry Park groundsman’s permission was quickly obtained including being given access to white paint but alas no brush. Negotiations then ensured with the EUS captain who agreed to the proposal primarily because he was returning to Australia shortly and this was to be his last match on Scottish soil and given the previous weeks results sensed Carlton was ripe for the picking.

With a delegated paint brush purchaser sent off to acquire the necessary tool, the captains tossed , the call was made, Carlton lost and were sent into bat on a pitch that closely resembled the previous week's track at Double Hedges. The required brush by this time had been purchased, however rather than a 2” brush a 12” roller had been acquired resulting in the thickest crease lines ever appearing on an ESCA pitch and the need to ground the bat behind the line taking on a whole new meaning. The delays due to pitch preparation meant the match was reduced to 40 overs a side.

The difference this week however was that we went into bat with the knowledge that results last week meant that 2nd place in the Division was already ours but more importantly with recent experience in similar conditions. It was with satisfaction that this experience was applied and reflected in the Carlton batsmen's approach to their batting. While Craig Everett went early edging a ball that moved away, all the Carlton batsmen applied themselves well. Mo Ahmed, while being dropped on a number of occasions, batted sensibly in the conditions and made a crucial 66 allowing the other Carlton batsmen time to get used to the conditions and work the ball into the gaps for ones and twos.  First Kyle (17) then Ross (20), Fraser (21no) and Ruari (18no) each made useful contributions ensuring that wickets never fell in quick succession and useful partnerships resulted. Carlton 166/4.

There was a well deserved sense of satisfaction at tea with this score after the batting debacle the previous week and it was with confidence that Carlton took to the field. Josh Walker and Cheeky Gosain opened the bowling and while Josh struggled with control Cheeky bowled a good line and length in the conditions and restricted the run scoring.

The initial breakthrough however came from a run out resulting from an overthrow where Fraser Allardice pounced and had his throw quickly into Cheeky who removed the bails. Then to ensure the batsmen couldn’t get settled the Skipper rotated the bowlers at the pavilion end with Ruari and Mo continuing to apply scoreboard pressure with accurate spells while introducing Leigh Kasperek’s off spin after Cheeky had bowled his complement (8-0-27-0).

Leigh struck in her first over taking the wicket of Chandran who was beginning to look dangerous, caught in the deep by Fraser. Leigh was to strike again in her second over when she combined with Craig Everett to have MacDonald stumped, well out of his crease with the thick white line playing no part in his downfall not matter how much he wished it had.

By now we were into the 21st over and time for another change at the pavilion end. This change brought Gavin Rittoo to the bowling crease and was to have a huge impact on the complexion of the match. Immediately in his first over Gavin had 2 wickets including that of the EUS skipper Zanotti in his last match. However this over was only the entrée to what was to follow. Gavin proceeded to demolish the EUS batting line up taking further wickets in his 3rd and 5th over and 2 wickets in his 6th and 7th over. Through accurate bowling, batsman impatience and sound catching Gavin wrapped up the EUS innings in the 35th over and in the process claimed the best bowling figures for the season (7-1-22-7), resulting in 23 wickets for the season and a chance of being the leading wicket taker for Division 4. A tremendous effort. 

EUS 118/10. Carlton win by 48 runs.

 

With 9 players Under 19, this team reflected exactly what playing for Carlton is all about. That youthful enthusiasm and sound technique (special thanks to the coaching staff) results in all players being able to make  important contributions to not only individual wins but also to the overall success of the season. Whether it has been with bat or ball, behind the stumps or in the field the results this season are due to these young men and women understanding what it means to support their team mates and enjoy each others success and they have proven worthy ambassadors for the Carlton Cricket Club in Division 4 this season. 

Scorecard

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* P=Peffermill. GL = Grange Loan, M=Meadows,

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