Carlton Titans Under 13s 2013 Fixtures and Results
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Monday 29th April Lothian League
L Grange Stags
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Carlton Titans
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135 for 5

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132 for 3

Ruairidh Main 34 ret, Tom Kujawa 30 ret

 

The first game of the u13 season was a superb competition between two well matched sides that came down to the last over and had the parents fully engaged throughout.

Carlton won the toss and chose to bat. Ruairidh and Gregor batted sensibly against accurate bowling. When Gregor was bowled for  16 in the 8th, their partnership of 47 had set the innings up. Angus and Ruairidh then set about trying to up the run rate with many singles taken. A mighty 6 saw Ruairidh retire on 34 bringing Tom to the crease. He immediately set about the bowlers and himself raced to 30 and retirement. Angus was caught for 17 trying to keep the run rate up whilst Ethan and Robert kept the score ticking over until Robert was sharply run out. Archie and Ethan then hit some lusty blows in the final overs as the opening bowlers returned. They struggled to pierce the field, however, and had to settle for singles. A total of 132 for 3 at the end of the innings looked competitive.  

Hector and Tom opened the bowling and took an over each to shake off the winter rust. Tom eventually found his length and bowled well with Gregor looking threatening in his first 2 overs, but it was Angus's second that made the breakthorugh with a fine reaction catch off his own bowling to remove the dangerous Grange opener. Carlton's fielding was excellent throughout and it was observed that the Titans already looked like a coherent squad. They fielded sharply, backed each other up and kept the chat going throughout. Ben greatly impressed behind the stumps as he kept for the first time - he could have found himself a job for (his u13) life here! Callum, Ethan and Robert all bowled well with Robert looking particularly good. Young u11 Douglas then came on and unleashed his newly developed off-spin - clearly showing that he hadn't been neglecting his cricket over the winter months. His fourth ball was a beauty - just the right length with a bit of turn and the batsman was beaten and clean bowled. Archie then claimed a wicket with his first ball.

With all 10 bowlers having seen action, Angus Tom and Gregor returned to try to peg Grange back in the final few overs, but with Grange always a little ahead of the run rate they just made it with 3 balls to spare.   This was a competitive and exciting game of cricket. Our thanks to Grange for a keenly fought contest played in the best spirit of the game.

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Monday 6th May Lothian League
W Carlton Titans
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SMRH
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111 for 7

Ruairidh Main 31 ret, Angus Beattie 29

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104 for 7

Hector McKechnie 2 for 8, Gregor McIntyre 2 for 11, Angus Beattie 2 for 18

On a beautiful sunny spring evening at Grange Loan, Carlton Titans took on SMRH in their second U13 match of the season.  There was an expectant air around the ground as coach Hamish Gardiner, back from Scotland A duties last week, motivated the young team with wise words and captain Angus, taking his lead from  mentor and toss-maestro Fantasy Bob (see 4th Team reports passim), promptly lost the toss and Carlton were invited to bat.


Openers Ruairidh and Ben started slowly, defending but also playing and missing before Ben was bowled in the second over.  He was swiftly joined by Tom (lbw) and Ethan (run out without facing) leaving the Titans 13-3 in the fifth over and looking a bit rocky.  Angus and Ruairidh then steadied the ship, building a partnership of 43 in 6 overs to bring Carlton back into the game: Angus displaying a number of deft strokes and aggressive pulls in a quickfire 29 (five 4s) , and Ruairidh holding together the innings with some careful batting. Supported by some text-book batting from Gregor, Ruairidh then accelerated to retire for the second match in succession (31*, 5 fours).


Hector then set about the bowling with some lusty shots, with Gregor advancing to 12 before being caught and bowled.  Robert was stumped for 1, bringing in debutants Mark Devenney, who was unlucky to receive a high full toss which he could only glove away to slip, and Cameron Ede who looked tidy and finished on 1*. Hector saw out the innings on 12*, capping off a good recovery for the Titans from a shaky start.  111-7 certainly looked respectable but would it be enough?


Needing 5.5 an over the SMRH openers set off looking like they meant business, scoring 21 off the first 4 overs of accurate bowling from Tom and Ethan, before Ben snaffled the first caught-behind of his emerging wicketkeeping career from Hector's first delivery. Hector then bowled the other opener in his next over, but the incoming SMRH batsmen maintained their scoring rate and at the half-way point were on target at 52-2.  


The Titans then took two wickets for two runs; Ruairidh benefitting from a beseeching lbw appeal that only the most hard-hearted of umpires would have refused, and Ethan taking a rock-solid catch at square leg off Gregor's bowling.  SMRH batsman O'Hara hit back, taking the attack to Carlton with a series of boundaries before Angus found an outside edge which flew into the bucket hands of Hector at first slip.  Some tidy overs from Cameron and second wickets from Angus (ct Ethan) and Gregor (bowled top of off stump) wrapped up the final overs with SMRH falling nine runs short.


Particularly impressive was the outstanding fielding from every member of the Titan team - not a catch was dropped, and the enthusiastic diving and chasing helped to make the difference between the sides.  A full analysis of the Carlton batting, including a bewildering array of 3D wagon-wheels and graphs, can be obtained from Murray Whitaker who spent the first innings tapping furiously into the CricHQ app on his iPod.  A very enjoyable game that was close throughout, and many thanks to SMRH for making it such a good match. 

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Monday 13th May

Lothian League
  Carlton Titans
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Carlton Chargers
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RAINED OFF
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Monday 27th May

Lothian League
L Grange Gorillaz
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Carlton Titans
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  153 for 2 away

110 for 9

Angus Beattie 33*

A game against Grange is always a tough prospect and this was particularly true for the Titans side that gathered at Newfield in the biting wind and cold. True to the spirit of the development aspect of the league both sides gave everyone a chance to get involved and Grange succeeded in ensuring that all the Carlton players had some time at the crease!

Grange batted first and posted a hefty total of 153 for the loss of two wickets. The Titans' bowling was mixed, everyone bowling some good balls but with too many offering the batsmen easy chances for runs that they were too experienced not to cash in on.

The Carlton reply got off to a breezy start, as it needed to with a required run rate of just under 8 an over. Ruairidh started with intent taking 8 off the first but was undone by a good length ball in the third. Angus joined Tom at the crease and batted with aggression and maturity keeping the Titans in touch until the halfway mark and his retiral on 30. The run rate slowed despite some good batting from Gregor for his 19. Unfortunately no other batsmen managed to get going until Hector came in at number 11, batting down the order after his spell of 4 overs. Angus returned for the last few balls and added 3 to bring his total to an unbeaten 33. The Titans did succeed in meeting their goals of scoring over 100 and ensuring that we were not bowled out but fell 41 short of the main goal.

Everyone was involved and everyone learnt something from the game .... . the experienced players learnt the need to keep their concentration going at all times if they want to build an innings, the newer boys all had some time at the crease even if runs proved elusive for many. There was some good running between the wickets with a sharp eye kept out for byes.

Thanks to Grange for a good game played in a good spirit.
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Monday 3rd June Lothian League
W West Lothian
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Carlton Titans
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107 for 9

Angus Beattie 3 for 3, Ruairidh Main 3 for 5

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135 for 7

Angus Beattie 32 ret, Tom Kujawa 30 ret

As the coach, parent manager and day's captain of the side arrived at the Boghall ground they congratulated themselves on being a mere three minutes late for the 5.30 meet time...only to be embarrased by the sight of the rest of the team, organised in their own warm-up drills, and looking like they didn't need any of us! Actually it was impressive to see that the boys were serious enough about their game to go about the business of warming up on their own initiative- well done.  

Carlton won the toss and elected to bat. With Hector bowled in the second over, in form batsmen Beattie and Kujawa were soon in the runs, the latter scoring a quick-fire 30, with Angus taking a little longer at the crease until he unleashed himself in the 8th over which he plundered for 21 runs, including two 6s and retiring on 32. Meanwhile young Cameron Ede had come in at number 4 and impressed with some good technique spending a long time in the middle, holding an end as batsmen came and went around him. Ahsen, Ruairidh and Archie all went cheaply and the runs seemed to dry up as both Cameron and Gregor struggled to get the ball away. Gregor eventually found his form and hit a much needed 24 before losing his wicket. Cameron meanwhile observed form his end. Ben then came in with intent to be positive which was hitting two thumping 4s before being caught in the deep on the point of a third. Ethan came in at 10 with intent to score in the dying overs and was joined by Robert when Cameron eventually fell playing across a straight one for a fine 9. Ethan and Robert were both positive finishing on 10 apiece at the end of the 20th. 135 looked like a good total, though it could have been less as the Titans benefitted from a few dropped catches.  

In reply West Lothian got off to a very positive start with Blumski and Anderson both looking good and keeping up with the required run-rate until Ruairidh came in to bowl in the 7th and delivered a devastating over which ripped the heart of the innings out with 3 wickets in 4 balls. West Lothian never really recovered though the Titans couldn't quite deliver a killer blow and the game just went the full 20 overs with Angus also in the wickets, taking 3 for 3 from his spell. A victory by 28 runs.  

Overall a good performance from the Titans. Thanks to West Lothian for being hospitable hosts and a game played in good spirit.  Thanks too to Simon Kujawa for scoring the second innings.....a bit of a longer  stint than the 5 minutes that he was asked to do!

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Monday 10th June Lothian League
L Carlton Titans
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Watsonians
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90 for 7

Tom Kujawa 30 ret

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91 for 1
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Monday 17th June Lothian League
W Carlton Titans
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Heriots
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129 for 5

Gregor McIntyre 23 ret, Angus Beattie 20 ret, Tom Kujawa 20 ret

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55 all out

Tom Kujawa 2 for 6, Cameron Ede 2 for 1, Douglas Blood 2 for 7

At a surprisingly sultry Peffermill (only 10'c with wind chill, up from the usual 5), Carlton took on a depleted Heriots side, restricted to 7 players due to the rigours of school activities week.  So, plenty of bowling for the Heriots boys, lots of fielding practice for all and, with Hamish deciding to leave the boundary flags set somewhere over the horizon, lots of practice running between the wickets.


Carlton openers Ruairidh and Gregor Mc started steadily before a running mix-up was compounded by Ben D'Ullise (sub for Heriots) running out his team mate with a direct hit.  Angus and Gregor put on a partnership of over 40 before retiring on 20* and 23* respectively.  Tom then achieved his third retiral in as many games, supported in particular by Cameron Ede and Mark Deveney who both retired on 11*, and with Archie Robertson completing the innings with a cameo 6* including a beautiful straight drive for four.


Opening bowler Robert Sizer then struck with his second delivery, and with partner Douglas Blood removing two batsmen in the second over (including his older brother Broy, with something that approximated a rueful grin), Heriots were stuttering at 7-3.  However, a solid recovery from Heriots batsmen Thomson and Crummie showed Carlton that they weren't going to get it all their own way, putting on a brief stand of 22 before Ruairidh got himself involved in the next two wickets: first catching one from Tom's bowling, then grabbing one himself caught by Robert.  A second wicket for Tom and two in an over for Cameron completed the innings, the last over including one sharp catch by Angus who had said that he'd fancied a go behind the stumps and came away muttering that it was all much harder than it looks.


With Carlton winning by some distance, it was a game for everyone to get involved and bravery medal goes to debutant Lachlan Stephen for turning up with a fractured finger. The team did very well to keep their concentration and spirit in the field, and particular mentions to youngsters Cameron and Doug who both bowled well, fielded with enthusiasm and will have plenty more to offer the U13 level in coming years.

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Monday 24th June Lothian League
W Grange Gladiators
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Carlton Titans
 

89 for 7

Angus Beattie 2 for 0, Ruairidh Main 2 for 7

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92 for 3

Tom Kujawa 30 ret, Angus Beattie 18, Gregor McIntyre 14*

On the final scheduled match of the league season, Titans beat Grange Gladiators in what in the end was a comfortable victory on a slow pitch at Newfield.

 
Put into the field, Carlton bowled tidily and accurately throughout with all outfield players bowling 2 overs apiece.  The opening pair of Gregor (0-13) and Hector (0-9) made a solid start, but their efforts were overtaken by the parsimonious bowling of Douglas (1-7) who took first blood with a catch by Ruairidh at cover.  Grange batsmen Grant and Hawthorn then put on a stand of 35 before Mark (1-5) snaffled a wonderful cauught-and-bowled after a dive and a spot of juggling.

 
This was the breakthrough Carlton needed, and the next three wickets fell for just 12 runs, 2 for Ruairidh (2-7) and one for Robert (1-11), including one low catch scooped up by Angus in the covers.  Cameron (0-9) and Aryan (0-15) completed their overs very tidily, and Angus (2-0) finished the Grange innings with a pair of wicket maidens, including an excellent overhead catch by Hector.

 
A superb performance in the field, with a couple of very close run-out chances and lots of encouragement within the team.  Worryingly, even the parkbench pundits at the interval were left cautiously speculating whether Grange were perhaps about 20 runs shy...


Ruairidh and Tom gave the Titans a watchful start, batting very sensibly until one of those moments that only gets pieced together afterwards: Ruairidh flashes at a wide delivery, huge appeal for a catch behind, not out says Umpire David Main, then celebrations from the fielders as Ruairidh ignores his Dad, does the honourable thing, and walks.  Absolutely the right thing to do - well done Ruairidh.


Angus was next to the crease and after carefully seeing out the opening bowlers, set about the spinners with 2 fours and a six over midwicket before top-edging a sweep to square leg for 18.  Hector then played a few genuine shots before misjudging one and being bowled by the offspinner.

Through all this excitement Tom kept on playing a senior player's innings, defending the good delivery and punishing the bad, before retiring for his fourth Titans innings in succession (30*).  Then Gregor Mc (14*) and Ben (5*)  calmly chased down the last runs, finishing with a stylish four from Ben and 3 overs to spare.

Well done to everyone for a truly team performance, solid running between the wickets and some great all-round bowling.  A shame the league fixtures have run out, as the team is really starting to gel, but after last season's washout we really can't complain.  And thanks too to Grange for a good game played in a positive spirit.  

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Friday 9th August

150th anniversary match
W Carlton Titans
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Carlton Chargers
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193 for 3 (35 overs)

Angus Beattie 50*, Gregor McIntyre 40, Hector McKechnie 38*, Tom Kujawa 23

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175 for 8 (35 overs)

Aryan Singh 3 for 13, Angus Beattie 3 for 19

 

Carlton Titans    
Ruairidh Main c T Simpson H Simpson
14

Tom Kujawa

c McWhirter Shand
23
Angus Beattie retired  
50
Gregor McIntyre bowled Shand
40
Hector McKechnie not out  
38
Ben d'Ulisse not out  
1
Ethan Wood dnb  
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Archie Robertson dnb  
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Aryan Singh dnb  
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Mark Devenney dnb  
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Calum Everett dnb  
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Extras    
27
TOTAL for 3 wickets  
193
     
Carlton Chargers    

Gregor Shand

c Wood Beattie
35
Murray Whitaker bowled Kujawa
49
Harry Simpson lbw McIntyre
8
Finley Giles-Book bowled Singh
6
Ben Swann bowled Singh
1
Alastair McWhirter c McKechnie Beattie
9
Tom Simpson c d'Ulisse Singh
0
Sakib Akhtar not out  
4
Rory Garbutt bowled Beattie
0
Euan Burgess not out  
2
Gregor Farrer dnb  
Extras    
61
TOTAL for 8 wickets  
175

 

 

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