Carlton Strikers Under 13 2015 Fixtures and Results
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Monday 4th May ECB Cup Semi Final
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76 all out

Alexander MacDonald 30*

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68 all out

Rua McIntyre 3 for 4, Gregor Farrer 2 for 7

The new U13 league season got underway with a home match for the Strikers, hosted at the Meadows. Not renowned for its fast outfield and flat wicket, a day of heavy rain on Sunday meant that this was always going to be a game for bowlers. A boundary set for adults further added to the batting difficulties. Winning the toss and electing to bat, Carlton immediately lost Benji to a pre-match warm up thumb injury (hope you’re feeling better soon, Benji), leaving both sides evenly matched with only 10 players.

The opening batsmen found the batting conditions difficult with only Gregor Farrer dropping an anchor and keeping his wicket. After 4 overs, four batsmen had either offered catches or been bowled by the pacy Penicuik openers, and the Strikers were left reeling on 13 for 4. Coming in at number 6 with pads and helmet hastily put on, Alexander joined Gregor at the crease and played some good sensible shots. Together they batted for 10 overs, keeping the run rate at or about 4 an over, before Gregor was caught behind for a well fought 10, in a partnership worth 45. Alexander continued his good hitting, supported by new batsmen, but could only watch as he began to run out of partners. With 2 wickets remaining, Alexander reached 30 not out, and retired. When the penultimate wicket fell, Alexander returned to the crease, but could not add to his score as he watched his last partner being clean bowled.

A speedy turnaround saw the Penicuik openers quickly batting, and, finding batting conditions as difficult as Carlton, lost wickets steadily but not quite as quickly as Carlton had. Carlton’s fielding was tight, and particular mention must go to Eve who fielded superbly and displayed an excellent arm, throwing in quickly and accurately. An excellent two handed diving catch from Gregor Farrer in the covers was also notable in the field. With 5 overs to go, Penicuik needed 13 runs to win with 4 wickets in hand. Rua was asked to bowl, and bowling tightly managed to claim 2 wickets with the 5th and 6th ball of his first over. The hatrick was not to be, but a third wicket later in his second over left Penicuik needing 9 to win with just 1 wicket remaining. The 19th over fell to Gregor Farrer and, claiming his second wicket with a sharp one handed catch by Douglas, the match was concluded with an 8 run win for the Strikers.

So a first win for the Strikers, and a very tight match between two evenly balanced teams. Thanks to all Penicuik players for a match well played. We look forward to meeting again on (hopefully) a warmer day where runs are easier to score for both sides.

For Carlton, some coaching tips:

  • Keep up the tight fielding. This was the highlight. You caught every chance, chased every ball down, and threw well.
  • Bat to the conditions. If it has been wet and the pitch is heavy, the ball is likely to plug. Wait for the ball, don’t hit it too early, and try to keep the ball down.
  • Keep practising your bowling. We were a bit generous with our extras.
  • When your team is batting, your involvement in the game off the pitch is as important as it is when you are fielding. Watch how people are playing, watch how they get out, learn from that, and encourage from the sidelines.

Good luck to both sides for the rest of the season.

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Monday 11th May

 
  West Lothian
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Monday 18th May

 
  Grange 1
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Monday 25th May

 
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SMRH
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96 for 7

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97 for 5

GMac reports ...

With 11 fit players ready and raring to play, the Carlton Strikers arrived at a sunny Grange Loan to play in only their second league game of the season, against SMRH. All the way through, the game was evenly matched, with SMRH winning by 5 wickets with one ball to spare.

A decision was made early on that GMac, not playing because of injury, would be volunteered to write the match report for the game. With that important matter sorted within seconds, the lads moved on to a very well executed warm up organised by coach Roy McCloy.

Captain Benji lost the toss, and SMRH asked Carlton to bat first on a wicket that was 798 runs old.

Dougie Blood and Gregor Farrer opened for the Strikers. With Dougie going for it from the off, the scoreboard raced along to 19-0 after two overs. The third over started with a lovely boundary from Dougie; he looked set for a good score but unfortunately caught himself in two minds next ball as he fell trying to hit over the top. Gregor played a good anchor role after he lost first Captain Benji, and then big hitter Alexander. Hazza then came and both he and Gregor found it hard to find the gaps after some good bowling from the opposition.  They later managed to find their form and hit some quality shots capitalising on the opposition’s weaknesses. Both batsmen fell quickly with the score on 52. Rupert batted well for his 10 but he and partner Dylan fell soon after with the score on 71-7, leaving Rua Mac and Angus to finish the innings off. Some good hitting from Rua and great running gave Carlton a decent total of 96 for 7 off their 20 overs.

During the break, a quality game of bin cricket was played by the older players. Dougie came out best but GMac and Benji insisted they played better. Meanwhile the younger players took a much better approach by warming up to bowl.

Hazza and Alex opened the bowling; both bowled well and were rewarded with a wicket each. The scoreboard ticked along nicely [operated professionally for the first, but inevitably not the last, time by young John Gill], with SMRH reaching 41 for the loss of two after ten overs. SMRH batsman Derbyshire batted well against a strong bowling line up, led by Ben and Calum Clark and did well to get 15 before being run out by a sharp piece of fielding from Gregor Farrer. Ben and Calum bowled very well and both finished with figures of 0-6 off their two overs.

Some excellent fielding by Hari and Rua limited the opposition’s chances of scoring, but a lapse of concentration by all and some overthrows let SMRH accelerate. Carlton put the batsmen under pressure, by bowling textbook deliveries between overs 18 and 19. SMRH’s no. 4 batsmen Johnston played some good shots, hitting the winning runs off the second last ball and finishing on 25no.

A good quality game played and enjoyed by all, which was closely fought. Carlton Strikers bowled and fielded well but SMRH dug in and deservedly won the game.

A big thanks to SMRH, we all wish you good luck for the rest of the season and look forward to the return fixture. Thanks to coaches Roy and Brian for helping the team with warm ups and team tactics and lastly thanks to John Gill for operating the electronic scoreboard.  Next we move onto to play rivals Grange away from home in a match which, again, will be a tough fixture.

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Monday 1st June

 
  Grange 2
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Monday 8th June

 
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170 for 9

Murray Johnson 3 for 10, Eve Boulos 2 for 22

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173 for 5

Gregor Farrer 32 ret, Alexander MacDonald 25 ret,  Gregor McIntyre 25, Douglas Blood 22

Douglas reports ...

It had been a lovely Monday so hopefully Carlton u13 Strikers would get their first game in 3 weeks!

Watsonians won the toss and decided to bat first. They made a promising start, their opener retiring after Watsonians reached 50-0 after 6 overs. Our first wicket didn't come until Murray made a flat catch at mid-on from a bowl by Angus.

Eve bowled very well and slowed Watsonians right down taking 2 for 22 before Murray had a superb over: 2nd ball Yorker - bowled, 3rd ball Yorker - bowled, 4th ball Yorker - bowled. A superb hat trick.

Watsonians posted 170 runs with a hefty 64 extras.

Gregor McIntyre and Gregor Farrer opened for Carlton. Gregor F batted fantastically with some lovely fours before retiring on 31*. Gregor M also hit some lovely drives before getting caught on 23. A great start for Carlton, reaching 50-0 in the 6th over.

However 2 wickets fell in the next 3 overs and our run rate dropped. Alex MacDonald retired on 25* leaving two new batsmen in. 3 sixes from Douglas Blood in the space of 8 balls settled the game, giving Carlton the win with 5 wickets and 3 overs to spare. Job done.

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Friday 19th June

 
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132 for 4

Douglas Blood 31 ret, Gregor McIntyre 30 ret, Brodie Young 30 ret

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132 for 7

Ben Anstruther 2 for 10

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Monday 22nd June

 
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  93 for 7

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107 for 3

Douglas Blood 33 ret, Fin Thornton 31 ret

Hari reports ...

Carlton win the toss and pick to bat in slightly overcast conditions. Gregor Macintyre and Fin Thornton open the batting, being Fin’s first under 13s game. Unluckily Gregor is bowled out on his leg stump in the first over and Callum comes in at 3.  Throughout the next 7 overs the 2 Carlton batsmen struggle to score at a fast rate but are still in the game. Carlton 24-1 off 7 overs.

Next couple of overs passed and Fin has really started to pick up the pace. Through some great shots and overall a very strong innings he brings up his first retirement (30) in under 13s. Feeling strongly of winning Douglas Blood comes to the crease at 4. By the 16th over the batsmen bring the score to 71-1, with Douglas scoring at an incredible rate and Callum with a 2nd bat as his 1st snapped, holding on with Douglas. A great boundary from Douglas confirms his retirement at 33 not out. Ewan now in for the last overs of the innings. 2 wickets in the closing overs for Penicuik but Carlton manage to push the score to 107 off 20 overs.

With a decent score behind them Carlton go out to defend their target. Opening bowlers Ewan Hutchinson and Hari Kallat bowl 3 great overs, getting 1 wicket but 2 dropped catches. With the pressure on, Penicuik struggle to score and Carlton keep down the run rate.

Middle overs now and Carlton collect more wickets and bring on Penicuik's “ big hitter”, Ollie Picken. Run rate rapidly increases now as quite a few balls go through to the boundary and Ollie retires having scored 30. Late in the Penicuik innings and most fielders are on the boundary, stopping a defeat. The last over strikes and Penicuik can’t do enough! Penicuik end on 93 off 20 overs.

A great and well deserved win for Carlton.

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Monday 3rd August

 
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West Lothian
 

 

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Thursday 6th August (tbc)

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Monday 10th August

 
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  112 for 3

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114 for 3

Douglas Blood 30 ret, Pete Gill 30 ret

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Monday 17th August

 
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  62 for 4

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61 all out
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Monday 24th August

 
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Grange 2
 

 

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