Carlton Tigers Under 11s 2017 Fixtures and Results
Friday 5th May 6pm
Lothian League
L
Carlton Tigers
v
Grange 2

H

GL

Grange 2 114 (Ruaridh 2 wickets)

beat

Carlton Tigers 61

On a cool but sunny evening at Grange Loan the Tigers played their first match. The team members were Chris, Jack, Ruaridh, Calum, Rudy, Manu, Caitlin and Charlie. The opposition were Grange2.

Grange2 batted first. Ruaridh managed to get a wicket with his second ball but after that the Grange batsmen settled in and began cracking regular boundaries. Ruaridh took another wicket in his second over but no more wickets were taken. Grange 2 scored a healthy 114.

When batting the Tigers just couldn't score enough runs fast enough. Ruaridh, Callum, Rudy, Caitlin and Charlie all hit boundaries but there were a couple of run outs and Grange 2 took their catches. Caitlin and Charlie top scored with 22 between them but in the end the Tigers only managed 61 runs.


We had fun and for several of the players it was their first hardball match. It was good to see the batsmen playing nice and straight and the fielding was energetic.

Friday 19th May 6pm
Lothian League
W
Watsonians 2
v
Carlton Tigers

A

Watsonian 2 62

lost to

Carlton Tigers 101

On a cold night for spectators at Myreside the Tigers played their second match of the season. The team had nine players: Rudy, Jack, Catlin, Manu, Robert, Charlie, Innes, Gavin and, on loan from the Lions, Ghazi.

Carlton bowled first with Rudy and Jack taking the ball first up. Rudy struck in his second over, picking up a wicket bowled and then keeping a cool head for a run out. At the end of the first four overs the Watsonians2 had 10 on the board. Manu and Charlie then bowled an extremely misery four overs which included a rare wicket maiden for Charlie and a juggled return catch for Manu, meaning only 5 more runs were added to the opposition's total. Caitlin and Innes bowled the next four overs for just 18 runs, with Caitlin picking up wicket. Then Gavin, Robert and Ghazi bowled 6 overs for 15 runs, with Gavin collecting another wicket. In all only one boundary was hit and six wickets were taken, leaving Watsonians2 with 62 runs to defend. A shout out for Manu for taking 2 catches, included the one of his own bowling.

As with the bowling, Jack and Rudy opened the batting. Jack pulled a ball to the boundary in the second over and Rudy hoicked over mid wicket with enough power for the ball to comfortably clatter into the boundary on a full sized pitch. They made 14 runs off the bat plus extras to get the Tigers off to a good start. Catlin and Ghazi kept things going, Ghazi hitting another boundary, and after the eighth over the Tigers still hadn't lost a wicket and had 57 on the board.

Next came Manu and Robert, who continued to run their singles without taking risks. Twelve overs down and still no wickets given away and 28 more runs had been added. Charlie and Innes batted in much the same way and got through their four overs for the loss of only one wicket. The score moved on to 85. With our team having nine players, Gavin came in on his own for the final two overs and smacked 14 runs off 11 legal deliveries, including two boundaries and some hard run twos, which was a great effort.

It was great to see the team only lose 1 wicket. The Tigers finished with 101 runs, comfortably winning the match.

Both sides gave away a lot of runs in extras. In fact, well over half the runs scored came in wides, so we need to work on our bowling accuracy. But well done Tigers for their first win of the season.

Wickets for Gavin, Charlie, Manu, Caitlin and Rudy. Plus a run out for Rudy.

Boundaries for Jack, Rudy, Ghazi and a couple for Gavin.

Well done. The Watsonians1 team next week might be tougher.

 

Friday 26th May 6pm
Lothian League
L
Watsonians
v
Carlton Tigers
A

Watsonians 101

beat

Carlton Tigers 54

The game started well with Ruaridh taking a wicket (bowled) with his first ball. Three balls later Innes made a run out with a direct hit from extra cover and the opposition had lost two wickets without putting a run on the board. Robert took a catch off Gavin's bowling in the following over and we were looking good. But then the Watsonians, in their middle overs, began to scramble the runs as well as hitting the odd boundary and built towards a big total. Bowling at the death, Rudy picked up a wicket with his final ball, but by then Watsonians had over a 100 in the board and it was always going to be a hard chase.

A pleasing aspect of the bowling and fielding was how much more energy there was in the team. There were calls to the fielders for which end to throw the ball (well done Manu), the backing up was much improved and balls were chased hard to save boundaries. Gavin showed some excellent awareness to run to the stumps when he saw the keeper out of place. Fielders made their voices heard, especially Charlie who didn't stop shouting. I don't think there were any dropped catches; Innes' run out was excellent and Rudy almost made another runout with a great pick up and throw from square leg that almost hit the stumps. The bowling itself was even better with a substantial reduction in the number of wides bowled.

With the batting we couldn't seem to get any momentum going. Like the Watsonians, we lost two wickets in the first over. Robert hit a boundary but there weren't many singles run at the beginning. Rudy and Innes batting second ran hard but couldn't get the boundaries. And a couple more wickets lost meant that half way through the innings we had scored 29 runs but lost 20 of those.

Then Caitlin and Ruaridh came in and suddenly we were back in the game. Ruaridh hit three of his first four legal deliveries for 4. Caitlin scampered everything she could, at one point turning a nudge into the legside into 3 runs just by putting the fielding team under pressure and forcing mistakes.

Ruaridh scored 19 runs off eleven balls for the loss of only one wicket, completely forgivable given that he had to go for it, which was fantastic. But we were too far behind. Charlie and Gavin ran hard, giving away a close run out, but the chase was never really on.


We lost, but strangely, the team perfomed much better that last week when we won comfortably. If we keep improving at this rate we're going to have a fine team. Let's keep playing aggressively, running aggressively and fielding aggressively.

Highlights:

      * Wickets for Ruaridh, Gavin and Rudy.

      * A run out for Innes

      * Boundaries for Robert, Caitlin and 3 for Ruaridh

Friday 2nd June 6pm
Lothian League
 
Carlton Tigers
v
Edinburgh South / Boroughmuir

H
Pef

 
Friday 9th June 6pm
Lothian League
 
Carlton Lions
v
Carlton Tigers

A   GL

 
Friday 16th June 6pm
Lothian League
 
SMRH 1
v
Carlton Tigers

A

 
Friday 23rd June 6pm
Lothian League
 
Heriot's
v
Carlton Tigers

A

 
Friday 30th June 6pm
Lothian League
 
Carlton Tigers
v
Grange 1

H
GL

 
Friday 4th August 6pm
Lothian League
 
Carlton Tigers
v
Livingston
H    GL
 
Friday 11th August 6pm
Lothian League
 
Carlton Tigers
v
Livingston 2
H   
Pef
 
Friday 25th August 6pm
Lothian League
 
Carlton Tigers
v
SMRH 2

H
GL

 
     

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