Carlton 5th XI 2018 Fixtures and Results
Saturday 5th May 12.30pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
L
Carlton 5
v
Falkland 3

H

Pef

Carlton 5s 91 all out

lost to

Falkland 3s 92 for 4

Scorecard

The Famous Fives opened the 2018 season with a "home" fixture at a mostly bright and definitely breezy Peffermill.  Cruelly shorn of regular skipper Shaun (whose whereabouts were discussed in hushed whispers in the ranks - injured?  Incarcerated?  Captaining Rajasthan Royals as late cover for Steve Smith?), stalwart Keith Murray took the reins for a tough-looking fixture against Falkland 3s - one of the Fives' strongest opponents from the previous season.


As usual, the sage heads of the selection committee had provided the Fives with a team carefully blended to have: (i) the perfect mean age of 30; and (ii) as few players as mathematically possible whose actual age is within 15 years of the median.  Some of the more experienced members of the Carlton playing roster were therefore supported (figuratively, for the most part) by a cadre of promising youngsters taking their first steps in senior cricket, including Rudy Adair making his debut.


Skipper Keith's first action was to safely secure a silver medal at the toss - Falkland looking at cloudy skies and that stiff breeze pushing across the ground and electing to field.  Uncle/nephew unit K and G Murray padded up to open - to some consternation in the ranks after the run-out incident from last year that absolutely is never mentioned at all, ever, by anyone concerned. As last year, the Falkland opening bowlers (particularly the excellent T.Palin, 7-2-9-2) were of a standard considerably above that which would usually be seen at the Fives' level.  However, Keith and Gavin stuck in well and took what they could from parsimonious fare.  Gavin was finally out, bowled by Palin for 4, but having resisted for 10 overs in total in an excellent innings (20-1). 

Keith, perhaps conscious of a slow-ish run rate, then went a little too hard at one that nipped back from K Glen, bowled for 9.  Fives 23-2 from 13 overs.  Paul Stones was unlucky, deceived by a good slower ball, the last of Glen's spell (P Stones 1 (according to the score-book at least, Paul is adamant that there was a second run in there somewhere... so probably best say 2 if he asks), 28-3, 16 overs), leaving Charlie Kentish and John Beattie to get some momentum going - and both batting nicely against the young Falkland spinners.  Charlie looked very solid but departed for a well-made 8, bowled by Briggs (38-4), bringing Paul Bailey to the crease.  With the full horror of running between the wickets after the winter break dawning on him, Paul stroked the first boundary of the innings before sweeping P.Matthews hard to a tumbling square leg (P.Bailey 7, 54-5 from 26). 

Jamie Beattie joined his dad in the middle for the second family partnership of the match - and a fruitful one it was, with John batting watchfully while rotating the strike and Jamie hitting some beautifully-timed drives and cuts through the off side.  A 20-run partnership brought the score to 74 before John was stumped off the bowling of Briggs (John Beattie 14, 74-6 from 31).  Ivan Dawson was the fourth junior up, and after a couple of good scoring shots a mix-up resulted in an unfortunate run out (I Dawson 3, 83-7). With considerable justification, Jamie didn't look all that confident at the sight of the "E" variety of Murray coming out to join him - and the return of Palin saw him steer one to gully while trying to keep the score moving (Jamie Beattie 17, 89-8).  Rudy's debut with the bat saw him see off several very testing deliveries from Palin (some introduction to senior cricket, that, and well played), but both he and David Carter were bowled by Bell in the 35th over (R Adair 1, D Carter 0), leaving Euan Murray stranded on 5* and the Fives 91 all out.


Tea was a sumptious affair, easily of the standard expected when served from a plastic table in the teeth of a gale at Peffermill.  The abundance of empire biscuits was such that photographs were taken for posterity, and tales will be told of the Great Empire Biscuit Tea of '18.


The Fives' total always looked as if it would be light, but Keith roused his bowlers to battle with some Brearley-level captaincy, explaining that all the team need do to win was take 10 wickets while conceding fewer than 91 runs.  Nodding at the sagacity of this analysis, the Fives took the field.


Fresh from his excellent innings, his skipper's inspiring words ringing in his ears, Jamie opened the bowling.  Both he and Ivan, from the other end, had great success when pitching it up - but a succession of plays-and-misses just wouldn't translate into a nick, and the Falkland openers were quickly onto anything short or too full.  Finally, in the fifth over, Jamie induced an uppish drive from the extremely dangerous Langlands which was brilliantly snared by Charlie at point (Ja Beattie 4-0-22-1).  Ivan was also rewarded with just his second senior wicket, having the courage to pitch it up and sending Glen's bails flying (I Dawson 4-0-24-1). 

First change saw the experience of DC paired with Rudy making his bowling debut.  Both restricted the scoring considerably - Dave with control of flight and changes of pace, and Rudy getting some lateral movement on a lovely line and length.  A thoroughly deserved first senior wicket for Rudy came in the 16th over - beating Bell all ends up with a beauty which angled in and seamed away to take the top of off (R Adair 4-0-8-1).  Dave continued, with Charlie replacing Rudy for a couple of overs - no joy, but good wheels as always from the young quick (C Kentish (2-0-10-0).   

As DC''s spell concluded (D Carter 6-0-19-0) the scores were tied with only 20 overs bowled - what better time for the captain to toss the ball to a new bowler?  Keith clearly knew what he was doing, however, as Euan struck with his first (and, let's all hope, worst) ball of the season - a hideous half-track loosener swiped into the heavens by Barclay and pouched by the skipper himself at slip.  The winning boundary was hit a few balls later (E Murray 1-0-4-1) - Falkland win by 6 wickets.


So - an opening loss, maybe, but as ever with the Fives there is a lot more to the story than just a result.  All five juniors contributed something really positive to the team and will, hopefully, have picked up that extra bit of match experience and confidence that will ultimately help them become better players.  And this was a good test, too, against a strong Falkland team boasting some excellent individual players and a couple of talented youngsters of their own - great to see other clubs giving their juniors a platform into league cricket.  A particular thank-you, too, to young Aaron from the Falkland XI who generously fielded (very well) for the Fives for 12 overs after Jamie turned his ankle.  Well played, and we're looking forward to the return later in the summer.

Saturday 12th May 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
L
Gala-Hawick 2
v
Carlton 5
A

Carlton 5s 89 all out (Keith Murray 37)

lost to

Gala/Hawick 2s 90 for 1

Scorecard

The Famous Fives travelled the many miles from Grange Loan to Galashiels for the second game of the season. Well - most of them, anyway, this being continuing stand-in skipper Keith Murray's de facto home match of the season, with Gala a mere skip down the road from Chez Murray. The mysterious whereabouts of Shaun continued to attract idle gossip in the ranks - whispers of preparation for a key role in the upcoming Royal wedding the most plausible reason given for his continued absence.

Casting around for words to describe the Fives' latest venture, "drenched" is probably the most appropriate. Gala's neck of the Borders was drenched in improbable sunshine for the actual game, while the - quaintly uncovered - pitch had been drenched in somewhat more predictable torrential rain the night before. John Beattie's attempt to test the suspect firmness of the surface by pressing with his thumb resulted in a perfect thumb-shaped imprint in the pitch, giving rise to two immediate thoughts: (i) win the toss and have a bowl; and (ii) when batting, watch out for any balls pitched on the resultant dent.

However, skipper Keith had other plans at the toss, securing another top-two finish. This, coupled with the glaring absence of Derek Underwood from the Fives' teamsheet, left a feeling of some unease in the ranks. Gala hesitated whole fractions of a second before inviting the Fives to have a bat. Keith and Ewan Hutchinson strode out to the middle - the usual ritual of taking guard only enhanced by the need to take care not to stand in one spot for too long in case they started to sink.

The Gala bowlers clearly knew their own turf, and immediately pitched it well up with pace off the ball - relying on slow, variable bounce and the pronounced slope to do their work for them. Keith and Ewan both played straight and sensibly, but runs were difficult to come by. The drinks break arrived with the openers clinging on gamely, but only 43 on the board. With a clear need to get on with it from a decent platform, Keith seized the opportunity to hit consecutive boundaries, including only his second ever six off Carlton Women’s Charis, (who also plays for Gala/Hawick) only to be bowled by her with a cleverly flighted delivery in her next over for 37. The Fives were 55 for 1 after 23 overs. John came in at No.3 after a long wait. This, alas, opened the floodgates somewhat and wickets started to clatter down - Ewan caught at midwicket for an important 13 (plus, surely, a bonus point for some golf crossover when taking a lovely 7-iron divot out of the pitch), rapidly followed by Paul Stones (0, another slower ball his undoing); Stuart Dawson (0, making his first ever appearance for Carlton) and Al Murray (2), all bowled by the awkward G Mein (8-3-13-4). Euan Murray clattered a few boundaries before being foxed by the uneven bounce and under-edging one onto his stumps (E Murray 13), and John, who'd played solidly while carnage unfolded at the other end, became the sixth wicket to fall bowled (J Beattie 7) - probably nothing to do with the thumb-dent, though. With overs running out Ivan and Billy rightly looked to play shots, but timing the ball on the doughy surface was no easy task and they were both caught (I Dawson 0, B Bertram 0). Ellie and DC looked to have the start of a decent partnership, until S Paterson (6.5-5-1-3) took a stunning one-handed return catch from DC (D Carter 1), leaving Ellie stranded at the other end (E Hird 1*) and the Fives a meagre 89ao in the 38th over.

Gala were kind enough to provide a fabulous tea - in the unfamiliar surroundings of a lovely clubhouse rather than a wind-scoured scorer's table - the lack of empire biscuits more than made up for by an awesome pie/sausage roll selection and some lovely home baking.

Meantime, the pitch was drying out nicely under the wall-to-wall sunshine and the Gala openers were happy to let it do so for as long as possible before starting their reply. Ivan and Billy opened the bowling and immediately found that the pitch was completely unresponsive to anything even remotely short - but both had the batsmen in trouble with fuller balls, and they each used the slope well to shape the ball past the outside edge on multiple occasions - Ellie working really hard behind the stumps to deal with inconsistent carry. Ivan struck in his third over, a low catch held well by Dawson Snr - ensuring that there wouldn't be another family incident of the magnitude of the Murray Run-Out (I Dawson 4-0-20-1) - and while Billy had no luck his spell was more than tidy and on another day could easily have yielded two or three wickets (B Bertram 4-0-16-0). Keith then turned to spin with Ewan and experience with DC. As in the previous innings, less pace magnified the effects of the slow bounce and there were plenty of plays-and-misses and some mistimed shots in the air - however, it was turning into one of those days in the field where nothing would stick. Hutchie made way (E Hutchinson 3-0-18-0) for a trundle from the properly-spelled Euan, who couldn't find a way through either (E Murray 2-0-6-0), and despite DC's best efforts (D Carter 5-0-20-0) Gala were easily home in the 18th over. Gala Hawick 2 win by 9 wickets.

A second very similar defeat in a row for the Fives, failing to get enough runs on the board while batting first. The pitch was certainly a factor in this match and it was an unfortunate toss to lose - the result could well have been different with roles reversed. A great effort put in by Ivan, Billy and Ewan, however, while bowling with only a small total to defend - and a particular mention for Ellie, taking the gloves for the first time in 9 months on a difficult wicket for keepers. And ultimately it was a glorious day for a game, with Meigle Park giving even Grange Loan a serious run for its money as a beautiful place to play cricket. Many thanks to Gala for hosting us so generously and in such good spirit.

Saturday 19th May 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
L
Carlton 5
v
Boroughmuir 2

H

Inch

Carlton 5s 101 all out

lost to

Boroughmuir 2s 102 for 2

Scorecard

Questions, questions, questions. On a beautiful summer's day at Inch Park, this week's "home" for the nomadic Famous Fives, questions were on everyone's lips. Would Shaun return? Could the toss be won? Might the Fives batting line-up, stiffened by Murray Johnson, Ru McIntyre and the newly-slimline Martin "Boom Boom" Robertson, break the magic 100 run barrier? Would the selection committee manage to find the team a keeper?

As the ranks assembled at Inch Park, taking a moment on their way to sweep water bottles, McFlurry containers and crisp packets from the lush outfield (blooming with a lovely display of daisy and dandelion flowers) the first answers came trickling in. Stand-in skipper Keith continued to hold the reins (Shaun apparently busy in Lisbon, leading an inquiry into events leading up to the stage invasion suffered by SuRie at the recent Eurovision Song Contest), and his team included young Max D'Ulisse, making his senior debut, as 'keeper. Interestingly, Max's call up allowed the Fives to beat their own recently-set Stat of the Day - the age range from youngest to oldest player on the teamsheet stretched by an additional year to a seriously impressive 61.

Other answers were less welcome. Keith had been spotted in intensive training at Tuesday's nets, working on calling correctly. Unfortunately, the tenacious defensive technique for which his batting is famed again translated poorly to the coin-toss milieu - the skipper only able to extend his perfect losing record to three from three. Boroughmuir invited the Fives to have a bat.

Keith and Murray picked their way through the wildflowers and divots, arriving safely at the crease to open. Batting immediately looked a precarious proposition, with marked variable bounce on offer from both ends of the artificial strip. The openers proceeded cautiously, until Murray flicked one straight to the man at square leg in the fourth over (M Johnson 1). RuaMac, in at three, couldn't repeat his recent destructive form, bowled by a good inswinger for a couple (R McIntyre 2). Ikra joined the skipper in the middle with the Fives' innings already in need of some re-building. The two put on a solid 37 in the next 17 overs, only ended by a run-out showcasing good fielding, somewhat less good calling, and Keith's knees (K Murray 23); Ewan Hutchinson next in. Ikra was immediately next to go - perhaps distracted by a spot of guilt over that call - feathering one behind while looking for the cut (I Farooq 8) and the Fives wobbling on 49/4 from 25. Martin and Hutchie set about upping the rate with a combination of well-taken sharp singles and some trademark Robertson boundaries - 31 shared by them in the next five overs before both were cleaned up by A Hodge with a bit of assistance from the pitch (M Robertson 18; E Hutchinson 12). Paul Stones and Stuart Dawson made a similarly assertive start, a boundary apiece, and (with a few positive words of encouragement from the sidelines) some singles too. At 99 for 6, things were looking somewhat better than in the previous two matches. However, their promising partnership of 13 was broken with the loss of Paul's off stump (P Stones 7). Euan Murray - handsomely rewarded for last week's half-decent effort with the bat with a demotion to 9 - came out, only to see Stuart's stumps splattered by one that kept low as he tried to get on with it (S Dawson 4). A significant moment, though, as that brought Max to the crease for the first time in senior cricket - the youngster immediately looking right at home with a solid block. Rather unsentimentally, the Boroughmuir square leg chose next ball to pluck a magnificent diving catch off the turf from a nicely-timed flick (M D'Ulisse 0). DC came out with licence to go hard, unlucky to middle one straight to cover (D Carter 0), leaving Euan stranded on 0* and the Fives just barely into the magic three figures, 101ao, with 10 balls left unbowled.

Your correspondent will hand over to Murray for a summary of tea: "A good spread, although not the best balance between sweet and savoury. The proportions are wrong, too much sweet - it's 75/25 and should be closer to 50/50". This analysis did not, it should be noted, seem to put Murray off a thorough enjoyment of the majority of sweet items on offer.

Suitably refuelled, the Fives took the field. RuaMac and Euan opened the bowling, hoping to take advantage of the surface and make some early inroads. Sadly, both suffered frustrating spells - a few shots spooned up which dropped safe, some nicks that went straight down, a tough chance that Max just couldn't cling on to, and a decent lbw shout denied - Rua in particular bowling with good pace and inducing a number of false shots. On another day he could have had three or four. G Dickson, opening for Boroughmuir, did himself a fairly serious looking mischief in taking a quick single - unfortunately his resulting lack of mobility encouraged him to stand and try to smash every ball and the rate was getting out of hand. Euan made way for DC (E Murray 4-0-21-0) and Rua for Ikra (R McIntyre 5-0-36-0). G Dickson finally retired hurt, but the excellent I Mohammed was in full flow at the other end. DC, however, frustrated him with a tight couple of overs and almost did for him with one that came back off the edge of the arti. “Good use of the pitch DC” boomed the skipper. DC eventually got him to attempt to hit one over the top - but could only fire a drive straight at mid-on, Euan taking a smart catch (D Carter 4-0-13-1). Not to be outdone, Ikra continued to give it some flight and revs from the other end - rewarded for a good spell with a sensational diving take from Rua at midwicket (I Farooq 4-0-30-1). The door was definitely ajar for the Fives, but there were just too few runs on the board and Boroughmuir, perhaps slightly nervously, found the last few they needed. Boroughmuir win by 8 wickets.

What to say following the Fives' third virtually identical loss in a row? Well - it takes something a bit special to come in to your first senior game, aged 11, and be asked to keep on a minefield to a sharp opening bowler (and admittedly, in the shape of your correspondent, a considerably less sharp one), with the added pressure of a small total to defend. A great debut from Max, who looked right at home in senior cricket and did an excellent job behind the stumps - this undoubtedly the first of many appearances for Carlton. He had lots of chat and coped particularly well with the many low deliveries. The Fives catching and ground fielding was much improved, with plenty of energy and enthusiasm provided by juniors and seniors alike. And once again, there was really nothing wrong with this performance against one of the strongest teams in the league that an extra 30 runs on the board wouldn't have gone a long way to fixing - the margin of defeat might look large, but with the three best opposition batsmen back in the hutch (and/or badly injured, but we'll take what we can get) there was definitely an air of concern about the ‘Muir batting at the end. Congratulations to Boroughmuir, and thanks - this game played in exactly the right spirit and all the more enjoyable for that.

Saturday 26th May 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Marchmont 3
v
Carlton 5
A
 
Saturday 2nd June 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Carlton 5
v
Penicuik 2

H

Pef

 
Saturday 9th June 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Dunfermline & Carnegie 2
v
Carlton 5
A
 
Sunday 17th June 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Carlton 5
v
Musselburgh 3
H
GL
 
Saturday 23rd June 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Clackmannan County 2
v
Carlton 5
A
 
Saturday 30th June 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Broomhall 2
v
Carlton 5
A
 
Saturday 7th July 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Carlton 5
v
Stewarts Melvile 4

H

Cav

 
Saturday 14th July 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
 
Leith FAB 2
v
Carlton 5
A
 
Sunday 22nd July 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
 
Carlton 5
v
Drummond Trinity 3
H
GL
 
Saturday 28th July 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Carlton 5
v
Marchmont 3

H
Inch

 
Saturday 4th August 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Penicuik 2
v
Carlton 5
A
 
Saturday 11th August 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Carlton 5
v
Dunfermline & Carnegie 2

H

Pef

 
Saturday 18th August 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Musselburgh 3
v
Carlton 5
A
 
Saturday 25th August 1pm
Baillie Gifford ESCA Division Seven
Carlton 5
v
Clackmannan County 2

H

Cav

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