Carlton Primary School Team 2016 Fixtures and Results
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Saturday 23rd April, 9.30

 
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Heriot's P7A
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Carlton
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39 all out

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40 for 1

Jack 16*, Finlay 15*

Heriot's batted first with Maddie (Carlton member) being the captain and opening batsmen for Heriots.  Jamie started and bowled very tightly conceding just 2 runs from his 2 overs.  Maddie hit a couple of nice singles, however was a little frustrated not scoring with Jamie and Rory’s tight offside bowling.  She hit 2 to cover where Jamie stopped them cleanly and ran out the opener and number 3 for Heriots.  Heriots' batting deteriorated and Carlton generally bowled well with most bowling 2 overs and Georgia picking up 2 wickets, Gabriel 1 and Ally 1 wicket LBW with good straight bowling for his first match.  A few too many wides and a little legside bowling, however Heriot's batsmen were generally unable to capitalise although this may be different with stronger opposition.

Also, for early in the season the fielding was good (with no feet) and 4 run outs and 2 nice stumpings from Finlay behind the wickets with only 1 bye.  Heriots were all out for 39 and unfortunately this meant Calum did not get to bowl and Charlie only got 1 ball.

Jack and Rory opened the batting and with positive stroke making and sensible defensive shots for those (few) balls on the stumps it was not going to take long to chase down 39.  Jack had a couple of nice singles and Rory a well run 2 before Rory was bowled by playing across the line on a nice ball on the stumps.  Finlay then joined Jack and both proceeded to play sensibly with some nice forward defence when needed and some very good cover drives and pull shots that meant Carlton achieved 40 after only 7 overs.

A very positive start and I hope everyone enjoyed the game even if only a few had a chance to bat this week.  Well done and keep up the early season training over the next weeks before our next game on Saturday 7th May against Cargilfield at Grange Loan which I am sure will be more challenging.

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Saturday 7th May, 9.30

 
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Carlton
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Cargilfield U11 A
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137 for 6

Ewan 30 ret, Gabriel 25, Rui 19, Finlay 17, Shaun 14*, Jack 11

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96 for 6

Carlton won the toss and elected to bat on a freezing May morning.  Our early batting was very positive and sensible with Ewan and Gabriel punishing the wayward deliveries for 4 and sensibly running with singles and a few well run 2s on a fast Grange Loan outfield.  Ewan managed to hit the first 3 balls of the fifth over 4,4, 6 and retire for a well earned 30 with the score on 47.  (It was very pleasing to see how much things move on in a year as the same game last year I remember Ewan batted for almost 20 overs for a very slow and determined 20 runs – encouragement for all young batters out there).  

Fin came to the wicket and the flow of runs continued with Gabriel before he was bowled for a good 25.   Rui and Fin continued the familiar good batting against bowling that was generally pretty accurate.  Rui running between the wickets was a little nervy to start with improved over his innings (a small thing to work on in practice).  Fin was striking the ball well and was unlucky for a ball to keep low and bowl him in the 11th over for 17 with the score on an already impressive 93!   

Our batting continued with strength and fluidity, although Cargilfield did not give with the ball or in the field and actually started to increase the pressure on our later batsmen.   Good contributions continued with Rui making a solid 19, Jack a fast 11, Shaun a gutsy 14 not out and Mark 4 not out.  Although Gavin and Ross did not make many runs the experience of batting at Grange Loan will help in the future.  Unfortunately Sam and Josh did not get to bat. 

All up I would describe the batting as “Brilliant, Fantastic and Great” and one of the best 20/20 batting performances that I have seen in the primary school team with so many contributing to the overall total of 137. With such a good total this made it easy to ensure everyone in the team got a bowl (Cargilfield had only used 6 bowlers) including a few playing their first hardball game.  Everyone did well with not many wides for early in the season although I am sure we can continue to improve to bowl even more consistently on or around off stump making it more difficult for the batsmen to hit.   

Gavin, Josh and Sam were all very impressive for their first games in the primary school team.  Ross, Mark and Rui also bowled a very well with the first 2 rewarded with a wicket. 

Another positive performance and I hope everyone enjoyed the game (even in the cold conditions).  Well done and keep up the training as it will continue to make us stronger against future opposition.  We have 3 games coming up in the next week so hope the enthusiasm lasts.

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Wednesday 11th May, 3.30pm

 
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Edinburgh Academy 7A
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Carlton
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69 for 6
Jamie 10, Rory 11, Murray 11*

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70 for 1

Carlton batted first with the less experienced players given a good opportunity to bat at the top of the order against the EA bowlers. All did well for their first  hardball innings and will hopefully have a little more experience for future games.  Jamie, Rory and Murray all provided some acceleration to the run scoring in the later overs and saw Carlton to a total of 69 from 15 overs.

Edinburgh Academy's opening 3 batsmen were all strong with some good early 4s being the difference in a game where they reached the total in the final over.  Both teams had a high wide count and that is an area that we all need to work on to get that down to just a few (or none). 

At the end of the day it was a very close encounter and gave some of the new players good experience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
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Friday 13th May, 2pm

 
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Loretto P7A
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Carlton
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60 all out
Jamie 3 for 3

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61 for 6

Fin 30 ret, Murray 9*

The primary school met an evenly matched Loretto team in Musselburgh in a game that was ultimately decided by our team having a couple more experienced players to call on.

Muz lost the toss and shared the new ball with Jamie. Muz took an early wicket and Rory, Grace and Ross were also rewarded for accurate bowling.

The Loretto batsmen were starting to look comfortable before a Muz captaincy masterstroke, with the returning Jamie taking three in an over, all bowled.

Loretto finished with 60, the innings finished with a wicket to new boy Chris and a nice catch by Rory.

Cricket is known as 'The great leveller' and that was certainly the case when Jamie, having removed two Loretto batsmen for golden ducks, nicked his first ball. He was followed to the pavilion by Boris, Tommy and Grace cheaply so when Finlay went in it was 7 for 4. He recovered things, helped by Loretto using some of their less experienced bowlers. After he retired Muz came in hit some fours and then with two to win hit a straight one and started shaking hands, only to find out it hadn't reached the boundary so was just a single. He hit the winning runs next over. Man of the match was Gavin who calmly witnessed the carnage at the other end, having opened the batting because he had to leave early to get to Grange Loan, he remained not out on a rock solid 5, and hopefully made it to the next game on time. Unfortunately Ewan and Ross did not get to bat.

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Saturday 14th May, 9.00  
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George Watson's 7A
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Carlton
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99 for 6

Shaun 2 for 8

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100 for 5

Finlay 30 ret, Jamie 25, Ewan 21

Finlay won the toss and elected to bowl on a nice sunny morning at Craiglockhart.

Jamie and Shaun started the bowling and made immediate effect having GWC 3 down for 15 after 4 overs with generally good accurate bowling (a simple formula to get wickets in Primary school cricket). Jack and Ross continued with a similar formula with another wicket to Jack caught behind by Finlay and the score after 7 overs of 28 for 4.

Charlie, Himesh and Chirag bowling in their first primary school hard ball game all did well – Chirag’s first over was a maiden. One thing for us to practise in the nets is to improve our bowling on or around the off stump to make it harder for the batsmen and reducing the extra count (wides, byes, no balls) which top scored on 27 mainly from some erratic balls!

There was a strong fifth wicket partnership by GWC with runs coming from generally sensible shots (mainly long drives) and some good running between the wickets. They put on 46 before Ewan very calmly executed a simple direct hit run out at the bowler's end. Fielding on what was a pretty fast but bouncy outfield was generally good but we do need to remember to get back in position and walk in with the bowler so you are ready to move in any direction quickly (also keeps you warmer which helps when the temperature is only 10 degrees)

GWC ended on a high with 20 runs in the last 2 overs to get to a score of 99.

After the success of last Saturday at Grange Loan we went with the same opening partnership of Ewan and Jack. Unfortunately, Jack learnt (I think Ewan learnt in an U13 cup match earlier in the week) that you need to start each innings again and get your eye in and give every ball due credit. Jack was bowled from the 3rd ball from a good ball that needed a nice straight defensive shot and not the option of playing across the line on a ball on leg stump on your first ball.

Finlay and Ewan then batted sensibly and hit the ball strongly through the gaps for balls off the stumps. Very good calling and running between the wickets with the scoring racing to 44 in the 5th over when Finlay retired on 30. Jamie then came to the crease and having learnt from Friday’s early departure was sensibly cautious and respected the bowlers. Ewan made a good 21 with some strong shots and good defence before being bowled hitting across the line on one that needed to be defended and hit through the offside.

Gabriel was unlucky being hit first ball in the ribs that knocked his confidence a little. Ross made 4 and defended the good ball well but does need to move his feet more to the ball off the stumps (and therefore his head and eyes) and hit through it to make more runs in the future. One to practise on in the nets this week.

Jamie played a pivotal innings of 25 not out and hit some great shots through cover with 2 4s in the 18th over helping Carlton seal victory. This was Jamie’s highest score in the Primary school team to date – well done and a good innings for the team. Let there be many more (although do remember Ewan and Jack above and start the next innings in the same cautious manner until you get your eye in and see what the bowlers are like).

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Wednesday 18th May, 3.00pm

 
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Heriot's 7A
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Carlton
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80 for 5

Boris 1 for 1

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115 for 2

Ewan 31 ret, Jamie 17*, Rua 16, Gabriel 13, Jack 13*

Carlton batted first with all batsmen performing well and providing a good contribution to the final total. It was nice to see a steady acceleration of runs with 43 from the first 10 overs moving up to 72 for the second 10 overs.  It was excellent to see batsmen selflessly playing for the team and making a very strong finish. Good running and strong hitting with 17 fours in total.

With a total of 115 it was always going to be tough for Heriots, although with a number of Carlton players also playing for Heriots they were always going to try hard.  Good early bowling kept the scoring slow with only 19 runs recorded in the first 7 overs, however, they did make it to 41 runs by over 10 – was it going to be a close finish. The strength and depth of all our bowlers came through with very few wide balls and economical bowling from many – Boris 1/1, Murray 0/3, Rory 0/5, Jamie 0/6, Shaun 0/6 and Ross 1/8, Mark 0/9 all doing very well from their 2 overs.  With the straight bowling Heriots were not given many opportunities to hit 4’s only hitting 4 in their innings.

All in all another good team performance and a good birthday present for Jamie.

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Thursday 19th May, 3pm

 
  Merchiston Castle U12
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Carlton
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OFF - RAIN
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Saturday 21st May, 9.30

 
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Carlton
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Stewart's Melville 7A1 A
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91 for 5

Ewan 26 ret, Murray 25 ret, Mark 14, Grace 6*

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90 for 7

Murray 2 for 2

Carlton won the toss and chose to bowl with a somewhat moist outfield.  Our early bowling was on the spot with Murray, Jamie and Ross bowling really well keeping it nicely on the stumps or just outside off stump and the batsmen struggled to score, except for a few edges.  Between them they collected 3 top order wickets (2 for Murray bowled and 1 for Jamie with a nice edge caught by Ewan keeping) and only 16 runs were scored from their 6 overs

Ross was very unlucky not to pick up a wicket and was very economical.  Again everyone bowled and although one or 2 of their later batsmen started to hit out and they ran hard to move the score on our fielding remained solid rewarded by a run out late in the innings.  The best of the remaining bowlers were Rory, Rui and Gabriel who all kept it tight and Ewan who had a couple of great spin balls at the end.  Once again we had a few too many extras from wides and no balls and this is an area we still need to improve for next time.

Our early batting was again very positive and sensible with Ewan and Jack starting well before Jack was bowled in the 6th over with the score on 31.  Ewan retired soon after on 26 after another good innings with some fine leg side shots – a couple of nice sweep shots off the spinner.  Murray looked good played very well with some great drives punished to the boundary.  Gabriel was a little unlucky to be caught off his first ball.  Mark was a little nervous early on in his innings with not much footwork moving to the ball, however, once Murray retired he took over the senior ‘pro’ role with Grace and between them they had some great quick running between the wickets and put on a nice 20 odd run partnership before Mark was caught at mid off after flighting a drive.  Jamie and Sam was bowled cheaply with the score on 83 giving Stewarts Melville a chance, however, Grace and Rui made the final 8 runs to seal victory in the 16th over.

Once again a very pleasing all round performance with good batting, bowling and all round fielding.  It is very nice to see different players contributing in different matches.  So far this year we have had 28 players involved in the 7 matches played with a few more to potentially come with this weekend's kwik cricket match against Clifton Hall.  We have had14 different players who have taken at least 1 wicket and amazingly we have 12 different players who have scored 10 or more in a single innings (in some past seasons that could have been as low as 4 or 5 players at this stage in the season).  This is all very good for the prospects of Carlton cricket at a junior and senior level – it was good to see that no fewer than 6 previous Carlton Primary school team players were playing for the Senior 1st team last week.  Also, Leigh Kasperek current New Zealand internationalist (and previous Scotland Internationalist) played for the primary school team.  Keep up the practice and keep improving.

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Saturday 28th May, 9.30

KWIK CRICKET
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Clifton Hall A
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Carlton
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  190 away 158

This annual kwik cricket game allowed some of our less experienced players to play in this match with Quinn and Saskia playing their first games for the primary school team and Kyle, Caitlin and Chris playing only their second games.  The day was much nicer than last year although the outfield was damp when we arrived from the rain from Friday and the lack of mowing. An advantage to anyone batting second and the usual benefit that in kwik cricket comes with batting second.  Murray unfortunately lost the toss and we were predictably sent into bat.  


Kyle and Gabriel made a good start with good running and some strong 4s before Gabriel was unluckily caught out twice and made 15. Sam and Quinn were dogged in defence and made 7 only being out once.  Rory and Caitlin had some good running between the wicket and made 14.  Saskia and Murray continued the very good running and made 21.  Jack and Chris never quite had the pace of the wicket and made 1 at the end losing 2 late wickets. Cliftonhall took some excellent catches and we lost 8 wickets which cost us 40 runs!


Cliftonhall made a slow start with some excellent bowling from Rory and Murray (off a short run).  All Carlton players other than Saskia bowled and on the whole were pretty accurate.  Ground fielding was strong although we dropped a few catches.  Cliftonhall 3rd batting pair were strong and made 32 which was the main difference in the game. 

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Saturday 4th June, 9.30  
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Stewarts Melville 7A
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Carlton
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92 for 2

Finlay 1 for 4, Will 1 for 9

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94 for 3

Will 26 ret, Finlay 26 ret, Ewan 12

Murray won the toss and elected to bowl on a pitch that was very green and looked challenging (although not as challenging as the pitch the Carlton 2s were playing on later in the day!)

Bowling was nice and tight to start, with Murray and Ewan bowling a good line and length and were unlucky not to capture a wicket.  The openers then found their eye and running legs and scored fairly well mainly due to some slightly short and legside bowling that was well despatched to the short leg side boundary.  Both openers were retired and the score was 43 after 8 overs with a score of well over 100 looking likely.  This was the time to bowl tightly and the next 4 bowlers responded in exactly the right way staying positive, pitching the ball up on a good length and bowling in the ‘offside corridor’.  From the next 8 overs Gabriel, Will, Finlay and Grace bowled 4 maidens between them and only conceded 20 runs in total with Will getting a wicket by taking the top of off stump and Finlay also collecting one clean bowled.  Carlton were back in the driver's seat – how a game can turn so easily (one to remember).  In the final 4 overs Stewart Melville needed to hit out to get any sort of a score and 100 now looked very unlikely and eventually they pushed the score up to end on 91. 

Everyone bowled except for Georgia who was injured.  Our ground fielding was pretty solid throughout which was nice to see, despite the odd horrific bounce from the ‘rugby’ ground outfield.

We needed 4-5 an over and we just needed sensible batting with an eye on the score.  The batting was again sensible and positive from the start with good running between the wickets from Ewan and Will and some good hitting driving forward through the ‘V’ (from mid on to mid off) which is always a good place to be playing early on in your innings. Ewan was dismissed for 12 from a good ball on off stump that he tried to take on and missed. 

Finlay came to the centre and once again looked comfortable and he and Will moved the score on nicely scoring in a pretty risk free manner at 5 or 6 an over that was perfect for the scenario we had.  A great deal of maturity was shown by both and when Will retired on 26 the score was 60 odd.  Murray came to the wicket and had a few balls where the bounce and speed was a bit variable (although I hear this was even more so later in the day for the 2s' opposition).  Murray was bowled off a good ball on off stump which he tried to hit.

Gabriel came to the centre and hit a couple of nice shots before he was run out by forgetting to go back into his crease before the ball was dead.  One in which I am sure he will learn from and never do again. With Finlay retired on 26 Jack then came in and also learnt a lesson that you need to ground your bat over the crease when running 2 runs or you get what is known as ‘one short’ and only get a single for all your hard work of running twice down the wicket.  Georgia and Jack sealed victory with 4 byes in the 16th over for a well earned victory.

Very good cricket played today by all the team with what in the end was an easy victory. 

The key learning from today is to bowl on or just outside off stump as 4 of the 5 wickets came from good off stump bowling and 24 of Stewarts Melville runs (6 x 4s) came from the odd ball down the legside.  Imagine if we didn't direct no balls down the legside and we were only chasing 68 not 92. We would have won in 10 overs! Let’s all remember this for Friday’s game at Fettes.
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Saturday 4th June, 9.30  
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Stewarts Melville P7B
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Carlton P6
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  61 for 2 away

60 for 6

Jamie 25*

This game was a great learning experience for a young and inexperienced team of mostly P5 and P6 players.  With everyone getting a chance to bat or bowl, and plenty of action in the field, it was a real opportunity for many new players to get a feel for hardball cricket for the first time.

Batting first, openers Boris and Ally were sadly out without scoring, leaving skipper Jamie at 3 to build an innings.  A welcome return from Charlotte Spiers was cut short - after timing a few shots nicely to fielders she played across the line and skied one to an awaiting fielder for 2.  While Kyle and Chris both defended stoutly and reached 3 each, and with a deep boundary making fours hard to come by Jamie built a careful innings before retiring on 25 not out.  Chirag defended well with a straight bat and managed 3 before being run out, leaving Sam and Charlie to see out the innings.

We managed to give 8 bowlers an opportunity to bowl before Stew Mel reached the target score of 61 off 12.4 overs with some lusty hitting by the taller and stronger P7 batsmen.  Jamie bowled well for just one wicket, regularly beating the bat.  Ally bowled well without success, Boris was economical and Chris managed a tight over before speed queen Charlotte delivered a fast if slightly leg-side over.  Final overs from Chirag, Sam and Caitlin completed the innings, Caitlin being especially brave by returning to bowl having taken a knock to her knee while stopping a four earlier in the innings. Special mention too for Chirag who managed a couple of excellent stops in the field, and to Saskia playing her first hardball game.

Lots to think about for next time:  fielding requires concentration and a 'long barrier’ to make sure the ball doesn’t go through legs; bowling needs to be pitched up and on the off stump; and batting needs a straight bat (no swinging across the line).  Well done everyone.  
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Friday 10th June, 2.00pm

 
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Fettes
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Carlton
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  138 for 2 away

81 all out

William 38*

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Saturday 11th June, 9.30

 
  Carlton (Jack's team)
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103

Rua 21 ret, Georgia 23 ret

Sam 3 for 16

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55

Ross 10, Grace 8*

Jack 2 for 11, Sayeed 2 for 5

Friendly game with just 8 a-side with some help fielding from each batting team.  Thanks must go to Alasdair and Russell for letting us use the grass wicket in what was damp conditions early on and the rain from Friday. 


Jack's team got off to a fast start with Rua in particular making 21 with 5 4s.  Finlay also batted well and was retired on 9 after 5 overs. Georgia's batting was exceptional with some great pull shots for 4 when bowlers strayed down the leg side and a couple of nice drives through cover on the offside to end up retired on 23 .  Good bowling from Sam Macintosh, Ross, Ewan, Murray and Kyle who kept it generally tight bowling in the offside corridor. Quinn playing in his first hard ball game bowled some nice balls as well.  Everyone should work on a little more consistency on the offside and avoid straying down leg side.


Gabriel's team never made the fast start required to chase down 103 and also despite most batsmen making a start (Murray 8, Ross 10, Ewan 5) no one could go on to make a significant contribution.  This was largely due to much more accurate bowling from all of the team containing the batsmen. Jack 2 for 11, Sayeed 2 for 5, Charlotte1 for 7 and Joe 1 for 7 being the highlights. Ross did bat well scoring 10, striking some nice shots with improved footwork and had some good running between the wickets and it was encouraging to see the development over the past 4-6 weeks.  Grace made a late show (in her football kit) to make 8 at the end before the game finished up with the 2s keen to get onto the wicket for their practice before their game. 


I hope everyone enjoyed the game which allowed for a few less experienced players to get some hardball game practice - not always as easy as it looks.  

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Wednesday 15th June, 3.00pm  
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Cargilfield U11A
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88 for 9
Murray 4 for 6 (inclucing a hat-trick)

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102 for 7

Murray 31, Ru 24, Ewan 20

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Thursday 16th June, 3.00pm

 
  Merchiston U13
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RAINED OFF
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Wednesday 22nd June, 3.00

 
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Cargilfield U13
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Carlton P6
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  135 for 0 away

44 all out

Billy 13

Cargilfield U13 were always going to be a strong team and had a significant height and strength advantage. Their opener made a good 50 before retiring.  Everyone bowled well and kept the scoring tight when pitched up on the offside. Most of the runs came from balls down the leg side or that were pitched a little short where their strength made runs easy to come by.  Generally, the fielding was pretty good.


It was always going to be tough chasing such a high score, however Billy and Ewan made a gritty start before Ewan was caught for 7 in the eighth over.  Billy then departed the over after for 13 with the score on 28.  Ru hit 2 quick 4s and then was done by some uneven bounce (as was Jamie for 0).  Rory and Gaby were both run out with Gaby getting 6.  Georgia and Grace batted well defending the good ball (and there were many) before Georgia was finally caught for 3.  Grace remained not out but did manage to bat for nearly 5 overs defending the good ball well.

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Friday 24th June, 2.00 pm

 
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Carlton
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81 for 9
Fabian 17, Shaun 18, Gavin 9, Mark 9

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82 for 7

Fabian 3 for 7

A good close match was held on Friday which ended up being the last game of the season.  Loretto eventually getting there with one over to spare.  
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Saturday 25th June, 9.00  

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Saturday 25th June, 9.30

 

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RAINED OFF

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