Carlton Under 11s 2012 Fixtures and Results
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Friday 4th May  
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  196 away 191

Carlton’s U11’s fielded a mixture of old hands and relative novices for their first outing of the season against Grange Stags.  On an evening more suitable for hot chocolate and slippers in front of a roaring fire, both teams managed to put on an exciting match which was settled on the final ball of the innings.  Credit to both teams for such entertainment, some good batting and bowling, but in the end it was possibly the coldness of the evening that took its toll with some dropped catches and difficult run out chances being missed leading to a deserved 5 run victory for the Stags.

 

With Carlton batting first, Murray and Harry opened, hitting some solid shots and putting on 27 runs for the loss of no wicket, with Murray clearing the ropes for the season’s first six.  Ruairidh and Seb were next in and batted sensibly with good calling, adding 31 to the total.  With his eye in, Ruairidh decided to test the alertness of the crowd, finishing his stint with 6,6,4.  Alastair and Gregor added a further 20 runs, with both players hitting a boundary, for the loss of 1 wicket.  Adam and Callum closed out Carlton’s innings and added a further 18 with a boundary each, Adam coolly edged a rising ball for 6 , and surprised one parent who showed that catching a ball with woollen gloves is not the most sensible thing to do. So a competitive total of 91 (96-1) was set off the allotted 16 overs.

 

With Murray wearing the gloves as wicketkeeper, everyone else bowled 1,2 or 3 overs each.  Gregor opened the bowling for the first time, with a maiden.  Harry got his first wicket, with Gregor taking the catch, and Ruairidh took two (1 bowled, 1 stumped), spinning the ball sharply towards leg.  With a few dropped catches and some difficult run out chances going just wide, Grange led by ten runs with two balls to face.  Ruairidh took the second of his two wickets with the penultimate ball, with a sharp stumping from Murray, but with another wicket required off the last ball to tie the game, it proved a feat too far for Carlton and Grange ended up worthy winners with  a final score of 96 (111-3).

 

Well done to everyone, and congratulations to Grange.  A close and exciting match enjoyed by all, although the exit of the crowd to their centrally heated homes was perhaps more speedy than usual.

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Friday 18th May  

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Carlton
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Friday 25th May  
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Carlton
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Watsonian
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  195 home 150

A beautiful summer’s evening saw Carlton’s U11s take to the field for their second match of the season. 

The change from the Arctic conditions of their previous outing brought a good crowd of parents, siblings and friends, who were treated to an entertaining match played in a good spirit by both teams.  A comfortable win by 45 runs for Carlton, but a good performance from Watsonians who were playing one of their first hardball matches.

 

Watsonians batted first and their first pair put on a solid 24 runs in 4 overs for the loss of no wicket.  With Ruairidh bowling next, the second pair were restricted to a net score of 6, with Ruairidh taking two wickets.  Ruairidh was in action again in the field in the next four overs, claiming a clean strike run out. 

The bowling of Murray and Alastair restricted the 3rd set of batters to 2 runs, with Murray taking a wicket with his first ball. Watsonians' final batters put on 18 runs, taking the total to 150 off 16 overs.  A good overall bowling performance from Carlton.

 

Carlton’s batting tactics were to pair “old hands” and relative novices, with all pairs batting well and contributing to the overall innings.  Ruairidh and Alastair got Carlton off to the best possible start taking 45 runs off the first 4 overs, and the crowd enjoyed watching Ruairidh’s 6 boundaries. 

Gregor and Pete were up next and added a further 30 runs to the score.  Some good calling and a couple of boundaries from Gregor took Carlton’s score to 175.  Kieran and Kiartan were up next, with Kieran’s boundary contributing to a steady partnership net score of 15, with 1 wicket lost.  Murray and Hari closed out the innings for Carlton, taking the final score to 195, for the loss of a couple of wickets.  Well done to Ruairidh for top scoring with 35 and to Gregor for his score of 18.  Great to see such good partnerships, sensible batting and new talent coming to the fore.

 

So a win for Carlton, and good performances from everyone.   Well done.

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Friday 1st June  
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SMRH
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Carlton
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  211 away 293

On a very bitter and cold Friday evening, our highly promising Under- 11 unit travelled to Inverleith to face SMRH. On the back of a very convincing win against Watsonians the team wanted to continue in strong suit.


The team this week saw 4 new changes including Under-11 debutant Callum Johnstone.

After captain Gregor won the toss he elected to bat first and opened alongside Harry who helped get the side of to a flying start with 33 off the first 4 overs. What was most pleasing with the opening pair was their electric running between the wickets and their thirst for singles almost every ball.


Kieran and Kjartan then continued where the openers left off with a flurry of boundaries from both batsman to take their score to 20. The chirpy Adam then came to the crease along with Callum who both notched the score up to 268. Adam produced the shot of the day with a leg glance that went all the way to the fence. Callum showed us what a talent he has with his dropping and running persistence through his innings.

In the absence of Peter in the 1st innings Seb provided a show with some big hits along with Gregor as the final pair to take the total score to 293. The team batted superbly clearly taking on board the various techniques that they have been working on in training. Especially in taking quick singles and always looking for scoring opportunities in the gaps.

Our opening bowlers Peter and Gregor got things going but had no luck as the SMRH captain was very classy and put anything away that was short posting an opening score of 223. Seb then came on to produce a fine spell of line and length along with plenty of pace that the next batting pair couldn't handle. Callum joined in the action and picked up 3 wickets in his 2nd over including a hatrick ball! The SMRH score was then reduced to 221. Adam was next and bowled 3 fantastic overs refusing to give the batsman any excuse to hit him away. Our strength and depth in bowling was furthermore emphasised when Kjartan came on and picked up a 2 wickets in his first over which had SMRH really struggling and losing wickets/runs frequently. Peter and Seb came back on at the death overs and were ruthless bagging up a couple more wickets each that left SMRH on a final score of 211. The boys have been working especially hard at fielding in training which paid off as the side held all their catches and the ground fielding was also immaculate.

Another fantastic all round performance from the boys including immaculate fielding. The strength and depth of our development squad should hopefully give the boys confidence so they can kick on from here and make this a very successful season!

 

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Friday 8th June  

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Carlton
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Friday 15th June 6.15 pm

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Carlton
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Sunday 17th June  

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Carlton
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Grange Sharks
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Friday 22nd June 6.15 pm

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West Lothian
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Friday 29th June Friendly

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SMRH
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Sunday 22nd July Cup Round 1
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Carlton
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Penicuik
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  202 home 131

After weeks of rain causing Carlton’s U11 cup match against Penicuik to be repeatedly called off and rearranged, there was a sense of relief when a sunny and breezy Sunday morning at Grange Loan greeted the two teams.  Carlton’s pre match warm up consisted of a light jog around the boundary, with the boys putting emphasis on the “light” rather than the “jog”, or as the boys described it, “chatting”. It was perhaps no surprise then when this lack of pre match exercising led to Carlton losing the toss, and being asked to bat first.  Thankfully for Carlton this was to mark a turning point.

The team had been reminded that every wicket lost cost 5 runs, and with that, all the boys played sensibly with some good shots, clear calling and sensible running, and by the end of the innings, Carlton had batted through without the loss of any wickets.  Well done!  Special mention to Ben, Cameron and Zack, all of whom were playing their first U11 match.  Also well done to Ruairidh, Gregor and Ben for their boundaries (4,3 and 1 respectively).  A total of 102 runs scored, giving an U11 score of 202. 

With Murray donning the gloves, Gregor and Zack opened Carlton’s bowling attack.  Zack claimed his first wicket, and Penicuik’s opening pair were restricted to a net score of 22 runs.  Ben and Cameron were up next for Carlton, and claimed a wicket each with only nine runs conceded.  Ruairidh and Seb turned the screw further in the next four overs, bowling three maidens and taking a wicket apiece.  Adam, Zack and Seb bowled the final 4 overs.  Adam’s two overs of good line and length conceded only 1 run in total, and the team succeeded in claiming 2 run outs.  A final Penicuik score of 31 runs, giving an U11 score of 131. Well done to all; a real team effort.  A big thanks to Penicuik for their persistence in organising, and for a game well played. 

So, an appointment with Watsonians in the next round beckons, and the organisers hope that the weather allows the match to be played some time before the boys start shaving.  The coaches, too, will be dreaming of more strenuous warm ups!

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Friday 3rd August  
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Carlton
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Grange Sharks
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  142 home 154

Friday 3rd August.  For once, not raining.  The end of a full week’s cricket training for many of the Carlton U11’s.   How to relax?  Watch Andy Murray get into the Olympic men’s final at SW19?  Cheer Victoria Pendleton onto yet another Team GB cycling gold?  Not a bit of it.  There’s more cricket to be played!  And so it was that Carlton’s U11’s finally got their match underway against Grange Sharks, in a match originally scheduled for May.

 

Winning the toss, and electing to field,  Carlton’s players bowled well.  Taking 5 wickets in the allotted 16 overs, 2 of them run outs (a particularly sharp one from debutant Ben Swann, bowling, fielding and then throwing down the stumps at the non-striker’s end), Carlton kept the visitors to a net score of 154.  Kieran showed growing confidence with the wicket keeping gloves, with some good takes behind the stumps, and Kjartan’s clean bowl was perhaps the pick of the wickets.  A good score from Grange and some impressive shots in their innings, but one that perhaps Carlton felt they could better.

 

It was not to be.   Scoring steadily, Carlton clawed away at the deficit as each over went by.  But, it was the loss of wickets at key moments that was to prove Carlton’s undoing.  While some of these were down to the sharp bowling or catching from a Grange team who all showed good cricketing awareness in the field, a couple of run outs perhaps could have been avoided, and by the time that the last pair came in to bat, 36 runs were needed from 4 overs to win.  A tall order.  With Grange putting 6 players on or near the boundary when captain Ruairidh was on strike, to score 33 of the 36 runs was impressive.  But with 2 wickets coming as well, Grange ran out deserved victors by 12 runs.

 

The boys’ disappointment was clear.  But, despite losing the match, they should all be proud of the manner in which they played.  They played the match as a team, and when wickets went down the first words to be uttered were words of encouragement and support.  Well done! A team effort.

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Friday 10th August 6 pm
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Heriots
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  221 home 133

A lovely summer’s evening for cricket, with thermals and kagoules left at home, led to an entertaining cricket match enjoyed by the many parents who turned out to watch.  A performance where everyone contributed with bat, ball or in the field ended up with an 88 run victory for Carlton’s U11s with Carlton scoring an u11 score of 221 to Heriot’s 133.

With Carlton winning the toss and electing to bat first, the final statistics read 146 runs scored for the loss of 5 wickets with fifteen boundaries scored.  Highlights included:

  • Ruaridh’s 5 consecutive boundaries off the first 5 balls in an over.  Would he go for another off the sixth?  And lose strike?  No, no! A single will do.
  • Murray and Gregor both hitting 4 boundaries each, one almost removing the Carlton youth convener (not a good move boys, prizegiving’s on its way!)
  • A reverse sweep by Alastair for one of his 2 boundaries.

Special mention to Kieran, who finding himself 9th man, bravely fielded with Heriot’s and stopped at least 2 dead cert boundaries for Carlton.

Carlton’s field performance was also high quality with Heriot’s restricted to scoring 63 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.  Wickets were shared by 5 bowlers – well done to Douglas for his brace, and to Pete, Kieran (now appearing for Carlton), Callum and Gregor for one a piece.   Catch of the night went to Kjartan.  Murray, as ever, kept extremely well and took some sharp takes behind the stumps.

Thanks to Heriot’s for a good match, and for perseverance in rearranging the tie over many weeks.

Let’s hope that the boys can keep up the good form on Sunday in their U11 cup match against Watsonians.

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Sunday 12th August Cup Semi Final
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Watsonians
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  144 away 215

The local traders of Craiglockhart will have been grateful that Carlton’s U11 cup match against Watsonians was scheduled for such an early Sunday morning start.  Swapping coffee and croissants while reading Sunday papers, a number of parents were seen sneaking off to the local shops and returning with tea, toast and bars of chocolate.  Parenting by example! 

In return for their culinary sacrifices, they were treated to an entertaining match of cricket that saw Carlton run out comfortable winners by 71 runs to book a date with Grange in the regional U11 final.

 

Carlton’s pre-match coin tossing training proved decisive once more and the decision to bat first was made.  Carlton’s score progressed steadily with each partnership, with the first three pairs returning scores of 18, 21 and 24. 

The final two batsmen came to the crease with the score on 163.  Ruairidh then went on to prove that guessing heads or tails was not his only skill as he duly smashed 8 boundaries from 19 balls and finished with an individual score of 40.  This combined team batting performance put Carlton in a strong position as they concluded on 215 after 16 overs.

 

Carlton’s bowlers were not to disappoint either.  With four clean-bowled wickets, one run out, a fair few vocal appeals for lbws and run outs, and tight fielding, Watsonians were restricted to a final score of 144. 

Good bowling all round, and special mention to Alastair Curtis Walcott for his 3 wickets for 7 runs (off 3 overs).

Great to see such a good performance from a team that has developed and gelled over the season.  Credit and thanks to coaches Mo and Herdy for all their hard work with the boys. 

Bring on Grange in the final.

 

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Friday 17th August Friendly
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SMRH
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Carlton
  134 away 142
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Monday 20th August Cup Final
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Carlton
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  144 home 205

Carlton's U11 team went into their cup final against Grange with an impressive record of 6 wins out of 8 this season.  Their two losses, however, were both against Grange teams, so would it be third time lucky for Carlton, or would Grange prevail once more? Unfortunately it was to be Grange's strength in depth, both in batting and bowling, as well as excellent fielding, that led them to a well deserved victory on the night and saw them progress to the regional finals as worthy winners of the East & Mid section of the cup.

Carlton won the toss and elected to bat.  With Grange bowling and fielding well, the 74 runs Carlton scored could have created a competitive target, but the loss of 6 wickets led to a net score of 44 runs which was always going to be difficult to defend.  A couple of good boundaries were hit, but the calling and running between the wickets could have been better, leading to a number of run outs and a fair few palpitations for the watching parents.

Facing an uphill task, Carlton bowled well, but failed to take as many wickets and conceded more runs.  Grange ended up scoring 115 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets.

So the end of the season for the U11 Development team, and despite this loss, a good season for all.  It has been a pleasure to watch all their matches this season, and see the way that the team has matured and developed.  Here's hoping for less rain and more cricket next year.

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