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Arbroath end home winning run

Carlton suffered defeat in the league at Grange Loan for the first time in over a year as Arbroath overcame the home side’s under-par total, while the Twos and Fives were also beaten. However, there was an impressive win for the Fours at Livingston.

At Grange Loan, skipper Alasdair Evans once again won the toss and elected to bat. Frustratingly, a succession of batsmen got themselves in before losing their wicket just as they looked to accelerate. Michael Castle (below) top scored on his league debut with 49 before falling lbw, while Parker Neame and Evans also passed 40 and Craig Marshall impressed on his comeback to 1st team cricket with 35 as Carlton were all out for 232 with 17 deliveries left unused.

With a good batting track and a fast outfield that total always looked about 50 runs light and when visiting openers Petrie and McLean saw off the new ball attack of Evans and Castle Carlton faced an uphill battle. Two wickets for Omar Ahmad gave Carlton a glimmer but Sri Lankan left-hander Shanuka Vithanawasam hit a half-century as Arbroath passed the target with 4 wickets to spare. [Photos]

Carlton 2s faced a 2nd XI derby down at Grange and, sadly, their batting failed to fire despite another solid showing from young Murray Whitaker and a late blast from Ahmad Shah, as they were dismissed for just 123.  The Grange second string then eased to their target with just three wickets down.

At Livingston, Fantasy Bob eschewed the attraction of the Royal wedding to lead the Carlton 4th XI to their third win of the season. He picked up a couple of wickets himself as the Livi 2s totalled 168 for 9 off their 40 overs, then watched as Chris McAllister, Eric Edwards and Alex Fedenczuk all contributed to a seven wicket win.

There can’t be too many 11 year olds who are already club legends but that description can safely be applied to Max d’Ulisse, who made his long awaited senor debut for the 5s on Saturday, earning praise from team-mates and opposition alike for his display behind the stumps as his side attempted to defend their total of just 101. They didn’t manage it, losing by 8 wickets, but there were yet more impressive efforts from the younger members of the club, which is what it’s all about.

On Sunday the 3s were at Grange Loan, facing up to the challenge of Westquarter & Redding. The home side were all out in the final over for a healthy 240, with Douglas Tidy top scoring with 60 and Ross Armour, Ruairidh Main and Nick Thomson also in the runs. In the reply, club treasurer Brad McKay had more than just economy on his mind, taking 4 wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 153.

Castle hits the ground running

Everybody at Carlton was delighted when Australian all-rounder Michael Castle arrived at Glasgow airport late on Wednesday. The original plan was to break Michael in gently with a bit of junior coaching on Thursday evening, however a late call off meant that as soon as the junior session was over he was pitched into the 1st team for the T20 match with ESCA Championship side Edinburgh CC at Grange Loan.

Not one to miss an opportunity, Michael set about the bowling quickly, making the ground look rather small as a series of deliveries were dispatched to, and over, the boundary. Surviving one chance on his way to fifty, the Sydney first-grader made the visitors pay by racing past 100, then 150, before finishing undefeated on 181 as Carlton ended on 249 for 2. 

For those who love a good statistic, Michael's hundred came off 47 balls, with his 181 comprising just 72 deliveries and containing 18 fours and 12 sixes.

Not content with that effort, Michael also fought his jet lag to bowl three overs up the hill as Edinburgh were restricted to 152 for 4 in reply. [Scorecard]

Michael, a left handed batsman and left arm seamer, has scored over 5,000 runs and taken more than 200 wickets in his cricketing career, and last year captained Penrith in the Sydney first-grade competition.

Scottish Cup defence off to a winning start

A youthful Carlton side kept the club’s 2018 Scottish Cup hopes alive with a fighting victory at Drumpellier on Sunday, while there were also weekend wins at Grange Loan for the 2s and 4s.

Sunday saw a very young Carlton side begin the defence of the Scottish Cup in Coatbridge against Drumpellier. Skipper Arun Pillai was one of only three players who had featured in the XI in last year’s cup final at Broughty Ferry and his team were put in to bat after he lost the toss. Young opener Murray Whitaker made his debut as opener and he and Kyle Macpherson made a fine start, putting on a 50 partnership before Murray was bowled. Unfortunately that started a Carlton collapse as a further 6 wickets then fell for the addition of just 32 runs. However, the spirit of last year’s never-say-die performance in the final was kept alive by Ali Shah who hit a priceless 50, well supported by Adeel Raza, to help his side post 160 all out with 11 balls to go.

As with last year’s final it was the Carlton spinners who kept their side in contention. Rory Allardice, making a welcome return to the side, was the standout performer taking 3 for 16 off his 10 overs, while skipper Arun also picked up 3 wickets. There were only 8 runs separating the sides when Ruari Macpherson took the final wicket, bowling Allison to take Carlton into the second round where they’ll travel to face either Glenrothes or Greenock on 3rd of June.


Meanwhile, over at Grange Loan, Bob Irvine’s 4th XI earned a comprehensive victory over Kirk Brae 2s. A tight performance in the field, led by Douglas Tidy with 3 for 25, restricted the visitors to just 136 for 9 off their 40 overs. Douglas, batting at 3, then hit 49 as an unbeaten 69 from Alex Fedenczuk (a "consummate exhibition of strokeplay" according to our match reporter) saw the Fours to an 8 wicket win in the 20th over.

Carlton women's premier league match against West at Stirling was called off after overnight rain.

On Saturday, Carlton slipped to a disappointing defeat at Heriot’s. After a good performance in the field, dismissing the Goldenacre side for 174 with spinners Arun Pillai and Adeel Raza both taking 3 wickets, the batting failed to fire and Carlton were dismissed for 128.

At Grange Loan, Gordon Drummond stepped up to the captaincy of the Carlton 2nd XI in the absence of Guy Hudson. In other circumstances the inclusion of Fraser Watts might have had a dramatic effect on the average age of the side but, with five players who are still at school in the team, everything balanced out nicely. Once again, Drummo’s experience on the park rubbed off on the rest of the side as they put in an impressive performance in the field to dismiss visitors Murrayfield DAFS for 146. Ahmad Shah took 2 wickets, Rory Allardice bowled 9 overs taking 1 for 17, but it was youngster Mikey Brown who was the star bowler with a well-deserved 5 for 12.

In reply, Carlton paired Watts with young Pete Gill to open the batting and the pair got the innings off to an entertaining start, putting on 71 together before Pete was bowled. Fraggle then saw his side home, putting on another 50 partnership with Rory.

At Campbell Park, the 3rd XI ended on the wrong side of a dramatic last over finish against Edinburgh CC 2s. A good bowling effort, with Duncan Sutherland taking 4 for 36, dismissed the home side for 163. However, despite an impressive 86 from young opener Murray Whitaker, the Carlton reply began to falter with victory in sight and a final over runout sealed victory for Edinburgh by just 3 runs.

And at a scenic Galashiels (below), the hard work of openers Keith Murray (37) and Ewan Hutchinson (13) was undone by a collapse that saw 10 wickets fall for 34 runs as the 5th XI were all out for 89. Despite an early breakthrough for Ivan Dawson (courtesy of catch by his dad) the Fives lost by 9 wickets to the Gala/Hawick development side.

First social and BBQ of the season

Let's get this Cricket Season started with a party - a BBQ party - players - friends - family are all welcome!

The party will start at 6pm on Friday the 25th of May and the sun will be shining! There will also be a cricket match happening in the form of an U14 Derby match Carlton Hurricanes v Carlton Thunder.

To make sure your name is on our guest list please email BBQ HQ: liz@littlejohns.ltd.uk advising the number of guests that you'll be bringing - family & friends all welcome, although we do ask that your 4 legged friends stay at home. 

The BBQ will be on (please advise if any of your guests are vegetarian) and the ever popular pop-up Paolozzi and Prosecco stand will be there too. 

Obviously these events don't just happen - so we'll be grateful for any offers of help. Shifts will run from 5.30 - 6.30pm, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, 7.30pm to 8.30pm and 8.30 clear up - please advise when you can help in your reply - no previous experience required!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 25th.

Liz Shand 

BBQ HQ

0775 362 8595 

Packed weekend of cricket sees Carlton get off the mark

A full weekend of cricket saw all six Carlton senior sides in action. Four of the teams managed a win, while the U15s progressed in the ECB Cup after an impressive run chase against Poloc at Inch Park.

On Saturday, Carlton extended their unbeaten home league record from last season with a well-earned victory over Watsonians. Winning the toss, skipper Ali Evans backed his batsmen by asking the visitors to field and opener Arun Pillai responded with 45 to set a firm foundation for the innings. Irish international Rory McCann (below) then ensured that Carlton would post a competitive total as he compiled a superb unbeaten 123.

Set 254 to win, Watsonians were rocked by two early wickets from Ali Evans but George Munsey was in aggressive form and his 100 looked to have his side in the driving seat before Shiv Gupta (below), making his league debut, took a terrific tumbling catch in the deep off Pillai with the left-hander on 101. Shiv then finished off the game in fine style, bowling down the hill and picking up 5 wickets to take his side to an ultimately comfortable 72 run win. (Photos)

At Campbell Park, a disciplined bowling effort spearheaded by Ahmad Shah (4/30) kept the normally aggressive Edinburgh CC batting line-up in check, with Gordon Drummond making a welcome return to action to support the youngsters in the Carlton 2nd XI side. Chasing 195, a fine partnership between Ben Thurman (51) and Parker Neame (81) had Carlton well set before a late flurry of wickets meant that Drummo was called to the middle to hit the winning runs as the Twos won by 3 wickets.

Over in Fife, the Fours got their first win of the season with a 6 wicket win against Dunnikier 2s. Cameron Keatinge led the way for the young bowling attack with 3 for 26 as they restricted the home side to 134 for 8 in their 40 overs. New boy Chris McAllister hit a valuable 27 on debut but it was the well-kent figure of Eric Edwards who anchored the innings with an unbeaten 92 to take the Fours over the line in the 25th over.

The Fives started their league campaign at Peffermill against Falkland 3s minus their skipper Shaun Barrett. Even without their veteran leader, the age gap between the youngest and the oldest player in the side was a remarkable 60 years. The heady blend of youth and experience is, of course, the hallmark of the Fives and this match saw yet another youngster, Rudi Adair, making his senior debut. Despite a strong effort from young and old alike, the Fives were beaten by 6 wickets.

The senior members of the 5th XI (above) scramble for leftovers while the youngsters (below) take it easy after decimating the empire biscuits

On Sunday, the Carlton women got their league season underway with a fine 9 wicket win over George Watson’s College at Craiglockhart. Despite the backbone of the squad, including skipper Ruth Willis, being on duty south of the border with the national ‘A’ squad, the Carlton side did their club proud, dismissing GWC for just 89 before knocking off the runs for the loss of only 1 wicket. Once again, Carton were indebted to a Drummond (this time Annette) for being on hand to pass on invaluable experience to the youngsters on the field. Charis Scott picked up 4 wickets in the first inningss, while Annette Drummond and Francesca Auchterlonie were both unbeatern on 35 as they saw their side home.

At Grange Loan, the Third XI failed to repeat their win of last weekend as they were able to muster only 127 against Drummond Trinity at Grange Loan, a total that won’t have pleased the Carlton groundstaff. Despite two early wickets from Charlie Stronach, and fine spells from spinners Alan MacLeod and Murray Whitaker, there just weren’t enough runs to defend and the visitors edged home with 3 wickets in hand.

On Sunday morning the first All Stars cricket session for 5 and 6 year olds was held at a sunny Grange Loan. Hopefully many of the youngsters, and their parents, will be regular features at the club in the years to come.

At the same time, just a short distance away at Inch Park, the Carlton under 15s (below) began their ECB Cup campaign with an impressive win over Poloc. After restricting the Glasgow side to 111 for 6, some impressive batting from Gavin Murray (19), Ewan Hutchinson (31) and Rua McIntyre (45*), saw their side to an 8 wicket win in the 17th over. Carlton will now face Clydesdale in the next round. [Photos]



And on Sunday afternoon Carlton youngsters Gregor McIntyre, Pete Gill, Murray Johnson and Harry Simpson were on duty for the Eastern Knights u16s who defeated their counterparts from the west by 203 runs at Myreside.

League season gets underway

The first XI season got off to a disappointing start on Saturday when their Eastern Premier League match at Glenrothes was called off after an early morning inspection found the pitch to be unfit.

At Grange Loan, the sun came out in time to support a delayed start to the 2nd XI match with Edinburgh Accies (below). New skipper Guy Hudson got his reign off to the best possible start by cracking a century in a Carlton total of 219 for 8. Although the game was in the balance throughout the Accies’ reply, some excellent bowling at the death from Ahmad Shah and Mikey Brown sealed a 7 run win.

Down the road at the Inch, the Threes also got off to a winning start in the league by defeating Edinburgh South by 70 runs. Teenager Douglas Blood mastered the tricky artificial surface better than anyone, hitting 50 in a Threes total of 156. Two early wickets by Murray Johnson ensured that South were never in the hunt and they were eventually dismissed for just 84.

On Sunday, Grange Loan hosted an ESCA Division Five encounter between Carlton Fours and Musselburgh Twos under the new experimental rules which see four batches of ten overs bowled from alternate ends in an attempt to speed up the game. The visitors posted a healthy total of 205 for 6 off their 40 overs despite 3 wickets for Zaki Yusaf. And Zaki was also at the forefront of the Carlton reply with a fine 68, well supported by young Charlie Kentish who hit a stylish 16. However Zaki’s dismissal was the turning point and his side ended 17 runs in arrears, although Charles Stronach supplied a late flourish with 33*.

Also on Sunday afternoon the women's season got underway with a regional match at Grange CC, while a Carlton side participated in the Watsonian CC cricket festival at Myreside and Craiglockhart. Highlight of the day was an excellent partnership between Christina Evans and Charis Scott (below) in a close-fought match with St Andrews University

On Sunday morning, almost 60 players and parents were at Grange Loan (below) for the first Players v Parents KwikCricket match of the season. Beautiful sunshine, fun and at times competitive cricket and lots of kids smacking their parents for boundaries got the softball season off to a great start. A big thank you to the three u14 umpires Euan Keatinge, Ewan Hutchinson and Gavin Murray who adjudicated very fairly and orchestrated some great matches.

And on Friday evening, the first Carlton junior match of the season kicked off the weekend as a Carlton U13 schools side (below) defeated Stewarts Melville at Inverleith.

Sunshine start to the season

On a day of blue skies and temperatures more akin to a midsummer’s day in Scotland, the new season got underway on Saturday as Carlton hosted Northern Irish visitors North Down CC.

Bowling first the (partly) new-look Carlton attack were soon back into the swing of things, with Ali Evans, Adeel Raza and Omar Ahmad in the wickets as were newcomers Shiv Gupta and Tom Williamson. The visitors’ total of 100 was chased down for the loss of 4 wickets, with both sides then agreeing to play on for extra practice in the spring sunshine.

New 2s skipper Guy Hudson took a strong side through to Clackmannan and the Carlton batsmen made the most of the pre-season opportunity, with Craig Marshall an Parker Neame retiring after hitting 50s, and Pete Gill, Murray Whitaker and skipper Hudson also in the runs.

The 3rd XI were in action at Peebles in what turned out be a closely fought match. Bowling first there were wickets for Eoghan Forde, Jamie Beattie and Rua McIntyre plus a runout by skipper Nick Thomson as the home side made 178 for 4 off their 30 overs. The Carlton reply was built round solid early season efforts from Alan Murray (45), Nick Thomson (40) and Eoghan Forde (38*), but they lost by just 5 runs.

On Sunday, Carlton and North Down again locked horns, this time in a T20 in somewhat lower temperatures than the day before (below). Carlton posted 119 and despite a gallant chase the Irish side ended on 109 for 7.

Down at Stockbridge, the Carlton U18s took on Clydesdale in the held-over 2017 Scottish Cup Final. Batting first Murray Whitaker (36), Pete Gill (26), Tom Simpson (33*) and Gregor McIntyre (38*) took the Carlton youngsters to 142 for 2 at the end of their 20 overs. Despite the loss through injury of leading bowlers Angus Beattie and Mikey Brown, Carlton made regular inroads into the Clydesdale batting line up, and three runouts made sure the game would go down to the wire. However a final over boundary sealed a 4 wicket win for the Glasgow youngsters.

Season 2018

Here are the details of the captains and coaching arrangements for the coming season.

1st XI: Captain Ali Evans, Vice Captain Arun Pillai
Womens XI: Captain Ruth Willis

2nd XI: Captain Guy Hudson
3rd XI: Captain Paul Kentish
4th XI: Captain Bob Irvine
5th XI: Captain Shaun Barrett

Senior practice is Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting (weather permitting) Tuesday 10th April. Announcements about cancellations will be via Twitter (@CarltonCricket).  For the first week we will aim to start at 6pm, but with Junior coaching starting on the 17th we’ll revert to the normal 6:30pm start.


Senior coaching through the season will be led by professional Michael Castle supported by senior players.  Ali Evans will run the sessions for the first week ahead of Michael’s arrival.


Pete Steindl will continue to work with the Women’s squad on Friday evenings from 6:30pm.  The first session is likely to be the 20th April.


Stevie Gilmour will lead the junior coaching with Michael also helping to coach the U16 & U14 squads. U16s train on a Tuesday 5-6:30pm; U14s on a Thursday at the same time.  Primary school coaching is on a Wednesday evening.


All those who want to be considered for senior selection are welcome to attend senior training sessions.

Here’s to a long, dry summer!

Fantasy Bob's Quiz Night

Friday 20th April

7 for 7.30 pm

What better way could there be to launch a new season than with another version of the world famous Fantasy Bob's Quiz NIght?!

After a hiatus of 18 months, FB will be back with another version of his devilishly challenging - and always popular - quiz.

Entry fee for a team of up to 6 members is just £20. All proceeds go to club funds.

Get your entry in now by emailing: fantasybob@carltoncc.co.uk Non-members very welcome! If you can't form a team, drop us a line anyway and we'll fix you up with one on the night.