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Eight on the bounce as Carlton win again

The weekend saw Carlton extend their Eastern Premier League winning streak to 8 games with a comfortable win over Aberdeenshire at Grange Loan, while the Fours earned a great win over Division 5 league leaders Drummond Trinity at Inverleith.

At Grange Loan, Carlton skipper Ali Evans won the toss and decided to have a bowl against visitors Aberdeenshire. His decision looked like a good one as the Dons quickly subsided to 36 for 5, with Ali (below) leading the way with 4 for 23.  Further wickets for Michael Castle, Calum Everett, Shiv Gupta and Adeel Raza soon ended the innings with the score just edging into three figures.

As Carlton looked to finish things quickly some careless batting led to a few quick wickets, but opener Kyle Macpherson (23*) was joined by his skipper who hit a rapid unbeaten 19 to seal the win. [Scores] [Photos]

An inexperienced 2nd XI found the going tough down at Kelso as the home side were dismissed for 225 off the last ball of their innings. Saif Khan led the wicket-takers with 4 for 54. One bright note in the Carlton reply was provided by young opener Pete Gill who hit 43. However, none of his team-mates were able to provide consistent support and the Twos were all out for just 109. [Scores]

After their disappointing loss last weekend, the Fours kept their Division Five promotion hopes very much alive with a fine win over league leaders Drummond Trinity at Inverleith. A healthy contribution by Extras (53) helped Carlton reach 146 all out. When the home side were 83 for 4 the game was very much in the balance, but the deadly father-son combo of Alan and Gavin Murray (2 for 11 and 4 for 23 respectively) hoovered up the DT middle and lower order to see the Fours win by 29 runs. [Report]

The Fives recorded their fourth win of the campaign with a nail-biting one wicket win over Dunfermline & Carnegie 2s at Peffermill. As usual, the side’s youngsters led the bowling attack with style – Rory Ledingham took 2 for 16 from his 7 overs, while the Kentish twins (Fraser 2 for 33, Charlie 3 for 34) combined to restrict the Fifers to 144 for 8 from their 40 overs. The game swung one way then the other before a vital last wicket partnership between Euan Murray (5*) and the unflappable Paul Bailey (25*) saw their side home with one wicket and nine balls to spare, with the final run coming in the strangest of circumstances. [Report]

Sadly no cricket was possible on Sunday, washing out the Under 18s’ Scottish Cup tie at Poloc and the 3s’ home match with Livingston at Grange Loan.

Fours unable to complete 100% weekend

The club came within a whisker of registering 5 senior wins out of 5 at the weekend as the Fours just failed to get over the line at Grange Loan in Sunday following wins for the Ones, Twos, Threes & Fives.

On Saturday at Inverleith Carlton won their 7th Eastern Premier League match on the trot, trouncing Stewart’s Melville by 173 runs. Despite the relatively early loss of openers Macpherson and Castle, a 120 run partnership between Rory McCann and Arun Pillai ensured a healthy total. Carlton ended their 50 overs on 245 for 7, with Rory hitting 90 and Arun 79. The home side’s reply never got going as Omar Ahmad (3 for 19) and Shiv Gupta (4 for 23) combined to dismiss Stewart’s Melville for 72. [Scores]

The Twos were at Grange Loan for a match with Dunnikier and they also made short work of their opponents, dismissing the visitors for 74 in the 23rd over. After 2 early wickets from Ahmad Shah (below), Mikey Brown took over, taking 5 wickets in his 6 overs.

The match was over early as the Twos chased down the target in just 13.1 overs, with Murray Whitaker, Chris McAllister and Craig Marshall (below) all hitting 20s. [Scores] [Photos]

Down at Penicuik, the Fives earned their third victory of the season with a 7 wicket win over the home 2nd XI. The young Carlton bowling attack was on fire, with openers Euan Burgess and Duncan Greenshields each taking 2 wickets, while Finn Gibb and Ewan Hutchinson shared the final 6 wickets to roll over Penicuik for just 53. After the loss of 3 early wickets, Duncan and Euan combined with the bat to see their side to the win in the 22nd over. [Report]

On Sunday, the Threes won a tight match with Boroughmuir at Campbell Park. Batting first, Zaki Yusaf (28), Ruairidh Main (63), George Lamb (31), and Nick Thomson (47*) all contributed to a healthy Threes’ total of 205 for 6 from their 40 overs. A century from opener Hussain kept Boroughmuir in the hunt but when he was caught behind by Matt Wells off the bowling of George Lamb, Carlton were able to see the game out as their opponents ended on 200 for 7. Calum Sibley was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 27 off his 8 overs. [Scores]

Meanwhile, over at Grange Loan the pressure of sealing the first 100% weekend of the season proved just too much for the Fours (below) against Morton 2s. Batting first after the skipper won the toss (probably for the last time if his match report is anything to go by) Eric Edwards, Alex Fedenczuk, Ollie Raine and Brian Kaczynski all passed 20 but nobody could go on to hit the big score the situation required. Chasing 164, Morton started slowly before accelerating. Two run outs for Steven Andrews kept Carlton in with a chance at 138 for 6, but Morton eventually eased home with 4 wickets and 7 balls to spare. [Report]

Also on Sunday the Under 13s played Ferguslie in their Scottish Cup Semi Final tie at Goldenacre. An unfortunate fixture clash with a key Eastern Knights Under 14 game sadly meant that Carlton were unable to call on the services of Gavin Murray and Rua McIntyre, while all-rounder Murray Johnson was on his way to Ireland with the Scotland Under 15 squad. Nevertheless, the Carlton side went agonisingly close, losing out on countback after a tie with the Paisley side. [Report]

In the afternoon, the Carton youngsters sealed third place in the tournament with a 71 run win over Meigle, with Euan Keatinge, Charlie Kentish and Matthew Restall all retiring after passing 30. [Report]

Carlton sent two Kwik Cricket teams to the Penicuik u10 festival on Sunday morning. Both were unbeaten in each of their 3 games, including good victories over Grange, SMRH and Watsonians. The highlight was undoubtedly young Freddie Charman’s four wicket maiden against Watsonians, which included a hat-trick, as the Panthers took an impressive 11 wickets in their 8 overs, but there were great team performances all round. In our last 4 events the Carlton Kwik Cricket teams have won 19 out of 20 matches - hopefully a positive sign that the conveyor belt of talent at Carlton is continuing.

Old dog teaches new tricks

The hottest summer of Scottish cricket in a generation came to a (hopefully) temporary halt on Saturday when torrential rain drenched the capital at 11 am, just an hour before the scheduled start of the much-anticipated league match at Grange Loan between Carlton and Grange.

The rain fell with such ferocity that there was little hesitation on the part of the umpires to call the match off, and the 4s and 5s also soon found themselves with a free afternoon.

However, in the micro-climate of East Lothian, summer was still very much in evidence as the ESCA Championship match between Musselburgh and Carlton 2s got underway after just a brief delay, with the home side winning the toss and asking Carlton to bat.

The Carlton innings was built on a magnificent, unbeaten century from skipper and club legend Gordon Drummond. However, Drummo being Drummo he wouldn’t like the tale of the match to be about him and indeed it was the contribution of the Carlton teenagers he is mentoring that ultimately delivered a well-earned win.

Opener Chris McAllister made a solid start. However, when he was out, followed almost immediately by Craig Marshall, the Twos were struggling on 54 for 4 with Drummo striding to the crease. Two run outs followed by Rory Allardice being bowled didn’t help matters, as the score reached 99 for 7.  Joining his skipper at this stage was the recently returned Calum Everett, and he scored an invaluable 21 in a partnership of 35 before he hit a full toss to mid on. When Harry Simpson was bowled, the Twos were on 145 for 9 with a full 15 overs still to go.

Enter under 13s’ all-rounder Murray Johnson. Muz showed great maturity to keep Drummo company, first taking the total past 200, and then seeing his skipper bring up his hundred. When Muz was out in the penultimate over for a very fine 13, he had featured in a last wicket partnership of 72 and his side had posted a very competitive 217.

We don’t know if the skipper checked his phone during the tea break, and whether he saw that he’d been described as ‘old man Drummo’ by our Twitter correspondent. However, we trust that the President was tweeting the second innings updates from a safe distance.

Muz then demonstrated his all-rounder credentials by taking the first Musselburgh wicket, closely followed by one for fellow teenager Mikey Brown. Meanwhile at the other end, Calum Everett bowled his 7 overs for just 7 runs.

Thereafter the spinners took control. First Rory Allardice took two wickets in an over, before Scotland under 17 off-spinner Harry Simpson dismissed the dangerous Tufail. In the end, the home side was dismissed for 103 with Rory finishing with 3 for 30 and Harry returning the impressive figures of 5 for 14. [Scores]

The Threes were due to play at Grange Loan on Sunday but once again the rain ensured that no cricket was possible.

Although not much cricket was played by the seniors this weekend, the u10s beat the weather and were in action on Friday night and Sunday morning.


On Friday evening we had an u10 hardball match against a strong Watsonians team at Myreside. playing 16 overs a side. The Carlton side outscored the home team, but lost 10 wickets to the opponents’ 5 and so lost by 17 runs. A really good contest, with some fine performances on both sides. We hope to schedule a rematch before the end of the season.


On Sunday morning, we had the return u10 KwikCricket match against SMRH. The Carlton Panthers and Leopards both won their opening matches, so we re-jigged the teams with James Stronach and Harry and Freddie Charman kindly playing for SMRH. The second round of matches were much closer, but Carlton came out on top on both. There were particularly strong performances from some of the younger players including Egan Hundleby, Benji Risi and Finlay Thomson.

Carlton are T20 champions

On a sweltering Scottish summer’s evening in front of a sizeable Grange Loan crowd, Carlton won the 2018 Murgitroyd Masterton T20 Trophy.

[Scorecard] [Photos]

Skipper Ali Evans won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat. With a scorched outfield that meant anything beating the infield had ‘four’ written all over it (even up the Carlton hill) it looked like it could be a difficult evening for the seamers.

However, Joe Kinghorn-Grey earned an early breakthrough as he had Michael Castle play an uppish cover drive straight into the hands of Meier with only 9 on the board. The experienced duo of McCann and Southwell then started the scoreboard moving before the introduction of spin in the sub-continental conditions showed that the batsmen weren’t going to have it all their own way. First Wood had McCann well caught behind off one that bounced to find the edge, then Tom Simpson was hit on the toe and adjudged lbw.

At this point Southwell was joined by vice captain Arun Pillai, and the pair began to build a total in the face of some probing spin bowling, blending judicious shot selection with some aggressive running. Even the introduction of Majid Haq, the sixth bowler used, couldn’t find the breakthrough as Hugo (below) set the platform for a solid Carlton total.

It was the re-introduction of seam, though, that eventually brought the wicket as Hugo, on 58, was caught in the deep by Wood to give Kinghorn-Grey his second wicket. Arun (31) and Parker Neame (17) then kept things moving, helping Carlton to post a decent 132 for 7 in their 20 overs.

With four spinners in their ranks Carlton would have felt reasonably confident in defending their modest total, especially as RHC were unfortunately without their injured professional, Hammad Azam. However, a generous opening over allowed openers Taylor and Foster to get off to a flyer before Taylor was run out with the score on 34 thanks to some excellent fielding by skipper Evans. With no runs added Foster was then castled by Castle to put Carlton in control.

The spinners then applied the squeeze. Adeel Raza (below) dismissed the dangerous Flett with a sharp caught and bowled, before trapping Kinghorn-Grey lbw. Majid was very well caught by a tumbling Shiv Gupta off Rory Allardice, before Chayank Gosain restored his reputation with a couple of wickets; first bowling McCorkell then having Wood nonchalantly caught by Pillai in front of his adoring fans on the hill.

The end came quickly. Cheeky returned the compliment, taking an excellent catch off Arun, before Michael Castle got his second of the evening, bowling Meier. Fittingly, the final wicket fell to the skipper who cleaned up Young to seal a 28 run win.

Carlton in third after big win at Arbroath

Carlton moved up to third in the Eastern Premier League on Saturday with a thumping win at Arbroath. The Fours stayed firmly in the promotion hunt in ESCA Division Five with their 5th victory in a row and the Threes finally got back to winning ways.

Following their superb T20 semi final win at Grange on Tuesday, the Carlton batting fired from the off at Arbroath on Saturday with Michael Castle (42), Kyle Macpherson (30), Rory McCann (85), Tom Simpson (37) and Arun Pillai (29*) all contributing to a healthy total of 260 for 6. The home side’s reply was strangled at birth with Omar Ahmad dismissing skipper Marc Petrie first ball, then picking up a second wicket in the course of an opening double wicket maiden. Michael Castle then pitched in with his first Carlton fivefer as Carlton raced to a 178 run win. [Scores]

Next up for Carlton is the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy at Grange Loan on Thursday evening against RH Corstorphine.

At Grange Loan a young Carlton 2nd XI were unable to stop high flying Grange 2s posting 227, although Scotland u17 spinner Harry Simpson returned impressive figures of 4 for 23 from his 10 overs. The home batting found the going tough and skipper Gordon Drummond’s 64 was the highlight of a total of 129 all out. [Scores]

The Threes halted a run of five defeats with an excellent win at Westquarter, Brad McKay’s 4 for 18 helping to skittle the home side for 69 and set up a 5 wicket win. [Scores]

The Fours won again, with Alan Murray and Mo Nouman each picking up three wickets at Peffermill as Bob Irvine’s side rolled over Livingston 2s for 87. A quick unbeaten 50 from Eric Edwards saw his side to 9 wicket win after just 17 overs. [Report]

On Sunday, the Fives had the run of Grange Loan as they took on an experienced Drummond Trinity 3rd XI.  The all junior Carlton bowling attack toiled manfully to restrict the visitors to 250 for 4, with Jamie Beattie (1 for 31) and Ivan Dawson (3 for 47) in the wickets.

The Fives’ reply was blighted by a number of runouts, although David Simpson (below) led the way with 38 in a total of 146 all out. [Scores] [Photos]

The weekend had begin with a win on Friday evening when the Carlton Under 13s recorded a comfortable win over their Grange counterparts in their Scottish Cup Quarter Final. [Report]

Carlton win again but u13s bow out

Carlton maintained their fine league form with a home win over second placed Heriot’s, while the Twos and Fours were also successful.

At Grange Loan, the potentially destructive Heriot’s top order were soon back in the pavilion after excellent work from Ali Evans and Shiv Gupta. Despite solid resistance from the lower middle order, the best the visitors could muster was 180 for 8.

With run rate never likely to be an issue it was all about retaining wickets and at 83 for 5 the game was definitely in the balance. However, a fine partnership between Tom Simpson (61*, left) and skipper Ali Evans (45) took their side to the brink of victory as Carlton eventually ran out comfortable winners by 4 wickets. [Scores]

At Murrayfield, the Twos earned a three wicket win over their hosts. Fittingly, it was departing skipper Guy Hudson who was the main man, taking 5 for 19 as MDAFS were dismissed for just 117.  The reply wasn’t all plain sailing but 42 from Ali Shah and 29 from Gordon Lamb saw their side to a 3 wicket win. [Scores]

The Threes had to accept second best against the high-scoring Edinburgh CC 2s at Peffermill. Despite 3 wickets for Duncan Sutherland, the visitors scored 217 for 9. Opener Zaki Yusaf attempted to hold the reply together, but when he was 8th man out for 51 with the score on 114 the game was gone. [Scores]

The Fours continued their promotion push at Kirk Brae with an impressive 9 wicket win over the home side’s 2nd XI. No fewer than 6 bowlers were in the wickets as Kirk Brae were all out for 147, before Eric Edwards (69*) and Anish Amin (67*) combined to seal the win in the 25th over. [Report]

The inexperienced 5s continued to gain valuable experience rather than points as they tackled Leith FAB 2s. Deploying 9 bowlers, they did well to restrict the home side to 261 for 9, before sliding to 50 all out. The good news is they have a home game to look forward to at Grange Loan next week. [Scores]

On Sunday, the previously unbeaten Carlton under 13s travelled to Kendal in the next leg of their Vitality ECB Cup adventure. As always for Scottish sides in this cup, they struggle to put out their strongest XIs due to school holidays and this year was no exception. Nevertheless, the Carlton youngsters did themselves proud, pushing an impressive Netherfield side all the way before losing out narrowly. [Report]

Also on Sunday, a Carlton XI hosted old friends Woodcutters in a T20 ahead of watching the World Cup Final. Mikey Brown, Rob Grisenthwaite and Cameron Keatinge were in the runs, while wickets for Mo Nouman and Ewan Hutchinson were enough to see their side to a 27 run win. [Scores]


Carlton had two KwikCricket teams in action on Sunday morning. We sent an u12 team to the Peebles festival, and they won all three of their matches. A youthful u10 squad also played a friendly match with SMRH and beat them by over 100 runs. There were lots of impressive performances and it was great to get two strong teams out in the middle of the holidays. 

Carlton go fourth after win at Myreside

Peak holiday season meant another tough week for the Carlton selectors, but eventually 55 players were gathered together on a Saturday that brought wins for the 1s, 2s and 4s and heavy defeats for the 3s and 5s.

The recent history of matches between Watsonians and Carlton hasn’t featured too many comfortable run chases, and so it proved again on Saturday at Myreside as Carlton faltered in the latter part of their innings against their neighbours. Earlier, Watsonians had been restricted to 202 for 8 in their 50 overs, with leggie Adeel Raza again in the wickets with 4 for 21.

Michael Castle came blazing out of the blocks reaching his 50 in the 9th over, and was well supported by the returning Kyle Macpherson. Even after Michael was dismissed on 90, quickly followed by Shiv Gupta, the score soon moved on to 166 for 2 with only another 37 required. However, the standard batting collapse for this fixture took place with Carlton contriving to lose their next seven wickets for just 26 runs. It was left to the injured Parker Neame, batting at 11, to crash a quick 10 to see Carlton home by the skin of their teeth and take them to 4th in the league. [Scores]

There was another dramatic finish at Grange Loan, where Carlton 2s just saw off Edinburgh CC. Ahmad Shah took 3 wickets, but the big-hitting Edinburgh batsman kept playing their shots to see their side post 260 for 7 in their 50 overs. Good knocks up top from Mikey Brown (28), Chris McAllister (40) and Ben Thurman (29) set the innings on track, before departing skipper Guy Hudson (59) and Gordon Lamb (47*) kept the momentum going and made full use of the parched outfield. However, it was that man Ahmad, hitting out for the second home match in a row and now surely a ‘genuine all-rounder’, who took Carlton to a 4 wicket win with 3 balls to spare with a rapid unbeaten 25. [Scores]

The Threes’ batting failed on Saturday at Inverleith against Drummond Trinity with only Nick Thomson (31) and Alex Fedenczuk (17) reaching double figures in a total of 94 all out. The home side wasted no time in passing that total against Carlton’s inexperienced bowling attack, reaching the target in the 14th over for the loss of one wicket. [Scores]

There are all-rounders … and then there are all-rounders.  Carlton’s talented scorer, photographer, social media expert, wicket-keeper, opening batsman and bowler, Gavin Murray, helped the Fours keep up their Division 5 promotion push with a win over Dunnikier 2s. The 13 year old, who handed over the gloves to the returning Kevin Whitaker, contributed 4 wickets for 15 runs in his 5 overs to help restrict the Fife side to 144 for 9 at Inch Park.  Not content with half a day’s work, Gavin then hit 53 up top to ensure the Fours’ reply got off to a fine start, leaving Kevin to see the Fours home with an unbeaten 30. [Report]

That the Fives managed to put 11 players out on Saturday was a victory in itself, but they found themselves chasing 393 at Cavalry Park against Stewart’s Melville 4s. A decent reply in the circumstances then, with Stuart Dawson’s 51 the highlight of a respectable 164 for 7. [Report]

Another league win but Carlton bow out of cup

Carlton earned their fourth league win of the season with a comfortable victory over basement side Glenrothes on Saturday while there was also a good win for the Fours. Unfortunately, Sunday saw Carlton bow out of this season’s Scottish Cup, while the Threes lost out off the last ball at Grange Loan.

Saturday’s league match at a sun-kissed Grange Loan (below) pitted Carlton against Premier Division strugglers Glenrothes. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and got off to a solid start despite an early wicket for Ali Evans. However, when Safyaan Sharif was dismissed for 37 by Arun Pillai courtesy of Rory McCann’s third catch of the day, Glenrothes fell rapidly from 135 for 4 to 175 all out, with Arun Pillai finishing with 4 for 13.

Arun (67*) then put on 127 for the first wicket with Tom Simpson (54) as Carlton knocked off the runs in the 34th over for the loss of just one wicket. [Scores]

At Newfield, a fighting 64 from skipper Guy Hudson was the main highlight of a disappointing Twos’ total of 167 all out against Edinburgh Accies. The Accies’ reply recovered from the loss of two early wickets as an unbroken third wicket partnership passed the Carlton total with almost 20 overs to spare. [Scores]

The Fours batted first again – and won again – at a low scoring Musselburgh (below). Valuable partnerships between Ewan Hutchinson and Cameron Keatinge, and Duncan Sutherland and Callum Sibley, saw Bob Irvine’s side post 120. They then defended this admirably, dismissing the home side’s 2nd XI for just 102, with Duncan and Callum each taking 3 wickets. [Report]

Not for the first time the 5s’ bowling attack suffered at the hands of the strong Broomhall 2 batting line up as they conceded 250 runs in their 50 overs in Fife, despite 3 wickets for young Euan Keatinge. A good opening partnership between David Simpson (25) and John Beattie (28) got the reply off to a solid start. However, despite a fine 43 from Abi Aitken, well supported by her international colleague Hannah Rainey, the 5s finished on 171 for 8. [Report]

On Sunday, Carlton were forced to relinquish their hold on the Scottish Cup when a century from Michael English proved the difference between the teams in Paisley. Ferguslie’s total of 245 always looked just out of touch, especially when Michael Castle departed caught behind with the score on 103. Parker Neame continued his recent good form with a fine 54 but his Carlton were eventually dismissed for 205. [Scores]

At Grange Loan, the 3s took on neighbours Edinburgh South in tropical conditions. George Lamb top scored for Carlton as his side hit what was probably a slightly under par 177 for 7.

Despite fighting all the way, Carlton lost out off the final ball as the visitors sneaked home by just 1 wicket. [Scores]

Also on Sunday a number of the Carlton women’s side got in some very welcome extra cricket in Stirling as their team won a T20 friendly at Stirling.

1s win. 4s win toss and bat.

The return of dry weather saw all 6 senior sides in action at the weekend, with a harvest of four wins and two losses.

On Saturday across town at Barnton, Carlton were once again indebted to Michael Castle for holding their innings together, as he compiled an invaluable 54 while wickets tumbled around him. When his was the 8th wicket to fall with the score on 115, things looked bleak but some aggressive hitting from Shiv Gupta (17) and Adeel Raza (21) saw Carlton through to the end of the 48th over before they were dismissed for 158.

After a quick start, the home side were pegged back by regular wickets as they fell to 136 for 9. With Majid Haq batting at 9, Corstorphine were still in with a strong chance. However, Callum Dutia was run out trying to keep the ex-Scotland spinner on strike and Carlton won by 10 runs. [Scores]

At Grange Loan, the 2s’ bowling attack again got off to an impressive start as they pegged back Gala early on, before allowing the visitors to recover to 159 for 8. The bandana-sporting Chayank Gosain, freshly back from a six month stint in the land of Trump, eased himself back into form by taking 3 for 23.

Once again the 2s’ reply wasn’t particularly impressive as they fell to 91 for 7 despite a mature innings of 31 from teenager Mikey Brown. With all smart money on the men from the Borders, another teenager, Ben d’Ulisse, played a vital knock, aided by some judicious hitting by no.10 Ahmad Shah (below), to drag his side back into contention. When Ahmad was out, his side were still 12 runs short and Ben was joined by Callum Sibley. Relying on Callum to play his trademark blocks at one end, Ben continued to compile at the other, hitting the winning runs to end on a fine 47*. [Scores and photos]

The Threes headed north to Fife and found themselves in the field at Largo. Under 13 seamer Rua McIntyre was the pick of the bowlers, returning an impressive 2 for 16 from his 5 overs as the home side posted 254 for 4 from their 40 overs. Opener Ruairidh Main kept things interesting by hitting 71, supported by Nick Thomson (28) and skipper Paul Kentish (32), before the 3s subsided to 198 all out with an over to go. [Scores]

Through at Clackmannan the young Fives’ bowling attack stuck to their task well, with Finn Gibb earning two wickets early on and Ivan Dawson and Dougie Firth collecting one apiece. Chasing 185 in 40 overs was always going to be a big task, particularly when experienced openers Keith Murray and Paul Bailey were dismissed early on. Ikra Farooq continued her recent good form with an unbeaten 27, but her side were all out for 94. [Report]

On Sunday, Ikra was in action again as the Carlton women’s side defeated RH Corstorphine in their national premier league match at Peffermill. Young Caitlin Hutchinson took two wickets as RHC were all out for 138. Ikra and Charis Scott got the reply off to a good start, and when Charis was dismissed for 48, Annette Drummond finished the job with a brisk 51* to take Carlton to a 9 wicket win. [Scores]

Meanwhile at Grange Loan, the Fours won the toss and chose to bat against Largo 2s. Regular readers may wish to read that one again. The Fours won the toss and chose to bat. Eric Edwards and 13 year old Gavin Murray weren’t about to waste the opportunity and put on a century opening stand in 19 overs. Eric powered on to his hundred before Gavin was eventually caught for an impressive 63. After their 40 overs the Fours had scored 253 for 3, with Eric carrying his bat for a mighty 154*. The Largo reply ended on 174 for 7, with skipper for the day Alan Murray returning the best figures of 2 for 26. [Report]

On Sunday morning three teams of Carlton Kwik Cricketers turned out at the Watsonians’ u10 festival on a glorious sunny day at Myreside. There were an impressive 16 teams, with 4 pools of 4. The three Carlton teams, composed of P3 - P5s, won 8 out of their 9 games, with the Leopards and Pumas both winning their pools, thanks to narrow last over wins against Grange and Watsonians respectively. Well done to all and thanks to Watsonians for an excellently run festival. [Report]

Under 13s lift Vitality T20 cup

After 7 weeks of dry weather, a Saturday punctuated by a series of heavy showers came as an unpleasant surprise and meant a day of no cricket for the first time this season.

Normal service was resumed on Sunday morning though, as the Carlton Under 13s took on Ferguslie in the semi-finals of the Vitality Scottish T20 Club Championships at Inverleith. The young Carlton side hit a healthy 137 for 3, with Thomas Robertson, Murray Johnson and Charlie Kentish all retiring as they passed 30. The Paisley side made a good effort at chasing down the total but were eventually all out for 85.

The afternoon’s final once again pitched Carlton against Grange. At 25 for 5, things weren’t looking too rosy but a fine anchor innings from Isaac Foley (28), well supported by Murray Johnson (33*) and Jamie Beattie (25*), ensured that Carlton would not only bat their 20 overs but would post a competitive 132 for 7. The Carlton bowling and fielding was then of the highest quality and they dismissed their rivals for just 35 (a total which included 5 penalty runs imposed for the Carlton batsmen running on the pitch) to lift the trophy. [Match reports] [Photos]

The Carlton youngsters now go on to the UK North qualifiers, where they will travel to face the Cumbrian qualifiers on Sunday 15th July.

Staying with the juniors, 2 teams of Carlton kwik cricketers headed across town on Sunday morning to take part in the u10 Grange festival. Most of the Carlton sides were P4s playing against P5 opposition (as several of our P5s were playing hardball at Peebles, more of which below). The teams won 3 out of 6 matches, including an always welcome victory over a strong Grange side.

And so to Peebles, where a Carlton parents and kids side took on their counterparts from the home club in an enjoyable encounter that saw juniors from both teams put in impressive performances. For the record, the game ended in a tie.

Meanwhile at Grange Loan, the 5s saw their recent winning run come to an end as Musselburgh 3s won a nail-biter by 1 wicket. Keith Murray carried his bat for an unbeaten 79 to ensure his side made 151 for 7 in their 40 overs. Four wickets from Euan Murray took the 5s to the brink of victory but they eventually fell just short.

Just another weekend

Ahead of what turned out to be quite a weekend, upwards of 50 Carlton players declared themselves unavailable for cricket. There were birthday parties galore, weddings, stag dos, concerts and a range of other wonderful excuses. There was even one bloke who said he had to play in an ODI against England.

Despite all this, all 6 senior Carlton teams made it out onto the field. A septuagenarian featured in an unbroken 150 run stand as the 5s won their second game of the season, the 4s scored over 240 runs against the league leaders, the 3s and 2s lost out (despite the latter calling up a man with over 200 international caps), the women had a fine 8 wicket win over Watsonians and the 1st XI dug deep to bring home a vital 10 points from Aberdeen.

The Ones found themselves under great pressure at Mannofield on Saturday; not because they’d only won one league game all season, but because they knew they couldn’t return home in their luxury coach from Aberdeen without any points or they would incur the considerable wrath of the club treasurer.

Fortunately for all concerned, they did what was needed. Forties from Michael Castle and Parker Neame helped them post a decent total of 195 in their 50 overs, before a good performance in the field dismissed Aberdeenshire for just 147, with skipper Arun Pillai taking 3 for 34.

At Grange Loan, a great start by Carlton 2s (both hampered and helped by some Fraser Watts fielding) had reduced Kelso to 39 for 5, with Ahmad Shah (below) taking 3 early wickets. However a fine 8th wicket partnership saw the visitors recover to reach 177 for 8.

Despite a fluent start from young opener Pete Gill (below) with 26, and a fighting unbeaten 20 from keeper Ben d’Ulisse, the 2s’ batting had no answer to the Borders’ spinners and collapsed to a disappointing 82 all out. [Photos]

At Livingston, the young 3s’ bowling attack found it tough going against an experienced home side and found themselves chasing 251. Douglas Blood with 47 and skipper Paul Kentish with 30 put up some resistance but the 3s had to be content with 7 bonus points as they finished 93 runs short.

The 4s also had a tough time in the field against ESCA Division 5 leaders Drummond Trinity 2s at the Inch as they found themselves needing a massive 298 in 40 overs. 95 from Eric Edwards supported by 34 from Alan Murray made for a decent reply but their side had to be content with a total of 241 for 9 and a bonus point haul of 9.

We all love a stat. And in the 5s’ match report you’ll see this one: 22,392. We recommend you follow the link to read the report and see the significance of that number. The great news from Dunfermline was that the visitors chased down a total of 150 in under 32 overs for the loss of zero wickets. Take a bow David Simpson (71*) and Paul Bailey (62*).

On Sunday, Carlton women were at Grange Loan for the league derby with Watsonians. The visitors’ total of 116 was chased down for the loss of only 2 wickets to give Carlton their second win of the season. Well done all.

Also on Sunday our kwik cricketers had a great day out at Peebles, winning 5 out of their 6 matches at a very enjoyable event.

And what of the bloke who said he was playing in an ODI against England? Well, it turns out he was telling the truth. In a match of 736 runs, and with 11 bowlers used across both teams, he bowled the only maiden. And he dismissed Eoin Morgan and David Willey. Oh, and he and his team-mates made history.

You’ve got to love cricket.

Carlton into Cup quarter finals

Carlton kept their Scottish Cup title defence alive with a good win at Glenrothes on Sunday, following victories for the 4s and 5s on Saturday.

Winning the toss and electing to bat in Fife, Carlton openers Pillai and Simpson got things off to a good start with a partnership of 49 before Arun was lbw for 21. First team coach Michael Castle then joined Tom and the pair had taken the score to 165 when Tom was yorked by Scotland seamer Safyaan Sharif in the 40th over for an impressive and valuable 61. Ali Shah’s stumping for 11 in the 46th over with the score on 195 precipitated a middle over collapse, which included the loss of Michael for 85, before a late flurry from keeper Boyd and skipper Evans took the Carlton score to 232 for 7 at the end of their 50 overs.

While Ben Wilkinson (61) and Safyaan Sharif (33) were together the game was in the balance, but Adeel Raza induced Sharif to hit a catch to cover and Wilkinson hit Arun to long on to leave the home side on 144 for 5. The end then came quickly as Arun recorded figures of 4 for 9 from 5 overs to take Carlton into the quarter finals where they will travel to Paisley to play Ferguslie on July 1st.

Also on Sunday, the 3s overcame early rain delays to defeat Boroughmuir in their ESCA Division 2 match at Grange Loan. Chris McAllister (below) hit 74, and was well supported by Harry Simpson (40*) and Douglas Blood (33), as his side scored 215 for 5 in their 40 overs. In reply, Boroughmuir were bowled out for 121 with Charles Stronach taking three wickets. Harry's unbeaten innings cam on the back of the good news that he'd been called up to the Scotland under 17 squad to face Northants later this month. Well done Harry!

The previous day, Carlton had stuttered to a second successive home league defeat as they lost to Stewart’s Melville.  The visitors were sitting pretty at 91 for 1 in the 24th over, but the introduction of leggie Adeel Raza (below) changed things dramatically. He earned figures of 5 for 26 from his 10 overs, while off spinner Arun Pillai collected 3 for 24 to bundle StewMel out for just 138.

Any thoughts of a comfortable chase were soon dashed by a clatter of early wickets and Carlton were soon in trouble at 75 for 6. A half century partnership between Michael Castle and Fraser Boyd steadied the ship and looked to have taken the home side to the brink of victory, but when Michael (below) just failed to clear the long on boundary on 71 four wickets fell for the addition of just 1 run and Carlton found themselves all out still 11 behind.

The Twos were involved in a tight finish of their own as they visited ESCA Championship joint-leaders Dunnikier. Three wickets from Ahmad Shah had restricted the home side to 136 for 8 after 34 overs but a late rally saw the Twos having to chase a total of 207. At 96 for 6 a win looked unlikely but good knocks from teenagers Gregor McIntyre (37) and Mikey Brown (45) took their side agonisingly close, before Mikey was last man out with the total on 205.

The Fours continued their fine 2018 form, closing their eyes and ears to the temptations of the Meadows to see off the challenge of hosts Morton 2s. A disciplined bowling and fielding performance restricted Morton to 117 for 5 off their 40 overs. The Carlton reply was anchored by good knocks from Ewan Hutchinson and Mohammad Nouman as the Fours eased home by 5 wickets with over 7 overs to spare.

And there was a well-deserved, and much anticipated, first win of the season for the Fives. Clearly inspired by the return of his skipper Shaun Barrett, Euan Murray picked up 4 for 10 to help his side dismiss Penicuik 2s for 112. A nervous chase ensued, however, as wickets tumbled regularly and it was left to skipper Barrett and his experienced partner Dave ‘DC’ Carter to guide their side over the line.

Youngsters deliver first trophy of the season

There were three wins and three losses for the senior teams at the weekend but pride of place went to our young kwik cricketers who picked up Carlton’s first silverware of the season by retaining the Rowan Boland Memorial Trophy in the sun-drenched tournament at Galashiels.

On Saturday, a Dylan Budge 100 proved too much for Carlton, despite 4 wickets for Ali Evans as Grange ran out comfortable winners by 71 runs at Portgower Place.

Over at Grange Loan, the 2s posted 261 for 9 to beat Musselburgh, with Kyle Macpherson hitting an unbeaten 115 at number 3, supported by Gordon Drummond with 36. Ahmad Shah and Rory Allardice each took 3 wickets as the visitors were then dismissed for 114 to keep the 2s in third place in the ESCA Championship.

The Threes also kept up their good recent form with a win at St Boswells, restricting the home side to 138 for 9 before knocking the runs off with 3 wickets to spare. Teenager Gregor McIntyre was the main man with the bat, scoring 34.

The Fours also won, passing OCCC’s total of 173 for 8 with 4 wickets and 5 overs to spare, thanks in main to 62 from Paul Kentish and 32 from Ollie Raine. The win at the sun-kissed Inch Park (below) somehow conjoured up decadent images of 1930s Berlin for our match-reporter.

There was an improved performance from the Fives with young bowlers Finn Gibb and Ben Stronach both impressing. Although the Fives were unable to chase down Marchmont 3s’ total of 158 for 9 there were enough positive signs to suggest the first win of the summer is just around the corner.

On Sunday, Ellie Hird completed the Edinburgh half marathon then raced to Grange Loan to keep wicket for the Carlton women’s side in the Premier League match against the combined Edinburgh South / Stewarts Melville side. The visitors racked up a challenging 150 for 6 in their 30 overs, but a century partnership between Charis Scott (50) and Ikra Farooq (27) kept Carlton in the hunt, although they eventually finished just short on 121 for 4.

Ellie and Charis: half-marathon run and marathon innings

Also on Sunday the young Carlton kwik cricketers (Max d’Ulisse, Innes Tomlinson, Sam Northridge, James Stronach, Robbie Murray, Lewis King, Oli Stones and Finlay Thomson) beat Selkirk, Gala and then a strong Kelso side to earn the right to play Melrose in the final of the Rowan Boland Memorial Trophy at Galashiels. A fine bowling and fielding display limited Melrose to 225 and the Carlton players batted equally well, posting 260 to retain the trophy. A great day out at a very memorable event. Many thanks again to Gala for hosting us.

On Sunday morning, our Under 13s began their ECB Vitality Club T20 campaign with a trip to Glasgow to face Poloc. Carlton posted an imposing 197 for 8 before limiting the young Glasgow side to 97 for 7 in reply (below). [Photos]

The weekend had started in great style on Friday evening with a very successful social evening at Grange Loan against the backdrop of an Under 14 derby. Many thanks once again for the hard work of all our much valued volunteers for making it possible.


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.