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Senior Awards close the cricket year

The Grange Loan pavilion was full for the last social event of the year which saw the Carlton World Cup trio of Preston Mommsen, Ali Evans and Toby Bailey face up to a full two sessions of questions from the gathered audience of seniors and juniors.

 

Following the Q&As, the final senior awards were handed out.

While Aussie Tom Freshwater had already picked up a number of awards prior to his departure Down Under, there were trophies handed out to a range of players, including Ikra Farooq (Women's Bowler of the Year), Katie McGill (Women's Batter of the Year), Ali Shah (2nd XI Batter of the Year & Six Hitting Trophy) and Kyle Macpherson (Young Player of the Year).

 

 

Full list of winners:

1st XI batting Hamish Gardiner
1st XI bowling Tom Freshwater
Women's batting Katie McGill
Women's bowling Ikra Farooq
2nd XI batting Ali Shah
2nd XI bowling Brad McKay
3rd XI batting Rob Atkin
3rd XI bowling Alan MacLeod
4th XI batting Zaki Yusaf
4th XI bowling Steven Andrews
Player's Player of the Year Tom Freshwater
Young Player of the Year Kyle Macpherson
Best Individual Performance Tom Freshwater
Six Hitting Trophy Ali Shah
Fielder of the Year Fraser Boyd
2nd XI Fielder of the Year Rory Allardice
Jimmy Jappy Trophy Kirstin Everett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On sale at the social evening was the 2016 Carlton desktop calendar. All profits from the calendar, which includes pictures from all senior and junior activities, go towards club funds. You'll find full details of how to get a copy, together with a preview of all the pictures, here.

Busy winter for Carlton's women

So far this season it’s been our women who have been hogging all the headlines.

Firstly, congratulations to Carlton's Abbi Aitken (the Scottish captain), Annette Drummond (left), Ollie Rae and Katie McGill who have been named in the Scotland squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Thailand later this month.

The squad fly out on November 19th and after warm up matches against China, Ireland and Zimbabwe they play their group games against Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and Thailand. The top two in the group go through to the semi-finals with both finalists qualifying for the 2016 T20 finals in India.

Everyone at Carlton wishes the squad all the best and we're looking forward to following their adventures in Thailand.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, ex-Carlton player Leigh Kasperek has been continuing her second international career with New Zealand. Leigh played in each of the White Ferns’ first three ODI wins over visitors Sri Lanka, picking up her best international figures of 4 for 27 in the first match (below).

On the domestic front, Carlton women had a successful start to the indoor season, winning the first regional competition of the season at Loretto School, beating teams from Edinburgh University, St. Andrews University, Watsonians and St Boswells. Well done to Amelia, Lily, Sile, Ruth and Ikra.

Fantasy Bob's Quiz Night

He’s back! By popular demand Carlton's Fantasy Bob will be running another of his world-famous Quiz Nights at Grange Loan on Saturday 21st November.

Bob’s quizzes are always a real treat, with cunning questions and a liberal sprinkling of well researched picture rounds. Teams of up to 6 are invited to compete for the coveted quiz title. As always prizes will be available for the successful teams.

The entry fee is a bargain at just £5 per person. The bar will be open from 7.30 pm with the quiz starting at 8 pm.

All members, junior parents, friends and visitors will be very welcome.

While we’ll be accepting entries on the night, given the popularity of previous events we recommend entering beforehand by emailing Bob at fantasybob@carltoncc.co.uk

Sun shines on end of season celebration

The organisers promised us good weather and why would we have doubted them? Needless to say, Grange Loan was bathed in early Autumn sunshine for the Junior celebration evening and prizegiving.

Head Coach Stevie Gilmour made sure the juniors were given a good runout by organising a series of cricket related games, while parents formed long queues for the BBQ and the bar.

Over 400 burgers later it was time for the presentations. There were medals for all the players who represented the club at kwik cricket this year, plus individual trophies across all the age groups.

A huge thanks to Liz, Kerry, Alison and the junior committee - and all our volunteers - for organising such a great night. And for fixing the weather of course.

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All the winners

Prizewinners

U11 Player of the Year

Rua McIntyre

Primary School Team Player of the Year

Fin Thornton

Most Improved Junior

Gavin Murray

Internationalist Awards

Eve Boulos

Nina Whitaker

Hat Trick Awards

Murray Johnson

Tom Kujawa

Junior Fielder of the Year

Charlie Kentish

U13 Batting Award

Douglas Blood

U13 Bowling Award

Pete Gill

U15 Batting Award

Angus Beattie

U15 Bowling Award

Tom Kujawa

Outstanding Performance by a Junior

Ruairidh Main

Carlton end season with a win

Carlton finished the season on a high with a 100% away league record after a convincing victory at Forfarshire.

Although there was an end of season feel to the match, the experienced duo of Hamish Gardiner and Fraser Watts both helped themselves to 50s. With supporting knocks of 34 from opener Kyle Macpherson and 40 from coach Stevie Gilmour, Carlton posted a solid target of 234 for 8.

Tom Freshwater picked up a further two wickets to end the season on 38 wickets, while Mo Ahmed impressed again with 3 for 24 as the home side were all out for 142. Carlton end the season in third place, just one win behind champions Grange.

At Grange Loan, ESCA champions Glenrothes were the visitors as the 2nd XI looked to round off their season with a good performance. After a good early start from the bowlers, with Calum Everett picking up an early wicket (below), visiting batsman Chris Greaves made the most of the luck that came his way to hit 162, taking him to 1000 runs for the season. He eventually fell to the bowling of Ruari Macpherson who ended the innings well, taking four wickets, as Glenrothes finished on 284 for 9.

After losing three wickets in the first two overs, the prospects of a run chase looked pretty bleak. A good partnership between Ben Thurman and Fraser Allardice stabilised things, but when skipper Rob Thornton’s entertaining innings of 36 ended when he was adjudged lbw the game was all but over with Carlton eventually slipping to 114 all out.

The Threes ended the season on a high when they thumped Dunfermline & Carnegie by 9 wickets. Alan MacLeod and Nick Thomson were again in the wickets with three apiece as the Fifers were dismissed for 178. An unbeaten hundred by Paul Kentish, well supported by Dougal Main (28) and Zaki Yusaf (45*) saw the Threes home with almost 20 overs to spare.

The Fours, who were already confirmed as Division Seven champions, slipped to defeat at Musselburgh 2s. Young Harry Simpson finished the season on 14 wickets, taking 3 for 13, as the hosts made 114 for 8 in their 40 overs. However, the Musselburgh men then outthought 4s skipper Fantasy Bob by offering up platefuls of empire biscuits at tea, ensuring the Carlton side were too heavily weighed down to bat properly. At least, that’s the excuse offered up by the skipper in his match report.

On Sunday, a Carlton XI headed south for the always eagerly anticipated visit to Manderston. Although Finlay Clarkson (62) and young Ben D’Ulisse (30) were in the runs, and there were two wickets for Steven Andrews, the home side emerged victorious by 8 wickets.

Falkland skittled and 4s are champs!

Carlton’s last home game of the season was blessed by fine weather and a healthy crowd of neighbours, supporters and visiting thespians. Sadly, from a neutral’s point of view, the action was over shortly after 2.30 pm as Carlton raced to a 9 wicket win over Falkland.

For the 5th time this season the Carlton bowing attack dismissed league opposition for under 100. This time Falkland mustered just 62 as the wickets were shared between Messrs Freshwater (3), McCloy (2), Evans (3) and Gosain (3). 

Rory McCann, Hamish Gardiner and Stevie Gilmour (below) then sealed a nine wicket win with Hamish finishing unbeaten on 39.

If that game was brief, the Fours match at The Meadows was even shorter. Bob Irvine’s side had no trouble collecting the bonus points they needed to seal promotion from ESCA Division Seven as they skittled Morton 2s for just 29. The match was then won by nine wickets allowing Bob’s men and boys to have an afternoon off. Later in the evening the news came through, that nearest rivals Glenrothes 3s had lost, ensuring the Fours will be league champions. Well done to all concerned! 

Twos’ opener Kyle Macpherson took his tally for the last two weeks to 217* as his unbeaten 87 helped his side to a 4 wicket win over Penicuik. Earlier Olly Brown took three wickets as the home side were all out for 181 just two balls short of their 50 overs. Kyle then received good support from Olly, Fraser Allardice and skipper Rob Thornton as the Twos eased home with 4 wickets to spare. 

Carlton Threes returned from Roseburn with an impressive victory over hosts Murrayfield DAFs 2s. Rob Atkin (65*) and Zaki Yusaf (51) underpinned a total of 184 for 3 in 45 overs, before the home side were dismissed for just 94. 

Unfortunately on Sunday Carlton Under 15s were the side skittled for a low score as they were blown away for 31 by an impressive Clydesdale bowling attack in the Scottish Cup semi final. The day did, however, have a reasonably happy ending as the Carlton youngsters later beat Largo in the third place play-off.

League leaders Grange deposed

After two disappointing defeats to rivals Grange in league and cup this year Carlton finally came good with a comprehensive victory over the league leaders at Portgower Place on Saturday.

Skipper Rory McCann won the toss and asked Grange to bat on a slow wicket. Although the Grange batsmen were looking to play aggressively, opening bowlers Tom Freshwater and Ryan McCloy bowled beautifully, backed up by some excellent catching, taking three wickets apiece. Ali Evans - who picked up the prize wicket of Neil McCallum (below) - and Chayank Gosain then took two wickets apiece as Grange were all out for 140.

Carlton openers Watts and McCloy (below) then sped to 37 off the first 3 overs as Carlton eventually ran out 8 wicket winners with over 28 overs to spare –  Fraser finishing unbeaten on 42 with Preston Mommsen racing to a rapid unbeaten 50.

At Grange Loan, the Twos got back to winning ways, coming out on top in a high scoring match against Marchmont. Opener Kyle Macpherson carried his bat for a superb 130*, while 15 year old Angus Beattie hit his maiden ESCA Championship 50. A brave reply by Marchmont fell just short, with Mo Ahmed taking an impressive 4 for 35 in 9.3 overs.

There was also a win for the Threes on Saturday, as they earned an 8 wicket victory over Drummond Trinity at Peffermill. Left arm spinners Fraser Allardice and Alan MacLeod took two wickets apiece before an effective piece of late hoovering by Steven Elder ended the innings on 133. Rob Atkin, Matt Wells, Ben Thurman and Zaki Yusaf all contributed with the bat as the Threes got home with plenty to spare.

The Fours meanwhile lost their first match since May when they couldn’t chase 173 at Dalgety Bay. Leggie Fergus Whatley took 5 wickets in just 5 overs, while young keeper Ben D’Ulisse had three stumpings. However, with no fewer than seven batsmen bowled, the run chase proved beyond the Fours despite 30s from Keith Murray and skipper Bob Irvine. The bonus points earned by reaching 150 for 8 do, however, keep the Fours at the top of Division Seven.

Fours stay on top

Carlton returned from their third trip to the granite city of the season with an impressive win, after beating hosts Aberdeenshire by 62 runs.

Fraser Watts was the architect of the victory, hitting 94 before being bowled. He was well supported by Hamish Gardiner (44) and the in-form Rory McCann (38) as Carlton posted 240 for 8. Regular wickets ensured the Aberdeen reply never seriously threatened the Carlton total with 7 wickets shared between Chayank Gosain, Cameron Shoebridge and Mo Ahmed. The hosts were eventually all out for 178. 

At Grange Loan, the Twos just missed out in a close finish against Freuchie. In a rain-interrupted innings, the home side totalled 219 for 8 off their 50 overs with skipper Rob Thornton (51) and Angus Hinton (below, 49) in the runs.  

Freuchie were set a reduced target of 197 in 40 overs and they achieved that with just four balls to spare, despite miserly opening spells from Brad McKay (below) and Rob Thornton which saw the total at 10 for 2 off 12 overs. 

The Threes lost again as they were beaten by RH Corstorphine 2s at Barnton. The home side did rather better than their 1st XI as they hit 180 for 7 in their 45 overs before the Threes fell well short, being dismissed for just 99. 

Meanwhile the Fours still sit on top of Division Seven of the East of Scotland league following a comprehensive win over their SMRH counterparts at Inverleith. Big hitters Eric Edwards (75) and Ferg Whatley (64) propelled the Fours to an impressive 212 for 2 in their 25 overs. Skipper Bob Irvine, who had earlier been bemoaning his lack of wickets this season, then took 3 for 15 while young Pete Gill delivered his usual economic spell with 2 for 12 off his 5 overs. The home side ended their innings on 104 for 7 to maintain the Fours’ slender 5 point lead at the top of the table.

Freshy on fire for Carlton

With the final month of the season approaching, Carlton maintained their outside chance at the league title but saw their Scottish Cup hopes disappear in a soggy end to the weekend.

On Saturday, the Carlton bowling attack dismissed Eastern Premier League opponents for double figures for the 4th time this season as Tom Freshwater took 7 wickets for just 8 runs to skittle Stoneywood-Dyce for 74.

The Carlton reply was delayed for a long time by rain, but they eventually knocked off the runs in less than 7 overs to gain another 10 points, with Fraser Watts (below) smashing a rapid 32.

The Twos, minus unavailable skipper Rob Thornton, had an unhappy visit to SMRH, where the home side hit a challenging 227 for 5, before bowling out the Carlton second-string for 119. There was also defeat for the Threes, who failed to chase 212 in 45 overs at Haddington, finishing on 185 for 8 despite 39 from opener Rob Atkin and a fighting 37 from young Murray Whitaker.

Bob Irvine’s 4th XI find themselves at the top of Division Seven following a comfortable away win over previous leaders Glenrothes 3s on Saturday. The home side were dismissed for 95 thanks to a fine all round bowling display before another 50 from Eric Edwards helped carry the Fours to a seven wicket win with more than 14 overs to spare.

On Sunday, Carlton fell short in their rain affected Scottish Cup semi final against Grange. A good recovery in the field pegged Grange back after a solid start and the visitors had to be content with a total of 216 for 8. Tom Freshwater (below) was the pick of the bowlers again with 3 for 34, while skipper Gordon Drummond bowled through the pain barrier with 1 for 22 off his full ten overs.

The Carlton reply suffered a severe setback when they lost openers Fraser Watts and Hamish Gardiner early on but were twice in with a chance of winning as the rain threatened a Duckworth Lewis outcome. However the loss of Stevie Gilmour (lbw) and Rory McCann (run out after a mix up with Drummo and his runner while on 31) ended Carlton’s hopes. When the rain finally settled at drinks Carlton were 5 wickets down and 29 runs adrift.

In a season where they are finding fixtures hard to come by the Carlton Women had a rare outing on Sunday when they faced a St Boswell’s select in the Borders. While Ruth Willis’s side fell short on the day, there were debuts for youngsters Grace Simpson and Georgia Ledingham, who both acquitted themselves well in the first of what will surely be many games for the club.

Weekend of ups and downs

It was a weekend of ups and downs at Carlton, with disappointing losses for the 1st XI and the Under 15s, but success for the 2s, 3s, 4s and our kwik cricketers.

At Grange Loan on Saturday, Carlton failed to build any momentum with the bat against Watsonians as Kyle Macpherson (28), skipper Hamish Gardiner (37), Fraser Watts (28) and Ali Shah (45) all made good starts but none could go on to post a big score. In the end, Carlton’s total of 205 proved insufficient as visiting skipper Ewan Chalmers saw his side to a comfortable 5 wicket win, despite a promising 3 wickets on debut for teenager Cameron Shoebridge (below).

Also on Saturday, the Threes and Fours won again to keep their promotion challenges on track. At Leith Links, the Threes dismissed home side Leith FAB for just 88, with spinners Fergus Whatley and Alan MacLeod sharing 5 wickets between them, before knocking off the runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Skipper Paul Kentish top scored with an unbeaten 29.

At The Meadows an even more challenging track than usual made life difficult for batters on both sides, but Eric Edwards showed his experience by hitting an invaluable 44 as the Fours posted a respectable 136 all out. The batting effort was shown in context when Steven Andrews took 5 wickets for just 6 runs as visitors Broomhall 2s were dismissed for 54.

On Sunday there was disappointment for the Under 15s when they failed to show their full potential as they went down by 7 wickets to visitors Carlisle in the NatWest Club Championship. Skipper Angus Beattie (below) showed his class, however, hitting a fine 41 and taking two wickets.

The Twos finally got back on the winning trail on Sunday when they had a comfortable win over Murrayfield DAFS at Merchiston. Brad McKay, Matt Spencer and Fraser Allardice all took two wickets as DAFS were dismissed for 92. Matt Wells (40) and Ben Thurman (32*) then made sure of a comfortable 7 wicket win.

And there was more success for the Carlton kwik cricketers (below) who enjoyed a great day out at the Ayr tournament, just pipping the opposition to finish on top. As always, Martin has provided an entertaining summary of the day.

But pride of place for the weekend goes to Carlton players Preston Mommsen (below) and Ali Evans who helped Scotland to qualification for the T20 World Cup after beating Oman at Goldenacre on Saturday morning. And a shout out also to national Under 19 coach Gordon Drummond, who led the Scotland youngsters to qualification for their World Cup by beating Ireland in Jersey. Congratulations also to ex-Carlton youngster Harris Aslam who was named the qualifying tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Under 15s take centre stage

Carlton entertain Watsonian CC at Grange Loan on Saturday with a noon start. The Threes will be looking to keep up their good form away at Leith FAB, while the Fours are aiming to keep their promotion push going when they host Broomhall 2s at The Meadows. The Carlton 2nd XI are in action on Sunday when they play Murrayfield DAFS at Merchiston Castle School.

However, the match of the weekend takes place at Grange Loan on Sunday (1pm) when the Carlton under 15 side hosts Cumbrian champions Carlisle looking to repeat last year’s tremendous feat of reaching the last 16 in the NatWest National Club Championships.

After defeating Grange in the Scottish final last month, the Carlton youngsters received a bye in the first round of the national stages. The winners of Sunday’s second round match will then travel to York for the northern group finals on 28th July.

Head Coach Stevie Gilmour will be looking after the squad on Sunday and everybody at the club will be delighted to see a big crowd come along to watch this year’s up and coming youngsters.

The Carlton team will be:

Angus Beattie *

Murray Whitaker

Ruairidh Main

Tom Kujawa 

Gregor Shand  

Gregor McIntyre 

Mikey Brown

Saif Khan

Ben D’Ulisse +

Pete Gill

Harry Simpson

Big win for McCann's men

Despite being short of a host of past and present captains on Saturday – Drummond (coaching the Scotland U19s in Jersey), Mommsen (captaining Scotland in the World T20 qualifiers), Gilmour (recovering from a serious hamstring injury), Watts (spouting nonsense providing expert insight on TV) – and minus international fast bowler Ali Evans, Carlton hammered visitors Heriot’s by no fewer than 230 runs.

Opener Hamish Gardiner hit 110 while skipper for the day Rory McCann (left), finished unbeaten on 112 as his side scored 309 for 4. The Carlton bowling attack wason top form with Tom Freshwater dismissing both openers early on, before Omar Ahmad weighed in with four wickets as Heriot’s were skittled for just 79.

The Twos became the second Carlton side to slide to defeat at the hands of Edinburgh CC at Campbell Park this season when they lost out by 89 runs despite three wickets for Brad McKay, taking his 2015 Championship tally to 20.

Meanwhile the 3rd XI swapped Grange Loan for the delights of The Meadows as they saw off the challenge of Selkirk.  20s from Kevin Whitaker and Zaki Yusaf helped the Threes post 117 – not a bad total at that venue – before Mo Ahmed and Nick Thomson ran through the Borderers’ batting, taking five wickets apiece to earn their side a 90 run win.

And there was also a win for the Fours at Roseburn, as leg spinner Matt Spencer proved to be an inspired bowling change for his skipper, returning figures of 6 for 16 to help dismiss MDAFS 4s for 130. The young and old opening partnership between Gregor McIntyre (36) and Shaun Barrett (40*) then eased the Fours towards a seven wicket win.

While there was no cricket on Sunday (the scheduled women’s match being cancelled) a Carlton men’s XI and a women’s team both took on touring sides from Nantes CC on Monday, the men braving the pouring rain in at Peffermill while the women played an evening match at Grange Loan.

Result: Rain 2, Carlton 2

Torrential rain on Saturday morning put paid to both the 1st and 2nd XI fixtures but the 4th XI travelled optimistically over the bridge to Fife and were rewarded with an afternoon in the sunshine at Dunnikier. The local 2nd XI batted first and a tight bowling performance saw them restricted to 124 for 9 in their 40 overs. Ruth Willis shone with the ball, taking 3 for 23.

Any thoughts of a struggle to reach the target were dispelled when Eric Edwards hit an aggressive unbeaten 70 to see the Fours to a seven wicket win with more than 17 overs to spare. Bob Irvine’s side now find themselves in a heady second place in Division Seven of the East of Scotland league.

The following day the Threes had use of a Grange Loan ground that had dried out following Saturday’s deluge as they hosted near neighbours Boroughmuir.  ‘Muir opener Ed Hutchinson got the visitors off to a good start, despite some withering commentary on the boundary from his Carlton supporting son Ewan, and it took a good delivery from Matt Edwards (below) to dismiss him for a well worked 33. That opened the door for the young Carlton bowling attack as Angus Beattie (3 wickets), Matt (2), Ruairidh Main (2), Sam Marchbank (1) and Murray  Whitaker (1) combined to dismiss Boroughmuir for 104.

The Carlton reply was anchored by Rob Atkin (below) who looked very solid throughout, taking his side to the brink of victory before being stumped on 54. He was well supported by ‘keeper Steven Allen (38*) as the Threes eased to a comfortable 8 wicket win.

Elsewhere on Sunday, the Carlton contingent of Abbi Aitken, Annette Drummond, Ollie Rae and Katie McGill were on Scotland duty as the Wildcats took on Hampshire and Cornwall in a couple of NatWest County T20 matches at the Ageas Rose Bowl. In the first game the Scots lost out by just 12 runs to Hampshire, but bounced back with a fine 6 wicket win over Cornwall, with Ollie hitting an unbeaten 44.

Carlton in cup semi-finals

It wasn’t the greatest 48 hours for the Carlton batting line-ups but ultimately the weekend delivered three notable successes.

Firstly, Saturday saw a very successful sponsors’ lunch at Grange Loan. Also on Saturday the 3rd XI earned an impressive win away at second-placed Kirk Brae in ESCA Division Three. And on Sunday, Carlton fought their way through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup after defeating visitors Kelburne from Paisley.

For the first time this season the temperature on a Saturday matched the season, and Karen and her team had the pavilion looking in great shape ahead of the annual sponsors’ lunch. The home team initially responded to the occasion in great style reducing visitors Arbroath to 84 for 7 in 32 overs, thanks to some exceptional bowling from the seamers, particularly from Ali Evans (below) on his last league appearance before he concentrates on the Scotland T20 qualifying tournament for the next few weeks.

Arbroath are nothing if not great fighters and the eighth wicket pair of skipper Marc Petrie and Bryce Carnegie then counter attacked with style, knocking the bowlers off their stride and inducing some sloppy fielding. Both batsmen made 66 as Arbroath ended their 50 overs on 222 for 9. The Carlton reply got off to a good start, with the home side looking in control at 88 for 1 after 21 overs. Unfortunately, the introduction of spin literally turned the game in the visitors’ favour. First Preston Mommsen hit McLean to young Waller in the deep and then Hamish Gardiner chipped one back to Craig Ramsay. Thereafter, the Carlton batting succumbed meekly with both spinners picking up 4 wickets apiece as Carlton were all out for just 123 to hand Arbroath their third win in three seasons at Grange Loan.

There were also batting woes for the Twos on Saturday as what was a strong-looking batting line-up on paper crumbled to 139 all out at Grange – a total that included 64 from Ali Shah. Brad McKay and Cameron Shoebridge collected two wickets apiece before the home side won by 4 wickets with over 15 overs to spare.

A strong Threes line-up had a comfortable win over Division 3 title contenders Kirk Brae. Experienced left-armer Alan MacLeod was at his best, taking 4 wickets as the home side was dismissed for 135. Mikey Brown also picked up 3 wickets to add to his growing tally for the season. Craig Everett then proved the mainstay of the Threes’ reply, hitting 49, supported by Matt Wells with 32, as his side won by 6 wickets in the 29th over.

Regular readers will have noticed that some match reports have been slow in arriving on the website this season but that certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday when 4th XI skipper Fantasy Bob was able to fire in a report before his match was even due to start. Sadly, the reason was that opponents West Lothian 3s had been forced to concede their Division Seven game due to lack of numbers, ironically on the Saturday when Carlton club availability had been at an all-time high.

Kelburne from Paisley were the visitors to Grange Loan on Sunday for the Scottish Cup Quarter Final tie. With a side packed full of experienced players and going well in the league this season, they were expected to be a tough nut to crack and so it proved. The Carlton total of 184 owed much to 60s from Hamish Gardiner and skipper Gordon Drummond, with a fighting 21 from Tom Freshwater also proving crucial. Happily, the bowling attack fired again with Ryan McCloy returning figures of 3 for 16 in front of an admiring Kelburne support who seemed to enjoy their day in the East despite their side eventually losing by 61 runs.

Queenslander McCloy receives some coaching tips Paisley-style (Pic: David Potter / Cricket Europe)

After seeing off the challenge of Clydesdale, Aberdeenshire and Kelburne in the cup so far Carlton will now face rivals Grange in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, over in India, ex-Carlton junior Leigh Kasperek made a little bit of club history when she became Carlton's first dual internationalist, debuting for the New Zealand women's side in their first ODI against India in Bengaluru. Leigh, who was capped over 50 times for Scotland, took 3 wickets (below) and hit an unbeaten 21 as her side lost out narrowly by just 17 runs.

Tour match on Tuesday

On Tuesday afternoon (30th June) a Carlton XI will play host to Victorian touring side The Crusaders. As always, spectators will be very welcome to come along to Grange Loan and enjoy some cricket and (hopefully) some warm weather. The match starts at 1pm and will be 40 overs a side.

Double trophy success for youngsters

The busiest weekend of the junior season started with five sides in action on Friday and ended with two trophy wins on Sunday.

On Friday afternoon, the Carlton primary school side – drawn from our juniors who attend state primary schools – defeated Loretto at Grange Loan.  In the evening both Under 11 sides were in action in Lothian league matches, while both Carlton Under 13 sides – the Pumas and the  Strikers - played out an entertaining league match in front of a good crowd at Grange Loan. After an enthralling 40 overs the game ended in a tie, ensuring that the battle for bragging rights would remain unsettled until the return match later in the season.

On Saturday morning the strength of the primary squad enabled two sides to play at the same time. One side entertained Stewart’s Melville, losing out in a high-scoring game, while the other team won at Heriot’s.

On Sunday morning one kwik cricket squad were on duty at the West Lothian festival at Linlithgow, while another squad travelled with manager Martin Firth to enjoy the hospitality of Arbroath United and take part in the Moira Shaw Trophy.  After winning four matches out of 5, and waiting while detailed calculations were carried out, it was announced that Carlton won the trophy by just 8 runs.  Well done to all involved.

Meanwhile, at Stewart’s Melville sports ground in Edinburgh the Under 15s had qualified for the Scottish Finals Day of the NatWest Club Championship.  As cup-holders, the team dealt well with expectations, seeing off the semi-final challenge of Huntly in the morning with a 126 run win. The match highlights were an unbeaten 50 for Ruairidh Main and a hat-trick for Tom Kujawa.

The final saw a repeat of last year’s clash between Grange and Carlton, and the 15s got off to the worst possible start when skipper Angus Beattie was run out in the first over without facing a ball.  However, a great partnership between Ruairidh Main (47) and Gregor McIntyre (36) saw the Carlton youngsters post 110 for 6 in their 20 overs. The Grange reply was kept under control with key wickets at key times with Angus picking up three wickets, while Tom Kujawa took two wickets in two balls. Eventually, Grange were dismissed for 89, leaving Carlton to represent Scotland in the national competition for the second time in two years.

The winning under 15s - well done to all!

Carlton in touch at halfway

The senior league season reached the halfway stage on Saturday and Carlton ended the first half of the Eastern Premier League in second place after a hard-fought win at Watsonians.  Like leaders Grange, Carlton have only lost one match so far but due to their early season visit to Heriot’s being the only match in the first half of the league not to have been  played, they trail the Stockbridge side by 1.39 percentage points.

Carlton struggled for a time at Myreside, losing wickets with regularity before a vital partnership between Fraser Watts (below) and 16 year old debutant Olly Brown took the score from 167 for 7 to 239 for 8, with Olly contributing a fine 36. Watts finished on 78 not out as Carlton posted 242 for 8.

Accurate bowling then ensured the home side were never quite up with the chase as wickets fell regularly – with seamers McCloy, Freshwater, Macpherson (below) and young Brown all picking up 2 wickets – taking Carlton to a 44 run win.

Carlton 2s came off second best in the top of the table ESCA Championship clash at Glenrothes despite an encouraging start which saw the league leaders reduced to 99 for 7, with teenager Cameron Shoebridge taking two wickets on his club debut. Unfortunately, forties from young Fraser Gosse and pro Akbar saw Glens post 156 all out. In reply, twenties from the returning Matt Wells and Nick Martin kept Carlton in contention but wickets tumbled regularly and, despite a defiant stand between Tom Simpson (30) and Gavin Rittoo (24) Carlton were bowled out for 139.

The Threes struggled again with the bat after restricting Dunfermline & Carnegie to 197 for 8, where Callum Sibley and Angus Beattie both took two wickets.  The Carlton reply was given a solid start with a half century from Rob Atkin, but only Ruairidh Main and Nick Thomson could post double figures in support and the Threes were dismissed for just 129.

The Fours had the rare treat of having Grange Loan to themselves on a Saturday and they made hay while the sun (mostly) shone, racking up an impressive 271 for 4 in their 40 overs. Zaki Yusaf hit an entertaining unbeaten 150, playing carefully to start with and then racing from 50 to 150 with the minimum of fuss. He received excellent support from Max Farrer who hit 53 and there were good cameos from Ollie Rae, Keith Murray and young Gregor McIntyre.

Maxwell wasn’t finished for the day as he collected three wickets, following early breakthroughs by Steven Andrews (below), Ollie and Gregor, as the Fours won by 114 runs.

Under 15s in NatWest Finals Day

This Sunday sees the Carlton Under 15s make their second consecutive appearance in the Scottish finals of the NatWest National Club Championship.

Last year’s group lifted the trophy (below) after a nail-biting win over Grange to start an exciting journey that took them all the way to the UK regional finals. This year’s squad face a tough task, with a semi-final against Huntly in the morning, with the winners of that tie meeting either Poloc or Grange in the finals.

This year’s Under 15s have had the benefit of the guidance of Scottish captain Preston Mommsen in the early part of the season. With Preston on international duty on Sunday, head coach Stevie Gilmour will be taking the helm, supported by Ryan McCloy. So the team will be in good hands for the first match which starts at 11 am at the Stewart’s Melville sports ground on Ferry Road.  Depending on the outcome of that match, Carlton will then play in the final or the 3rd/4th place play-off at 2.30 pm. It would be a great boost for the squad to see as many supporters as possible turn up to cheer them on.

The squad for Sunday is:

Angus Beattie

Mikey Brown

Tristram Holden

Tom Kujawa

Ruairidh Main

Louis Miller

Gregor McIntyre

Scott Peggie

Archie Robertson

Gregor Shand

Ben d'Ulisse

Murray Whitaker

Carlton keep pressure on leaders

Carlton kept up the pressure on league leaders Grange with a comprehensive win away at Falkland on Saturday. After the home side won the toss and decided to bat, the Carlton seam attack of Ali Evans, Tom Freshwater, Ryan McCloy and Omar Ahmad caused havoc, skittling Falkland for just 52 in 27.1 overs. Freshy then came out to bat with Hamish Gardiner and the pair rattled off the runs in 8 overs to seal a 10 wicket win.

At Grange Loan, the Twos’ winning run came to an end in a tight match against Penicuik. After the loss of both openers early on, Ali Shah top scored once again with 74, and young OIly Brown helped the lower order towards a respectable total with a fine 47, but the 2s were left to rue not batting their full 50 overs as they finished on 206 all out in the penultimate over. Despite the efforts of the Carlton attack, and occasionally helped by some careless fielding, the visitors showed real depth in their batting to see out a 2 wicket win with just a couple of balls to spare.

Down at the Meadows the conditions weren’t quite so batsman friendly and the Fours’ total of 100 proved enough to see off the challenge of hosts Morton 2s. Ruairidh Main’s 37 proved crucial and he was well supported by skipper Shaun Barrett with 22. The Morton reply was hampered by regular wickets, with Duncan Sutherland taking the honours with 4 for 26, and they were eventually all out for 92.

On Sunday, three early wickets for Mikey Brown (below), each one courtesy of a slip catch by Kevin Whitaker, got the Threes off to a good start against Murrayfield DAFS 2s at Grange Loan. However, despite four wickets from Paul Kentish, an unbroken 9th wicket partnership helped the visitors reach 217 off their 45 overs.

The Carlton reply started positively and Rob Atkin (below) was going well before he was adjudged lbw. Wickets fell regularly from that point on and despite a brave rearguard action from the young lower order Murrayfield eventually ran out comfortable winners as the Threes were dismissed for 134.

Carlton fightback after Munsey onslaught

It was a weekend of ups and downs from both a cricketing and weather perspective, as Carlton’s 100% league record disappeared but the Twos kept up their great run and the top side bounced back in fine style with a Scottish Cup win on Sunday.

Unfortunately the weather didn’t play ball for the top of the table clash between Carlton and Grange and strong winds swept the Capital throughout the day; the only saving grace being that the rain showers flew by quickly. After being sent in to bat Carlton got off to a solid start, with Watts and Gardiner putting on 61 for the first wicket before three quick wickets tumbled. Preston Mommsen and Stevie Gilmour then put together a vital stand of 144 before Gilly did his hamstring going for a quick single. This stalled the momentum slightly, but Preston (below) smashed 24 off John Blain’s last 5 balls to finish on 116* to take the innings score to 273 for 5.

After playing without bails for most of the Carlton innings, the sightscreen had to be retired hurt during the interval due to the increasingly wild conditions. The lack of a sightscreen proved to be no handicap to the Grange openers as they got off to a fine start and after 17 overs they were on 73 for 0, with George Munsey (below) on 34* and Lang on 33*. From this point on Munsey started middling almost everything (he gave one difficult chance on 93*) to take the game away from Carlton. Tellingly, Munsey brought up his 150 before Lang reached his own 50. A tremendous example of selective hitting and the Carlton bowlers had no answer on a day that was tremendously difficult for bowling. Although Ali and Ryan both picked up a wicket late on, there was no stopping Munsey who ended the innings on 177* - not the first time he’d put a Carlton attack to the sword.

Round the corner at Cavalry Park, the Two shrugged off the loss of their skipper and saw off the challenge of Marchmont under the guidance of Steven Allen. Inspired by the continuing battle at the top of the fantasy league Player’s Table, Ahmad Shah decided to close the gap on brother Ali by picking up four wickets for 31 in his ten overs as Marchmont were dismissed for 139. In reply, Kyle Macpherson top scored with 44 as the Twos cruised to a 7 wicket win with over 11 overs to spare.

The Threes were forced to concede second best to Drummond Trinity in their league clash, after the home side hit 208 for 9 in their 45 overs. Under 15 all-rounder Angus Beattie was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 30 from his 9 overs and he also top scored with the bat, hitting 47 as opener. However, the Threes were bowled out for 155 and had to return to Grange Loan with just 9 bonus points for their efforts.

On Sunday, Carlton endured a long day after setting off at 7.30 in the morning for their Scottish Cup Round 2 clash at Aberdeenshire. Openers Gardiner and Watts endured no fewer than four rain breaks but the on-off nature of the match didn’t affect their concentration as they put on a hundred partnership. In the circumstances Carlton posted an impressive 190 for 5 off 34 overs, with Hamish top scoring with 64. After three early wickets pro Harsha Cooray was looking in fine form and there was alarm for Carlton when, shortly after hitting a six, the players were off for rain again with Carlton a run behind on Duckworth Lewis. Happily the players got back on shortly afterwards with Drummo soon running out Cooray as Carlton eventually won by 16 runs at 8pm.

At Peffermill, the Under 15s saw off the challenge of Arbroath United in their NatWest Club Championship 2nd round clash, but only after they recovered from a score of 4 for 8 early on. Man of the match was undoubtedly Tom Kujawa who hit an unbeaten 52 before taking 4 wickets for 3 runs as the Carlton youngsters won by 40 runs.

At Craiglockhart the Carlton women lost out in an entertaining encounter with George Watson’s despite a 5fer for Ollie Rae and 47 runs from skipper Ruth Willis.

Meanwhile at Grange Loan, the Fours had a comfortable win over Dalgety Bay. Teenager Maxwell Farrer led the way with 3 wickets as the visitors were all out for 96. Experienced openers Barnacle Barrett and Keith Murray got things off to a sound start before Zaki Yusaf, with an unbeaten 28, saw the Fours to an 8 wicket win.

Another four from four!

Carlton maintained their winning ways with a big win over reigning league champions Aberdeenshire at Grange Loan.

Sent in to bat, openers Fraser Watts (below) and Hamish Gardiner got things off to a good start with a partnership of 81 before Hamish was caught behind.  Fraggle then put on 37 with Preston, before the latter was run out, and 70 with Rory McCann, before Fraggle was the man run out. By that time he’d hit a fine 103, and with the in-form Rory contributing a classy 63, Carlton were able to post a healthy 263, the last wicket – another run out – falling off the last ball of the innings.

The Aberdeenshire reply never really got off the starting blocks with Martin run out early thanks to some great work from Rory. Fellow opener Venske, who had scored a big hundred at Grange Loan last year, was then dismissed by Tom Freshwater, courtesy of a catch by keeper Boyd (below). Shortly afterwards pro Harsha Cooray was undone by Ryan McCloy, skying a steepler to Gilly. Cheeky then stepped in to do a bit of hoovering, returning figures of 4 for 35 as Aberdeenshire were dismissed for 120.

Up at Freuchie, Rob Thornton’s 2nd XI kept up their fine run with a good win over the home side. Kyle Macpherson contributed a vital 53, while Ali Shah continued his excellent early season form with 71. 30 from the skipper batting at 7 then took his side to 240 all out after 49 overs.  The Freuchie reply was stifled by some superb bowling from Brad McKay, who amassed heaps of fantasy points with a spell of 10 overs, 5 maidens, 4 for 16. Spinner Rory Allardice also did his bit with a couple of wickets as Freuchie were all out for 145.

At Peffermill, the Fours earned their second win of the season with a crushing victory over their SMRH counterparts. Young Ben d’Ulisse held the early part of the innings together with 21, before Barnacle Barrett reminded us that class, if not his hamstring, is permanent with 52 while Alex Fedenczuk hit a quick 26 not out as the Fours made 180 for 8.  Pete Gill and Callum Sibley then shared four wickets to decimate the top order before Hari Thaivalappil picked up 5 wickets for just 4 runs as SMRH were all out for 34.

On Saturday morning there was a first for the Primary School squad when they fielded two hardball sides on the same day. The seniors earned an impressive win against George Watson's P7s, while the P6s came out on top in a pairs game against their Watson's counterparts.

On Sunday, the Carlton 3rd XI made it a clean sweep after winning a tight encounter against RH Corstorphine 2s at Grange Loan. Left armers Nick Thomson and Alan MacLeod  shared 5 wickets between them to restrict the visitors to a nevertheless challenging 174 for 8 in their 45 overs. However, skipper Kevin Whitaker‘s 69 and 42 from Craig Everett provided the backbone of the Threes’ reply as they chased down the target with three wickets and five balls to spare.

Top three win again

Carlton made the long trip north on Saturday to take on Stoneywood-Dyce and a disciplined bowling display, which saw 15 year old Calum Everett make his debut and skipper Gordon Drummond take 4 for 39, restricted the hosts to just 153 for 8 in their 50 overs. Rory McCann, promoted to open with Hamish Gardiner, then hit 86*, as Carlton eased to a nine wicket win with more than 20 overs to spare.

At Grange Loan, a determined 2nd XI notched their most impressive win in a long time with a thumping 114 run victory over SMRH in the ESCA Championship. Opener Steven Allen (below) played the anchor role with 60, while Mike Raikes (38) and skipper Rob Thornton (46) made sure the run rate kept ticking over, as the Twos posted 233 for 7.

SMRH, who were unbeaten before Saturday, were then set back on their heels when Ahmad Shah struck with the second ball of the innings. Wickets tumbled regularly with the big breakthrough coming when Rory Allardice took a good catch off Mike’s bowling to dismiss visiting pro Brad Moses. The skipper then struck before Ahmad (below) proved too good for the tail, finishing with 5 for 21 as SMRH were all out for 119 in the 35th over.

The Fours called The Meadows home for the day and had to work hard to post 135 for 5 off their 40 overs against Glenrothes 3s with Alan Murray leading the way with an unbeaten 40. Bob Irvine’s men (and boys) were looking good when Glenrothes  lost four early wickets but a rapid, unbeaten 77 from the visitors’ no. 6 took the game away from the Fours.

On Sunday, the Threes made full use of a fine batting wicket and a lightning outfield to post a healthy 234 for 6 against Haddington. Rob Atkin (below) showed his full range of strokes, plus a sharp turn of speed between the wickets, with 69, and Nick Thomson stroked a classy 63, before skipper for the day Paul Kentish added a rapid 52.

Young Olly Brown was making his first appearance of the season and he was on target (below) in each of his first two overs to set the visitors on the back foot. Haddington’s Rob Hiley was batting well and he kept his side in contention although wickets fell regularly at the other end, with Ruari Macpherson, on his return from injury, taking four wickets. Hiley was eventually last man out, run out for 95, as Haddington were all out for 202.

Also on Sunday, the Carlton Women were in league action for the first time this season, Home side George Watson’s posted 143 in their 30 overs, with Christina Evans getting 3 wickets. Despite being without their entire Scotland contingent on international duty down south, Carlton put up a good fight but had to settle for second best on the day.

Wins all round for Carlton

It was a successful weekend all round at Carlton as the weather and all opposition were seen off across league and cup.

First winners of the weekend were the Primary School team, who defeated their counterparts at George Watson's by 5 wickets.

As that game was finishing, Carlton were getting underway in the Eastern Premier League clash with Forfarshire. After an aggressive start from the visitors' in-form skipper Craig Wallace, some disciplined bowling from Tom Freshwater and Omar Ahmad soon had the strong Forfarshire line-up struggling at 70 for 4. Left arm spinner Chayank Gosain (below), bowling his first spell of the season, then picked up 5 wickets for just 16 runs as the visitors were dismissed for 160.

A fine second wicket partnership between Fraser Watts (below, 59) and Preston Mommsen (48*) ensured there was to be no slip up and Carlton eased home by 8 wickets in the 29th over.

At Roseburn, the Twos overcame the absence of regular skipper Rob Thornton to beat Murrayfield DAFS by 40 runs. Openers Kyle Macpherson (43) and Tom Simpson (23) got the Carlton innings off to a fine start with a partnership of 70, before a middle order collapse was propped up by the Everett brothers - Craig hitting 35 and younger brother Calum scoring 22. Tail enders Ahmad Shah (19*) and Brad McKay (15) then took their side to 174 all out off their full 50 overs. The Murrayfield reply ultimately fell short with Ahmad and Calum both taking 3 wickets and Tom adding another couple of stumpings to his season's tally.

The Threes picked up their first win of the season at Peffermill when they beat Leith FAB by 8 wickets. Alan MacLeod, making a welcome comeback after a nasty injury on the opening day of the season, took 3 for 26. Under 15s Ruairidh Main and Angus Beattie then picked up a couple of wickets apiece as the home side were all out for 149. In reply, openers Chris Patterson and Olivia Rae both hit 50s to take their side to a comfortable win.

The clean sweep was sealed by the Fours when they eased to a 6 wicket win at Broomhall 2s. Tight bowling early on was capped by another mature performance from young Harry Simpson who took 3 for 29 in his 8 overs as the home side made 147 for 6 in their 40 overs. The batting star was the returning Zaki Yusaf who hit a fine unbeaten 66, well supported by Alan Murray, to see his side home with over 12 overs to spare.

On Sunday, Clydesdale were the visitors to Grange Loan. Despite winning the toss and asking Carlton to bat, the score had reached 97 before they picked up their first wicket with Fraser Watts lbw for 47. Fellow opener Hamish Gardiner (below) made 77 and Rory McCann 47 before they both fell to Dale skipper Con de Lange. Some late order hitting from Tom Freshwater meant Carlton ended on 265 for 8.

Most pundits reckoned Clydesdale's biggest batting threat would come from skipper de Lange and Scottish international Richie Berrington and that's how it worked out. Coming together with the score on 39 for 2, they both hit half centuries before falling to catches off the bowling of Chayank Gosain, who ended with 4 for 54. The lower order hit out until the end but Clydesdale were eventually all out for 218. Carlton will now travel to West of Scotland or Aberdeenshire in the next round on June 7th.

White Fern Leigh on her way to India

Exciting news reached Grange Loan this week when we learned that ex-Carlton junior Leigh Kasperek, 23, has been picked for the New Zealand women’s squad to tour India in June.  Leigh already held more than 50 Scotland caps before she headed to the Southern Hemisphere to develop her cricket – first in Australia and then, for the last three years, in New Zealand.

Now qualifying for the White Ferns after spending the last three Antipodean summers there, the call-up caught Leigh by surprise though she’s looking forward to five weeks of intensive training before the tour begins. Leigh’s selection will be a proud moment not only for her parents Suzan and Charlie but also for ex-Carlton Junior Convener Gavin Scott who first persuaded his 11 year old tennis-playing neighbour to try her hand at cricket.

It wasn’t long before the young Leigh caught the eye of the Scotland setup, smashing six after six for a Carlton side at a kwik cricket event at Arbroath. She also starred for the Carlton Under 13s, outshining many of her male team-mates before earning an invite to the City of Edinburgh Cricket Academy as part of coach Gordon Drummond’s first intake.

Since then Leigh’s career has gone from strength to strength, with not even an enforced switch from seam bowling to spin halting her career. We very much hope that next month sees Leigh become Carlton’s first ever dual internationalist and we wish her the best of luck for the tour.

     Leigh (second left, back row) with the Carlton Under 13 side of 2005

Ali in the runs again as Twos win at home

Carlton had a frustrating day at Goldenacre after overnight rain from the covers left part of the square wet. The afternoon was spent waiting to see if the wet area would dry naturally and, when that didn’t happen, the match against Heriot’s was abandoned.

By contrast, Grange Loan saw two matches played on Saturday. In the morning the Primary School team beat Cargilfield in an entertaining encounter and in the afternoon, despite a lengthy rain delay in the second innings, the Twos did what the 1st XI failed to do in the Masterton Trophy in midweek and saw off the challenge of Edinburgh CC. Full marks to groundsman Russell and the army of parents (morning) and players (afternoon) who made sure cricket was played.

The Twos showed the benefits of sticking to their game plan, when they picked up regular wickets despite the Edinburgh CC top order swinging hard whenever they had the chance. Despite two early wickets for Brad McKay the visitors were on 100 for 2 in the 19th over before a fine yorker from Ahmad Shah was immediately followed by a remarkable one handed return catch by skipper Rob Thornton to dismiss opener Hussain on 47. Gavin Rittoo and Steven Elder then shared 5 wickets as Edinburgh collapsed to 129 all out.

When the rain returned Carlton were 23 for 2. After a 135 minute delay, two more wickets fell quickly as the visitors had their tails up.  However, Ali Shah (below), well supported by Fin Clarkson, seized the initiative for the home side, smashing an unbeaten 84 off just 40 balls to see the Twos to a 5 wicket win.

Down at Selkirk the Threes earned their first win of the season, chasing down the home side’s 115 with 5 wickets to spare. Youngsters Callum Sibley and Angus Beattie each picked up two wickets in a tight bowling spell on a slow pitch before 31 from Rob Atkin and 27 from Arsal Sohail saw the Threes home.

Unfortunately Sunday's rain put paid to the Carlton Women's friendly at St Andrews University, while the Fours match at Grange Loan was also called off, although this didn't deter the skipper from submitting a match report.

Clinical Carlton make it two from two

Carlton made it 2 from 2 in the Eastern Premier League with a clinical win over newly promoted RH Corstorphine. After being put into bat the visitors had reached 28 without loss before Ryan McCloy made the first breakthrough. The remaining 9 wickets then fell for just 21 runs, with Ryan (below) ending with 3 for 16 and Omar Ahmad returning figures of 5.3 overs, 4 maidens, 5 wickets for 4 runs.

Carlton then had the game wrapped up by 2.20 pm as they knocked off the runs in under 12 overs with Hamish Gardiner ending on 41*.

Ali Shah (left) was at the heart of an impressive 2nd XI batting performance at Holy Cross, hitting an unbeaten 114 as his side scored 273 for 8. Skipper Rob Thornton (34), Fin Clarkson (33) and Ben Thurman (31) were also in the runs.

Holy Cross posted a 200 plus score themselves but were dismissed 44 runs short, with skipper Rob picking up 3 for 43.

The Threes had Boroughmuir in trouble early on in their Division 3 clash, with Calum Sibley claiming 3 early wickets as the home side slumped to 56 for 5. A fine recovery took the opposition to 207 all out, which proved to be just enough despite an unbeaten 67 from Steven Elder and a fine 34 from young Murray Whitaker, as Carlton fell just short.

Eric Edwards and Bob Irvine were well supported by young Harry Simpson as the Fours totalled 181 for 8 against Dunnikier 2s in their Division 7 match. There were two wickets for Bob Irvine, Harry Simpson and Hari Thaivalappil, but the Fifers had just enough in the tank to edge home by 1 wicket in the final over.

The women's match and Under 15 cup tie scheduled for Sunday were both called off as the rain returned to Edinburgh.

Hamish in the runs as Carlton win at Arbroath

After hitting two centuries in a match in midweek, Hamish Gardiner might have been forgiven for resting on his laurels on Saturday. Happily he was as hungry for runs as ever and anchored Carlton to a fine opening day league win at Arbroath, hitting a match-wining 98 not out to take his tally for his three innings in the week to over 350 runs.

The home side had elected to bat first, perhaps believing that the visitors might not fancy a chase. However, they soon found themselves reduced to 55 for 5, thanks to a three wicket burst from Tom Freshwater. A second half recovery, led by Marc Petrie, was ended when young Rory Allardice took a stunning catch to dismiss the Arbroath skipper and the home side finished on 214 for 9. Hamish was well supported by fellow internationalists Preston Mommsen (44) and Ali Evans (38) as Carlton won by 7 wickets with a full 4 overs to spare.

At Grange Loan on Saturday (below) it was a local derby between the second elevens of Carlton and Grange. Despite three early wickets for Brad McKay, and a fine spell of bowling from young Calum Everett, a Grange recovery led by Carlton’s nemesis Stuart Davidson helped the visitors post 220 for 5 in their 40 overs. The in-form Ben Thurman hit 45 for the Twos but wickets tumbled too regularly and Rob Thornton’s side were dismissed for 167.

Sunday saw the Threes host Kirk Brae at Grange Loan, and a fine partnership between Olivia Rae (33) and captain Kevin Whitaker (72, below)) formed the basis of a total of 183 for 8. Young spinners Ruairidh Main and Murray Whitaker then picked up two wickets apiece but the strength of the Kirk Brae batting saw them to a 5 wicket win. The match saw the reuniting of the Alan McLeod & Kevin Whitaker partnership, which served Carlton so well in years gone by. Sadly, it wasn’t the best of days for Alan who was adjudged lbw first ball before suffering a painful face injury during his first over with the ball and ending up in A&E. On the plus side, he saved a certain four. We hope Alan bounces back soon and everybody at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.

Also on Sunday, the Fours visited West Lothian and came close to a fine win before having to settle for second best. Young Harry Simpson was in the wickets as the home side posted 153 for 5 in their 40 overs. Teenager Tom Kujawa got the Fours’ innings off to a good start hitting 31. Unfortunately, despite contributions from the experienced Eric Edwards and Martin Robertson, their side fell just short.

All set for the season after a successful Saturday

A particularly busy last Saturday of pre-season saw another two friendly wins for the club, followed by a highly successful evening Social to launch the season.

At Grange Loan, new second XI skipper Rob Thornton led his side in a friendly against Meigle. Forties from Arsal Sohail, Ben Thurman and the skipper himself (below) helped the Twos post 199 for 7 after their 40 overs.

The Meigle reply was strangled early on by a miserly, Carteresque bowling stint from club Treasurer Brad McKay (below). His spell of 8 overs, 4 maidens, 2 for 12 (it would have been worth 62 Fantasy Points if it was a league game!) made sure the Carlton total was never under threat, and with Dilip Punna also taking two wickets, the Meigle reply ended on 140 for 6.

Photos

Photos from David Potter on Cricket Europe

Scorecard (courtesy of Meigle CC)

Over at a chilly Myreside, the 1st XI also earned their second pre-season win on the trot with a victory over Watsonians. New overseas amateur Ryan 'Roy' McCloy made an immediate impact by picking up a wicket with his first ball for Carlton - and getting  his second later in the same over. The new recruit from Queensland eventually finished with figures of 4 for 36 as the home side was bowled out for 208. Carlton, in reply, always appeared to have the chase under control with Steve Allen and Preston Mommsen both retiring undefeated after hitting fifties as they earned a morale boosting win ahead of their first league match at Arbroath next week.

In the evening, the Grange Loan pavilion was packed for a social evening to launch the season and welcome Ryan McCloy and new scorer Ken Nisbet to the club. Food was provided (thanks Karen and Alison!) and the draws were made for the monthly Centurion club (winner Shaun Barrett) and the Sky Sports ODI raffle (winner Ruth Norman).

The club also marked the achievement of our three players, Preston Mommsen, Ali Evans and Hamish Gardiner, in appearing in the 2015 ICC World Cup by hanging a special photo of the trio in the clubhouse. Preston was also honoured with a framed picture to commemorate his achievement in being named the ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year. Club captain Fraser Watts presented the "elegantly attired"* Scotland skipper with a replica of the picture that will adorn the Grange Loan wall.

* Quote from our fashion correspondent

And on Sunday our youngsters had their own pre-season warm-up when two squads of our kwik cricketers face up on a chilly morning. Martin's match report is well up to his usual high standard!

Cricket underway with double success

It might have been cold, blustery and (occasionally) wet, but cricket was back as two Carlton sides got their pre-season activity underway with a win.

At Grange Loan, Carlton batted first against visitors Benwell Hill from Newcastle and found the going tough in tricky conditions against an accurate bowling attack . Opener Steven Allen showed real application to build a foundation for his side, making 39. A partnership between Harris Aslam and Fraser Boyd then gave the innings some momentum, with Boyd (below) playing aggressively on his way to 49. A late tumble of wickets saw Carlton all out for 148, a total that the coach felt was defendable.

An early wicket from Tom Freshwater broke one of the shiny blue Carlton stumps, and a couple of wickets from debutant Mike Raikes during a good spell kept the home side in the game. In the second half of the innings it was the teenage Carlton spinners who turned the match in their favour, with Harris Aslam collecting four wickets, while the Allardice brothers shared the other three as Carlton won by 39 runs. (Match photos)

At the nearby Inch, a Carlton 2nd XI were left to chase more than 200 when Edinburgh South posted an impressive total of 201 for 4 in 35 overs. However, a great batting effort, with Ben Thurman and Paul Kentish both hitting 50s, saw the Twos home with 5 wickets and 1 over to spare. Unfortunately, the match also saw an injury to young all-rounder Gregor McIntyre, which has left him with an arm in plaster. Gregor is as tough as they come though so we know he'll be back soon. Get well soon Gregor from everybody at Carlton.

Pre-season at Carlton

There's a busy pre-season ahead at Grange Loan, both on and off the field.

The cricket gets underway on Saturday 11th April, with regular visitors Benwell Hill, from Newcastle, facing up to Carlton at Grange Loan, while the Carlton 2s make the short trip to Inch Park to play Edinburgh South.

Saturday 18th April sees the 2s host Meigle at Grange Loan, while the 1st XI are at Myreside to play Watsonians. And in the evening, there's a big social with everybody coming together to launch the season. Food will be available and everyone is welcome,

Sky Sports Raffle

During the evening the draw will be made for the members' Sky Sports Raffle, which is not surprisingly proving very popular with adults and juniors alike. The lucky winner will receive 2 tickets to an England ODI (either England v New Zealand at Durham on Saturday 20th June or England v Australia at Headingley on Friday 11th September). As part of the prize Sky Sports will arrange a tour of their broadcast facilities and a visit to the commentary box. The commentary box visit will last approximately 15 minutes & there will be opportunities to take photographs. Tickets will be on sale to members at both home pre-season matches and at junior registration days ahead of the draw on the 18th. For more information or to buy tickets directly email us at raffle@carltoncc.co.uk.

Fantasy Cricket

The evening will also see the launch of the 2015 Carlton Fantasy Cricket League. Last year's most successful manager was Chris Patterson and he'll be keen to see off all-comers this year. On Saturday the 18th we'll be doing the big unveil of the prices for all Carlton players for the season (if you're a player you don't want to miss it!). We'll also be outlining a slight change in the scoring system to give more of a chance to our hard-pressed bowlers. And by way of an aid to selection, we'll give everyone attending a rundown of last year's MVPs!

Entry forms will be handed out during the evening so pop in and pick one up.

Centurion Draw

We'll also be making the Centurion Draw for April so there's plenty to get involved in. Everybody's welcome and we look forward to seeing you all in our newly refurbished pavilion from 7pm.

It's the Carlton race night

The first major fundraising event of the year takes place on Saturday March 14th when the new social team will be running a Carlton Race Night.

That Saturday is also the date of the England v Scotland rugby match from Twickenham and we will be showing the game on the big screen. The club will be open from 4pm with kick off at 5pm. For those who can't make it for the rugby, the race night part of the evening will start at 7:30pm.

Race night entry is just £5 (£3 students / juniors) and a family ticket of £10 for 2 adults & 2 children is available. Food will be available from 7pm.

Anyone and everyone is welcome!  Players, family, friends, wives, husband, boyfriends, girlfriends. The more the merrier, please bring along anyone you want. 

We hope to see you all on the 14th in our newly refurbished pavilion!

 

How it works:

One ticket for a horse to win costs £1 and you can buy as many tickets as you want per race. The prize fund is then divided by the number of winning tickets purchased.

There will be a minimum of 6 races on the night and many of the racecards will have a familiar Carlton look to them.

Be sure to bring plenty of pound coins and we'll see you on Saturday!

Carlton kick off at Arbroath

Carlton will kick off the 2015 Cricket Scotland Eastern Premier League with a trip north to Arbroath on Saturday 25th April. The following week they will host newly promoted RH Corstorphine at Grange Loan. The senior side will also be at home in the first round of the Scottish Cup, entertaining Glasgow rivals Clydesdale on Sunday 17th May. The winners of that tie will then be away to either West of Scotland or Aberdeenshire in the next round.

Carlton Twos will be hoping to put up a stronger showing in the ESCA Championship this year following their last gasp escape from relegation in 2014. They begin the league season with a home match against old foes Grange 2s on 25th April before heading across town to Holy Cross the following week.

The Threes also narrowly escaped relegation last season and they will be looking forward to a strong start in Division Three, although they face a tough home game against neighbours Kirk Brae on the first weekend of the season. The Fours will compete in Division Seven again and they start their campaign with a trip to Linlithgow to face West Lothian 3s.

Fixtures for the Carlton Women’s XI and the junior teams will be published nearer to the start of the season.

Carlton fixtures for 2015

Carlton trio off to World Cup

Three Carlton players have been named in the Scotland squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup to be held in New Zealand and Australia in February and March.

The Scots will be captained by Grange Loan batsman Preston Mommsen and he will be joined by opener Hamish Gardiner and bowler Ali Evans. Hamish and Ali first played together for Carlton Juniors so their selection to play in cricket’s most prestigious tournament sends a great message to our current crop of youngsters.


     Preston Mommsen                                                      Hamish Gardiner                                                                   Ali Evans

Preston, Hamish and Ali will also be joined in the Scotland party by another familiar face at Grange Loan – ex player/coach Toby Bailey, who is the national squad’s analyst and fielding coach.

Following a short trip to the UAE, where Scotland are playing ODIs against Afghanistan and Ireland, the party will head south to take part in the biggest games of their careers, facing up to the likes of New Zealand, England and Australia.

Everyone at Grange Loan wishes the Carlton boys, and the entire Scotland squad, the very best of luck.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – Scotland fixtures

Feb 17  Scotland v New Zealand   Dunedin

Feb 23  Scotland v England            Christchurch

Feb 26  Scotland v Afghanistan      Dunedin

Mar 5    Scotland v Bangladesh      Nelson

Mar 11  Scotland v Sri Lanka           Hobart

Mar 14  Scotland v Australia            Hobart

Winter indoor nets start early February

Head Coach Stevie Gilmour has announced dates for this year's pre-season indoor sessions at the Mary Erskine Sports centre and the Edinburgh Academy junior school sports centre.

As always, new players for the 2015 season will be made very welcome. Just drop Stevie an email at stevieg@carltoncc.co.uk for full details.

This season we'll be splitting the main sessions between squads as outlined below. If you're not sure which sessions to attend just ask Stevie. More sessions are likely to be added so keep checking your emails.

Monday 2nd February

8pm - 10pm

Mary Erskine Sports Centre

Senior 1st and 2nd XI

Monday 16th February

8pm - 10pm

Mary Erskine Sports Centre

Senior 1st and 2nd XI

Monday 2nd March

8pm - 10pm

Mary Erskine Sports Centre

Senior 1st and 2nd XI

Monday 16th March

8pm - 10pm

Mary Erskine Sports Centre

Senior 1st and 2nd XI

Monday 30th March

8pm - 10pm

Mary Erskine Sports Centre

Senior 1st and 2nd XI

       

Sat 7th February

5pm - 6pm

Edinburgh Academy Junior School

Senior 3rd, 4th and women

Sat 14th February

5pm - 6pm

Edinburgh Academy Junior School

Senior 3rd, 4th and women

Sat 28th February

5pm - 6pm

Edinburgh Academy Junior School

Senior 3rd, 4th and women

Sat 7th March

5pm - 6pm

Edinburgh Academy Junior School

Senior 3rd, 4th and women

Sat 14th March

5pm - 6pm

Edinburgh Academy Junior School

Senior 3rd, 4th and women

Sat 21 March

5pm - 6pm

Edinburgh Academy Junior School

Senior 3rd, 4th and women

Sat 28th March

5pm - 6pm

Edinburgh Academy Junior School

Senior 3rd, 4th and women