News Archive 2013
Senior Awards Evening 2013

With superb food being supplied by Karen Macpherson (with assistant Andy on washing up duty) it was no surprise that there was a healthy turnout for the annual senior awards evening at Grange Loan.

The Players' Player of the Year Award was won by Gordon Drummond, who also collected the 1st XI bowling prize, while Ahmad Shah picked up the Best Individual Performance award on behalf of his brother, for Ali's incredible 207* for the 2nd XI. Not surprisingly Ali also won the 2nd XI batting award as well as the club Six Hitting trophy.

Other winners included Ruth Willis and Katie McGill (Women's Batting and Bowling trophies respectively), Hamish Gardiner (1st XI batting), Brad McKay (2nd XI bowling) and Chayank Gosain (Young Player of the Year).


1st XI batting
Hamish Gardiner
1st XI bowling
Gordon Drummond
Women's batting
Ruth Willis
Women's bowling
Katie McGill
2nd XI batting
Ali Shah
2nd XI bowling
Brad McKay
3rd XI batting
Ani Majumdar
3rd XI bowling
Tom Ziolkowski
4th XI batting
Alan Murray
4th XI bowling
Maxwell Farrer
Player's Player of the Year
Gordon Drummond
Young Player of the Year
Chayank Gosain
Best Individual Performance
Ali Shah
Six Hitting Trophy
Ali Shah
Fielder of the Year
Jamie Kerr
2nd XI Fielder of the Year
Ruari Macpherson
Hat-Trick Award
Mo Ahmed
Jimmy Jappy Trophy
Eric Edwards
















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Junior Awards Evening 2013

Scotland internationals Preston Mommsen and Gordon Drummond handed out the prizes at the junior awards evening. The Outstanding Performance by a Junior award went to Caitlin Heathcote for her triple wicket maiden in the women's Scottish Cup Final. Caitlin also picked up a hat-trick award for her four wickets in four balls in an Under 15 match.

Some of the 2013 kwik cricketers with their medals

Euan Burgess collected the new Junior Fielder of the Year trophy, while the main batting awards went to Murray Whitaker and Angus Hinton with Angus Beattie and Rory Allardice picking up the bowling trophies.

Club president Hugh Parker made a presentation to outgoing junior convener John Boyd, who also received a gift from Chayank Gosain on behalf of the parents.


Under 15 batting: Angus Hinton

Under 15 bowling: Rory Allardice

Under 13 batting: Murray Whitaker

Under 13 bowling:  Angus Beattie

Outstanding performance by a junior:  Caitlin Heathcote

Most improved junior: Oliver Brown

Primary School Team Player of the Year: Gregor McIntyre

Under 11 Player of the Year: Douglas Blood

Junior fielder of the year: Euan Burgess

Hat Trick Awards: Chayank Gosain, Caitlin Heathcote, Charlie Russell

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Helen leads women to Scottish Cup win

In only their second season, the Carlton women lifted the Scottish Cup to round off the club’s 150th Anniversary year in style.

Facing St Boswells in the first semi-final at Ayr, Katie McGill, Louie Gardiner and Ruth Willis were all in the runs as Carlton posted a competitive 74 for 4 off their 15 overs. All rounder McGill then claimed the wicket of Caitlin Ormiston before turning the match with the decisive run out of  93 times capped Scotland batter Kathryn White to halt the St Boswells charge, before tight bowling and fielding saw Carlton to a 16 run win.

The winners of the second semi final, Glasgow Accies, faced Carlton in the final. Again Carlton batted first but this time the batting didn't really fire at the top of the order and the side were indebted to a late burst of hitting from Lily Steindl, who finished on 15 not out to take her side to 65 for 6 from their 15 overs. An early wicket from Katie McGill had Accies on the back foot but the game was in the balance as Accies needed just 20 off the last four overs. However, a devastating burst of 3 wickets for no runs from young off-spinner Caitlin Heathcote, including the key wicket of Scotland cap Abtaha Maqsood for 32, was decisive as Carlton ran out winners by 16 runs to lift the cup.

Needless to say, there was a warm welcome awaiting skipper Helen Blair and her team as they arrived back at Grange Loan to celebrate the club’s second Scottish Cup victory in just two weeks.

Earlier in the day the 150th anniversary match between Carlton 2nd XI and the East of Scotland President’s XI saw Carlton put into bat on a damp pitch that had opening bowler Shannon Bonfield licking his lips. The home side recovered from a perilous 18 for 4 to reach 99 all out – a total that was never likely to trouble the President’s XI who ran out comfortable 8 wicket winners.

Carlton Under 18s win the Scottish Cup

After a long Sunday in difficult, blustery conditions at Falkland, Carlton Under 18s, led by Fraser Allardice, won the Scottish Cup for the first time.

The Grange Loan youngsters faced up to Clydesdale in the semi-final and were indebted to their trio of spinners, each of whom has had extensive first team experience this season, to haul themselves back into the game after the Glasgow side had got off to a flier. Haris Aslam (2/11) and skipper Allardice (2/13) were in the wickets as Clydesdale had to settle for a total of 105 for 8 – a good deal less than they would have been looking for after they had raced to 40 for 1 after 5 overs. There was little alarm for the Carlton batsmen as they cruised to an 8 wicket win with opener Kyle Macpherson (33*) and Haris Aslam (28*) remaining unbeaten.

After a nervy start to the semi-final, seamer Gavin Rittoo was on the mark early in the final as the Heriot’s/SMRH side batted first and were soon reduced to 17 for 3, as the Carlton fielders set a high standard from the off. However, with the opposition’s Ben Wilkinson hitting anything remotely short into the surrounding fields the game seemed to be swinging away from Carlton as the score reached 60 with 9 overs to go. Faced with a challenge, skipper Fraser turned to spinner number four, his younger brother Rory, and the off-spinner didn’t let him down, slowing the run rate before Gavin returned to trap Wilkinson lbw, finishing with 4 for 24. The lower order then had no answer to the Carlton spinners with Chayank Gosain (4 for 11) and young Rory (2 for 12) combining to dismiss the Goldenacre/Inverleith youngsters for just 99. Despite a fiery opening burst from Alex Anderson that saw openers Kyle and Fraser bowled, a fine 3rd wicket partnership of 64 between Matt Wells and Haris Aslam took Carlton to the brink of victory before Matt was caught in the deep for 46. Haris then brought out his scoop shot to win the match- and the cup – in style.

On Saturday at Grange Loan, Carlton completed their season with a disappointing defeat to Stoneywood Dyce. After openers Hamish Gardiner (89) and Kyle Macpherson (60) had put on 131, the middle order weighed in with a few cameos to take the home side to what seemed an imposing 251 for 9. However, some tired bowling and fielding enabled the relegation threatened visitors to get a foothold in the game before skipper Michael Leask came in and smashed a remarkable 88 from just 42 balls to take his side to an ultimately comfortable win. A defeat for Carlton but the game will be remembered as the last appearance (more or less) by the club’s wicket-keeper for the last 19 years, Jamie Kerr. What will we do without him?

A weekend to forget for all but Ani

A weekend that began with high optimism ended in bitter disappointment for Carlton and their large travelling support, when their run chase in the Scottish Cup Final at Stirling ended in a clatter of wickets.

Three early breakthroughs from Gordon Drummond and Omar Ahmad had opponents Grange reeling and, when wickets for Cheeky and Rob Thornton took the score to 80 for 5, hopes were high for a first ever Scottish Cup win. However, a recovery led by Grange skipper Neil McCallum, who was dropped before he reached 50, took Grange took a competitive 217 for 8. Despite the early loss of both openers, and then the tame dismissal of skipper Preston Mommsen who had looked in good touch, Carlton found themselves at the halfway stage needing 126 with seven wickets in hand. However, the loss of Rory McCann, trying to cut left armer Brock, sparked a calamitous period where four wickets fell for just 12 runs, ripping the heart out of the Carlton innings and ending hopes of a win. In the end, last man Cheeky was run out to seal an ultimately comprehensive 41 run defeat.

The previous day saw an even more calamitous collapse in a match Carlton had to win to keep their league title hopes alive. Leaders Arbroath posted 226 for 9 despite four wickets for Rob Thornton, but for most of the reply Carlton seemed to have their run chase under control. However, needing just 68 off the last 14 overs with 8 wickets in hand, Carlton buckled under a tumble of wickets leaving Rob Thornton needing to hit a 6 off the last ball, bowled by centurion Brendan Ford. While Rob made good contact, the ball settled into the safe hands of Alvin Pollard a few yards inside the rope at long on. A last ball defeat for Carlton, delivering the league title to their opponents.

One man who got things right on Saturday was Threes batsman Ani Majmudar, who hit a superb 188 in his last appearance for the club. Ani’s knock formed part of a monstrous 348 for 6 as Kirk Brae were defeated comprehensively, to ensure the Threes kept clear of the second bottom spot in East League Division 3.

Also on Saturday, the Two and Fours ended with defeats. The Twos limped to 107 all out in reply to the 137 of Murrayfield DAFS, while a Shaun Barrett 50 wasn’t enough as the Fours finished well short against Largo 4th XI.

Cup Final dominates big weekend

To describe the coming weekend as ‘important’ would be something of an understatement as Carlton host top of the table Arbroath United on Saturday in the league before taking part in only their third ever Scottish Cup Final at Stirling on Sunday against Grange.

A win for Arbroath on Saturday will see them crowned Eastern Premier League champions. However, if Carlton can collect the ten points then the league will go on to the final week with Arbroath then having to beat Grange at home to win the title, if Carlton defeat Stoneywood Dyce at Grange Loan. The match on Saturday starts at noon.

Eastern Premier League standings:



1 Arbroath United


2 Carlton


3 Grange


4 Aberdeenshire






On Sunday, Carlton will head west looking for their first ever Scottish Cup win, having named a squad of 13  (Omar Ahmad, Mo Ahmed, Fraser Allardice, Gordon Drummond, Hamish Gardiner, Chayank Gosain, Jamie Kerr, Preston Mommsen, Kyle Macpherson, Rory McCann, Kyle Stirling, Rob Thornton, Fraser Watts) for the much anticipated match against old rivals Grange.


Gordon Goudie and Preston Mommsen battle it outfor the Best Blazer trophy. Pic: Cricket Scotland/Donald MacLeod

This Saturday also sees the last round of East of Scotland league matches. Carlton 3s, who are sitting only just ahead of second bottom place in Division 3, travel to Kirk Brae, while in Division 1, Carlton 2s, who are already assured of second place in the league for the second year in succession, are away to Murrayfield DAFS.

In Division 8 the Fours, who still retain a chance of securing third place in the table, complete their season on Saturday with a trip to St Andrews to face Largo 4s.

Drummo keeps Carlton in contention

Carlton kept themselves in the hunt for the Eastern Premier League with a last over win at Heriot’s on Saturday.  In a rain restricted match, Carlton were set 132 to win in 31 overs, after Cheeky Gosain and Gordon Drummond had each taken two wickets to restrict the home batting line up. Some clean hitting from Kyle Macpherson (below) got Carlton off to a good start but a succession of wickets at key times left Carlton needing 14 off the last two overs with just three wickets in hand. However, 10 runs in 3 deliveries from the ever reliable Drummond (50*) quietened the Goldenacre balcony, before he followed the lead of Cheeky by waiting for a wide to win the game.

With two weeks to go, Carlton can still win the league but they need:

1) Two dry Saturdays

2) To beat leaders Arbroath at home next week

3) To beat Stoneywood Dyce at home on August 31st and hope Grange can win at Arbroath on the same day

On Saturday an inexperienced Carlton 2s lost at home to neighbours Edinburgh South after failing to cope with tricky batting conditions following rain. Only Craig Everett, with an accomplished 44, and young Tom Simpson on debut, were able to form a partnership as Carlton were dismissed for just 94. Skipper Grant Newman was dismissed first ball (lbw below) – an occurrence he says is the first ever in all his time playing cricket in Australia and Scotland. In reply, the visitors’ pro Graeme Beghin continued his phenomenal run of form with the bat, hitting 75* out of a total of 96 for 2.

The Threes’ match at Falkirk was rained off on Saturday morning, while the cerebral impact of stand-in  Fours’ skipper Shaun Barrett inspired his young bowlers at Grange Loan on Sunday as his side beat their Stirling County counterparts. Under 13s Murray Whitaker and Tom Kujawa shared 9 wickets between them (Tom also nabbed a runout) as the visitors were dismissed for 112. The Carlton reply was anchored by Keith Murray, who mixed the occasional flowing drive with stout defence on his way to 37 as Carlton won by four wickets.

150th Anniversary Cricket Week a huge success

The much anticipated 150th Anniversary Cricket Week was blessed with good weather as players from all areas of the club took to the field to mark the special occasion.


The Under 11s were first into action in an 80 over, 4 innings match against an East Select. While the on-field action was excellent (high quality cricket, great technique on show and a last ball win for the Select) the highlight for the players seemed to be the fact that they got to play a ‘real‘ game of cricket – full use of the dressing rooms and a proper cricket tea at half-time!



Carlton v a Cricket Scotland President’s XI. Highlight of the first session was a century before lunch by Scotland batsman Richie Berrington, who bounced a massive six off a garden shed on the other side of Lovers Loan. After a sumptuous lunch and a mid-afternoon declaration, Fraser Watts and Hamish Gardiner got the Carlton reply off to a cracking start but the target proved to be just out of reach, as the match ended in a high scoring draw after a great day of cricket.



The morning saw an invasion of enthusiastic youngsters from Poloc, Hawick, Penicuik and Perth join the Carlton Cats, Carlton Cubs and the Carlton Girls in an 8 team kwik cricket tournament. Great entertainment, enough home baking to feed an army and medals for everybody who took part!


In the afternoon the Carlton Under 15s took on the East Development squad and, once again, it was a terrific match. The rain did bring a premature end to this one with the match intriguingly poised, but both teams put on a high quality show of cricket.



This time it was the turn of the Carlton women to take centre stage as they took on a Scotland XI. Again, there was high quality cricket on show with the Carlton side doing themselves proud in dismissing a high class opposition for 152. Although a few batters short of their strongest team, Carlton put on a good show before the evening was rounded off with generous quantities of Pimms and a barbecue manned by the Carlton men.



The week was rounded off in style by the two Carlton under 13 sides who faced off in a local 35 over a side derby. Both sides made the most of the occasion to post high totals and finish a very special week on a high note.


Thanks to all the volunteers from all areas of the club who worked so hard to make the 150th Anniversary Cricket Week possible.

Mommsen and Drummond keep title bid alive

Carlton saw off the challenge of neighbours Watsonians to hang on to the coat-tails of leaders Arbroath in the Eastern Premier League. A 93 run partnership between the experienced duo of Preston Mommsen (69) and Gordon Drummond (41) formed the backbone of a decent batting effort with Omar Ahmad (below) lifting the total to 230 for 8 with some sturdy late order hitting. Three early wickets from Preston Mommsen had the visitors on the back foot early on but a rally from James Easton and some tired work in the field allowed Watsonians back into the game. However Drummond and Mommsen returned to dismiss Hislop (29) and Easton (55) respectively and Carlton eventually ran out winners by 36 runs with the skipper returning figures of 5 for 30.

With three games to play (SMRH away, Carlton away, Grange home), leaders Arbroath need just two wins to seal the league title. But Carlton are now back in second place and will hope to keep up the pressure on the leaders with a win at Heriot’s next week.

Current positions








Arbroath United
























Any lingering hopes the Carlton 2s had of winning the ESCA league division one title disappeared when they lost by 21 runs in a tight match with Holy Cross at Arboretum. Wickets fell regularly in the Holy Cross innings with Brad McKay and Haris Aslam sharing 6 wickets between them as the home side were dismissed for 200. The loss of Ali Shah on 40 off a full toss proved to be a turning point, although skipper Grant Newman (51) kept the chase alive, well supported by teenagers Rory Allardice and Gavin Rittoo.

Brad is bowled and the Twos are beaten (Pic: Holy Cross CC)

The Threes would have been pleased to dismiss Broomhall for 176 in their division 3 clash, after Ani Majumdar picked up 4 for 36. However, after a steady start Carlton collapsed to 69 all out to place themselves firmly back in the relegation zone.

Over at Leith Links, young Maxwell Farrer (below) shone with the ball, taking five wickets for just 23 runs off his 8 overs against Leith Fab 2s. However, the Fours were left to chase 177 and, despite good efforts from Ruairidh Main, Alan Murray and Kevin Whitaker, they fell just 13 runs short.

Rob to the rescue as Carlton make final

Carlton reached the Scottish Cup Final for only the third time in their history after a nerve shredding win over Glasgow rivals Clydesdale on Sunday. With Gardiner, Mommsen, Stirling and Gosain missing the weekend on international duty, a lot rested on the broad shoulders of Gordon Drummond and the big man didn’t disappoint, holding the innings together with a fine 70, before picking up the vital wickets of Sharif and Khan in a brilliant opening spell. However, with Carlton faltering badly after a good start, it was veteran Rob Thornton (below) who sealed the game, picking up the last two wickets amidst great tension at Grange Loan to finish with figures of 5 for 52.

Carlton, who have never won the Scottish Cup, now face old rivals Grange in the final at Stirling on Sunday August 25th. Potentially a fine way to round off the 150th anniversary season …

Not such good news for the league challenge though, as Carlton lost a thriller against Aberdeenshire in the last over at Grange Loan on Saturday. After 74 from Fraser Watts, a fine effort from the lower order of Rob Thornton, Ruari Macpherson (below)and Mo Ahmed saw their side to a competitive 222 for 8. Despite four runouts, the Carlton bowling attack lacked the penetration to trouble visiting pro Cooray (one edge to slip apart) and by the time he holed out on the boundary only two runs were needed.  Ultimately, Aberdeenshire sneaked hope with a couple of balls and one wicket to spare to leapfrog Carlton in the table.

The Twos headed over the bridge to face struggling Dunfermline on Saturday and Tom Barrett showed no mercy on the Fifers, hitting an unbeaten 154 in a total of 299 for 2. Teenagers Dougal Main and Haris Aslam then shared 7 wickets between them as their side won by 161 runs.

There was a little bit of history at the club on Saturday when Olivia Rae skippered the Threes for their match at Boroughmuir (certainly a sign of progress - only 25 years ago the club’s 125th anniversary dinner was a men-only affair!). In typically Ollie fashion she inspired her side to a much needed win. Zaki Yusaf was inspired enough to hit a vital 61, before a narrow win was sealed in the final over as Keith Murray pouched a catch off the bowling of Tom Ziolkowski.

The Fours also notched up a good win, defeating Morton 2s thanks to a good batting display from ‘veterans’ Mike Kennedy, Ian Thompson and Kevin Whitaker after Morton had been dismissed for 151.

On Sunday, Helen Blair led the Carlton women to another league win as they beat Stirling County by 24 runs. An unbeaten 42 from Ruth Willis saw Carlton to a healthy 127 for 7 off their 25 overs; Ollie Rae and Katie McGill were then both in the wickets as the home side were dismissed for 103.

150th Anniversary Dinner

The culmination of the club’s 150th anniversary season is the 150th Anniversary Dinner, to be held (naturally) in the Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh on the evening of Saturday 14th September.

A great deal has changed at the club since the 125th dinner in 1988. With a thriving youth section, a women’s team and four senior sides playing every week, the club wants the 150th dinner to be a celebration of all aspects of Carlton in 2013 and invites all members, ex-members, junior parents and friends to join us for what will be a special evening.

The evening includes:

• Drinks on arrival
• Four course meal
• Two guest speakers

Tickets can be purchased at the clubhouse bar (credit cards accepted) or by emailing – electronic payments accepted.

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Grange and rain derail Carlton title bid

The dry cricketing summer broke in spectacular fashion late on Saturday afternoon, leaving Carlton metaphorically high and dry during their run chase against rivals Grange at Portgower Place. Sitting on 95 for 4 at the halfway stage, the side was 18 runs behind the Duckworth Lewis par, but with Watts and Drummond looking in good touch and Stirling and Kerr still to come hopes were high that the 132 they needed in 25 overs was gettable. However, it wasn’t to be and Carlton were ultimately left to rue some sloppy moments in the field although the ever reliable Omar Ahmad (13 overs 1 for 28) and Fraser Allardice (below, 8 overs 3 for 22), shouldering the left-arm spin duties with Cheeky Gosain once again unavailable for selection, were outstanding.

Carlton now ready themselves for a big weekend next week, hosting Aberdeenshire, just one point behind Carlton, in the league and Clydesdale in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. However, they will go into both games without their Saltires and Scotland Under 19 players, who will be on national duty. A big effort needed from all if the 150th anniversary season is to stay on track in league and cup.

The long anticipated top of the table clash at Grange Loan between the top two in ESCA Division One was also something of a damp squib as the torrential rain forced a no result with visitors Grange in a strong position. Things had looked different earlier on when four quick Ahmad Shah wickets had Grange reeling on 30 for 4. However, a counter attack from the vastly experienced duo of Holmes and Taylor took the game away from the home side before three Ferg Whatley wickets helped reign Grange back before Ahmad completed a superb six wicket haul. Chasing 239 to win, the Twos were rocked when both Craig and Ruairi were adjudged caught behind and when Matt and Haris followed soon after they were in trouble despite Ali Shah remaining unbeaten on 30 when the downpour arrived.

The Threes returned to winning ways as they beat Freuchie 2s in a rain shortened match at the Gyle. Stu Barker continued his good form with 75, well supported by Ani Majumdar (50), Eric Edwards (35) and Dougal Main (30), as Carlton posted a challenging 232 for 9. When the rain arrived after 26 overs of the reply, Freuchie were well behind on 85 for 7.

Unfortunately, there was another defeat for the Fours at Dunnikier. Despite skipper Bob Irvine (3 for 26), Dave Carter and Tom Kujawa being in the wickets, the home side rattled up 194 for 9 and only Kevin Whitaker provided any sustained resistance with 49 as the Fours lost by 81 runs.

On Sunday, the women’s league match at Galloway and the friendly at Grange Loan both fell victim to the weather.

League and Cup wins as Carlton hit the front

In arid conditions more akin to the deserts of North Africa than the normal summer climate of Scotland, it was left to the 1st XI to maintain morale as they posted crucial back-to-back wins to put a happier complexion on a weekend that saw the three other XIs succumb to the summer sun.

On Saturday, Carlton made desperately heavy weather of chasing just 120 at SMRH in the league, squeezing home by one wicket after the nerveless Cheeky waited patiently for a wide to seal a fraught victory that had the Carlton travelling support reaching for their medication. With leaders Arbroath losing at home for the second time this season, Carlton now find themselves at the top of the Eastern Premier League ahead of the local derby at Grange next Saturday.

At Newfield the Twos let a good position slip against Edinburgh Accies and lost their 100% league record despite 4 wickets and 50 runs for Mo Ahmed. Meanwhile at Grange Loan a very young 4th XI were no match for SMRH 3s although the game was notable for a flying catch by veteran skipper Fantasy Bob. The skipper is philosophical about it all (and a lot more besides) in his match report.

On Sunday, young Cheeky was rested from cricket  for the third weekend in a row. As he put his feet up at home, waited on by a string of personal assistants, Carlton faced Drumpellier at Grange Loan in a Scottish Cup Quarter Final tie. A steady partnership between the unruffled duo of Hamish Gardiner (78) and Preston Mommsen (74) formed the backbone of a Carlton total of 249 before the club’s  ‘other’ teenage left-arm spinner, Fraser Allardice (below), picked up his first ever senior 5 wicket haul, after Drummo had effectively sealed the match by collecting the visitors’ first four wickets. Carlton won by 104 runs to set up a semi-final at Grange Loan on Sunday 4th August against Clydesdale.

Also on Sunday, the Threes bounced back well after their traumatic defeat last weekend, although they ultimately fell 32 runs short against Murrayfield DAFS.

Carlton stay in Cup as Martin remembered

With both West of Scotland and Carlton level on points at the top of Scottish Cup Group H, the final group match between the two sides at Hamilton Crescent was a winner takes all contest.  Tight opening overs from Mo Ahmed and Omar Ahmad had West in early trouble, before 4 wickets for skipper Preston Mommsen (below) put Carlton firmly in control and, despite some hard hitting from John Blain, West were dismissed for just 126 in the 50th over.

Two early wickets, including that of Mommsen, put things in the balance before a fine partnership between Hamish Gardiner and Kyle Stirling steadied the ship. Blain, bowling 13 overs unchanged, saw the back of Kyle (34) and Ali Shah (below), with Jamie Kerr being run out, before a couple of boundaries from Gordon Drummond saw Carlton to a 5 wicket win, with Hamish finishing undefeated on 54.

At Grange Loan, the Twos remain undefeated in East League One after a win over Musselburgh. They were indebted to 79 from opener Matt Wells, supported by 30s from Rob Thornton and the returning Rajan Bhopal, to help them post 215. Rob then picked up 5 for 25, with Rajan pitching in with 2 for 21, as the Twos won by 56 runs to stay neck and neck with Grange 2s at the top of the table.

With the holiday period delivering an unprecedented number of call-offs, the bowling resources of the Threes and Fours were fully stretched and both sides endured a tough time in the field under the burning Saturday  sun.  The Threes were comprehensively thumped by Livingston at Peffermill, but the Fours put up a great fight after being set 267 to win at Kirk Brae 2s. 59 from youngster Angus Hinton, with good knocks from skipper Bob Irvine (51*) and Kevin Whitaker (46), took Carlton to a creditable 235 for 8, just 32 short.

On Sunday, the sun shone brightly for the Martin Flynn memorial match at Grange Loan between Holy Cross, for whom Martin used to play, and Carlton. In a match played, fittingly, in the best of spirits Charlie Ellis hit 50 for Holy Cross and 8 year old Fin Thornton, in the side to keep an eye on his dad, picked up his first ever senior wicket. In reply to the Crossers’ 167 for 5, Leigh Kasperek looked in great touch as she led a Carlton chase that ended just short on 154 for 8.


Kyle's ton highlight of 4 out of 4

With the Carlton 3rd XI returning to winning ways, the club celebrated a scorching Saturday with four wins out of four.

At Grange Loan, Carlton hosted Prestwick in the fifth game of a Scottish Group campaign that started back in April. In the reverse fixture in Ayrshire earlier in the season Carlton had bundled out the hosts for just 62 before racing to a 9 wicket win. This time round, Carlton batted first and 17 year old opener Kyle Macpherson (left) made the most of the occasion by batting his way to an unruffled maiden century as Carlton cruised through a largely untroubled 50 overs to post a commanding 340 for 6. In reply, the visitors were all out for 77, with Ahmad Shah finishing with his best Carlton figures of 4 for 25.

There was another early finish at Craiglockhart as the Twos disposed of their Watsonian counterparts with the minimum of fuss. Steven Elder with 4 for 31, supported by Brad McKay with 3 for 22, combined to skittle the home side for just 76, before Neil Kirk and Matt Wells saw the Twos to an 8 wicket win.

The return of Tom Barrett for the first time this season galvanised the Threes as they spoiled the party at Kelso. Tom took 4 for 14 as Kelso were dismissed for just 97 and then returned to his traditional opener role, hitting an unbeaten 52 as his team won by seven wickets.

The Fours also returned to winning ways, with 11 year old Gregor McIntyre leading the way with 3 for 29 as Fantasy Bob’s men restricted Glenrothes Threes to 130 for 9. ‘Oldies’ Eric Edwards and Akeel Aslam then both hit 30s to see the Fours to a 6 wicket win.

On Sunday, there was a family feel to the Carlton Sunday XI that entertained a Mike Kennedy inspired Gargunnock Village CC at Grange Loan. Bob Irvine with son Neil, and Tony Brown with sons Will and Olly, were part of a side that toiled in the field as Mike, playing for his ‘other side’, smashed 60 in a total of 217 for 9. Shafay Ehsan returned the best bowling figures with 3 for 28 before 25 from Will Brown and an unbeaten 21 from Callum Sibley at least saw the home side to 3 figures as they lost by 117 runs.

Bob and Neil                                                                                              Tony, Olly and Will

It was also a busy weekend on the international front with skipper Preston Mommsen joining Ali Evans in the Scotland side that play Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup match at Mannofield, while Ollie Rae and Annette Drummond played for the Scotland Wildcats away at Northants. Although the Wildcats lost narrowly Annette scored a fine 59, prompting some heated online debate as to who is the best batter in her family. We wouldn't like to comment ...

Women outshine men on Sunday double header

The Carlton Women’s side posted their second league win of the season on Sunday with a thumping 101 run win over St Boswells. Despite the first ball loss of opener Helen Hiley, Jenny Nobes hit a superb unbeaten 79 to take her side to a healthy 146 for 5 in their allotted 30 overs. The visitors were then rolled over by a strong Carlton bowling unit – eventually dismissed for just 45.

Elsewhere on Sunday, the Carlton men crashed to their second cup defeat of the week as they lost heavily to first division side RH Corstorphine at their temporary home of Inverleith. The young Carlton bowling lineup were put to the sword by Ruben Hatinghe who scored an unbeaten 100 as RHC posted 239 for 7, with Cheeky Gosain picking up 3 wickets. The Carlton reply seemed to be going well with Hamish Gardiner and Kyle Macpherson taking the score to 57 for 0 after 12 overs before some heavy rain led to a lengthy delay. Carlton were then set a challenging DL target of 209 in just 41 overs and when Hamish hit a full toss straight to midwicket four overs after the restart the task looked even tougher. The middle order got bogged down as wickets fell regularly and it was left to skipper Fraser Watts, batting at 6, to try to steer his side to an unlikely win. He eventually finished on 42* with his side all out for just 176 – a defeat that opens up the Scottish Cup group with Carlton now level on points with West of Scotland.

On Saturday the Twos maintained their 100% league record to keep them joint top of East League Division One with rivals Grange Twos. Opener Ali Shah was in the runs again with 62, supported by keeper Matt Wells with 48, as the Twos made 208 for 8 down at St Boswells. Stevie Elder and Brad McKay then shared six wickets between them as the home side were dismissed for just 116.

At Grange Loan, the Threes were well beaten once again. Forced to field something of a patchwork side due to large scale unavailability, the bowling attack found the going tough against an experienced SMRH 2s’ batting lineup. However, they stuck to their task well, finishing strongly as they restricted the visitors to 254 for 6, with Mike Kennedy taking three wickets. A 97 run opening stand between skipper Neil Kirk and young Keshav Arvind got the reply off to a good start. However, disciplined bowling ensured the Threes were always behind the asking rate and they eventually succumbed to 157 all out.

The Fours, fielding a few debutants, found their wining streak come to a sudden halt at Dalgety Bay as they were dismissed for just 80. In reply, the home side raced to an eight wicket win. “It was a massacre” says the skipper.

On the junior front, the Under 18s won through to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup after a close match with Watsonians on Friday evening. Kyle Macpherson starred with the bat while 'all-rounder' Cheeky Gosain picked up a hat-trick at a crucial time to see his side home. On Saturday, there was another close finish in the annual Primary School v Parents match, while the kwik cricket squad did exeptionally well at the festival at Watsonians on Sunday morning.

Four in four for Caitlin!

Teenager Caitlin Heathcote had a surprise in store for her Carlton team-mates when she took four wickets in four balls … playing for the opposition!

Caitlin was part of the Carlton Under 15 team for the Lothian League match with the combined Murrayfield DAFS/RH Corstorphine side at Peffermill. As the visitors where short of a full side, volunteers were sought to join the opposition ranks and Caitlin was one of the players to step forward – a good thing to do given her mother is the RH Corstorphine president!

Having faced Caitlin’s off-spin in the nets all season the Carlton boys can have no excuse for being unprepared for what happened when Caitlin was finally handed the ball for the 18th over of the Carlton innings.  Three dot balls to start with (her team-mates clearly treating her with the respect she deserved), two runs, then 2 wickets to round off the over. Back for the final over, and a wicket off the first ball to complete her hat trick, followed by another immediately after to round off a brilliant four in four.

Well done Caitlin! Next time  just make sure it’s for the right team …

Carlton win nail-biter to go second

Carlton ensured they went into the mid-season league break just two points behind leaders Arbroath, after winning a tight, low-scoring encounter at Stoneywood Dyce in Aberdeen.

The loss of in-form opener Hamish Gardiner for a duck set the tone for a tough day and when Jamie Kerr was bowled by one that kept low, Carlton were in trouble on 107 for 6. However, Gordon Drummond (left) held his nerve and worked well with the inexperienced Carlton tail, hitting 68 and seeing his side to a competitive 184, with Ahmad Shah being dismissed off the final ball of the 50 overs.

Ahmad and Drummo soon had Carlton in a strong position as they shared 5 quick wickets to leave the home side struggling at 26 for 5 before an 80 run partnership between the Conradie twins had the game back in the balance.  Cheeky and Drummo eventually made the two breakthroughs, but with the experienced Willemse at the crease the home side still looked favourites, with the run-rate not overly challenging.

It was left to teenagers Mo Ahmed and Cheeky to bowl the remaining overs, and the pair did themselves proud, keeping their nerve and taking wickets at just the right time. Cheeky dismissed Willemse and the equation was back at a run a ball when Mo  picked up the ninth wicket with an over and a half to go.  When Gill was stumped by JK off Cheeky on the penultimate ball, Carlton had won by 6 runs.

Back in Edinburgh, the frequent heavy showers ensured a frustrating weekend for the other Carlton sides. At Inverleith, the Threes had built a solid foundation against SMRH 2s, with under 15s Keshav Arvind (53) and Tom Simpson (48*) to the fore before the match was abandoned with the Threes on 145 for 2.

It was a similar story for the Fours at Peffermill, with another 50 from Kevin Whitaker, supported by Shaun Barrett (48*) and Eric Edwards (35*), having Carlton well placed on 184 for 3 at the abandonment.

The Twos meanwhile had a double washout at Grange Loan. Saturday’s match against St Boswells and Sunday’s encounter with the Eastern Knights U18s failing to get beyond the first few overs.

150th year gathers pace

A full weekend of cricket saw a very successful 150th anniversary T20 evening and an important league win for Carlton that saw them close the gap at the top of the Eastern Premier League table to just two points.

The club’s 150th anniversary T20 challenge match with old rivals Grange was extremely well supported on Friday evening. Hamish, Jamie and Rory all entertained the large crowd with some attractive strokeplay, while Cheeky and Preston bamboozled the visiting batsmen to ensure a comfortable win for the home side. Standout performances, though, came from the ladies (and Brian) on barbecue duty.

On Saturday, there was an early start for the 1st XI for their journey north to league leaders Arbroath. Another tight bowling performance saw the Lochlands side restricted to 236 for 6, with Preston once again in the wickets taking his tally to 7 in less than 24 hours. On a fast scoring ground this was by no means an impossible chase and a maiden Carlton century from Hamish Gardiner, supported by an unbeaten 83 from Preston, saw Carlton home with 7 wickets and 23 balls to spare.

The Twos kept their unbeaten record and their place at the top of ESCA Division One, although they had to work hard to beat Murrayfield DAFS at Grange Loan. Matt Wells top scored with 39 as the Twos reached 194 for 9. Mo Ahmed’s 3 for 20 was decisive, although the game still looked in the balance before three wickets in three balls in an eventful Stevie Elder over sealed a 38 run win.

Once again the Threes found the going tough as they lost by 6 wickets at Peffermill against Kirk Brae. Hopefully the skipper will write a match report this week so we can all find out what happened.

Earlier in the day, the fast improving primary school side enjoyed a fine win at George Watson’s, with youngsters Fin and Muzz in the wickets again against much older opponents.

On Sunday, following the girls’ kwik cricket tournament, the Fours entertained Largo 3rd XI keen to maintain their place at the top of Division 8. Despite the loss of skipper Fantasy Bob and leading batsman Kevin Whitaker, the seven youngsters in the side did their club proud with a little help from the slightly more experienced Mike Kennedy and stand-in skipper Alan Murray as they won by 4 wickets.

Youngsters put Heriot's in a spin

As the sun beat down on Scotland at the weekend there was a tantalising glimpse of how things might be if a cricketing Caledonia was situated a few hundred miles further south. Certainly the nation’s spinners would appreciate a long hot summer and on Saturday the Carlton teenage left arm duo of Chayank Gosain and league debutant Fraser Allardice made the most of the dry conditions to help restrict visitors Heriot’s to a paltry 140 for 7 in their 50 overs. New boy Fraser picked up 3 wickets for just 31 from his ten overs, while Heriot’s were indebted to a fine innings of 56 from the in-form Cammy Farrell. There was little hanging about from the Carlton batsmen with Watts and Gardiner setting the platform with a couple of 40s, before Stirling and Drummond (below) ensured an early finish with some attractive strokeplay.

Nearby at the Inch, the Twos kept their 100% league record with a three wicket win over hosts Edinburgh South, who were indebted to South African Graeme Beghin who scored 132 of their 202 runs. Ruari Macpherson impressed with the ball again with 3 for 18, including the prize wicket of Beghin, while Mo Ahmed notched a hat-trick. In reply, opener Ali Shah hit 89 and an unbeaten 24 from Rob Thornton saw the Twos home despite a late wobble.

The Fours returned from a visit to their counterparts in Stirling with their position at the top of East of Scotland League Division 8 intact following a five wicket win.  Set 174 to win after a tough, hot shift in the field, young Tom Simpson batted well once again to hit 41, while Kevin Whitaker held the innings together with an unbeaten 69.

On Sunday, the Threes were at Grange Loan on the hunt for Division 3 points against Westquarter and things looked rosy after a fine opening partnership of 72 between skipper Alex Fedenczuk and Neil Kirk. However, after Fed nicked one behind on 29, there was a steady procession of batters back to the pavilion. Ollie Rae played some lovely drives and showed a solid defence but too many of her colleagues flattered to deceive as the Threes found themselves dismissed for just 157. Despite wickets for youngsters Sam Marchbank and Angus Beattie, and one for leggie Ferg Whatley, Westquarter eased home by seven wickets.

Fantasy Bob's Summer Quiz Night


Following the fantastic success of the last Fantasy Bob quiz, our 4th XI captain Bob Irvine is hosting a Summer Quiz Night. The event will be held on Friday 28th June in the pavilion at Grange Loan, 7.30pm for 8pm. 

There will be prizes on offer and we are hoping for another great turnout.  The bar will also be open. 

Tickets will again be £10 for adults and £5 for students and juniors.  We will also have a family ticket for £20.

If you would like to take part, it would be helpful if you could let our treasurer Brad know in advance by dropping him a line on

Grange visit for special T20 night

The first of a series of special matches to mark Carlton's 150th anniversary year takes place on Friday 14th June at Grange Loan when Carlton take on old rivals Grange in a special Twenty:20 challenge match.

The event will start from 6pm, with the bar open shortly afterwards and a barbecue in full flow. Admission is free and all our friends and neighbours are welcome to join us for what we hope will be a great night of exciting cricket.

Carlton back on track at Myreside

After last week’s disappointment at Aberdeenshire, Carlton got their league campaign back on track with a win at near neighbours Watsonians. Despite a very accurate, and unlucky, spell from the ever reliable Omar Ahmad (below), the home side seemed to be on course for a huge score after a 150 run partnership for the 3rd wicket. However, Carlton managed to pick up wickets at regular intervals with the crucial breakthrough coming from 16 year old Ruari Macpherson who captured the key wicket of opener Andy Learmonth, courtesy of a great stumping from Jamie Kerr. Ruari finished with 3 for 43 and Watsonians must have been very disappointed with their eventual score of 229 for 6.

In reply, it was the Carlton 3rd wicket partnership that was once again crucial, with Hamish Gardiner and Fraser Watts (below) putting on 116 before Hamish was run out on 73. Fraser, who played a very disciplined innings, was then joined by Kyle Stirling who made full use of the powerplay overs on his way to a rapid unbeaten 41. Fraser finished on 74 not out as Carlton won by 8 wickets with 40 balls to spare.

The Twos retained their 100% league record although they needed a great bowling and fielding performance against Holy Cross at Grange Loan to do so. Grant Newman’s side struggled to 150 all out in a performance that is unlikely to have impressed the groundstaff and were indebted to a good 7th wicket partnership between Steven Elder (36) and Mo Ahmed (24). In reply, Mo and Brad pegged back the visitors immediately to leave them struggling on 8 for 3. Some excellent fielding, with a great runout from Fraser and a stunning catch from Ali, made sure there was no respite for Holy Cross despite a rearguard action from Shannon Bonfield. The Twos eventually ran out winners by 33 runs.

The Threes were reunited with their long-time nemesis Jamie Grant of Broomhall on Saturday and the prolific batsman hit his customary hundred against Carlton as the Fife side posted 229 for 5 in their 45 overs despite an economical spell of 2 for 12 off 6 overs from young Calum Everett. The Carlton reply got off to a bad start when they lost skipper Fed without troubling the scorer. A battling 44 from the returning Fergus Whatley wasn’t enough as the Threes ended 55 runs adrift.

The Fours got back to winning ways on Saturday, as a good all round bowling performance from young and old(ish) alike dismissed hosts Leith FAB 2s for just 138. Young Tom Simpson was the mainstay of the Carlton reply as he hit 48, with his skipper scoring 37, to take the Fours to a 6 wicket win.

Earlier on Saturday, the Primary School side enjoyed a good match against George Watson’s Primary School. Although the Carlton youngsters finished on the losing side there was a highly promising debut from 8 year old Fin Thornton, who hit 28 and took 2 wickets.

It was a pity that Carlton’s Scottish Women’s League match at Grange Loan on Sunday against Watsonians clashed with a women’s regional T20 event at Stirling, depriving both sides of key players. Nevertheless, it’s surely a sign of growing strength in the women’s game that 22 players still took to the field in glorious sunshine. Carlton did really well to peg back an initially rampant Watsonians side with some excellent fielding, an economical spell from Helen Hiley and two wickets apiece for Cartwright and Scully to restrict the visitors to 153 for 7 in their 30 overs. Helen then showed her all-rounder credentials by hitting a classy unbeaten 78 that took Carlton to 140 for 5 – just 13 runs short.

Earlier on Sunday, the Carlton Under 13s won their way through to the Scottish Cup quarter finals with a comprehensive win over Heriots at Grange Loan. Angus, Ruairidh, Murray and Gregor all hit unbeaten 30s before Ruairidh picked up 4 quick wickets to round off a 95 run win.

Also on Sunday, the Twos lost out to Livingston in the second round of the President’s Trophy, while Fantasy Bob took a friendly XI (which turned out to be a friendly XII) on a day trip to a sunny Dollar. Clearly traumatised after playing two games in two days, FB was forced to delegate the match reporting duties for this one to a younger colleague.

Sun, but little success for Carlton

Carlton’s trip north to Aberdeenshire ended in bitter disappointment as Preston Mommsen’s side managed to lose their last 9 wickets for just 44 runs.  The home side were restricted to just 159 for 8 in their 50 overs, with Gordon Drummond and Chayank Gosain once again the pick of the bowlers with two wickets apiece. However, after a solid second wicket partnership between Hamish Gardiner and Fraser Watts was broken, Carlton capitulated spectacularly as they fell short by 46 runs.

At Grange Loan, summer arrived for the visit of a struggling Dunfermline CC and the Carlton batting took advantage of the perfect conditions to smash 318 for 4. After openers Fraser Allardice (38) and Craig Everett (54) set the foundations with a partnership of 70, head coach Matt Crowther and ex-1st XI skipper Stevie Gilmour put on 198 before Gilly was bowled trying to hit his 8th six. Matt went on to an unbeaten 100 and then took up the gloves for the Dunfermline reply. After a fired up Ahmad Shah dismissed both openers, Haris Aslam bowled a miserly spell of 9.5 overs, 3 maidens, 4 for 9 to take his side to a thumping 207 run win.

Three slips and a Gilly

At the Meadows, the Fours played in front of the biggest crowd of the day in the Edinburgh sunshine, although admittedly not everyone was watching the cricket.  Under 13 bowler Tom Kujawa took 4 for 20, but a late rally from home side Morton 2s set a tough target of 171 for 8. Kevin Whitaker hit 73 in reply but the Fours ended just short on 162 for 8.

On Sunday, there was a thoroughly entertaining match at Grange Loan between Boroughmuir and Carlton Threes. Twelve year olds Angus Beattie and Ruairidh Main took no fewer than 7 wickets between them as Boroughmuir were bowled out for 204. Despite fifties for Craig Marshall and Zaki Yusaf, the boundaries dried up over the last few overs leaving the Threes five runs short at the end.

Another wicket for the youngsters

And on Saturday morning, there had been another tight finish at Grange Loan as the Carlton Primary School side served up a tie with Edinburgh Academy.

Carlton Primary School side v Edinburgh Accies

Rain can't wash out the 150th Open Day

Almost inevitably, the club’s long-planned 150th Anniversary Open Day co-incided with a Saturday of non-stop rain. Although the eagerly awaited Eastern Premier League clash between Carlton and Grange was called off in the morning, a pavilion full of cricket teas and home baking awaited our neighbours while the small matter of the official opening of the 150th Anniversary Gates kept interest high, even amongst the Carlton juniors who had  their eyes fixed firmly on the mountain of food prepared by the Carlton volunteers.

Happily there was brief respite from the downpour at 2.30, to allow Alastair Keatinge of the Grange Association to officially declare the new gates open. We all hope that the new gates, which afford a streetside view of the ground for the first time in many years, will encourage the local community to become more engaged with their local club.

Alastair Keatinge of the Grange Association, flanked by Carlton's Hugh Parker and David Watts, opens the 150th Anniversary Gates

Despite the rain, there was a steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon, including Pakistan assistant coach Shahid Aslam. By the end of the day, there were puddles on the outfield but the sandwiches and baking had all gone.  Many thanks to the tea teams and the bakers of Carlton for their contribution to a successful, but very wet, 150th Anniversary Open Day.


Twos make it a four out of four weekend

The return of Cedric English to Grange Loan didn’t go quite as the ex-Carlton skipper would have liked as the English hamstring went just a few minutes into his innings in the opening Eastern Premier League clash of the season.

Nevertheless, the SMRH skipper, with the help of a runner, held his side’s innings together with a dogged 32 before he became one of young left-armer Chayank Gosain’s four victims as the visitors limped to 159 for 7 in their 50 overs. In reply, a maiden senior 50 from teenager Kyle Macpherson and an unbeaten 66 from captain Preston Mommsen took Carlton to a comfortable 8 wicket win.

At Peffermill, Threes’ skipper Alex Fedenczuk (45) was in the runs again against Murrayfield DAFS Twos, but he was upstaged by big-hitting Ross Burns who notched 119 in an impressive total of 223 for 7 in 45 overs. The Murrayfield reply was decimated by Scotland seamer Olivia Rae whose 5 wickets, together with 3 from Amit Bij, propelled the Threes to a 98 run win.

Up at Inverleith, the Fours secured an unprecedented third win in a row as they beat SMRH Threes in a high-scoring encounter. Young off-spinner Murray Whitaker picked up 2 wickets as SMRH posted 193 for 9 in their 40 overs. However, a century from Neil Kirk supported by an unbeaten 59 from 15 year old Keshav Arvind took the Fours to a fine seven wicket win.

On Sunday, the Twos batted first in the drizzle at Grange Loan against Edinburgh Accies and a 59 run opening stand between teenagers Craig Everett and Fraser Allardice got them off to a good start. However, in difficult batting conditions the innings was held together by a well paced unbeaten 66 from coach Matt Crowther as Carlton hit a round 200 for 7 in their 50 overs. Skipper Grant Newman gave a Twos debut to 12 year old left arm seamer Angus Beattie and he and the slightly taller Brad McKay (left) opened the bowling. Angus soon had a wicket, capping a fine spell of 5 overs, 1 maiden, 1 for 11 with a booming inswinger that took out the startled batsman’s off stump. Brad finished with 2 for 19 and young leg spinner Haris Aslam returned 3 for 42 as the Twos made it four out of four for the weekend with a 68 run win.

Wins all round as women get off the mark

There was no shortage of senior cricket for Carlton at the weekend, with 5 out of the 6 scheduled matches beating the weather (the Threes match at waterlogged Livingston the only casualty).

On Saturday at Grange Loan, Carlton – minus the Hampshire bound trio of Mommsen, Drummond and Bailey – were ready for their first stern test of the season against visitors West of Scotland in the Scottish Cup.  No batsmen really made the most of a fine wicket, although debutant Ali Shah top scored with 43, while Fraser Watts, Kyle Macpherson and Rory McCann all recorded scores in the 30s. If a total of 229 looked vulnerable, any worries were soon dismissed with a hugely disciplined bowling and fielding effort. Cheeky Gosain returned the best figures with 3 for 25 off 12.4 overs as Carlton won by 107 runs to finish the first round of the cup on top of Group C with three wins out of three.

The loss of last week’s double centurion Ali Shah to the Ones didn’t affect the Twos over much as they overcame the challenge of Musselburgh on a good wicket at Loretto. Teenager Fraser Allardice hit 50, with coach Matt Crowther (47) and the returning Craig Marshall (40) supporting well in a total of 199 for 7. Brad McKay enjoyed himself with 3 for 23 and Ahmad and Fraser continued their good form with a couple of wickets apiece as the Twos enjoyed a 72 run win.

At a chilly Peffermill, the Fours recorded their second win on the bounce with a 5 wicket victory over Kirk Brae 2s. There was another three wicket haul for Bob Irvine before Kevin Whitaker followed a good start by 12 year old opener Ruairidh Main by hitting an unbeaten hundred.

On Sunday, there was a little bit of history made at Grange Loan when the Carlton women earned their first ever victory. Opponents Glasgow Accies were rocked by an accurate spell from opening pair Helen Blair and Katie McGill. Any hopes of a recovery were then dashed by three wickets from Louie Gardiner as Accies posted 67 for 9 from their 20 overs. Katie then hit an impressive 33 as Carlton started their Scottish League campaign with a 6 wicket win.

Also on Sunday, the Twos were in action in the President’s Trophy at Linlithgow against West Lothian 2s. With no game on Saturday, Stevie Elder was fresh out of the traps and he posted the best Carlton return of the season so far with 7 for 16 as the home side were dismissed for 72. An unbeaten 38 from Craig Everett saw his side into the next round with an 8 wicket win.

Callups for Hamish and Cheeky

Picture: Cricket ScotlandGreat news for opener Hamish Gardiner and 17 year old left-armer Chayank Gosain this week, as they were called up to join skipper Preston Mommsen in the Scotland A squad to play Durham 2nd XI in a series of matches at the Emirates International Cricket Ground at Chester-le-Street.

The first game saw the Scots post a comfortable win, with Hamish contributing 27 and Cheeky (left) picking up 3 for 35 against a side that included ex-Test bowler Steve Harmison.

This was Hamish’s first representative fixture for Scotland since he played for Scotland Under 13s back in 2003. For Cheeky it was a rapid promotion following on quickly from his involvement in the recent Scotland Under 19 tour to Sri-Lanka .

On Wednesday, Hamish opened again, this time in a 40 over match, and hit 33, with Preston also getting in the runs with an unbeaten 62 as Scotland A posted 211 for 6. However, Durham 2nd XI ran out winners by 5 wickets.

The trip ended on Thursday with 2 T20 matches between the sides.

Double ton for Ali

Back in 1908, George Jupp hit 202 not out for Carlton against Royal High School FP. To the best of our knowledge that’s a score that hasn’t been beaten by a Carlton batsman in the ensuing 105 years.

On Saturday, teenager Ali Shah smashed a remarkable undefeated 207 in the East of Scotland League Division One match for the Carlton 2nd XI against their Watsonian counterparts at Grange Loan. After digging in early against an accurate opening attack, Ali accelerated against the change bowling and started despatching balls out of the ground with increasing regularity. Despite wickets falling regularly at the other end, Ali kept the scoreboard ticking over and moved on rapidly from his 100 to his 150, while his skipper focused on giving him the strike and enjoying the spectacle. As the visitors wilted, Ali raced towards his 200, bringing up the milestone with a quick single. Not finished yet, Ali smashed the final delivery of the innings for 6 – his tenth maximum of the day. Despite a spirited innings from James Easton, Watsonians were dismissed for 186, with another teenager, Fraser Allardice, taking 4 for 35.

The weekend had started with another Carlton win, as our Under 11s battled through some atrocious weather on Friday evening to see off Grange Panthers. And on Saturday morning, our Primary School team had their first outing of the new season, defeating a young Heriot’s school side in an entertaining game.

While Ali was enjoying himself at Grange Loan on Saturday afternoon, it was an equally big day for brother Ahmad who was making his first team debut for Carlton in the Scottish Cup tie at Prestwick. Ahmad picked up his first wicket in an excellent bowling debut, with all the Carlton attack returned miserly figures as the home side were bundled out for 61. Openers Hamish Gardiner (28*) and Kyle Macpherson (23) then led Carlton to a clinical 9 wicket win.

There was no such luck for the Threes on Saturday as they lost out to Kelso at Peffermill. Despite 2 for 30 from 14 year old Sam Marchbank, the Threes were left to chase 211 and a captain’s innings from Alex Fedenczuk wasn’t enough to stop Kelso picking up maximum points.

Talking of captains’ innings, there was a fine all-round contribution from Fours’ skipper Bob Irvine on Sunday, when his side won a thriller against Glenrothes 4s. He returned 3 for 30 (bowling uphill against the wind, naturally) before hitting a quick 33 to take his side to the brink of victory. Kevin Whitaker (33) and Keith Murray (34*) were the other batting stars, in a match where youngsters Angus Beattie, Ruairidh Main and Murray Whitaker were all in the wickets.

Scottish Cup campaign off to winning start

Carlton got the competitive season off to a winning start by seeing off the challenge of CSL Eastern First Division side Royal High Corstorphine.

Following a minute’s silence for our much missed ex-Secretary Martin Flynn, the Carlton bowling attack put an early stranglehold on the visitors, and only pro Ruben Hattinge was able to make a significant contribution as RHC were eventually dismissed for 127. Although both club captain Watts and 1st team skipper Mommsen were dismissed, an unbeaten 65 from Hamish Gardiner saw Carlton home with 8 wickets and 20 overs to spare.

The Carlton 2s were at Meigle for a pre-season friendly, and a fine opening partnership between youngsters Ali Shah (43) and Kyle Macpherson (40 retired) got things off to a good start, with good support to follow from Ruari Macpherson (22) and Craig Everett (29).  Set a target of 179, Meigle were pegged back by 3 early wickets for Ahmad Shah, before capitulating as Steven Elder and Fraser Allardice shared 5 quick wickets to seal a 105 run win.

Martin Flynn (1931-2013)

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Martin Flynn at the age of 82.

Martin stood down as Club Secretary at this year's AGM in February after thirteen years in the role and we are all taken aback at the speed with which this has all happened. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Martin was invited to Carlton to take over as Secretary when Marjorie Paul stepped down in 2000. It turned out to be one of the club's most astute appointments as he brought his own brand of enthusiasm and efficiency to Grange Loan. He was always willing to volunteer for any task however trivial or menial and, even in his eighties, was willing to help shift heavy benches!

A Mathematics lecturer at Napier University in his ‘day job', he also had a long association with Holy Cross C.C. and played in their first ever club match in 1950.  He was also a hard-working stalwart of Scottish Universities cricket over many years, and served on the committee of E.S.C.A. for fifteen years.

He was an active umpire for over forty five years and was a founder member of the East of Scotland Umpires Association in 1971. He was still umpiring last season and we immediately missed him last Saturday when no doubt he would have volunteered to umpire alongside his friend and colleague Sandy Scotland. There will be many players who will remember the 'fickle finger of Flynn', which became legendary among generations of cricketers.

Martin’s work ethic, his reliability and, above all, his enthusiasm for all things cricket has been an inspiration to those sufficiently fortunate to have known him. He will be sorely missed by all at Carlton and the wider cricketing community.

Martin's funeral will take place at Warriston Crematorium at 11am on Thursday 25th April, and thereafter at the clubhouse at Holy Cross C.C., Arboretum.


Under 15s are indoor champs!

The Carlton Under 15s, followed up on the success of their Under 11 club mates – and went one better than our Under 13s – when they won the Lothian Indoor title at the MES centre.

The semi-final saw the Carlton youngsters up against old rivals Grange and a disciplined bowling and fielding effort (bar a few wides) dismissed Grange for just 46. Olly set the tone with a great first over that went for just 3 runs and the rest followed his lead, with an excellent caught and bowled from Rory another highlight. Openers Angus and Dougal then batted sensibly to pass the total with plenty to spare.

SMRH proved tough opponents in the final after they beat Watsonians in the other semi, batting very well against less disciplined bowling and running lots of 3s to get to 70 from their 5 overs.

Angus and Dougal got off to a solid start before Dougal was run out . Angus retired on 20 but we were a bit behind at that point. Rory too batted well until he was also run out before Keshav then took control, batting very well over the last 2 overs when 39 were still needed. 3s every ball and a 5 left us needing 18 from the last over. Some wides helped, and with Olly too batting sensibly, Carlton passed the 70 with 2 balls to spare.

Carlton back in the sun

Right on cue, the first spring day of the year coincided with Carlton's pre-season friendly with the touring Benwell Hill CC from Newcastle. The sun shone warmly enough for Hamish Gardiner (below), just off the plane from Australia, to take to the field without any of the traditional three sweaters.

Teenagers Chayank Gosain, Ruari Macpherson, Haris Aslam and Kyle Stirling all bowled lengthy spells with Ruari and Kyle (left) picking up a wicket apiece. There was also a wicket for Sean Olivier and a runout courtesy of a diving stop from skipper Watts as the visitors closed on 140 for 4 off their 40 overs.

In reply Fraser and Hamish took the score past 60 before retiring. Sandy Scotland got in some practice by sending the coach and Gordon Drummond back to the pavilion, before Kyle also retired after a solid knock and a Jamie Kerr boundary took Carlton past the target.

The weather reverted to type the following day, with Carlton's trip west to play Stirling County cancelled due to heavy overnight and morning rain.

Cricket is back

After what has felt like 10 months of continuous rain since the start of the last cricket season, the relatively dry (but bitterly cold) spell of weather in late March and early April came just in the nick of time.

So, weather permitting(!), there will be cricket at Grange Loan again this Saturday when Carlton host English North East Premier League side Benwell Hill in a pre-season friendly. Club captain Fraser Watts will be looking for a good runout for his side, who will be determined to get the club's 150th anniversary season off to a good start.

Depending on his ability to cope with a combination of jet lag and the dramatic change in temperatures, Carlton will be looking to give a 'second debut' to returning Aussie/Scot Hamish Gardiner who arrives from Queensland this week.

On Sunday, Carlton will be sending a side through to Stirling to play a friendly against a Stirling County XI - the last pre-season match ahead of the Scottish Cup tie against RH Corstorphine at Grange Loan on Saturday 22nd April.

Carlton boys in Sri Lanka

Carlton newcomer Kyle Stirling, on tour with the Scotland Under 19s together with clubmates Haris Aslam and Chayank (Cheeky) Gosain, has sent us an update from Sri Lanka ...

The Scotland Under 19 squad has been hard at work over the past week, as we have had to ‘endure’ 3 hour long training sessions at the outdoor nets of the Colombo Colts Cricket Club, which is a first class team here in Sri Lanka.

Temperatures have been soaring in the middle to low 30's with high humidity, which is a tough test as not only are we facing good bowling on very different pitches to those we are used to in the UK but it also becomes a mental challenge between yourself and your body as to who is going to win the tough battle through the heat.

Our first game was yesterday against St Benedicts College in which Cheeky and I were selected as we only played 1 spinner, which meant that Haris missed out unfortunately. Cheeky bowled extremely well and showed great composure to grab 3 wickets in his 10 overs. I was unfortunately run out on 2 - unluckily I thought!!

Today we played at the Sri Lankan Army ground against Asoka Vidyalayan. We managed to put on a massive 319-6 in 50 overs with myself scoring a quickfire 22* off 12 balls in the finishing  overs of the innings. Cheeky managed to bag another 3 wickets today against batsmen who at times targeted him during aggressive stints but he managed to stay composed and bowl to his plans.

Haris unfortunately missed out again today as he picked up a small stomach bug and was forced to stay and recover in the hotel room.

Our next game is on Thursday.

Preston takes the helm

Following his return from his Scotland duties in the United Arab Emirates, Preston Mommsen was clearly delighted at being named as the new Carlton 1st team skipper:

Obviously it's a massive honour to be given the captaincy at a club with such a proud history and culture – I’m delighted by the news,” he said.

2011 title winning captain Fraser Watts will continue as club captain and will provide cover as 1st team skipper when Preston is on representative duties. Preston was keen to pay tribute to the job done by Scotland’s most capped player in recent years:

The club, under the guidance of Fraser, has enjoyed a healthy period over the last few years, and it will be my every intention that we continue in such a manner, looking to put in the performances on the park and most importantly continue with the positive ethos that Fraser has created at the club.


At Carlton we’re fortunate enough to have a fantastic mix of experience and youth. Many of the club's crop of future talent are reaching an important stage in their development, and many will be breaking into the 1st team setup for the first time. I’m hoping that through my leadership and the backup of our senior players we can create a healthy, balanced environment in which we can see these players begin to flourish at the top level.


It certainly is an  exciting time for Carton Cricket and all its members. Let's hope for a great summer!”

Carlton spin twins set for Sri Lanka

There are exciting times ahead for young Carlton spinners Chayank Gosain and Haris Aslam, as they head off on a development tour to Sri Lanka with Scotland U19s. The duo will be joined by recent Carlton recruit Kyle Stirling for the trip, which runs from 21st March to 4th April.

On the Saturday morning before the tour, Scotland Hall of Fame legend cricketer and spin bowler George Goddard met with Chayank and Haris to pass on words of wisdom before they set off for Sri Lanka. The boys really appreciated the knowledge George passed onto them, enjoying his great stories too from his days as a top cricketer. They wish to thank him very much for the tremendous gesture and the time he gave up to do so. Many thanks too to Kevin Whitaker for coming up with the idea and for making it happen.

We wish Chayank, Haris and Kyle all the best for the tour.

Carlton launch 150th year with Thomson

Carlton has received a major boost ahead of our 150th anniversary season with the news that Thomson, one of the UK’s leading holiday companies, has taken over as the club's new main sponsor. And there is more good news with the appointment of a new head coach and the welcome return of a familiar face to the playing squad!

Carlton President Hugh Parker and club captain Fraser Watts

Club president Hugh Parker expressed his delight with the sponsorship deal: “2013 is a really special year for us all so we’re thrilled to be backed by such a top UK company as Thomson.”

Amanda Lakin, General Manager, Retail & Local Marketing at Thomson said: “We are delighted to become a sponsor of Carlton Cricket Club and support the local community. Scotland is a key area for us and we welcome new and old customers to our Thomson travel shops"

The deal will see the Carlton senior sides sport the Thomson logo on their playing kit for the new season, with the company’s banners taking pride of place at Grange Loan.

Club skipper Fraser Watts was on hand to launch the new sponsorship deal and he also had news of a familiar face returning to the club for 2013. Ex-Scotland Under 13 internationalist Hamish Gardiner is heading back to Edinburgh from Brisbane for the new season. Hamish, who played for Carlton as a youngster before moving to Australia with his family, currently plays for University of Queensland in the XXXX Gold First Grade competition in Brisbane. The University won the competition in 2012, with Hamish hitting 189 in the second innings of the final.

The young Hamish Gardiner at Grange Loan

Hamish has recently completed his Level 2 ACB Coaching qualification and he will join the Carlton coaching team for the summer, which will be led by the club’s new Head Coach, Matt Crowther. Matt is an ECB Level 3 coach from Lincolnshire, and he will be taking over the reins from Toby Bailey, who recently joined the Scotland coaching team.

About Thomson:

Thomson is one of the UK’s leading travel companies with over 45 years’ experience. The company offers a range of holidays designed for different people. Some are geared towards couples, others towards families. Some are all about luxury, others focus on authenticity.

Local Thomson travel shops in Scotland also sell foreign currency, UK breaks, and cruise and holiday extras like insurance and attraction tickets. Not forgetting that they also sell First Choice, the Home of All Inclusive. With over 60 Thomson shops in Scotland, speak to one of their expert travel advisors today.

Under 11s win Lothian Indoor League

Congratulations to our young U11 indoor side who became Lothian U11 Indoor Champions , beating Grange B in the semi final and Grange A in the final.


Batting first in the semi final, all pairs batted well, losing only 2 wickets in their innings of 262.  Bowling well from the start, Carlton then took six wickets to restrict Grange B to a total of 241, and set up a final with Grange A.


Carlton won the toss in the final and decided to bat.  After six overs, this looked a brave decision with the score struggling on 213.  The final pairing added some respectability to the score, adding 31 runs in 2 overs so that Carlton finished on 244.


Needing to take wickets everyone rose to the occasion, with all bowlers taking at least 1 wicket in each over (Harry 1-9, Muz 1-11, Adam 1-5, Gregor M 3-19 off 2, Gregor F 1-10, Cameron 1-13 & Brodie 1-11) and some fantastic wicketkeeping from Fin behind the stumps.  This pressure led to Grange A needing  17 from the last over to win.  Taking 5 from the first ball it still looked possible for Grange A, but when the second ball was a clean bowled wicket the pendulum swung back Carlton’s way.  With 2, 6, 2 coming from the next three balls, a final dot ball sealed victory for Carlton, with Grange A ending on 238.


Well done to everyone; a real team effort, and great to see the level of encouragement and self-belief in the team.


Well done to Grange A too, who had won all 8 of their matches in the tournament league stage, for an exciting match and great team spirit.


Carlton finish their indoor campaign with 6 wins out of 8 in their league stage, and this final victory today.  Congratulations to all 11 players who played a part throughout the tournament – Adam, Benji, Brodie, Cameron, Fabian, Finn, Gregor F, Gregor M, Harry, Murray and Nina.

Carlton cap indoor season with CricketMedia 6s Trophy

Carlton picked up the CricketMedia Scotland Super Sixes title for the 5th time when they saw off the challenge of old rivals Grange and the Eastern Knights Under 18s on finals night at the MES centre.

Club captain Fraser Watts is not short of incentive every time he lines up against Grange these days and he made sure his team - a 50:50 blend of experience and youth - was in determined mood for their semi-final against Carlton's old rivals. Batting first, Carlton overcame the early run out of Kyle Macpherson, thanks to a steady partnership between the skipper (38) and young Craig Everett (27). Stevie Gilmour (34) and Rob Thornton (14) also pitched in to help their side post a healthy total of 135 after their 10 overs.

Rob then struck early to remove international opener Ryan Flannigan before teenager Chayank Gosain picked up two wickets, including the dangerous Gregor Maiden, to seal a 49 run win.

In the final, Carlton found themselves up against the Eastern Knights Under 18s, who included Carlton leggie Haris Aslam in their line up. Carlton batted first and got off to a disastrous start, losing both Kyle and Craig in the first over. However, the experienced duo of Watts (38) and Gilmour (34*) soon got things back on track. Cheeky contributed an important 15 before Rob Thornton (32*) took the score up to 130 for 4.

This was a total that was well within the grasp of the young Knights and the game went right to the last over, with a great caught and bowled by Rob to dismiss Haris ultimately decisive. Rob finished with 2 for 26 as Carlton won by 7 runs.


All change at the top following AGM

It was all change at the 2013 club AGM, with a new presidential team, a sideways move for our new secretary … and a new first team captain.

For our 150th anniversary season, the president’s shoes will be filled by ex-captain - and ex-president - Hugh Parker (left). Dave Carter will move sideways to take over the secretary’s duties, while another ex-captain, Andy Macpherson, steps up to take over the vice president’s role. The club is also delighted to welcome back long-standing member Alan Kemp to the committee.

On the playing side, Fraser Watts will retain the pivotal club captain role while handing over first team skippering duties to Preston Mommsen. Grant Newman, who has played such an important role in developing so many of our youngsters over the last few years as 3rd XI skipper, takes over the second team captaincy from Nathan Pietsch. With so many of these young cricketers now forming the core of the second team squad, Grant will find himself in familiar company

Sadly, the AGM also saw Martin Flynn step down as club secretary.

Martin became Carlton secretary in 2000 after being ‘headhunted’ from his post as cricket’s National Union secretary – undoubtedly one of our most astute appointments. He has umpired at the top level of Scottish cricket for over 40 years, with the “fickle finger of Flynn” becoming legendary among generations of batsmen. Martin, who was a lecturer at Napier University in his ‘day job’, also had a long prior association with Holy Cross CC and has been a hard-working supporter of Scottish Universities cricket over many years.

Martin’s work ethic, his reliability and, above all, his enthusiasm for all things cricket has been an inspiration to all of us at the club and we wish him well in his cricketing retirement.

David Watts is also stepping down as vice president after 12 years in the post. David has been a tireless supporter of junior cricket at the club for over 20 years and as a past junior convener deserves much of the credit for the healthy position we find ourselves in today. Whenever a tricky project turns up David is the first man to put his hand up and get things done. His project management of our four lane net installation was exemplary and helped to deliver a tremendous facility that has transformed the coaching offering at the club. True to type David is currently engaged in another couple of special projects and we're sure we'll continue to call upon his wise counsel in the future, albeit on a less formal basis.

Haris collects ESCA award

It was a case of better late than never for 16 year old leg-spinner Haris Aslam recently when he was presented with a trophy at the first evening of pre-season training.

The award - an East of Scotland Cricket Association Junior Award for season 2012 - was due to Haris thanks to his superb bowling performance in the ESCA Division One match against the Eastern Knights Under 18s when he took 5 for 16. Haris was unable to pick up his trophy at the ESCA dinner last autumn but was presented with his well-deserved award at club nets

Haris. along with his Carlton spin twin Chayank Gosain, has an exciting time ahead, with the two youngsters flying out to Sri Lanka on March 21st with the Scotland Under 19 squad for a two week training camp.

Haris, who made his Carlton first team debut at the end of last season, will be hoping to press for a regular spot in the top side this season as he seeks to emulate 17 year old Chayank, who became a first team regular during 2012.

0.07 saves the day for Carlton youngsters

The MES Centre is situated less than a couple of miles from where, we’re told, the young James Bond attended school at Fettes College. On the last Friday in February, four slightly less well known Edinburgh schoolboys formed two thirds of the Carlton side that went into action at MES in the final qualifying matches in the CricketMedia 6s indoor tournament.

With club captain Fraser Watts otherwise engaged adding a touch of class to the annual Grange CC dinner as guest speaker, it was left to vice-captain Stevie Gilmour (left) to lead a Carlton side containing the Boroughmuir High School quartet of Chayank Gosain, Kyle Macpherson, Craig Everett and Ruari Macpherson plus seamer Ahmad Shah.

Carlton started the evening’s action in a strong position, having won both their opening matches in their tournament. However, they came up against a Murrayfield DAFS side determined to take advantage of the relatively inexperienced Grange Loan 6. Despite an unbeaten 47 from the skipper and a fine 38 from 16 year old Ruari, Carlton were dismissed for 110. Murrayfield, who ran a strong Carlton side close first time out, were in no mood to pass up the opportunity and ran out one wicket winners.

Carlton’s hopes of qualifying rested solely on winning their final match against Penicuik – and winning well enough to finish ahead of their first game conquerors. This time out the batting unit clicked as Ruari, Kyle, Craig and Stevie all retired unbeaten with 25s as Carlton hit 128 without loss. Penicuik put up a good fight but Cheeky’s return of 2 for 10 proved crucial as Carlton finished 8 runs ahead.

And so to the calculators. With a complex points system and the prospect of the group winners being decided on run rate, it was a situation that would have tested the school Maths Departments at both Fettes and Boroughmuir. In the end Carlton and Murrayfield DAFS were tied on 42 points, separated only by their respective run rates of 1.24 and 1.17. A winning margin of 0.07 runs.

Afterwards skipper Gilmour was shaken but not stirred. “It was all under control” he said. “The boys did well. I was really impressed with the batting in the second match.”

Carlton now go forward to finals night on Friday 8th March hoping to go one better than last year when they lost out in the final to Edinburgh University.


AGM set for February 28th

The Annual General Meeting of THE CARLTON CRICKET CLUB LIMITED will be held in the Masterton Pavilion, Grange Loan, Edinburgh on THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2013 at 7.30pm for the following purposes:

1. Apologies for absence

2. Approval of the Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 23 February 2012

3. President’s Remarks

4. Captain’s Report

5. Junior Convenor’s Report

6. Treasurer’s Report (to present the Accounts for the year to 31 October 2012 - no changes in subscription rates are proposed by the Council)

7. To elect the Directors and Secretary of the Company.

8. Any Other Competent Business

Scotland role for Toby

Carlton Head Coach Toby Bailey has been appointed as the new Scotland Lead Performance Analyst and Fielding Coach, replacing Tony Judd who stepped down last Autumn.

Club skipper Fraser Watts expressed the sadness felt by all at Grange Loan at the loss of their popular coach: “It's great news for Toby but he will be a big loss to the club.  I’d like to  thank him for all his hard work and wish him all the best in his new role.

The good news is that Toby will continue as a playing member of the club so we’ll still see plenty of him at Grange Loan when his Scotland duties allow.

Reflecting on his move Toby said: “I’ve really enjoyed my short time as coach at Carlton. I thought I had played at some great clubs in the past but the organisation, camaraderie and sprit at Carlton is second to none. Everyone has gone out of their way to be helpful to me and my family over the last 9 months - all the support you have given me and my family  is something that we will not forget. I hold the club close to my heart and have met some fantastic friends. I will still be around the club for the upcoming season and I hope to see Alex playing down at Grange Loan very soon.”

Toby officially started his new role on January 14th and will travel with the national squad to the UAE for the crucial WCL and Intercontinental Cup matches in March.

Pre-season Nets from February 25th

Carlton pre-season nets start on Monday February 25th at the MES Centre, Edinburgh. The sessions, from 8 to 10pm, will run each week until March 25th.

Having the run of the large hall at the National Cricket Centre means that we can accommodate all male and female senior players for the sessions, so anyone looking to play senior cricket in 2013 should come along. With only 5 indoor sessions scheduled this year we hope to see a big turnout each week.

We'll also be delighted to welcome new players from 1st XI to Friendly XI level for the 2013 season. If you'd like to come along please drop an email to or just turn up on February 25th.

2012/13 Indoor Season

All the club's junior and senior indoor match results will appear here.

Under 11s    Under 13s   Under 15s    Under 18s    Senior 2s    Senior 1s

CricketMedia Scotland Super Sixes

Friday 8th March

Final: Carlton 130 for 4 (Watts 38, Gilmour 34*, Thornton 32*) beat Eastern Knights U18 123 all out  (Thornton 2/26)

Semi Final: Carlton 135 all out (Watts 38, Gilmour 34*, Everett 27) beat Grange 86 all out  (Gosain 2/17)

Friday 22nd February

Carlton 110 all out (Gilmour 47*, R Macpherson 38) lost to Murrayfield DAFS 113 for 4

Carlton 128 for 0 (R Macpherson 27*,K Macpherson 25*, Everett 25*, Gilmour 25*) beat Penicuik 120 for 3 (Gosain 2/10)

Friday 25th January

Carlton 134 for 4 (Watts 35, Everett 28*, Drummond 27*, K Macpherson 26) beat Murrayfield DAFS 116 for 4 (Gosain 2/26)

Carlton 156 for 0 (Watts 34*,K Macpherson 25*, Drummond 25*, Everett 25*, Thornton 25*) beat Penicuik 64 all out (Gosain 2/15)

Lothian Indoor League - Under 18s

Sunday 7th April

Carlton 90 for 0 (Matt Wells 20 ret, Kyle Macpherson 21 ret), Craig Everett 15*) beat Watsonians 72 all out (Chayank Gosain 2 for)

SMRH 53 for 4 (Chayank Gosain 2 for 13) lost to Carlton 54 for 0 (Kyle Macpherson 22 ret, Matt Wells 21 ret)

Sunday 20th January

SMRH 88 all out lost to Carlton 89 for 1

Carlton beat Grange (w/o)


Lothian Indoor League - Under 11s

Sunday 10th March

Final: Carlton 244 beat Grange A 238

Semi Final: Carlton 262 beat Grange B 241

Sunday 10th February

Carlton 281 beat Penicuik 226

Carlton 266 lost to Grange 269

Sunday 3rd February

Carlton 272 beat Murrayfield DAFS 222

Carlton 242 lost to Grange 261

Sunday 9th December

Carlton 281 beat SMRH 218

Carlton 269 beat Watsonians 232

Sunday 25th November

Carlton 297 beat Livingston 198

Carlton 267 beat Grange 210

Lothian Indoor League - Under 13s

Sunday 7th April

Final: Grange beat Carlton

Semi Final: Carlton beat Penicuik

Sunday 17th March

Carlton 288 beat Livingston 230

Carlton 275 beat Grange 267

Sunday 5th January

Carlton 286 beat Watsonians 247

Carlton 258 beat SMRH 249

Sunday 18th November

Carlton 288 beat Penicuik 233

Carlton 321 beat Heriot's 255

Lothian Indoor League - Under 15s

Sunday 14th April

Final: SMRH 70 lost to Carlton 71 for 2

Semi Final: Grange 46 all out lost to Carlton 47 for 0

Sunday 24th March

Carlton 73 for 3 beat SMRH 52 for 4

Watsonian 78 for 1 beat Carlton 69 for 3

Sunday 3rd February

Penicuik 74 for 2 (5 overs) lost to Carlton 76 for 1 (4.5 overs) A Hinton 22 ret, D Main 23 ret, R Allardice 16*

Carlton 105 for 0 (5 overs) A Hinton 20 ret, D Main 20 ret, K Arvind 20 ret beat Heriots 36 all out

Sunday 25th November

Grange 56 lost to Carlton 57 for 4

Heriots 76 beat Carlton 70 for 1

Activcity ESCA 6s

Friday 8th March

Carlton 2s 27  beat Musselburgh 26

Carlton 2s 60 lost to Glenrothes 63

Friday 8th February

Carlton 2s 61for 5 lost to Musselburgh 62 for 2

Carlton 2s 69 for 2 beat Glenrothes 68 for 2

Edinburgh University Legget & Coe Sixes

Saturday 1st December

Group matches:

Carlton 2s beat EUCC Greens

Carlton 2s beat Edinburgh Accies


Carlton 2s lost to Edinburgh Schools Academy *

*Gavin Rittoo, Chayank Gosain, Haris Aslam, Matt Wells & Kyle Macpherson all played for the Academy squad

Fantasy Bob's Quiz Night!

2013 is the club's 150th anniversary and we have a number of events planned to celebrate this milestone.  The first event is a Quiz night, hosted by our legendary wordsmith, 4th XI captain Fantasy Bob. It will be held at the club on Saturday 26th January. 

We're looking for people to arrive at 7.30pm and we'll get the quiz going by 8pm.  Ticket prices are £10 for adults and £5 for juniors and can be paid on the evening.  Family deals available on request!

The bar will be open for the evening and there will be prizes for the winning team.  All are welcome.  It would be useful if people could organise teams of around 5-6 but if this can't be done, we're very happy to group people together on the evening.

If anyone has any questions, please contact the Club's treasurer, Brad McKay, on  We look forward to seeing you on the 26th.

150 not out for Carlton

During 2013 Carlton will be celebrating the club's 150th anniversary.

Founded in 1863, the club has had many ups and downs. The early days saw a hand to mouth existence, playing initially at the Meadows and then renting a number of grounds in the Grange Loan area. However, a massive fund raising push in 1925 enabled the club to purchase the present ground, which they had been renting since 1905.

The 1911 side at Grange Loan

The years since have continued to throw up many challenges - financial and otherwise - but the club has gone from strength to strength in recent years, winning the national championship for the first time in 2011 and maintaining a virtual stranglehold on the Murgitroyd National T20 title, winning it four times in the last five years.

National T20 champions 2012

The club is arranging a number of special events in 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary, including matches against a Cricket Scotland President's XI and an ESCA President's XI and special games for the junior and women's teams.