The 1st XI entertained Stewart’s Melville at Grange Loan and on losing the toss were inserted. Kyle MacPherson fell early but Murray Whitaker and Arun Pillai consolidated putting on 98 for the second wicket. Pillai fell having just reached his half century quickly followed by Whitaker for 27. Tom Simpson and Ali Shah got the scoreboard ticking over and when Shah was stumped Will Hardie came in and struck some lusty blows to ensure the home side made the most of their solid start. A few late wickets meant Carlton finished on 284 for 7 with Simpson top scoring with 68. The visitors reply never really got going with Ali Evans picking up 4 for 19 and two wickets apiece for Shiv Gupta and late call up Rory Allardice. Stewart’s Melville ended on 98 all out in the 40th over.
Goldenacre was the venue for the 2nd XI clash with their Heriot’s counterparts. The home side won the toss and opted to bat first. 14yr old Ru McIntyre got the first wicket and skipper Ruari Macpherson picked up the other opener but a good third wicket partnership took the score to 117 before 5 wickets fell for only 16 runs. A good rear-guard action from the home side took them to 213 for 8 from their 50 overs. Charlie Maxwell and Chris McAllister got the chase off to a good start before Maxwell fell with the score on 46. Macpherson went soon after but all of the other batsmen got decent starts. When McAllister went for a fine 71 Ben D’Ulisse and Harry Simpson saw Carlton home with 3 wickets in hand in the 47th over.
The 3rd XI travelled to Penicuik and batted first. Ben Thurman and Gav Murray opened up and got off to a good start before 3 quick wickets fell. Mike Raikes and Zaki Yusaf put on exactly 100 for the 4th wicket before Yusaf holed out for 43. A few late wickets meant the visitors finished on 182 for 6 with Raikes unbeaten on 65. An early wicket for Brad McKay gave the visitors some hope but Penicuik batted very sensibly and profited from some loose bowling to ease to the total with 6 wickets and 5 overs to spare.
The 5th XI travelled to Broomhall and restricted the home side to 139 for 8. Max D’Ulisse led the way with 3-10 with Rory Leadingham & Euan Murray also picking up 2 wickets. Stand in skipper Keith Murray made a patient 40 with Martin Robertson hanselling his new bat in fine style to finish on 69* to give the 5s a 6 wicket win.
On Sunday the Women travelled to Hamilton Crescent missing 5 players away on Wildcat duty. Despite being bowled out for 47 they were able to claim 4 wickets before West of Scotland overhauled their total in the 11th over.
Also on Sunday at Grange Loan 4th XI skipper Bob Irvine won the toss and chose to field first against Peebles County. Charles Stronach picked up 4 wickets to have the visitors in trouble at 36 for 4 but the Peebles No 4 marshalled the lower order to post a challenging 185 for 8 from their 40 overs. Eric Edwards fell early on but Ewan Hutchinson (45), Anish Amin (36), Brian Kaczynski (20) got the scoreboard moving. The loss of 4 quick wickets with 50 runs still required left the game in the balance but David Simpson (40) and Cameron Keatinge (13) saw Carlton home for a fine 3 wicket win.