The 1st XI travelled across the city to Goldenacre to take on Heriot’s. Skipper Tom Simpson lost the toss and the home side chose to bowl first. Wickets fell at regular intervals and nobody was able to impose themselves on the bowling. There were a few starts but no one was able to go on and make a telling contribution and Carlton were bowled out for 156 in the 44th over. Umair Mohammed top scored with 29. Heriots got off to a flyer and although Ally Evans struck in the 7th over the score had already passed 50. There was a run out from Shujaa Khan and Angus Beattie also claimed a wicket but Heriot’s cruised to the target in the 25th over for a 7 wicket win.
Back at Grange Loan the 2nd XI entertained Edinburgh Accies. Skipper Ben D’Ulisse lost the toss and Accies invited the home side to bat first. Openers Will Hardie and Gav Murray went in the 10th & 11th overs respectively but Kyle Macpherson and Hayden Laing put on 135 for the 3rd wicket. The partnership was broken when Laing was bowled for 72 but Macpherson kept going finding good support from first brother Ruari then Mo Nauman. Macpherson brought up his century with a 6 in the 49th over and was out in the final over for 109. The 2s finished on 293 for seven. In reply Charles Stronach took an early wicket followed by one for Omar Ahmad, courtesy of fine diving catch by Murray. Stronach claimed 2 more wickets to leave the visitors in trouble at 49 for 4. Calum Everett struck next and there were 2 wickets each for Ru McIntyre and Hardie as Accies were bowled out for 124 in the 32nd over.
The 3rd XI were at home to Kirkbrae at Peffermill. Skipper Brad McKay won the toss and chose to bat first. Matthew Wells (20) and Adam Richardson (28) got off to decent start but the only other batter to reach double figures was Mark McKay with 13. In the end the 3s were bowled out for 103 in the 37th over. Saif Khan and Mark McKay took a wicket a piece in the 5th and 6th overs but the visitors chased down the target for no further loss in the 23rd over.
The 4th XI made the long journey down to St Boswells for their ESCA Div 4 clash. With a late start and weather about the skippers agreed a 30 over a side game. Al Murray lost the toss and the 4s were asked to bat first. The skipper went early but Bruce Smith (58) and Gregor McIntyre (33) set a decent platform. A flurry of wickets fell before Abhi Mehta (24) hit some useful late order runs as the 4s posted 143 for 8 from their allotted overs. Mehta struck in each of his first 3 overs to have the home side in trouble at 12 for 3, but they recovered well in tricky bowling & fielding conditions. Dougie Firth claimed the 4th wicket and Joe Ward the 5th but the home side got home with 2 overs and 5 wickets to spare.
The 5th XI also had a decent journey for their game as the travelled to North Berwick to take on Bass Rock 2s. Skipper Keith Murray won the toss and chose to bowl first. Stu Dawson produced an unplayable delivery with his second ball to castle the home skipper. He struck again in his next over and claimed 2 more in his 3rd to leave the home side in all sorts of trouble at 1-4. There were further wickets for Hamish Turner and 3 for Lewis Broster on debut as the home side were bowled out for 35 in the 18th over. Brian & John Gill opened up in the reply and put on 31 for the first wicket before Gill Jnr was bowled. James Stronach came to the crease and hit the winning runs to secure a 9 wicket victory in the 14th over.
On Sunday the Women took on Stewart’s Melville at Grange Loan. Skipper Annette Aitken-Drummond won the toss and inserted the visitors. Opening bowlers Gabriella Fontenla and Masie Maceira each claimed an early wicket and then Fontenla claimed a second. A good partnership was broken by Sam Haggo and Zaara Dancu also took a wicket. Haggo struck again and with Maceira claiming two more, one for Ashley Robertson and a Dancu run out was the final wicket as Stew Mel were bowled out for 99 in the 22nd over. In reply Charis Scott (50) and Janie Hemsely (33) knocked off the runs in the 13th over to set up a 10 wicket win.
Also on Sunday the Mixed Dev XI travelled across the bridge to take on Broomhall. Batting first Carlton opened up with Martin & Dougie Firth and the visitors amassed a score of 160 for 8 from their 30 overs as Firth Jnr and Robert Rowlands both retired after hitting half centuries. The Fife side chased down the total in the penultimate over despite Ian Hunter picking up 2 wickets and one each for Blair Mackenzie and Rowlands.
The U15s travelled to Stirling for finals day of the ECB U15 Cup. Playing Clydesdale in the semi-final in a rain affected match the young Carlton team restricted ‘Dale to 98 for 5 from their 18 overs but were unable to chase it down in the face of some accurate slow bowling. In the end they finished 81 for 9. In the 3rd/4th playoff they met Livingston and bounced back with a comfortable win.