The 1st XI entertained Stoneywood-Dyce at Grange Loan and the visitors won the toss and invited Carlton to bat first. The top order all got starts but no-one went on to make a significant score. There were plenty of small partnerships but it took until the 9th wicket for Hayden Laing and Rory Allardice to go past 50. In the end the 1s were bowled out for 230 in the final over, helped in no small part by Allardice’s 31* from 24 balls, with Arun Pillai (42) and Laing (41) the top scorers. With the ball pro Neville Madziva took 3 quick wickets and with Ally Evans chipping in with one the visitors were in trouble at 32 for 4. A decent fifth wicket partnership was broken by Shiv Gupta and Ruaridh McIntyre claimed a wicket soon after. When Mazdiva picked up his 4th Stoneywood were again in trouble at 128 for 7 but the number 3 Wolmarans was well set and the rate was more than manageable. Although Wolmarans brought up his century in the 38th over he holed out 4 balls later as spinners Allardice & Pillai closed out the game to give Carlton a 44 run victory in the 41st over.
The 2nd XI travelled to Penicuik and skipper Ben D’Ulisse lost the toss and the home side chose to bowl first. Both openers fell early but Kyle Macpherson and Will Hardie put on 117 for the 3rd wicket before Macpherson was bowled for 44. Hardie kept going but wickets fell at the other end and the left hander was the 6th man out for a composed 86 with the score on 173 at the start of the 44th over. The last 6 overs yielded 32 more runs as the 2s finished on 205 for 7 from their 50 overs. Charles Stronach and Omar Ahmad ran through the top order to reduce the home side to 18 for 6 including a run out. The Carlton bowlers didn’t let up and had Penicuik 33 for 9 in the 11th over. A late counterattack was eventually broken as Ahmad completed his 5 wicket haul and the home side were bowled out for 74 in the 19th over to give the 2s a 131 run win.
Also on Saturday the 4th XI made the short journey to Peffermill to take on Edinburgh University Staff. Skipper Al Murray lost the toss and the home side chose to bat first. The first wicket fell in the 8th over to Gregor McIntyre but the home side were scoring at a good rate. Sam Haggo claimed the next wicket and then a Shaun Smith run out had Staff 70 for 3 after 16. The introduction of spin from Rory Ledingham (3-29) & Max D’Ulisse (2-36) brought more wickets and a further run out but the home side finished on 178 for 9 from their 40 overs. The 4s reply never really got going a wickets fell at regular intervals. Only Ledingham (24) and Euan Keatinge (21) really settled as the 4s were bowled out for 112 in the 36th over to fall 66 runs short.
The final game on Saturday saw the 5th XI travel to Inch Park Arti to take on Edinburgh South 4s. Taking the reins this week was Euan Murray who won the toss and chose to bat first. Two wickets fell in the first over and despite a dogged 21 from John Beattie, 18 from Stu Dawson and Angus Turner’s 24 down the order the 5s were bowled out for 105 in the 38th over. In reply Turner picked up 3 wickets as did Hector Murray plus there was one for the skipper but the home side got over the line in the 20th over with 3 wickets to spare.
On Sunday the Women travelled to Myreside to take on Watsonians. Skipper Annette Aitken-Drummond won the toss and opted to bat first. Aitken-Drummond led the way with 64, well supported by Masie Maceira (37) with whom she put on 106 for the first wicket. Zaara Dancu (41*) and Sam Happo (27*) saw the Women to a total of 200 for 2 from their 30 overs. Opening bowlers Maceira and Zoe Campbell each took a wicket in their first overs and then Campbell claimed a second to leave the home side struggling at 8 for 3 after 4. Haggo struck next and then Dancu bowled the next 4 batters to finish with 4 for 3 from 2 overs. Amy Steindl then took the 9th wicket and the returning Campbell finished things off with her 3rd as Watsonians were bowled out for 64 in the 18th over.
Also on Sunday the 3rd XI entertained Edinburgh CC 2s at Grange Loan. Skipper Brad McKay lost the toss and the visitors chose to bat first. Young Ben Stronach was the star with the ball as he took 4 wickets to help bowl Edinburgh out for 182 in the 37th over. Zaki Yusaf also claimed 3 wickets and there was one apiece for Pete Gill & Fraser Kentish. A clatter of early wickets had the home side in trouble at 13 for 3 but Ru Main and Yusaf first steadied the ship and then took the 3s to the brink of victory with a 166 run fourth wicket partnership. With the winning line in sight, Main was bowled for an excellent 85 and Yusaf (76*) completed the job to give the 3s a 6 wicket win in the 32nd over.
The final match of the weekend saw the Mixed Developement XI travel to Newfield to take on an experienced Edinburgh Accies XI. Skipper Bob Irvine lost the toss and Accies chose to bat first. The home side racked up 266 for 5 from their 30 overs with 3 wickets for Finlay Thompson and 2 for Iain Hathorn. Hathorn opened the batting with son Tom and both retired on 51. Benji Risi also hit 23 as the Mixed Dev XI replied with 145 for 2 from their 30 overs.