The club is thrilled to announce the re-signing of wicket-keeper batsman Daniel Da Costa after an exceptional first season at Grange Loan. Dan was an integral part of the First XI, helping the side lift the Masterton Trophy and finish 4th in the Eastern Premier League.
Dan hit 1,047 runs across 50 over and T20 cricket in 2023 for the Arrows. 820 of those runs came in the Eastern Premier League and the Scottish Cup at an average of 43.16 from his 21 innings. He hit 4 tons in his maiden season with a top score of 148 against Stewart’s Melville. Across all competitions he contributed to 36 dismissals in the field, 6 in the outfield and 30 with the gloves. He also cleard the rope 21 times earning him the club’s six hitting trophy. In December’s Senior Prizegiving Dan also scooped up the First XI batting award, the club’s wicketkeeping trophy and the men’s players player of the year. On top of this he was the Jump Ship Brewing Player of the Month for April and August.
In our opening EPL game against Meigle at Grange Loan the Arrows bowled Meigle out for 179. In the second innings the South African born batter hit 100* off 90 balls including thirteen 4s and two maximums as the home side cantered to an 8 wicket victory.
In round 5 of the EPL Carlton faced off against Stewart’s Melville at Grange Loan. The Arrows won the toss and opted to bat first and despite losing Umair Mohammed early on Ruairidh Main and Dan broke the First XI record partnership with a 2nd wicket stand of 261. Dan finished with 148 off 124 deliveries including eighteen 4s and four 6s.
The next weekend Dan brought up his third century of the season, this time against Grange at Portgower Place in our Scottish Cup Quarter-Final clash. With the Arrows in a spot of bother at 23-2 in the first innings, Dan came in at 4 and notched up 114 runs off 119 balls (12x4s 4x6s) to help the Arrows to a total of 261-9.
In the penultimate round of the EPL the Arrows took on Royal High Corstorphine at Barnton. The Arrows set a total of 276-6 in the first innings, including Dan’s 4th ton of the year. He hit 125* off 118 deliveries including fourteen 4s and three 6s before completing a runout in the RHC reply.
Alongisde his playing role Dan also was involved in ground-work and coaching at Grange Loan as well as the social side of the club.