Carlton is one of Scotland's leading cricket clubs. We run 4 men's teams, a women's side, 9 junior teams, a Sunday Friendly XI and have a thriving junior coaching programme for boys and girls. In all, more than 400 members play and watch their cricket at Grange Loan, Edinburgh - undoubtedly one of Scotland's most beautiful grounds. New players always welcome.
To celebrate Burns Night 2014, the club will be hosting a special Carlton Burns Supper on Saturday 25th January in the Grange Loan pavilion.
Members, friends and family are all welcome. Tickets are priced at just £20 and the evening includes a three course meal (haggis, neeps & tatties included of course) and will feature a unique rendition of Burns' epic poem Tam o 'Shanter by none other than Carlton's doughty groundsman Alasdair McLeod.
Following the success of the junior awards evening in early October, it was the turn of the seniors at the end of the month as the trophies were handed out in the Grange Loan pavilion.
Gordon Drummond doubled up with the Players' Player of the Year award and the 1st XI bowling trophy. However, Drummo was outdone by 2nd XI batting star Ali Shah who earned three awards - all picked up by brother Ahmad - including the Carlton Six Hitting trophy.
The final day of the club’s 150th Anniversary celebrations saw a number of familiar faces assemble for a Golden Oldies T20 ahead of the club dinner.
The game saw the welcome return of ex Scotland spinner Jim Govan, still playing regularly in Ireland, and he came up against his old spin twin Alan ‘Spike’ McLeod in a hard fought game that was high in incident but mercifully short of injuries. Fantasy Bob's side lost, but he still produced a stirring match report.
A third Sunday, a third Scottish Cup Final. This time it was the turn of the Carlton women, led by Helen Blair, as they took on St Boswells, then Glasgow Accies in women's finals day at Ayr. Despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first on both occasions, Helen brought the trophy back to Grange Loan after two tight wins.
Earlier the Carlton 2nd XI struggled on a damp pitch and lost by 8 wickets to an ESCA President's XI in the 150th Anniversary match at Grange Loan.
On Sunday, the Carlton Under 18s, led by Fraser Allardice, defeated Clydesdale by 8 wickets in the Scottish Cup semi final at Falkland before winning through against a combined Heriot's SMRH XI by 7 wickets in the final to lift the trophy.
The final weekend of the senior league season saw Carlton lose to Stoneywood Dyce despite a 130 run opening partnership between Hamish Gardiner and Kyle Macpherson in a match that saw the retirement of Jamie Kerr.
On Saturday morning Carlton had hopes of a league and cup double. By Sunday evening a season without a senior trophy was a harsh reality. Two successive middle order capitulations had consigned the side to a league defeat by new champions Arbroath and a Scottish Cup Final loss to Grange.
On a much brighter note Ani Majumdar signed off his Carlton career with a brilliant 188 for the 3s, although there were last week defeats for the 2s & 4s.