Carlton 1st XI 2010 Fixtures and Results
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Saturday 1st May 1pm Premier
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180 all out

Gordon Drummond 60

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218 for 6

Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Archie Gray

This may have been the first match of the 2010 season but the home supporters would have recognised the old failings of 2009 all too clearly. Once again a strong looking Carlton side on paper failed to do themselves justice on the field.

The match almost got off to a fairytale start for debutant  Mohammed Habib Ahmad Zai (‘Habs’ to his mates) as his first ball found the edge of Hairs’ bat and only just fell short of Drummond at second slip. The impressive Charles Legget eventually made the breakthrough, inducing Hairs to edge to Jamie Kerr and Cammy Coles followed shortly afterwards thanks to a superb catch at point by Stevie Gilmour off the bowling of Habs.

The next phase of the match ultimately proved decisive. Drummond induced numerous plays and misses during a fine spell and another debutant, Preston Mommsen, almost had a wicket with his first two balls – the first a huge lbw shout that failed to impress umpire Scotland; the second a leading edge from McCallum that fell just short.

The 117 run partnership between Grange skipper Sanjay Patel and Neil McCallum would eventually prove to be the difference between the sides. Carlton, chasing a gettable 219 for victory, failed to build any similar partnerships as only Gordon Drummond (left), with a classy 60, made the most of his stay at the crease while new boy Oli Tame hinted at his potential with a late 27.

Match sponsor Archie Gray presented the well-deserved Man of the Match award to Grange skipper Patel – a popular outcome with all.

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Thursday 6th May 6pm Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy Round 1
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Match conceded by Fauldhouse, who were unable to raise a side
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Saturday 8th May 1pm Premier
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Clydesdale
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Carlton
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  275 for 5 away

273 for 2

Preston Mommsen 120*, Jamie Kerr 109*

With the Carlton top order finding it difficult to get on top of a tight Clydesdale bowling attack, keeper Jamie Kerr was promoted to number 4 to ask some different questions of the Glasgow bowlers. The plan paid off spectacularly as Jamie and Preston Mommsen transformed a halfway score of 85 for 2 to a final 273 for 2. Preston top scored with a polished unbeaten 120, with Jamie smashing 109 off just 82 balls.

Unfortunately, the Carlton seamers struggled to find a good length and veteran batsman Greg Williamson took full advantage to hit 105 to lead his side to an ultimately comfortable 5 wicket win with 15 balls to spare.

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Sunday 9th May 1pm Scottish Cup 1st Round
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SMRH
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308 for 7

Pete Deakin 96*, Blake Dean 52, Jamie Kerr 41

home 123 all out

Aussie opener Blake Dean obviously felt it was too cold to hang about at Grange Loan in this Scottish Cup tie as he launched a furious assault on the division 2 StewMel attack from ball one. The cars parked in Grange Loan were in the danger zone as the ball flew towards and over the boundary wall with regularity.

When Blake was caught behind for a hugely entertaining 52, the attack was taken up in a rather more measured manner by the unflappable Pete Deakin (left) who moved smoothly on his way to an unbeaten 96, supported by a series of entertaing cameos from the other end, most notably by Jamie Kerr (41).

After a bright start, which saw opener Shah top edge a pull for 6 directly into the Carlton pavilion, the home attack found defending their 308 for 7 to be a relatively straightfoward affair, with Blake picking up his first two Carlton wickets as the vsitors limped to 123 all out.

Next up is another home tie against Premier League rivals Clydesdale on June 6th.

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Saturday 15th May 1pm Premier
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Greenock
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235 for 2

Preston Mommsen 97, Cedric English 73 not out, Fraser Watts 52

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232 for 7

Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Alastair Ritchie

If any home supporters were wondering if the returning Cedric English still has what it takes, then the legendary Carlton all-rounder put their minds at rest with a vintage performance at Grange Loan against Greenock.

Entrusted with the new ball, along with Steven Elder, Cedric bowled ten accurate and threatening overs on the bounce, picking up two wickets for 30. With Stevie collecting one for 35 off his straight ten, Greenock were under the cosh after 20 overs. However, a good partnership between visiting skipper McLaren and overseas amateur Kruger had Greenock back in the game before Ross Lyons, in the middle of a fine spell, bowled Kruger. After Blake Dean dismissed McLaren the home side were again in the ascendancy, but a rapid and belligerent 60 from the impressive youngster Alex Baum took Greenock to 232 for 7.

If there were any nerves in the Carlton dressing room following their two recent league defeats, they were well hidden as Watts and Mommsen got them off to a cracking start. Fraser had almost cleaned out his watching mother with a flat six off the spin of Dougie Wylie, before the veteran bowler got immediate revenge by beating the Watts defence and glancing the top of the stumps.

If the visitors thought they were about to gain some respite, the sight of the Premier League’s highest ever run-scorer striding to the crease no doubt caused them to think again. Cedric looked as if he’d never been away as he accompanied Preston to the brink of victory. Preston holed out just three runs short of what would have been a thoroughly deserved second successive league century, leaving Ced to thump yet another boundary to seal a much needed win.

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Saturday 22nd May 1pm

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290 for 6

Mohammed Habib 2 for 38, Cedric English 2 for 51

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304 for 5

Fraser Watts 77, Stevie Gilmour 60*, Cedric English 46, Jamie Kerr 34*, Blake Dean 33

The Carlton batting continued in the same vein as recent weeks with another strong performance, breaking the 300 mark for the second time this season.

Openers Fraser Watts and Preston Mommsen are proving to be a prolific pairing and they put on yet another 50+ partnership before Preston departed for 24, with the score on 78. Bryn was the only batsman to miss out as 71 run partnerships between Fraser & Ced and Stevie & Blake made the home bowlers feel the heat. Once Blake was dismissed for 33 the in-form Jamie Kerr smashed a rapid, unbeaten 34 to take Carlton to 304 for 5. Stevie Gilmour, visiting his old club, finished with 60 not out.

Although Cedric made a double early breakthrough to reduce the home side to 44 for 2, the Carlton bowling attack once again failed to fire on all cylinders. With 10 overs to go the home side required 10 an over with six wickets in hand … and opener Dougie Lockhart still at the crease. Four overs left and the home side were on 256 for 4 and the game hung in the balance. However, the defining moment came when seamer Mohammed Habib managed to get one through Lockhart’s defences to trap the ex-Scotland man lbw. Another wicket for Habs in the penultimate over finally ended the contest as Carlton ran out winners by 14 runs.

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Saturday 29th May 1pm Premier
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278 for 7

Fraser Watts 122, Jamie Kerr 46 not out, Preston Mommsen 33

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118 all out

Omar Ahmad 6 for 12, Cedric English 2 for 38

Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Angus Mair

In-form opening pair of Fraser Watts and Preston Mommsen took full advantage of some wayward early bowling from the visitors to get Carlton off to an eight-an-over flyer in the early stages. With 27 to his name Preston pulled seamer Sullivan for six into Grange Loan. Unfortunately, he tried to repeat the shot next ball and mistimed straight to Vasu Reddy.

The introduction of overseas players Bunting and Gray into the attack slowed down the batting onslaught and Bunting, in the middle of an impressive spell dismissed Cedric English, while Gray soon accounted for Stevie Gilmour.

Fraser, however, kept going and was able to celebrate a hundred with plenty of overs still to come.  On 122, however, he holed out on the boundary and Carlton rather limped towards the close of the innings until Jamie Kerr smashed 21 off the final over.

A direct run out by Blake Dean gave the home side an important early breakthrough but the turning point came when Ced English found the edge of pro Gray’s bat and Preston took a fine catch at second slip.  Once Ced found another edge - this time top scorer Gowtham Rai - the Dunfermline middle order was exposed.

The man to take advantage was seamer Omar Ahmad, making his first appearance of the season. With keeper Jamie Kerr in electric form behind the stumps (left) the visiting batsman had no answer to Omar’s accuracy and movement as he ran through the batting to finish with 6 for 12. Eight of these runs came through a couple of boundaries clipped through the empty legside field as skipper Watts went for the jugular (below). Ten more points as Carlton move up to 3rd in the Premier League.

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Thursday 3rd June 6.15 pm Masterton Trophy Quarter-Final
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121 for 9

Gordon Drummond 55 not out

home 118 all out

For the third time in two seasons a Gordon Drummond innings was the catalyst for a Carlton cup win over old rivals Watsonians. In 2009 he hit unbeaten knocks of 75 and 78 to dump his old club out of the Scottish Cup and Masterton Trophy, and this time another unbeaten 50 saw his side home in dramatic circumstances at Grange Loan.

Batting first Watsonians could only post 118 all out; a total much less than the one they looked on course for when their score was in the sixties for the loss of two wickets after 7 overs. Blake Dean made the important breakthrough, snaring the big-hitting Ryan Flannigan whose 48 had got the visitors off to a flyer. Dean finished with three wickets and two run-outs – the second a spectacular direct hit at one stump  - as an impressive Carlton comeback saw them set 119 to win.

For once, however, the Carlton batting failed to fire as three Mike Legget wickets got things off to a bad start. The off spinning Craig Wright picked up the prize wickets of the in-form Watts and Mommsen and Carlton were in big trouble as no 8(!) batsman Drummond found himself walking to the crease with the score on 59 for 6.

While Drummo immediately looked in fine form he soon lost partners Stevie Gilmour and Rajan Bhopal and with 6 overs left, the home side needed 42 with just two wickets left. Omar kept the Scotland skipper company for a short time before going for a big shot and holing out in the 18th over with 18 runs still needed. Cometh the hour, cometh the man; and no. 11 Habs strode to the crease full of confidence – a confidence not entirely shared by the large crowd. We needn’t have worried – Habs did his job with a mix of solid defence, play and misses and hard running while Drummo took his side closer to the target. The visitors were clearly a bowler short and a mighty six in the penultimate over made the home support believe that an unlikely win might be achieved.

Into the last over and eight to win. A two and a single from Drummo saw him move on to 49 and brought the mighty Habs onto strike with four balls left. The entire ground held its breath. No problem to the young man from Afghanistan though as he calmly turned the ball in to the gap and scampered through. Three balls left; four to win. Drummo found a wide expanse of Grange Loan and called Habs through for two; the Drummond 50 going unnoticed in the general tension of the situation. Two balls left. One run to tie would win the match ... as long as Habs could survive the final ball.  The field was pulled in and Chalmers ran in through the gathering gloom – a typically pugnacious drive from Drummo beat a despairing dive and raced to the boundary and Carlton had snatched a late and unlikely  victory. But what a great match!

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Saturday 5th June 1pm

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183 all out

Gordon Drummond 4 for 27

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186 for 3

Preston Mommsen 81 not out, Cedric English 40

The author's report on the first hour's play will have to be rather vague due to the fact that, having negotiated the 65 or so miles from Edinburgh, he couldn't negotiate the final 50 yards into the ground, consequently arriving to see the scoreboard showing Forfarshire at 69 for 2. The feeling of travel sickness and frustration was immediately removed upon the sight of the first delivery by Ali pitching half-way down the wicket and being smashed by Scotland star Ryan Watson to Gillie who took a decent catch at square leg..

Queasiness returned when the Gopher received a text from the Gaffer at GL advising that the second eleven were struggling at 70 for 5 with loads of batting luminaries back in the hutch. The author's insinuation that the GL wicket must have been a minefield didn't go down very well with the gaffer as my mobile melted on receipt of his next text.

Back to the action at Forthill where Roscoe was brought into the attack and his controlled bowling slowed down the batting side's scoring rate to a trickle. Fraggle then made the inspired decision to switch Ross to bowl from the pavilion end and suddenly the ball could be seen to turn sid ways from the author's position, square on from the wicket. One couldn't wait to have a wee peek at the wicket during the tea interval. Carlton's bowling and fielding continued to be top drawer and the only complaints came from Gillie, Jamie and Fraser all of whom didn't get a bowl on a wicket which would have helped any bowler. (Lynne complained later that there was only room for seven bowlers on her scorecard when Fraser, in fact, used eight. Typical of Lynne's dexterity she devised an extremely neat and tidy way of getting round this tricky problem.)

The bowlers kept the pressure up for the remainder of Forfarshire's innings and, with Drummo wiping out the tail in quick time, the innings closed at 183 all out after 48 overs.

By this time the author's phone had cooled down sufficiently well to allow incoming texts to be received once again from a much happier Gaffer confirming that Boydy and Simon had turned the game on its head with what sounded like a record second eleven stand at GL. The author's recollection of 2s matches goes back further than he would care to admit, but he awaits confirmation that he is wrong and that there has been a higher partnership.

The time had arrived for the pitch examination. The surface looked as if it hadn't seen water since Noah's Ark decided to rest on Dundee Law a few years back. There was also a springiness about the surface which was not evident on the faces of Fraggle and Prestwick as they made their way to the middle to begin the pursuit of what might have been an awkward total to pass given the state of the pitch.

Any nerves felt by the sizeable travelling support of three {the author, his wife and Archie Gray} were soon removed by a thoroughly professional and dominant display by the Carlton batsmen. Fraser and Preston shared an opening stand of 60 then Cedric plundered 40 in no time before the recurrence of an old injury reduced his movement a little and Fraser had to come back out to act as his runner.

The required runs were knocked off with ten overs remaining to secure a very well deserved and accomplished win for our heroes. Once again special mention has to be made of Preston, who was as solid and entertaining as you could wish to see. His forward defensive should be photographed and sent to the ECB for distribution in their coaching manuals.

The author's joy was unconfined when news arrived from Moon that Habs' sample had proved negative and the resounding victory for the second eleven would stand. Once again Lynne was concerned that Habs' six wickets might mean that she would have to find room for a ninth bowler in the coming weeks.

The journey home was quicker than the road and the miles to Broughty Ferry and the prospect of the Saturday night curry made for a pleasant trip home.

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Saturday 12th June 1pm Premier
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196 all out

Steven Gilmour 50, Oli Tame 34

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198 for 9

Charles Legget 4 for 37

Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Alan Kemp

Once again the two south Edinburgh neighbours served up a thriller at Grange Loan. Ten days ago, Scotland skipper Gordon Drummond rescued his side from a top order collapse. This time, events were turned on its head as an inexperienced Carlton lower order folded spectacularly.

Earlier, Carlton had done well to restrict the visitors to less than 200. Skipper Fraser Watts had the luxury of needing to use only five bowlers; Cedric English bowled another accurate spell, while his opening partner Charles Legget was the star with 4 for 37. Only ex-Carlton man Craig Wright was able to stay around for any length of time, accumulating a patient, undefeated 61.

In reply, the four Myreside seamers ensured that there was to be no easy ride for the home side, keeping Carlton behind the asking rate while picking up the prize wicket of Cedric English. When Fraser smashed a long hop straight to Ryan Flannigan, the fourth wicket partnership of Oli Tame and Stevie Gilmour had it all to do. Gradually they began to increase the run rate and at 153 for 3 the home support was optimistic. However, Oli was yorked for an impressive 34 to bring Blake Dean in to join his ex UNSW team-mate. Gilly (below) had just reached a fine 50 when the game’s turning point came as Craig Wright, bowling from the pavilion end, tempted Gilly to top edge a sweep to fine leg.

What happened thereafter required an ‘X’ certificate as a succession of batsmen were bamboozled by Wright’s lollipops to give the Watsonians’ fielders fielding practice. With 3 required off the last over, last man Tom Clarke offered Wright a caught and bowled chance, which he took at the third attempt to seal a dramatic win.

A disappointing defeat but something that is always likely to happen with so many experienced players away. A learning experience for those coming up from the second XI and one that will hopefully stand them in good stead in the future.

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Sunday 13th June 1pm Scottish Cup 2nd Round
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  104 all out home

222 all out

Charles Legget 4 for 42

With no fewer than 6 first team regulars unavailable, an inexperienced Carlton side were desperate to get off to a good start against Clydesdale. What they got was a magnificent display of big-hitting from visiting batsman Greg Williamson, which took the score to 60 in the fifth over of this 40-over encounter. Williamson had already passed his half-century when he finally fell to a good Tom Barrett catch off the bowling of Charles Legget in the 6th over. The big batsman was the only man in the ground who appeared to be convinced that it was a bump ball and he reluctantly loped off towards the pavilion leaving spectators in no doubt that his command of the Queen's English was as wide as his array of attacking shots.

Full marks to the Carlton bowling and fielding thereafter; Messrs Tame, Habib and Clarke all bowled good spells, Leggs picked up his second four-wicket haul of the weekend and there was a quality eight-over spell of off-spin from none other than Mr DF Watts. The catching was excellent and there was even a run out as a result of an impressive bit of crown green bowling from wicket-keeper Boyd as the visitors were dismissed for 222 in the final over.

Nevertheless, a target of 223 in 40 overs would have been challenging to a full strength home side; for Carlton to win from here would require a lot from their three experienced batsmen Watts, Gilmour and Dean. Sadly, the visitors were in no mood to let Carlton off the hook and veteran Williamson laid down the marker with an impressive 8 over spell from the nets end, which ensured there was to be no rapid start. Gilly then lost his off stump trying to keep the scoreboard moving and Blake was run out for the second time in two days. When the skipper was bowled shortly after he had hit a huge six up the hill all was lost and only some expansive shots from Leggs and Habs dragged the score past the three figure mark.

A tough weekend for the club but it does signal the need to keep the development process on track to ensure players are able to make the big leap from second team cricket when our growing band of internationalists are away on national duty.

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Sunday 20th June 1pm

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152 all out

Ross Lyons 4 for 15

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156 for 4

Preston Mommsen 60, Fraser Watts 55

Back in 2005, Paul Hoffman launched an unforgettable blitz on the Carlton bowlers at Grange Loan, hitting a hundred off just 35 balls. Ever since then, every Carlton skipper has been wary of the big Aussie/Scot as he lopes out to open the innings. In the corresponding fixture last year Carlton called on Ross Lyons in the third over to curb the big man's six-hitting and the spinner responded immediately to send Hoffman packing. This year there was no hanging around. Ross was tasked with opening the bowling and did the necessary with the minimum of fuss, inducing Hoffy to edge to JK with a measly four to his name.

Uddy then stumbled to 70 for 8 in the face of excellent seam bowling from Legget, Ahmad and English. Lyons, brimming with confidence after his taunting of Kevin Pietersen the previous day, returned his best figures for Carlton. The innings eventually closed for on 152, a total that looked well within the reach of the visitors ... provided they got off to a good start.

No need to worry. The excellent opening partnership of Watts/Mommsen fired again, reaching 76 before Fraser departed for a quickfire 55. Preston picked up another half-century, reaching 60 as Carlton ran out comfortable winners by 6 wickets with almost 17 overs to spare.

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Tuesday 22nd June 6.15 pm Masterton Trophy Semi-Fnal
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133 all out

Preston Mommsen 3 for 10, Blake Dean 3 for 26

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198 for 5

Gordon Drummond 49*, Cedric English 45, Blake Dean 34, Jamie Kerr 32

For most of the strong looking Carlton side this was their first taste of cricket at Academy Park. A dusty pitch and a lush outfield was not exactly home from home, but the opening pair of Watts and Dean got their heads down and when Blake took 24 runs off the second over the innings was up and running.

The Edinburgh skipper quickly realised that the only solution was to take pace off the ball and Blake was finally undone in a flurry of dust and bottom edge after hitting 34 off just 20 balls.

With Fraser gone relatively cheaply, old mates Jamie and Cedric got down to business. JK swept effectively as always, to the consternation of the bowlers, while Cedric started carefully before smiting a few mighty blows.

When Jamie departed  the new Scotland skipper, a Masterton Trophy specialist, took a while to find his timing on the dry surface before launching a series of humungous sixes.  Ross also ventured out into the middle, taking the instructions of “hit out or get out” literally, starting 6 6 . W. Once again Drummo finished unbeaten and the total of 198 looked as if it would take some getting.

As expected, the home side didn’t have too many defensive prods in the locker. Two sixes early in the first over before Pete Deakin and JK combined off the final ball to restore some balance. After 5 overs the home side were up with the run rate before three quick wickets for Preston ended the match as a contest.

Still, there were plenty fireworks to come from the batsmen with the fielding highlight a superb one handed diving catch from Cedric. He claims he merely fell over but the Carlton travelling support knew better...

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Saturday 26th June 1pm Premier
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238 for 8

Preston Mommsen 58, Stevie Gilmour 41

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237 for 5

Ali Evans 3 for 45

Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Colin Campbell

The airless, muggy weather that enveloped Grange Loan was reflected in a lazy and sluggish performance from the home side as the Premier League reached the half way stage.

The Dons won the toss and elected to bat and openers Parlane and Lamb were soon off to a good start before Ali Evans found a corking yorker to see off Lamb. This brought skipper MacRae to the crease and the pair took the visitors past the 100 mark without too much trouble but at a pedestrian pace that hinted at a reluctance to take the game by the throat.

Shortly after surviving a huge appeal for caught behind off Omar Ahmad, Parlane was undone following a typically classy piece of fielding by Stevie Gilmour who dived full length to pull off a one-handed stop before throwing to wicket-keeper Kerr, who got the benefit of a tight run-out decision. If there’s one fielder in the Premier League not to take liberties with it’s Gilly, yet, incredibly, the Dons made the same mistake minutes later when another diving Gilmour stop found Colin Smith stranded and Kerr had as much time as he wanted to whip off the bails.

Two more wickets for Ali were all the home attack had to show for their efforts and the Aberdeenshire innings closed on 237 for 5. There was a feeling, however,  that the Dons side of last year would have shown a little more hunger for runs.

Another good start for the Watts/Mommsen combo, with Fraser first to go with the score on 64. Preston moved on to another classy 50 and it was a surprise to all when he fell lbw. Cedric, too, was looking good before mistiming one that failed to clear the towering presence of Colin Smith at mid on. Cue another middle-order collapse as Dean, Kerr and Deakin fell in quick succession. Only Stevie Gilmour looked up to the task but when he fell to a stunning catch by Brand for 41 there could surely be only one winner. A fielding side used to winning would surely have closed the game out from here; particularly against a Carlton side who collapsed badly to a defeat on their last home outing.

However, there was a big difference this time; instead of an untried youngster coming in at number eight we had the sight of the Scotland skipper striding to the wicket. Ali, however, came and went quickly leaving the home side with 45 still needed and only two wickets in hand.

Drummo, though looked in command; all he needed was someone to support him. Enter Omar Ahmad. Omar had holed out lamely during the last two batting collapses at Grange Loan but he rose to the challenge here, playing sensibly and giving Drummo the strike. Drummo, for his part, used his experience to wait for the hittable ball to keep the run rate on track .

Four needed off the last over. A huge swing and miss from Omar off the first ball had the crowd urging him to get bat on ball and take a single. Get bat on ball he did as the next delivery was smashed over mid on for four and a win that had looked increasingly unlikely the longer the game went on.

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Saturday 3rd July 1pm

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263 for 5

Tom Clarke 4 for 37

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206 all out

Oli Tame 53

A journey to the home of the league leaders without players of the calibre of Watts, Mommsen, Drummond, Lyons and English was always going to a tough task for Carlton. However, with Grange also minus top players, skipper Stevie Gilmour was confident and his side responded well with a good bowling and fielding performance, headlined by four wickets from left armer Tom Clarke, that looked like restricting the home side to around 230.

Not for the first time, though, the big-hitting Stuart Davidson, proved to be the Carlton nemesis as he rounded off the Grange innings with some outrageous batting to race to 66 not out in no time at all and set a challenging total of 263.

With a good wicket and a lightning fast outfield, there was still a chance for the visitors. However, the early loss of Ani Majumdar was soon followed by that of skipper Gilmour who mistimed a pull to be caught in the deep by Johnny Gray. Opener Blake Dean was looking comfortable though and moved smoothly on to 29 with Carlton keeping in touch with the required run rate.

Skipper Sanjay Patel then called Gray in from the outfield and asked him to bowl. His first delivery proved to be the decisive moment of the game, as he fired one through Blake’s defences to demolish the stumps. Gray celebrated in bizarre fashion, as if he’d scored the winner in the World Cup Final, by ripping off his shirt and racing round the outfield, wobbling as he went. There was pandemonium in the pavilion as the shocking sight proved too much for some of the more refined Grange members, who had to be helped to the medical room. If umpire Sandy Scotland had a yellow card in his coat he would surely have brandished it at the Grange man, but instead had to content himself with a steely glare and a stern lecture.

Young Carlton batsman Nik Hunt could have been forgiven for being distracted by the topless celebration, but he settled down in tandem with Oli Tame to attempt to keep Carlton in the game. Unfortunately, Hunt’s run out, with the teenager on 23, was quickly followed by the wicket of Jamie Kerr, leaving Nathan Pietsch to offer support to Oli. The pair put together a good partnership that offered a glimmer of hope for Carlton until Nathan was unluckily run out for 26. Oli went on to a well-deserved maiden Premier League fifty but Carlton ultimately fell well short on 206 all out.

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Wednesday 7th July 2pm Friendly
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105 for 0

Blake Dean 84 not out

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RAINED OFF

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Friday 16th July 6pm Masterton T20 Trophy Final
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127 for 9 (20 overs)

Blake Dean 36, Fraser Watts 32, Stevie Gilmour 28

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115 for 8 (20 overs)

Ross Lyons 3 for 12

When the Friday evening date for the Masterton Trophy Final was decided during the winter, a balmy summer’s evening had been imagined. What we got was a sometimes bright but always blustery evening – but, all in all, a miracle that a game was taking place after the rain of the preceding days. Top marks to the groundstaff dream-team of McLeod, Weir and Dean.

Batting first, the other Carlton dream-team, the opening partnership of Watts and Mommsen, got things off to a sprightly start.  Preston, however, was soon undone by some steep bounce and was caught behind by Smith off the bowling of Gray, who celebrated modestly, obviously believing that the evening was a touch too chilly for any of his trademark topless celebrations.

Cedric soon followed in similar fashion, feathering an attempted pull to Smith. Fraser and Blake kept the scoreboard ticking over until Fraser became Smudger’s third victim, caught behind off Thomas.

Once Jamie Kerr had departed, Blake and Stevie Gilmour combined in what turned out to be the decisive partnership, putting on 40 in just 4 overs at one stage. Blake hit two big sixes, one of which took out an Australian visitor as he jack-knifed over the pavilion fence while attempting to take a ‘catch’. Stevie, for his part, took advantage of some indifferent Grange fielding to pepper the boundary.

At 118 for 4 off 18, a big total looked in prospect before three wickets in three balls slowed things dramatically. A raft of catches and run-outs saw the innings close on 127 for 9.

What Carlton needed was some tight opening overs. Unfortunately, the bowlers struggled to find their length and Grange had raced to 36 without loss after 4 overs. Some missed chances didn’t help and after 9 overs the score stood at 68 for none.

The introduction of Ross Lyons (left) put a break on the scoring and he picked up the first wicket after a fine piece of bowling tempted opener Rae into giving a caught and bowled. Nevertheless Cammy Coles was on his way to an impressive fifty and at 86 for 1 off 13, Grange needed just 42 – a run a ball with nine wickets in hand. Surely there could only be one winner from here. Veteran bowler and match reporter Bob Irvine obviously thought so as he headed for the exit while Moon muttered darkly that there would be no trip to Poloc next weekend for the national finals. The Carlton contingent all nodded in agreement ... apart from one young man who examined the scoreboard, rubbed his chin and pronounced: “It’s going to be a tight finish.” It soon became clear that young Cheeky was the sage of Carlton ...

First Ian Worth was run out courtesy of a brilliant piece of fielding from skipper Watts. In the next over Ross enticed dangerman Coles out of his crease to be stumped by Jamie Kerr. The turning point came in Ross’s final over when ex Warwickshire skipper Powell attempted a reverse sweep and was adjudged lbw. Suddenly Cheeky ‘s optimistic outlook was finding respect from his elders and betters and when Smudger lofted one into the outfield off Preston, Drummo calmy trapped the ball on his barrel chest before scooping the rebound nonchalantly in one hand ... and Carlton were looking favourites.

With the score on 111, Moon announced ‘Nelson’ with a knowing smile and next ball the innings of impressive youngster Henry Edwards came to an end as he was castled by Drummo. All over bar the shouting and in the end a comfortable last over by Leggs saw Carlton home by 12 runs.

As well as earning the trophy and a very welcome cheque, Carlton now proceed to the national T20 Murgitroyd Trophy finals day in Glasgow on Sunday July 25th.

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Saturday 17th July 1pm

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124 all out

Cedric English 3 for 21

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126 for 0

Fraser Watts 59*, Preston Mommsen 44*

As everybody knows, the Carlton 1st XI is always 100% committed and fully focused ... As such there were no hangovers following the previous evening’s Masterton Trophy win over Grange as the team headed west to Greenock on Premier League business.

After a wet week in the west, both skippers would have been keen to bowl first. Luck was with Fraser and he asked the home side to bat. While Cedric soon bowled opener McIntosh, the prize wicket against Greenock this season is undoubtedly that of Richie Berrington. Happily, it wasn’t long before Leggs sent the Scotland batsman back to the pavilion as he safely pouched a leading edge off his own bowling.

The ensuing batting collapse may not have been quick but it was steady – Greenock eventually dismissed in the 46th over for just 124. Ced was rewarded for a fine spell with figures of 3 for 21, while there were two wickets for Leggs and one apiece for Ross, Blake, Drummo and Omar.

Last Saturday Fraser and Preston put together a century opening stand for Scotland; this time they repeated the feat for their club. The Greenock total was passed in just the 22nd over with Fraser (59) and Preston (44) both unbeaten. A comprehensive win all round.

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Saturday 24th July 1pm

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321 for 6

Fraser Watts 77, Cedric English 58, Preston Mommsen 56, Blake Dean 55 not out

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140 all out

Ross Lyons 4 for 22

A struggling West headed east on Saturday morning without Dougie Lockhart and Gordon Goudie. Judging by their performance at Grange Loan on Saturday they left their self-belief at home as well.

If West hoped they would gain some assistance from the pitch after bowling first they were soon made to think again as the prolific Watts/Mommsen partnership fired again. This time Preston played the aggressor, with Fraser happy to play a supporting role. Helped by a lacklustre attitude among some of the visiting players and occasional sloppy fielding, they took the score to 89 before Preston, on 56. picked out Moneeb Iqbal off the bowling of Kashif.

Fraser was then again content to play the supporting role to Cedric English, who looked in fine form on his way to another 50 for Carlton as the side passed the 200 mark. With Ced’s departure closely followed by those of Jamie and Stevie, who were looking for quick runs, Fraser moved smoothly to a well compiled 77 before being stumped.

That merely left the stage to Blake Dean (left) who carved and smashed his way to a hugely entertaining 50 off just 23 balls as Carlton finished on 321 for 6 off their 50 overs.

West openers Iqbal and Young provided a brief contest, but once both had gone West appeared to give up the ghost, although there was a brief flurry of interest shown when rain threatened with the match 7 overs short of a Duckworth/Lewis involvement. Skipper Watts brought himself on in an attempt to race through the overs and surprised himself as much as anyone by picking up a wicket immediately.

With the rain clearing away, normal service was resumed. Number 3 Watson was eventually out for 33 after a long vigil, one of four victims for the increasingly impressive Ross Lyons. The skipper brought himself back for a little bit of glory hunting and picked up the final wicket, thanks to a good catch from a disgusted Drummo.

A clinical performance from a Carlton side, which was at full strength for the last time this season. West were short of full strength and it showed in a painfully one-sided contest.

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Sunday 25th July 10.15 am

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196 for 7 (20 overs)

Preston Mommsen 71

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66 all out (12 overs)

Fraser Watts 3 for 2, Mohammed Habib 3 for 14

With overcast conditions and a damp pitch, Clydesdale skipper Singh could have been forgiven for having no hesitation in asking Carlton to bat after winning the toss. He certainly couldn’t have envisaged that the decision would backfire so spectacularly.

Blake Dean tried to continue where he left off in the SNCL the day before by going after the batting with gusto, but he failed to account for the relative slowness of the surface and offered what should have an easy chance been in the first over.  Escaping with a life, Deano then took the game to the opposition. He nearly cut Greg Williamson in two with a powerful shot that was technically a drop, but one suspects that the injury prone Clydesdale man was simply glad to escape with no broken bones. He then launched three big sixes before being bowled by the wily Ali in the fourth over.

With Qasim Sheikh claiming a low catch to dismiss Fraser Watts, Clydesdale were back in the game briefly. However, a classy partnership between Cedric and Preston (left) calmed things down and kept the scoreboard ticking over. Preston, in particular, was in sublime form and he compiled a superb 71 before being dismissed hitting out towards the end of the innings.

With a total of 168 after 19 overs, Clydesdale already a big task in front of them. However, an amazing final over from Ross Lyons (23 from 6 balls) and Stevie Gilmour (19 from 5 balls) added a further 28 to the score.

No complacency in the Carlton camp as memories of Greg Williamson’s batting blitz at Grange Loan earlier in the season was all too fresh in the minds. That  potential problem was easily solved  though as he gave a big yahoo to the first ball he faced in the opening over from Gordon Druimmond and was well caught at full-stretch by Oli Tame.

The second over was bowled by Mohammed Habib and his first delivery was a beauty that swung past the bat of Omer Hussain and smashed his stumps.  A superb over was completed with the dismissal of Qasim Sheikh, who played on to leave his side 11 for 3 after 2 overs.

Drummo then picked up his second wicket to dismiss Kasim Farid, and when another Habs’ special removed skipper Singh the Glasgow side were on 17 for 6 after just four overs. Eventually they limped to 66 all out, helped in no small way by three wickets in four balls from Fraser Watts [Watts? Are you sure? Ed} , to hand Carlton a crushing victory by 130 runs.

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Sunday 25th July 4pm

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152 for 8 (20 overs)

Blake Dean 52, Gordon Drummond 37 not out

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129 for 7 (20 overs)

Ross Lyons 3 for 15

With both semi-finals having been crushing victories for the side batting first, Fraser wasted no time in deciding to bat after winning the toss.

The skipper strode out to the middle with pinch-hitter Blake and the powerful Aussie was soon into his stride with some classy boundaries. Fraser, though, was undone by a smart piece of bowling by Ryan Watson before Preston, promoted to three after his semi-final heroics, also fell to the seam of the ex-Scotland skipper.

After Ced fell to a sharp catch behind, Carlton were looking in trouble at 45 for 3, but a steady partnership between Stevie Gilmour and Blake turned things around with Blake bringing up his 50 with a third big six. Next ball he was gone though and with Stevie, Jamie and Ross following soon after Carton looked as if they might struggle to limp to 120. However, another perfectly timed innings from Carlton’s T20 specialist, Gordon Drummond, proved crucial. Controlling the strike perfectly, he found the gaps and blasted 2 fours and a couple of mighty sixes to take his side to an imposing 152 for 8.

A good total, but one that would certainly be in reach of the big-hitting Forfarshire opener Ryan Watson. So cue Drummo; two dot balls in the first two deliveries, then next ball he induced a leading edge from Watson that was happily accepted by Ali Evans to huge acclaim from the Carlton players and supporters.  

Talented youngsters Wallace and Parker, however, were not for giving up and they kept their side in touch with the asking rate.  However, the introduction of Scotland quickie Ali hampered the Forfarshire acceleration as he put in a fine spell of hostile and accurate bowling.

The turning point, though, was the introduction of Ross Lyons (left). Just as he did in the Masterton Trophy Final, he delivered four quality overs of left arm spin to which the batsmen had no answer. First, he induced Wallace to edge skywards for Jamie Kerr to spring like a teenager from his position behind the stumps to take a superb one-handed catch.  When he then tempted Parker to hole out to Blake at long on the match was all but over. Ross picked up his third wicket by beating the veteran Gardner to give Jamie one of the easiest stumpings of his career.

A late flurry by the impressive Umair Mohammed was too little too late for Forfarshire, leaving Carlton to finish deserved and comfortable winners by 23 runs.

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Saturday 31st July 1pm

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117 all out

Nathan Pietsch 30

Although short of four Saltires for the trip to Fife, the Carlton bowling attack still had a pretty strong look about it and included Omar Ahmad who took 6 for 12 against Dunfermline earlier in the season.

With Dunfermline toiling at 53 for 5, skipper Stevie Gilmour must have felt that things were loking bright. However, home pro Alistair Gray survived an early lbw shout to hit a chanceless century as the Fifers finished on an imposing 257 for 6 after their 50 overs.

A solid start to the reply was essential; however the early loss of Cedric put the batting under pressure from the outset. Once again, none of the experienced batsmen were able to put a score together on a day when the Scotland contingent were absent and Carlton had soon slid to a woeful 67 for 8. Only a dogged partnership between Pietschy (30) and Omar (24) helped the score past three figures as Carlton were dismissed for 117 in the 38th over.

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Saturday 7th August 1pm

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139 all out

Cedric English 61

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221 all out

Mohammed Habib 3 for 57

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With a side packed with talented bowlers, skipper Stevie Gilmour had no shortage of seam options at his disposal. A steady start against the prolific Ryan Watson was required, but some wayward stuff was mixed in with the good deliveries as the visitors got off to a flyer. Typical of the start was the third over where Habs struck Watson on the side of the head with a brute of a delivery. The Forfarshire skipper wisely, if a little belatedly, called for a helmet before smashing the next delivery onto the top of the Sibcas hut.

In times of crisis, it’s handy to have a backup seamer of the quality of Cedric English, and Gilly wasn’t to regret turning to his former skipper as Ced delivered ten badly needed overs of top drawer bowling. Crucially, he dismissed Watson for 52, thanks to a superb one-handed catch at second slip from Gilly, before trapping  Yellowlees lbw. Despite nursing an injury, Ali Evans was bowling well and picked up a deserved wicket by finding the edge of Bailwal’s bat as Jamie made no mistake.


However, at drinks, Forfarshire seemed set for a big total with opener Wallace still at the crease. The break seemed to affect the youngster’s concentration though as he soon mistimed a pull off Ali and Rajan ran in from mid on to take a good low catch. With Omar bowling a typically accurate spell from the pavilion end and Umair Mohammed apparently intent on running out his team-mates, the visitors were struggling. The Forfarshire number 5 also looked like he had run himself out after another ill judged run, but he was given the benefit of the doubt by an unsighted umpire and then went on to make the home side pay by racing to 55 before finally being castled by Habs as Forfarshire reached 221 all out with 7 balls to spare.

After a season built on the excellent opening partnerships between Fraser Watts and Preston Mommsen, Carlton were rocked when Blake was caught and bowled by young Bailwal with only 18 on the board. Before long it was 59 for 4 and it took a partnership between the two most experienced batsmen in the team, Cedric and Jamie, to haul their side back into the game. At 112 for 4, both batsmen were going well and club skipper Watts was a little cheerier as he received regular updates in Nottingham. Then disaster struck; Ced’s Achilles turned out to be ... well ... his Achilles heel and he called for a runner. Next ball, he showed a leading edge to spinner Black and spooned a catch to Watson. One ball later and it was game over as JK swept into the waiting hands of Quinn.

After that, only another dogged innings from Nathan Pietsch delayed the inevitable. Legs became Black’s third victim, courtesy of a superb one-handed slip catch by Watson, while Man of the Match Umair Mohammed also picked up three late wickets to leave Carlton soundly beaten by 82 runs.

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Saturday 14th August 1pm

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160 for 8

Ross Lyons 3 for 27

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158 for 9

Stevie Gilmour 50, Rajan Bhopal 33

If there’s one thing that always seems to be guaranteed when Carlton meet Watsonians it’s a tight finish. Once again this one went down to the wire ... and for the second time in the league this season, it was Carlton who lost out.

Batting first on a slow wicket, Carlton got off to the worst possible start when Preston Mommsen edged behind on 1. It was hard going against the quality home seam attack and after 30 overs, Carlton were toiling to make headway on 83 for 4. However gritty efforts from skipper Stevie Gilmour and teenager Rajan Bhopal dragged the visitors back into things, although boundaries were still hard to come by.

Some big hitting late on from no 11 Mohammed Habib took Carlton to a semi-respectable 157 for 9.

A solid reply from the hosts took them to 76 for 2, before the introduction of Ross Lyons (3 for 27), well backed up by the off spin of Preston Mommsen, began to cause some jitters in the batting side.

At 147 for 8, there was just a sniff for Carlton but Paxton and Sadler saw their side home with 16 balls to spare.

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197 all out

Charles Legget 70

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287 for 8

Mohammed Habib 3 for 52

With five top line first teamers missing again, there was no danger of Carlton underestimating the talented Academy youngsters, especially as a belter of a Grange Loan pitch was ideal for their ultra-positive approach to batting.

A typical Ollie Hairs cameo was ended when he skied one too many off Habs, who was easily the pick of the early bowlers. And when Habs picked up his third wicket, Carlton had dragged themselves back into the game at 71 for 4. However, just as they had done at home to Forfarshire last time out, after gaining a foothold in the match the home side allowed the game to get away from them once more with Marc Petrie hitting a classy 56 before he was well caught by Tom Barrett off the bowling of fellow under 18 Rajan Bhopal. At 192 for 7, Carlton had a chance of respectability but a superb display of selective, power hitting from Safyaan Sharif took the game beyond them. The ex-Largo youngster smashed sixes on top of the nets, over the pavilion and up the hill into the gardens to take his side to 287 for 8.

A solid start was needed but instead opener Tom Barrett was run out early on and the home side were soon in dire straits at 39 for 5. Blushes were spared by a superb innings from Charles Legget, who smashed an impressive 70 before being somewhat surprisingly adjudged runout. Good tail end support from Ali Evans and the big-hitting Habs at least took Carlton to the brink of 200. But all in all a comprehensive defeat.

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Saturday 21st August noon

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237 for 4

Cedric English 148 not out, Stevie Gilmour 52

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194 all out

Tom Clarke 3 for 36

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With both sides missing key players for the clash at Grange Loan, Uddingston had no hesitation asking Carlton to bat with the hope that the experienced opening pair of Hoffmann and Bawa would make early inroads into Carlton’s top order.   When Bawa bowled Barrett (24-1) it looked like a good decision but Ced English and skipper Stevie Gilmour took the initiative from the visiting side.  On a bowler friendly day, Ced was particularly brutal on anything that was slightly over or under pitched, hitting Hoffmann for two sixes and a couple of fours in what was otherwise an excellent opening spell.  From the other end Bawa bowled through, clearly experience had taught him his body wouldn’t come back for a second spell later in the day.  Bawa finished with excellent figures of 10-3-24-1.   Stevie delivered a patient 52, much needed with Watts and Mommsen away with Scotland, in a stand of 131 for the second wicket. 

Remaining batsmen held up an end and gave as much of the strike as possible to Cedric who finished unbeaten on 148 in a Carlton total of 237 – 4 off 50 overs.  It was a phenomenal effort, a batting masterclass of patience, power and contempt on a day when everyone else struggled to get on top of the bowlers.

 

Uddingston’s depleted line up meant they had a particularly long tail and so were relying on the top order to get them home.  Hoffmann tried to blast off at the top but a slow pitch and intelligent bowling from Leggett induced him to launch one at Bhopal’s forehead at cover, where much to everyone’s delight Rajan clung to a stinger.  Opener Clarke struggled against the accuracy of Legs from one end and Habs (yep Habs……honest) at the other.  Eventually Charlie got his second as Ced held a comfortable catch at second slip to remove Clarke and just before drinks break Carlton’s Clarke had the Sri Lankan Pro, and new father, Prayadarshana caught by Habs at backward square leg for 54 (a great effort considering he stepped off a plane from Sri Lanka at 11pm on the Friday) . 

Carlton looked well in control with the visitors at 106 – 3 at drinks and the destructive batsmen back in the pavilion.   After the break Gul and Bill took up the challenge, scored quickly and swung the game in Uddingston’s favour until a quick single to point gave Gilmour the chance to practise what he preaches and hit one stump while running in at full speed….”Never in doubt” said fielding guru Brian Forrester from the old man's bench on the hill….the rest of us nodded in agreement and sent for celebratory beer.  Uddingston’s long tail didn’t wag, as the last five wickets went down for 11 runs.  Tom Clarke finished with 3-36 in his last home game at Carlton until his secondment as Yorkshire cultural attaché to London ends. 


Good win for Carlton who have struggled when missing the Scotland players, and a creditable performance from Uddingston who despite their depleted squad put up a good fight and were always in the hunt until the Gilmour run-out.

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Saturday 28th August noon

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114 all out

Omar Ahmad 4 for 18, Ali Evans 3 for 32, Mohammed Habib 3 for 40

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268 all out

Cedric English 146

The final league game of the season saw the Ones take the long trip north to Aberdeen in a real proper team coach, courtesy of the organisational skills of Mr M Flynn.

Although Cricket Scotland had given permission for the Saltires players to play in the last round of league fixtures, other commitments and the length of the evening jaunt from Aberdeen to Durham meant that Carlton elected to do without their internationals, instead relying on Evergreen English to repeat his batting heroics of the previous week. Surely, it wasn’t asking too much for him to do it again?

Batting first, Ced was soon into his stride and an early rain interruption, coupled with the early losses of Tom and Gilly, only served to sharpen the great man’s focus. A fifty partnership with Rajan saw him begin to motor through the gears, before sharing 64 with his old mucker JK.

When Jamie perished to Tyler Buchan, Deano strode to the wicket for the last time for Carlton only to stride back again soon after, falling victim to a caught and bowled for the third time in four innings.

Ced was then joined by teenage debutant Nick Martin. With Ced approaching his century, surely Nick would look to nudge the singles and give his elder and better the strike? The home side certainly thought so, as they brought in the field and bowled loopy spin from both ends. Nick’s eyes lit up like Habs in a toy shop and he proceeded to happily bludgeon the ball over the top on his way to a rapid 20 before eventually skying one to the giant figure of Colin Smith.

The inevitable English century was brought up before he finally perished on 146, bemoaning his inability to get past the hundred and forties. It’s certainly a weakness in his game that everybody at the club hopes he will be able to rectify before next season.

Defending an imposing 268, the mighty Habs was quickly into his stride forcing the Dons’ Martin to edge to JK for a blob. A 50 run partnership between Coetzer and pro Parlane had the home side looking good before Habs struck twice in quick succession to remove them both.

Ali then joined the party, bowling Colin Smith and the rest of the innings was something of a procession with Ali picking up another two while the ever reliable Omar collected a tidy 4 for 18 off 5 overs.

Game over in just 25 overs and an early return to Edinburgh on the cards. The only problem was that the bus wasn’t due to pick up the team for hours yet and no-one had the number of the driver …

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