Carlton 1st XI 2017 Fixtures and Results
Saturday 29th April Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
L
Glenrothes
v
Carlton
A

Glenrothes 249 for 9 (Calum Everett 3 for 52)

beat

Carlton 206 all out (Michael Herdman 45, Ali Shah 32)

Scorecard

Saturday 29th April and the first game of the 2017 season. Carlton had an away fixture against Glenrothes at Gilvenbank.

Glenrothes won the toss on a considerably good wicket for the start of the season and elected to bat first.


Opening the bowling was overseas star Michael Herdman (2/35) and Calum Everett (3/52). It was a tough start for our bowlers though as a few opportunities were missed early on. Fred Culley (91) and Aidan Justus (46) put together an opening partnership of 167.

However, there was a great effort from the lads after drinks with 9 wickets taken for 82 runs. Gosain – 1/47, Beattie 2/52, Hudson 0/38, Pillai 0/28. Glenrothes 249/9 form their 50 overs.


Carlton batting innings started off with Beattie(17) and Macpherson(29). Angus edged one to the keeper and in came Herdman (45). The second wicket partnership was looking good until Macpherson was run out. Pillai (15) came in and was looking to settle down when he top edged one and was caught.

Ali Shah (32) was building a partnership with Herdman and kept the scoreboard ticking for some time. Herdman was eventually bowled when he misjudged a ball that stopped dead in his tracks.

Tom Simpson (16) joined Ail Shah at the crease to look at building a steady partnership but he was trapped LBW. Our next 5 batsmen could only add 20 runs onto the scoreboard as Carlton were bowled out for 206 in 45 overs.


A tough defeat for the lads but a good learning curve to get us well prepared for the remainder of the season.

(GH)

Tuesday 2nd May (Evening)
T20 Masterton Trophy
W
Carlton
v
Edinburgh University
H

Edinburgh University 70 all out (Arun Pillai 4 for 7)

lost to

Carlton 71 for 0 (Fraser Watts 44*)

Scorecard

The students won the toss and decided to bat in this inaugural match in the newly revamped Masterton Trophy. However, they found the going tough against tight and accurate bowling with Grant Keddle picking up two early wickets. Cheeky and Hugo,who was making his first appearance of the season, were also in the wickets early on to leave the students struggling on 33 for 4 after 10.

A spot of efficient hoovering from Arun (4 for 7) made sure there was to be no comeback and the Uni were eventually all out for just 70.

Watts and McCann opened for Carlton and wasted no time in chasing down the target. Watts finished the chase in style with an audacious reverse hit for six off the second ball of the 9th over.

Saturday 6th May Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
L
Carlton
v
Grange
H

Grange 310 for 4

beat

Carlton 226 all out (Michael Herdman 96, Rory McCann 47)

Scorecard

Photos

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

Shortly after 3.30 pm, a light roller was called in by new skipper, Evans, who had earlier led the boys out in his first league game with the captain’s hat on.

The scoreboard said 311 to win, which could have been made to look smaller with a good start, but losing Watts to a caught behind in the 2nd over is definitely not a good start. And it wasn’t long before Macpherson followed him back into the pavilion in a similar fashion.

Things started to look under control when McCann, batting at number 4, started timing the ball very well, very early and raced ahead of Herdman. Though we were still behind the asking rate, a partnership was building. At mid-innings break, a good 200 odd runs were still required, but with 8 wickets in hand and 2 set batsmen in the middle the chase seemed to be on.

When McCann fell 3 runs short of his half century the onus was on the middle-order to bat alongside Herdman (below), but things took a turn on the wrong side for Carlton and none of the following batsmen stayed long enough in the middle to make an impact.

An unselfish Herdman tried to push the tempo and cleared the ropes twice before miscuing one to finish on 94, and with that the chase was over. Boyd and Keddle showed glimpses of their form with a few crisp hits to the fence, but a few wouldn’t do and when Gosain holed out to deep square leg we were short by 84 runs.

Earlier, debutant Keddle couldn’t have had a better start when he had Flannigan leg before off his first delivery (below). But with Mommsen and McCallum delivering on the day, and a few missed opportunities, Grange had put more than enough on the board. 

It must be said, the day was scripted in favour of ex-Carlton boys Mommsen and Aslam, with a century and four-for against their names respectively.

(AP)

Photos from David Potter on Cricket Europe

Thursday 11th May (Evening)
T20 Masterton Trophy
W
Edinburgh CC
v
Carlton
A

Carlton 140 for 8 (Fraser Boyd 56)

beat

Edinburgh CC 131 for 9

Scorecard

Carlton returned to Campbell Park with with their defeat to Edinburgh at the same venue two years ago fresh in their minds.

McCann and Beattie got things off to a decent start but but when they both departed it was left to Fraser Boyd to keep the innings ticking over. Although he lost partners regularly he passed 50 and with the help of a few late blows from Herdy saw his side to 140 for 8.

Two early breakthroughs from Herdy had the home side in a bit of trouble at 8 for 2. However, a combination of wayward bowling and good batting from Qasim Ashraf kept Edinburgh well in the hunt and at 76 for 3 at the halfway stage a repeat of the last encounter seemed on the cards. However, Carlton knuckled down and left arm spinners Gosain and Beattie picked up two crucial wickets apiece to slow the Edinburgh progress as they eventually finished just 9 runs behind on 131 for 9, with Ashraf finishing undefeated on 51.

Saturday 13th May Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
W
Carlton
v
Falkland
H

Carlton 309 for 7 from 44 overs (Fraser Watts162, Michael Herdman 63)

beat

Falkland 83 all out (Grant Keddle 3 for 10) [Target: 311]

Scorecard

Photos

The third fixture of the league season saw the first team take on Falkland, at a chilly Grange Loan. Though winning the match remained the primary goal, enjoying the day’s play was another key focus, collectively agreed by the squad. Early innovation by the club captain marked the first step towards doing so. Bizarrely, the team found themselves engaging in warm up exercises that almost no-one had ever completed before in their lives. Engaging in high knees (and almost hamstring kicks), whilst moving backwards, helped create a light-hearted atmosphere, something that abruptly changed when the youngies vs oldies match was due to start. As always, the match was plagued by blatant errors that appeared to reject the written rules of the sport. Many of these would have been pounced on by an impartial referee and for such a reason, we will move swiftly on…

As expected, the toss was lost and Carlton were put into bat on a wicket that looked fairly even for both bat and ball. Watts and Macpherson opened up and despite there being some sideways movement off the wicket, guided the score to 15 for the loss of no wicket. At this point, the heavens soon opened, resulting in both teams being confined to the changing rooms. During this period, LMS squads were organised for the season, some may say too hastily…

Following the time off, the sun soon came out and the match was back underway. Unfortunately, Macpherson played a loose drive after not too long and was caught and bowled, shortly after a booming drive for 4. Following this early loss, Watts and Herdman guided the team nicely, putting on a 178 run partnership, placing the team in a very strong position. After the dismissal of Herdman, Pillai entered the crease and importantly added another 74 runs to the scoreboard, alongside Watts. The home side continued to tick along and score at a good rate, even after the eventual fall of Watts for a brilliant 162. What resulted was a final total of 309 from the reduced maximum of 44 overs.

As always, teas were lovely and helped to refuel the players for a dynamic 44 overs in the field. The home side then got off to a strong start, with Evans picking up the wicket of Meikle with only 9 on the board. The team continued to buzz through the overs and put pressure on the Falkland batting line up, something that resulted in Herdman picking up an LBW, his first wicket of the day. Shortly after, another breakthrough came when the dangerous Nawalage was dismissed, Herdman again the bowler. This left Falkland in the tricky position of being 25 for 3, whilst also operating behind the required run rate. Paul and Sullivan did well to rebuild things for the away side, piling on 43 runs before Grant Keddle, ‘the Welsh Wizard’, picked up his first in the match. Carlton then remained firmly in the ascendancy, with Falkland managing only 15 more runs before being bowled out during the 25th over.

Overall, the match proved especially positive. It marked the first win of the season and set the benchmark for how the team should operate throughout the rest of the season, particularly in the field. The team looks forward to building on this victory for the remainder of the season, embracing the challenges that lie ahead.

(KM)

Sunday 14th May Noon
Citylets Scottish Cup Round 1
W
SMRH
v
Carlton
A

SMRH 22 all out (Michael Herdman 5 for 7 inc hat-trick, Ali Evans 3 for 1)

lost to

Carlton 25 for 0

Scorecard

Photos

Your correspondent took a leisurely route to this tie at Inverleith. After all, he wouldn’t miss much in the first half hour, would he? Strolling into the ground he took a glance at the scoreboard. 12 for 5. A slight moment of panic was followed by relief with the realisation that the fielding side were sporting the club's sharp looking new blue tops. “Could have been worse” muttered a local. “It was 3 for 5 when I arrived”.

Eye witness reports described the early action as follows:

Ball 1: Evo bowls a loosener back of a length outside off, which the SMRH pro carves straight to Kyle at point

Ball 2: Evo bowls a straight one, which the SMRH overseas am misses and is bowled

Over 3: Another for Evo, with a catch to the keeper

Over 4: Two wickets for Herdy – another catch for Kyle and an lbw. The score is 3 for 5.

A mini recovery ensued but proved to be short lived when Herdy made it 14 for 6 in the 9th over as he demolished the stumps. Two balls later he had a hat-trick – both batsmen lbw to the left armer. 14 for 8.

A couple of thick edges took the score to 22 before Grant Keddle picked up the 9th wicket (below) courtesy of a catch at gully by that man Herdy. With the SMRH number 11 apparently still travelling to the ground it was all over in the 14th over.

The young opening partnership of Kyle Macpherson and Tom Simpson took to the middle seeking 23 to win, and a 14 ball first over quickly took the total within sight. A good second over from young left armer Tait delayed the inevitable before a crashing cover drive from Tom put the home side out of their misery after 2.2 overs. Carlton into the next round where they’ll travel to face holders Clydesdale.

A quick recap of the standout bowling figures:

Ali Evans 4-3-1-3

Michael Herdman 5-2-7-5

Chayank Gosain 0-0-0-0

Saturday 20th May 1pm
CSL Eastern Premiership
 
SMRH
v
Carlton
A
RAINED OFF
 
Thursday 25th May (Evening)
T20 Masterton Trophy
W
Carlton
v
Musselburgh
H

Carlton 241 for 2 (Tom Simpson 97, Ali Shah 87*)

beat

Musselburgh 20 all out (Michael Herdman 4 for 0, Omar Ahmad 3 for 9)

Scorecard

On a beautiful summer's evening, Tom and Kyle reprised their opening partnership from the cup tie at SMRH. Both batsmen got off to a flier before Kyle edged Ashi Tufail to the keeper on 20. Tom was quick to pick up on anything short and at the halfway stage he and Ali Shah had taken the score to 112 for 1.

There was to be no let up in the scoring rate with the 150 coming up in the 14th over. Sadly, Tom was out an agonising three runs short of has maiden Carlton century as he edged behind. But a great knock and one that promises many more runs in the future. Ali finished unbeaten on 87, with Hugo contributing a quick 12 as Carlton posted a formidable 241 for 2.

Carlton seemed to be in no mood to take things easy as Herdy's first over delivered a quadruple wicket maiden. With Omar taking three wickets at the other end, Musselburgh soon found themselves on 15 for 7.  A couple of wickets to Hugo and a runout from Ali Shah brought things to a quick end.  Full marks to Musselburgh for keeping going on an evening when nothing went right for them and for some top quality tweeting on their batting progress.

Saturday 27th May Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
W
Carlton
v
Aberdeenshire
H

Carlton 245 all out (Michael Herdman 104)

beat

Aberdeenshire 170 for 9 (Michael Herdman 3 for 26) [Target: 200 in 36 overs]

Scorecard

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

Photos

On a sunny Saturday morning at Grange Loan, the Carlton 1st XI took on Aberdeenshire. To our amazement Evo actually won a toss and decided to bat first on a day that looked like rain was coming.. 


We got off to a decent start with Fraggle and Kyle getting into the teens before getting out in conditions that weren't easy.. However, Herdy (below) played a great knock of 104 before losing his concentration thinking about his salad and got bowled.

The middle order chipped in  with a few 20's but it was left to the reliable tail of dumb dumb and dumber, Shoebridge, Gosain and Ahmed to bat the overs.. unfortunately we were let down by Cheeky who succumbed to the pressure of the little voices in his head telling him to run down the wicket and miss the ball completely, and Omar who played an extravagant flick shot from off stump that went straight back to the bowler.. Carlton were all out for a very decent total of 245 off 49.5 overs.


The Carlton bowlers got off to a good start with Herdy picking up two quick wickets and Shoebridge (below) picking up one before the rain came and took us off for about  10 minutes .. when we came back on the spinners came on to get us past the 20th over and ahead on DL.. Arun picked up the key wicket of their pro who decided to try and pick up the rate and was bowled .. soon after he departed the rain came again with thunder.

After waiting for about an hour we got back on and it was now a 34 over aside game. The rate was too much for the Aberdeen batsmen and with some tight bowling  from the bowlers, they were about 30 short at the end


Overall it was a solid win for the Carlton boys and it was good to see that Cheeky hadn't forgotten how to bowl after 4 weeks of just being required to bring his poor chat and enthusiasm.

(CS)

Sunday 28th May Noon
Citylets Scottish Cup Round 2
W
Clydesdale
v
Carlton
A

Carlton 278 for 7 (Fraser Watts 113, Kyle Macpherson 53, Rory McCann 40)

beat

Clydesdale 207 all out (Arun Pillai 3 for 60)

Scorecard

Photos

On the back of a victorious performance against Aberdeenshire the previous day, Carlton travelled to face Clydesdale.  Teenagers Tom Simpson and Calum Everett were the only additions to a side looking to progress to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Following previous successes the ‘Fraser Watts School of Dance’ made another outing in the warm up to ensure that the boys were raring to go for what was a challenging fixture against one of the top teams in the West.

Evo won the toss, opting to bat, with Watts and Macpherson opening up.  The pair started strongly dealing with bad balls and putting the Clydesdale fielders under pressure with good running.  Clydesdale chopped and changed their attack, however the pair looked comfortable going on to put on 129 for the opening partnership.  When Kyle was bowled for a well made 53, Fraggle and Herdy continued the momentum until Herdy was well caught by De Lange (16). 

McCann and Watts (below) continued to bat positively pushing on the Carlton total through the 40 over mark.  Watts brought up a brilliant 100 in an unstylish fashion almost being run out in taking a single through to the wicket keeper.  Having batted tirelessly for a couple of hours in uncharacteristically warm Glasgow weather Fraggle was caught off the bowling of Krishna for a quality 113 – a classy knock that formed the backbone of the Carlton innings.  When McCann was dismissed for 40 with the score on 255 it was left to contributions from the middle/lower order to get the total up to a highly defendable 278.

After a quality tea, Carlton started strongly with the in-form duo of Evans and Herdman causing the Clydesdale openers problems from the outset.  When Herdy trapped Awais, LBW (6), the two openers continued to squeeze the Clydesdale run scoring.  After a few expensive overs, Chad (below) came on and got straight to work bowling tight lines and lengths, leading to the second breakthrough, Boydy taking a good catch up to the stumps. 

Chad was back in the action when his sharp throw at short fine leg produced a run out that put Clydesdale 3 down.  With the 2 Scottish Caps Berrington and De Lange at the crease we knew this was a key period in the game.  Evo brought himself on and continued to bowl very well, with Chad making the breakthrough when De Lange scooped a catch to Herdy (4).  When Arun made the important breakthrough of Berrington (15) and then took Farid’s wicket, Clydesdale were on the ropes at 88-6.  Despite the spinners bearing the brunt of some late order hitting from the tail with late order contributions from Ashraf (38), Krishna (44) and Drummond (16), the tie was essentially over at the halfway mark of the reply. 

Despite the late order resistance of Clydesdale, which took a bit of shine off the victory, it was nonetheless a great team performance from the lads.  As a side we dominated key periods of the game, from the strong opening batting partnership to some quality bowling at their key batsmen.  Next round is another away tie in Glasgow on Sunday 25th June, where Carlton will visit Shawholm to take on Poloc.

(TS)

Saturday 3rd June Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
W
Carlton
v
Heriot's
H

Carlton 231 for 6 (Ali Shah 83, Fraser Watts 57)

beat

Heriot's 115 all out (Chayank Gosain 3 for 30)

Scorecard

Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Bill Borthwick

Photos

It was another Sunny day at Grange Loan and another questionable, yoga inspired warm up from Fraggle Watts. Evo continued his good form winning the toss and electing to bat on a good wicket.

The innings began well for the in-form pair of 'Roof' Watts and 'Emu' Macpherson. The opening pair saw off the towering quicks up front, only for Macpherson (17) to fall shortly after to the off-spin of Brown.  Two more quick wickets followed as Herdman (5) and McCann (5) couldn't resist the temptation to relax and spectate a good day’s cricket in the warm Scottish sun (hard to believe but true).

Meanwhile Watts provided stability to the innings, passing 50 shortly before the halfway mark.  With the sponsors’ tea in full swing, the smell was enough to coax Watts into a state of euphoria, resulting in a well-played work off the pads, an ambitious attempt at a second run and a pin point throw from the fielder, Out!  A typically stylish and well made 57 by Watts.

Scrambling at four down with barely a hundred runs on the board the team valued a handy knock by Pillai (29) who, with the help of Alisdair Shah, nudged the score past 150.  With Arun out, Boyd (19*) was next to the crease. With a combined height of 5ft 8 it could have been mistaken for a scene from The Lord of The Rings.  With both Hobbits clocking times of sub 10 seconds in the 100m dash they looked equally busy at the crease before Shah's bottom hand took over.  After a cautious start by the left-hander, Shah began to find his feet, sending ball after ball to, and over, the midwicket boundary.  Finishing with a brilliantly made 83 off just 55 deliveries he allowed Carlton to swing the momentum and post a defendable target of 231.

After a sensational Tea (plenty of salad) and a good target on the board the innings began in its usual fashion.  Evans charging in, finding short of a length and the batsman finding comfort retreating in the direction of the square leg umpire.  Tight opening spells from Evans and Herdman (below) brought about early wickets meaning Heriot's had some rebuilding to do at 3 for 22.

Shoebridge followed Herdman up the hill and only continued the rot for the visitors.  Charging in from Arthur's Seat and finding the cut strip for only the third time this season he proved a handful as the ball repeatedly passed the outside edge of the bat.  Ross (16) and Watt (19) looked to stabilise the run chase after a missed chance behind the stumps saw Boyd continue his form and leave well. 

Shoebridge claimed both prized scalps shortly after and it was all but game over for the chasing side.  Spinners Pillai and Gosain picked up where the medium pacers left off, bowling tight and steadily taking wickets, eventually bowling Heriots out for 115.  A win by 116 runs took Carlton's winning streak to 3 games in a row! 

[MH]

Saturday 10th June Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
L
Forfarshire
v
Carlton
A

Forfarshire 179 for 6 [39 overs] (Cameron Shoebridge 3 for 34)

beat

Carlton 126 all out (Arun Pillai 40*)

Scorecard

A relatively inexperienced Carlton side headed north on a wet morning and were forced to wait until the Broughty Ferry ground dried out after several hours of rain.

The home side batted first and Matty Parker was into his stride quickly, punishing anything loose. He lost his opening partner, Garden, with 33 on the board thanks to an edge from Herdy to the keeper. This brought Chris Greaves to the crease and he survived a caught and bowled appeal from Omar as the umpire interpreted it as a bump ball. The introduction of Cameron Shoebridge brought the breakthrough as he bowled Parker for 33  (below).

Two more quick wickets for Shoey, who was continuing his good form from the previous week, had Carlton back in the game at 88 for 4. However, the arrival at the crease of Forfs captain and ex Carlton man Umair Muhammed saw the home side get away again as Greaves (33), Umair (27) and Robertson (34*)  saw them to a total of 179 for 8 off their 37 overs.

Tight bowling saw the Carlton reply struggle to gain momentum and when a visibly frustrated Herdy was stumped his side were in trouble at 55 for 4. A solid partnership of 45 between Ali Shah and Arun Pillai saw Carlton mount something of a recovery but boundaries were hard to come by and the lower order collapsed, leaving Arun unbeaten on 40 as Carlton were all out for 126 with 14 balls unused.

Thursday 15th June (Evening)
T20 Masterton Trophy
L
Carlton
v
SMRH
H

Carlton 85 all out

lost to

SMRH 86 for 2

Scorecard

Carlton won the toss and decided to bat but any hopes of a solid start were undermined by some comedy running as three of the first four wickets fell to runouts to leave the home side in trouble at 30 for 4.

30 for 4 soon became 60 for 8 with only Parker Neame, on debut, hanging around to end on 19 not out as Carlton were all out for a paltry 80.

SMRH were in no mood to let their chance slip and eased home by 8 wickets with 8 overs to spare.

Saturday 17th June Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
W
Carlton
v
Watsonian CC
H

Carlton 229 for 8 (Michael Herdman 108*, Fraser Watts 32, Chayank Gosain 32)

beat

Watsonian 192 for 7

Scorecard

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

Photos

With a win ratio of 0 out of 3 as captain and Evo away again, I was back to babysitting the kids. The team had couple of changes with Chad (Calum Everett) and dj (Ruari Macpherson) back in the team. Fraggle was also back, which meant the youngies had a great chance of winning the pre match ruggers. As always, man of the match was Omar on the wing with his Usain Bolt speed and Spider-Man hands. Special mention to Ali Shah as well for his twinkle toes and to dj who seems to spend a lot of time on his knees rather than on his feet.

Anyways, my ratio as captain might be poor but the only ratio that matters is the toss winning one. I am 4 out of 4 now believe it or not.

We were batting first on a tricky wicket. Fraggle and K Mac opened up as usual. Fraggle taking the attack to their strike bowler Andy McKay, pulling and clipping him through midwicket region. Kyle unfortunately missed a straight one.

With vegan boy (Michael Herdman) and Fraggle in and looking good, 220 plus looked easily achievable. However Fraggle has been watching Vegan Boy bat too much recently and decided to walk past one. From 2 for 60...we ended somehow at 5 for 98 as Beattie missed a straight one, Arun snicked off and Ali Shah was giving slip practice.

The worst Simpson looked pretty good until he was adjudged lbw. dj was going into bat ahead of me with an average of 0.6666666666667 which I was quite offended by. And he proved me right, showing why he deserves that average by missing a straight one which he told me swung in miles then nipped away to take his middle stump.

Before I went to bat, I would like to point out Omar has been in my ear asking why I'm batting higher than him and saying it's only because I'm captain. The usual Omar chat.

As always I scored a classy 32 and was run out selfishly by Herdy. At the other end Vegan Boy was thinking about his dinner and what kind of raw grass he's gonna eat tonight. Vegan Boy got angry in the last over as someone told him you need to eat some meat to hit the ball off the square champ. He responded by hitting the last over for 28 and bringing up his 100.

Omar and Vegan Boy opened the bowling and were solid up top. Omar has been hitting 140ks recently. Absolute pleasure to watch. He picked up the first wicket thanks to Arun at slip.

Watsonians had a bit of partnership after that which ended with a run out. Clearly never listening to first rule of cricket: “never run on a misfield”.

Our bowlers bowled tightly and restricted them to 190 odd off their 50. I picked up a couple of key wickets to prove I’m not just a batsman. Fraggle also went off on a Ronaldo like celebration after his fluke run out from deep square.

The win took us to 4th place behind Heriot’s. Good win from a young Carlton side.

(CG)

Thursday 22nd June (Evening)
Carlton

Carlton 157 for 6 (Fraser Watts 38, Michael Herdman 34, Hugo Southwell 33)

beat

Grange 144 all out

Scorecard

Desperate to atone for their previous defeat at the hands of SMRH Carlton came out of the block with all guns firing. Michael Herdman (34) and Hugo Southwell (33) played their shots while Rory McCann (24) and Fraser Watts (38) were solid at the other end. After 20 overs Carlton had reason to be pleased with a competitive total of 157 for 6.

With Preston Mommsen unable to bat with a back strain, opener Ryan Flannigan also took the aggressive approach, racing to 37 before the introduction of skipper Evans saw him bowled. A run out had Grange on 82 for 2 after 10 and the game in the balance. However the introduction of golden arm Southwell saw the dangerous Goudie caught by Herdy, and then Hugo took the catch to dismiss Neil McCallum. 98 for 4 and slight advantage to Carlton.

The bowlers continued to exert pressure and wickets fell regularly as the run rate rose. Eventually Ali sealed the win by bowling Vickerman in the last over to see Carlton into the semi finals.

Saturday 24th June Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
L
Arbroath United
v
Carlton
A

Carlton 144 all out (Tom Simpson 32)

lost to

Arbroath United 148 for 7 (Ali Evans 3 for 40)

Scorecard

After a good win at home the previous week against Watsonions, the Carlton 1st team were back on the road and travelled up to Arbroath to try and get one of their first wins of the season on the road. Evo returned to the team after a few weeks out with Scotland commitments and took over the reins as skipper. The day got off to a good start with Fraggle taking us on a Zumba style warm up to stretch the legs after a long car journey and then Evo winning the toss and batting first on what seemed a decent deck.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get off to a great start with Fraggle nicking off early and Herdy following soon after for not very many, after telling us he wanted to smash every ball to the boundary. He then proceeded to take out his frustrations at beating a little kid at football rather than watching his teammates bat.

The middle order struggled to get any momentum going with people trying to stick around and take runs where they could but some good bowling from the Arbroath boys didn’t make it easy. Cheeky and Simmo grinded it out and built a decent partnership with Simmo hitting everything through the third man area and Cheeky somehow scoring runs for the second week in a row whilst failing to hit the ball off the square. The partnership ended when Cheeky chopped on and Simmo missed a straight one which left us on about a 120, 9 wickets down. It was left to Omar and myself to salvage some sort of total for the bowlers to have a go at defending. With Omar looking like he couldn’t hit the ball to save himself it was left to me to try and take the aggressive route. With my superb shot selection and Omar sticking around, we were able to put on another 20 or so before we lost our final wicket.

In reply Carlton got off to a decent start with Evo and Herdy bowling some good areas and picking up some quick wickets. It was starting to look like defending this total could be a possibility. After the opening bowlers finished their spell the Arbroath batsman were able to consolidate a bit and pick off the bad balls when they came which slowly brought them closer to the target. 

After drinks and with no further luck for the bowlers the skipper decided to bring himself and goldilocs back on. With only about 30 runs required we really needed our main men to make the breakthrough but when we all turned to him the great Herdman wasn’t actually on the pitch as he was still in the bathroom contemplating what he was going to have for dinner. So, VC cheeky came on instead and bowled some tight overs. With some quick wickets from Evo and Arun there looked like we could have a second wind but unfortunately the Arbroath boys were able to creep over the line.

On to next week where we are back at Grange Loan to begin the second half of the season against Glenrothes.

(CS)

Sunday 25th June Noon
Citylets Scottish Cup Quarter Final
 
Poloc
v
Carlton
A
MATCH POSTPONED DUE TO EID AL-FITR
Saturday 1st July 1 pm
CSL Eastern Premiership
T
Carlton
v
Glenrothes
H

Glenrothes 159 for 9 (Chayank Gosain 3 for 28, Michael Herdman 3 for 35)

tied with

Carlton 159 for 9 (Michael Herdman 42, Parker Neame 38)

Scorecard

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

Photos

With a Scotland opening bowler in each side, a cautious approach was taken to a soggy landing area following heavy rain in the lead up to the match. The game eventually got underway as a 38 over a side contest with Glens winning the toss and opting to bat.

Ali Evans made an early breakthrough as Culley was unable to deal with a short ball and the Carlton skipper took an easy return catch. Herdy was also in on the act early on, bowling no. 3 Gosse for just 1. However, Carlton were uncharacteristically sloppy in the field and at one point they managed to turn a tight single into three runs with a couple of wayward overthrows – a passage of play that takes on a huge significance in hindsight.

This sloppiness led indirectly to the third wicket though, as opener Justus – perhaps lulled into a false sense of security by the general looseness in the field - decided to try a suicidal second run and ended well short despite a return high above the keeper’s head.

Skipper Safyaan Sharif was in good touch and he put together a solid partnership with the experienced Shahzad, taking Glenrothes to 122 for 3 until Parker Neame took a good juggling catch at long on to see off Shahzad. Shortly afterwards, Carlton captured the big wicket of Sharif on 54 as Herdy took a brilliant running catch at long off from the bowling of Chayank Gosain. With their main man gone, the Fife side’s innings slid to 159 for 9 at the end of their 39 overs.

The Carlton reply was pegged back early on with both Macpherson and Pillai playing on and when Watts pulled a long hop straight down the throat of deep square leg his side were looking fragile on 29 for 3.

Michael Herdman dug in however, and found support from Parker Neame who put his cut shot to full use (below) on his way to a useful 38 before he was bowled with the score on 98 – another 62 still needed from 12 overs.

While Herdy was there, the home side looked favourites but when Sharif dismissed the Grange Loan Aussie for 42 the game was in the balance with 26 needed off 5 overs. It was down to the cptain and vice-captain to see Carlton home and Cheeky managed to glove a pull shot over the keeper’s head for a priceless four to bring the equation to 15 off 3 overs.

Although Cheeky perished in the 37th over, a trademark front foot pull by Evo sailed up the hill for 6 to leave Carlton looking favourites with just 6 needed off 12 balls and 3 wickets in hand. However, Ali was unable to get on strike and only 2 runs came from the penultimate over.

Shoey called Evo through for a leg bye off the first ball of the final over, swung and missed at the second and was yorked off the third. This brought young Calum Everett to the crease with 3 needed off 3 balls. After missing his first ball, Calum got a thick edge to the next one and the pair raced through for 2 to tie the scores with one ball to spare. The final ball was middled by Calum; unfortunately it bounced straight to the safe hands of Mohale at short midwicket, who threw to the bowler’s end with Calum well short. A tie and 5 points each.

Sunday 2nd July Noon
Citylets Scottish Cup Quarter Final
Poloc
v
Carlton
A

Carlton 152 all out (Michael Herdman 43)

beat

Poloc 133 all out (Ali Evans 6 for 34)

Scorecard

Thursday 6th July 6.15 pm
Murgitroyd Masterton T20 Semi Final
L
Heriot's
v
Carlton
A

Heriot's 152 for 8

beat

Carlton 74 all out

Saturday 8th July Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
Grange
v
Carlton
A
Carlton 214 all out (Angus Beattie 60, Michael Herdman 42, Tom Simpson 39)

beat

Grange 154 all out

Scorecard

Photos

The build up to the game was somewhat compromised due to a mixture of call offs and unavailability from a number of 1st team regulars. This however, gave three Carlton youngsters - Beattie, Simpson and Marshall, an opportunity to make an impression in the 1st XI. One can only imagine what Alan Hansen would have made of our chances prior to the game. The average age of the side was greatly reduced by the absence of Fraser Watts and there was a palpable sense of relief amongst the squad that they would be spared his brand of Tourette's for the day. Rumours that Watts missed the game due to an anticipated skin fold test can neither be confirmed nor denied.

Carlton won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket that looked decent enough to bat on, if not slightly on the slow side. The innings got off to a slow start with Goudie and the Grange overseas amateur bowling tight spells which limited the scoring rate. The two openers, Neame and McPherson were soon accounted for, which brought the Australian Herdman to the crease. Looking like a rejected member of Hanson, Herdman started to put pressure back onto the Grange bowlers and dispatched a number of deliveries to the boundary. Spin was introduced to the attack and Pillai was unfortunate to hit a half tracker straight to square leg.

This brought Marshall to the crease who belied his slender and toned physique by muscling a couple of balls to the boundary. His innings was brought to an end when he received a delivery that many knowledgeable spectators were comparing to Shane Warne's 'ball of the century'.

Herdman soon followed which brought the young team of Beattie and Simpson to the crease. Beattie, on a high after receiving numerous compliments for his new haircut, got straight into his work smashing the ball to all parts. Simpson soon joined in on the act and the young couple mixed energetic running with a wide array of impressive strokes. Beattie was eventually out for 60 (below) and Simpson 39, not before producing an innings saving partnership and a potential match winning one.

Carlton set Grange 215 to win and the boys knew they would need to be on top of their game in order to defend their total. The 2nd innings got off to a dream start as miscommunication between the Grange openers enabled a triple play run out at the non-strikers end. Bounding in like a Giraffe who'd just been liberated from Edinburgh zoo, Evans bowled a quick and probing spell which accounted for the dangerous duo of Flannigan and Mommsen.

Herdman opened the bowling from the other end and caused the Grange top order all sorts of problems with movement and relentless accuracy. Ishant Sharma aside - Michael Herdman is the best bowler with a pony-tail I have ever seen. He soon picked up 2 wickets and the home side's reply was in serious danger of combusting.

Shoebridge was the next Carlton quick to be brought into the attack. Some claim a fast bowler's pace comes from the strength and size of their back side. If that were true, Shoebridge would be bowling faster than the speed of Concorde. Shoey towing in a caravan from the sight screen, bowled a quick spell and was unlucky not to pick up a couple of wickets. By this stage the experienced Neil McCallum was going well and it looked like he was the only batsman who could stand in the way of a famous Carlton win.

Cheeky and Arun were introduced at each end and their impressive command of control soon began to increase the pressure on the Grange batsman. Cheeky picked up the vital wicket of McCallum and effectively sealed the match for the Carlton youngsters. This paved the way for Angus 'the dyson' Beattie to mop up the tail and finish the game off.

This sparked jubilant scenes on the pitch and on the side-lines as the crowd went wild. To round off a memorable day, Shoey even bought a round after the game. A strong collective team effort and a great day for the club.

(CM)

Sunday 9th July Noon
Scottish Cup Semi Final
Carlton
v
Drumpellier
H
Carlton 200 for 6 [39 overs] (Michael Herdman 106*, Tom Simpson 48)

beat

Drumpellier 113 for 6

by 42 runs D/L

Scorecard

Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Alasdair McLeod

Video highlights from Cricket Scotland

Photos

Sunday's match was sponsored by Alasdair McLeod, the doughty groundsman and bearded superstar. Russell Weir was also there, flying over especially to support the boys in the semi final and to enjoy the sponsor's hospitality laid on by Alasdair.

The pre match rugby warm up was comprehensively won by the 'oldies' thanks mainly to Craig 'my ball' Marshall who has apparently played a bit of rugger in his time and thinks he is good. The portly Marshall was certainly dangerous on the crash ball and smashed a lot of holes in the youthful defence creating space for 'twinkle toes' Watts and the lumbering giraffe Melman. Pilai was again superb at finding the gaps and the kids had nothing in response. Parker 'back in South Africa' Neame tried to conjour up some magic in response but working with clowns like, Gosain, Beattie, Simpson and Everett made it an almost impossible task - you can't polish a t**d.

Evans lost the toss and Carlton were inserted on what looked like a good wicket - hard with a green tinge to it.

Watts was out early (having outscored Gosain) to a ball that would have been a Jaffa had it not been a full toss.

Neame and Herdman consolidated with the former smashing some lovely cut shots and the latter spending most of the time examining the surrounding trees and playing with his very effeminate pony tail.

It was one of those days when there was duke (rain) around and we would be going on and off. Neame nutted one straight up and was snared. Pilai came in and nicked off just before a rain break. There is nothing more annoying than getting out when it is smashing it down when you should be off. There you go.

Marshall nudged a few around then kicked a straight one, silly boy. Beattie came in at 6 still giddy after his heroics of the day before. He walloped a few then walloped one to extra. 70 odd for 5.

Simmo joined Herdy at the crease (below) with Carlton in a little bit of trouble. He took time to get off the mark but then played a very important innings, batting with the pony tail guy in a 100+ partnership. Simmo ended up on 48 and the pony tail 105, a super, and ultimately match winning partnership.They ran like marauding gazelles being chased by a pack of bloodthirsty wolves (not sure wolves live close to gazelles but you known what I mean), although at times Herdy probably would have been eaten as he forgot to run fast, too busy chasing passing butterflies and wondering what it would be like to be a tree. Both paced their innings perfectly and acted as good foils for one and other. Good to see.

194 was the total to defend in a game reduced to 39 overs a side.

Lunch was served and as is always the case, they were super. Marshall, especially got stuck in, keen to cement his status as the team porker.

We took the field following some inspiring words from the skipper....

Herdman and Evans took the new ball and with rain around they decided to get through their overs in quick time to allow us to get to the 20 over mark meaning the game would be decided on the day and not on the reserve date next week. Next Sunday Evans has a family picnic, Herdman has a nature walk, Simpson, Beattie and Everett are all off to banter classes, Parker is having a braai like back in South Africa and Marshall has a session at Greggs the bakers so the team would have been depleted had the game been delayed until the following week.

Thankfully Evans reduced his minutes per over to 25 and Herdman to 20 so we flew through the early overs before we brought on the spinners to make things even quicker..... if that was possible! We picked up wickets along the way.

The pony tail nicked off the opener with Parky taking a slip catch, a novelty for anyone who isn't Arun Pilai. Arun also got a run out and two wickets to take the bowling and fielding honours.

We got to 20 overs and then the duke didn't arrive. Beattie and Gosain bowled well in tandem and both picked up a wicket or two. Then Shoebridge came on to take over Herdman and Evans' mantles of taking bloody ages to bowl an over. Shoey clocks in at 30 mins per over, a truly amazing effort. He bowled some good wheels and with good control, unlucky not to pick up a wicket.
We ended up winning by 46 on DL and then decanted to the bar for a well deserved pint of Stella. Hurraaahhhhhh.

The final is on 20th August - go Carlton.

(FW)

Saturday 15th July Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
 
Falkland
v
Carlton
A

Carlton 70 for 3

MATCH ABANDONED

Scorecard

 
Saturday 22nd July Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
 
Carlton
v
SMRH
H
RAINED OFF
Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Alastair Ritchie
Saturday 29th July Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
Aberdeenshire
v
Carlton
A

Aberdeenshire 44 all out (Ruari Macpherson 3 for 2, Cameron Shoebridge 3 for 17)

lost to

Carlton 48 for 3

Scorecard

 
Saturday 5th August Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
L
Heriot's
v
Carlton
A

Heriot's 114 for 9 (25 overs, Arun Pillai 3 for 20, Ai Evans 3 for 21)

beat

Carlton 91 all out

Scorecard

 
Saturday 12th August Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
Carlton
v
Forfarshire
H

Carlton 217 for 8 (45 overs, Michael Herdman 53, Ali Shah 42, Fraser Boyd 37*, Fraser Watts 36)

beat

Forfarshire 172 for 5 [Target 182 in 32 overs]

Scorecard

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

Photos

Saturday 19th August Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
L
Watsonian CC
v
Carlton
A

Carlton 84 all out

lost to

Watsonians 86 for 3

Scorecard

 
Sunday 20th August Noon
Citylets Scottish Cup Final
Carlton
v
Watsonian CC
N

At Broughty Ferry (Forfarshire CC)

Carlton 232 all out (Ali Evans 61, Fraser Watts 42, Ali Shah 41, Chayank Gosain 30)

beat

Watsonians 196 all out (Arun Pillai 3 for 33, Angus Beattie 3 for 38)

Scorecard

How to sum up such a remarkable, unpredictable, rollercoaster of a Scottish Cup Final? Well, in the words of one Grange Loan sage, “It was a game of four halves.”

Local knowledge suggested that the pitch might have something in it for the bowlers early on and was likely to flatten out later. However, with both sides much more comfortable setting rather than chasing targets in recent times, a bat first option seemed more likely, and that’s what Carlton skipper Ali Evans did on winning the toss.

18 year old Tom Simpson strode out to bat with club captain Fraser Watts. As predicted, there was plenty of encouragement for the bowlers early on and ex New Zealand test bowler Andy McKay trapped Simpson lbw in the first over. Carlton’s leading run scorer for the season, Michael Herdman began confidently but was too early on a drive off McKay and was well caught by a tumbling Watsonian captain Ewan Chalmers in the covers. 21 for 2. Worse was to come shortly afterwards when Rory McCann was given out caught behind off a rising ball from Nel. 30 for 3.

Arun Pillai then joined Watts (below) and the pair knuckled down to rebuild the innings. Arun was looking assured and the pair had added 31 crucial runs when he edged ex-Carlton junior Olly Brown to keeper Hislop. Ali Shah was in next and the left-hander continued his good form to steer his side to 85 for 4 at drinks.

Shortly after the 100 came up Watts on 42, who had applied all his experience to keep the Carlton innings on track, looked to pull an O’Connell short ball but missed and was bowled. The loss of their most experienced batsman was a severe blow, and the dismissals of Boyd and Beattie to spinner Cullen in quick succession left their side in deep trouble on 121 for 7 with 16 overs to go. It was at this point, however, that the game turned Carlton’s way for the first time.

Skipper Ali Evans joined Ali Shah knowing that a captain’s innings was needed and the Ali-Ali double act found Carlton a foothold in the game, mixing solid defence with judicious hitting. McKay was brought back to finish things off quickly but Ali Shah (below) pulled a short ball gloriously and brutally high over square leg for 6. The 150 mark was passed before the left-hander was stumped trying to sweep Cullen. A vital 41 from him though had given his side a toehold in the game.

Vice-captain Gosain strode to the crease to join his skipper, his normally casual gait replaced by a purposeful stride; the man meant business. What followed was possibly one of the most important partnerships in the club’s history. Cheeky slapped, drove, cut and ran hard. Ali employed his levers to good effect to pepper the onside boundary. The scoreboard began to tick ... 177/8 off 43 ... 192/8 off 45 ... the 200 up with 3 overs to go.

Then the penultimate over. Evans despatched McKay over the leg side boundary for two successive towering sixes to bring up his 50. A dot ball then another huge six. Carlton were in the game. Cheeky (30 from 25 balls) sacrificed himself with one ball of the final over to go, run out to get Ali back on strike. The big man swung at Nel’s final ball but missed. A true captain’s knock (61 from 62 balls) - Carlton all out for 232.

Game on then. However, the pre-match prediction of a pitch that would be better to bat on later on looked correct as the Watsonian openers appeared relatively untroubled in the early overs. Evans had opened up the hill, with Herdman looking to get some swing downhill. Shoebridge tried his hand as well but after 15 overs the scoreboard had moved to 76 for 0. An exasperated Evans then changed tactics. Coming down the hill, he peppered the left-handed O’Connell with three short balls in the over which appeared to ruffle the opener. A fourth short ball was pulled aggressively but found the safe hands of 17 year old Angus Beattie in the deep. 80 for 1.

As Sonians’ skipper Ewan Chalmers looked to play himself in, Ali Evans decided it was time for spin and young Beattie was entrusted with bowling from the top end. The teenage left-armer didn’t disappoint, looking confident from the outset, and trapping Chalmers for 0 courtesy of a sharp catch from Boyd behind the stumps.

This brought Munsey to the crease and he and Carson saw their side through to drinks on 120 for 2. Just 113 needed off 25 overs for the Myreside men.

With the pink ball offering very little to the seamers, the decision to pick three spinners looked like offering Carlton a last chance. The squeeze started; 21 runs off overs 26 to 30. Just 16 runs off overs 30 to 35. 76 runs needed off 15 overs.

Carson passed his 100 but still he and O’Connell were the only Watsonian batsmen to have hit a boundary. Then came two moments that might have finished off lesser sides. First off-spinner Pillai caused Munsey to mistime a shot on the off side, looping a simple chance to point who misjudged the trajectory of the ball and spilled the catch. Then in Arun’s next over, a tiring Carson drove uppishly straight to mid-off who couldn’t cling on. Notably, though, the Carlton side didn’t go quiet – they still clearly believed the game was there to be won.

Then, in the 38th over, a wicket at last. Munsey mistimed a drive off Cheeky and the chance was taken by above his head by a fired-up Pillai. Munsey 21 from 47 balls and, crucially, not one boundary. 167 for 3.

Then the game swung dramatically Carlton’s way in the next over. First Arun, bowling beautifully, took the vital wicket of Andrew Chalmers, caught and bowled. His next ball struck the pads of Aman Bailwal ... an appeal that must have been heard at Grange Loan ... the umpire’s finger goes up. 168 for 5.

Young Beattie (below) was brought back to continue the spin attack. Just three runs off the 40th over. 62 runs needed off 10.

Carson began to hit out but he was comprehensively bowled by a quicker ball from Beattie in the 42nd over. The experienced Nel came to the wicket but he looked edgy, scoreboard pressure perhaps preying on his mind, and he smashed Arun straight to Cheeky at long on, who was the coolest man on the park as he took a good catch.

189 for 7 off 44 overs. The rate was over 7 an over. Cheeky replaced Arun, who had finished with 3 for 33 from his 10 overs, and spin continued to dominate as he trapped Andrew Hislop lbw. 191 for 8 off 45.

The next over saw Olly Brown hit Angus to Herdman at long on. 191 for 9. Four more added, but last pair Mckay and Cullen now needed almost 10 an over off the last four.

A dot ball, then Cullen sliced the ball down to third man. Ali Shah scampered round as the batsmen turned for two, the throw came in, Boyd whipped off the bails. Out! Carlton had won the Scottish Cup.

Emotional celebrations followed, both on and off the field, before the man who started his career in the Carlton primary school side, Fraser Watts, led his side off the field.

The three Carlton spinners returned combined figures of 8 for 104 from 27.2 overs. And none of the Watsonian batsmen other than the openers hit a boundary – testimony to the quality of the Carlton ground fielding.

A great day for so many reasons. Not least due to Forfarshire CC, who were magnificent hosts. And a thought for neighbours Watsonians who put so much into the day but had to leave empty handed.

Carlton. Scottish Cup Winners. At last.

Photos

Photos from David Potter, Cricket Europe

Video highlights from Cricket Scotland

Saturday 26th August Noon
CSL Eastern Premiership
Carlton
v
Arbroath United
H

Arbroath United 120 for 9 (35 overs, Arun Pliiai 3 for 30))

lost to

Carlton 121 for 2 (Rory McCann 60*)

Scorecard

Carlton are grateful for the generous support of our match sponsor: Jill Millar

Photos

Photos from David Potter, Cricket Europe

A large travelling support followed Arbroath from the north east, as United looked to win the league at Grange Loan for the second time in five years. Unfortunately, a combination of the usual pre-Saturday overnight rain and a particularly unwelcome late morning shower meant the crowd were forced to wait until 2.30 pm for a match of 35 overs a side to get underway.

Skipper Ali Evans again won the toss and this time invited the visitors to bat. Arbroath got off to the worst possible start when Brendan Ford, playing his last ever game Arbroath, thought about a risky second run, changed his mind, and was run out following smart work from Ali Shah and then a backward flick from Chayank Gosain.

Hayden Laing soon followed, edging to Simpson off Evans. Ross McLean looked confident against the pace of Evans and Herdman but was soon frustrated by the accuracy of Omar Ahmad and on attempting to paddle him behind the keeper, overbalanced and was smartly stumped by Simpson (below).

Omar earned his second as Herdman took a sharp catch at slip to see off Willemse, before Arun Pillai once again delivered two wickets in an over, dismissing first Peal (caught behind) and Petrie (a tumbling slip catch by Herdman). Any hopes of an Arbroath recovery disappeared with the score on 82 when Fraser Burnett was comprehensively bowled by Ruari Macpherson and brother Calvin skied one off Arun to give Omar an easy catch.

After Waller was dismissed by Macpherson - a third catch for Herdman - a couple of big 6s from no. 10 Small took the visitors into three figures as their innings ended on 120 for 9.

The opening pairing of Pillai and McCann were thoroughly tested early on, with a couple of huge appeals going unanswered. However, both batsmen dug in with Pillai playing a couple of crashing cover drives to keep the scoreboard moving. Both batsmen ensured that Ford's final bowling spell for his club would be wicketless and had taken the score to 67 when Arun was out for 29, caught by Fraser Burnett off the bowling of Ramsay.

The visiting support were quiet by this point, resigned to their fate, as McCann accelerated the scoring with a series of reverse sweeps to move to his 50. Herdy fell for 14 in his last innings before returning to Australia and it was left to Boyd (no reverse sweeps) to see out the game with Rory as Carlton recorded an ultimately comfortable 8 wicket win with 9 overs to spare.

A mid table finish for Carlton in 2017, but after the initial defeat at the hands of Grange the side went the rest of the league season unbeaten at  Grange Loan. Throw in a first ever Scottish Cup win and it was a more than satisfactory season for a team in transition following the loss of so many senior players at the end of 2016.

 

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