Ali's skipper. Herdy's back.

Carlton's 1st XI captain for the new season will be international fast bowler Ali Evans. Ali came through the Carlton age-group rankings, before going on to become a regular first team player as a teenager. He has had a two year spell in county cricket with Derbyshire and has earned 57 caps for Scotland.

Evo, who is currently on tour in Mexico with the MCC under the steady guidance of our very own Toby Bailey, will replace last season's championship winning skipper Stevie Gilmour.  Stevie will continue in his post as Carlton Head Coach, while Fraser Watts remains as Carlton club captain. Scotland A bowler Chayank Gosain takes over as vice captain

And there will be a familiar face joining Ali in the team for 2017, with the return of Aussie all-rounder Michael Herdman.

Herdy (below) last played for Carlton in 2012 when he was the club's top league wicket taker with 15 wickets. He also scored 221 league runs with a top score of 61*. He plays first grade cricket for the Redlands club in Queensland and will be rejoining us in April ahead of the new season.

Off the field, the club is readying itself for the new season. Sunday 26th March will see the annual ground preparation day between 10 am and 3pm. All volunteers to help out will be made very welcome.

2017 Carlton membership forms are also now available for download from the website.

Carlton appoint new head groundsman

Grange Loan has an unrivalled reputation as a true cricket surface, enjoyed by good batsmen but always offering reward to bowlers at the top of their game. Only last season the Carlton batsmen helped themselves to a mammoth 388 runs during an Eastern Premiership match.

A huge part of the credit for this state of affairs goes to our volunteer Head Groundsman, Alasdair McLeod, who will be taking a well-earned back seat from 2017.

Replacing Alasdair as Carlton Head Groundsman from February 2017 will be Colin Smith, formerly Head of Grounds at Edinburgh University’s Peffermill Playing Fields, where he has worked for the past 22 years. Colin is also a qualified umpire and has played cricket for Holy Cross for many years, while his three sons have all been members of Carlton Juniors at some point in the past.

Happily, Alasdair will not be lost to Grange Loan as he intends to continue to volunteer on the ground and we hope he will remain a familiar figure at Carlton for many years to come. Alasdair joined Carlton from West of Scotland in 1982, helping out on the ground immediately after his arrival from Glasgow before eventually taking over the reins as Head Groundsman. In recognition of his remarkable service, Alasdair was admitted as an Honorary Life Member of Carlton at this year’s AGM.


Alasdair                                                                                                                 Colin

Carlton launch Performance Squad

Following on from our success in 2016, the club is launching a new Performance Squad to develop the next generation of First Team cricketers.

The aim of this squad is to provide cricketers aged 16-25 with additional opportunities to learn and improve, creating a culture of constant learning and self-development, and helping our young players 'think like bright cricketers'.

This is an exciting initiative, and key to our continued success as a club. The squad will be led by Fraser Watts and Stevie Gilmour, and will include contributions from some of the best coaches in Scottish cricket. 

Squad membership will be by invitation, and anyone who is interested in learning more is welcome to speak to Fraggle.


Photos from the first session


























2017 league fixtures announced

Fixtures for the 2017 league season have been announced and Carlton will start the defence of their CSL Eastern Premiership title with a trip to Glenrothes. The Fifers have already signalled their intent by signing Scotland all-rounder Safyaan Sharif from Falkland during the close season and social media has been abuzz with stories suggesting that ex Indian test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth could also join as their overseas professional. Regardless of the outcome of that story, Carlton know that they’ll face a challenging start to the season at Gilvenbank Park.

Week 2 will see Carlton play their opening fixture at Grange Loan with old rivals Grange the visitors. Grange have also strengthened their squad during the winter and they will be keen to get back to winning ways after Carlton completed the league double over them last season.

The 2s get their ESCA Championship title campaign underway with a home match against their Grange counterparts, while the 3s, who secured promotion last year, will host Largo in their Division 2 match.

League reconstruction has seen the 4th XI propelled into the heady heights of ESCA Division 5, and they also start with a match against Largo, travelling over the bridge to play the Fifers' 2nd XI. The 5th XI start their Division 8 campaign two weeks later when they host the combined Gala/Hawick 2nd XI.

Full fixtures