When the 1st XI faced Carlton at Grange Loan on Saturday, the home side won the toss and chose to bat. This did not upset the Sonian boys too much, as it allowed them to catch some of the fantastic rays that the Edinburgh weather was offering.
Watsonians got off to a strong start when D. Nel took the first wicket in the 7th over, with Carlton sitting on 23 runs. This brought R. McCann to the crease and from here, Carlton started to take charge of the match through some smart batting, taking their score to 90 with no loss. However, just before the drinks break, G. Munsey managed to dismiss opening batsman A.R. Pillai, giving the visitors a positive to take forward into the second half.
After drinks, however, Carlton started to accelerate, with R. McCann and multiple cameos from his teammates taking them up to a final total of 253 for 5 from 50 overs. McCann finished on an impressive 123 not out.
With the Sonians boys freshly bronzed from their long shift in the field, they took on the challenging run chase, but were slightly put on the back foot when 2 early wickets fell in the first 5 overs. This brought Senior Chubby (Ewan Chalmers) and the self-appointed Chosen One (George Munsey) to the crease. They started to get a hold of the Carlton bowling attack and put on a 46 run partnership, before the Skipper was caught in the slips for 23. From this point on, George started to show signs of the common complaint, “Brendan-O’Connell-tight-hamstring-syndrome”, which meant that he was very reluctant to push the singles and resorted instead to his default mind set, which was to dispatch any ball as far and as high as he possibly could. This bombardment of 6’s continued until George reached a score of 101 out. Once again, another fantastic display of what the man can do on a cricket pitch.
From here, Watsonians continued to battle on in an attempt to chase down Carlton’s score, but it became too much in the end and they fell short when they were bowled out for 181 runs.
A disappointing end to the second league match of the season, but a very impressive performance from Carlton and, of course, our very own George Munsey.
The Sonians will keep their heads high and will look to put in a strong performance next week down at Portgower Place vs The Grange!