The 1st XI season proved to be a challenging, but in the end, rewarding one. As in previous years, our campaign consisted of league, cup and t20 competitions.
The summer started in phenomenal fashion with victory in the National T20 finals day, which had been carried over from 2017 after several washouts.
However, despite being crowned the best T20 side in the country, our celebrations were short lived – we were swiftly knocked out of the Scottish Cup in the first round, faltered in the group stages of the Masterton Trophy and suffered a number of tough defeats in the league.
Not all was doom and gloom however – youngsters Calum Macleod, Sarah Bryce and Callum Martin all gained valuable 1st XI experience and proved that they can perform at the top level.
Our league season eventually got up and running with a home win against Glenrothes and, after a fantastic victory away to Aberdeen to end the first half of the season, we entered the remainder of the summer hopeful of moving our way up the table.
Despite a few tight losses against some of the top teams, victories over eventual runners up Forfarshire, Arbroath, 2017 champions Heriots and Aberdeenshire lifted us to a 7th place finish in the league.
Finally, special mention must be given to our French overseas amateur, Mike Carson, who ended the season as top run scorer, leading wicket taker and deserved winner of the Player of the Year claret jug. Despite growing up on the outskirts of Marseille, Mike also earned a first Scotland A team call up during the season and travels to La Manga for a full Scotland training camp in mid November. We wish Mike all the best for his trip!
The Second team finished 6th in the table with six wins and one tie from 16 games.
A strong league finish with two commanding wins, a tie and a close loss to the league’s top four teams were positive and showed the team was more than capable of playing at this standard.
We successfully lunched the Development t20 side that played mid-week games against Carlton and Scottish Widows.
The top run scorer during the season was Andrew Learmonth (including a superb century against Linlithgow) and top wicket-taker was Rory High (with 25 wickets), who also won Player of the Season.
What a season that was … highest placed of all the senior clubs. With a record of won 7 lost 6, we came fourth, and yet again proved that the 3s is a great place to play for our up and coming youth players.
The old faces Bunker, Mawdsley, Davies and Counsell were joined by the relative youngster Mike Glover who we welcomed to the Club and the schoolboys, Mullin, Reid, Robertson, Carr and our three s2 musketeers Abbey, Ali and Talbot.
In unheard of scenes there were times during the season when we had too many players – the 3rd XI is in rude health
So to the highlights and lowlights:
The run machines Davies and Mawdsley (Snr) and Davies coming 4th and 5th in the division runs chart with c 400 runs each.
The find of the season, Tom Mullin taking 18 wickets with a best of 5 for 42 against Linlithgow. Bunker, like a fine cabernet, continues to mature with age and chipped in with 15 wickets.
Counsell captaining the side to beat promoted Dunbar home and away showed we were a match for anyone on our day.
Bunker captaining the side to home and away defeats to Peebles, showed what a rubbish stand in skipper he was.
All the youngsters contributed at one point or another:
Xander taking the prized wicket of the Dunbar opener, who scored 567 runs all season but about 12 against us.
Salaar’s impressive comeback spell against Linlithgow after a little bit of stick in the home game against the same opposition earlier in the season.
And Zach’s excellent keeping was such a relief after the years of suffering watching Davies trap the ball with all parts of his body.
Reido’s 4 for 19 against Dunfermline was a match winning spell and our older spin wizard Gregour bowled some cracking overs
Special mention to club stalwart Ewan Robertson for his 90 not out against Dunfermline. Very impressive knock and amazing concentration to bat for so long without a crazy yahoo.
So we will winter well and come back for a fresh crack at staying in Division 4 next year. Thanks to all for making it such a fun season.
The 4ths finished 8th out of 9 teams in Division 6. We did however beat six of the other sides in the division, and only Edinburgh CC beat us twice. Very few points separated the teams in 4th to 8th places.
More important for us was getting as many people as possible to play some cricket. We had 39 different players during the season, 22 of whom were of school age. This has to be what the 4ths is about – a mix of seniors and juniors every week. I don’t see why we can’t look forward to 2019, as we have some good young players getting increasing experience of senior cricket.
Runs, wickets and catches were spread around. Daniel Bryen (14 and a half years old) had a solid all-round season – almost 200 runs (with two fifties), and 9 wickets. His father Craig scored only a few runs less, including a couple of important 40s. Bowling-wise, Kevin Weavers took 11 wickets (in a handful of games), the most by one bowler for us.
Early in the season we dropped too many catches, disappointingly, but Julian Fontana took 10 (again in only a few matches), which meant that he was the top catch-taker in our division.