From the Archives: 1894 – 1994

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125 years ago (1894)
The first century recorded for the Club was made by Richards – the professional from Warwickshire – with 104 not out against Leith Franklin.

100 years ago (1919)
The Club recommenced playing after the four years of the FIrst World War when cricket was suspended.

Jimmy Martin, in only his fourth match, recorded the first of his 15 centuries for the Club – still the record number of centuries by a member. This first hundred was all the more remarkable as it was achieved at the tender age of 17 years and 334 days, which remains the record for the youngest player to score a century in the 1st XI. His score of 114 not out (the second highest of his hundreds) was against Grange at Raeburn Place, when he took the side from a score of 3 for 3 wickets to an all-out total of 192 – his personal score being made in a shade under 2 hours.

The previous week, A.W. Angus had recorded the third of his seven centuries (113) against Leith Franklin at Myreside. He was capped for Scotland for the first time against the Australian Imperial Services XI in a match played at Raeburn Place.

T.D. Watt also played against the Australian Imperial Services XI in 1919, but in a match played at West of Scotland’s Hamilton Crescent ground. He dismissed the first four opposition batsmen, finishing with figures of 4 for 66.

75 years ago (1944)
In the midst of the Second World War playing resources were severely stretched and only a single match was won – against Merchiston Castle School – of the 12 games played. The side did, however, manage to draw 4 of the remaining 11 games!

50 years ago (1969)
The redeveloped Myreside pavilion became operational.

Brian Adair, the Club’s all-time leading run-scorer, had his most successful season with the bat. In amassing 883 runs (still the 7th highest aggregate in a season – excluding professionals), he recorded his second (and last) century for the Club with 102 against the touring Hampshire Harlequins at Myreside. He also recorded 6 half-centuries (including 97 against Stewart’s FP) to add to 16 catches and 38 wickets, which included his best bowling figures for the Club of 7 for 43 against Gala at Myreside. Brian also won the Single Wicket competition – the third of his four successes in that event.

The best bowling figures of the season were, however, recorded by Mario Maciocia. On the Club’s (only) tour to Holland, Mario took 8 for 27 against English side Hampstead. These turned out to be his career-best figures for the Club.
The season was also notable for the 3rd XI ending with an undefeated record, winning 7 and drawing 4 of the 11 games completed.

25 years ago (1994)
The Club President – our fourth (as the position was only created in 1989) – was Peter Duncanson, while John Everett was President of the Scottish Cricket Union (now Cricket Scotland).

Kenny Scott recorded his first century (of three) for the Club in a first round Abbot Ale Cup tie against Ferguslie at Meikleriggs – on his way to becoming the leading run-scorer for the season with 614.

Duncan Hodge made 98 in a drawn match against league leaders Heriot’s at Goldenacre.
The Club lost to Carlton in a high-scoring final of the Masterton Trophy, failing by 10 runs to chase down 175.
The Club record 6th wicket partnership was set when Mark Everett (74) and David Rainey (89) amassed 156 in a victory against Stenhousemuir at Myreside in the East League.

The same players also recorded the second highest 7th wicket partnership for the 1st XI with 88 against Corstorphine at Myreside – Mark Everett scoring 59 not out and David Rainey 29. The best is 90 recorded in 1946 against Melville FP at Ferryfield by George Byers (52) and Ian Bigland (43). [Note: The Club record for the 7th wicket is 133 achieved for the 2nd XI against Stewart’s-Melville 2nd XI at Myreside in 1992 by Alan Timmins (70 not out) and Jeremy Kidd (78)]

The Club’s professional was Atul Wassan. He was a fast-medium bowler who played 4 test matches and 9 One-day Internationals for India, in addition to appearing in 80 first class matches. For the Club (in 20 matches) he scored 414 runs (top score of 65 not out against Edinburgh Accies) and took 52 wickets (with a best of 7 for 46 against Stenhousemuir).

Malcolm Heggie scored centuries in successive matches for the 2nd XI against West Lothian (104 not out) and Stenhousemuir (109).
The best bowling analysis of the season was recorded by Douglas Forsyth in a 3rd XI match against Royal High School FP 2nd XI at Barnton. His figures of 8 for 27 included a hat-trick. In the next match he took three wickets in an over and ended the season with most wickets (44) in the Club – apart from the professional!

Stuart Lockhart had the distinction of scoring half-centuries for all three XIs, with a best of 97 for the 2nd XI against Freuchie 2nd XI.

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