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Stewart Oliver28 Jun 2023 - 20:41
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Saturday 23rd June 2023

The 1st XI travelled to Barnton on 23rd June to meet RH Corstorphine in an East Premier League match. The outcome proved to be a fifth successive league victory and, in keeping with several other recent matches, another narrow success – by 11 runs on this occasion.

The match, however, was – arguably – even more significant, thanks to the performances of two of our stalwarts.

Skipper Mike Carson and Director of Cricket Andrew Chalmers both went into the match with the prospect of reaching 5,000 runs for the 1st XI.

With his third six, Mike reached 79 – and, so, exactly 5,000 – before going on to record his eighth century – with a third successive six, the sixth of his innings. In doing so he became only the 13th member to record 5,000 runs for the side, while also equalling the eight hundreds recorded by Ewan Chalmers. Only Jimmy Martin (15) and professional James Henderson (13) have more centuries to their credit. Mike also has two hundreds for the 2nd XI to his name and his 10 centuries for the club firmly places him in third place for club hundreds.

Precisely 15 overs later, Andrew (needing 48) became the 14th member to reach the 5,000-run landmark when he went to his half-century – with his second six. The innings closed with Andrew’s score on 84 (not out). For the record, he has three 1st XI hundreds and one 2nd XI century to his name.

Two members reaching the same landmark in the same innings – and both getting there with a six. What were the odds???

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