Firstly, my apologies for keeping you waiting for my maiden Blog – here it is now.
It has certainly been a first half full of ups and downs, more outs than not outs and more ducks than on Inverleith pond. However, it is proving to be an enjoyable season, thanks to a great effort from everyone connected with the Club. We would not enjoy the highs as much, if we did not experience a few lows along the way.
We welcomed Mazars as our new ‘partners’ in April and I hope that they are beginning to see a return on their investment. You will now see their name around the ground and, of course, on our playing kit at junior and senior level.
Around the ground, the two new squash courts and artificial tennis court are now in place and fit in very well. The cricket square is as flat as can be but will take a season to recover fully from its major operation at the end of last year. It is in good hands. The new Junior Cricket square has proven to be a great success. It is very satisfying to sit and watch (with a drink) young boys and girls enjoying the game of cricket.
Some highlights of the season so far;
• The only 100 – Kyle Pyne-James.
• The only Hat Trick – Gordon Allan.
• And two ‘five fors’ – Raj Routray.
• The 3rd XI are in the title race in Division 4.
• An unbroken 7th wicket stand of 100 (from 93 for 6) between Stuart Davidson and Cameron Sloman to win the game against RH Corstorphine.
• Scorers galore helping the 2nd XI – Josh Stokes, Lea Tsui, David Sloman and Bobby Frazer.
• Superb cricket teas – Mavis Little, Lorraine Allen, Liz Allan, Catriona Sloman, Fiona Frazer and her Mum.
• U13’s win the Scottish Finals of the UK wide NCC competition.
• The Junior Stags’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/grangecricketjuniors) – thanks to Rebecca White.
And some lows;
• 11 for 7 (1st XI) against Aberdeenshire. I am sure this will come up at our Annual Awards Dinner.
• 12 names on the Out First Ball Honours Board – 9 of them in June.
A party of 13 boys will represent Mazars Grange for the fourth year running in the prestigious Shrewsbury U11 Cricket Festival (21st to 25th July). The squad is drawn from 3 Edinburgh clubs (Grange, Carlton and SMRH). Five of the party will have been before.
I am pleased to report that as we enter the second half of the season there is ‘all to play for’. The First Eleven meet Carlton in the final of the Masterton Trophy on Friday (11th) and are through to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup against East Kilbride (20th). In the Eastern Premier League we have worked our way back into contention, currently sitting in third place behind Aberdeenshire and Arbroath – it promises to be a close finish.
Finally, I have polished the Masterton Trophy, ready for Friday’s final. Who knows whose hands it will be in come Friday evening!!
We welcomed Mazars as our new ‘partners’ in April and I hope that they are beginning to see a return on their investment.
The new Junior Cricket square has proven to be a great success.
A party of 13 boys will represent Mazars Grange for the fourth year running in the prestigious Shrewsbury U11 Cricket Festival.
I am pleased to report that as we enter the second half of the season there is ‘all to play for’.