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Season 2013 Round Up

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I am pleased to report that the season 2013 has been enormously successful from both a weather and a playing point of view.  The sun shone and unlike the previous season, the vast majority of matches were completed with only a few games cancelled or abandoned due to rain.  In fact, of the 66 matches (excluding friendlies) due to be played by the senior sides, 59 were completed and only 7 cancelled or abandoned.

 

The success on the senior playing front is demonstrated by the fact that no less than four Trophies now sit in our cabinet.  The First XI were successful in winning the:

 

a) Scottish Cup for the 7th time.

b) Masterton Trophy.

c) Murgitroyd 20/20 Trophy.

 

and the Second XI were worthy winners of the East of Scotland Division I League, losing only one game out of 17 played.

 

The Ground

Earlier in the year, members voted in favour of a major development programme involving the building of two new squash courts and a new all weather tennis court.  Since the end of the season, work has commenced.

 

In my July Blog I mentioned that the cricket square required upgrading.  This is now in progress and is a substantial undertaking.  The square is being increased in size and completely re-laid.  It has been stripped and levelled with approximately 40 tons of turf and top soil removed to be used elsewhere.  In addition, a new junior square has been created.  With 8 junior sides, there have been problems accommodating all their pitch requirements and their new square should go some way to assisting them fulfil their many matches.  Clearly the main square will take time to “bed in” and it is hoped the winter weather is not too severe and that by next spring the new wickets will be ready for play.  There is no doubt that the work was entirely necessary and the section will reap the benefit over the years ahead.

 

Playing Record

In May I reported that the Committee were looking forward to a successful season due to a combination of newcomers and a number of ex juniors who are maturing into exceptionally talented cricketers.  I can report that the Committee are pleased with the results to date.

 

1st XI

                                 Played   Won   Lost   Cancelled

Premier League           14         8         5          1

Scottish Cup                  8         8         0          0

Masterton Trophy          5         5         0           0

Murgitroyd Trophy         2         2         0           0

 

Overall                          29       23        5          1

 

A most successful outcome to the season and a real team effort.  No less than 24 players were involved and 12 were students indicating that we have strength in depth.

 

On the batting front, Neil McCallum, George Munsey and Ryan Flannigan were outstanding, each contributing around 600 runs.  On the bowling front, the majority of the wickets taken are as follows: Raj Routray 30;  Andrew Brock 29;  Chris Sole 20 and Gordon Goudie 19.

 

2nd XI

                                 Played   Won   Lost  Cancelled

East Division 1              19       16       1         2

 

An outstanding season and only beaten once in the second last match.  The main run getters worthy of note are:    Giles Holmes – 432;  Arun Pillai – 418;  Tom Sole – 360;  Jack Collister – 343 and Simon Taylor – 314.  On the bowling front the main wicket takers were: Arun Pillai – 23;  Jack Collister – 18;  Gordon Allen – 15.

 

3rd XI

                                 Played   Won   Lost  Cancelled

East Division 4              18          6        8         4

 

A much improved performance on 2012.  A number of lost games were close and there is much confidence going forward.  The main contributors worthy of mention are: Batting: Ross Paterson – 357; Dean Gordon – 331; Grant Docherty – 288; Johnny Metcalfe – 275.  Bowling: Nadeem Akhtar – 15; Gordon Reed – 10.

 

Juniors

Their season effectively finished in July and I gave a full report in my last Blog.  The section is vital to the Club and it has been a real success story under the convenorship of James Hancock.

 

James, for business reasons, has notified us that he is not in a position to continue next year.  The Committee wish to express to him their best wishes for the future and to thank him for a job well done.  He has been outstanding in his leadership and commitment and the results of the Juniors’ successes over the years are there for all to see.

 

In July I reported on the Barclays’ Junior Player of the Month Awards for May.  I now wish to congratulate the winners for the remaining months of the season;

 

June:

Under 15 - Scott Blain.  Under 13 – Mikey Hay-Smith.

Under 11 – Olly Rees.  Under 10 – Max Layton.

 

July:

U15 – James Dickinson.  U13 – Ben Davidson.

U11 – Michael Buchan.  Under 10 – Calum Pretty.

 

August:

U15 – Jamie Crawley.  U13 – Robert Edwards.

U11 – Freddie Peet.  Under 10 – Hugo Henzell.

 

International

The ODI against Australia on the 3rd September was played under a cloudless sky with temperatures well above average.  The ground presented by our ground staff was superb and the marquees and hospitality areas all enhanced the setting.  Australia put out a very strong side and the Scottish bowling was put to the sword.  The Australian openers each scored 150 and fours and sixes were in abundance, much to the delight of the crowd.   We entertained our sponsors (Barclays and their guests) and they all enjoyed the occasion immensely.

 

Finally

This is my last ‘Blog’ as after 4 years in the Presidential seat, I will be handing over to my successor at the November AGM.  It has been a pleasure to lead the section but after 40 years as a player and administrator, it is time to stand down.  A big thank you to all who have contributed so wholeheartedly over the four years and I wish the Committee all success in the future.

 

Yours in Cricket

John N Little

(President)

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The Second XI were worthy winners of the East of Scotland Division I League, losing only one game out of 17 played.

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In addition, a new junior square has been created.  With 8 junior sides, there have been problems accommodating all their pitch requirements and their new square should go some way to assisting them fulfil their many matches.

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The ODI against Australia on the 3rd September was played under a cloudless sky with temperatures well above average.  The ground presented by our ground staff was superb and the marquees and hospitality areas all enhanced the setting.

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