President's Blog

July 2013

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With more than half the season already behind us I can report that the vast majority of games have been played without the interference of bad weather – what a turn round from the torrential rains of last summer!

 

June and July have been particularly dry, for example:

June 2012 – Rainfall in Edinburgh  -  10 inches

June 2013 -  Rainfall in Edinburgh  -  under 1 inch.

 

The Ground

The groundsman and family have now moved into the Club flat and are well settled. The dry weather, coupled with the coldest spring for a hundred years, has resulted in problems maintaining the cricket square to the highest standard demanded by the Club and Cricket Scotland, who hire our facilities for a number of county and international matches.

 

The problem has been addressed and at the end of the season considerable work will be undertaken to increase the size of the square and improve drainage and levelling. We are indebted to the parent club for their understanding and agreement to provide capital for the works.

 

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

Premier League             7         4         3

Scottish Cup                  6         6         0

Masterton Trophy          5          5        0

 

Overall                          18        15       3

 

The 1st XI are now in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup and play Arbroath on August 4th at home. Please support your team. They would appreciate your presence.

 

The final of the Murgitroyd Masterton was contested against Heriot’s at Carlton. A goodly crowd were present to see Grange score over 200 runs in 20 overs and win the Trophy impressively.  There now remains seven CSL Premier League fixtures to play in a very tightly contested division. If we win them all we will be challenging the leaders.

 

2nd XI

                                 Played   Won   Lost

East Division 1              13       13       0

 

The results speak for themselves. A very successful season so far.  The team are a mixture of seasoned ex First XI players and exceptionally talented students and some of the performances have been outstanding.

 

3rd XI

                                 Played   Won   Lost

East Division 4              9          3        6

 

Still more losses than wins. However, a good team spirit and with 5 games to play and some good students now available, a successful end to the season is hoped for.

 

Juniors

Their season, now schools have broken up and family holidays undertaken, is effectively over. The results of the 8 teams participating have been mixed and this is to be expected as teams are not selected on merit.   However the highlights are as follows:

 

The Grange Under 10’s won the Moira Shaw Trophy and their own Kwik Cricket Tournament

 

The Under 13’s lost to West of Scotland in the ECB Cup – semi final

 

The Under 15’s beat Arbroath in the final of the ECB Cup

 

As Scottish champions they travelled to Durham and played Stockton in the Northern Regional Final but were defeated.

 

The Barclays’ player of the month awards for May have been presented to the following Junior Stags: Under 10 – Max Layton.  Under 11 – Olly Rees.  Under 13 - Mikey Hay-Smith.  Under 15 - Scott Blain. They are to be congratulated on their achievements.

 

As I write, a Grange Junior team (under 12) are competing in the Shrewsbury Cricket Festival against the might of the English counties. I wish them all success.

 

Also taking place this month is the Junior Summer Camp.   Approximately 40 members are attending the indoor facilities at Cricket Scotland’s Headquarters. I am sure it will be a success and enjoyed by all participants.

 

International

On September 3rd Scotland play Australia in a One Day International at the Grange.  Australia will be putting out a strong side following their games against England.  I understand TV cameras will be present and the Grange facilities will be on view to the world giving us the opportunity of some good publicity.  Gordon Goudie, a Grange 1st XI player, is in the Scottish Squad and I hope to see his name on the team sheet.

 

Finally

A big thank you to the Committee, groundstaff, players and supporters for all their hard work.  We have had a most successful start so let’s keep up the momentum and finish the season in great style.

 

Yours in Cricket

John N Little

(President)

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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.

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The 1st XI are now in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup and play Arbroath on August 4th at home.  Please support your team. They would appreciate your presence.

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A big thank you to the Committee, groundstaff, players and supporters for all their hard work.  We have had a most successful start so let’s keep up the momentum and finish the season in great style.

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