President's Blog

Grange Cricket Club - Season 2012

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A season to remember for all the wrong reasons.  Atrocious weather, ground unavailable for 5-6 weeks due to flooding and as many as 50% of all games cancelled due to unplayable pitches.   Fortunately the weather conditions affected all parts of Scotland and all Clubs bore the brunt, although the East coast possibly suffered the most.

 

Despite these setbacks there were some highlights and I summarise as follows:

 

Coaching

The decision not to employ a professional, but to use our Barclays sponsorship monies in engaging coaches, is I believe the correct one. The real benefit will be long term rather than short term and we are indebted to Michael Powell (Director of Cricket) and his assistants Gordon Allan, Jamie Burton and Neil McCallum. Their coaching activities this season have been curtailed but we have a number of very talented young cricketers who are benefiting from their input.

 

Ground

The Club Chairman (Neil Christison) wrote to all members in October updating them on matters impacting the Club. He made mention of the ground and I can confirm that the new drainage system has worked and it will enhance our playing facilities in future years. We are indebted to the parent club for all their support and it is good to read that financially they should recoup the losses incurred. I would also like to pay tribute to all our groundstaff who have performed magnificently throughout a most demanding season.

 

Playing Performances

1st XI

When I last wrote in August, the First Eleven were in a position of pulling off “the double” i.e. winning the Cricket Scotland Premier League (East Division) and the Cricket Scotland Trophy.  On the last day of the season we were still league leaders, but had to play Carlton (away) and they were at full strength with all their internationalists available. The toss proved important and we were inserted on a very bowler friendly wicket.They took full advantage of the conditions, played better than we did and came away with a victory. This loss allowed Watsonians to win the League, despite their final game being cancelled.

 

In fact, the League was effectively lost two games earlier when we were defeated at home by Arbroath, chasing a modest 131 we were cruising to victory at 80 for 2. It was totally unexpected with the batting at our disposal but this is what makes cricket intriguing i.e. the unpredictability of the outcome. As it happened, we faced Arbroath in the final of the Cricket Scotland Trophy on the last day of the season and had a comfortable victory.

 

2nd & 3rd XI’s

Not a good season for either team. The good news is that the Second Eleven finished the season strongly, avoided relegation and will continue to play in Division 1 of the ESCA League next year.

 

The Third Eleven had a poor season and as a result were relegated to Division 4.

 

Juniors

They are without doubt the strongest section of the Club. The playing membership totals 170 and they turn out seven teams i.e. under 15 (2), under 13 (2), under 11 (3). All are named as follows:  Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Gladiators, Gorillaz, Stags, Sharks and Bucks. The under 10’s play Kwik Cricket on a Sunday morning and it is great to see such a large turnout take place. We are indebted to James Hancock (Junior Convenor), his committee and coaches who work so hard to ensure enjoyment and success for these youngsters.

 

Representative Honours

The quality of our Junior Section is demonstrated when you note how many played in the Scotland age groups. Congratulations to the undernoted:

 

Henry Edwards – Under 19’s and member of World Cup Squad

Will Edwards, Zander Muir, Duncan Player, Matthew Angelini - Scotland Under 17’s

Cameron Sloman, Tom Hilton, Connor Carmichael – Scotland Under 15’s.

 

Committee & Helpers

The Committee is effective and I thank them all for their input and support.

 

Scorers

Joe Barrett (1st XI) has been scoring for over 20 years and we thank him for his continued loyalty along with George Burns (2nd XI) who is relatively new to the score box.

 

Tea Ladies

Teas have been provided at all home games and we are indebted to Mavis Little and her helpers Liz Allan, Lorraine Spendlove, Barbara Angelini and Sandy Frost for their excellent spreads. Long may it continue.

 

Finally

Important future dates:

 

• Saturday 27 October – Clubhouse – End of Season get-together – Curry Night –free of charge, courtesy of the Committee.

• AGM – Friday 23 November 2012.

• Annual Awards Dinner – Friday 22 March 2013.

 

Please note in diaries as attendance would be appreciated.

 

John N Little

(President)

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The quality of our Junior Section is demonstrated when you note how many played in the Scotland age groups.

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The Committee is effective and I thank them all for their input and support.

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Grange Cricket Club, Portgower Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1HQ   Tel: 0131 332 2148

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