It is a month since I last reported and despite my hope of improved weather conditions, the opposite happened with serious consequences.
On Saturday, 7th July, the Water of Leith (to the East of our ground) burst its banks and Portgower Place was flooded at the nursery end to a height of some five feet. Furthermore, part of the North wall was demolished by the flood water and will have to be reinstated. Apart from the flooding, the water table on the rest of the ground was so high that any rain that fell was unable to drain away resulting in major ponding.
As a result, the ground has been out of commission for almost 5 weeks and five Scottish
representative matches, including the prestigious England game have had to be cancelled.
Furthermore, all home games involving Grange teams have either been cancelled, due to bad weather, or re-arranged. We are indebted to Fettes College and Edinburgh Academy who have helped us out whenever possible during this difficult period.
The groundstaff and General Committee went into immediate overdrive in an effort to rectify matters. There has been a significant loss of income due to disruption and damage. An insurance claim, in conjunction with an independent loss adjustor, has been lodged but it will take some time before an agreed settlement is arrived at. In the meantime a drainage contractor was engaged with the task of installing a drainage system capable of reducing the water table and drying out the ground. I am pleased to report that the work has been undertaken and preliminary results appear to be satisfactory.
The ground is recovering and on Saturday 11th August, the 3rd XI played Murrayfield DAFS and recorded a comfortable victory. There remains five home fixtures to be played before the end of the season and it is hoped that all will be played under helpful conditions.
Masterton 20/20 Trophy.
Lost to Carlton in the semi-final by the narrowest of margins despite a magnificent 83 from Neil McCallum.
Cricket Scotland League
Having only lost once to Watsonians, we remain League leaders with three games to go (two at home).
Cricket Scotland Trophy
In the semi-final against Aberdeenshire (away). We have already beaten them twice this year. A hat- trick of victories would be sweet. The team are playing good cricket. The double is a possibility and all is to play for.
2nd & 3rd XI’s
Both teams are improving but still languish in the bottom halves of their leagues. A good finish is required and it is possible..
The Under 13’s as Scottish Champions, beat Tynedale (Northumberland) at home and went to Stocksfield where they played the Yorkshire champions and won but lost out to Horwich (Lancashire) in the North of England final. A great performance.
Shrewsbury Cricket Festival
The team travelled to Shrewsbury and I am told that they performed extremely well against county opposition. A more detailed report will be published by the tour management on the web-site.
Portgower Place was unavailable but the camps took place at Mary-Erskines and full use was made of their facilities, both outside and in the indoor nets. It was well supported, the weather was dry and sunny and a good time was had by all.
Despite a horrific last five weeks, I trust we are back on track. There is a lot to play for over the next few weeks and I am hoping we finish the season in style and have something to show for our efforts. It requires an extra push by us all – see what we can do.
John N Little
The ground is recovering and on Saturday 11th August, the 3rd XI played Murrayfield DAFS and recorded a comfortable victory.
There is a lot to play for over the next few weeks and I am hoping we finish the season in style