President's Blog

July 2012

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With half the season now gone, I had hoped to bring you good news. However, the weather has put a real dampener on cricket activities. The past three months have been the wettest since records began.

 

More matches have been cancelled than played and the water table on our ground is at an all time high. Despite this bad news I will update you with activities to date.

 

Margaret McCullim

It is with regret that I record the passing of Margaret on Saturday 9 June. Margaret came to the Grange Club in 1980 (32 years ago) when her husband Dick was appointed groundsman. He passed away in 1990 and it was then that she was asked to become the Club Steward. She has carried out this post admirably for the past 22 years and has been an invaluable asset during the Club’s development.

 

She had many friends and her funeral was so well attended that the Warriston Chapel could not accommodate everyone. Thereafter her friends congregated at The Grange and she was well and truly tributed by all. She will be sorely missed.

 

Website

Due to the hard work of Iain Morrison and Rawdon Hesketh, I can now report that our Website is up and running and I believe it to be as good, if not better, than most of our competitors. It is very informative and I trust that you are now making full use of its content.

 

Playing Performances

1st XI – a great start to the season and unbeaten so far. Results are as follows:

 

Friendlies - Played 2. Won 2

Scottish Cup - Played 2. Won 2

Masterton Trophy - Played 2. Won 2

CSL League - Played 3. Won 3

Cancelled - 6

 

2nd & 3rd XI’s

A poor start by both elevens, but fixtures have been ravaged by the weather. They are looking

forward to better results in the second half of the season as more students become available now that school and universities have broken up.

 

Juniors

The section now has closed its entry to new members, having registered 171 players with 45 on a waiting list. The results from all teams are excellent with the majority of matches played being won. Highlights to date are:

 

• The Under 13 and Under 11 teams both won the Lothian Indoor Leagues, played during the winter months.

 

• The Under 13 team have just won the Scottish Cup for the second year running and will

now represent Scotland in the National Final.

 

Shrewsbury Cricket Festival

An Under 12 team will again travel to the above week long Festival to take on the might of the English Counties. We wish them all success.

 

Summer Camps

Two summer camps held over 3 days have been organised as follows:

 

Camp 1 - 16th to 18th July

Camp 2 - 23rd to 25th July

 

Both are fully booked and it is hoped that the sun shines and the boys have great fun.

 

Other Fixtures

We continue to be asked by Cricket Scotland to host representative matches.

The following attractive fixtures are being held at The Grange:

 

Tuesday 3rd July - Scotland v Ireland (U19)

Thursday 5th July - Scotland v Ireland (U19)

Monday 9th July - Scotland v Canada (ODI) (WCL)

Wednesday 11th July - Scotland v Canada (ODI) (WCL)

Sunday 5th August - Scotland v Durham (CB40)

Sunday 12th August - Scotland v England (ODI)

Sunday 19th August - Scotland v Somerset (CB40)

 

This schedule puts pressure on our groundstaff and we wish them better climatic conditions.

 

Finally

Despite the awful start to the season, I hope to report an improvement during the second half.

 

John N Little

(President)

The Under 13 team have just won the Scottish Cup for

the second year running and will now represent Scotland in the National Final'

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We continue to be asked by Cricket Scotland to host representative matches.

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