President's Blog

Grange Cricket Club - Season 2011

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Our hopes for 2011 being another outstanding season for our senior teams did not materialise. The weather, especially at weekends, was wet to say the least and approximately 40% of all games were either cancelled or interfered with due to adverse weather conditions.

 

This and a change in the structure of the Scottish National Cricket League (SNCL) which turned out to be most unsatisfactory did not help to make the season as successful as we had hoped for. However the picture is not all doom and gloom and there have been some highlights on which I wish to comment.

 

Sponsorship

The section entered into a three year contract with Barclays Wealth.

The principle conditions are:

 

a. The name of the first XI, who play in the Premier Division of the SNCL, is “Barclays Wealth Grange” and the players’ shirts carry the Barclays Wealth logo.

 

b. The new cricket covers purchased this year carry the name of the sponsors, as do the stumps.

 

c. The junior sides also appear in playing shirts carrying the sponsor’s logo and as part of the junior subscription, 150 youngsters are issued with a Barclays Wealth training top.

 

d.This is undoubtedly the best deal the Section has so far negotiated and we are indebted to Barclays Wealth for their support. On our side we must do everything possible to give them maximum publicity in return for their investment.

 

Junior Section

The Junior Stags made 2011 a vintage season despite the poor weather. There are 150 members aged between 5 and 15. No less than five players represented Scotland at under 15 level, namely William Edwards, Tom Sole, Matthew Angelini, Duncan Player and George Hairs with William Edwards being named as Scotland’s under 15 Player of the Year. The under 15’s and under 13’s both won their respective Scottish cups – a marvellous and almost unique achievement. They then went on to represent Scotland in the ECB National Competition with matches at Newcastle, York and Lancaster before losing in the later stages of the competition.

 

Other notable events were:

 

a. An under 13 team travelled to Lords to defend its indoor title won last year and performed well by finishing up as losing finalists.

 

b. An under 11 team travelled to Shrewsbury School and competed in a week long festival against seven county sides. They beat the eventual winner (Derbyshire) and performed very creditably against strong county opposition. James Dickinson, a Loretto pupil, was the highest run scorer of the week including 116 against Shropshire.

 

c. Other trophies won were the under 13 and under 11 Lothian indoor league and the prestigious under 11 Moira Shaw tournament.

 

d. The summer camp held in July attracted 60 members and was once again very popular and successful.

 

Representative Honours

Neil McCallum and Gregor Maiden continued to represent the national team, along with Oliver Hairs whose services we sorely missed this year as he is now studying at York University and had a trial with Northamptonshire. However at the end of the season, Neil and Gregor announced their retirement from international cricket each having played for Scotland on more than 100 occasions. We congratulate them on their many achievements but the good news is that they will continue to play domestic cricket at The Grange. Further-more Simon Smith, another internationalist, will be rejoining us next season as first choice wicketkeeper.

 

The Future

The objectives for 2012 are clearly defined and the planning for a successful season is well under way.

 

John N Little

(President)

The Junior Stags made 2011 a vintage season despite the poor weather

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...the planning for a successful season is well under way

 

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