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Rugby Sat 14th Sept – second league win for 1st XV

The 1st XV achieved a narrow 19-13 win over Kirkcaldy at Inverleith today.

Selected team: 15 Matthew Watson; 14 Sean Murchie; 13 Jamie McGurk; 12 Euan Morrison; 11 James Ferguson; 10 Mike Miller; 9 Fraser Strachan; 1 Chris Baikie; 2 Darren Miller; 3 Ruaridh Mitchell; 4 Jamie Sword; 5 Fraser Morrison (c); 6 Matt Sanderson; 7 Dave Allan; 8 Scott Alldritt.

Newton Stewart 22        Hamilton              20

Peebles                27           Glasgow Accies   0

Preston Lodge   32           Gordonians        19

Stewart’s Melville 19      Kirkcaldy              13

League Table

Team Pld Won Drawn Lost F A BP Points
Dumfries 2 2 0 0 112 38 2 10
Peebles 2 2 0 0 45 10 1 9
Preston Lodge 2 1 1 0 68 55 2 8
Stew Mel 2 2 0 0 43 34 0 8
GHK 2 1 0 1 80 57 3 7
Newton Stewart 2 1 1 0 35 33 1 7
Hamilton 2 1 0 1 60 58 2 6
Kirkcaldy 2 0 0 2 38 48 3 3
Whitecraigs 2 0 1 1 48 119 1 3
Glasgow Accies 2 0 1 1 13 40 0 2
Falkirk 2 0 0 2 38 68 1 1
Gordonians 2 0 0 2 29 50 0 0

1st XV start season with narrow 24-21 win at Falkirk

Click here to read Bill McNie’s match report

http://www.stewmelrugby.com/match-report-v-falkirk-rfc-saturday-7th-september/

Next Saturday – 1st XV v Kirkcaldy, Inverleith, ko 3pm.

FP Golf Club – Autumn Outing to Roxburghe

The FP Golf Club had their Autumn outing yesterday to the Roxburghe course near Kelso and the fifteen members present were rewarded with about the best golfing day of the summer.

David Lowes with 85  had the best gross score of the day reflecting the difficulty of the course and David Macfarlane won the handicap stableford with 39 points.   Bert Barclay won the nearest the pin competition at the 8th hole with the only shot that finished on the green.  The two’s sweep had 3 joint winners.   All agreed the course was a fantastic venue in superb condition.

Funeral Arrangements for Brian Mitchell

The funeral service for Brian Mitchell will be held in the Lorimer Chapel, Warriston Crematorium on Thursday, 5 September at 12 noon. 

Denise and her family would be pleased if you would join them after the service at the Clubhouse for refreshments. 

Rugby – Pre season match v Musselburgh at Stoneyhill this Saturday

The Rugby Club have their first pre season match this Saturday, 10th August v Musselburgh at Stoneyhill.   Entry is free to all spectators.

Cricket East Premier Matchday 15 – 1st XI lose at Goldenacre

Saturday 3rd August

Stewart’s Melville CC 77 all out (27.4 overs); Heriot’s CC 78 for 5 (26 overs). Lost by 5 wickets. Ball sponsor – Colin Brown

After last week’s weather cancellation the 1st XI resumed their East Premier League campaign against Heriot’s at Goldenacre having won the first match earlier in the season.

Captain Steven Parker won the toss and chose to bat first despite having won the first match batting second. Kyle McCallum (18 runs) and Mike Miller (20 runs) started profitably against the pace bowling of our former player Elliot Ruthven and Joe Kinghorn-Gray, ex RHC putting on 30 runs before Kyle stranded out of his ground was bizarrely run out by Hayes van der Berg after he had failed to take an overhead catch at mid off. Ben Wilkinson followed caught low down in the same position off Kinghorn-Gray with the score on 41. Shaylen who replaced Ben at the crease started confidently the score quickly moving onto 63 before he was caught behind for 15 off the bowling Michael Shean who had replaced Elliot Ruthven. The slow bowling combination of Shean and Scotland and Derbyshire player Michael Watt then appeared unplayable on a helpful wicket as we slumped to 77 all out with five of our bats failing to score.

Photo – Mikey Miller plays forward

Given the success of Heriot’s slow bowlers we opened with Greg Ruthven and Hayden Sweet with Kyle McCallum replacing Sweet after one over. Heriot’s reached 23 without loss and seemed on their way to a comfortable win when the pursuit of runs against a turning ball resulted in a succession of wickets so that the score became 44 for 5 and Stew Mel hopes of achieving something special were raised. Hayes van der Berg and Keith Morton then chose to pick their shots carefully so that after 26 overs Heriot’s achieved the anticipated win leaving Stew Mel to wonder how many more runs might have tested the home side more. Greg Ruthven bowled his 10 overs straight off taking two wickets for just 20 runs with Kyle McCallum one for 17 off seven overs and Sam Tait two for 27 off 8 overs making things difficult for the Heriot’s batsmen.

We have three Saturdays to go in the league season with home games to come against Watsonians, RH Corstorphine and league leaders Forfarshire. Aberdeenshire remain in the relegation spot two wins behind us.

View scorecard http://www.stewartsmelvillecricket.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Scorecard-Heriots-v-SMCC-03.08.19.pdf

Rugby Club 1st XV Fixtures 2019-20

The Rugby Club’s 1st XV play in Scottish Rugby’s National League Division 2 in the coming season.

The season starts on Saturday 7th September at Falkirk with the first home game on Saturday 14th September v Kirkcaldy (3pm).

View full fixture list  http://smcfpclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Rugby-Fixtures-2019-20.docx 

Cricket – Grange win league Slog Fest in truncated match at Raeburn

Saturday 20th July

Grange 262 for two (22 overs); Stewart’s Melville CC   162 for two (22 overs).   Grange won by 100 runs.

After heavy overnight rain Saturday’s league match was reduced to 22 overs a side starting at 4.35pm just 15 minutes before the cut-off by which time the ground was bathed in warm sunshine.

Steven Parker won the toss and elected to bowl, Grange opening with Scotland squad player Ollie Hairs only recently returned after several years down South and former Scotland bat Ryan Flannigan.   The first three overs produced 16 runs without loss before Hairs who favours “slog sweeps” both sides of the wicket “teed off” with 2, 4, 6, 4 off the final four balls of Hayden Sweet’s second over.  He continued in that vein for the rest of innings eventually scoring 179 not out off 81 balls with 17 fours and 12 sixes with only Shaylen Pillay and Andrew Wallace conceding less than two runs a ball from their bowling.   The highly thought of under 19 Scotland cap Tom MacKintosh batting at no 3 scored a fine 48 in more classical style with 5 fours and one six).   It didn’t go unnoticed that a very catchable chance was put down early in Hairs’ innings.

The Stew Mel response facing an impossible task was what in normal circumstances was to go along at very good rate of  seven plus runs an over with Shayle Pillay opening with Kyle McCallum reaching 53 not out while Kyle made 36 (3 fours and 2 sixes) off just 24 balls.   Ben Wilkinson at no 3 made 16 off 17 balls and Hayden Sweet 40 not out off 28 balls.   So Grange duly collected the win points in their pursuit of league leaders Forfarshire while we are still seeking the further league win that will probably ensure league safety for another season.

Before the match a minutes silence was observed by the players and umpires following news of the untimely death of Watsonian’s groundsman and former Warwickshire and Scotland player Willie Morton which caused the withdrawal from our side of his Myreside colleague Kris Steel.

View scorecard   http://smcfpclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-07-20-GRANGE-STEWMEL-match-scorecard.pdf

Cricket Club suffer last over T20 Cup semi-final defeat

Friday 19th July

The Cricket Club’s 1st XI suffered the disappointment of a last over defeat in last night’s East of Scotland’s Masterton Trophy T20 Competition at the hands of RH Corstorphine at Barnton last night.

Batting first in a match reduced to 17 overs a side by some heavy rainfall before the scheduled start time Stew Mel scored 89 for 9 in their 17 overs with RHC passing that that total on the fourth ball of the last over with nine wickets down.    RHC’s professional Mohammed Saad batted throughout their innings for 61 not out with no one else scoring more than five as wickets fell regularly.

While it was disappointing to come so close and be denied the win there was satisfaction that in the course of the competition wins had been achieved against Watsonians, Grange, Edinburgh Accies and Edinburgh CC in the group stage and against Carlton in the quarter-final match.

A full report appears on the Cricket Club website http://www.stewartsmelvillecricket.com

Cricket Club advance to T20 Cup Semi-Final with Carlton victory

Tuesday 16th July At Grange Loan – Carlton 138 for nine (20 overs); Stewart’s Melville 139 for 4 (19.4 overs) Having been responsible for Grange’s elimination in the group stages the 1st XI produced one of their best batting performances of the season last night to secure a six wicket win against a strong Carlton side with three balls remaining of their 20 overs to progress to the semi-final match of the T20 Masterton Trophy competition. Having won the toss captain Steven Parker elected to bowl first and the tactic seemed to have worked when seven Carlton wickets were taken for inside 14 overs for 81 runs conceded. One of Carlton recognised strengths is their ability to bat deep so it was frustrating but no surprise that Peter Neame and ‘Cheeky’ Gosain added 52 runs for the eighth wicket and achieved a final score of 138 which seems about par for the side batting first in the competition. Slow bowlers Greg Ruthven with 3 for 20 and Hayden Sweet with 2 for 23 were our leading bowlers as so often in this competition. Carlton have two of the quickest club bowlers in the Scottish game in professional Corne Dry and Scottish internationalist Ali Evans yet often choose not to bowl them together mixing up their bowlers throughout. Michael Miller went early to a superb catch on the boundary by former Scotland rugby full-back Hugo Southwell (picked the wrong fielder there) and Shaylen Pillay after an early flurry of runs fell to Ali Evans first ball of the innings in the fifth over having replaced Dry at the pavilion end. Thereafter Kris Steel and Ben Wilkinson consolidated things so that after 10 overs we were 49 for 2. From that point onwards both players raised the tempo scoring freely against all bowlers in a partnership of 80 runs when Dry back for his third over bowled Kris Steel with score on 98. Hayden Sweet joined Ben Wilkinson at the crease and together they carried on with the run before Ben was run out attempting a third run at 119 in the eighteenth over. Hayden Sweet continued in aggressive style and the scores were tied second ball of the last over with a massive six with the winning run being scored two balls later. A huge win for the club which brings a semi-final on Thursday evening against Corstorphine at Barnton. Scoreline: Carlton 138 for 9 (P Neame 45, C Dry 20; G Ruthven 3 for 20, H Sweet 2 for 23.) SMCC 139 for 4 (B Wilkinson 46, K Steel 30, H Sweet 26 no, S Pillay 15; S Gupta 1 for 16 (2 overs), C Dry 1 for 23 (4 overs), A Evans 1 for 19 (4 overs).) View scorecard http://www.stewartsmelvillecricket.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Carlton-v-SMCC-15-07-19-v3.pdf