Weekend Sport – Sat 4th May. Cricket – First loss for 1st XI



Carlton 284 for 7 (50 overs); Stewart’s Melville CC 98 all out (39.2 overs)

After last week’s abandonment the 1st XI’s 2019 league campaign got underway against Carlton at Grange Loan. Unfortunately our attempts to secure an early win were undone by a raft of bank holiday withdrawals and Scotland quick bowler Ali Evans. Stew Mel won the toss and chose to bowl in dry but very cold conditions. Professional Shaylen Pillay and Hayden Sweet captured the wicket of Carlton opener Kyle Macpherson and restricted Carlton to two runs an over in their opening spell but after they were removed from the attack Carlton’s batsmen settled down to building a significant score aided by no less than 57 extras including 46 wides which will have Alan Veitch searching his books to see if this is some kind of unwanted record.

In the Stew Mel reply Greg Bissett was an early dismissal and the first of four Evans’ wickets caught at slip via a rebound. Thereafter Ben Wilkinson played a cameo innings of 15 with some exquisite shots and Hayden Sweet stuck around for a while for 12. No one else made double figures and the best that can be taken from this performance is that we were missing some important players who might add to the all round capability of the side.

Next Saturday sees our first home league match of the season against promoted Stoneywood Dyce who have surprised most by winning their first two matches.

Thanks to Malcolm Rennie the day’s match ball sponsor who was present to offer his support to the team.

View scorecard – click on link below

Scorecard – Carlton v SMCC 


Weekend Sport – Sat/Sun 27/28th April – Rugby, Cricket, Golf news

Rugby:    Stewart’s Melville RFC     29     Highland     45

The 1st XV’s season finally came to a conclusion on Saturday at temporary “home ground” Raeburn Place.    A game  full of action saw Stew Mel leading by 17-5 and 24-19 before a Highland revival saw them close out the match with a sixteen point margin.    So Biggar end as NL2 champions with 21 wins out of 22 matches and 101 points.   Highland second with 91 points and Dumfries on 79 points just edged us, 78 points, out of third place.    Hopes are high for next season.

Cricket:    East Premier League – 1st XI (9 for no wickets) v Aberdeenshire.   Match abandoned after only one over.

It was along way to travel on Saturday for only one over of play.   A persistent drizzle delayed the start to 2pm and supposedly 40 overs a side.   Put in to bat we got off to a flier with nine runs in the first over before the drizzle returned leading to the umpires taking the players off.   Heavier rain followed and the match was abandoned at 3.30pm.

Next up is a second away game on Saturday v Carlton at Grange Loan (12 noon).   Carlton against expectations lost their opening match on Saturday to newly promoted Stoneywood Dyce.

Golf:    Best Professional finish for Grant Forrest

Grant Forrest recorded his best professional performance to date finishing in sixth place in the European Tour event in Morocco yesterday.   On a Par 73 course measuring 7600 yards Grant had rounds of 75, 70, 69 and 74, doubled his prizemoney for the season and moved up to 69th place in the tour rankings – a big step towards retaining his playing rights for 2020.  After eight holes of the final round Grant was in second place one behind the leader  and figured prominently in Sky’s TV coverage of the event.   This week he is in the field for the China Open and then the British Masters at Southport the following week.

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FP News – Editor’s Position Vacant 

Have you enjoyed the 2018 edition of the FP News? / Have you ever wondered how the articles are sourced and how the magazine is brought together? / Now is the time to find out!

Our current Editor, Bob Young, is retiring after 5 years and we are therefore looking for someone to continue the ongoing development of the magazine on a voluntary basis – the job, unfortunately, doesn’t command the salary of a Fleet Street Editor.

The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, possess a keen eye (preferably two) for detail and bring a positive outlook and fresh ideas to the role.

The brief is wide–ranging – the travel not so far ranging – and will source material and news stories; through contact with other FPs and friends; various SMC & ESMS websites and social media; the school archivist; newspaper articles; 3rd party contributors.  Liaison – in the best possible taste, of course – with the Club Secretary, Treasurer and the ESMS Development Office will be both productive and beneficial.

Overall, our new Editor should be motivated by the personal satisfaction of getting things done to a high standard while managing the end of year deadlines to enable the magazine to go to print for issue in January each year.

If you are interested in this voluntary position, please contact Charles Wilson on email; charles_s_wilson@btinternet.com

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Weekend Sport – Sat 20th April. Cricket – Win for 1st XI at Stirling

The Wallace Monument dominates Stirling’s ground

Stirling County 153 all out Stew-Mel 156-4

Man of the match: Ben Wilkinson

Ball sponsor: Bert Barclay

Scorecard https://t.co/BRpujyJoi2

Weekend Sport Sat 13th April – Season’s Opener for Cricket Club

Stewart’s Melville CC     140 all out;    Stewart’s Melville College 1st XI     132 all out.

The Club prevailed in a match of fluctuating fortunes to win the traditional Season’s opener by 8 runs after scoring 140 off 36.1 overs.

It was agreed to play a 40 overs a side match with 12 players in each side, no more than 11 fielding at any time. SMCC batted first in sunny but cold conditions. The bulk of the 140 runs scored came from new recruit Ben Wilkinson (39), this year’s cricket gap student from Australia, Sam Langley (21) and 2018 school leaver Chris Hill (32). In reply, Harry Johnstone opening the batting for SMC was the only bat in the top half to make double figures with a solid 30 in 56 minutes including three 4s as the school side struggled to 52 for 7 after 21 overs. A recovery by Mario Mercantonio (27) and Cameron Ede (30) batting 8 and 9 took the school side to within sight of victory and needing only 11 runs to win with two wickets and seven overs left. At that point Sam Langley back for a second spell grabbed the final two wickets and the win finishing with 5 for 19. Asad Amir, recruited from Edinburgh Accies took 3 for 13 off 5 overs in his first match for the club. Cameron Ede 4 for 17 off 6.1 overs and Sam Tait 2 for 15 off 8 overs were the best of the school’s bowlers.

The match ball sponsor for the day was former Principal, David Gray, who continues to take an interest in the club’s activities from afar.

Next Saturday sees the club’s 1st and 2nd XIs travel to New Williamfield to take on Stiring County in a double header of friendly matches.



Weekend Sport – Sat 16th February Wins for Hockey Men and Ladies Cricket Annual Dinner & Awards Evening

Hockey:   ESMS Mens 1st XI travelled to Inverness to play Highland at Bught Park and were rewarded with an 8-2 win which keeps them on top in NL 3 with 8 wins out of eight matches played.     ESMS Ladies 1st XI were also big winners, 5-0 v Dundee University at Ravelston.  With a 9 and 3 record they remain in second place in NL2 four points behind Gordonians.

Rugby:   A planned friendly match with Dundee did not take place – league rugby resumes on 2nd March v Dumfries at Inverleith.   This weekend’s focus is on the Six Nations when Scotland play in Paris.   The bar at Inverleith is open for a large screen viewing of the match.

Cricket:   The Cricket Club had their Annual Dinner and Awards night on Friday evening.   A full report on the evening’s awards can be seen on the Cricket Club’s website at http://www.stewartsmelvillecricket.com


Weekend Sport – Sat 25th August. Cricket / Rugby / Golf

1st XI v Grange for last match of the season

Cricket:    Grange  344 for four (50 overs);  Stewart’s Melville CC   154 for nine (50 Overs).   Lost by 180 runs.

The 2018 cricket season drew to a close for the club with a final league match against Grange, the new league champions, at Raeburn Place.   With ninth place secured a fortnight earlier the club had already retained their place in the Premier League for 2019.   In the event as anticipated Grange’s batting proved too strong for a Stew Mel bowling attack missing professional Shaylen Pillay who returned to South Africa earlier in the week, with Nick Farrar a very accomplished opening bat compiling a score of 120 for the home side supported by Tom Foulds (52) and Neil McCallum, a former Scottish international bat playing his last league match before retirement with 46.    Facing an unlikely target to win the Stew Mel batsmen were faced with aggressive seam bowling on a pitch that suited them from Graham Goudie and Stuart Davidson, another two former capped players.   20-4 suggested another early finish but Hayden Sweet dug in against the rest of the Grange attack to achieve a personal best for the season of 75 (from 86 balls)supported by Sam Tait who resolutely blocked out 117 balls in 98 minutes to finish with 13 not out and leave Grange still looking for the 10th wicket when play finished with the score on 154.   Although well beaten the lasting thought was that with the same approach to batting shown by Hayden and Sam in earlier games we might have finished with more than three league wins.

Rugby:    National League Cup.     Carrick     19 points     Stewart’s Melville RFC    41 points 

Maybole was the destination for the rugby club’s first competitive game of the season with a comfortable win being achieved which takes them into the second round of the National League Cup.

A full report is available on http://www.stewmelrugby.com

Golf:    Third place finish for Grant Forrest on European Challenge Tour Event

Grant Forrest showed a return to form with a 15 under par score of 273 (71,70, 66,66) and third place finish in the 40 man field for the Rolex Trophy in Geneva, one of the more significant events on the tour.   This takes Grant back up into seventh place in the tour rankings with the top 15 at the end of the season winning cards for the main European Tour.


Weekend Sport – Saturday 11th August. Cricket – 1st XI win

Stewart’s Melville CC 226 for 9 (50 0vers); Glenrothes 138 all out (35.3 overs)

There was one result we wanted on Saturday – a win to secure our East Premiership status. This we did by 88 runs, but it wasn’t all plain sailing.

On losing the toss, a rare event this season, not surprisingly we were asked to bat , however it produced our best opening stand of the season by some distance. Kyle McCallum with 49 and Greg Bissett with 42, batting with caution worked very hard to put on 95. Being in such a strong position in the 21st over, it all became a bit of a struggle. Several of our batsman found ways of getting out. Shaylen Pillay made a patient 29 and Steve Parker looking in good form made 18 before being run out. This week again we had a lively last wicket stand with Adam McHoul (24*) and Tom Hilton (9*) putting on unbroken 33 runs – a very vital contribution to help push our final total to 226 for 9. We were not safe at tea, but at least the task for Glenrothes was more challenging.

Glenrothes, in spite of their ‘no wins’ season to date, have batsmen who can score runs – indeed they have been very close to winning at least 4 games this season. Our bowlers stuck to their task – 2 early wickets helped. It took a while to shift their middle order, and 48 runs for the 6th wicket to take them to 131 showed they weren’t giving up easily. However, we moped up the lower order quickly and the celebrations were soon underway.

Saturday sees our last home match of the season for the 1st XI against Watsonians with a 12 noon start with a final match against league leaders Grange at Raeburn Place on Saturday 25th.

Weekend Sport – Sat 4th August. Cricket 1st XI v Carlton

At Inverleith – Carlton  245 for seven (50 overs);   Stewart’s Melville CC    72 all out (26.2 overs)

Notwithstanding our earlier league win against Carlton Saturday’s match ended with another comprehensive defeat for the 1st XI.    Adam McHoul stood in as captain for the unavailable Greg Ruthven and Steven Parker.   With Kyle McCallum ruled out with a calf injury our batting was thus somewhat depleted and this was reflected in our score.

Whatever the outcome of matches our captains have had remarkable success in winning the toss and on doing so again Adam elected to bowl first on a pretty green pitch.   Shaylen Pillay and Tom Hilton once again caused the early opposition batsmen some issues restricting Carlton to 37 for 2 from 12 overs before being replaced by Chris Bissett and Adam McHoul and then Sam Tait who bowled the next seventeen overs as Carlton took the score onto 106 for the loss of one further wicket.   With a platform established Carlton added another 139 runs in the remaining 21 overs with Rory McCann the Merchiston school coach and a former Irish internationalist finishing on 90 and Arun Pillai finishing on 72.

Hayden Sweet and Greg Bissett opened our batting against Scotland World Cup bowler Alastair Evans and Omar Ahmad before Hayden was run out in the tenth over with the score at 17.   No one played an innings of any substance thereafter as the next eight wickets fell in only nine overs with the score just 46.   Our last two bats Zaki Thompson and Tom Hilton then held out for a further 30 minutes adding 26 runs in the highest partnership of the innings.   Thoughts now turn to next weekend’s crucial match against bottom of the league Glenrothes when a much better performance is hoped for.  A win then would secure the club’s place in the top division for another season.

Weekend Sport 28th July 2018 – Cricket 1st XI away to RH Corstorphine

RH Corstorphine   154 for 5 (25 overs);   Stewart’s Melville CC   74 all out  (22.1 overs)

Match reduced to 25 overs a side

With the heatwave ended  prolonged rain overnight and on Saturday morning meant a lot of time hanging around at Barnton waiting for the umpires to agree conditions had improved sufficiently to allow a reduced overs match.   Ultimately cricket got underway at 4.10 pm (instead of 12 noon) with RHC winning the toss and electing to bat.  Opening bat, Robert Taylor facing Shaylen Pillay didn’t seem tuned in when he hit the first ball of the match straight to midwicket (unnamed to save embarrassment) and was dropped only to be bowled by Shaylen with the very next ball.   Things didn’t get any better for Stew Mel as the remaining bats pushed the score along at 6 runs an over although four further wickets were taken, two each for Adam McHoul and Sam Tait.    The Stew Mel reply never reached the required rate with only Hayden Sweet (26) and Kris Steel (21) achieving double figures.   In reality the early dismissal of professional Shaylen Pillay for a duck left the team facing an uphill struggle and supporters wondering if all the waiting around for the game to start was worthwhile.   Three home games now follow against Carlton next week and Glenrothes the following week, the two teams we defeated in the first half of the season and then Watsonians who we didn’t play at Myreside due to a rare day of heavy rain.   Thereafter only an away match at Raeburn Place against league leaders Grange remains.

On Saturday following the match with Carlton the club hold their annual race night in the clubhouse (upstairs) starting at 8pm.   All supporters of the club are encouraged to come along.