Weekend Sport – Sat/Sun 12th/13th May. Cricket

The Cricket Club had a double header of a weekend.   Saturday saw the visit on Premier League business of the highly rated Forfarshire side who included two of Scotland’s batsmen from the recent World Cup qualifying tournament.   Batting first the 1st XI totalled 128 in 40 overs and despite removing one the aforesaid batsmen Craig Wallace for no score the other Michael Leask scored an unbeaten 47 not out to take Forfarshire to a comfortable win.   On Sunday the club with two of the SMC school XI in the side travelled to Paisley to play this season’s leading West side Ferguslie in the Scottish Cup.   In glorious weather and batting first  Stew Mel scored 196 for 5  with outstanding innings from our overseas players Hayden Sweet (64) and Shaylen Pillay (54) helping us to our best score of the season.    Unfortunately after a promising start for SM  major contributions from the home side’s own overseas players enabled Ferguslie to pass our total with eight overs to go for the loss of six wickets – but a much better performance all round.

Past Cricket Club Presidents, Ross Wilkinson and Bert Barclay were the weekend’s match ball sponsors.

On Thursday evening at Inverleith (6pm) the 1st XI host Edinburgh Academicals in the T20 Masterton Trophy competition.

ALL STARS CRICKET

All Stars Cricket started again on Friday 4 May at Inverleith.

The Club now has 83 boys and girls registered and this is the highest for any Club in Scotland

Budding stars of the future?

Women v Watsonians at Inch Park

Edinburgh South / Stewart’s Melville  191-5 (K Fraser 68no, K Whyte 55, I Lowry 14no, C Holland 13) Watsonians  51-8

On a glorious day at Inch Park the home side were a bit too strong for a plucky Watsonians X1.

Kathryn White and Catherine Holland put together a match winning opening stand of 68 and from then on it was really a question of how big a total could be obtained in the 30 overs. Katherine Fraser cashed in  against the tiring bowlers with a sparkling 68 containing several boundaries and good contributions from Iona Lowry and Chloe Kiely helped us reach 191-5 in 30 overs.

In reply a nice catch by Emma Phipps off the bowling of Jessica Shaw dismissed Fettes girl Catherine Edwards and the remaining Watsonians batters found it tough against a very fine bowling attack. A 140 run victory was pleasing but sterner tasks lie ahead. That said I think it would have taken a good side to lower our colours on the day. It was really good to hear the thoughts on the match from our adult players and how impressed they were with our youngsters.

Catherine Holland had a fine all round game. Batting for almost an hour with Kathryn White was great experience for her and she showed no little skill in her fine innings. In addition Catherine bowled a couple of good overs and took a nice catch. As previously stated Jessica Shaw has a really bright future if she wishes. Her game awareness is good and she was the best bowler on show all day. Emma Phipps bowled 4 overs and bar 3 or 4 balls was excellent. Emma is a great member of the team and the older girls love her competitiveness.

It was a shame Emma’s mum Barbara didn’t bat as I think that will be her forte. Her enthusiasm in the field is also a great assett. Vailas Wrench also bowled 4 overs and gave very few runs away. Vaila has a really good action and will only improve. In her favour everyone loves a leftie in their bowling attack. It would be churlish to ignore the performances of Katherine Fraser and Chloe Kiely. Katherine is already a very fine all round cricketer at such a young age and Chloe is an automatic pick for our team.

Thanks to Kathryn, Hannah, Louise and Barbara for being so positive with the younger players and making our opening game in the Premier League so much fun.

1st X1 v Heriots at Inverleith

The 1st X1 took on last year’s League Champions Heriot’s on Saturday at Inverleith in the East Premier League.   Heriot’s won the toss and chose to bat.

After 33 overs the visitors were 93 for 5 having lost all their top order bats including star import Hayes van der Berg for 1 caught behind first ball of the second over bowled  by Tom Hilton.  Tom finished with 5 for 50 off 9 overs while Greg Ruthven in helpful conditions for his spin took 2 for 31 off ten overs and Hayden Sweet 1 for 33 off 9 overs. Pro Shaylen Pillay was our most economical bowler with 0 for 26 off 10 overs.  Remarkably Stew Mel in their reply had exactly the same score after 33 overs having recovered from the loss of four early wickets with Kris Steel (37) and Mikey Miller (46) plus extras (20) contributing the bulk of the runs. The strength of Heriot’s lower order told however achieving a final score of 214 for 9 while Stew Mel subsided to 118 all out in the 43rd over.

The positive was seeing Mikey Miller among the runs again. In Heriot’s innings Ryan Brown top scored at no 6 with  51 off 69 balls and was well supported by no 7, ex Edinburgh CC player, Qasim Ashraf with 18 off 31 balls and no 8 Sean Weeraratna with  22 off 14 balls.  Our former player Elliot Ruthven was listed no 11 for Heriot’s and didn’t get in.  There was no equivalent late order boost to the scoring from Stew Mel so no points from the first two matches against the two top teams of last year.

Ryden LLP were the sponsors for the day and the tea provided for the teams was great – probably the best feature of the day !

Weekend Sport Saturday 5th May – Cricket

Stew Mel in the field against Heriot’s on Saturday

Mikey Miller top scored with 46

The Cricket Club took on last year’s League Champions Heriot’s on Saturday at Inverleith in the East Premier League.   Batting first after 33 overs the visitors were 93 for 5 having lost all their top order bats.   Remarkably Stew Mel in their reply had exactly the same score after 33 overs having recovered from the loss of four early wickets with Kris Steel and Mikey Miller getting the bulk of the runs.   The strength of Heriot’s lower order told however achieving a final score of 214 for 9 while Stew Mel subsided to 118 all out in the 43rd over.   Ryden LLP were the sponsors for the day.

On Thursday the 1st XI have a T20 Masterton Trophy match v Watsonians at Inverleith (6pm) and on Saturday a home league match v Forfarshire (12 noon).

Weekend Sport – Sat 28th April. Cricket – Opening league match

Back row: Alan Veitch (scorer); Kris Steele; Kyle McCallum; Hayden Sweet; Shaylen Pillay (professional); Greg Ruthven (captain); Front row: Adam McHoul; Tom Hilton; Michael Miller; David Sharkey; Greg Bissett. Absent – Chris Miller (w/k) still putting on his gloves.

League Season starts for club 1st XI.

The new league season started for the club’s 1st XI on Saturday at Arbroath.   Now playing under the Stewart’s Melville badge again the change in name didn’t change the team’s fortunes against Arbroath, league runners up of 2017.    Arbroath batting first accumulated 222 for 7 in their 50 overs considered no more than a par score for the day and reaching 50 without loss in 11 overs  the omens seemed bright for Stew Mel. Thereafter the self destruct mechanism kicked in leaving the side to contemplate a pretty miserly total of 91.   Hopes remain high and on Saturday we have our first home game (1pm) against last season’s champions Heriot’s.  We are looking forward to a few supporters coming along.

Inverleith preparing for Cricket & Athletics

 


 

Willie and his team have been working hard to prepare Inverleith for the upcoming cricket and athletic season.

Unfortunately, someone has forgotten to order the weather! Fingers crossed the dry weather makes a return and both cricket and athletic fixtures can go ahead.