Friday, 19 May 2017

Week 3 Roundup and the Week Ahead

Despite 42 from Owais and 26 from Ben (or Ben R as we must now call him), the 1st's 113 all out always looked a bit light at Arbo last Saturday. Still they fought hard and St Boswells needed a slice of luck or three to reach the target with 6 wickets and a few overs to spare.

The 2nds had a more successful time at Lewisvale against Musselburgh 2nds who unexpectedly featured two ex-Crossers, Matt Boyd and Josie Ray, who had been in the Preston Village squad as recently as Thursday lunchtime. Matt (22) looked in good nick until he got a good nick for the first of three excellent catches for Tom Jordan, who was standing up to all the bowlers except Vik.

Vik bowled superbly for the second week running but somehow again failed to take a wicket. Keith, who bowled almost as well as Vik, and Jon, who didn't, both took three and Elmo two as Muss were all out for 115, with the mainstay being Rod Mackenzie's 33.

Despite a good spell from Matt, we reached our target relatively comfortably, with five wickets down, largely thanks to 36 from Tom and 26* from our new Chief Recruiting Officer, Ben Leslie (Ben L for future reference).

Should tomorrow's grim weather forecast prove wrong, the 1sts head to Fauldhouse while the 2nds entertain Tranent & Preston Village 3rds, the cricket team formerly known as Tranent 2nds.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Mixed fortunes for the Cross.

Given that it was a sunny afternoon I decided to wander down and see how the Cross were getting on. I was impressed by the young athletes flinging themselves around the park...but I soon moved on from The Grange and arrived at Arbo.

There, a familiar looking 2nd XI were in confident mood having bowled out Glenrothes 3rds for 103. Despite arriving late (forcing Michael to sub field) Smudger picked up 5 wickets.

I nipped over to Inverleith to catch the final 7 balls of the match.. The firsts had recovered from 35/6 thanks to a decent partnership between Owais and Robin but 84 was never likely to test SMRH 2's (especially on a true artificial pitch..)-they surpassed HX's total in just under 20 overs. Disappointing after last week's good start to the season.

Back to Arbo. Coastal Ken had been dismissed (a lengthy duck) but Ziggy (47no) and JB (35no) knocked off the runs with relative ease (even if Jon did receive a couple of let-offs). Confidence building win for the twos.

Post match drinks in the Arbo sun made me think I'd stepped through a wormhole...same people*, same view... same chat..
*in fairness there were a few new faces, which is encouraging to see.

But where is McGILL?????

Friday, 5 May 2017

Week 1 Round-up and the Week Ahead

Well, 2016 was tough, but we're back. Admittedly with two Saturday sides rather than three, and in lower divisions than last year, but also with plenty of new players and some reason to hope that better times are ahead.

Raja's 1sts started their League season last Saturday with a commanding win over Drummond-Trinity at Arbo in Division 2. The skipper rather stole the show with a ton and three wickets, but he only just edged Ben Reiss, who took six wickets, for Man of the Match.

Nipun's 2nds were in the game for a long time at Livingston in Division 6 until a big sixth wicket stand for our hosts closed the game out.

On Tuesday night in the Parks Trophy first round Raja and Bilal set up a big total which proved a few too many for Isobar. We face Currie & Balerno in the next round, again at Arbo.

In other news, otherwise known as a potential availability crisis, Candlo got engaged and Broon finally got elected.

And so on to this week's fixtures -

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A New Dinasty...

Mahmood Din has taken over the role of club President.
Recruitment will be the club's overriding priority as HX aim to 
recover from a disastrous 2016. 

Friday, 17 June 2016

League Weekend 8 and the Week Ahead

Paul has written up the 3rds' game (see below), but the highlight of the weekend, results-wise, was
the 2nds' 7 wicket win at Penicuik. Gerry was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 11 off his 8 overs, before an undefeated 98-run 4th wicket partnership between skipper Nipun (30 no) and Steve Ferreira (75 no - 4 6s and 9 4s) saw us home.

Here are Saturday's fixtures, all still on as things stand -
  • 1sts vs Edinburgh 1sts at Campbell Park.
  • 2nds vs Edinburgh South 2nds at Arbo.
  • 3rds vs Marchmont 3rds, home on the Inverleith Park artificial.
Midweek -
  • Tuesday, friendly vs Leith at Arbo.
  • Wednesday, Active Edinburgh Trophy vs Murrayfield DAFS at Roseburn Park.

PVB on the Threes

Paul writes -

When your side is all out for 34, you might not expect a report. Well, there is much to be happy with, not least the wonderful camaraderie and sportsmanship from both HX 3rds' nine and Edinburgh 3rds' eleven, both of whom appreciated the skills of the opposition. Well done Dave and Aasim for your excellent leadership in setting the right tone - and well done every player for playing the game in the right spirit.

Meadows 3 reminded me of Lords with the odd low bounce which Keith (2-28) found to great effect. Matt (3-30) at the other end was excellent too, diving for a c&b. The first change was a revelation - Matt Bywater (3-14) took the catch of the season, c&b off a full-blooded drive and bowled really impressively. Or was it the catch of the season? Keith, in preventing a third 6 off Paul's lobs, stuck out his right hand at long on and took another brilliant catch.

Meanwhile if there were fines for poor play my wallet would be rather bare, having dropped one on the boundary and been carted by the left-hander who ruined my theory of having the short boundary on the off (for the right-hander). My only consolation was that Joe Root had a (marginally) higher economy rate in the second innings at Lords (18 per over) than I did. Andy came on and grabbed a wicket first ball.

Edinburgh bowled really well. Several of us came and went but the ball was cutting about a lot off Irshad (4-2) who bowled all four victims, including a shooter that got Matt. Andy hit two powerful pulls for four (top score 9!), then Keith played a cover drive for four which brought a smile to his face, reminding us how he scored a bucketload of runs in the 1980s.

Would Michael retain his "not out" record? No - first ball. All out within 11 overs.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

League Weekend 7 and the Week Ahead

Saturday saw the 2nds record their first win of the season in a feast of jug avoidance as Steve Ferreira and Jon Bates took 4-fors before Robin Worsnop fell one short of his first ever fifty. The 3rds lost very narrowly with Keith Geddes joining the 4-for club.

Sadly, tonight's friendly has been cancelled, but the last nets of the season are on Wednesday. Here are Saturday's League fixtures -

  • 1sts vs Penicuik at Arbo.
  • 2nds vs Penicuik 2nds, away.
  • 3rds vs Edinburgh 3rds, away on Meadows 3.
Midweek -
  • Wednesday 15th, Active Edinburgh Trophy vs Murrayfield DAFS, away.
  • Thursday 16th, friendly vs Woodcutters at Arbo.
Good luck, everyone.