East League Round Up

23 Apr

Over the course of the 2013 season I will be writing a twice monthly column for the Cricket Scotland website on all the goings on in the East Leagues. 

With nine divisions there is always plenty going on amongst the clubs and I hope you will find it interesting.

Martin Flynn

Last week many in the Scottish game were saddened to hear of the death of Martin Flynn, a well-known character particularly in the East. 

Martin had packed a lot in to his six decades in the sport as a player, umpire and administrator and it will be strange for myself arriving at Carlton’s Grange Loan this summer and not seeing him leaning on the fence, eager to keep me posted on the latest news. 

Having covered cricket locally for the best part of a decade in Edinburgh I have met many people on various boundaries.

Martin was one of the first to introduce himself to me during my first season and over the years he was always a helpful contact.

It was also obvious to see how much work he did behind the scenes for Carlton, the Scottish Students and in organising umpires for various matches.

Hard working volunteers like him are the lifeblood of any sport.

As a player he played most of his cricket with Holy Cross, indeed playing in their first ever match at Colinton Mains in 1950.

A mathematics lecturer at Napier during the day, cricket really was Flynn’s true love and after his playing days he became heavily involved with the East of Scotland Cricket Association in various roles. 

In 1971 he was one of the founding members of the East Umpires Association and since then has helped organise match officials and also umpired hundreds of matches himself all around Scotland. Indeed he was still ‘on duty’ as recently as last year.

Sandy Scotland, who officiated many matches with Martin, said:  “Martin was very enthusiastic about umpiring and did a lot of work over the years. He was also a great administrator and he often took on the jobs that nobody else wanted to do, but without them being done things could not run smoothly.” 

In the early 1990s Martin became heavily involved with Scottish Universities cricket and really was the main driver for nearly two decades in keeping university events running so smoothly including the indoor sixes. 

He also led a number of Scottish Universities tours and, even after stepping back from his role, travelled with the Scottish Students team as a ‘guest’ on their trip to Ireland in 2012. 

Scottish Students coach Iain Stewart said:  “He was so passionate about student cricket and was such a help to me. I will always remember the work he did.”

For the last 13 years he had been secretary at Carlton Cricket Club in Edinburgh and was always one of the first faces you saw as you walked through the gate at Grange Loan on a match day.

Carlton president Hugh Parker said:  “It is terribly sad news and Martin will be missed at the club. He was a very organised man who did so much behind the scenes in his role with us.” 

His funeral takes place on Thursday at Warriston at 11am. 

East Leagues get set

This coming Saturday, April 27 sees the East Leagues begin for 2013.

Last year in the top flight of the regional leagues Glenrothes came out on top and have moved up to the Cricket Scotland Eastern First Division.

It will be interesting to see how the Fifers handle the step up while it leaves East One has a fairly open division once again.

An exciting addition to East One is St Boswells and I would imagine that they will fancy having a crack at the top flight and will back themselves to beat anyone, especially at home.

Good luck to all teams and enjoy the first weekend.

Do you have a story for Gary? Email him on garyheatly@hotmail.com or follow @G_HMedia on Twitter


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