Gary Heatly’s column - June 4

06 Jun

From Gary Heatly

Gary HeatlyGary Heatly’s column June 4

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.

 

350 up for Granger

Recently Neil Granger played his 350th match in all competitions for Marchmont, quite some achievement in an association with the Cavalry Park-based outfit that runs back to 1999.

Having played against Marchmont in 1998 Neil, then a teenager, had met a few of the well-known faces at the club at the time, including Roger Sardesai and Bashir Wadee. 

Neil said:  “Malcolm McNulty, who was the first XI captain at the time, and Cameron Munro, who I was at school with, convinced me that the club was friendly and could accommodate me in the third XI, so I went along to winter nets at Meadowbank stadium and have never looked back.”

After making an inauspicious start to his Marchmont career - scoring 0 batting number eleven in a loss to Leith FAB - Neil has since gone on to become one of the driving forces behind the club and can often be found organising a midweek team or carrying out any other job that needs doing. He is currently club captain and has been first XI captain, second XI captain, treasurer and secretary. 

“Reaching 350 appearances does give me great pride with respect to the personal achievement, but playing has only been one part of it.  I wouldn’t have been able to play as many games as I have without a lot of committed people doing a lot of things to keep the club running and having a lot of fun.  

“I’m even more excited at what is on the horizon though and the fact that I can contribute to a vibrant, growing club who are looking to take steps with youth development - that gives me even greater pride.”

In terms of highlights during his time at Marchmont Neil lists winning the Parks Trophy by one run in 2003, captaining the first XI out for the first time and gaining promotion with the second XI, particularly after the horrific run they had in the leagues.  

He added:  “I think though that a lot of my highlights have come from Marchmont just not knowing when we should be beaten and one of my lasting memories has to be the Terry Newcombe Twenty20 game against Leith at the Links in 2009. 

“The game started in the bright sun, ended in the mist and a combined 405 runs were scored by the teams. Leith pummelled us for 202 off the 20 overs. 

“It’s difficult as a captain to say too much at half way when a few heads had dropped and more so when we were 58-3 in response and looking well beaten. 

“However, we gradually battled our way back into the game with Will Collier, Steve Mathers and Pete Maksimczyk all scoring quickly.  From needing over 10 an over, we ended up needing nine to win off three balls and I had to come into bat, barely able to see the bowler, let alone the ball in the mist.  

“We managed, somehow, to scramble two off the last ball to win. It’s results like that that stick in the memory and bring a club closer together.”

Indeed hearing that Neil had reached 350 matches was realisation for this correspondent that none of us are not as young as we used to be - given that I played in some of his very early matches for Marchmont!

 

East One update 

On Saturday past Murrayfield DAFS returned from Fife with their fifth East One win of the season after a good all-round team showing against Dunfermline.

Batting first at McKane Park the visitors posted 245 all out from their 50 overs, Luke Hayes making 49 and Richard Sorrell 46 to lead the way. A total of 33 extras did not help Dunfermline either.

Tight opening bowling from Asif Mohammed and Taseen Zarkoob put Dunfermline under pressure from ball one of their reply.

And when Mohammed took two wickets the home innings began to wobble, eventually they were bowled out for just 75 with Tom Wheeler weighing in with three wickets and Sorrell two in a 170-run win 

Carlton II are still unbeaten at the top of the table after they defeated Holy Cross at Grange Loan.

Steve Elder dug in for 36 and Mo Ahmed made 24 as the hosts posted 150 all out batting first.

Brad McKay then led the way with 3-15 as Holy Cross were restricted to 117 all out.

Three batsmen scored half centuries as Grange II defeated St Boswells at Portgower Place.

Stuart Moffat was the main man with 54 and Jack Collister and Andrew Brock hit 53 and 52 respectively in the hosts’ 275-8.

The Borderers were bowled out for 71 in reply.

Edinburgh Accies bowled out Watsonians II for 122 at Newfield to set-up a five wicket win while Edinburgh South defeated Musselburgh.

Unbeaten teams to date

 As we move further into June there are a number of East League clubs who are unbeaten.

 Carlton II are topping East One as mentioned with four wins from four.

 Marchmont (East Two), SMRH II (East Three), Dunfermline Carnegie (East Five), Glenrothes II (East Six) and Tranent (East Seven) are the others yet to taste defeat.

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

 

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