In the latest of this season’s Thursday features, Gary Heatly catches up with Paul Reddish of Edinburgh South CC…
Edinburgh South CC have been a great community club based out of the capital for many years – and recently their first XI was celebrating after picking up some silverware.
Last Wednesday they defeated Kirk Brae in the final of the East of Scotland Cricket Association-run Terry Newcombe Trophy.
The victory by five wickets – 96-9 playing 97-5 – in the T20 event came at Inch Park, the home of Edinburgh South and the ground that had been chosen for the final before a ball was even bowled this season.
The result built upon good summers so far for the first and second XIs in their respective leagues.
Before this Saturday’s trip to play Edinburgh Accies II at Newfield, the Edinburgh South first XI have won eight and lost only one of nine completed games in ESCA Division Two to sit just behind leaders Leith FAB.
And, not to be outdone, the second XI are top of ESCA Division Seven – eight wins and two losses from 10 completed matches – ahead of this weekend’s trip to the Borders to play Gala II.
To show the strength of things at Edinburgh South at the moment, the club’s third XI are also in that same Division Seven and are fourth with five wins and five losses as they build up to a home match on Saturday with Clackmannan County II.
“Things are going really well at the club and as we move out of the pandemic we are looking to build on solid foundations,” club Chair Paul Reddish said.
“Eóghan Forde is captain of the first XI this season and it was great to see him lift the Terry Newcombe Trophy at the Inch while it was fitting that Bill Polson, who is very well known in Edinburgh cricketing circles and has done pretty much every job imaginable at Edinburgh South over the years, was scoring on the night and was pictured with the squad afterwards.
“At a senior level there is competition for places and people are playing with smiles on their faces which is what you want while in terms of junior cricket there are loads of enthusiastic youngsters linked to the club up to around the age of 12 and we want to help them continue their love of the game as they get a bit older.
“Katherine Fraser, who came through our junior ranks, is doing great things with Scotland nowadays and the link-up we have with Stewart’s Melville has been a good one and helped our girls and women’s cricket grow.
“With our blessing, it is now just a Stewart’s Melville team in the Women’s Premier League and we are focusing more on the development side, soft ball cricket and pathways, and that part of the club is growing all of the time with a number of girls in the juniors too.
“The focus for the rest of this summer is for everyone connected with Edinburgh South to continue enjoying their cricket and you can’t ask for more than that.”
Edinburgh South CC’s first XI – including club stalwart Bill Polson – are pictured after their recent Terry Newcombe Trophy success