The 1st XI won their warm up match today v Stirling County at New Williamfield by 6 wickets in glorious April sunshine. All round a most encouraging performance for the league season ahead.
Stirling County 153 all out Stew-Mel 156-4
Man of the match: Ben Wilkinson
Ball sponsor: Bert Barclay
The Club prevailed to win the traditional Season’s opener by 8 runs after scoring 140 off 36.1 overs.
It was agreed to play a 40 overs a side match with 12 players in each side, no more than 11 fielding at any time. SMCC batted first in sunny but cold conditions. The bulk of the 140 runs scored came from new recruit Ben Wilkinson (39), this year’s cricket gap student from Australia, Sam Langley (21) and 2018 school leaver Chris Hill (32). In reply, Harry Johnstone opening the batting for SMC was the only bat in the top half to make double figures with a solid 30 in 56 minutes including three 4s as the school side struggled to 52 for 7 after 21 overs. A recovery by Matteo Mercantonio (27) and Cameron Ede (30) batting 8 and 9 took the school side to within sight of victory and needing only 11 runs to win with two wickets and seven overs left. At that point Sam Langley back for a second spell grabbed the final two wickets and the win finishing with 5 for 19. Asad Amir, recruited from Edinburgh Accies took 3 for 13 off 5 overs in his first match for the club. Cameron Ede 4 for 17 off 6.1 overs and Sam Tait 2 for 15 off 8 overs were the best of the school’s bowlers.
The match ball sponsor for the day was former Principal, David Gray, who continues to take an interest in the club’s activities from afar.
Outdoor practice for seniors starts on Thursday 11th April at 6.30pm at Inverleith. Thereafter Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm.
The 1st XI have two warm up matches before the League programme starts on 27th April with a game at Aberdeenshire. On Saturday 13th April we play the Stewart’s Melville College 1st XI at Inverleith (start 11 am – to be confirmed) and a week later play Stirling County at New Williamfield in a 40 overs a side match starting at 1pm. The 2nd XI have a friendly v Stirling County at the same time also at New Williamfield.
League cricket starts for all four teams on Saturday 27th April with the 2s away to Edinburgh CC 2s; 3s at home to Kirkbrae 2s and 4s away to Leith FAB.