1st X1 v STONEYWOOD-DYCE at People’s Park

1st X1 v STONEYWOOD-DYCE at People’s Park

Stewart’s Melville CC 
Lost by 9 wickets
Ball sponsor – Matt Coyle

Stoneywood continued their recent good run with a 9 wicket win over our 1st X1. The margin of victory was vast but local umpire Peter Redhead stated after the match that the toss was vital. Our lads were put in on an average wicket in dull, overcast conditions whereas the home side batted later on when the sun had arrived.

That said the home side were worthy winners and bowled us out for 122 in 41 overs. Hayden Sweet batted very well for 49 and his partnership of 45 with Steven Parker briefly threatened to get us back in the game. Our final total would have been lower but for an excellent last wicket stand of 26 between James Gordon and Asdaq Raja who hit four boundaries in his 18.

Stoneywood knocked off the runs in the 24th over with Lindsay 64 and Stander 34 unbeaten at the end. One final note from today’s game at Dyce was that 15 year old Ailsa Lister made her East Premier Debut for Stoneywood. Ailsa kept wicket,  took 3 catches and is a member of the Scotland girls U17 squad. And all this after Kathryn Bryce scored 24 for Watsonians last week against believe it or not Stoneywood Dyce. How long before Stewart’s Melville have a young lady in the 1st X1 ? 

Your reporter was staying in Aberdeen overnight with school pal John Forrest and actually had time to watch the last hour of the Aberdeenshire v Arbroath match. In an exciting finish Arbroath prevailed by 15 runs which was the one bright spot of the day as we remain 2 wins ahead of Aberdeenshire with 6 games left.

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Lawrance Reilly


First home league defeat

Photo – Shaylen Pillay bowls Kyle Macpherson.

Saturday 6th July

Carlton CC 235 for 9 (50 overs); Stewart’s Melville CC 170 all out (44.1 overs). Lost by 65 runs. Ball sponsor: Ross Wilkinson

The 1st XI suffered their first home league defeat of the season losing to Carlton by 65 runs. In terms of some recent results against Carlton this represented some improvement tinged with some disappointing aspects.

Carlton won the toss and elected to bat on a day when the Saturday weather was the best since our friendly match at Stirling in April. Before the match Stew Mel suffered a blow when in form opening bat Kyle McCallum was forced into a late call off due to a bug and was replaced by Euan Campbell who was due to play in the 2nds.

That Carlton scored 235 was in large measure attributable to some sloppy bowling and fielding – 40 extras being conceded (Carlton’s top scorer !) including 32 wides from 15 balls called by the umpires. On this occasion all the bowlers were guilty to a degree. On the positive side wickets were taken regularly and while four batsmen got into the thirties none went on to a big score. Shaylen Pillay was pick of our bowlers with two for 15 runs off his ten overs bowled straight off. Hayden Sweet took three wickets with his off spin but conceded 61 runs in his ten overs.

The Stew Mel reply matched Carlton’s for 24 overs, 83 for 3 against Carlton’s 78 for 3, Michael Miller (24) and Ben Wilkinson (15) being second and third out to identical shots caught at mid off by Raza bowled by Scotland pace bowler Ali Evans. In the next over Hayden Sweet was run out by the proverbial mile and Patrick Ritchie was out lbw first ball and although decent contributions with the bat came from Shaylen Pillay (21), Steven Parker (30), Greg Ruthven (25) and Andrew Wallace (21) we never threatened Carlton’s total.

In other matches on Saturday there were wins for Stoneywood Dyce over Watsonians and Arbroath over league leaders Forfarshire by 1 run results which demote us to ninth place in the league but still two wins ahead of Aberdeenshire. Next Saturday we have an important match away to Stoneywood Dyce but holidays and family commitments seem likely to reduce availability.


Fourth Masterton T20 Win

Thursday 4th July

Edinburgh CC 139 for 2 (20 overs); Stewart’s Melville CC 141 for 1 (16 overs). Won by 9 wickets. Ball sponsor – Fred McLeod

Our 1st XI finished the group stages of this year’s Masterton Trophy with an emphatic win over Championship leaders Edinburgh CC at Inverleith.

Edinburgh won the toss and chose to bat first under grey skies and a draughty wind from the West. It was no surprise that they set about matters in their usual aggressive batting style and Shaylen Pillay’s four overs for just seven runs was perhaps lost ion the onslaught suffered by others. All four Edinburgh bats we saw had some success with Qasim Ashraf who remains familiar from our days in the Championship striking an unbeaten 53 in double quick time to give Edinburgh a very respectable total of 139.

Ordinarily 139 might have appeared quite a challenging total but on this occasion both openers Kyle McCallum (62 not out) (pictured above) and Mikey Miller (41) were up to the requirements each playing in the manner their talents are capable of in an opening stand of 77 with Ben Wilkinson continuing in the same vein with 29 not out so that a nine wicket win was wrapped up in 16 overs without even Shaylen Pillay and Hayden Sweet being required.

The win gives us a record of four wins and three defeats and on the verge of qualifying for the play-offs. Whether this is achieved or not depends on whether Corstorphine and Grange rearrange a cancelled fixture from early in the competition and the outcome if a re match goes ahead.