Okay, catchup time again... the National Indoor Sixes proved to be a very successful tournament for Musselburgh. We defeated SNCL club SMRH and ESCA Division 2 Boroughmuir in the group stages, setting up a semi-final clash with SNCL big guns Freuchie. A superb performance from our team saw the defending champions defeated, leaving only a final against SNCL Premier outfit Heriots between Burgh and glory. Alas, the city side scraped home with 3 balls to spare, but it was still an amazing achievement for a club like us to do so well in a National Tournament. And we had to play an extra game, as Heriots got a bye in their semi as Falkland could not raise a team!
Welcome to Mark Anderson and Eddie Gatner, who have both joined us during the winter. Mark arrives from Dumfries CC, and looks like adding some firepower to our bowling attack. Eddie favours the bat, and with both guys looking in contention for Saturday places the competition to get into the East League teams is surely reaching an all-time high. Those of you who aren't getting regular Saturday cricket will get first refusal on all Village League games, which take place midweek and Sundays. We have also committed to reserving half of the places in our Village teams for under 16s in order to give these guys some experience.
The 2007 season has started off quite well on the pitch. A mixed XI scored 130 at Preston Village, set a difficult target of 230 by Dougie Russell's 100 - that's what happens when you drop someone on 7! The following week the 1st XI had their first game, losing narrowly to Division 3 Haddington - again with a dropped catch allowing Peter Talbot to steamroller his way to 98. The 2nd XI were also in action that weekend, with an even closer defeat to 'The Casuals' - a friendly team run by Gabriel Radford from Grange CC. The 2s made 125 chasing 135, good effort against some decent cricketers.
The first weekend of league cricket saw the 1s demolish Leith 2nd XI in emphatic style, with Mark 'more lives than a cat' Tucker setting a new club record score of 164! His second wicket partnership with Kevin 'kamikaze' Dilly set another club record (145 runs), and the total (328-5) may also be a record for a 45 over league game. Leith were dismissed for 72, having been 20-7 at one point as Mark 'quiet lad' Anderson and John 'partnerships' Robertson wreaked havoc with the top order. Dylan 'dinger' Bell and Dave 'Dave' Burton took the remaining wickets, punctuated by a hard-hitting 36 by Imran Ahmed. The 2s took the points without playing, Drummond Trinity 2nd XI unable to raise a team. [Monday 30/04/2007] (Back To Top)
Club all-rounder Hemant Verma today complained that the website hadn't been updated for nearly 3 months. Consider this an update Hemant! [Friday 02/03/2007] (Back To Top)
Catchup time... Congratulations to all our winners at the MCC Awards Night Dinner Dance, with 1st XI honours going to James Allen (bowling), Hemant Verma (batting) and Dave Dale (Captain's Award). 2nd XI honours went to Dylan Bell (Al Hare Bowling trophy) and Vik Kumar (Roddy Gibson Batting Trophy) - Raja Tufail picked up the Captain's Award. The Al Hare Outfield Catching trophy went to Dylan Bell.
Further glory rained down on Musselburgh as Chris Turnbull picked up the Division 8 Championship Trophy at the ESCA dinner, with Raja Tufail picking up more silverware with an award from ESCA for 'Outstanding Achievement by a Junior' during the 2006 season.
With ESCA operating '2 up, 2 down' the 1st XI will be in Division 5 next year, and the 2nd XI in Division 7. Let's hope we can both be pushing for top-5 finishes in 2007, as POTENTIALLY up to 4 TEAMS could be relegated (dependant on SNCL relegations)!
Good to see strong attendances at nets in recent weeks, welcome to Saj Ahmed and Mark Anderson who join us from Manchester and Dumfries respectively. A rather lively debate has started on the MCC discussion Forums over team selection for next season (!), register and join the debate!
With the new additions to our playing pool (and the rapidly-improving junior section) it is likely (depending on ground availability) that we will be looking to operate a 3rd XI in 2007 - ESCA gave permission this year for Largo to enter a 3rd team that will play their home games mainly on Sundays, so this may offer a solution to the ground situation. In order for this happen we will still need to recruit, so if you know of anyone who'd like to join us bring them along to nets. [Wednesday 06/12/2006] (Back To Top)