2009 has turned out to be another successful season for Musselburgh Cricket Club.
Both the first and second XI gained promotion from their respective divisions and both, therefore, will move up one division each for the 2010 season.
The 1st XI secured promotion with a convincing win over local rivals, Preston Village CC, on the second last match day of the season while the 2nd XI won their final game of the season against Dunfermline Wanderers, to ensure promotion was theirs.
In 2010 the 1st XI will compete in ESCA Division 2 while the 2nd XI will now ply their trade in Division 5.
This year's results continue the recent trend of promotions for the club. The 1st XI has now been promoted 5 out of the last 6 seasons and the 2nd XI 3 out of 4 seasons.
On a slight downside, Musselburgh CC lost the final of the President's Trophy Cup competition to Holy Cross. But the club can be very happy with it's achievements just to get to the final, where the team knocked out three Division 1 teams along the way, including eventual 2009 ESCA division 1 winners, Fauldhouse CC.
The strength of the club now means discussions about entering a 3rd XI into the league for 2010 has begun. In order for this to occur the club will need to embark on a recruitment drive over the winter. Plans to target more Queen Margaret University students, Jewel & Esk College students and local East Lothian residents are being arranged.
Musselburgh CC will once again be holding indoor winter nets sessions at Loretto Sports Hall, in Musselburgh, for those with nothing to do in the cold and wet winter nights.
If you are interested to start playing again, have recently moved to the Musselburgh area, want a change of playing scenery or wish to take up the game of cricket for the first time please contact the club via the Contact Us tab on the website and we will get back to you with details of the indoor sessions.
We are looking for players of all ages, sex & ability.[Monday 07/09/2009] (Back To Top)
Musselburgh 1st XI has had couple of good wins against some very good teams which means that they are still on course for the promotion to division 2. They beat Drummond Trinity and another promotion contender West Lothian 2s. With only 3 league games left in the season, burgh would like to confirm the promotion before the last game of the season. Check out the division 3 table here:
2nd XI are also on track for the promotion to division 5. They beat Livingston 2s and Old Contemptibles. Check out the division 6 table here:
Club XI made it trhough to the Terry Newcombe trophy final after beating Scottish Widows in a close game. But lost by 12 in the final to Marchmont. Good effort guys. But they reached in the Presidents' Trophy final after beating Watsonians. Final is scheduled for 16th August against Holy Cross.[Sunday 09/08/2009] (Back To Top)
The 2009 season has reached it's half way stage and both leagues teams sit in a very good position. Both teams sit in 3rd place in their respective divisions and easily in striking distance of the top two teams.
The 1st XI are only 2% behind current league leaders, West Lothian II, although they can be satisfied knowing they have won the most games out of all in the division.
Both the batting & bowling areas are doing their job very well. Hemant Verma & Rizwan Super Ullah have stiffled oppostion batsmen wonderfully while Bhatkar, the teenage brothers Tufail and Co continue to score runs at a healthy rate. Recent highlight was Rodney Mehadevan score a fantastic 148.
The 2nd XI are 1 game behind second placed Boroughmuir II. They still have the top two teams to play again and after both of these games earlier in the season were washed out, the team is looking forward to getting these games on.
The 2s have seen some fantastic performances recently with the captain, Eddie Gatner, leading from the front. A fantastic 144 not out was Eddie's highest score in cricket. Huw Martin has achieved his highest score also, a 78 not out helping the 2s to a 4 run win against Penicuik III. Coupled with Asim Ahmed's consistency, and occasional flair, Stephen Howarth's determination and Jonno's "it's all about partnerships" mentaility the 2nd XI go ino the second round of matches in a positive frame of mind and a great chance to obtain promotion. Good luck.
Musselburgh CC has recently increased squad numbers to choose from with several new players joining the club during the season. The club welcome Scott, Marco, Gavin & Rory (I hope that's everyone?!) to Musselburgh CC. Along with start of season recruits the club is now in a strong position to develop and, hopefully, improve.
In Cup competitions, MCC has advanced to the semi-final of the Terrence Newcombe Cup and the quarter final of the President's Cup competition. After defeating Fauldhouse & Drummond Trinity in earlier rounds Musselburgh is rewarded home a home game against Carlton for the Sunday based competition.
After an arson attack, plans for a replacement clubhouse & changing facility continue to move forward. Plans have been drawn and planning permissions applied for. The crucial element to the build being completed is the capital being available to complete the works. The target is for the new facility to be in place for the start of the 2010 season. The club hope to report back some positive news in the not too distant future.
So, overall, the summer has been good so far, everyone at the club is enjoying their cricket and we look forward to bringing some further good news towards the end of the 2009 season.[Sunday 05/07/2009] (Back To Top)
The MCC were in happy mood this weekend after both XI won on league duty.
The 1st XI defeated Stenhousemuir 2nd XI by 8 wickets in Stenhousemuir whilst the 2nd XI beat Dunfermline Wanderers by 177 runs.
The performance of the weekend goes to 2nd XI Captain Eddie Gatner. Scoring 268 runs off their 45 overs means the 2nd XI have now set a new 2nd XI batting total record and Eddie's own batting performance in scoring 144 unbeaten means he eclipses his previous highest batting total of 96 (made many years ago). Well done Eddie Gatner!
[Saturday 27/06/2009] (Back To Top)
The MCC were knocked out of this cup competition by Murrayfield DAFs at Roseburn in a very one sided match.
The MCC won the toss and Club Captain Kevin Dilly elected to bat.
The MCC managed just 108 runs off their allotted overs with Nikhil Bhaktar top scoring with 35.
In response Murrayfield knocked off the runs in 12 overs for the loss of only 2 wickets.[Wednesday 24/06/2009] (Back To Top)
On Sunday 21/06/09, at Lewisvale Park against an Edinburgh South select XI, Kamran Tufail hit 54 runs to became the youngest ever player for MCC to score a half century for the club, as an MCC select won by 202 runs.
At the age of 13 Kamran's maiden 50 for the club means he becomes the youngest member of the MCC to reach this batting milestone and he eclipses the achievement of his oldest brother Raja who managed this feat at the age of only 14.
Well done Kamran!
Well done Kamran!
[Sunday 21/06/2009] (Back To Top)
Musselburgh 1st XV defeated
Musselburgh 2nd XI were unfortunately beaten for the 2nd time this season on league duty. The 2nd XI lost by a narrow margin of 6 runs to Glenrothes 2nd XI in
Musselburgh won the toss and invited Glenrothes to bat. Glenrothes were all out for 179 all out, Stefan Benstead the pick of the Musselburgh bowlers with figures of 5 wickets for 27 runs off 9 overs.
In response Musselburgh were all out for 173, Robertson and Ahmed both top scoring with 44 runs each.[Saturday 20/06/2009] (Back To Top)
Musselburgh 1st XI suffered their first league defeat of the season to Kismet at Duloch Park. Musselburgh lost the toss and were invited to bat.
The XI managed 110 runs all out off 30.3 overs with Captain Kevin Dilly top scoring with 42. Kismet in response knocked off the runs in 26.4 overs for the loss of only 1 wicket. The final margin of defeat 9 wickets.
The result drops the 1st XI down to 3rd in ESCA league division 3 and, with a home fixture against Preston Village at the weekend, the XI will be hoping to consign that result to the history books.
The 2nd XIs game against Boroughmuir 2nd XI at Lewisvale Park was eventually abandoned due to the weather in the 22nd over of the Musselburgh innings. At the time Musselburgh were 78 for 4, with Asim Ahmed not out on a brilliant 54.
The 2nd XI travel away to Glenrothes this weekend in the hope that the weather holds.
[Saturday 13/06/2009] (Back To Top)