First up, Burgh 1st XI are celebrating the return of their 100% record. Dunfermline CC were found guilty of playing 2 incorrectly-registered players against us in the defeat on June the 9th, and have had the game awarded against them. Slightly more mysteriously, they do hold on to their bonus points which the aforementioned players helped them achieve. They have also been docked 10 points for the registration errors.
Saturday saw more miserable weather, with both teams scoring decent totals but having no chance to defend them. Leith 2nd XI restricted the 1s to 209 all out before the abandonment, with the 2nd XI stopping mid-innings on 188-2 as Drummond Trinity 2nd XI looked to be beyond redemption. Well done to Raja Tufail, who hit 7 6s (including 5 in one over!) in his 69*, and to Vik who rediscovered his bat (if not his calling and running skills) in his 61*. [Tuesday 10/07/2007] (Back To Top)
Yes, had a lovely holiday thanks. June the 2nd saw CT celebrate a 2nd XI victory over Penicuik 3rd XI, perfect tonic before abandoning his team to take a holiday. The 1s had a good day too, eating and drinking for about 8 hours solid as Tucker's stag do got the weather it needed. Congratulations to Mark and Caroline who are now hitched - now get her told, YOU decide when you play cricket!
The following weekend was fairly abysmal, with Queensland bowling guru Steve Fryer orchestrating a heavy defeat for the 1st XI by Dunfermline 2nd XI. The 2s fared no better, losing by 7 wickets to Dunfermline Wanderers after posting only 43. A Parks Trophy defeat to Division 1 Murrayfield DAFS was no disgrace, but Saturday cricket has been washed out up till now. The 1s missed games against Edinburgh Accies and Marchmont 2nd XIs, with the 2s idle for the Edinburgh and Holy Cross 3rd XI fixtures.
The Village League team has fared well so far, with victories over Dunbar, Haddington, Preston Village and Stenton showing Burgh's strength in depth. So far we've managed to give at least 4 places in each Village team to juniors or players not getting regular Saturday cricket - the decision to go with as many juniors as possible has been undermined by transport difficulties with 3 games being away from home. [Thursday 28/06/2007] (Back To Top)
Is it really 2 weeks since we last spoke? The 1st XI's run of good form has continued unabated, scoring an under-par 129 against Heriot's 3rd XI but then demolishing the visitors for 31. This was followed by an impressve 4-wicket win over Boroughmuir 2nd XI, making 164-6 in reply to Burrie's 163-7. The 2nd XI have fared less well, losing two tight games against MDAFS 3rd XI and SMRH 4th XI. First up Burgh made 99 all out, only for MDAFS to sneak home with 100-9. The following week 101 was the total, with SMRH making 102-8. Close but no cigar, just need a few more runs to play with boys.
Elsewhere we defeated Bank of Scotland in the Terry Newcombe Trophy (118-5 played 62-7), with an understrength XI losing to Edinburgh CC in the President's Cup.[Sunday 27/05/2007] (Back To Top)
Last weekend saw Broomhall visit Lewisvale as last year's promoted teams went head-to-head. Well, it was ball-to-head for Jamie Grant as Lewisvale's unpredictable bounce saw shooters shoot and length balls leap. Roll on the roller... Broomhall struggled to 65 all out, with Hemant 'The Vermanator' Verma bowling for his average and taking 6-9. In reply there was a middle-order clatter of wickets before Miller and Martin saw us home with 5 wickets still to fall. The Super Twos were out-batted by West Lothian 3s, as 172-5 proved to not be enough. Boycott Turnbull with 64* provided solidity if not excitement at the top of the card, but the other stars could not shine brightly enough. Long took 4-25 to keep Burgh's hopes of a victory alive until about 10 overs to go, but the County team were ultimately too strong with the bat.
Roseburn visited Lewisvale on Wednesday night in the Masterton Trophy, and Burgh made life exciting as the teams fought out a tie. Roseburn's 124-9 looked out of reach as the home team stuttered to 26-5, but Mark 'Don't call me Milky Bar' Anderson then thrashed an unbeaten 68 to reel in the visitors. A scrambled 2 off the last ball saw the game tied, but Burgh progress having lost less wickets. The weekend just past saw rain, more rain and even more rain.[Monday 14/05/2007] (Back To Top)
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.
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)