2011 has been a season of highs and lows so far. An early season bonus was the return of former club captain Kevin Dilly, who has moved back to Edinburgh. With the addition of one or two new faces the 1st XI hit the ground running this year, looking to put the frustration of last season's controversial end to the league season. And with 3 weeks to go, promotion is still firmly in the team's own hands as they sit undefeated at the top of Division 2.
The 2nd and 3rd XIs have endured a tougher time, with player unavailability (Asim and Qasim missing chunks of the season while overseas) and some injuries (Hemant, Huw, Kevin) meaning several 2nd XI mainstays have been pulled into the 1st XI. Results suffered, but the 2s have usually not been far off victory as several close finishes went the wrong way. A strong finish is required to stave off relegation from Division 4. The 3s had the 2nd XI problems magnified onto them, and unfortunately have had to concede three fixtures. Narrow losses to the top 2 teams in the league (one of which we played with only 9 men) showed what might have been, and the 3s will hope to finish well to restore some battered pride.
The cup campaigns saw a first-round exit in the dark vs Boroughmuir in the Parks Trophy; a narrow sem-final loss to APNA in the Terry Newcombe; a controversial defeat against Leith in the President's Trophy when the books didn't tally after the game; a quarter-final exit in the President's Plate in a competition littered with concessions and overturned results due to elligibility issues; a sloppy first round defeat in the Activcity T20; and a valiant but dignified defeat to eventual winners Carlton in the Masterton Trophy.
The new pavilion has been a boost on the occasions when it hasn't rained, and we've added some good new cricketers to our squad over the course of the season. With the season now coming to an end, hopefully we'll see plenty of these Saturday cricketers at the pitch prep day (Saturday after the end of the season)....[Monday 08/08/2011] (Back To Top)
2011 promises to be an interesting season for Musselburgh. Last season was an 'if only' year, with only 1 trophy to show for 2 strong league campaigns and 4 cup semifinals. While external factors conspired against us on several fronts, hopefully we can prove on the pitch this year that we are better than our results showed last year. Positives for this year are the new pavilion, ready for use at last; the continuation of the 3rd XI after their debut season; recruitment of several new players and the appointment of new office bearers after a delayed AGM. Several players have moved on to pastures new for 2011, with the return home of several Indian students and emigration of last year's club captain. Our outoing secretary has also hung up his boots, and there will be some great competition within the club for places in our 3 league XIs.[Monday 21/02/2011] (Back To Top)
With the season at the halfway point, things are going well for the club. The 1st XI are sitting in second place in Division 2, with the 2nd XI 5th in Division 5. Both divisions look like going to the wire, with little to choose between the top sides in either division. The 3rd XI have performed well too, turning out sides every week so far and picking up 3 wins along the way as well as averaging almost 9 points from each defeat - an excellent start.
The cup competitions are also going well, with places in the quarter finals of the President's Trophy, Activcity T20, Parks Trophy and Terry Newcombe Trophy secured. The ties for each of these compeitions are due in the next couple of weeks.
Off the field the new pavilion is nearing completion and is looking good.[Friday 02/07/2010] (Back To Top)
After recently appearing on the BBC website, Musselburgh CC now appear on the Cricket Scotland website.
This time, however, the focus of the article is on the recent on-field success that the club has experienced.
Any further media agencies interested in our fine club please contact our "Media Liaison Officer" through the Contact Us Tab!!![Friday 07/05/2010] (Back To Top)
The Roman remains found at Lewisvale Park during the excavations for the new pavillion are quite an important find.
The following link onto the BBC website is from a press release by East Lothian Council.
Foundation work has restarted. Hopefully this will not cause a long delay to the project.[Tuesday 27/04/2010] (Back To Top)
Finally, work on the new Pavillion has begun with the foundation work beginning.
However, on day 1 of the works, what looks like to be a Roman Alter & Iron-Age house has been found on site.
This is going to cause a delay as Historic Scotland complete their research & recording of the find. Hopefully only a slight delay!
In the meantime, progress photos can be found on our website under the Gallery Tab, then 2010 Pavillion link.[Tuesday 30/03/2010] (Back To Top)
Work begins shortly on the new clubhouse with the foundation work starting before the end of March. The decor has been selected, site visits taken place and all plans are in place.
The Lewisvale project is the 5th of 5 being undertaken by East Lothian Council. Delays in other projects over the winter due to the weather means the expected completion date is now 14th June.
The club is sure it will be worth the wait.[Tuesday 02/03/2010] (Back To Top)
As we get closer to the 2010 season numbers attending the indoor net sessions have steadily increased. With the introduction of the 3rd XI into league cricket it has been fantastic to see the numbers at nets.
For all those who wish to play league cricket this season but haven't been out to nets yet - better get your skates on, looks like good competition for places!
For those looking for a new club to join please feel free to contact us via the website and we will be in touch.[Tuesday 02/03/2010] (Back To Top)