Its great to see the ex-Accies continue his development with the Italian national side. Further congratulations for his top scoring innings (35*) against Namibia.
The Accies wish you the best of luck with your career and will always keep an eye open for other Accies in the news.]]>
In a format with rules which were reminiscent of the days when the present day ICC council was still a bunch of hairy cavemen clobbering a stone with their club in a cave the size of a basketball court, by the time the Accies acclimatised, it was already curtains on any aspirations they may have had to be finalists this year.
Of a team of 6, only 3 had played indoor cricket before and it is safe to say, only one, the mighty Rhino, was well aware of the rules and had a definite game plan for the matches to be played. The others were hit and miss, mostly miss, and were finding out that it was the walls, not the fielders or the bowlers who were their worst enemies while batting, with quite a few being caught by the fielders through the charitable bounce of the walls, lobbing good if not great shots, easily back at the fielding team for catch practice. That and their stiff bodies which failed at the basics of cricket like pitching it up which resulted in no balls that gave away 3 runs and backing up whilst running between the wickets (particularly myself, the 2’s captain) and finding out that a direct hit is not always needed to make a run out look convincing. Bad running would also suffice adequately. Not to mention the dropped catches where the walls changed their allegiance and really tested the vertical grasp of Sankha which seemed inadequate on the day but on the upside made for a very good commercial for taking your vitamins.
Yet from a day that seemed morose on paper, it would be unfair to evaluate the experience solely by way of statistics. Because numbers cannot encompass the pure joy of swinging a bat again, bowling a dot ball, getting the exceedingly rare wicket and on occasion scoring a 6 of a shot played all along the ground. For example, if a no ball was bowled for pitching shorter than half way on the “pitch” (3 runs), which was then hit along the ground to a wall (1 run) and the batsmen crossed over for what would be a single in actual cricket (2 runs), you ended up with 6 runs for the team. Oh and the ball was counted as a legal delivery. What fun!
Even though all 3 league games were lost, there were plenty of positives and notable contributions and it is worthy to note that the 3rd game against Carlton, was a very close encounter (but also a dead rubber since any chances of qualifying the finals were lost unless two of the other teams fell victim to a targeted zombie apocalypse for people who take their cricket too seriously).
The first game was lost convincingly with notable contributions from Yogi (24) and Marcus (13). The bowling was charitable in all the short ball no balls bowled which helped Edinburgh Uni overhaul a target of 72 set in 5 overs in just 4. The second game presented a new challenge of batting second after a record breaking 96 runs were leaked by the bowlers to the graciously accepting Edinburgh Alumni team. It was matched by an even more convincing batting collapse which left Rhino with too much to do but his top score deserves a mention and a pat on the back. The third game, batting first seemed to have better odds for the Accies, but a top order collapse meant that by way of some sensible batting by Marcus and Rhino again, the Accies reached a below par score of 52, which did not seem enough at the time. But the collective bowling finally came through with the Accies stretching the best team on the day, Carlton, to the penultimate delivery before conceding a well fought match. The intensity was up in the field and the bowling was spot on, with Yogi getting 1 and Tamil 2 wickets in the only overs they were allowed to bowl. The rest of the bowlers were bowling tight line and lengths, making the batsman work for their runs. Even though eventually the score was not enough, the display definitely showed that with a little practice, the Accies could hope to be finalists next year.
The camaraderie between the players was excellent, what with at least 4 Accies players defecting to the other teams and appropriately being labeled traitors, but in terms of cricket, the Accies definitely have a long way to go in being effective in this whimsical format of the game which is, all said and done, a lot of fun and deserves some attention, understanding and a concerted effort in training to excel at.
All in all, a good day for fun and jokes, but a below par performance in the “field” with some positives and lots of lessons.
By Ankit Sehgal]]>
Organised by Edinburgh University Cricket Club and sponsored by Edinburgh based cricket company Legget & Coe. This fast paced form of the game always produces some excellent cricketing performances.
Edinburgh Schools Academy have won the last two tournaments in what was exciting indoor cricket. This year Carlton, EUCC Alumni and the EUCC themselves have all entered teams. With the standard once again expected to be high.
A round-robin format with the final planned for 3:30pm. Accies first game starts at 12:30 against EUCC. It would be great to have as many supporters as possible!]]>
The amended resolution to be considered at this Special General Meeting is:
“To approve the Edinburgh Academical Club entering into a long lease of the Raeburn Place ground to the Raeburn Place Foundation”
The EGM will take place on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 6:30pm at:
The Main Hall, Edinburgh Academy, Henderson Row, Edinburgh.
A briefing note from the Council of the Edinburgh Academical Club is noted below:
Briefing from the Council of the Edinburgh Academical Club
The City of Edinburgh Council has granted planning consent to a private consortium (acting in conjunction with the Edinburgh Academicals Football Club), for the development of the sports ground at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. The ground is owned by the Edinburgh Academical Club. The ground is presently utilised by the Edinburgh Academicals Football Club under operating arrangements agreed with the Edinburgh Academical Club.
The development proposal includes the phased introduction of spectator seating, sports, club, retail/commercial and other facilities at the ground. Details of the development proposal are and have been made widely available. The Edinburgh Academical Club, as owners of the ground, assented to the consortium’s planning application and, that consent having now been granted, must now consider the next steps to be taken in furtherance of the proposal, taking account of the Club’s historical obligations, its on-going liabilities of ownership, its own objectives for the future, and also the coinciding interests of the Edinburgh Academy itself.
The consortium proposes that the development proceeds, and that the ground is operated thereafter, under the auspices of a charitable trust, the objectives of which have been represented as including the preservation of the historical values of the ground, and the encouragement of the development of the rugby and other clubs and sports at Raeburn Place, combined with secure financial underpinning. The charity is to be known as the Raeburn Place Foundation.
In light of these considerations and the prospect of a long sought after and viable long-term solution to the future of Raeburn Place, the Council of the Club proposes in principle the granting of a long lease of the ground to the Raeburn Place Foundation, the important and detailed terms and conditions of which to be thereafter adjusted and agreed, fully taking into account the proper interests of the Edinburgh Academical Club, its affiliated Clubs and the School.
[Briefing note amended 31 Oct 2013. The ground was originally owned by the Grange and Academical Trust. The Edinburgh Academical Club has held title since the 1960’s]
This is set to take place at 7pm on Friday 11th October at the Standard Bar.
There are a number of key positions available for next years season, so if you feel you want to contribute to the club of the field as well as on it, below are the available positions.
1st XI Captain
Everyone is encouraged to attend the AGM as this is your opportunity to input into the running of the club and its a great chance to catch up with people since the last social event.]]>
The 29th June saw the Accies play their return match against Grange at Grange Loan. After a tough match last week the Accies wanted to put in another good performance to kick-start the second half of the season. For a change Ryan won the toss and elected to bowl first, surprise surprise.
The pitch looked a good one and with Alastair and Geraint bowling they got as much as they could form the wicket. Their tight bowling was rewarded when Geraint dropped one in short causing the batsmen to sky the ball in the air and Geraint took the catch. The then familiar face of ex-Accies Stewart Moffat stepped to the crease. But he wasn’t there long as a low full toss from Lawrence was hit powerfully to Ryan who made no mistake with the catch. With the pitch playing well the two remaining batsmen played well with both passing 50 with ease. This was until the introduction of Angus Rive who was making his return to the Accies. Although both batsmen were set Angus managed to find a bit of grip and started to cause trouble. After removing the opener he started to make relatively light work of the Grange middle order who were now upping the run rate. Gus managed to take a further three wickets giving him 4 in total but was unable to stop g Holmes making an unbeaten 136 and helping Grange to 282-6.
With a sizable total on the board a strong start was needed if we were to make the match competitive. Andrew Maclaren and Coinneach started well, but Andrew was unlucky to be caught behind after a one-handed dive by the keeper. New batsman Sean didn’t bother to trouble the scorers with a . Marcus and Coinneach started to rebuild the innings and were going well until Marcus got one that jumped violently on him and was caught at slip. Angus looked to continue his good match with some runs and was looking good until he was caught for 6 at covers. Alex Price followed and went almost as quickly as he was bowled by the tricky spinner. With Coinneach and Ryan at the crease the plan had shifted to try and get as many points from the game as possible. The two went about setting little totals and chasing them down and Coinneach was rewarded for his patience when he passed 50. This was going well until Coinneach was dismissed for 60. A great knock and one that was badly needed for the team. Ryan continued where he and Coinneach left off with Tamal who made 16 and guided the Accies past 150. After Tamal was dismissed Lawrence came in with the intent to score some quick runs. He did this and helped Ryan get past his 50 whilst adding 15 not out himself. The Accies managed to finish the 50 over’s with the score of 187-7.
Although the game was lost this was one of our better performances of the season, with some dedicated fielding and two batsmen passing fifty. This new attitude the Accies had adopted was a change for the better and having two competitive games against the top of the league team gave the team a massive boost. The question is can they continue the good form into next week where we host Dunfermline at Newfield.]]>
After a couple of bad results the Accies faced Grange who were unbeaten and top of the league. With Ryan yet again losing the toss the Accies were asked to bat first for the third game in a row.
With the batting line up not firing this match was a good opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the league. Straight away Grange proved why they are top of the league by dismissing opener Cameron De Haan very early. Macca and Sean battled away against a strong seam unit. Macac was first of the two batsmen to depart on 14 which brought Marcus to the crease who admitted before the game he needed some runs. Some runs was just what he and Sean got with the latter removed on 24. With Sean’s departure brought Mark Lambson to the crease who had been scoring heavily in the Accies 2’s. Mark shows why he had been getting his runs with some solid defence work but whenever a bad ball was bowled it was to Marcus who raced past 50. Marcus and Mark were both removed by the spinner in quick succession and left the Accies lower middle order exposed. With Rex being removed for a and with Dan Pyzer-Knapp being bowled as he played across the line to a spinner and missing, the Accies were in a bit of trouble. It was not all doom and gloom as Ryan managed to forge a couple of partnerships with the lower order batsmen on his way to 22 before miss-timing a slower ball form the returning opener. A short time later Alastair was out bowled and the innings came to a close on 144 all out of 49 over’s.
This improved batting performance against a very strong bowling unit gave the Accies some hope going into the Grange innings and their hope was rewarded when Alastair claimed 2 early wickets. Rex also chipped in with a wicked and Marcus ran out the young T Sole who helped his team with a rapid fire 54. Other noticeable contributions from the Grange team saw them reach their target in 30 but at 5 down.
Although the game was lost, when speaking to the opposition after the game it was clear to see this was the most competitive game they had been in all year. Noticible contributions from the Accies include Marcus’s first 50 of the season and a well controlled spell of bowling form Alastair who picked up 3-fer. This gave the team hope leading in to the return fixture next week where we will again play Grange at this time at Grange Loan.]]>
After last week’s disappointment and a double header against top of the table Grange to follow the Accies were targeting the match against Edinburgh South as a must win to push ourselves up the table. With a critical match Ryan did the right thing and lost the toss. Accies were to bat first.
With Alex deciding he wasn’t an opening batsmen anymore it was up to Ryan to step up and take responsibility of opening the batting. His decision looked to be the right one as he dispatched his first ball to the boundary and then proved to be the wrong choice as he was given out LBW next ball. This brought the inform Sean to the crease who with Macca (9) and Marcus (21) helped rebuild the Accies innings. Sean himself fell for 25 (just 5 short of a mention in the paper) after eventually edging one behind. With almost 70 on the board the Accies decided to implement one of its infamous collapses. A succession of quick wickets was started by Alex Price, who earlier in the day said I need to drop down the order to get some runs. He proved his worth at 5 by making a three ball . He was then followed in double quick time by Tamal (9), Lawrence (4) and Khrishna (6). Only Nick Keyden (16) was able to put up some resistance as Ryan miller was left not out for 1. With 112 set the Accies yet again needed an early break through.
Like last week the Accies were given hope by Tamal taking 2 early wickets, but the ever present G Beghin at the other end proved a hard nut to crack. And crack the ball he did. Having hit Pricey for 24 in two over’s and dilscooping Ryan on 3 occasions the batsman saw Edinburgh South home with an unbeaten 73. Ryan miller did however chip in with a wicket trapping a top order batsman LBW, but it was just not enough.
With two matches against Grange coming up the Accies were a bit disheartened after the match. But, we all know that when are backs are against the wall we play are best!]]>
After last week’s win against Watsonians the Accies were buoyant ahead of their game away to Musselburgh. On a beautiful sunny day and a flat track Ryan won the toss and chose to field first as the Accies looked to put some heavy runs on the board.
After his 50 heroic last week Andrew Maclaren opened up with Alex Price. Pricey was unfortunate to be given out caught behind on 3 as he was adamant he didn’t hit it. Marcus shortly went afterwards leaving the Accies in a spot of bother. But, when Sean came to the crease his continuous playing and missing strangely brought some stability to the innings. Andrew was unable to continue his good form when he was out for 6 after a very sharp diving catch at covers. Still, Sean and Rex started the rebuilding process and after Rex was dismissed LBW for 15 it was unto Ryan to continue his good work. At the drinks break the two batsmen had started to build a nice partnership until Sean missed a leg stump half volley which left him bowled. Tamal came in and the middle order looked to be posting a competitive total. Until disaster!!! Ryan called a single and half way down the track was sent back and was run out even with the unnecessary dive. Lawrence again showing his worth with the bat weathered the bowling storm until he was out for 9. It appeasers lightning can strike twice as new batsman Sammy was run out by Tamal for 1. Eventually Tamal was out for 18 when trying to score some quick runs. Geraint and Ryan Miller tried to put on some late runs until the latter as well caught at covers.
So with a modest 101 on the board the Accies needed a quick start if they were to win the match. That’s just what they got when Ryan removed one of the openers caught gulley with the 3rd ball of his spell. The rest of the opening spell was well negotiated with the young batsmen taking to Ryan’s pace in particular and the occasional short ball by Geraint. It was left to Rex to come on and and try and turn the tide of the match. As he removed the remaining opener with him playing on to his own stumps and another wicket from a good catch in the deep form Pricey the Accies felt that they had a glimpse of a chance. A chance was there but the confident batting of the new batsmen saw Musselburgh home with 20 over’s still to play.
Although defeated the middle order batting performance was much better than previous matches and the bowling performance from Rex was also a high point. Can the Accies take these positives into the next game which is at away to Edinburgh South.]]>
After the disappointment of last week the Accies looked to bounce back against Watsonians. With both teams equally placed in the table this was always going to be a close match. Ryan loss the toss and the Accies were asked to field first.
The familiar opening bowling combination of Ryan and Geraint opened the attack which looked to have contained the opening batsmen without loss until Ryan struck in his 7th over. A change at the other end saw Andrew Moffat replace Geraint who also started getting in the wickets. This spell of bowling proved devastating to the Watsonian team and between them Ryan and Moff took 6-32 in their 20 overs. Wickets continued to fall when Coinneach who was making his first start of the Accies this year claimed one as did Lawrence Mann after last week’s bowling performance. Ryan Miller cleaned up the tail in quick time which saw the Accies needing 123 for the win.
With a relatively low total set the Accies new a solid start was needed. This however didn’t quite happen with opener Coinneach departing for a and them Marcus going for a . This left Sean coming in on a hat-trick. Sean left the ball to everyone’s surprise and it flew straight into the keeper’s hands for a dot ball. So with the hat-trick negotiated it was now up to the Accies to chase down these runs. A very watchful Sean made 18 before being caught behind, but insisted he got nowhere near the ball and middle his pads. In came Ali Colam who made a sharp 11 before being tempted into a big shot off the spinner. Ali was at the crease though with Andrew when he hit the runs to make his first 50! The sidelines went ballistic as the first 50 had been hit by an Accies player this year, although Marcus had come close in previous matches. Macca was told at the drinks break to push on and finish the match. Ignoring his captain’s advice Andrew was dismissed on 52 leaving Andrew Moffat and Ryan Williams at the crease. With Ryan on for a hat-trick of ducks himself this was not the sort of situation he looked forward to batting in. 30 needed with just under half the over’s to go. Moff, calm as ever proceeded to take the singles as Ryan struggled to restrain himself against the slow bowling Watsonian players. Eventually something had to give. After being watchful Ryan decided to go and try and finish the game early. For a change it actually worked. After watching the ball for a while he was able to time the ball better and score a tidy 22 not out and with Moff at the other end on 8* Accies chased the runs down with 19 over’s remaining.
With a second win of the season the Accies could breathe a sigh of relief as they push away from the relegation places. A top knock form Macca at the top of the order and some tight controlled bowling saw the Accies worthy winners. Next week the Accies take on Musselburgh away in another tightly anticipated match.]]>