Cricket Competition



On Sunday (May 23rd),  we held a fantastic Kwik Cricket Tournament at Kirkhill. We had eight teams taking part from Penicuik, Carlton, Watsonians, Haddington, West Lothian, Murrayfield DAFS and two from Grange.


All of the teams split into 2 groups of 4. Each team played the others within their group and then had a play off game to determine where in the league each club finished. This meant that all clubs played 4 games. The cricket festival started at 10am and lasted for around 3 and a half hours enjoying fantastic weather.

John Blain prepared four fantastic quality kwik cricket pitches and a team of Penicuik volunteers were good workers placing all of the required markers and stumps. This meant that when play started we always had 4 matches with a total of 64 junior players on Kirkhill – what a marvellous sight! We should add at this stage that while the cricket tournament took a lot of organisation we also had to look after several other important tasks.


One of the most vital tasks was arranging food and drink (soft!). We set up a great cake stall where a great number of donated cakes were provided. These tasted good! It is wonderful to be able to say that through all of the efforts of prividing the food we managed to raise around £170 at the ground. This money will be used to assist the Youth Tour to Copenhagen that we are attending later this year.


Back now to the cricket. We were amazed when our debut junior team managed to win their first ever gam when they narrowly defeated West Lothian. During the match a most amazing feat occurred – this was when debut played Grace Blissitt took not one, not two, but three wickets in a Hat-Trick in her first ever over. Is this a world record???


In our other two ‘league’ matches a Grange side and Carlton unsurprisingly defeated Penicuik meaning that we finished fourth and qualified to take on Murrayfield DAFS. We are happy to say that we managed to defeat them narrowly so we ended by playing 4 winning 2. In the teams first ever day of cricket we think that is fantastic.


Another important factor was the fact that we played the tournament with four girls in our team of eight. This really is fantastic and each one of them enjoyed themselves and all look forward to playing again and will be back at nets on Friday!


This was a great event and we are sure that we’d be wise to run another if possible later in the season. Our organiser Stephen Green deserves thanks and applause from everone at the club as the whole event ran as smoothly as you could imagine – brilliant Greeno!