Carlton head coach believes the club is going places

All rounder: Steve Gilmour has set up a new Clinic & Fitness Studio at the Grange
All rounder: Steve Gilmour has set up a new Clinic & Fitness Studio at the Grange
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Having been made head coach at Carlton and also started up a new business venture within the club’s grounds, first XI man Steve Gilmour is never far away from Grange Loan.

But you will not hear him complaining as they prepare to take on Autoecosse Forfarshire tomorrow in the CSL Eastern Premiership.

Gilmour has been involved with the Capital club for more than a decade now, but over the last three years took a step back from playing regularly due to family commitments and work at Merchiston Castle School.

However, he is now back in the head coach position that he previously held in 2010 and 2011 and is in the first-team squad while he is running the Carlton Clinic & Fitness Studio from the clubhouse at Grange Loan.

That means that he can often be working there during the day, coaching youngsters in the buoyant youth section or training himself there in the evenings and playing cricket there at weekends.

“Yes, it does feel like I am kind of living at Grange Loan at the moment, but I am loving getting the new business going as well as getting involved in coaching and playing on a regular basis again,” the 33-year-old said.

“Coaching-wise I am really impressed by the young talent that is coming up through the club from the under-11s and other age groups while on the senior playing side there is a lot of competition for places and that can only be a good thing.

“We saw our match against Heriot’s washed out last weekend, but the opening wins over Arbroath and RH Corstorphine have left the squad feeling pretty good at the moment.”

One man who has made an instant impact at Carlton is overseas amateur Ryan McCloy who has taken five wickets in two league matches to date.

Batsman Gilmour said: “He has settled in really quickly and he can bowl with quite a bit of pace so he has been a great addition to our bowling attack.”

Gilmour, who has coached in New Zealand and Australia as well as extensively in Scotland, hopes that the club has enough firepower to challenge for the league title this summer having last won it in 2011.

However, he knows that it would be foolish to ever look too far ahead in cricket. He stated: “We certainly have a good blend of internationalists, experienced club players and talented youngsters in our squad, but you have to concentrate on every match and take it one game at a time.”

For tomorrow’s match – in which second play fourth – captain Gordon Drummond and wicketkeeper Fraser Boyd are set to return for the hosts.

At Goldenacre there will be an Edinburgh derby when Heriot’s host Mazars Grange while winless RH Corstorphine are at home to Falkland. Bottom side Watsonians visit Arbroath.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship unbeaten SMRH will face their toughest test yet when they welcome Freuchie to Inverleith.

In East One the match of the day looks likely to be Edinburgh Accies against Kelso.

On Sunday a number of local clubs are in Scottish Cup first round action, holders Grange hosting Uddingston in a tasty looking tie.

Meanwhile, Holy Cross caused an upset in the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy this week with a win over RH Corstorphine. Robin Worsnop and Attiq Ul Hamid both took two wickets as RHC were restricted to 91-8 batting first in the Twenty20 match and then Zia Ul-Haq made 40 runs from 41 balls to see Holy Cross home.

Watsonians and Grange also safely made it through to round two while West Lothan and Heriot’s were due to meet last night.