Edinburgh looking for more heroics after T20 success

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Edinburgh go into the weekend’s cricket action having caused an upset in the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy in midweek when they defeated Carlton.

Rain washed out most of the other scheduled first-round ties this week, but Campbell Park was playable on Wednesday night and Edinburgh made the most of it.

CSL Eastern Premiership outfit Carlton, who have lifted this trophy many times and most recently in 2012, won the toss and decided to bat first in the Twenty20 encounter.

Former Scotland man Fraser Watts and Mike Raikes opened the batting and by the fifth over they had progressed to 17-0.

Then the bowlers from Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship side Edinburgh really got going and soon both openers were back in the pavilion. By the end of the tenth over Carlton were 46-3 with Steve Gilmour and Ali Shah at the crease.

However, by the end of the 17th over they had slumped to 66-8 and by the end of the 20 overs they could only post 81-9, Qasim Ashraf the pick off the home bowlers with 4-20.

After four overs in their reply Edinburgh were 14-1, but then skipper Kashif Hussain took the game by the scruff of the neck – and control of proceedings. He made 42 runs as wickets kept falling around him before his team reached their victory target with three wickets remaining.

Edinburgh are now due to be at home against the winners of the Edinburgh South-SMRH match in the last eight.

The remaining first round ties are due to be completed next week.