Tom Simpson caps Knights debut by helping Carlton to victory

Carlton's Shiv Gupta celebrates bowling Heriot's Hayes Van Der Berg. Pic: Andrew O'Brien
Carlton's Shiv Gupta celebrates bowling Heriot's Hayes Van Der Berg. Pic: Andrew O'Brien
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Young Capital cricketer Tom Simpson has certainly had a few days to remember.

On Friday the 18-year-old made his full Eastern Knights debut as they defeated the Caledonian Highlanders in the Tilney T20 Blitz at Forfarshire’s Forthill ground.

Tom Simpson made an unbeaten 62

Tom Simpson made an unbeaten 62

He took a catch behind the stumps keeping wicket in that one and then, 24 hours later, he starred with the bat as Carlton kept up their resurgent CSL Eastern Premier Division form to defeat title-chasing Heriot’s.

Needing 181 to win, the home side were wobbling just a tad at Grange Loan when Parker Neame was out and Heriot’s had them at 82-5, but Simpson and skipper Ali Evans put together a vital 95-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Simpson went on to finish on 62 not out as they won by four wickets with just over five overs remaining.

That is now five top flight league wins on the bounce for Carlton since their surprise loss to Stewart’s Melville at the start of June and they are sitting fourth in the table.

Simpson who has been at Carlton all the way through the youth set-up and has just completed first year at 
St Andrews University studying international relations, said: “Playing for the Knights on Friday was a really good experience. There are so many good players in that team and it was a pleasure to get the chance to play alongside them and get a win too.

“As for Saturday, well we knew that Heriot’s had been going well and are a good side so to restrict them to 180 batting first was a really good effort.

“We knew in the run chase that the run rate was not going to be issue so we just had to keep our concentration and see things through.

“I was happy to be able to score some runs, it was a really pleasing win and now we have started to build up some momentum in the league and this is a really fun Carlton team to play in.”

The Heriot’s batsmen have been flying of late, but it just was not to be on Saturday.

The previous week’s centurions, Elnathan Meiri, and Hayes van der Berg scored 17 and two respectively as the Carlton bowlers did not let the visitors settle.

Simon Whait, the wicketkeeper, top scored with 48 not out to get his side up to 180-8 from their 50 overs. Shiv Gupta impressed with 3-23 for Carlton.

As well as Simpson’s half century, Evans hit 45 and Kyle Macpherson 20 to get Carlton home.

The slip up by Heriot’s allowed Mazars Grange to extend their lead at the top with an 82-run win over Watsonians.

Batting first at Myreside, Gordon Goudie and Ryan Flannigan put on a quickfire 64 for the first wicket to set the tone.

In the end Dylan Budge top scored with 95 for Grange with Goudie making 55 and Flannigan 29 in a total of 260-7.

Teenager Callum Martin took 2-18 for Watsonians.

Mike Carson once again showed his quality for the hosts in reply, his 80 getting them off to a good start, but the next highest score was 23 as they fell to 178 all out.

Neil McCallum took four wickets and Andrew Brock three.

RH Corstorphine’s fine season continued with a sixth league win of the summer.

This one came over Aberdeenshire at East Barnton Avenue, the home side scrapping their way to 157 all out batting first.

Calum Clarkson and fellow spinner Majid Haq then took control, both taking three wickets apiece as the visitors were 81 all out.

Stewart’s Melville were bowled out for 90 as they lost by eight wickets away to 
Forfarshire.