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29 Sep 2017 : Favourite TCC/PVCC XI - Steve Lee
Favourite TCC/PVCC XI - Steve Lee

Steve's pick is the 4th selection in our series.

1. Shiraz Ramzan – one of the best players that I’ve ever played with. Great bowler, even better batsman, and a cracking fielder too. Would love to have him back playing with us next season.
2. Matt Boyd – great bowler, always seemed to take wickets every week. Devastating batsman when he got going too. The only guy I’ve seen score a ton at Polwarth.
3. Neil Craigmile – one of the 1st Tranent players to come in to bolster the depleted PV team following the merger this season. A great guy, steady batsman, 24/7 positive attitude, and a safe pair of hands behind the sticks (apart from when he’s keeping to me 😛 ).
4. James Nicholson – only played 1 game with James, but he made a huge impression with his energy, enthusiasm and his captaincy. Probably the sharpest fielder I’ve taken the field with.
5. Ian Patterson – a steady hand in the middle order. Great to bat with and also a vastly-underrated bowler. I kept to him while he rattled through Heriots in my 1st season at the club, taking 8 wickets.
6. Graeme Barrie – before this season I’d only played once or twice with G. Whenever he played he seemed to get injured. This season has been completely different. Always seemed to pop up with wickets and runs at the vital moment. Kept a cool head during the uncertainty of the merger too.
7. Ian Hawkins – who could forget Hawkeye? Even though he’s a Rangers fan, he still makes the squad! Tidy, efficient bowler and very useful with the bat. Another guy that I’d love to see back at the club.
8. Adam Forsyth – not seen much of Adam this season, but a cracking quick with real pace and movement. A great opening bowling, getting the opposition on the defensive right from ball 1.
9. Mike Brunton – another welcome Tranent face that came into the merged 2nd team. Mr Dependable with the bat, always seeming to chip in with runs at the right time. A very tidy bowler and a very safe pair of hands too. My nomination for 2s player of the season.
10, Gregor Brunton – a young lad with a big future. A cracking bowler with pace and movement. Definitely one to watch next season.
11. Gary Wicksted – my car-share campadri and fellow wicketkeeper. Loves scoring more than actually playing and has the most impressive pencil case I’ve ever seen.

28 Sep 2017 : Favourite TCC/PVCC XI - Dougie Russell
Favourite TCC/PVCC XI - Dougie Russell

As I’ve not played for TPV quite as long as Scott I limited my selections to people with whom I’ve played more than 5 times.  So some otherwise likely contenders have been omitted – so Mark Anderson, Grant Jones, Jason Davie, Adam Forsyth....apologies.  Anyway to my selections:

  1. Shiraz Ramzan.  Played at PV with Shiraz when he was a youngster.  Cracking player with bags of potential both batting and fielding.    Nice lad.  Big loss to TPV.  Hopefully he will return to playing.

  2. Chad Williams.  Probably the most gifted batsman I’ve played with at TPV.  Sees a beach ball from the get go.  Superb fielder in both the infield and outfield.  Potentially solid bowler (if not trying to knock a batsman’s head off ).  Really nice guy but with typical Aussie chat (of the McGrath mould).

  3. Omais Altaf.  Technically superb & prolific batsman – never gives away his wicket.  Very adept at pacing his innings.  Very safe pair of hands and a useful bowling option.  A brilliant player to have in your team.  A level head and a gentleman.  

  4. Nick Grainger.  Best all rounder I’ve played with and right up there in terms of top bowlers.  Typically aggressive Yorky fast bowler, never short of a word or two for the batters... lovely if you’re not facing.  Coupled with a superb eye, quick runs are practically guaranteed.  Excellent athlete in the weakness in his game.  Great team mate.

  5. Ian Paterson.  If it came down to trench warfare you’d have Ian in your team.  Perhaps not the most gifted of players but makes absolutely the most of what he has.  Very hard working off and on the field and always willing to go the hard mile.  Useful with the gloves as well as when turning his arm over.  Solid, gritty middle order batter.  Likes a chat as well.....seems to be a common theme so far

  6. Adnan Ali.  All rounder No.2.  Very underrated bowler.  Didn’t bowl himself nearly enough.  Very accurate and pacy off a reduced run up.  Another player with a superb eye, with an ability to score quickly and regularly.

  7. Scott Russell.  Solid performer with the gloves.  Loves a battle and always gives 100%.  Never gives his wicket away - loves a Not Out more than seems reasonable.  An unselfish player who always puts the team first as well as contributing a massive amount off the pitch.  El Capitano.

  8. Sheljo Jose. The big man.  Tall and fast.  Great to give the new ball to...not so nice to face.  Bowler with an effortless, smooth, and repetitive rhythm.  If the rest of us could catch as well as he bowls, he’d take a lot more wickets. Likes to give the ball a bit of a biff as well...definitely not a blocker.  Great guy to have in your team.

  9. Scott MacMillan.  For Scott read Scott and Del ( see No.10). Pair of them joined at the hip and bowled in tandem. Both tight as a gnats chuff.  More than made up for their lack of pace with unerring accuracy.  Can’t remember either of them having an off day.  The pressure on the batters was constant.  Brilliant to play with.  In addition Scott could swing the bat with a bit of purpose and Del could block .  Very chatty.

  10. Derek Wright (see above)

  11. Gary Findlay.    Hard to believe that anyone’s chat could stand out in this team but Gary could be that man. With his ability to wind batters up and the support he would get from the rest.... a frightening proposition.  Seriously Gary is a proven wicket taker, his accurate slow bowling and deception regularly picking up a bucket load of wickets... and it’s often top order batsmen who succumb to his web.  His batting is legendary.  Hence Del bats above him .

27 Sep 2017 : Favourite TCC/PVCC XI - Mark Anderson
Favourite TCC/PVCC XI - Mark Anderson

Second in our season of favourite XI's is Mark Anderson. Tranent Captain during season 2011 and still Tranent's leading wicket taker with 178 victims. 

1. Shiraz Ramzan Destructive opening batsman. Get him quick or he will damage you.

2. Neil Craigmile Need a leftie in the team. Steady bat who builds innings. Great glove work so team wicketkeeper.

3. David King Hugely difficult to dislodge. Steady batsman.

4. Dougie Russell All-rounder. Talented batsman who scores steadily, difficult to pick spinner and his knowledge of the game makes him the team captain.

5. Grant Jones Gifted batsman and steady bowler. Great attitude to have in the team.

6. Phil Taylor Only played a few seasons with him but great batsman and steady bowler. T20 specialist.

7. Scott Russell Steady batsman who needs to be prized out. Under-rated spin bowler.

8. Nick Grainger Destructive player with bat and ball. 

9. Sheljo Jose Fabulous quick bowler and end of innings run scorer. Everyone enjoys this big guy in the team.

10. Shabaz Ramzan Always a difficult bowler to play against. Quick and moves the ball, a great combination.

11. Adam Forsyth A young player who has developed a lot. Still has much talent to be unearthed. In the team for his bowling but his batting is fast improving.


Batting Reserve: Tam Hardwick

Bowling Reserve: Adnan Ali

26 Sep 2017 : Favourite TCC/PVCC XI - Scott Russell
Favourite TCC/PVCC XI - Scott Russell

First in the series of favourite TCC/ PVCC elevens. Club Secretary Scott Russell picks his favourite XI from both TCC and PVCC.

1. Shiraz Ramzan. Only played a few years with Shiraz as he moved from junior to senior cricket. Very attacking opening batsman and a fantastic fielder. Hugely entertaining off the field too.

2. David King. Steady player. A student of the game who always makes a game contribution. Great guy to have in your team. 

3. Dougie Russell. One of the best players I have played with. Fantastic bat, dangerous bowler and very rarely drops a catch. Big focus on team performance where everyone is required to make a contribution. He also takes the team captaincy as he has a proven record of good decisions.

4. Omais Altaf. A classic batsman who scored runs regularly. Technically the best batsman I have played with. Safe hands and an occasional bowler who offers something different. 

5. Chad Williams. Only played the one season with this Ozzie but someone you want in your team. Total all-rounder who has taken one of the most stunning catches I have ever seen. Great guy to go to the bar with.

6. Nick Grainger. Big Harrogate lad who played a three seasons for PVCC. Scored big and scored quick. Another all-rounder with no weakness in his game.A fantastic team mate who was great company at the bar too.

7. Mark Anderson. Big character who is capable of winning games with either bat or ball. One of the very few quicks I've come across and would be in contention with a biggest 6 competition. 

8. Gary Findlay. Off spin and occasional leggie who lives and breathes cricket. Fun loving who does not take matters too seriously. Solid fielder and another contender for the biggest 6 competition.

9. Scott McMillan. Very difficult to pick Macca and not pick Derek Wright too. Macca has the talent of encouraging players to play shots and then bowls a jaffa. A very healthy strike rate secures him in the XI. 

10. Sheljo Jose, A very useful quick bowler who delivers problems due to his height. Safe hands and a tail-ender who regularly delivers runs at the end on an innings.

11. Scott Beveridge. What he makes up for in keeping ability Bevo makes up for in effort and commitment. You also need to take into account the tea catering that is supplied by his long suffering wife. The team wicket-keeper.


12. Luke Hextall. Luke was the first 12th man in my first final. Lucky mascot or not Luke was a useful bowler, safe fielder and sometimes an entertaining batsman. Funny guy to have around too.

First Reserves

Batting - Ian Patterson

Bowling - Graeme Barrie

Keeping - Aiden Hoenigmann

19 Jun 2017 : TPVCC weekly update

Tuesday carried on the typical Scottish summer meaning the cup game against Scottish Widows was abandoned after 6 overs.

Saturday however was glorious the 1s took on Linlithgow 2s winning by 7 wickets. Dougie Russell taking his first 5 for this year finishing with 5/7. James Nicolson and Scott Russell were pick of the batsman, Nicolson 23 and Russell 20 not out.

The 2s went down by 4 wickets against Murrayfield DAFS 3s. Alistair Dobie top scoring with 14. Surabh Sethi was the pick of the bowlers 7overs, 4maidens, 7runs and 2wickets.

The 3s lost by 6 wickets after being dismissed for 21. Excellent opening bowling from James Griffiths and Andrew Punton taking 2wickets apiece.


12 Jun 2017 : Only 1 out of 5 survives the weather

This week started of with the first of 4 cancelations as the Terry Newcombe T20 game against Scottish Widows was washed out.

As the weekend drew closer the hopes of getting any cricket were pretty slim. The rain did finally stop on Saturday not after the 2s game at Watsons had been cancelled.

The 1s hosted top of the table and unbeaten Edinburgh CC on a very damp and slippery artificial wicket. After one ball was bowled opening bowler Forsyth had a nasty slip and the ball was called dead, after a lengthy delay and a change of footwear then first official ball of the match was bowled and gathered by keeper Russell who's quick thinking left the divisions leading run scorer stumped out his crease, after this ball however the match was then abandoned.

The only match of the weekend that did reach its conclusion was the 3rds trip to Livingston. Livi won the toss and opted to bat first and posted 234. The pick of TPV bowlers were skipper James Griffiths 2-22 and Andrew Punton 2-31. Not the best of days for the batsmen leaving us bowled out for 52. The only man reaching double figures was Richard Knight with a solid 20.

On Sunday the 4ths game was also cancelled due to the torrential rain.


09 Jun 2017 : Midweek and weekend round up

Tranent & Preston Village took on woodcutters in the parks trophy on Thursday, TPVCC posted 173-3 fifties for Aiden Hoenigmann and Nayran Haran. The woodcutters could only post 113 in reply meaning a winning margin of 60 runs and place in the quarter final. 

On Saturday the firsts took on Haddington at the TCG loosing out by 26 runs. David King (28) and Ravi Bhadrachala (26) top scored. Pick of the bowlers were Amjad Shaikh 2-31 and Dougie Russell 1-20.

The seconds hosted Kirk Brae 2s at polwarth falling agonisingly close loosing by 1 wicket. Prince Barker was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 33 runs. The best batsman was skipper Graeme Barrie with a solid 33. 

The thirds took on Musselburgh in a local derby at lewisvale loosing by 234 runs. John Barrett took 3 wickets.

01 Jun 2017 : Tranent and Preston Village Cricket Club are underway

After last weekends games were cancelled due to the torrential rain, this weeks fixtures marked the first outings after the historic merger between Tranent and Preston Village Cricket Club.

The first XI travelled to Falkirk to play Westquarter and Redding. The hosts batted first and posted 213 from their 40 overs. Mark Anderson took 3-28 and Ravi Bhadrachala also taking 3 wickets for 30 runs. Dougie Russell took the other 2 wickets. In reply TPVCC could only post 157, an outstanding 79 from Kuntal Mukherjee. Loosing out by 56 runs.

Also on Saturday the thirds bagged their first victory of the season beating Glenrothes 3s by 23 runs. Mike Brunton (21) and Narayan Haran (38) were the top scorers and the pick of the bowlers were Chris Tait (5-14) and Gregor Brunton (2-8).

On Sunday, the second XI travelled to the picturesque Grange Loan to take on a strong youthful Carlton IV. The 2s won the toss and chose to bat first after a rocky start they were 28-3 but Saurabh Sethi (18) and Aiden Hoenigmann (28) put on a 50 partnership to steady the ship. At the end of the innings a solid 109 was the target. In reply Carlton got off to a flyer and easily knocked the runs off in 15 overs recording an 8 wicket win. John Barrett picked up the only two wickets with figures of 2-25.

The fourths also got their development league campaign underway on Sunday in the development league against East Lothian CC. ELCC posted 226 from their 30 overs and in reply TVPCC posted 95, meaning a loss of 131 runs.

Tonight the firsts host the Woodcutters and at the TCG in the Parks Trophy, 6pm start. Then three games on Saturday the firsts host haddington at the TCG in a local derby. The seconds host Kirk Brae 2s at Polwarth and the thirds are away to Musselburgh again another local derby. On Sunday the fourths are also away to Musselburgh.

25 May 2017 : Washed out weekend for the newly merged club

After the news late last week that Tranent and Preston Village would merger together to become Tranent and Preston Village cricket club, everyone was excited for the new clubs first games. Unfortunately someone forgot to tell the weather and all three games were cancelled.

This weekend however is a busy one. The 1st XI are on the road to face Westquarter and Redding and the 3rds host Glenrothes 3rds at the TCG both on Saturday. On Sunday the 2nds travel to Grange Loan to take on Carlton 4ths and also the development 4th team will open their campaign against East Lothian CC at the TCG. As well as the two games on the Sunday members of the club will also be marshalling at the Edinburgh marathon.

18 May 2017 : TCC round up

Tranent 1st XI have had a solid start to the season so far, 2 wins and 1 loss. They recorded victories over Selkirk by a walkover and defeated Boroughmuir by 63 runs. Highlights from the Boroughmuir victory were James Nicholson scoring his first 50 of the season and excellent bowling from Dougie Russell (3-5) and Mike Brunton (2-5)

Next followed a disappointing defeat to the hands of Murrayfield DAFS 2nds by 80 runs, safe to say this wasn't our best performance. Dougie Russell again the pick of the bowlers with 2-26 off his 8 overs. Adnan Noor Ali and Aiden Hoenigmann both top scored with 26.

The 2nd XI haven't had the best of starts loosing their first three games, but im sure their first victory of the season is just round the corner. After the opening defeat to Morton 2s, the 2nd XI travelled to Kirkcaldy to face Dunnikier 2s. After posting a solid 135 and an impressive 55 from Kuntal Mukherjee, Dunnikier chased down the total with 9 wickets to spare. Joshua Dacre taking the only wicket.

Next was a home tie against SMRH 3s. SMRH posted 224 from their 40 overs. Gregor Brunton and Haider Bilgrami taking the wickets with a run out each for Gregor and Dave Picken. Tranent could only post 111 in reply meaning a loss by 113 runs. Mike Brunton (35) and Dave Picken (26) top scored.

This weekend the 1s host Glenrothes 2nds at the Tranent Cricket Ground. The 2s are away to Arboretum to face Holy Cross 2nds.