A stuttering season, but it showed some promise

From left: Scott Tomlinson John Everitt Chris Highton and Allan Massie.

From left: Scott Tomlinson John Everitt Chris Highton and Allan Massie.

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SELKIRK CRICKET CLUB held a successful dinner and presentation night in the clubrooms at Philiphaugh last Friday, writes Alex Massie.

Guest speakers included local author and historian Allan Massie, who proposed the toast to the club, and former Standard Bearer and Selkirk RFC stalwart Scott Tomlinson, who toasted sport in the Royal and Ancient Burgh.

The 2011 season was as mixed as the capricious Borders weather. The first XI enjoyed a winning start in the Border League, but any hope this might be the catalyst for a successful season was ruined by weather and, when play did prove possible, inconsistent performances.

Selkirk were often good enough to get into promising positions, but not often good enough to make the most of those opportunities and seal victory.

Nevertheless, St Boswells –undefeated champions in the Border League – were defeated in both the League Cup and the 20/20 League, results which showed there are grounds for optimism.

Meanwhile, the 2nd XI enjoyed a successful season, winning six and losing just two of the eight matches it was possible to play to a finish. With the future of the Border League uncertain, it was pleasing to see all concerned with SCC take a positive, optimistic view of whatever challenges – on and off the field – lie in store for the 2012 season.

Whether that involves moving to the East of Scotland Cricket League or remaining in the Border League remains to be seen.

John Everitt was awarded the cup for best batsman, Jordan Reid received the awards for best bowler and best fielder, while Greg Fenton took home the prize for best all-rounder and John Graham was named 2nd XI player of the year.

Mitchell Branston was the first winner of the new Henderson Shield awarded to the most promising colt.

John Nielson was presented with a special tankard to commemorate and thank him for his many years of dedication in cutting the outfield at Philiphaugh.

He retires from that role with the club’s thanks and the committee hopes he, and all other members, will have more good cricket to enjoy in Selkirk next season.