Broom bosses cup final for St Boswells win

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A knock of 85 not out by St Boswells skipper Stephen Broom saw the Villagers lift the Border 20/20 Cup with a 38-run win over Gala.

Broom capitalised on being dropped twice on seven and 11 as Gala’s fielding let them down with catches dropped, poor ground fielding and overthrows costing far too many runs.

The match, played at Gala’s Meigle Park, was between the two top sides in the Border 20/20 League, with the Braw Lads topping the table and thus getting home advantage.

The hosts started well as Scott Paterson removed Scott Ruthven in the first over and Elliot Ruthven gave Dinesh Tharanga a return catch in the fourth to reduce the visitors to 11 for two.

Ross Graham joined Broom and took the attack to the home side adding 95 for the third wicket before Graham steered Neil Crooks to Graeme Ormiston.

The loss of Graham did not halt the St Boswells momentum though as Broom kicked on with Craig Paterson to take the visitors to an imposing total of 157.

In reply, Gala lost wickets at regular intervals and allowed St Boswells to bowl too many dot balls so were always well behind the asking rate.

Only Duncan Millar was able to stay at the crease for any length of time and held the Gala innings together with an unbeaten 56 as Gala ended on 119 for 6.

For St Boswells, Rich Young took three wickets for 15, including a stunning one handed return catch to dismiss Crooks, while Elliot Ruthven and Craig McNeil took one wicket each.  

St Boswells

S. Ruthven c D. Millar b S. Paterson 0            

S. Broom not out 85

E. Ruthven c & b D. Tharanga 3

R. Graham c G. Ormiston b N. Crooks 48

C. Paterson not out 13

Extras - 8

Total - 157 for 3

Gala

S. Halls b S. Ruthven 9

D. Boland c R. Graham b R. Young 12

D. Millar not out 56

N. Crooks c & b R. Young 4

G. Ormiston c R. Graham b R. Young 2

D. Tharanga c G. Deans b C. McNeil 13

S. Paterson run out 14

J. Halls not out 0

Extras - 9

Total - 119 for 6