Champions Selkirk thank heavens

Selkirk players celebrate on eof the three wickets to fall. Selkirk Cricket Club.
Selkirk players celebrate on eof the three wickets to fall. Selkirk Cricket Club.
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The heavens opened during Selkirk’s final league match against Holy Cross on Saturday, forcing abandonment, but as RHC’s match was cancelled, the Souters were crowned league champions, writes Alex Massie.

And their third consecutive promotion means they will play in Division Three of the East of Scotland league next season. Play was stopped after just 11 overs had been bowled.

By that stage, Selkirk were in the ascendancy, having reduced the home side to 30 for 3, the wickets falling to Jordan Reid (2) and Greg Fenton.

It’s been a fantastic team effort over the entire season. Six players scored more than 100 runs and three – John Everitt, Rory Banks and Greg Fenton – made more than 250 runs.

Five bowlers took more than 15 wickets and Kenny Paterson, with 22 scalps, finished as leading wicket-taker.

If the Souters enjoyed some good fortune – the four matches that could have gone either way were all won – it might also be said that when their nerve was tested it held.

Only once did the batting fail completely and an early-season defeat against RHC was avenged when Selkirk visited the capital.

The team has played good cricket in a good spirit, and this collective ethos served Selkirk well this season. Stiffer tests lie ahead, but on the evidence of this year – and if some of the younger players continue to improve – there’s every reason to suppose the Souters can give a good account of themselves in Division Three next year.