Colts and youths struggle to get matches played

THE weather decimated the Colts programme with only one game taking place on Friday evening at Shedden Park as Kelso-Manderston hosted The Borders’ Women.

Batting first, Kathryn White’s players posted their top score of the season of 88 for the loss of just 6 wickets, White herself top-scoring with a typically aggressive 29.

On the strength of previous outings this would have been a well below-par target for a very strong outfit, however, some tight and accurate bowling from the visitors made this no stroll in the park for the home team.

In particular, Eilidh Dickson, pegged back the Kelso-Manderston’s run chase; she added 2-17 to her 17 runs in a smart all-round performance.

Yet, despite sending back six home batters, the visitors’ total was just too small to trouble the remaining batters and Kelso-Manderston recorded another, if slightly shaky, victory.

Only two games were possible in the Under-13s league. Melrose returned to winning ways against Biggar-Peebles after a couple of defeats despite the visitors’ Henry Adams tearing through the top order to return figures of 4-3.

At 16 for four, Melrose were teetering, but managed to recover to the low total of 53 all out.

The young Biggar-Peebles outfit were simply not up to the challenge and Melrose eked out a 16-run win.

In the other game a powerful bowling performance from Kelso 13s at Hawick saw them victorious by 26 runs. It could have been quite different, though, as both Robbie (28) and Will Thompson’s (29) early efforts with the bat were undone by the home team’s bowling attack. But Hawick’s batters were undone, in particular, by Robbie Thompson’s return of 3-16.