Kelso continue to dictate the pace of play at the summit of the East of Scotland Championship, defeating St Boswells by 159 runs at Shedden Park.
The hosts set St Boswells the target of 283 for victory and, after starting their innings in terrible fashion with the loss of two early wickets, the visitors eventually slumped to a heavy loss as the Tweedside outfit controlled the afternoon’s play with relative ease.
Craig Adams, magnificently measured, hit an effortless 67, while Tom Grindell reached 88 not-out in the manner of an elder statesman. Kelso were assisted on their march towards victory by a fallible performance in the field from St Boswells. Four chances of varying difficulty all went to ground, which for most bowlers facing Kelso this season heralds an ominous innings.
“If I’m honest, I did expect more of a test,” said Kelso captain Dougie Wilson, “but credit goes to everyone in the team for making it comfortable in the end.
“We lost a couple of early wickets and were under pressure, but when Craig (Adams) and Tom (Grindell) got to the middle they built a great foundation which ultimately set us up for victory.
“We are not one of these sides who rely on just one or two players to pull us home, we have a side who are all contributing.
“We are currently top of the pile, but have played most of our games at home. What we need to do now is maintain our form away in our next two fixtures against Mussellburgh and Dunnikier. That will give us a good sense of where we really are.”
Kelso stuck to what has helped them already this season, playing carefree, fearless cricket, with fresh faces and freedom. The team seem to have undergone a rite of passage with the old ways banished and a new aggressive approach instilled that intimidates those who dare grace the Shedden Park crease.
Batting first, the hosts lost Wilson (four) cheaply, shortly followed by Michael Henderson (17) and Greg Davidson (14), who stuttered along. Adams (67) purred until he became tangled up by the spin of Stephen Broom, while Grindell (88) used a combination of nimble footwork and deft timing to send the ball wherever the fielders weren’t.
St Boswells, as hard as they tried, never really made much of an impression.
Broom’s 63 was the only real resistance put up from the visitors as, from the 25th over onwards, a batting collapse sealed Kelso’s sixth consecutive league victory.