Selkirk’s fine start to life in Division Five continued as the Souters overwhelmed a plucky Livingston side at Philiphaugh, writes Alex Massie.
Stand-in skipper Kenny Paterson won the toss and invited Livingston to post a total on Selkirk’s antiquated artificial wicket. With a stiff breeze blowing there was ample opportunity for the bowlers to find some swing.
Paterson bowled with his customary lack of good fortune, while Jordan Reid, again typically, produced more variation before bowling McDonald with a long-hop that kept low and clipped the top of middle-stump. Good mince can be more valuable than poor fillet steak.
Darren Fenton produced a couple of break-backs to bowl Lancaster and Ghaffar, while the home side were also assisted by a pair of lbw decisions of the sort bowlers always consider plumb and batsmen die believing were never out.
Greg Fenton, switching once more between seam and leg-spin, mobbed up the tail with figures of 4 wickets for 2 runs as Livingston were turfed out for 44.
Paterson promoted Andrew Parr and Kyle Murray up the order and though the former fell to a fine juggling catch at cover-point, Murray raked the ball through midwicket regularly en-route to top-scoring with 16. Eventually, he missed a straight delivery, but by then victory, and maximum points, were assured.