Kelso stay steady in promotion march

Kelso beat watsonians II

by seven wickets

Kelso reaffirmed their control of the East of Scotland Division One with yet another comprehensive victory, defeating Watsonians second XI at Shedden Park on Saturday, writes Alexander McLeman.

The Tweedsiders are now in sole possession of the top spot, jumping into a 14-point lead over rivals Gala, who sit in second place.

Saturday’s match teased and turned all afternoon, Watsonains offered fleeting promise with the bat, before accepting their fate with the ball as Kelso continued their march towards promotion by putting on a batting showcase.

“I am very happy with how we have been playing so far this season,” said Kelso captain Dougie Wilson following this latest result.

“It is our first season in Division One and we have proved we can compete with the best.

“Sitting at the top of the table after six games is terrific. Confidence is running high and there is no reason why we cannot maintain this form and make it back-to-back promotions.”

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Watsonians stuttered out of the blocks before Keith Flannigan rescued his side with a 55-run stand as the Edinburgh side managed to build a target of 196 for six wickets from the full 50 overs.

After the break, Kelso established a healthy chase through a 90-run opening partnership between captain Wilson (60), following on from his stellar 58 last weekend, and Michael Henderson (30).

Craig Adams entered the fray at No.3 and the imposing batsman duly took the Edinburgh side’s young attack to the cleaners, smashing an unbeaten 85.

Greg Davidson (7) and Stuart Patterson (2) provided Adams with enough assistance at the crease to help the Shedden Park side secured their seven-wicket victory with five overs to spare. This weekend Kelso host St Boswells.