IT was a game, that for days beforehand was almost a dead cert to be rained off.
So, with the wet stuff forecast from early morning, all day and all night, the Kelso and Boswells players turned up at The Green on Saturday with less than high expectations of getting a result.
The captains duly went through the motions of the toss, in this, the first Group B CF Sports League Cup match between the fierce old rivals. Kelso won the toss and elected to bat.
The ‘Davie Weir’ of Kelso, Dougie Wilson, and their overseas amateur Tim Whiteman, opened for the Tweedsiders.
Despite Bossie opening bowler Scott Turnbull bowling off two paces due to a leg problem, he quickly got Whiteman for seven and Thomas Grindell (6).
Rich Young got in on the act, taking Jason Gibson for 0 via lbw, but all this time the wily Wilson kept the run rate moving by punishing all bad balls.
Wilson had just guided Kelso up to 83 for 3, and claimed his own half century, when a short ball from Young hit a dead spot on the wicket and he was lbw off his toes for 50.
After losing Steven Patterson and Phil Dunkley, both for 9, Kelso looked as though they were starting to falter, but young Mark Henderson and Tom Roberts showed great fight and adventurous batting to make great use of the last 10 overs.
Henderson hit a quickfire 17 before being caught and bowled by Bryan Potter, while Roberts kept piling on the runs to finish on 36 not out, helping Kelso post a competitive total of 152 for 7 off their 40 overs.
Injured Bossie captain Steven Broom defied the pain, squeezed his taped-up fingers into one of his glove’s fingers, and surprised everybody by electing to open the batting.
And, as persistent drizzle started to fall, Broom showed no signs of being hampered by his damaged digits as he proceeded to smack the leather ball at will to all parts of the ground, and several times, out of the ground. Bossie cruised to victory with seven wickets and nine overs to spare, with Broom stealing the limelight once again with a fantastic 85 not out.
With St Boswells managing to play more games than anyone during this rainy summer, the chat in the happy home dressing room turned to whether the Eildons were providing The Green with a micro-climate. Whilst not sure about that, Bossie move to the top of Group B with both teams due to play Selkirk for a place in the League Cup final on August 27.
D. Wilson, lbw b Young 50
T. Whiteman, b Turnbull 7
T. Grindell, lbw b Turnbull 6
J. Gibson, lbw b Young 0
S. D. Patterson c Broom b Young 9
M. Henderson, c & b Potter 17
P. Dunkley, c Young b Potter 9
T. Roberts, not out 36
K. Fingland, not out 2
Total for 7 152
S. Broom, not out 85
E. Ruthven, b Gibson 5
S. Ruthven, run out Whiteman 28
A. McIlroy, lbw b Whiteman 1
R. Young, not out 21
Total for 3 155