ST BOSWELLS got off to a fantastic start in the Border League as they inflicted an eight-wicket defeat on Langholm in miserable drizzly conditions.
Langholm’s total of 101 was never going to be enough despite an early breakthrough, as Steven Broom took full advantage with an unbeaten 66.
Langholm skipper Gregor Park won the toss and elected to bat. The score had reached 19 in the 11th over when Andrew Bell fell for 11, clean-bowled charging up the wicket to Scott Turnbull. This brought Duncan Elliott to the crease.
Park and Elliott began to score more rapidly despite the slow outfield. The score had reached 43 when Park mishit a low full toss off Kathryn White straight to Rory Elms and was out for 22.
His brother Graham now joined Elliott and the pair looked relatively comfortable with both players finding the boundary. With the score on 70 for two, disaster struck as Park, on 18, missed a straight one off Elms and was clean-bowled, then Nicky Piszczyiewicz fell the same way next ball. Langholm were now 70 for 4.
David Steele looked to attack straight away, but he soon lost Elliott, bowled by White for 20 with the score on 76.
Things got much worse when Steele ran himself out for 6 with the score on 82.
Jack Pool and Steven Johnstone looked to rectify the situation, with Pool hitting some lusty blows. The score had reached 91 when Johnstone was given out LBW for 4.
The score pushed up to 98 before Johnstone fell for 1, bowled by Hunter, and it was at 101 when Steven Jackson became the last man to fall, bowled by Elms for a duck with Jackson undefeated on 9.
Langholm got off to a great start when Graham Park had Scott Ruthven LBW in his first over with the score on 2.
This brought the dangerous Broom to the crease and he looked to attack straight away.
Rain had now started to fall and, with the score on 54 at the end of the 11th over, the players decided to take a break.
After half an hour, the rain eased slightly and play was resumed, but the ball was now like a bar of soap.
The Langholm bowlers struggled to control it and Broom was taking full advantage with some powerful shots.
The score reached 77 when Elliott bowled Elliot Ruthven for 16 – the last wicket, as the Villagers quickly got up to the Langholm total, Broom smashing a couple of sixes, one landing on the road and one clearing it, which won the game.
In the bowling, Park was unfortunate with figures of 1 for 36.
The other wicket-taker, Elliott, also had 1 for 36.
So, Bossie got off to the best possible start thanks to their bowlers for making the chase a short one in rain-affected conditions and Captain Broom for hitting big, to chase down the modest total.
A. Bell, b Turnbull 11
Gregor Park, b White 22
D. Elliot, b White 20
Graham Park, b Elms 18
N. Piszczyiewicz, b Elms 0
J. Hall, b Elms 4
D. Steele, run out Glover 6
S. Johnstone, lbw b Broom 4
J. Pool, not out 9
T. Reid, b Hunter 1
S. Jackson, b Elms 0
S. Ruthven, lbw b Graham Park 2
E. Ruthven, b Elliott 16
S. Broom, not out 66
J. Glover, not out 5
z AFTER extensive work the cricket pavilion at the Castleholm was reopened in time for the start of the 2011 season.
The open day was well supported, with cricket coaching for children of all ages. Graham Park said a few words praising the work that was carried out by various people. Life members Tony Reid and Gordon Johnstone officially reopened the refurbished pavilion.
There then followed a 20/20 cricket match which was won by captain Gregor Park’s select.