Selkirk fielders bide their time to beat city slickers

Selkirk cricket, John Everitt
Selkirk cricket, John Everitt
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Selkirk’s cricketers continued on their winning ways at Philiphaugh on Saturday as they recorded a convincing six wicket victory against Edinburgh South, writes Alex Massie.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, but could only muster a total of 133/8 which Selkirk passed for the loss of just four wickets.

In truth, Selkirk’s victory could have been even more comfortable than the scorecard suggests. The Edinburgh South batsmen enjoyed more than their fair share of good fortune and the visitors could easily have been dismissed for less than 100.

Selkirk began perfectly as Kenny Paterson struck in the first over.

John Everitt’s bowlers found the edge time and time again, but though the ball was often airborne it rarely landed in the vicinity of a Selkirk fielder.

The fielders had to trust that chances would come eventually. And come they did. Darren Fenton and Rory Banks each produced impressive spells and at no point did the city batsmen threaten to run free.

Banks took two important wickets to ruin the visitors’ middle order, and though Greg Fenton toiled without reward, Paterson returned to mop up the tail.

In reply, Everitt and Greg Fenton set off at a gallop, passing 50 in just the sixth over. Everitt, however, was well caught at point and Fenton ran himself out risking a daft single to mid-off. If Selkirk’s innings lost momentum at that point and if Darren Fenton enjoyed some good fortune of his own, the Philiphaugh men never looked like losing this match.