St Boswells cantered to a comfortable eight-wicket victory against Selkirk on Saturday thanks to powerful innings from Steven Broom and Jamie Glover, writes Alex Massie.
Remarkably, the Souters’ total of 106 was the highest scored against the Villagers in the Border League this season, but once Broom and Glover began thumping their young bowlers to all corners of the ground it became painfully apparent that Selkirk had fallen at least 100 runs short of a truly challenging target.
Annoyingly, it could all have been better for the visitors, but, not for the first time, Selkirk were masters of their own undoing.
John Everitt and Greg Fenton had been largely untroubled as they built a reassuring opening partnership.
Fate, armed with the lead piping, lurked around the corner, however, and was about to change the course of the match.
Everitt, you see, had stroked a lovely drive through the covers and was determined that if it did not quite reach the long boundary he would damn well squeeze as many runs from the shot as he could. A comfortable, strollable two was therefore turned into a suicidal three. True, Rory Elms’s throw from the boundary was a good one, but credit – of a perverse sort – for the dismissal must go to Everitt who was, in large part, the author of his own downfall.
If Everitt was the most abashed man in St Boswells on Saturday afternoon, Rory Banks was perhaps the most relieved.
A nurdle into the covers off his first ball produced his first runs of the season. Clearly not wishing to risk too much of a good thing, these first two runs of the season were joined by just one more before the Bannerfield tyro fell for just three.
Thereafter, Selkirk’s innings limped along gingerly as the St Boswells bowlers tightened their grip. With the score on 74, Broom trapped Greg Fenton lbw for a patient, well-composed 22 and though Ranald Wilkie and Jordan Reid had their moments, the Selkirk innings began to collapse in all-too familiar style. Some credit for that should be granted to the St Boswells attack, of whom Elliot Hunter was the pick: the veteran may have lost some pace, but not his accuracy.
Selkirk’s bowlers could learn from Hunter’s example. As it was, hope soared in Selkirk hearts when Reid dismissed both openers leaving the Villagers 12 for two.
Admittedly, this hope was tinged with wariness since dismissing the Ruthvens (Scott and Elliot) only brought Steven Broom and Jamie Glover to the crease. The former has been the circuit’s most reliable hammer of the Souters in recent years, but for once he was modestly overshadowed by his partner.
Both batsmen were especially severe on anything overpitched and they were given ample opportunity to demonstrate their severity. Broom’s 44 came off just 42 deliveries while Glover faced 44 balls for his 55.
J. Everitt, run out 20
G. Fenton, lbw b Broom 22
R. Banks+, c Turnbull b Hunter 3
D. Fenton, b Broom 12
R. Wilkie, c E. Ruthven b Broom 8
J. Graham, c S. Ruthven b Hunter 0
J. Reid, not out 17
A. Massie, c Broom b White 0
I. Gardiner, c & b Turnbull 2
B. Gillie b Turnbull 0
M. Ford, lbw b White 0
Total all out 106
S. Ruthven, b Reid 3
E. Ruthven, c D. Fenton b Reid 0
S. Broom, not out 44
J. Glover, not out 55
Total for 2 108