Selkirk captain John Everitt hailed his team’s performance as they sealed back-to-back titles to reach Division Four, writes Ronan Alexander and Alex Massie.
The Souters defeated Edinburgh Accies by seven wickets to win the league with one game remaining.
Everitt said: “We are delighted to get promoted, and reach Division Four. I’m not sure how far we can go, but we aim to keep improving and it is important to find our level.”
Greg Fenton has starred with the ball this year, taking 42 wickets, the most in all nine leagues, but Everitt has been impressed with all his bowlers this term.
He said: “I don’t think it’s all about Greg. Everyone has chipped in with the ball this year and bowled well, but Greg has taken the wickets. It has been a great performance this year by the whole team and we are ecstatic to claim the title.”
At one stage, Accies, who won the toss and chose to bat first in blustery, drizzle-infested conditions, were 30 for six.
A number of catches – not all of them hard chances – were put down and on a day when bowling full brought more reward than dropping short, too many deliveries were dropped too short to trouble the batsmen. Lapses in concentration in the field also helped Accies towards some form of semi-respectable total of 89.
Even so, this was, in the end, another commanding performance and it is evidence of how expectations have risen at Philiphaugh this season that a seven-wicket victory should be considered slightly underwhelming.
Jordan Reid was the pick of the Selkirk bowlers, claiming four wickets in a spell that would have earned greater rewards had Selkirk’s catching been more secure. He was ably supported by the indefatigable Kenny Paterson, while Darren Fenton chipped in with a brace of wickets.
Greg Fenton took his 42nd league wicket of the season, while young Kyle Murray was rewarded with his first ever wicket in Saturday cricket.
Selkirk’s reply began unpromisingly with skipper Everitt dismissed in the third ball of the innings. It was an undignified dismissal that might, in previous seasons, have been the catalyst for a batting collapse.
This Selkirk side are made of sterner stuff, however, and Greg Fenton (37) and Stuart Skeldon steered Selkirk’s ship out of choppy waters and guaranteed Division Four cricket next season.
There will be a barbecue for which all members, friends and supporters are invited to on Saturday when Selkirk welcome promotion-chasing Dunfermline Carnegie to Philiphaugh.