Souters hit the ground running

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Two weeks of glorious, unseasonable sunshine came to an end on Saturday.

There was nothing surprising about this – it was the first day of the cricket season. That meant jumpers and grey skies and players soaked by rain.

Selkirk’s players were rewarded for their perseverance, however, with a 55-run victory over a dogged Melrose XI who played their part in a fine match at Philiphaugh on Saturday.

Chasing 192, Melrose needed just a run a ball from their final 12 overs and a game Selkirk thought had been safe looked to be slipping away from the home side.

Melrose’s hopes rested on the partnership of Green and Ally Prabarkar. So long as they remained at the crease, there was still hope for the visitors.

But when Prabarkar was caught behind off Darren Fenton and Colin Green adjudged LBW off Kenny Paterson, Melrose’s charge faltered.

Green in particular had looked in fine form, compiling a gallant 67, and his was the crucial wicket. Darren Fenton and Paterson mopped-up the tail in swift fashion and Selkirk’s Border League campaign is off to a winning start.

That victory owed much to the platform built by the Selkirk top order. Greg Fenton, still just 17, batted with great maturity to anchor the innings, while, at the other end, John Everrit, newly-installed as club captain, compiled a typically fluent 31 until he was deceived by a nicely-flighted delivery.

Paterson, meanwhile, was regularly biffing the bowling through midwicket as Melrose desperately sought a breakthrough that might stall Selkirk’s gathering momentum.

Michael Fenton produced a classy innings to be left on 49 when Selkirk’s innings ended.

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