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Selkirk beat West Lothian 3rds by nine wickets

EAST DIVISION SIX

Despite missing skipper John Everitt and vice-captain Rory Banks, Selkirk proved much too strong for West Lothian 3rds at Beeslack School in Penicuik on Saturday, writes Alex Massie.

Stand-in skipper Kenny Paterson led the way with four wickets as West Lothian were dismissed for just 64 runs.

Only Brown, swiping and hitting more often than he swiped and missed, troubled the bowlers.

Taking advantage of the short boundaries – half the distance of those found at Philiphaugh – he hit five sixes in an adventurous, sometimes fortunate, innings of 39.

His luck ran out, however, when he top-edged a thigh-high full toss from Greg Fenton to Blaine Gillie, who took a good, solid, catch at deep square leg. Earlier, Paterson had been deprived a hat-trick when keeper John Graham spilled the chance.

That was the only dropped opportunity of the day, however, as Selkirk’s catching showed signs of improvement.

In other respects the trip to Penicuik was a reminder of how fortunate the Souters are to enjoy the excellent facilities at Philiphaugh.

No pavilion at Beeslack meant changing in the car park while the outfield surely resembled a meadow than a cricket-field.

Indeed a flock of blackface sheep could profitably be employed to cut grass so long in places that it was barely an exaggeration to wonder if it might be possible to lose a ball in the most overgrown corners of the outfield.

Not that such concerns troubled Selkirk’s batsmen.

Though Greg Fenton was dropped twice he, Jordan Reid and Darren Fenton saw Selkirk home in rapid fashion. Reid hit one six while Darren Fenton clubbed a brace of maximums.

This, however, was another victory set up by seam-bowling supremacy.

West Lothian III

A Gurr c unknown b G. Fenton 0

K. Kalapurakal lbw J. Reid 0

K. Smith b K. Paterson 12

N. Dally b K. Paterson 0

M. Norris c unknown b J. Reid 0

D. Brown c B. Gillie b G. Fenton 39

A. Carver b K. Paterson 6

S. Holdsworth b K. Paterson 0

B. Neilands not out 1

Extras 6

Total (all out) 64

Selkirk

G. Fenton not out 27

J. Reid c D. Brown b K. Kalapurakal 12

D. Fenton not out 22

Extras 7

Total (for 1 wicket) 67