St Boswells claim sixes title after victory over young Melrose

Elliot Hunter, St Boswells, has his hands full trying to stop Kelso's Alan Gray in his tracks. Photograph Grant Kinghorn.
Elliot Hunter, St Boswells, has his hands full trying to stop Kelso's Alan Gray in his tracks. Photograph Grant Kinghorn.

ST BOSWELLS reclaimed the Border Sixes title with a comfortable victory over Melrose in the final.

The Villagers, led by captain Steven Broom, were deserving winners of the tournament they last won in 2010, and cruised through the group stage with wins over Hawick, defending champions Gala and Kelso.

Victorious St Boswells won the 2012 Border Cricket Sixes at Philiphaugh on Saturday. Photograph Grant Kinghorn.

Victorious St Boswells won the 2012 Border Cricket Sixes at Philiphaugh on Saturday. Photograph Grant Kinghorn.

Melrose, who elected not to enter the East of Scotland League, unlike the remaining Borders clubs, sent a youth six to Selkirk to compete.

Led by Rory Murray, the Huntlyburn side overcame Selkirk and then Biggar to make it into the final from their three-team pool, after Langholm were forced to pull out of the competition a couple of days before.

However, St Boswells’ total of 59 for 1 from their five overs proved too much for Melrose, especially after losing key batsmen early on.

For St Boswells, the powerful Broom impressed as ever with the bat, Rory Elms bowled and fielded exceptionally well – running out two Gala batsmen in their group match – and experienced bowler Elliot Ruthven gave away few runs.

Elsewhere, both Selkirk and Gala will be disappointed after losing all their games, while a huge six from Phil Mactaggart gave Hawick a dramatic victory over Kelso for two wins from their three pool matches.

St Boswells: C. Mathurin, S. Broom, Chinniah Prabhakar, Elliot Ruthven, Elliot Hunter, Rory Elms. Sub: Craig Paterson.