St Boswells ladies win Scottish title in first event

St Boswells ladies picked up the first piece of silverware of the 2011 season for the Villagers.
St Boswells ladies picked up the first piece of silverware of the 2011 season for the Villagers.
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THE newly-formed St Boswells Ladies Cricket Club won the Cricket Scotland National Women’s Indoor Sixes tournament last weekend, lifting the club’s first national silverware.

The unveiling of the club, the first of its kind in the Borders, took place ahead of schedule at the eagerly-awaited event at the Bells Sports Centre in Perth.

Indeed, there was great excitement among the players as, after all the planning, they would finally be able to play cricket at a major event as a club team.

This was the fifth staging of the event which features eight teams, split into two groups of four, each playing each other once. The winners and group runners-up then progressed to the semi finals with the winners competing for the national title in the final.

New girls St Boswells were in strong company, but managed victories over St Andrews University and George Watson’s College before being overpowered by one of two teams from Kinross. Each innings lasted eight overs in the group stages then reduced to six overs per side.

In the semi-final, the Villagers were drawn against the much fancied Stirling County Ladies CC – current National Cup holders.

Batting first, St Boswells posted 43-0 from their six overs with Joanna Dixon and Ellie Savage batting well. Stirling batted well and were left needing six runs from 12 balls to win, but Caitlin Branston showed great bravery bowling the penultimate over to give St Boswells the win and a place in their first final.

The road to success was blocked by a Kinross team who had played good cricket to make it to the final and the St Boswells girls knew they had to play at their very best.

Once again, batting first, the team topped 60 runs (posting 62-1) – openers Dixon (retiring on 30) and Savage (25) dominated before the latter was sharply caught at cover.

Once again the bowlers backed-up the good work the batters had done and shot Kinross out for their lowest score of the day – just 22 – and the trophy was collected by delighted captain Rebecca Waldie.

Player/coach Kathryn White said: “I’m really proud of the effort the girls put in and hopefully we have a very successful season ahead of us.”

z St Boswells Ladies will begin their outdoor training in April at the Green ahead of a promising season of events. The next event of note will be a come and try/training session at the Queens Leisure centre in Galashiels on Sunday, April 10. Contact Kathryn White at crickchick@hotmail.com for more information.