THE INAUGURAL Under-11s Indoor League, staged between January and April at the Queen’s Leisure Centre and Biggar Sports Centre, was contested by teams from Kelso, Biggar/Peebles, Melrose and Selkirk.
With sides comprising of six players, each innings lasts 10 overs with bowlers restricted to a maximum of three overs each and batters retiring at 30.
Melrose CC Under-11s won the title, but were closely fought for the honour by Kelso CC.
Indeed, it wasn’t the games between the two sides that decided the title as they finished even. However, it was the first of these matches that proved not only to be the most remarkable, but would see the tournaments Most Valuable Person (MVP) award being shared between Will Owen (Melrose) and Bruce Logan (Kelso).
Owen, as Melrose captain, won the toss and decided to bowl first.
He took a wicket with his first ball, the second was a dot-ball and then he bowled the next four Kelso batsmen in successive deliveries, leaving Kelso facing imminent defeat at 0-5 at the end of only the first over.
A remarkable effort in itself, but what happened over the next nine overs won Logan a share of the award.
The rules of the indoor league state that all six wickets must fall so the last not-out batter continues until he is either out with the last dismissed batter acting as a runner or all 10 overs have been bowled. Despite Owen’s next over also being a maiden, Melrose could not dismiss Logan as he notched-up 87 not-out and Kelso reached 105-5.
Two remarkable achievements in a remarkable game of cricket.
For the record, Owen finished with figures of three overs, two maidens five wickets for two runs and, remarkably, Kelso won the game by eight. Spare a thought though for Peter Brunton of Kelso CC, Owen’s fifth victim – he was Logan’s runner for nine overs.