Tweedsiders all alone at the top after sweeping win

Kelso Cricket Club's Gregg Davidson bowls at Heriot's 2nds at Shedden Park, Kelso.
Kelso Cricket Club's Gregg Davidson bowls at Heriot's 2nds at Shedden Park, Kelso.

Kelso beat Heriot’s 2 by eight wickets

Kelso maintained their unbeaten start to the 2015 season with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Heriot’s second XI at Shedden Park on Saturday.

The Tweedsiders jump into top spot in East Championship Division One after putting on a batting masterclass, overwhelming a spirited, but largely outmatched Heriot’s XI with a cacophony of big hits that the sparse, but enthusiastic crowd were treated to.

Batting first, Heriot’s managed to build a target of 180 for six wickets after the full 50 overs. It was a tricky morning session for the Edinburgh side, whose top order struggled in the swinging conditions, although still managed to build a reasonable lead through fruitful innings from Rob More, who top-scored with 59, Steven Litster (44) and Colin Thomson (29).

Kelso’s bowling attack, led by Craig Adams (2/17), suffered through some real tribulations all afternoon.

Although holding Heriot’s to few scoring spurts, the city side remained resistant to Kelso’s bowlers, punishing Greg Davison (1/41), Steven Cessford (0/30) and Michael Scott (1/31) by sticking to a conservative batting attack that frustrated the home side and was painfully slow to watch.

Enter Dougie Wilson and co to spark some life into the afternoon’s play. The Kelso captain and opener – undeterred by suspect weather conditions that had shifted from sun to rain and back to sun again, and always with a brisk chill breeze – proceeded to carve up a poor Heriot’s bowling attack with a majestic innings.

It was exhilarating stuff from the home side as they overcame the loss of Michael Henderson (8) early, bowled clean by Scott Roberson, to enjoy a hugely successful afternoon’s innings, rattling along a run-rate that for a while touched eight runs per over and barely less than five throughout.

Wilson, unbeaten on 58, was joined by top scorer Greg Davidson (71) and Craig Adams (23) – both making-up for their limited damage with the ball and struck the bat beautifully all day – as Kelso secured their eight-wicket victory with six overs to spare.

Next up is the visit of Watsonians 2nd XI to Shedden Park on Saturday as the league leaders look to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign and their promotion push.