Under-strength ladies triumph

ON A gloriously hot summers day St Boswells Ladies travelled to Edinburgh to take on George Watson’s College in the first round of the Scottish women’s cup.

Because of holidays, the villagers were reduced to eight to take on the 11 Watsons girls. Undeterred. the Borders team set about their task with gusto in their new, colourful kit sponsored by Milestone.

Captain Rebecca Oliver lost the toss and St Boswells were asked to field first. Watsons took advantage of the short boundary and gaps in the field by punishing the bad balls early on. Caitlin Ormiston took the wicket of Heather Tait (4) in the third over of the day, a fine diving catch from Rebecca Waldie with the score on 12.

Fiona Rae (5) soon followed, bowled by Waldie, bringing Jenny Watson to the crease to join Kathryn Bryce. These two continued to find the gaps and moved the score on to 35 in the seventh over when Ellie Savage struck twice to remove Watson (10) and Jenny Rae (5).

Wickets continued to tumble around Kathryn Bryce who eventually fell, caught behind by Jo Dixon, off the bowling of Savage for a well made 38.

Savage finished on four for 14 from four overs. A great throw-in by Bex Farnish saw Caitlin Heathcote run out and Rebecca Oliver, clean bowling Kathryn Holgate, brought the innings to a close in the 20th over with the score on 80.

In reply, St. Boswells got off to the worst possible start when captain Oliver was trapped LBW by Sarah Bryce with the score on two. However Dixon and Waldie stuck to the task of accumulating the runs finding the boundary consistently and putting on 54 before Waldie departed for 24, stumped by Sarah Bryce off the bowling of Alex Dunbar. This brought Ellie Savage to the crease and she saw the game out with Dixon finishing up on 6 and 36 respectively.

Victory takes St Boswells into the semi-finals of the cup and they are rewarded with a home tie to Stirling County or Kinross.