ST. BOSWELLS kept up their unbeaten run on Saturday with a six-wicket victory over Melrose.
Melrose won the toss and decided to bat. Opener Barry Scott went quickly after being caught in the gully area by Richard Young off Steven Broom’s bowling but a steady recovery followed as Rob McLennan and the big hitting Ally Prabaher took the score to 42-1.
Captain Broom made a bowling change and was rewarded instantly when Young had McLennan caught down the leg side off his first ball.
In his next over, Young bowled Prabaher (five) which triggered the Melrose downfall.
Josh Loftus finished on 36 not out, as Melrose were 113 all out in 49 overs. Young took four wickets for six runs off seven overs.
As the sun disappeared behind the clouds, the wicket appeared to produce some uneven bounces. Ruthven was first to go, bowled by the impressive Prabaher for six, closely followed by Broom who received a horrible ball that did not bounce and took his stumps out for 25.
St Boswells were still looking relatively comfortable on 38-2. Prabaher caused more problems for the home side who suddenly found themselves 50 for 4 with 64 still required.
Elliot Hunter and Young decided to see off Prabaher by taking a few risks and, after 10 overs of steady hitting, they picked up the pace. Hunter finished the match on 38 not out with Young 27 not out.
B. Scott, c Young b S. Broom 1
R. McLennan, c McIlroy b Young 18
A. Prabaher, b Young 5
R. Murray, b Young 0
S. Hosney, c Ruthven b Elms 6
D. Rhatican, c S. Broom b Young 1
J. Loftus, not out 36
E. Jessop, b J. Broom 0
M. Runciman, b Elms 6
S. McKay, lbw b Hunter 16
H. Fletcher, b Hunter 0
Total all out 113
S. Broom, b Murray 25
E. Ruthven, b Prabaher 6
S. Ruthven, c McKay b Prabaher 7
R. Young, not out 27
A. McIlroy, lbw b A. Prabaher 0
E. Hunter, not out 38
Total for 4 119