Slender cricket win for St Boswells

With heavy rain falling all midweek, it looked like St Boswells’ first home game since 2019, an ESCA Division Three game on Saturday at home to Tranent, would succumb to the weather.

By Ralph Mellon
Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 4:14 pm

However, writes Rich Young, the St Boswells groundsman was determined to give it every chance and a pitch inspection early Saturday morning gave the East Lothian side the green light to travel.

Losing the toss, the home side were put into bat and despite losing Goodman early for a duck, the Broom Brothers (Jordan and Stephen) stuck in on a tricky wicket and Jordan, especially, played the game defining innings, being unlucky in the end, bowled out for 49.

Only brother Stephen got into double figures (12), with the rest of the team finding it difficult to score off the late-innings Tranent spin attack. JDM Russell finished with best bowling figures of 3 for 16 and St Boswells ended slightly under par on 112 runs.

In reply, St Boswells started the second innings well, with Rory Elms steaming in but getting no reward for a hostile spell, while ex-Scotland Ladies player Kathryn White took three wickets for 24 runs.

With 40 runs required off 15 overs and seven wickets left, it looked like Tranent were favourites for the 20 points.

But a run out by Chambers stated the rot and it became a very tight affair, as JDM Russell batted all through for 34 not out, while regular wickets fell for Broom and Young (two each).

In the last over, six runs were required, with Tranent nine down, before brothers JDM and AS Russell got into a mix up going for a second run and were run out , three runs short, with three balls remaining.

Newcomer Joe Borthwick supplied the winning throw and Tranent finished 110 all out.

Tight games are good games and all standing outside, in Covid-friendly conditions, appreciated a fine end to the game.