Earlston lads bag the cup

Berwickshire Cup winners Earlston High
Berwickshire Cup winners Earlston High

TWO of the region’s annual schools tournaments have taken place, with a team from Earlston High School taking the six-a-side Berwickshire Cup.

Player of the tournament honours were shared between Jordan Chisholm and Sharief Hosny, both of Earlston. Hosny led with the bat, but it was Chisholm’s leg-spinners that undid the opposing batters.

At Netherdale, the Borders stage of the National Primary Schools Cup, sponsored by ASDA, was held with a record number of 18 teams and 180 players.

Eight-a-side primary school sides played each other in round-robin matches before the knock-out stages.

In the high-standard final, Melrose defeated Denholm to clinch their third successive title.

Both teams enjoyed a trip to Doo’cot Park in Perth for the National Finals event on Tuesday.

In the Border Colts League, Gala under-15s defeated St Boswells by 45 runs at Meigle Park.

Openers Josh Irvine and Jack Halls have been in fine form, but both fell cheaply.

It was left to Robbie Pringle (26) and Dean Moir (23) to help Gala to a creditable 113 all out, with St Boswells taking some excellent catches.

In reply, Elliot Ruthven scored 43 not out, but the visitors struggled to match Gala’s run rate and finished on 68 for 7 from their 20 overs. Liam Rutherford finished with 3 for 15.

In the under-13s, Melrose beat St Boswells by 10 wickets after the Villagers scored 31 for 9, with Duncan Howard taking 3 for 5.

And Gala notched 110 for 2 (Jack Halls 31 not out, Rory Brand 29 not out) to defeat Biggar-Peebles, who scored 82 for 8.