A devastating spell of bowling from Selkirk’s Greg Fenton crucified Holy Cross’s batting at Philiphaugh on Saturday.
The Bannerfield tyro’s figures of seven wickets for 22 runs in nine overs took his season’s tally to 33 and cemented his position as the leading wicket-taker not only in Division Five but across all nine divisions of the East of Scotland league.
Skipper Rory Banks – deputising again for the absent John Everitt – won the toss and invited the visitors from Edinburgh to bat first.
Bowling fast and straight, Fenton simply overwhelmed the visiting batsmen.
Four of his victims were bowled and Malcolm Ford chipped in with a brace of catches. Bates, who made 31, was the only batsman to reach double figures.
The naggingly accurate medium pace duo of Banks and Ford then mopped up the tail and Holy Cross were all out for 47 as the Souters looked on pole position to take all 20 points.
Stuart Skeldon and Fenton put on a 44-run partnership for the first wicket before the former was dismissed for 17. Fenton’s 28 not out, however, capped a memorable day for him and sealed a comprehensive nine-wicket victory for Selkirk.
Saturday’s victory preserves Selkirk’s unbeaten home record since the club joined the East of Scotland leagues. Moreover, it leaves the Souters in pole position to secure a second consecutive promotion.
This Saturday, Selkirk look to avenge their only defeat this season as they welcome Edinburgh South. With four games left, one more victory will all but seal promotion.