Kelso’s cricketers travelled to Musselburgh on Saturday, looking to continue their fine form in the ESCA Championship.
Musselburgh won the toss and elected to bat first – perhaps proving to be a poor decision, as G. Davidson removed opening batsmen A. Tufail inside the first over.
Musselburgh were nearly two down in two overs, but for a sharp chance going down by T. Roberts off the bowling of Ben Grindell.
The batting pair battled hard and started to put the home side back on the front foot.
However, exceptional spin bowling from M. Eckard and C. Davidson, who recorded figures of 5-12, tied Musselburgh back to a score of 164 all out from 48.2 overs.
Kelso once again got off to a poor start with the bat, finding themselves 30-3 inside the first 15 overs.
The fightback came through opener J. Galling (51) and Tom Grindell, who put on a 97-run fourth wicket partnership to put Kelso right back on top.
Strong power hitting from M. Henderson (12) and Tom, who finished on 61 not out, proved enough to get Kelso over the line, winning the game by five wickets.
On Sunday, Kelso played Dumfries in the final of South Qualifier for the National T20 Murgitroyd Cup, looking to reach the Finals Day for the first time in seven years.
Kelso batted first, getting off to a good start through some fine stroke play from T. Van Ingen-Kal (24) and C. Adams (17).
However, Dumfries bowled extremely tight lines, meaning Kelso struggled to build any real partnerships throughout their innings.
Good running from G. Davidson (13) and B. Grindell (10) at the end of the innings got Kelso up to a sub-par score of 107 from their 20 overs.
Dumfries moved quickly to 30 runs in their first five overs – however, after M. Eckard took the first wicket of the innings, the game started to turn in Kelso’s favour.
This came through the bowling of ‘golden arm’ C. Adams, who ripped through the Dumfries middle order to record figures of 4-12 and set up what could be an incredible victory.
Tight bowling from the Davidson brothers, and exceptional fielding from all the Kelso players, eventually got them over the line, bowling Dumfries out for 79.
The 2018 Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day will take place on Sunday, July 29 at Poloc Cricket Club.