Kelso give sponsors a good show by toppling leaders

Kelso cricket. Kelso's Mark Henderson at the crease.
Kelso cricket. Kelso's Mark Henderson at the crease.
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Kelso’s backers were treated to a top-of-the-table clash for their annual Sponsors Day at Shedden Park on Saturday.

The visitors were Dunnikier who were undefeated in the East of Scotland Division Two and sat in pole position before the game.

Kelso captain Dougie Wilson won the toss and elected to bat on what was a hard wicket which, in turn, promised a very entertaining game.

It did not disappoint.

The home innings started poorly with Dougie Wilson going for four in the first over after the ball took a deflection and rolled onto the stumps. Tom Grindell came in at three and didn’t see past the second over after he edged behind off the bowling of B.Shahzad which left Kelso seven for two after two overs.

Steven Patterson came to the crease and not for the first time this season steadied the ship with opener Mark Henderson. The third Kelso wicket fell when Patterson went for 18 with the score at 49.

Kelso continued to edge forward slowly when Ben Grindell came to the crease, before Henderson went for 18 off the bowling of S. Saeed.

Jason Gibson, Euan McNeill and Stuart Cessford all went cheaply, which left Kelso 94 for seven after 37 overs.

Up stepped Greg Davidson and, along with Grindell, he took the attack to the visitors. With the pair running hard between the wickets, Grindell moved onto another 50.

The partnership of 52 was broken by M. Sharif when Davidson went for 27 with the score at 148. Kelso only managed another 10 runs and lost the wickets of Grindell for 53 and Murray Scott for five, which left the home team 158 all-out off 49.3 overs.

The Dunnikier reply got off to a poor start when they lost A. Yousaf for a duck in the first over, having been clean-bowled by Cessford. Gibson then got S. Rowley for 10 which left the visitors on 19 for 2.

T. Aziz and F. Rafi got the visitors going along slowly before the latter went for 21 off the bowling of Gibson, while Steven Patterson bagged Aziz for 22, which left the visitors on 58 for 4.

Patterson then took M. Sharif and S. Mohammed cheaply, which left Dunnikier in real trouble at 78 for 6. A well-played 35 from S. Saeed was brought to an end with a run-out from Kelso keeper Mark Henderson. Patterson then picked up another wicket before Scott bowled M. Armaan for two.

Cessford then wrapped things up for Kelso when he bowled B. Shazad for three which gave the hosts a win by 30 runs and handed Dunnikier their first defeat of the season.