Men from Linlithgow dumped by bottom-placed Villagers

Australian cricketer Mark Williams is playing fro St Boswells this season with Kathryn White and Craig McNeil joint captains.
Australian cricketer Mark Williams is playing fro St Boswells this season with Kathryn White and Craig McNeil joint captains.

Bottom club in Division One, St Boswells, welcomed Linlithgow-based side West Lothian to the Green on Saturday, and produced a much-needed victory.

After losing the toss, the Villagers were asked to bowl first.

This appeared to suit the home side, who bowled and fielded well, taking regular wickets at one end, while West’s dangerman Strachan rode his luck at the other.

He moved on to 57 by punishing the bad balls, before talisman Steven Broom bowled him with the score on 97 for 8.

The Bennie brothers, batting at 9 and 10, then frustrated St Boswells, taking the score to a more competitive 140 all out in 47.4 overs.

Scottish Ladies’ veteran Katherine White finished with best bowling figures of 3 for 16 off 10 overs, and Jordan Broom 3 for 27 off 8.4 overs.

St Boswells’ nerves weren’t helped when Thomas Goodman, batting with his nephew Jamile, was adjudged LBW early on.

However, the younger Goodman, alongside key batsman Stephen Broom, didn’t waste time, both playing aggressively until Jamile was caught for 36 – and still half the runs to get.

Broom continued to be the aggressor, passing his 50 in typical fashion, tackling the sledging head-on by being determined to be there at the end.

It was his partner Rich Young (19 not out) who hit consecutive fours to close out the game.

Broom finished on 75 not out, giving the men from the Green an eight-wicket win off 26.3 overs, which was welcome and a definite morale boost for the Villagers.