Saints sail to victory in season opener

Steven Broom on his way to a 99 for the villagers
Steven Broom on his way to a 99 for the villagers

The weather forecast that was meant to spoil the first weekend afforded St Boswells a reprieve when a pitch inspection gave the go ahead for the Division One fixture against Largo.

Winning the toss, joint captains Craig McNeill and Kathryn White opted to bat first.

Jamie Glover and Rich Young got stuck in straight away, with the later clattering 20 off one over before edging behind for 45.

That brought big hitter Stephen Broom to the wicket and he punished all bad balls all over the ground bringing up his 50 in double-quick time. Glover went for 22, skying high when trying to hit over mid on, but by that point St Boswells were 135 for 2 and already well on the way to a big score.

Overseas amateur Mark Williams was gradually finding his feet on the slow Scottish wickets, whilst Broom continued his onslaught including one six that went over the houses heading for Lawries Garage. On 99, disaster struck when he was bowled by Gillin whilst trying for another massive blow.

Aussie Mark Williams eventually went for 25 and Scott Marshall (20) was the only other batsman who made a quick impact as wickets tumbled in the pursuit of fast runs as the overs ran out, the Villagers finishing on 253 for 9 from their 50 overs.

With the forecast looking good, chasing 253 was always going to be a mammoth total. Two quick wickets for the positive Rory Elms started the rot (eventually finished with 3 for 9), Young added a couple, then Craig McNeill rolled back the years with his tempting floated off spinners. The Largo batsmen’s eyes lit up at the prospect and predictably three of them proceeded to hole out deep where the hosts – in particular Scott ‘bucket hands’ Marshall – snatched three great catches, McNeill finishing with 3 for 8 runs. Top scorer for Largo was opener Ali who reached 25 before being stumped by Ross Graham.

So St Boswells start the season with a comfortable win, with a tougher game to come this weekend away to Musselburgh.