Season opener brings mixed results for cricket sides

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St Boswells suffered a heavy defeat to Murrayfield DAFS on the opening day of the East Cricket League season.

Playing in Division One, a step below the National Leagues, the Villagers were made to bowl first and conceded 188 runs. Richard Young was top bowler with four wickets, but in reply they never got going and were skittled out for 96.

Only Steven Broom, who is due to represent the East League against the Japanese national cricket team tomorrow at Myreside, put up any resistance with 40, along with Scott Marshall who scored 19.

In Division Two, Gala also suffered a loss, albeit by just 10 runs against Edinburgh at The Meadows.

The hosts scored 173 all out, with debutant Rishi Jain impressing with two wickets off his seven overs.

Gala lost openers Stephen Halls and Graeme Ormiston with the score on just 9.

A solid partnership of 83 from Kenny Paterson (24) and Duncan Millar (43) ended when both lost their wickets in consecutive balls, and Gala came up just short.

Veteran Dougie Wilson picked up where he left off last season with an innings of 87 as Kelso beat Carlton 3rds by 69 runs.

Kelso made 211 for 6, while the home side were all out for 142, Callum Davidson and Stevie Patterson claiming two wickets each.

Teenager Jordan Reid starred for Selkirk with the ball, taking five wickets for only seven runs in his team’s Division 5 win at Peebles County.

James Knight top-scored in Peebles’ total of 64, which Selkirk cruised past with the loss of only one wicket, John Everitt making an unbeaten 29.

In Division 7, Hawick lost by seven wickets to Heriots 3rds. The Teries made 164 for 6, including a knock of 62 from Allan Moffat.

But Hawick struggled with the ball, and Heriots reached their target with 16 balls to spare.

Melrose’s East League debut in Division 7 was cancelled after Clackmannan County 2nds conceded the game.

This Sunday sees Gala take on Edinburgh in the Presidents Trophy final at St Boswells, the game held over from last season.