Selkirk’s seam attack rips through Preston

Selkirk v Preston Village
Selkirk v Preston Village
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Selkirk retained top spot in East Division Five thanks to a thumping 10-wicket victory over Preston Village, writes Alex Massie.

Moreover, Souter spirits were boosted by the news that their nearest rivals Dunfermline Carnegie were defeated by Boroughmuir, allowing Selkirk to put a modest measure of daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

The previous week’s fixture in Prestonpans had been curtailed by rain with Selkirk precariously poised on 92 for 6.

Back on home turf, however, where the Souters have yet to lose since moving to the East Leagues, the East Lothian men had no answer to Selkirk’s all-seam attack.

Selkirk won the toss and asked Preston Village to bat first. Neither opener tarried for long as Kenny Paterson chopped down the top order in a seven-over spell that brought three wickets for a miserly nine runs. At 15 for 3 the men from Prestonpans were in some trouble. By the time that became 34 for 5 they were in danger of sinking without trace.

The visitors proved unable to cope against some accurate home bowling. On this occasion the spoils of war fell to Darren Fenton who broke Preston Village’s resistance with four middle-order wickets at a cost of just 10 runs. This left Jordan Reid and Rory Banks to mop up the tail and dismiss the visitors for just 66.

Quick wickets were vital if Preston Village were to retain any faint hopes of victory; by contrast Selkirk could not quite banish the memories of fatal past collapses and assume victory was guaranteed.

As it proved, however, John Everitt and Greg Fenton saw the Souters home in fine style. Everitt, as skipper and senior batsman, was content to let his younger partner set the pace as the pair rattled to victory inside 15 overs. Everitt finished on 21 not out with Fenton on 43 not out.

This was the fifth time this season that Selkirk have dismissed their opponents for fewer than 70 runs and further confirmation that the Souters’ enjoy the most potent bowling attack in Division Five.