Simply the best - Kelso cruise to division one title

Kelso's winning team, back row from left, Craig Adams, Stewart Cessford, Dougie Wilson, Jason Gibson, Tom Grindell, Thomas Roberts, Greg Davidson. Front row,  Mark Henderson, Ben Grindell, Steven Patterson and Callum Davidson.
Kelso's winning team, back row from left, Craig Adams, Stewart Cessford, Dougie Wilson, Jason Gibson, Tom Grindell, Thomas Roberts, Greg Davidson. Front row, Mark Henderson, Ben Grindell, Steven Patterson and Callum Davidson.

Kelso made it back-to-back East of Scotland League title’s on Saturday to gain promotion to the Championship with an emphatic victory over St. Boswells.

The win on the penultimate game of the season demonstrated just how dominant the Shedden Park side has been throughout.

The late afternoon point at which Kelso could defeat themselves never came. Not only did the Shedden Park side do what they needed to and avoid a dangerous final day match-up with Musselburgh but they left little doubt that they were simply the best side in the East of Scotland National One division all season.

“A brilliant result overall, we went out there and did what was needed to be done and avoid a tricky final day game against Musselburgh,” said Kelso captain Dougie Wilson.

“To win back-to-back league titles is great, it’s a testament to just how good our squad have been all year. The playing group has been together to all the way back to when we were playing in division four. We have all come through the divisions together and every year we have gotten better and better.”

There would be no fatal wobble with the finish line in sight, Kelso did what was required. Stepping up to bat needing only 85-runs after mowing down St. Boswells batting order with impressive bowling, the league leaders wasted little time in securing the victory as they erupted at the crease.

Opener Craig Adams (37) Greg Davidson (28) and Benny Grindell (14) were all that were needed as the three top order batsmen went to work, chewing up St. Boswells like saplings with a dominant batting performance. The three managed to reach their target easily, making it to 86 runs in just 24 transcendent overs, securing another champagne doused season finale for the Shedden Park club.

“It had rained on Friday night and we were worried how the wicket would hold up but we ended up worrying about nothing as it was a perfect surface for our bowlers to limit St. Boswells and for our batting order to get the runs,” commented Wilson.

“We had our best team out there on Saturday and it showed. In the end we didn’t need much but everyone played their part to make it another memorable title winning season.”

Third placed Gala kept their promotion push alive with a 54-run victory over Musselburgh at Double Dykes on Saturday.

An excellent fielding display from Gala at Lewisvale saw the braw lads stay in the hunt after dismissing he hosts for 115 as they attempted to chase down a well made 169.

The following day Gala cruised into the Presidents Trophy final with a comfortable eight wicket victory over nine man Edinburgh Accies at Meigle Park. Accies were bowled out for 125 in 38.3 overs while the hosts eased to their target in the 23rd over.

The Netherdale side can join Kelso in the Championship if they defeat second-placed Dunnikier in a winner-take-all battle this weekend in Gala.