Slow starting villagers step up the pace to climb league

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A STUNNING day for cricket greeted players and spectators at The Green for St Boswells’ fourth match in the East League first division.

Having won the toss, Edinburgh Academicals stepped out to field on the sun-soaked pitch and some good bowling from openers Jones and Williams made St Boswells fight for runs. Elliot Ruthven and Chinniah Prabhakar fell fairly cheaply, while captain Steven Broom looked initially confident, but also went easily.

Things weren’t looking good, but, quietly, Scott Ruthven was entering the 30s and once joined by keeper Ross Graham the runs positively flowed, the total passing 100 then 150 before Graham fell to a wild shot caught by bowler Williams. Young Craig Paterson fell soon afterwards and then Ruthven to an lbw for a marvellous 97.

St Boswells’ two pillars of stone, Elliot Hunter and Scott Turnbull paired up and took the score over the vital 200 mark before both falling in quick succession and, pick of the Accies bowlers, Banerjee, mopped up the tail end with Mann, to leave a challenging 225 to win.

Accies started strongly with openers De Haan and Maclaren easing them past 50, but the rot was soon to set in as strike bowlers Rory Elms, Elliot Ruthven, Turnbull and Prabhakar all took turns in exposing the middle order. Bringing on Craig McNeill with his apparently easy spin was the hammer blow to Accies, as four wickets fell, all either caught or stumped to over-optimistic shots. They were finally bowled out for 136 with St Boswells winning by 88 runs, and working their way inexorably up division one to fifth place.