Souters ease past Preston Village

Selkirk enjoyed a comfortable, comprehensive, nine-wicket victory over Preston Village at Philiphaugh last Saturday, writes Alex Massie.

The victory for John Everitt’s side leaves the Souters in fourth place in Division Four of the East of Scotland league.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat – but Kenny Paterson struck twice with the new ball, setting the tone for the rest of the innings in which Preston’s batsmen battled gamely but never succeeded in imposing themselves.

The Fenton brothers, Darren and Greg, shared six wickets and had it not been for some slack fielding, the visitors would have struggled to pass the 100-run mark.

As it was they reached 118 for 9 from their allotted 45 overs – far from a daunting target, but still one that demanded a modicum of respect.

From the outset, however, openers Everitt and Greg Fenton took the initiative, punishing some wayward bowling as they scored at five runs an over. Everitt enjoyed a charmed life, being dropped three times, but Fenton was never troubled. Both batsmen registered confidence-boosting half centuries as Selkirk cruised to victory.

On Saturday the Souters travel across the Forth to Dunfermline Carnegie, knowing that another victory will both maintain momentum and leave them well-placed to make a challenge for promotion.