Souters ease to victory over game villagers

Selkirk v Hawick 20/20, Alan Moffat keeps one out
Selkirk v Hawick 20/20, Alan Moffat keeps one out

Selkirk enjoyed a comfortable, comprehensive victory over Preston Village at Philiphaugh last Saturday.

A nine-wicket victory for John Everitt’s side leaves the Souters in fourth place in Division Four of the East of Scotland League.

In sunny, but blustery conditions, the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

If this reflected some confidence on the part of the Prestonpans outfit, that faith was sorely tested when Kenny Paterson struck twice with the new ball.

That set the tone for the rest of an innings in which Preston Village’s batsmen battled gamely, but never succeeded in imposing themselves on the Selkirk bowlers.

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 118/9 from their allotted 45 overs. This was 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.

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

On Sunday, the Souters produced a dynamic display, dispatching Hawick and Wilton by seven wickets.

Batting first, Hawick reached 57 for 9 and Selkirk made 59 for the loss of three wickets.