St Boswells not so happy this week

Buoyed by an amazing win against Musselburgh the previous week, St Boswells travelled to play Heriot’s II in fine spirits.

Heriot’s have been boosted this year with several first team players stepping down to the seconds, including Scotland’s Robert More and former Kelso player Craig Adams.

On winning the toss, the Villagers’ Elliot Ruthven took the attack straight to Heriot’s with some lovely stroke play and cruised past his 50 before being caught and bowled. Stephen Broom added 48 before leaving lbw. The visitors went from 130-4 off 30 overs to 182 all out, around 50 under par on the surface.

Without two much fuss, Heriot’s steadily progressed to 127 for 4 in 30.1 overs, when the rain came – and Heriots won on the ESCA version of the Duckworth Lewis calculation by 26 runs.

The previous week saw Musselburgh (victors over St Boswells earlier in the season) travel to the Borders and get soundly thrashed.

The home side’s 261-6, including 131 for Ruthven, was built upon by a great opening bowling spells by Rory Elms – a career-best seven wickets for 14 runs off of 8.2 overs.

Incredibly, for the first six wickets the scoreboard showed more wickets than runs before a late lower order flurry moved the result to 34 all out, a deficit of 227 runs.