Kelso secure promotion, now for the title challenge

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Kelso’s win against Watsonians II last Saturday has secured them enough points to gain promotion to the East of Scotland Cricket Championship league next season.

And, a victory from their final two games against St Boswells, at The Green this Saturday, or Musselburgh, at Shedden Park on August 22, will secure them the Division One title.

Playing at Craiglockhart last weekend the Tweedsiders were put in to bat after losing the toss. Captain Doug Wilson led by example, notching 67 not out, driving his team on to a 38 run victory.

Elsewhere Gala survived a nervy encounter with St Boswells, eventually winning by four wickets with 16 balls to spare.

St Boswells batted first and lost McNeill early, however good contributions from Goodman, Broom and the returning Jamie Glover, with Broom and Glover both recording half centuries, provided the visitors with a solid platform to reach 176 for 7 from their 50 overs. For the home side Robbie Irvine was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets for just 14 runs from his 10 over spell.

In reply all the Gala batsmen reached double figures but wickets fell regularly and when Matt Jones was fifth out the score was 124 with the asking rate slowly creeping up. Kev Gallagher then joined Duncan Miller, who had profited from some poor catching by the visitors, for a crucial 48 run partnership that saw Gala to the brink of victory before Millar fell for 50, five runs short of the target. Gallagher, who scored 37 from just 26 deliveries, eased the Gala nerves though, seeing them home in the 48th over.