Souters recover from midweek loss

Greg Fenton scored impressively for Selkirk CC
Greg Fenton scored impressively for Selkirk CC

Selkirk cricketers bounced back from their midweek defeat with victory by eight wickets over struggling Broomhall.

Winning the toss and opting to field, the visiting Selkirk team made a good start, with tight bowling from Jordan Reid and Rory Banks quickly eating up the batting side’s first eight overs for the concession of just seven runs.

Greg Fenton would come on at one end and keep the run rate grounded but it was his partner from the bottom end who eventually made the breakthrough.

Ian Gardiner had Hoefling caught by Banks for nine, and later trapped Jones LBW for three. Banks took another catch, this time the wicket of Bhanu for 12 off the bowling of Greg Fenton.

Doherty and James would build a partnership together which started to show signs of a revival, with the former actually pedalling his way to a half-century.

Eventually he would be run out, courtesy of a pinpoint throw from the boundary. Harry Murphy was the man to send Doherty’s stumps spiralling as he tried in vain to make up the ground.

James was bowled for 15 by Gardiner before two wickets in Banks’ final over relieved Ali and Pearson of their duties and left Broomhall out of overs with a final total of 111 for seven.

Opening the chase for the Souters would be the usual combination of John Graham and Greg Fenton, both of whom took the game to a lacklustre Broomhall bowling attack.

Fenton was seeing the ball well and progressing along nicely; a booming six straight back over the bowler showing just that. Graham was also playing well, just as importantly, as his own scoring was his provision of a partner for Fenton to lean on.

Fenton brought up his 50 with a couple of easy singles before Graham was bowled when trying to hit out. Fenton would soon follow back to the pavilion, edging one behind to the Broomhall wicket keeper to bring his fine innings to a close.

Graham left with 23 to his name and Fenton with the aforementioned 50, Selkirk 81 for two as Michael Fenton and Rory Banks took up the lease on the crease. Fenton played the ball around nicely for ones and twos to the gaps, while Banks pierced the field with a couple of terrific boundaries.

Selkirk went on to reach the required 112 without losing any further wickets. Michael Fenton finished with 10 not out and Banks with 19 in the same manner.

Man of the match was Greg Fenton for his excellent batting display, scoring a 50 which included four fours and three sixes.