Souters rise to improbable placing in East league

Ewen Robbie bowling
Ewen Robbie bowling

Selkirk beat Boroughmuir

by seven wickets

A fine all-round bowling performance ensured that Selkirk extended their winning sequence to four consecutive matches in the East of Scotland Cricket League Division Three.

The Souters cruised to a seven wicket victory over Boroughmuir, keeping them in touch with the leaders at fourth place on the league table.

In difficult, windy, damp conditions at Philiphaugh, stand-in skipper Kenny Paterson, deputising for the absent Rory Banks, won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat first.

And, when Paterson struck in the third over, the wisdom of this decision seemed confirmed.

Boroughmuir rallied, however, and at 42/1 looked to be building a secure platform for their innings.

That reckoned without the guile and endlessly subtle variations of pace and drift offered by Ewen Robbie and John Everitt, each of whom contrived to lure a succession of Boroughmuir batsmen to their destruction.

This “honey trap” strategy worked to perfection as Robbie and Everitt shared an improbable six wickets between them.

By this stage Boroughmuir’s innings was sinking fast as batsman after batsman played ill-advised cross-batted strokes that offered Selkirk’s bowlers some simple catching practice. Jordan Reid returned to the attack to mop up the tail and the visitors were all out for a meagre 75.

That total never looked like being remotely defendable; a suspicion confirmed by the zeal with which Everitt and Greg Fenton set about the Boroughmuir bowling. With the score on 41, however, Everitt was trapped LBW for 20 and responsibility for seeing Selkirk home passed to Fenton.

Though Boroughmuir claimed another two wickets Fenton remained a serene, largely untroubled, presence at the crease and saw Selkirk home with seven wickets and nearly 20 overs to spare.

The Souters travel to Drummond Trinity this Sunday knowing that another victory, combined with results going their way in other fixtures, will keep them in the hunt for a promotion place that looked most improbable after they began the season with a pair of defeats.

Onwards and upwards.

For all last weekend’s East of Scotland results and this weekend’s fixtures involving the Borders’ teams go to page 89.