With heavy rain being the order of the last week, St Boswells Cricket Club were set perhaps the ultimate test, that of turning a boating lake into a playable pitch in the space of just over a day. Incredibly, with the help of numerous hands, forks and rakes the sunny Saturday was heading towards play rather than abandonment. Boroughmuir, having driven down from Edinburgh, cast a stern eye over the pitch and then decided to muck in clearing the last of the water away allowing a delayed start to a 40 over match.
St Boswells 1st XI won the toss and chose to field, and from the off Boroughmuir were under pressure losing an early wicket to Rory Elms and throughout the innings continuing to struggle for runs. It was not so much the slow outfield, for when the ball was hit it fairly raced to the boundary on the few occasions this happened, as the accuracy of the St Boswells attack that made going hard for the former Division One side. With a stunning spell of 7 for 4 wickets in 5 overs, the spin of Craig McNeill ensured that Boroughmuir had precious few resources to call upon. Elms and Cletus Mathurin took three wickets apiece for 15 and 10 runs respectively, causing the Boroughmuir innings to end prematurely. Batsman Moghul was left stranded on 17 not out, and the away team reached just 78 all out after 38.1 overs. Special mention should also go to captain Stephen Broom for two stunning one-handed catches, and experienced keeper Ross Graham in his first match showing a fine pair of gloves.
This looked like an easy total to pass but St Boswells were made to toil with accurate and fast bowling forcing Elliot Ruthven to drop anchor, and Mathurin to lose patience early on. Former Melrosian Chinniah Prabhakar, in at three, started to take control and alongside Ross Graham put on an excellent partnership that looked to be steering St Boswells to an easy 7 wicket win. But nothing is simple in the heights of Division Two, with spinner Peesapati and seamer Durrani taking two quick wickets each to put St Boswells in some trouble. Fortunately a few lusty shots from Prabhakar and a winning four from Elliot Hunter finished off the match with 4 wickets to spare and a first win for St Boswells in the East League was completed.
St Boswells (20) beat Boroughmuir (3) by 4 wkts
Played at St Boswells on 12/5/2012
St Boswells won the toss and chose to field first.
Innings of Boroughmuir
|A Greenlees||c R Graham||b R Elms||2|
|E Hutchison||b R Elms||11|
|c de hann||c S Broom||b R Elms||6|
|*||S Moreland||b C Mathurin||10|
|A Gupta||st R Graham||b C McNeill||14|
|A Talreja||c S Turnbull||b C McNeill||8|
|H Moghal||Not Out||17|
|+||N Craigmile||caught &||b C McNeill||0|
|R Boyapati||b C McNeill||0|
|K Peesapati||c S Broom||b C Mathurin||5|
|H Durrani||b C Mathurin||0|
|TOTAL||All out (38.1 ovs)||78|
Innings of St Boswells
|C Mathurin||c N Craigmile||b R Boyapati||3|
|E Ruthven||c A Talreja||b H Durrani||7|
|C Prabhakar||Not Out||33|
|*||S Broom||caught &||b H Durrani||0|
|+||R Graham||LBW||b A Gupta||22|
|R Young||LBW||b K Peesapati||0|
|A McIlroy||b K Peesapati||0|
|E Hunter||Not Out||5|
|Extras||2b 3lb 2w 3nb||10|
|TOTAL||for 6 wkts (27.3 ovs)||80|