Border Sixes Trophy: Sunday 1st July 2012
As the skies bulged and leaked onto a slippery Philiphaugh pitch, it looked bleak for a 2012 Border Sixes Tournament taking place. Nevertheless seven teams turned up on time, the disappointing withdrawal of Langholm notwithstanding, to play a 4 + 3 set of group matches. The groups had been drawn months before and one could have been forgiven for thinking they were arranged for maximum excitement: St Boswells, Gala, Kelso and Hawick being placed together in Group 1, with Melrose, Selkirk and Biggar making up the smaller Group 2.
Four overs per innings demanded big hitting, but the low bounce made running the order of the day for most batsmen except notably Kelso’s Yorkshireman McCarry, and St Boswells’ captain Broom, both of whom made mincemeat of most bowlers. As it turned out Group 1 was dominated by St Boswells, not just in batting terms but with some excellent bowling particularly from Ruthven and Elms (who also fielded exceptionally).
While St Boswells mopped up Group 1, with Kelso and Hawick fighting for second position, Group 2 was a more balanced affair with Melrose coming out top after tight matches across the board.
The final was a somewhat muted affair with most competitors having taken their leave, and the storm clouds threatening over the hills. St Boswells’ 59 for 1 proved too much for Melrose, especially with the loss of key batsmen early on, and the final over from Hunter was almost unplayable, leaving St Boswells with the cup and the chance to reflect on a summer which may see a little more cricket than has been possible so far.
Heriots 2nd XI vs St Boswells 1st XI, ESCA Division 2: Saturday 30th June 2012
St Boswells 1st XI played Heriots 2nd XI on Saturday with the Villagers already at the top of Division 2 of the East League. This was to prove an easy victory for a match-starved team who managed to all but smother Heriots’ attempt to score runs in their innings. Pick of the bowlers was Elliot Hunter, who took 4 wickets for 18 runs in his 8 overs, with both Elms and Turnbull taking 2 wickets apiece for similarly paltry totals. Heriots ended all out for just 59 runs in 28.2 overs, well short of the allotted 40.
With the rain threatening, Mathurin and Broom took it upon themselves to carry out a destructive batting display, Broom top scoring with a thunderous 42. The 60 runs was preceded by an enormous 6 towards Princes Street, and completed with nearly 29 overs to spare. St Boswells remain at the top of the division with 5 wins out of 5 and an away match to Freuchie 2nds a mouth-watering prospect for 7th July.
St Boswells (20) beat Heriots 2 (0) by 10 wkts
Heriots 2 won the toss and chose to bat first.
Innings of Heriots 2
|*+||J Case||b R Elms||2|
|C Thomson||b R Elms||10|
|C Mcdougall||c S Broom||b S Turnbull||6|
|G Singh||c E Hunter||b C Mathurin||10|
|C Jones||Run Out||12|
|C Mackellar||b E Hunter||11|
|C Acheson||b E Hunter||0|
|M Watt||c R Graham||b E Hunter||0|
|A Anderson||c J Broom||b E Hunter||0|
|J Small||b S Turnbull||1|
|D Hamilton||Not Out||4|
|TOTAL||All out (28.2 ovs)||59|
Innings of St Boswells
|C Mathurin||Not Out||18|
|*||S Broom||Not Out||42|
|TOTAL||for 0 wkts (11.3 ovs)||60|