The weather finally cleared and made it possible for two, yes two, matches to take place this weekend, featuring St Boswells 1st XI and St Boswells “A”. About time too. Those of us looking forward to balmy summer afternoons basking in the solar glow with a drink in hand and the gentle sounds of leather upon willow have been sadly disabused of such notions. This is Scotland after all, not deepest Surrey. But as the Jet Stream glides northwards maybe the latter quarter of the season will prove kinder to us afficianados of the great game.
Anyway, on with the match reports.
Top of the East Division 2 table St.Boswells 1st XI won the toss and elected to
field first against Boroughmuir up at Meggetland on Saturday 21st July. The move immediately paid off as Turnbull bowled the Borughmuir captain with the very first ball of the game. In his next over he got 2 more in two balls to put the Villagers firmly in command with the score only on 5 for 3 wickets. Boroughmuir then stuck to the task well and defiantly, but still losing regular wickets, to finish on 108 all out in 45 overs. Turnbull finishing with 4 wickets and Prabhakar with 3.
After tea, the Villagers set about their work in brisk fashion. Openers Cletus Mathurin and Elliot Ruthven rarely troubled as they picked off the bowling with ease to race past 90 runs in 12 overs. Mathurin eventually went LBW shortly after getting his 50. Patterson was next in and was unlucky to hole out for a duck to midwicket. With Ruthven unbeaten at the other end, Prabakhar came in and hit the winning 4. St Boswells stay clear at the top, however in their next 2 games face Edinburgh South and Edinburgh CC who are 2nd and 3rd respectively with only 1 defeat each.
A windy Sunday at Manderston saw St Boswells “A” with a team slightly weakened in regulars but certainly not weak in spirit. Manderston were to prove a tricky team to bowl against, however, and such was their resistance in the 40 overs that St Boswells stalwart Thomas Goodman was brought in to provide his own unique take on spin bowling. A fabulous spell from Elliot Ruthven (9 runs for 1 in 8 overs) limited Manderston to 154; a testing target nonetheless.
With the loss of Greg Lane for 8, that man Ruthven along with Goodman stuck and stuck, almost reaching a century for the loss of just 1 wicket. With the fall of Goodman the wickets started eroding away, but not without the accumulation of valuable runs, and St Boswells eventually reached their target with a 3 from Craig “Bubba” Paterson. Only only ball remained, but the victory was ours. The next match will be a tricky home tie against Penicuik.