ON WINNING the toss, captain Stephen Broom decided to put Edinburgh South into bat in this top-of-the-table clash. With the wind swirling, showers in the air and a forecast that suggested it could be one of those on-and-off kind of days, Rory Elms struck first, removing Longley for six. Wilcock went LBW soon after with the score on only 25 for 2. However, Pirani and Chapman took their chances and despite giving a couple of very tough half-chances, the score moved on swiftly to 43 for 2 before rain forced the players off.
Half-an-hour of waiting went by before play resumed and South immediately took the game to the Villagers, adding nearly 50 runs before spinner Craig McNeill tempted Chapman into a wild swing and bowled him for 28 just before the rain came down again. Play was suspended on 91 for 3 with 14 of the allotted 40 overs remaining.
St Boswells regrouped when play restarted and with a wet ball kept things very tight and fielded brilliantly. Local legend Jamie Glover, playing his first game of the year, took two impressive catches fielding in the covers, including key wicket Pirani for 42. With Desai starting to hit out around the steady fall of wickets, Broom and McNeill cleaned up the tail to leave Edinburgh South on 148 for 9 after the 40 overs – a challenging target, especially with the outfield and pitch wet and slow.
With all eyes on the Duckworth Lewis chart, St Boswells got off to a bad start as first Richard Young went, bowled for a duck, and then Ross Graham followed, chipping up to midwicket for two. With normal top order batsmen Cletus Mathurin and Elliot Ruthven missing, Broom went in at No.3 and despite limited batting opportunities this year, started to show his class, ably and assisted by Glover. With the run-rate above the D&L target, Broom was the aggressor, hitting four sixes clear over the A68, along with many fours.
Glover eventually went LBW for 25 off Wilcock’s bowling. A flurry of wickets followed, but the Villagers were looking home and safe before Broom went for one big hit too many – out for an agonising 98. As the number of wickets gradually increased and the number of available overs falling steadily, it was with much relief that McNeil and Elms saw St Boswells home with two wickets and eight balls to spare.
So, St Boswells stretch their lead at the top of Division 2 of the East League. With promotion beckoning we head off to play Edinburgh CC in what promises to be an edge-of-your-seat experience.
In other news, St Boswells “A” thrashed Penicuik in their Border Sunday League match by 105 runs, stalwart opening bat Thomas Goodman and Alasdair McIlroy putting on an excellent second wicket partnership and Chinniah Prabhakar contributing an unbeaten 67. In the return innings Penicuik looked to be strong enough for a lively response but then fell in tatters as very occasional bowler Goodman ripped through the lower order ending with astonishing figures of 5 wickets for 6 runs.
St Boswells Ladies, fielding a team with a median age of around 13 years old travelled to Stirling to play a far more experienced side. In their 20 overs they scored a creditable 120 runs, but this was not to prove sufficient for victory as Stirling wrapped up the win in double-quick time. However it was encouraging to see so much promise in such a young side.
St Boswells 1st XI beat Edinburgh South by 2 wickets.
C. Longley, c Prabhakar b Elms 6
A. Pirani, c Glover b Prabhakar 42
B. Wilcock, lbw b Broom 11
M. Chapman, b McNeill 28
C. Cannings, c Glover b McNeill 4
A. Desai, c Turnbull b Broom 35
P. Reddish, run out 2
R. Kumarappan, c Elms b Broom 11
I. Astley, b Broom 2
C. Barratt, not out 0
C. Raine, not out 1
Total for 9, 148
R. Young, b Barratt 0
R. Graham, c Longley b Wilcock 2
S. Broom, c Chapman b Barratt 98
J. Glover, lbw b Wilcock 25
C. Prabhakar, c Wilcock b Barratt 4
E. Hunter, b A. Desai 1
S. Turnbull, b A. Desai 5
K. White, b A. Desai 0
C. McNeill, not out 5
R. Elms, not out 1
Total for 8, 149