A new season and a new division for the 1st XI, and matches are inevitably going to get more competitive, especially when you don’t have an overseas player. However, St Boswells have another trick up their sleeve – more anon…
The Ladies team played their first match on Sunday 12th May against George Watsons Ladies, and it was something of a baptism of fire for the predominantly junior team. A great half century from Jo Dixon wasn’t enough to post a high enough total, but George Watsons were made to bat well and the loss will be a big learning experience for the team.
The “A” Team managed to play 2 of their 3 matches, with the Langholm match (at Langholm) unfortunately conceded due to a lack of players – crossing over with the rugby 7s season will always be a problem in the Borders. A defeat to a strong Gala team, despite excellent bowling and fielding was almost inevitable, but kudos to all the players for working hard on a very wet pitch. The second match was against Manderston who are now the only Borders team who do not field an East League team (Kelso and Melrose are East League only). The rain for Manderston’s innings was persistent and the ball constantly wet, but excellent bowling and fielding restricted the opposition to 100 runs. Craig “Bubba” Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 29. The 101 runs required were easily sought – Elliot Ruthven top scoring with 36.
On to the 1st XI, who played their first match away to MDAFS – confusingly at Leith due to a sudden pitch change – and always struggled with some expensive bowling, and only Rich Young really making an impact with 4 for 41. The total of 188 should have been achievable, but again early season rustiness failed to wash off and St Boswells were bowled out cheaply for 96. Captain Broom scored the lion’s share of the runs. With a disappointing start behind them, the return of batting icon Scott Ruthven was welcomed, but it was a team effort that put St Boswells first home innings – against Edinburgh South – well out of the opposition’s reach. Opening scores of 42 (E Ruthven), 55 (S Ruthven) and 51 (C Prabhakar) showed the batting strength available. The score of 224 was too daunting, and astounding bowling figures of 2 for 7 runs in 10 overs by Scott “Tumsh” Turnbull, with support from the rest of the cast, tidied up Edinburgh South, 90 runs short.
The third match, on 11th May against Watsonian 2 was a corker, but could have been so much easier. Opening the batting and almost carrying the bat through the innings, Scott Ruthven managed to chalk up a huge 134, the highest score by a St Boswells player in recent years in any type of game. It was made even more impressive because no other player scored more than 19; but perhaps on another day another player will have shone. The St Boswells bowling was uniformly tight, with honours shared across the board – Elliot Hunter with the best figures of 3 for 23 in 10, leaving Watsonians 50 runs short and out of overs. The party went on well into the night – not because we had won the league (we are edging up), but because the clubhouse is a great place to have a party!
1st XI SCORECARDS (open in new tabs)