St Boswells vs Largo report.

St Boswells bounced back from defeat last week with a fine lower order batting performance to make it three wins from 6 this season with a 54 run success over Largo who travelled a man light. In a basking St Boswells sun captain broom won the toss and decided that St Boswells would bat first with the opening pair of returning Hornigold and Laidlaw. St Boswells got off to a shaky start mainly due to some tight swing bowling from both ends and some brilliant catching from the visitors. Laidlaw was first to fall for 0 bowled by opener Scott. Stephen Broom was next to fall this time off the bowling of Mowat as Rintoul took an excellent catch to dismiss Broom. Hornigold was next to go as the swing bowling continued this time taking the top of off stump and leaving St Boswells struggling on 11 for 3 and in a spot of bother. However top scorer Paterson pulled St Boswells out of the struggle with a much needed 29, by the time Paterson had gone he had managed to raise the score to 60 for 7 as Jordan broom (lbw 3) Marshall bowled for 10 and Flynn to an excellent caught and bowled take for 0. The fall of Flynn brought about what the good number of former players supporting had come to see, the return of David “scrog” Shiel to the St Boswells team. Shiel was joined at the crease by Elms and the pair put on an excellent partnership of 30 with both playing some classy shots whilst ticking the scoreboard over. The partnership was broken when Shiel skied a catch and he was dismissed for 21. Chambers then came to bat for the first time this season and he and Elms put on another excellent partnership of 35 with a few boundaries but mainly working the field picking up some sharp singles. Elms was to be the man that fell going for 22. Chambers and Borthwick put on 20 before chambers tried going for one more big swing missing and ending up stumped with a score of 25 leaving Borthwick the not out batsmen and St Boswells 149 all out from 36.2 overs.

After tea St Boswells looked to attack quickly and pick up early wickets and it was to be Elms who got the breakthrough in his second over with a fine straight delivery bowling Mowat. The openers Elms and Marshall kept working but were unable to pick up the next wicket until the 9th over when Elms in his 5th and final over picked up his second as Warrender shelled out to chambers leaving the score 23 for 2. Elms finished with 2 for 13 from his 5.. Marshall unfortunately ended wicket less with 0 for 16 from 6 overs but bowled well backing up Elms .Joseph Flynn and Stephen Broom were next to bowl and both bowled again tight. Flynn bowling possibly too well continually missing the outside edge by whiskers. The pair would only go for 26 runs between them for their 16 overs but amazingly only picking up the one wicket which came in Brooms 7th over knocking over the off stump of the batsmen leaving himself with figures of 1 for 10 off 8 and Flynn with 0 for 16 off his allocated overs. Next wicket came from a superb piece of Paterson fielding as the batsmen worked hard to get back for a second paterson quickly gathered and the wicket was taken to leave the fife side staring at defeat on 75 for 4 after 30.3 overs. Laidlaw was brought on to bowl and went for 9 off his first over as the batsmen looked to open up. next over he picked up his first wicket bowling Baddelley who batted well for a hard fought 39. Jordan broom bowled well at the opposite end picking up 1 for 18 off of 5 with the wicket of Rintoul bowled. Laidlaw continued to bowl at the village end picking up Scott and Coates caught behind by sharp keeper Ryan Borthwick. Whilst Paterson and Shiel were given overs at the Selkirk end it took until the last ball of the innings for Laidlaw to trap Filsell LBW leaving Largo 95 all out laidlaw with 4 for 14 and St Boswellls a 54 run victory. Saturdays match ball was sponsored by St Boswells mowers who we thank for their continual support.

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