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.

New Year At The Club

Owing to the closure of the British Legion in St Boswells, the club has taken the decision to open at various times over the Christmas and New Year period. On Saturday 27th December (time TBC) there will be a Bar Games Evening and general drinks session(!) for members and their guests hosted by Mucky.

We are also open for Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) to cater for people who would like to drink and have a bit of fun in a relaxed, informal environment. The bar will be open on Wednesday 31st January from 7pm and we will make sure it is well stocked with the cheapest drinks in the village, plus music and any other entertainment we can think of! Come along and join us – we have a license until 1am.

stboscc_newyear2014On New Year’s Day, from 12 noon, we will be opening up for our annual New Year’s Day Cricket Match. Played for the ceremonial quaich, everyone who wants a game gets into two teams and plays for as many overs as there are bowlers – that’s everyone in each team – trying to score as many runs in the least amount of time. Whatever the weather, THE GAME WILL BE PLAYED. We’ll try and start as close to 1pm as we can

Of course, the bar will be open serving great value drinks and welcoming everyone whether they play cricket or not. See you there.

New Committee Elected

The St Boswells Cricket Club AGM was held on Friday 28th November, 2014. The full list of officers and committee members elected is as follows:

Chairman: Jim Thomson
Secretary: Keith Farnish
Treasurer: Irene Hume
Fixture Secretary: vacant – applications open
Membership Secretary: Katrina O’Neil
Bar Convener: Scott Hunter (with Michelle Falconer)
1st XI Captain: Steven Laidlaw
1st XI Vice Captain: Stephen Broom
2nd XI Captain: Scott Marshall
2nd XI Vice Captain: Scott Hunter
Women’s Cricket Convener: Kathryn White
Junior Convener: Steven Laidlaw (with Katrina O’Neill)

Other Committee Members: Alan Frank, Fiona Paterson, Dougie Hume (St Boswells AFC), Ryan Borthwick, Ross Graham

Non elected positions:
Sponsorship Secretary: Ross Graham
Child Protection Officer: Keith Farnish

We are also looking for a Social Secretary, should anyone be interested in organising club events. Congratulations to all of the above, looking forward to a successful 2015 and the St Boswells CC 120th Anniversary.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Below is the announcement for the 2014 AGM, as sent to all members.


Dear Member

Please accept this letter as formal notification for the upcoming ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held on FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2014 at 7PM. The meeting will be held at the Clubhouse, St Boswells Cricket Club, The Green, St Boswells.

All constitutional positions for Officers and Committee Members are open to nomination, viz.: Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Match Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Junior Cricket Convener, Women’s Cricket Convener, Bar Convener + 3 ordinary Committee Members.

The positions of JUNIOR CONVENER and FIXTURE SECRETARY currently (30/10/14) have no nominations, but must be fulfilled for the Club to continue its normal operations.

Please send all proposals (Members may propose themselves) for Officers and ordinary Committee Members to secretary@stboswellscricketclub.org.

There are also two non-constitutional positions that are of great benefit to the Club, and offers of assistance are welcome for the 2015 season, thus: Sponsorship Secretary and Social Secretary (new for 2015).

Please send any apologies for the AGM to the above email address or via other members.

Yours faithfully

Keith Farnish (Club Secretary)

Another Amazing Weekend: 26th to 29th June 2014

Ok, it’s been a while since the last blog, but to be honest results have been a bit up and down (up for the “A” Team, ok for St Boswells Ladies and mediocre for the 1st XI) so it takes something pretty special to trigger an epic blog. Here goes…

Thursday 26th June: St BoswelLs vs Selkirk at The Green (Border Twenty20 League)

On a dry and fast St Boswells pitch, cut especially for Twenty20, Selkirk took to the field to play a team known in recent years for making unassailable scores against any weak bowling. Selkirk sensibly put their strike bowlers Greg Fenton and Jordan Reid in to restrict St Boswells’ scoring rate. Boswells’ opener Craig Paterson was out cheaply, replaced by Stephen Broom who pushed the rate up until his stumps were splayed by Rory Banks. Scott Hunter continued, to partner Elliot Ruthven and between them took the score to 60, until Ruthven was caught to a skier, soon after to be followed by Hunter, bowled by Ford. Aussie Mark Williams stayed solid at the crease as he accumulated 30 runs, while at the other end four St Boswells wickets tumbled in the space of 21 runs. With the score at a very attainable 97, Keith Farnish came out to partner Williams, who between them took 16 off the last 2 overs to leave a more respectable score of 113.

In return, Selkirk started brightly, to match the sun slanting across The Green, and the loss of Everitt with a smart catch by ‘keeper Hunter off the bowling of Rory Elms didn’t slow the tempo. Fenton and Banks took the score to 50 in just under 7 overs, partly due to some less than ideal St Boswells fielding, before Fenton was bowled by Kathryn White. Graham, with Banks, took the score onto 68 before being bowled by the off-spin of Williams; and from there the ground seemed to open up for Selkirk. A deep catch by Paterson removed Banks for 33 to White, while at the other end Williams took 4 wickets in 2 overs to give him his first 5-fer at St Boswells (drinks all round!) Jordan Broom and Elliot Ruthven took the remaining two wickets to leave Selkirk 15 short of the total and St Boswells clear winners in what was a good-humoured and enjoyable match.

Saturday 28th June: St Boswells 1st XI vs Largo 1st XI at Upper Largo (East League Division 1)

Rain from a dishrag-grey sky speckled the windscreen of the minibus, as a much depleted St Boswells 1st XI took the long journey to the East Neuk of Fife to play Largo 1sts. This was expected to be a tough match, especially given St Boswells’ disappointing recent form. With both captains missing, along with a number of other first picks, St Boswells nevertheless took one look at the short boundaries of Upper Largo and made plans for some big-hitting, opting to bat first as the rain dried up.

Regular opener Elliot Ruthven partnered veteran Thomas Goodman, making steady progress with decent Largo bowling, until Goodman fell for 15 to a low scorcher from Gillin. Acting captain Stephen Broom stepped up to the crease, and alongside Ruthven gradually moved the score to 60 in 17 overs. At this point it seemed as though 175 would be a respectable score. It was then that Broom started to find the middle of the bat. All this time the match was being watched by around 20 young bulls in the surrounding field who began to find company in the shape of Broom’s projectiles. In the space of 17 balls he hit six sixes – two of them particularly pleasurable following a claim of no boundary from a Largo fielder who had been laying across said line while holding the ball, part of a 26 run over off Largo’s Stevie Warrender. Broom finally fell for 80 in the 28th over to a big hit too many. Overseas player Mark Williams was due a big score, and took the part of the foil, while Ruthven made himself aggressor, passing 75, and then 100 in just 18 more balls. Williams then joined the run party as they both entertained the small crowd of people and the many more cattle with seemingly effortless scoring. By the time Ruthven was out for a magnificent 138, three balls had been lost to the scrubland, and Williams was still winding up. Just one more wicket fell, as St Boswells ended their 50 overs for 309 runs, Williams not out for 69. All this despite Largo bowling not one wide or no ball.

Tea was taken in the nearby church hall, while outside the rain fell. Largo’s innings started in the dry, but that was all the good news the opposition would have, as Ruthven nearly broke the off-stump of Nicky Rintoul, followed by an outrageous combined stop (by 2nd slip Goodman) and catch (by 1st slip S Broom) off the same bowler – teamwork indeed. Andy Warrender and Alex Anderson steadied the Largo ship, which would seem to be needed as the rain began to fall at the 12 over mark, and how it fell! An hour of heavy drizzle came from over the Lomond Hills, darkening the day and causing not a little tension between the two teams: St Boswells who knew that bowling a few more overs would bring the Duckworth-Lewis calculator into play, and Largo who were keen to pack up for the day and not go down in the table. As it was, the rain eventually stopped, and there followed an astonishing spell of bowling from Stephen Broom and Barney Waugh, who managed to complete 12 overs in around half and hour before the black clouds, once again, closed in. The fact that these overs also put paid to four Largo batsmen for just 20 runs, including a brilliant run out by Jordan Broom, showed how important teamwork is in pressure situations. Largo conceded the game by Duckworth-Lewis(approximately 140 runs short), pushing St Boswells up the table, and making the bus journey home one to remember.

And to cap it all, on Sunday 29th June, St Boswells won the 2014 Border Sixes tournament at Kelso, undefeated and barely troubled in any of the matches. Great performance guys!

One Weekend Like This : 26-27 April 2014

On the eve of the new season, the weather forecast that was meant to spoil the first weekend afforded St Boswells a reprieve when a pitch inspection carried out in bright sunlight gave the go ahead for the First XI East League Division 1 fixture against Largo. Winning the toss, Joint captains Craig McNeill and Kathryn White opted to bat first. Jamie Glover and Rich Young got stuck in straight away, with the later clattering 20 off one over before edging behind for 45, that brought big hitter Stephen Broom to the wicket and true to form he punished all bad balls all over the ground bringing up his 50 in double quick time. Glover went for 22, skying high when trying to hit over mid on, but by that point St Boswells were 135 for 2 and already well on the way to a big score. Overseas amateur Mark Williams was gradually finding his feet on the slow Scotttish wickets, whilst Broom continued his onslaught including one six that went over the houses heading for Lawries Garage and was never seen again. On 99, disaster struck when he was bowled by Gillin whilst trying for another massive blow. Aussie Williams eventually went for 25, and only Marsh with 20 was the other batsman who made a quick impact as wickets tumbled in the pursuit for fast runs as the overs ran out, the Villagers finishing on 253 for 9 from their 50 overs.

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Stephen Broom on his way to a crushing innings of 99

With the forecast looking good, chasing 253 was always going to be a mammoth total for the visitors. 2 quick wickets for the positive Rory Elms started the rot (eventually finished with 3 for 9), Young added a couple, then Craig McNeill rolled back the years with his tempting floated off spinners, Largo’s batsmen’s eyes light up at the prospect and predictably three of them proceeded to hole out deep where the hosts and particular Scott ‘bucket hands’ Marshall snatched 3 great catches. McNeill finishing with 3 for 8 runs. Top scorer was opener Ali who reached 25 before being smartly stumped by Graham. So, St Boswells start the season with a comfortable win, with a tougher away game to come this weekend away to Musselburgh.

Sunday loomed damp and overcast, and what threatened to be a baptism of fire for new “A” Team captain Steven Laidlaw vs Gala 2nd XI in the Border Sunday League didn’t quite pass off as expected. Gala went in to bat and put on 20-odd for the first wicket against the tight seaming of Scott Marshall and young Joseph Flynn. Marsh took the first 2 wickets, both caught by a newly ensconced keeper, Scott Hunter and it was not long before Elliot Ruthven, in his first spell of the season, crashed through the middle order, ending with 4 for 6 runs, and Gala in tatters. The tail-end was mopped up by Aussie, Mark Williams, getting in some valuable early season practice, with figures of 3 for 7 runs.

Gala’s disappointing total of 60 should have been an easy call for St Boswells, but due to the extremely tight bowling of Pringle and Tharanga, life was not easy for the openers, nor numbers 3 and 4 who both fell for ducks. With Deans also falling cheaply, it was down to Williams to steady the ship, alongside a rock-solid, almost immobile Thomas Goodman, and finish up the game for the loss of 4 wickets. A proud moment for Steven Laidlaw, following in the footsteps of his greatly missed father, Kevin – with many more hopefully to come.

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St Boswells Ladies’ Sixes team at MES Edinburgh

Weather was not a challenge for St Boswells Ladies’ Sixes team, competing in the fourth and final National Indoor Tournament, at MES Sports Centre in Edinburgh. Drawn in by far the hardest half of the competition, the young team captained by Rebecca Waldie, worked hard to win two of their three 5-over matches, including overhauling a strong Edinburgh University team. Jo Dixon was in impressive form, hitting sixes almost at will, but the whole team performed well in all areas, only overcome by Stirling County.

Reaching the semi-final against Stirling County 2, tight bowling kept the opposition score to a manageable level, but equally tight bowling from Stirling and some superb fielding meant a six was required off the last ball. Thus challenged, young Becky Farnish obliged to see St Boswells into the final, once more against Stirling County. A massive total of 83 in 5 overs was required due to the fireworks of Scotland keeper Lorna Jack but, incredibly, this was overhauled by the partnership of Dixon and Waldie to see St Boswells made champions, and round off a perfect weekend for the club.

Our New Signing

Today sees the arrival of our new overseas signing, Mark Williams, a young and exciting all-rounder from Australia, who has chosen to spend summer 2014 at St Boswells. Here’s how his signing was reported elsewhere:

Tea Tree Gully batting all-rounder Mark Williams will play for St. Boswells in Division 1 of the East of Scotland League this season.

Mark Williams (19) is a hard-hitting left-hand batsman and economical off-spinner who has played for Tea Tree Gully District Cricket Club in South Australia for the past 7 years. He has progressed through the grades, from Under-14s through to the Senior C Grade.

In 2011, he was selected to play in the BankSA Shield team in an Under-17 State annual tournament as one of the younger players. During these years, he has also played for Trinity College Gawler in the Independent Schools Association and skippered the 1st XI from Year 8.

He has toured with Trinity College to Darwin twice to complete in the Northern Territories Under -7 tournament and Ballarat Vic twice and have been involved in all inter-collegiate matches from 2010. In 2011, he won the Trinity College “Best Batsman” as well as runner-up for the “Best and Fairest” player.

Due to compulsory college rules, Williams’ 1st X1 commitments took precedence over club cricket, therefore never played complete seasons with Tea Tree Gully club until he finished College in 2013. In 2012/13, he filled in for Trinity College Old Scholars playing 4 matches averaging 43.80 including a 102. Whilst he has been used as a part-time bowler for Tea Tree Gully, due to the number of spinners in the club, he was Trinity College’s front line spinner bowling off-spin.

Williams is excited about heading to Scotland this summer and is hoping to make a big impact for St. Boswells in the East of Scotland League.

We intend to keep him very busy, not only on the pitch, as an attacking player for our 1st XI, but also as a key member of our junior coaching setup, which is starting up again on Tuesday evenings from 6th May. We are delighted to have Mark at St Boswells for the season and are sure he will make a great impact in all areas of the club – maybe helping us push for ESCA Championship status in 2015.