Haddington were defeated at home by Selkirk on Saturday by three wickets. The visitors won the toss and elected to field and Haddington openers looked happy enough with their decision. At 20 overs they had only lost one wicket and seen off form bowler M.Fenton who almost returned his first wicketless performance for some time. The hosts would have been less happy with the run rate just above 2 an over and when the wickets started falling it looked unlikely that they would complete their allotted 40 overs. In the space of 6 overs Haddington fell from 55 for 1 to 76 for 7. Banks, G.Fenton, Paterson and Wilkinson all took wickets in the spell with the latter topping bowling figures for the day. With the bat Cardwell Moore top scored for Haddington with 33 but an unbeaten 22 from Pearce at the end ensured that they would push the total into three figures, finishing on 110 for the loss of 9 wickets.
Selkirk conspired to make it difficult for themselves with the loss of early wickets. Murphy was elevated to opener only to lose his wicket without scoring and followed his captain, G.Fenton, who was still taking his pads off having been removed in the previous over. The East Lothian side will have fancied their chances as Selkirk slipped to 45 for 5, which included the important wicket of M.Fenton for just 3 runs. However, Banks outplayed all on the day with a dashing 51 to add to the removal of both openers with the ball. The game wasn’t won when Banks fell and Paterson may find himself up the order again next week after an ultimately match winning knock of 17, ably assisted by first Henderson and then late fill in Gillie, who didn’t even have the time to secure whites for the occasion. Paterson knocked a drive through the covers for 2 to take Selkirk past the target and leap frog their hosts into third position in Division 3.
Its a busy week at Philiphaugh this week with 20/20 games Tuesday and Thursday night (against Gala and Kelso respectively) followed by the visit of Murrayfield DAFS II on Saturday, where Selkirk will be looking for further revenge for another early season loss.
The sun shone on the souters on Saturday with a 8 wicket victory over border rivals St Boswells at Philiphaugh.
Selkirk started with 10 men and chose to endure the hottest part of the day in the field. The visitors may have had instant anxiety about batting first after an opening delivery from M.Fenton knocked over the opener J.Broom. However older sibling Steven stepped in to uphold the family name and after a slow start he looked likely to score big with prodigious drives and well placed cut shots.
However, a wonder catch from M.Fenton, diving over his right shoulder at second slip, off his brother’s bowling, sent S.Broom on his way. Ironically, the hosts were sloppy in the field for large parts, Hughes personifying this inconsistency with one good catch and a fluffed easier opportunity a few overs later.
The visitors took advantage of opportunities to roll past 100 with 10 overs remaining. S.Laidlaw (35) batted out the last 10 for St Boswells, taking them to 144 for the loss of 6 wickets, and must have thought that his batting would be his most significant contribution to the outcome. D.Gardiner and M.Fenton were the pick of the Selkirk bowlers, Gardiner also taking a sharp catch off of his own bowling to remove the methodical R.Young (21).
St Boswells would have fancied their chances more if they knew that Selkirk hadn’t chased down such a total at Philiphaugh for over 4 years, on that occasion R.Banks hit 74 runs to get a win. On Saturday, having quickly got his whites on to make up numbers, late arrival Banks was also quickly called on for batting duties with opener Paterson falling in Blackie’s second over.
Blackie (1-23) was the dominant St Boswells bowler on Saturday and the Selkirk top order found it difficult to get him away. However, some equally powderpuff fielding from the visitors meant that Banks and G.Fenton (36) were unperturbed until the latter was stumped stepping forward defensively from the crease and misreading a ball from White (1-25). Again, with the total at 90, it took the bold stepping forward of an older sibling to restore the family name with Greg’s older brother Michael finding form with the bat, rattling 30 of the required runs to keep pace with Banks (73).
It could have been a different story for the visitors if Laidlaw, prominent with the bat, had taken an easy catch at mid on with Banks still finding his feet. Banks made the villagers pay and his personal total included 9 well rapped fours and, in the blistering heat, 4 energy sapping threes. Selkirk finished on 145 for the loss of 2 wickets with 9 of the 40 overs remaining.
This was a neat welcome win for Selkirk with a difficult trip to Haddington next week, where the hosts will be seeking revenge for a loss to the souters at the start of the season.
Dunfermline and Carnegie 2nds were visitors to Philiphaugh on Saturday and left Selkirk having defeated their hosts by 8 wickets.
The game was reduced to a 35 over match with concerns about the weather which were never realised on a muggy day which helped the craftier bowlers on either side. Selkirk batted first and made steady progress even with the loss of a couple of early wickets. Fenton and Gardiner took the total to 77 at drinks and a total beyond 150 looked likely. However, Callan was proving difficult to read for the batsmen and he removed both in his third over; Gardiner adjudged LBW for 26 runs and, to the sound of collective groans around the ground, Fenton bowled on 49. There was little resistance thereafter with Selkirk lower order batsmen succumbing easily. As with all good collapses there were a couple of unnecessary run outs, on both occasions the batsmen underestimated the arm of Howis, who arrowed in the ball over the stumps from the boundary to remove both Graham and McNeill.
The final Selkirk total of 120 was short of what was expected and the league topping visitors always looked likely to reach it and did so with 6 overs to spare, Xavier hitting the winning runs with a slog to cow corner for 4. Yousuf rode his luck at times but used not a little art to top score with 57 before being caught, third time lucky, by Singhtoor having skied the ball to mid on looking for personal glory with the scores tied.
The visitors were let down by some unseemly behaviour by individuals where decisions didn’t go their way, including an embarrassing altercation with their own umpire and cringeworthy petulance from bowlers not getting the luck they felt entitled to. Thankfully there was some good cricket on display and Callan with the ball (4-18) and Yousuf with the bat, including a chunky straight six onto the football field, ensured that the Fifers kept their 100% league record. For Selkirk Fenton and Gardiner did well with the bat but chances were left out in the field and the souters will be hoping for a stronger all round performance for the visit of St Boswells next Saturday.
A 100 plus partnership for Greg Fenton and Rory Banks helped Selkirk secure a second victory in Edinburgh on consecutive weekends. (Scorecard below)
Marchmont 2s won the toss and put the visitors in to bat. Paterson (13) opened again on Saturday and saw off the opening bowlers before falling to Grainger (1-23) with the total at 26. Banks and Fenton had little difficulty with bowling and hurtled to 128 before Fenton (73)was caught behind the wicket off the bowling of Prakash (2-36), who also removed Banks (40) two overs later. Taking two quick wickets Ahmed (2-17) finished with the best bowling figures but no more wickets were to fall.
The souters ended with five batsmen reaching double figures for the first time this year, Henderson (10) and Murphy (11) adding 20 valuable runs for a final total of 165 for 5.
M.Fenton (2-15) continued his excellent form with the ball, taking two wickets in his first three overs. He was however out performed by Banks (4-15) who caused problems for all batsmen and took the important wicket of Cherry (33) who top scored for Marchmont. Heard (2-9) repaid his teammates for missing the game last week with a diving catch at square leg to remove Chetty and then duly finished off the tail.
Great catches were the order of the day. Murphy, low at first slip and wicket keeper Graham, down leg side took high quality catches but they were outdone by G.Fenton who took 3 on the day. On his debut the moustachioed McNeill didn’t feature with the bat, however the Yorkshireman had a wee juggle at point and held on to remove Prakash. Marchmont 2s finished all out for 100 runs with 3 balls remaining. Selkirk can now look forward to a run of games at Philiphaugh kicking off with the visit of Tranent and Preston Village on Saturday coming.