May came and went without Selkirk’s 1st XI registering a victory. June, however, got off to a splendid start as, at long last, the club found some form to defeat Melrose in the first round of the Muragtroyd National 20/20 Knockout Cup.

Sadly the scorebook offers but an incomplete record of this triumph. Suffice it to say that Green batted 20 overs for his 37, a scoring rate that seems mildly out of keeping with the conventions of the 20/20 format. Nevertheless, without his determined innings the visitors would have struggled to post any kind of competitive score.

As it was Selkirk were charged with keeping their heads as they chased an eminently-achievable total of 90. Batting in beautiful conditions at Philiphaugh, the home side knew that one substantial contribution allied with bits and pieces of chipping in from others would suffice.

The hero of the hour was Bob Wilkinson – pictured above – whose 32 included some lusty pulling and judicious running between the wickets. Everitt and Banks – who hit one lusty six to the Ettrickhaugh Road end, complete with a Caribbean-style follow-through – added useful support, while Paterson, Gardiner and Oliver all contributed their necessary share. Indeed it was Oliver, driving trhough mid on, who smote the winning runs to send Selkirk through to the next round of the competition.

Despite that, however, it was Wilkinson’s hour and his was the match-defining and match-winning innings.

Selkirk vs Melrose, Philiphaugh, June 3rd 2010. Murgatroyd 20/20

Selkirk won by 4 wickets.

Melrose Innings:

C Green        Not Out 37
R McLennan    ct b Paterson 2
B Scott        ct Oliver b Wilkinson 7
T Bailey        ct Wilkinson b G Fenton 2
L Prabahar    c Banks b G Fenton 15
R Murray        LBW b Reid 1
K Paisley        Out 10
E Jessop         Out 1
A Irvine-Robertson Not Out 3

Extras: 12

Total 90/7

Selkirk Innings:

J Everitt        ct McLennan b Prabahar 11
D Fenton        ct b Pabahar 5
R Banks        ct Bentley b Murray 11
G Fenton        b Prabahar 0
B Wilkinson    Not Out 32
K Paterson    st McKay b Murray 8
I Gardiner        LBW b Sutherland 7
L Oliver        Not Out 7

Extras: 14

Total: 94/6

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