A solid all-round performance helped Selkirk ease to a 36 run victory over Hawick at Philiphaugh on Saturday. Put in to bat by the visitors, Greg Fenton and Andrew Rathie* got the home side’s innings off to a brisk start before each fell when seemingly well set. Nevertheless, after 15 overs Selkirk had progressed to 60/2.
If the top order had laid the foundations for a challenging total, the middle-order failed to build upon them. A flurry of wickets saw Davies dismiss Darren Fenton, Kenny Paterson and Jordan Reid in rapid succession and, suddenly, the Selkirk innings was taking on water and in danger of sinking.
Thomas Penman, however, organised a bailing operation, playing with sense and a straight bat as he moved to 23 before being the last man out. The 16 year olds’ innings set an example to his elder team-mates and, in the end, proved the crucial difference between the sides.
Hawick’s innings started poorly when Paterson had Baillie trapped plumb LBW in the first over. Weir followed soon after, misjudging and leaving a delivery that jagged back to knock over his off-stump.
Fernando and Rodger, however, settled the innings with the latter in particular crashing some splendid drives through the covers. However when Fernando cut loosely to point Selkirk sensed that victory was theirs for the taking. Provided, that is, they bowled accurately…
Even the usual litany of dropped catches – at least three on Saturday – only temporarily disrupted the Souters’ progress. Moffat retired hurt after he was hit on the head by a Darren Fenton bouncer while Greg Fenton finally had Rodger caught behind for a fine 34.
Although Moffat returned bravely, he could do nothing about the falling wickets at the other end and though Davies might have been unfortunate to be adjudged LBW none of the others could complain about their dismissal.
When Darren Fenton had Macdougall caught behind, Selkirk completed victory and in so doing retained possession of the Ronnie Simpson Trophy.
*Making his season’s debut and on the occasion of his first wedding anniversary no less. Many thanks are due to Carrie for releasing Andrew to play. An example to cricket wives everywhere, frankly.
Hawick & Wilton 1st XI won toss and decided to field
Selkirk 1st XI Innings
G Fenton c K Davies b G Baillie 17
A Rathie c C Macdougall b K Davies 28
R Banks+ c A Johnston b A Moffat 17
D Fenton c L Fernando b K Davies 5
K Patterson* b K Davies 7
J Reid c G Watson b K Davies 1
T Penman run out (G Watson) 23
I Buckley c N Storey b W Rodger 4
I Gardiner run out (P MacTaggart) 11
L Oliver c P MacTaggart b N Storey 0
J Graham not out 4
Extras b0 lb0 w10 nb1 pen0 11
Total (39.4 overs) 128
G Baillie 6-0-24-1, N Storey 8-1-26-1, A Johnston 8-1-31-0 , W Rodger 8 -1 -22- 1, K Davies 8-1 -23 -4, A Moffat 1.4-0-2-1
Hawick & Wilton 1st XI
G Baillie lbw b K Paterson 0
A Weir b K Paterson 7
L Fernando+ c D Fenton b G Fenton 17
W Rodger c R Banks b G Fenton 34
A Moffat* not out 10
A Johnston c J Graham b J Reid 1
P MacTaggart c T Penman b J Reid 3
G Watson b A Rathie 10
K Davies lbw b K Patterson 1
N Storey b D Fenton 0
C Macdougall c R Banks b D Fenton 0
Extras b1 lb1 w6 nb1 pen0 9
Total (30.0 overs) 92
Bowling: K Paterson 8-2-22-3, G Fenton 8- 3-14-2, D Fenton 6-1-18- 2 , J Reid 6-0-25 – 2 , A Rathie 2-0-11-1