Selkirk travelled to Peffermill in Edinburgh last Saturday knowing they only needed to take six points from their fixture against Old Contemptibles to secure the Division Six title. In the event, they took maximum points from a one-sided game in which the home batsmen proved utterly incapable of resisting the Souter’s bowling.
Winning the toss, John Everitt had no hesitation in asking Old Contemptibles to bat first. The skipper’s confidence in his bowlers was rewarded in just the first over when Greg Fenton bowled Watson for a duck. That set the tone and the standard for what was to follow.
Fenton, the leading wicket-taker in Division Six this season, and Jordan Reid bowled full and straight, working on the age-old adage of “you miss, I’ll hit”. Batsman after batsman trooped out to the wicket only to plod back to the boundary a few balls later. None proved capable of surviving for long.
The two 18 year-olds found conditions perfect for swing bowling and utilised the humid, overcast conditions to great effect. Fenton took his fifth wicket with the final delivery of his spell while Reid was unfortunate not to take five himself, having to settle for figures of 4 for 15.
That left Darren Fenton the happy task of mopping up the Old Contemptibles’ innings with the second delivery of his first over.
A total of 31 all out was never likely to test Selkirk’s mettle and though Lomax caused a moment or two of anxiety Greg Fenton and Everitt saw the Souters home in just 6.5 overs.
The season’s success has been built by the league’s best bowling attack. This was the fourth occasion on which Selkirk have dismissed the opposition for fewer than 35 runs. Division Five and tougher tasks await next season but this has been, by any standard, a fine and successful debut season in the East of Scotland set-up.
Innings of OCCC:
A Watson b G Fenton 0
L Charlwood c Everitt b Reid 8
D Mason c Gardiner b Reid 3
G Shah b G Fenton 1
A Tocher b Reid 3
T Murdoch b G Fenton 3
J Caldwell b Reid 1
S Robertson b G Fenton 0
D Sewell b D Fenton 9
P Sewell b G Fenton 0
A Lomax Not Out 0
Total: 31 All Out (18.2 overs)
Bowling: G Fenton 9-1-15-5, Reid 9-1-15-4, D fenton 0.2-0-0-1
Innings of Selkirk CC:
J Everitt* Not Out 4
G Fenton Not Out 21
Total: 35/0 (6.5 overs)
Bowling: Lomax 3-0-8-0, Robertson 2-0-9-0, Watson 1-0-2-0, Mason 0.5-0-8-0