Four Seasons Forestry: #1 Sponsors Again

Selkirk 1st XI captain John Everitt is presented with a new playing strip by Four Seasons Forestry director George Welsh. Looking on are fellow director Keith Amos (left) and Selkirk Cricket Club chairman Chris Highton. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

Selkirk Cricket Club’s 1st X1 will be one of the best turned-out teams in the East League this year, thanks to the generosity of local company Four Seasons Forestry.

Last week the Selkirk-based company handed over a smart new set of playing shirts to the Philiphaugh side, emblazoned with the firm’s distinctive logo.

“This is a great gesture by Four Seasons Forestry,” said Selkirk Cricket Club chairman Chris Highton, “and has given our players a real boost.”

“Playing in a new league is going to be a real challenge for everybody at Philiphaugh this year, and having such loyal sponsors as Four Seasons behind us means a lot to the club.”

Four Seasons Forestry director George Welsh added: “Selkirk is one of the oldest cricket clubs in Scotland, and plays a very important part in the life of our local community. We’re delighted to be able to help in this way, and wish them all the best for their campaign in the new league.”

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Cricketing Twittering

Always keen to keep up with social trends, Selkirk Cricket Club now has its own Twitter account. You can find it @Selkirkcc.  Keep abreast of news, events, results and match cancellations by following the club’s official Twitter feed here.

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This week’s fixtures…

Tomorrow night – that is, Thursday May 4th – SCC host Hawick & Wilton CC in the first round of the national Murgatroyd 20/20 Cup. Astonishingly, the weather forecast is not bad, so it would be great to see plenty of members at the club for an evening beer or two and to support the team.

Team is: John Everitt, Rory Banks, Kenny Paterson, Alex Massie, Greg Fenton, Darren Fenton, Neil Brown,  John Graham, Macaulley Hislop, Kyle Gillie and Jordan Reid.

Saturday sees Selkirk travel to Beeslack School in Penicuik to play West Lothian 3rd XI while on Sunday the club welcomes Biggar CC to Philiphaugh for a friendly fixture.

NB: Saturday’s match will be played upon an artificial wicket. No spikes!

As always, all support is greatly appreciated and we hope the sun shines to encourage members to come along and support their club!

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Sunday Washed Out Again

For the second consecutive week, Selkirk’s scheduled game in the Border Reserve League was victimised by the weather. Following last week’s cancellation at Hawick, this time it was Melrose’s ground that was deemed unfit for play. Next week’s fixture is a home friendly vs Biggar.

Before that, however, Selkirk host Hawick in the first round of the Murgatroyd 20/20 cup on Thursday before playing West Lothian IIIs (at Penicuik) on Saturday in the league.

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Special K Wins Falkland War in a Rout

If medium-pace bowlers have a heaven they play cricket on a pitch like that produced at Philiphaugh on Saturday: soft, green, mildly damp and guaranteed to discomfort even the cockiest brand of batsman. In seamer-heaven it is always three-jumper April and a jiggedy-jaggedy pitch to contradict the notion cricket is a batsman’s game.

In the circumstances, this was a good toss to win. No skipper worth that responsibility would have chosen to bat first on Saturday. Even so, John Everitt could not have foreseen the havoc his bowlers would wreak upon Falkland’s batting order.

Opening the bowling, Kenny Paterson and Jordan Reid bowled with great accuracy but little luck as Falkland’s experienced opening pair struggled on a wicket that combined fierce lateral movement with occasionally inconsistent bounce. Runs proved as scarce as neutrals at an Old Firm football match as Falkland’s openers scratched along at one run an over.

If the visitors thought their luck might change once they saw off the opening bowlers they were correct, though not in the fashion they would have wished. Greg Fenton, replacing the luckless Paterson at the Top End, struck in his first over, trapping Nellies LBW with a swinging full toss. This was just the beginning of Falkland’s woes and Fenton’s successes.

Wilkie and Stuart fell in identical fashion while May was undone first ball by a vicious delivery that nipped back to clatter into middle-and-off. The late, great, Brian Statham often warned batsmen “You miss, I’ll hit” and the younger Fenton appeared to have taken this advice to heart en route to the remarkable figures of 9-2-10-8.

He bowled full and straight and let the pitch do the rest. So much so, in fact, that only one of his wickets required a fielder’s assistance. Even that proved a family affair as Darren Fenton held on to a simple chance at mid-off to remove Watson. Falkland battled to the end but this was a day when plucky, scratching survival was not enough.

Indeed the Fenton brothers shared all ten Falkland wickets, making Saturday a banner day for the Bannerfield boys. Only two Falkland batsmen made it as far as double figures and, remarkably, Selkirk’s bowlers did not concede a boundary in 27.2 overs. If the bowlers performed splendidly as a unit, there was no doubting the star performer and 18-year-old Greg Fenton will have to bowl for many more years to match Saturday’s performance.

The only blot on his day came when, with the scores level on 35, he lost his off-stump to Meikle. But by then Selkirk’s openers had made victory a certainty and Rory Banks hit the winning run to record a comprehensive victory and ensure Selkirk’s debut in the East of Scotland league was a winning one.

Thanks are due to Gary Haldane who sponsored the match ball.

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Club Sponsors 2012

The club is very grateful to the following sponsors for their support this season:

Shirt Sponsor: Four Seasons Forestry

Club Patrons:; Buccleuch Cleaners; Eric Prentice Joinery; Selkirk Youth Rugby Club; Brown & Muir Ltd

Mini-Bus Sponsors: Hunters Mini-Buses; J.M Hay; John & Mary Smail.

Umpires Coats: Spark Energy

Match Ball Sponsors: Station Road Post Office; Redburn Chimney Sweeps, J.D Building Contractors; Stark Main & Co Ltd; Aldig Ltd; Border Safeguard Ltd; Selkirk Conservative Club; Andrew Dickson Heating; Gary Haldane; Angelus Financial Planning.

Tea Sponsors: Redburn Chimney Sweeps.

Thank you for your support.

Not on this list? Fret not, it is not too late to sponsor the club this season. Anyone interested in assisting the club should contact Grant Kinghorn, Sponsorship Convenor.


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Outdoor Nets!

The recent splendid weather makes your correspondent fear the worst for the coming months. He is sure there is an ancient Border proverb warning: Sunshine in March; Rain in April when Cricket starts…

Let us hope these fears are misplaced. In any case: outdoor nets for all players will begin on Tuesday, April 10th at 6pm. New players, of whatever experience, are most welcome; current players are encouraged to do all they can to recruit new players to the cause.

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