2012 ESCA Fixtures!

Outdoor nets will begin in early April but, meanwhile, the fixtures for Selkirk’s debut season in the East of Scotland leagues have been announced. As you can see, the club begins this new adventure with a home game against Falkland. All members are encouraged to attend and show their support for John Everitt’s men!

April 28th: vs Falkland III (h)
May 5th: vs West Lothian III (a)
May 12th: vs Clackmannan II (h)
May 19th: vs Tecuhters (a)
May 26th: vs Dunbar (h)
June 2nd: vs Marchmont II (a)
June 9th: vs Old Contemptibles (h)
June 16th: vs Dunfermline Wanderers (a)
June 23rd: vs Boroughmuir II (h)
June 30th: vs Boroughmuir II (a)
July 7th: vs Falkland III (a)
July 14th: vs West Lothian III (h)
July 21st vs Clackmannan II (a)
July 28th: vs Teuchters (h)
August 4th: vs Dunbar (a)
August 11th: vs Marchmont II (h)
August 18th: vs Old Contemptibles (a)
August 25th: vs Dunfermline Wanderers (h)

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Christmas Opening Hours

As always the club extends a hearty measure of festive cheer to all members, their families and friends; as always the club will be open for members to consume that cheer in the lounge and bar…

Opening hourse for the Christmas and New Year seasons are

Thursday 22nd Dec – 7pm till 11pm
Friday 23rd Dec – 12.30pm till Midnight
Saturday 24th Dec – 11am till Midnight
Christmas day – 11am till 3.30pm
Boxing Day – 12 noon till late (Selkirk Youth Club v Melrose Wasps)
Tuesday 27th Dec – 7pm till late (Quiz Night at 7.30pm)
Wednesday 28th – CLOSED
Thursday 29th – 7pm till 11pm
Friday 30th 4pm till Midnight
Saturday 31st 11am till late
New Year’s Day – 12 noon till late (New Year bottle draw)
Monday 2nd January – CLOSED

The Committee of Selkirk Cricket club would like to wish all our Members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year

Club Rules Apply, Opening Hours subject to change by the Committee:


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The Border League 1895-2011

The 2012 season will be a momentous affair for Selkirk Cricket Club. For the first time since 1895 the club will not be taking part in the Border League and will instead play in the East of Scotland league.

The decision to leave the Border League was forced upon the club. The future of the Border League was jeopardised when Langholm abruptly informed the South of Scotland Cricket Association that they intended to resign from the Border League and joing the Eden Valley League in Cumbria. The manner and timing of Langholm’s resignation remains a matter of some regret, not least as it left little room or time for the remaining clubs to consider their options – or recruit other clubs to join the league – before other leagues compile their fixture lists for the 2012 season.

Langholm’s departure was the spark that lit a fire, prompting other clubs to rush for the exit. A six team league poses obvious problems and though Manderston expressed interest in joining it became clear that the Border League was in severe difficulty. St Boswells intimated that they wished to join the East of Scotland leagues and Kelso also expressed a desire to play more cricket at, they said, a more competitive level. That being the case, Gala and Selkirk each felt they had little choice but to apply to the East of Scotland league. So, reluctantly, did Hawick. Melrose decided not to and will reconsider their position at the end of the 2012 season.

Happily, the East of Scotland Cricket Association has been able to find homes for the Border clubs next season. Selkirk have been placed in Division 6. By comparison, St Boswells will play in Division 2, Gala in Division 3, Kelso in Division 4 and Hawick, should they accept the invitation, in Division 8.

The Border Reserve League, meanwhile, will continue to be played on Sundays. No fewer than ten clubs will take part next season, these being: Selkirk, Gala, Melrose, St Boswells, Hawick, Langholm, Kelso, Manderston, Biggar and Penicuik.

While Selkirk were keen to do what we could to “save” the Border League, it would be a mistake to dwell too long, or too morosely, upon the past. The incentive of promotion up the league ladder is something that should galvanise the club, spurring its ambition to maximise opportunities for younger players.

Clearly, playing in the Edinburgh-placed leagues will impose additional demands on the club’s resources. However these should be seen as challenges to be met, not crosses that must be borne. Approached with the proper spirit and commitment, this can be an exciting opportunity for the club and one that should be embraced, not feared. While we regret the passing of the Border League, we are excited by the possibilities of playing good, competitive cricket against fresh sets of opponents in the years to come.

Nor will our ancient rivalries and Border friendships be cast to the wayside. The Border 20/20 league will continue as it was and, as mentioned above, the Sunday league will still take the club to all its familiar destinations.

Finally, the draw for the southern section of the Murgatroyd 20/20 knock-out cup was made last night and Selkirk have a home tie against Hawick. The winners of that match will be at home against either Melrose or Kelso in the semi-final.

Selkirk cricket thrived before there was a Border League and there is no reason why it should not thrive after the Border League too.

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Annual Dinner

Selkirk Cricket Club held a successful dinner and presentation night in the club rooms at Philiphaugh on November 26th (so successful that news of its great success has only just reached the club website).

Guest speakers included local author and historian Allan Massie who proposed the toast to the club and former Standard Bearer and Selkirk RFC stalwart Scott Tomlinson who toasted sport in the Royal and Ancient Burgh.

The 2011 season was as mixed as the capricious Border weather. The First XI enjoyed a winning start in the Border League but any hope this might be the catalyst for a successful season was ruined by weather and, when play did prove possible, inconsistent performances.  Selkirk were often good enough to get into promising positions but not often good enough to make the most of those opportunities and seal victory. Nevertheless, St Boswells – undefeated champions in the Border League – were defeated in both the League Cup and the 20/20 League, results which showed there are grounds for optimism.

Meanwhile, the 2nd XI enjoyed a successful season, winning six and losing just two of the eight matches it was possible to play to a finish.

With the future of the Border League uncertain, it was pleasing to see all concerned with SCC take a positive, optimistic view of whatever challenges – on and off the field – lie in store for the 2012 season.  Whether that involves moving to the East of Scotland cricket league or remaining in the Border League remains to be seen.

John Everitt was awarded the cup for Best Batsman, Jordan Reid received the awards for Best Bowler and Best Fielder while Greg Fenton took home the prize for Best All-Rounder and John Graham was named 2nd XI Player of the Year. Mitchell Branston was the first winner of the new Henderson Shield awarded to the most promising colt. John Nielson was presented with a special tankard to commemorate and thank him for his many years of dedication in cutting the outfield at Philiphaugh.   He retires from that role with the club’s thanks and the committee hopes
he, and all other members, will have more good cricket to enjoy in Selkirk next season.

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A Black, Humbling Day

Selkirk’s 2nd XI were humbled by Melrose at Philiphaugh on Sunday, a result which severely damages the Philiphaugh outfit’s hopes of retaining the Border Reserve League title. Realistically Selkirk must win each of their final three fixtures, starting with Sunday’s match against Kelso, if they are to have any chance of topping the end of season table.

Batting first in overcast but warm conditions Selkirk posted a total of 146/9 from their 40 overs. This seemed a more than defensible total bearing in mind that Selkirk had enjoyed a comfortable victory at Melrose earlier in the season.

Certainly few people, least of all the Selkirk players, expected Melrose to canter to a nine wicket victory with 12 overs to spare. Some slapdash fielding and errant bowling certainly helped Melrose on their way and the visitors – notably Kyle Paisley – enjoyed repeated slices of good fortune but Selkirk could have no complaints about the final result. Paisley, indeed, demonstrated an astonishing repertoire of Chinese cuts, sclaffs and mistimed pulls that annoyed Selkirk no end and made it clear that, even before he was twice dropped, it as not to be Selkirk’s day.

Furqan and Paisley had got Melrose off to a flying start before the former was trapped LBW by Bryson for 29. Nevertheless at 65/1 Selkirk needed quick wickets to regain the initiative. Alas these proved elusive a Ross McLennan composed a classy innings of 41 that, in partnership with Paisley’s successful heaving and swiping 66, saw Melrose home with ease.

Earlier it had looked rather better for Selkirk as, led by Ranald Wilkie’s second half century of the season, they posted a perfectly respectable total. After a slow start from Graham and Fairbairn, Wilkie got into his stride, hitting five 4s and a 6 en route to a splendid innings of 66. He was given excellent support by Gordon Branston (23) and young Macaulley [correct] Hislop (9) in particular and these were the three stand-out contributions to a team performance that seemed, for a while, to have put Selkirk in a good position for victory.

All in all this was a bleak, bleak weekend for Selkirk cricket as in two matches the opposition racked up an eye-watering, foot-wearying 460/5. An experience, frankly, that no-one connected to the club wishes to endure again.

Selkirk vs Melrose, Border Reserve League. Selkirk won the toss and chose to bat. Melrosewon by nine wickets.

Selkirk Innings:

J Graham        ct Adams b Jessop 3
C Fairbairn        stumped b Loftus 6
G Branston        ct McLennan b S Hosny 23
R Wilkie        b S Hosny 66
A Massie*        ct A Hosny b S Hosny
M Hislop        b Loftus 9
R Price        Run Out 4
R Banks+        b Loftus 15
B Amos        ct Mclennan b Paisley 1
M Branston         Not Out 1
J Bryson        Not Out 0

Extras: 16
Total: 146/9 (40 Overs)

Bowling: Loftus 8-1-24-3, Jessop 8-2-15-1, Furqan 8-2-24-0, Rhatigan 2-0-17-0, S Hosny 8-1-34-3, Ward 4-0-17-0, Paisley 2-0-12-1

Melrose Innings:

Furqan        LBW b Bryson 29
K Paisley        Not Out 66
R McLennan        Not Out 41

Extras: 11
Total: 149/1

Bowling: Amos 5-0-25-0, Graham 6-0-27-0, Bryson 4-0-18-1, Wilkie 6-0-35-0, G Branston 5-0-29-0, Banks 1.2-0-7-0

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A Gala Day for Irvine; A Bleak Day for Selkirk

Gala have had much the better of their encounters with Selkirk in recent years and history repeated itself at Meigle Park on Saturday as the home side crushed their oldest rivals by 196 runs. By doing so they took the Border League points and retained the Rae Nichol Memorial Trophy for yet another year.

Not that the Souters could complain about the result. A thumping of this kind is rarely a fluke or the kind of defeat that leaves one pondering what might have been or sighing if only this or that had gone differently the outcome might also have been rather different. No facts are stubborn chiels that winnae ding and Gala’s supremacy was such that it brooked no dissent. Such is life and happily, in cricket as in life, there is always next year. That, at any rate, is the theory.

Gala’s victory owed much to a superb innings of 136 from Josh Irvine. It was a coming-of-age performance by the talented teenager as he skelped 12 fours and two mighty sixes in an all but chanceless 125 ball innings. Powerful drives and a marked facility for playing off his legs through midwicket were two of the stand-out qualities that made this an especially memorable innings that was only ended by a run-out as Gala looked to pile on the runs in the closing ten overs. It capped a remarkable few days for Irvine who had made his Scotland Under 15 debut earlier in the week.

Not that Irvine was the only Gala man to shine: Neil Crooks smacked a typically belligerent 65 before mistiming a pull to square leg while Graeme Ormiston compiled an assured 39 as he took advantage of some tired Selkirk bowling.

Earlier and in unseasonably fine, sunny, even hot (!) conditions Stephen Halls had won the toss and, unsurprisingly, opted to bat. The kenspeckled Gala skipper and his equally familiar partner David Boland got the home side off to a quick start before Halls was bowled by Darren Fenton and Boland by Ranald Wilkie. At 47-2 Selkirk sniffed an opportunity but that reckoned without Irvine and Crooks who put on 134 for the third wicket. Neither man, alas, was often troubled.

Selkirk had travelled to Gala minus the services to two first choice seamers  – one because he has been the victim of a brutal assualt in Gala the previous Saturday (itself a cautionary tale and a reminder that non-cricketing trips to Galashiels are dangerous too) – and their woes only increased when Darren Fenton suffered a side strain that prevented him from bowling his planned quota of ten overs. No bowler, however, managed to exert consistent pressure or find a way of stemming the Gala advance. There were too many loose deliveries but on this occasion some credit must be awarded to the batsmen for the manner in which they took advantage of every opportunity to punish the Selkirk attack.

Chasing 311 is rarely an enjoyable experience and so it proved for Selkirk. Much depended on the opening pair of John Everitt and Greg Fenton but though Everitt smashed Scott Paterson for a brace of early boundaries Fenton miscued a drive to mid-on with the score on just 18. Thereafter Everitt was becalmed while Graham and Peman came and went at the other end. Eventually Everitt was bowled by Irvine – the wicket capping a banner day for the 15 year old – for just 15 (off 47 deliveries) and Selkirk were taking on water at 29/4.

By this stage Selkirk’s ambitions had, like Greek government bonds, been downgraded to a craving for some measure of respectability. That – and a pair of batting points – was at least achieved thanks to a spirited 50 run partnership between Wilkie and Darren Fenton. All this, however, was too little, too late as Crooks and Ormiston mopped up the tail to seal victory for the home side in a match that will long be remembered for the excellence of Josh Irvine’s innings.

Gala vs Selkirk, Border League July 30th 2011. Gala won by 196 runs. Gala won the toss and chose to bat.

Gala Innings:

S Halls*        b D Fenton 10
D Boland        b Wilkie 23
J Irvine        Run Out 136
N Crooks        c Banks b Ford 65
G Ormiston     Not Out 39
K Mein        Not Out 16

Extras: 22
Total: 311/4 (50 Overs)

Bowling: G Fenton 10-0-53-0, D Fenton 5-0-18-1, Wilki 9-0-59-1, Ford 10-2-53-1, Everitt 6-0-40-0, Penman 2-0-22-0, Banks 8-0-52-0

Selkirk Innings:

J Everitt*        b Irvine 15
G Fenton        c R Patterson b S Paterson 6
J Graham+    c Millar b S Paterson 0
T Penman        c D Hancock b Mein 2
R Banks        b R Hancock 13
A Massie        c R Hancock b Ormiston 6
R Wilkie        c R Patterson b Ormiston 34
D Fenton        c Halls b Crooks 23
C Fairbairn    b Crooks 5
C Walker        b Ormiston 2
M Ford        Not Out 2

Extras: 7
Total: 115 All Out (39 Overs)

Bowling: Mein 7-0-15-1, S Paterson 6-4-8-2, G Ormiston 8-0-19-3, J Irvine 3-1-10-1, R Hancock 7-0-26-1, D Hancock 3-0-13-0, Crooks 5-0-19-2

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Selkirk Men Embarrassed By Kelso Swingers

The old saw says success has a hundred fathers but failure is an orphan. Perhaps so but not at Philiphaugh on Saturday where responsibility for Selkirk’s capitulation against Kelso must be shared by John Everitt’s players.

Kelso will reflect upon an excellent bowling performance in helpful conditions but Selkirk’s batsmen know, deep within their souls, that too many of them played too carelessly in conditions that demanded rigorous application and a thrawn determination to give nothing away. It was, in short, a day for Boycott not Gower. Limitations should be recognised, not ignored or considered irrelevant.

Everitt had – unusually – won the toss and beneath blue skies and with the ground swamped by sunshine batting first was a perfectly respectable decision. Alas, by the time the batsmen sauntered out to the wicket clouds had rolled in and the air took on a heavy, muggy, quality that invited swing.

So it proved. Selkirk’s batsmen were treated – if that’s quite the right term – to a virtuoso display of medium-pace bowling by Jason Gibson. Giving nothing away, he threatened in every over and was unfortunate to only take two wickets. First Greg Fenton made an ill-advised attempt to hit across the line of Gibson’s outswing and was caught at mid-on; next Thomas Penman discovered – too late, alas – that it was not a day for driving and slapped a simple catch to Wightman at point.

Meanwhile Tom Grindle was offering excellent support from the other end, finding plenty of movement himself. Much depended on Everitt and he saw off three overs of Wightman’s legspin in careful fashion.

Darren Fenton, however, was undone by a lovely off-cutter from Stevie Patterson and Kelso sensed Souter blood. Everitt, mounting a Rorke’s Drift-style rearguard action, was finally tempted once too often and succumbed, caught behind, to Patterson. Twelve runs from 20 overs may sound a meagre return but in the circumstances it was an innings marked by fortitude in the face of adversity if also, it must be acknowledged, by eventual defeat. The Zulus won this time.

The rest of the Selkirk innings did little to give the home support anything to cheer about and it all ended when, seeking to keep the strike, Massie ran out Banks with an ill-judged – that is, stupid – single.

39 is no kind of score to defend and so it duly proved, though Jordan Reid had the satisfaction of dismissing four of Selkirk’s younger batsmen to earn a bowling bonus point for Selkirk. Mark Henderson once again showed why he’s regarded as such a promising talent at Shedden Park as Kelso romped to a comfortable six wicket victory.

Kelso bowled splendidly but Selkirk’s batsmen gave them too much assistance. This was galling since, given the conditions, a score of even 120 might have been competitive. It was not to be, however.

Selkirk vs Kelso, Border League. Philiphaugh, Saturday July 2nd. Kelso won by six wickets. Selkirk won the toss and chose to bat.

Selkirk Innings:

John Everitt*        ct M Henderson b SD Patterson 12
Greg Fenton        ct B Grindle b Gibson 7
Thomas Penman+    ct T Wightman b Gibson 3
Darren Fenton        b SD Patterson 3
Jordan Reid         ct M Henderson b Fingland 2
Ranald Wilkie        ct Wilson b Fingland 3
John Graham         ct Wilson b SD PAtterson 1
Alex Massie        Not Out 3
Chris Fairbairn        b C Davidson 0
Ian Banks         Run Out 0

Extras: (1lb, 2w, 1nb) 4
Total: 39 All Out (27 overs)

Bowling: Gibson 8-3-9-2, T Grindle 5-0-11-0, Wightman 3-0-5-0, Fingland 6-3-6-2, Patterson 4-1-6-3, Davidson 1-0-1-1

Kelso Innings:

M Henderson+        Not Out 31
T Grindle            ct Wilkie b Reid 1
K Fingland        ct Penman b Reid 5
R Hogarth            b Reid 0
T Roberts            b Reid 0
B Grindle            Not Out 0

Extras: (2b, 2w) 4
Total: 42/4 (15 overs)

Bowling: D Fenton 5-2-6-0, Reid 7-1-12-4, G Fenton 3-0-22-0

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