A depleted Borderers side of 3 old dogs and 6 young bucks, (Peter Jeffreys remains a young buck, despite pulling a muscle) played Tillside who were a similar mixture of old dogs and youngsters, (but not bucks as such, they were slightly younger than that, still talented though).
The Borderers won the toss and decided to bat in this 35 over a-side fixture. An excellent start to the innings, laid solid foundations. The opening partnership of 90 was finally broken when James Budden was bowled for a swash buckling 45. His partner, Will Thomson built a carefully constructed, error free innings and retired valiantly on 50. Jamie Farr took to the crease, after Budden and knocked a swift 24, before picking out a lonely man at midwicket. Peter Jeffreys took Thomson’s place and continued to apply the pressure with some lovely, deft late cuts to the third man boundary (19 not out). However, these shots were in slight contrast to what the next man in had in mind! Will Lewin blasted a rapid, not out 50, hitting four 4’s and three 6’s. One of the 6’s hit the Pavilion roof and another could have endangered the passengers on the nearby Etal steam train, had it been waiting in the Heatherslaw station!
This wonderful stuff made the Borderers total fairly impregnable. Lewin is not really a Borderer as such, (he’s from Devon and went to school with Thomson), but happy to help out when the Borderers team in the preceding week, slid from a ‘full house’ to a ‘busted flush’, (well, 9 players, but I am not moaning. I know potential players have busy lives)!... Back to the game…Jack Cuddigan replaced the retiring Lewin for the final over and carried his bat for 3. The Borderers finished their 35 overs on 205 for 2 (with 2 batsmen retiring).
A tall order for Tillside, made harder by excellent opening fast/medium bowling from Ollie Farr and medium pace from Jack Cuddigan. It was a tight first spell which frustrated the batsmen. Tillside kept their heads and resorted to seeing out the openers.
O.Farr 4 overs…1 maiden, 0 for 13.
J.Cuddigan 4 Overs… 0 for 23
First change, Peter Jeffreys brought the first wicket with his first ball! Tillside realised they needed to get on and a huge cross batted shot failed to connect and Jeffreys ever accurate medium pace sent the bails flying. He then went on to take the second wicket in the same over, again bowled.
P.Jeffreys 5 overs….1 maiden, 3 for 24
Richard Thomson was first change at the other end. Unerringly accurate with tempting flight, yielding very few runs and a wicket by virtue of a stumping when Thomson saw the batsman coming and through it wide for keeper Jamie Farr to whip the bails off.
R.Thomson 3 overs… 1-10
George Farr had a disastrous first over, going for 12, bowling from the Ford end, only to swap ends and find a little more rhythm and bounce (never turn..edit!) from the Etal end.
G.Farr 4 overs….1 maiden, 3 for 14
W.Thomson, bowled three very tidy overs. He nailed, Leg before, the most dangerous of opposition batsman before he could get going.
W.Thomson 3 overs…1 for 10
All but one of the nine man team had a bowl. Will Lewin bowled one over and conceded only a couple of runs. Jamie Farr gave the gloves to his brother and turned his arm for another single over and managed to snatch the last couple of wickets, finishing the Tillside innings 94 runs short and only 25 overs into their innings.
I feel it important to mention the very good fielding, despite being short of players. If there was a dropped catch, I don’t remember it. The opposition did kindly lend us Cameron McGregor, until he had to go into bat, for which we were very grateful, but otherwise well done the boys for excellent fielding commitment and a well-deserved victory. I would also like to thank Tillside for a delicious tea