Batting collapse leads to capital punishment for Selkirk cricketers

David Gardiner finished with five wickets for 17 runs against Marchmont II, Selkirk’s first five of the season (Photo: John Smail)

Beating first, the hosts made slow but steady progress. Halfway through their innings they had lost just two wickets and hoped to continue.

Selkirk’s David Gardiner was brought in as a second substitution at Edinburgh and quickly took two wickets on his first spell, reducing Marchmont to 73 for 5.

Fielding was good that day, and with eight batsmen to catch, it gave Selkirk their best return of the season, with Michael Fenton taking three catches on the day.

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Navin Chetty, batting at 5, led Marchmont’s lower order through the Finals, not finishing 27 and helping add a valuable 51 runs to the 124-9 home total.

Gardiner finished with season-best numbers of 5 for 17, with vice skipper Kenny Paterson finding his rhythm and range at 2 for 22.

Selkirk’s response was surprisingly tentative, and the tight bowling of Marchmont’s opening pair Steve Clayton and Dhiraj Prakash made it clear that the visitors’ modest target of 125 would require a patient approach.

When brothers Greg and Michael Fenton both fell low in tricky deliveries, followed by Kenny Paterson’s dismissal on a fine take from Will Toms, the visitors looked like they were in trouble and it turned out.

Harry Murphy’s withdrawal for 21 after the drinks interval meant an early end.

While Marchmont’s batters had continued from five wickets, Selkirk’s simply fell apart.

The Souters went from 47 in five to 52, giving Marchmont bowlers Alfie Hall (3-8) and Kuntal Choudhury (4-13) their best figures of the season.

It was a disappointing loss for Philiphaugh’s side, and they will need to put in a much improved performance at bat if they are to get revenge on Haddington at home this Saturday for a low-scoring loss at Neilson Park earlier in the season. .

The Borderers go into this game seventh in the 10-team table, with 131 points from 10 games, a win rate just over 2% lower than their fifth-ranked visitors East Lothian.

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