This season Manderston Cricket Club are competing the Border Reserve League and on Sunday notched up a fine win over Kelso.
In this 40 overs match the Manderston bowling took some punishment. Hugh Petit was the tightest bowler taking one for 34 in his eight overs. However, all the bowlers suffered at the hands of T. Wightman, an Australian cricketer, who scored 147 not out. His fast hands and powerful hitting down the ground impressed. The Kelso total of 259 for three was formidable.
However, needing six and a half runs per over, the Manderston batsmen set about chasing down this total with great enthusiasm. Captain Hayden Martin scored a magnificent 148, with one of the biggest centuries seen at Manderston for many years. His innings comprised 17 fours and three sixes. He pulled powerfully and his straight hitting was exemplary and his gap hitting to score singles was well judged. He was well supported by Alec Sim, playing a composed innings, who remained undefeated on 67. Their partnership of 154 runs was crucial to the winning of this match in the 35th over by seven wickets.
Previously Manderston defeated Melrose CC by 55 runs, thanks to a fine 109 not out by Toby Culham. In the second match on a wet pitch, playing a reduced game of 20 overs, Langholm CC overhauled the lowish Manderston total of 101 on the penultimate ball. Manderston continue their Border Reserve League matches with a home derby fixture against Berwick CC this Sunday.