Player Spotlight: Elliot Ruthven
It has been quite a few weeks for young SMRH seam bowler Elliot Ruthven – and the determined character is now looking forward to the rest of the campaign.
Having impressed for the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship outfit from Inverleith last summer and at the start of this the 20-year-old earned a call-up to the Eastern Knights squad for the Cricket Scotland Pro50 Cup and the T20 Blitz.
The Knights, coached by John Blain, won both of the events earlier this week while SMRH are unbeaten at the top of their division with a tough encounter with third placed RH Corstorphine coming up on Saturday.
And as he looks back on the first half of the 2016 campaign, Elliot does so with a smile.
“I am loving my cricket at the minute,” he said.
“Growing up in the Borders my dad was involved and played at St Boswells for many years so myself and my brother Greg used to be along there a lot.
“We started playing for the teams there and progressed through the various age-grades into senior cricket.
“A few years ago Greg moved to Edinburgh and got involved with SMRH. He enjoyed his cricket at the club and last season he told me to come along and start playing there with him.
“The Championship is a decent enough level so I think my bowling came on well in 2015 as there are some pretty decent batsmen at a few of the teams.
“We had a good season, but we lost a couple of matches that we should have won an all credit to Glenrothes who went on to become champions they were the best side over the season.
“After that disappointment we regrouped and from the first game of this campaign our target has been to win the league and return to the CSL Eastern Premiership.”
They have made a good start to the task of winning the Championship, seven wins from seven completed matches seeing them ahead of Carlton II and RH Corstorphine at the top.
The team have been helped along the way by runs from Michael Miller – who has also forced his way into the Knights’ set-up – and Kyle McCalllum while Elliot has bowled well.
And of course they have Tom Beaton in their ranks.
The 25-year-old is a former Australia under-19 skipper and in late 2015 and early this year he was turning out for the Melbourne Renegades in the top class Twenty20 tournament in his homeland alongside the likes of West Indies legend Chris Gayle and Australian internationalist Aaron Finch.
“Tom has been a great guy to have around the club and he has been really helpful with me and has been giving me advice as I go along,” Elliot said.
“In the Knights set-up I have also learnt a lot from Ali Evans [Carlton and Scotland] and just being around that environment has helped me improve and work out what I need to do better to progress.”
Elliot is set to play cricket in Australia this winter to further his game and keep an eye out for his name in the next couple of years.