Clean sweep for Borders cricketers

ST BOSWELLS and Kelso made it a clean sweep for Borders cricket clubs, claiming league titles in their debut East of Scotland League seasons, writes Kenny Paterson.

However, neither club had to bowl a ball, as once again the Scottish summer weather ended any hope of play.

St Boswells’ cancellation of their home match with Leith FAB means they are promoted to Division One as champions, while Kelso shared the Division Four title with Stewart’s Meville 2nds after the Tweedsiders’ clash with Dunfermline Carnegie was called off.

Gala (Division Three), Selkirk (Division Six) and Hawick (Division Eight) had already secured their respective league trophies and therefore gained promotion. None of the three sides were in action last weekend, again because of the wet weather.

Border League secretary Stuart McKay was pleased to see each side do well, having decided earlier this year to move into the East set-up following the decision not to play Border League matches on a Saturday.

McKay said: “They have done very well and I know the East League is surprised by the progress each Border club has made.

“The two lowest-placed clubs – Selkirk and Hawick – were expected to be promoted, but we now have St Boswells, who are one league below competing in the national leagues.

“Our clubs are competing well against the best sides in the south east of Scotland.”

The Border Sunday League reaches its conclusion this weekend, with St Boswells needing to beat Selkirk to ensure they win the championship.

Manderston, who are due to travel to Penicuik, could still win the league should the Villagers slip up.

Elsewhere, the Border 20/20 League final sees St Boswells host Gala on Saturday, while the Braw Lads play Edinburgh in the East League’s President’s Trophy final on Sunday, also at St Boswells.