Hard-hitting Mark hopes to put Villagers in the mix

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A new cricket season is almost upon us and St Boswells Cricket Club among others have been busy over the last few months getting ready.

A new website, a rejuvenated junior division and plans for an artificial pitch and clubroom extension have all been to the fore.

And last week the arrival of Australian all-rounder Mark Williams caused even more excitement round The Green as the club prepares to commence battle in Division One of the 2014 East of Scotland League.

Williams, 19, is a hard-hitting left-hand batsman and economical off-spinner who has played for Tea Tree Gully District Cricket Club in South Australia for the past seven years. During that time, he has also played for Trinity College Gawler in the Independent Schools Association and skippered the 1st XI from Year 8.

In 2011, he won the Trinity College ‘Best Batsman’ award as well as runner-up for the ‘Best and Fairest’ player.

Williams is excited about heading to Scotland this summer and is hoping to make a big impact for St Boswells.

“This is my first visit to Britain and I can’t wait to get started,” said Mark, who was helping his new club get ready for the start of the season at a ‘maintenance day’ last Saturday.

“I hardly knew anything about St Boswells before I got here, apart from what I read on the website, but it has been great so far.”

Mark will play the whole season for the club before returning to Australia to continue his civil engineering course at university.”

Club secretary Keith Farnish added: “We intend to keep Mark very busy, not only on the pitch, as an attacking player for our 1st XI, but also as a key member of our junior coaching setup, which is starting up again on Tuesday evenings from May 6 (from 6pm).

“We are sure he will make a great impact in all areas of the club – maybe helping us push for ESCA Championship status in 2015.”

z Fixtures for Saturday, April 26: Division One, St Boswells v Largo; Watsonians II v Gala. Division Two, Leith v Kelso. Division Four, Largo II v Selkirk. Division Five, Edinburgh Accies II v Peebles County. Division Six, Hawick & Wilton v Teuchters; Melrose v Tranent.