Borders cricket pays tribute to a ‘true gentleman’

Former Melrose and Border League cricket stalwart Stuart McKay
Former Melrose and Border League cricket stalwart Stuart McKay

Tributes are being paid to former Melrose CC and Border League chairman Stuart McKay who died peacefully on Friday following a long illness.

As well as holding several posts at his home club Melrose CC for over two decades Stuart, who latterly lived in Selkirk, was Border League chairman and South of Scotland secretary/treasurer for a number of years also.

Starting off as a player Stuart got more involved at Melrose and became chairman and secretary. He was also a prominent figure in promoting the junior side of the club working tirelessly in coaching the age group teams. Stuart was also groundsman and would be there most nights during the season preparing the wicket for each fixture.

Current Melrose CC captain Barry Scott told TheSouthern: “It was a pleasure to have known Stuart, on and off the pitch he was a true gentleman.

“Melrose CC wouldn’t be the club it is today without the amount of hard work that Stuart put in. He was a big part of the club and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.”

Selkirk and South of Scotland Cricket Association secretary Ronnie Dumma added: Stuart was the person mainly responsible for the smooth running of the Border League for many a year.

“He was a great and dedicated supporter of Borders cricket and a stalwart of Melrose CC with whom he performed with distinction both on and off the field.”

Former Borders Cricket Development officer Neil Cameron said: We had our differences but many more things in common to form a bond. He will be much missed in the Borders, a sad day indeed.”

A service will be held in the chapel at Borders Crematorium, Melrose, at 1pm on Thursday and thereafter at Wairds Cemetery (2pm). Coloured ties welcome, family flowers only.