Lots of people think that Cricket Clubs only exist in the summer, when the grass is dry and the days are balmy, with the melodious thwack! of willow on leather reverberating across the pitch as the spectators sup beer and gnaw on cucumber sandwiches, with one eye on the clacking scoreboard.
In the winter the grass squelches, the wind blows and the sounds across the pitch are largely the spray of lorries on the A68 and the cackling of crows feasting on worms. But hark! What is that in the clubhouse window? Some lights, some music, people chatting around the bar and the warmth of an overworked gas heater keeping peoples’ coats off. It’s not all cricket at St Boswells Cricket Club. Although on 1st January, it is. It really is – since, well you’ll have to ask Jocky or Roy when it all started, but the New Year match between, approximately, the Buccleuch Arms Hotel and St Boswells CC is something to behold. This year the rain took hold, so while the majority of people were packed into the clubhouse, 15 (or was it 16) fools took to the (artificial) pitch and had a fine old time.
And then there’s all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes. Already we have a full list of fixtures sorted out for the senior teams; the junior section is in the process of being rejuvenated; the finances are audited and meetings take place; funding is being sought for a new artificial pitch and clubhouse extension; an overseas player is being arranged…and some people even take to the nets when the sun shines. There is a lot of hard work that goes into running a sports club, and we need all the help we can get – so if you have a bit of time then we would love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.