St Boswells Cricket Club – A Brief History
Cricket was played in the village prior to 1895, a club being formed in the 1870’s but little is known about it. In 1890, another club was formed and played on the Front Green to the danger of passing traffic and house windows. In January 1895, at a joint meeting of players from the village and The Kennels, a new club was formed with permission given by the Duke of Buccleuch to play on the more suitable Green at the Kennels.
After winning the Junior League for 3 consecutive years , the club in 1907 applied to join the Senior League , then consisting of Gala, Hawick, Melrose, Peebles County and Selkirk. Many people thought it presumptuous for a little village to aspire to “such honours”. In the early club days, travelling was done by horse transport which could mean very late returns. Home match teas used to be served in the open, and there was many a scurry to the shelter of The Kennels when a shower came on. This stopped in 1926 when a pavilion was erected at a cost of £360. The 2nd XI was formed in 1921 and many matches were played until 1939 when players became too few. In 1946, Fred Barkham was paid 1 Guinea per match plus his expenses. 1949 was a good year for the club in that Fred gained his Scottish Cricket Cap and the Rev Shillinglaw became president of the SCU. Unfortunately the very first club captain, George Summers died that same year but his “bust” remains in the pavilion to this day.
In the 60’s, two of the founding members and great servants to the club sadly passed away. W.E. Ballantyne had been Honorary Secretary for 66 years from 1895 to 1960. and J.K Ballantyne served for all of 71 years as Treasurer and Match Secretary. Alec Scott became the first player in the Club’s history to score 10’000 runs in 1969. In 1974 the old pavilion was demolished to make way for the current Clubhouse which was completed in 1975 for the princely sum of £7500. It was officially opened in 1976, 50 years after the first one. Our constitution had to be amended to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages.
1983 saw St.Boswells win their first ever Border League Championship, captained by Peter Glover. That would remain our only championship until a run of 4 wins in 5 years boosted the tally to 5 (2004, 2005, 2007 & 2008). The 90’s saw our first overseas player , Sandy Hodge from Australia arrive. During his 2 years at the club Sandy smashed all our batting records. Highest number of runs in a season (1,931), most centuries (8), Highest score (183) and Record wicket partnership (271) with John Swan. In 1995, the club celebrated its Centenary with several organised events including a game against the current team versus the 1983 championship winning side.
After winning the League in 2005, 2006 saw a first for the club as we gained entry to the Scottish National League Division 2. It ended up only a one season adventure, but a famous win at home against Freuchie when a meagre total of 73 was defended remains one of the clubs most memorable results. 2010 was the year the club departed on its first ever tour all the way to St.Lucia, the highlight was playing a game against our one legged Rastafarian player Thomas Goodman’s home village of Mon Repos. In 2012 the Border League was not viable after Langholm left, therefore joined the ESCA and got into Div 2 of 9, due to winning the Border League in 2011. In 2012 the club won the ESCA 2nd division with the help of St.Lucian Cletus Mathurin, to win promotion to Division 1 (of 9). The ‘A’ team also won the first ever Border Sunday League. In February 2013 the 2nd Tour to St.Lucia took place.
|MOST RUNS IN A SEASON|
|1st XI||1,931in 33 innings
783 in 30 innings
|2nd XI||448 in 18 innings||J F McDonald||1977|
|MOST WICKETS IN A SEASON|
|1st XI||81 wkts for 531 runs||P Blain||1930|
|81 wkts for 905 runs||K Laidlaw||1991|
|2nd XI||67 wkts for 704 runs||I R Robson||1970|
|HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORE|
|183 v Langholm||S Hodge||1991|
|MOST WICKETS IN AN INNINGS|
|9 for 30 v Wayfarers||W W Ballantyne||27.8.1955|
|9 for 44 v Langholm||R C Butler||22.6.1969|
|HIGHEST TEAM TOTAL|
|316 for 5 v Melrose
304 for 4 v Langholm
271 for 0 v Lanark
256 for 2 v Eton Ramblers
254 for 0 v Dumfries
|MOST CENTURIES IN A SEASON|
|RECORD WICKET PARTNERSHIPS|
|S Hodge, J Swan
Royal High School
|G Frizzell, J C Glover
A Scott, F Barkham
|3||205||D Simpson, E Hunter||Langholm||28.6.1992|
|4||156||J Grieve, F Montgomery||Wardropers XI||21.6.1920|
|J C Glover, D Simpson
C H Scott, S Scott
|6||102||P D Glover, G T Smith||Kelso||15.6.1974|
|7||117||J A Lindsay, W W Ballantyne||Wayfarers||27.8.1955|
|8||70||J F McDonald, J D Crawford||Hawick||7.7.1979|
|9||78||C H Scott, C Dunlop||Melrose||28.5.1974|
|10||65||P D Glover, R C Butler||Gala||28.4.1975|