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New Year At The Club

Owing to the closure of the British Legion in St Boswells, the club has taken the decision to open at various times over the Christmas and New Year period. On Saturday 27th December (time TBC) there will be a Bar Games Evening and general drinks session(!) for members and their guests hosted by Mucky.

We are also open for Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) to cater for people who would like to drink and have a bit of fun in a relaxed, informal environment. The bar will be open on Wednesday 31st January from 7pm and we will make sure it is well stocked with the cheapest drinks in the village, plus music and any other entertainment we can think of! Come along and join us – we have a license until 1am.

stboscc_newyear2014On New Year’s Day, from 12 noon, we will be opening up for our annual New Year’s Day Cricket Match. Played for the ceremonial quaich, everyone who wants a game gets into two teams and plays for as many overs as there are bowlers – that’s everyone in each team – trying to score as many runs in the least amount of time. Whatever the weather, THE GAME WILL BE PLAYED. We’ll try and start as close to 1pm as we can

Of course, the bar will be open serving great value drinks and welcoming everyone whether they play cricket or not. See you there.

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New Committee Elected

The St Boswells Cricket Club AGM was held on Friday 28th November, 2014. The full list of officers and committee members elected is as follows:

Chairman: Jim Thomson
Secretary: Keith Farnish
Treasurer: Irene Hume
Fixture Secretary: vacant – applications open
Membership Secretary: Katrina O’Neil
Bar Convener: Scott Hunter (with Michelle Falconer)
1st XI Captain: Steven Laidlaw
1st XI Vice Captain: Stephen Broom
2nd XI Captain: Scott Marshall
2nd XI Vice Captain: Scott Hunter
Women’s Cricket Convener: Kathryn White
Junior Convener: Steven Laidlaw (with Katrina O’Neill)

Other Committee Members: Alan Frank, Fiona Paterson, Dougie Hume (St Boswells AFC), Ryan Borthwick, Ross Graham

Non elected positions:
Sponsorship Secretary: Ross Graham
Child Protection Officer: Keith Farnish

We are also looking for a Social Secretary, should anyone be interested in organising club events. Congratulations to all of the above, looking forward to a successful 2015 and the St Boswells CC 120th Anniversary.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Below is the announcement for the 2014 AGM, as sent to all members.


Dear Member

Please accept this letter as formal notification for the upcoming ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held on FRIDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2014 at 7PM. The meeting will be held at the Clubhouse, St Boswells Cricket Club, The Green, St Boswells.

All constitutional positions for Officers and Committee Members are open to nomination, viz.: Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Match Secretary, Fixture Secretary, Junior Cricket Convener, Women’s Cricket Convener, Bar Convener + 3 ordinary Committee Members.

The positions of JUNIOR CONVENER and FIXTURE SECRETARY currently (30/10/14) have no nominations, but must be fulfilled for the Club to continue its normal operations.

Please send all proposals (Members may propose themselves) for Officers and ordinary Committee Members to secretary@stboswellscricketclub.org.

There are also two non-constitutional positions that are of great benefit to the Club, and offers of assistance are welcome for the 2015 season, thus: Sponsorship Secretary and Social Secretary (new for 2015).

Please send any apologies for the AGM to the above email address or via other members.

Yours faithfully

Keith Farnish (Club Secretary)

Our New Signing

Today sees the arrival of our new overseas signing, Mark Williams, a young and exciting all-rounder from Australia, who has chosen to spend summer 2014 at St Boswells. Here’s how his signing was reported elsewhere:

Tea Tree Gully batting all-rounder Mark Williams will play for St. Boswells in Division 1 of the East of Scotland League this season.

Mark 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 7 years. He has progressed through the grades, from Under-14s through to the Senior C Grade.

In 2011, he was selected to play in the BankSA Shield team in an Under-17 State annual tournament as one of the younger players. During these years, he has also played for Trinity College Gawler in the Independent Schools Association and skippered the 1st XI from Year 8.

He has toured with Trinity College to Darwin twice to complete in the Northern Territories Under -7 tournament and Ballarat Vic twice and have been involved in all inter-collegiate matches from 2010. In 2011, he won the Trinity College “Best Batsman” as well as runner-up for the “Best and Fairest” player.

Due to compulsory college rules, Williams’ 1st X1 commitments took precedence over club cricket, therefore never played complete seasons with Tea Tree Gully club until he finished College in 2013. In 2012/13, he filled in for Trinity College Old Scholars playing 4 matches averaging 43.80 including a 102. Whilst he has been used as a part-time bowler for Tea Tree Gully, due to the number of spinners in the club, he was Trinity College’s front line spinner bowling off-spin.

Williams is excited about heading to Scotland this summer and is hoping to make a big impact for St. Boswells in the East of Scotland League.

We intend to keep him 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 6th May. We are delighted to have Mark at St Boswells for the season and are sure he will make a great impact in all areas of the club – maybe helping us push for ESCA Championship status in 2015.

St Boswells Cricket Club Annual Review 2013

Club Sign

The 2013 season is over, and an exciting 2014 is just over the horizon, so here we present a review of a very successful and event filled 2013.

While 2012 was notable for its rain, 2013 was completely the opposite, with the sun blazing (or at the least the rain absent) for the best part of the summer. Because of this we were able to play an unprecedented number of games at senior level, whilst being affected by a lack of players in our development teams.

The First XI, captained by Stephen Broom, played in the East of Scotland League 1st Division which was to prove a greater challenge than the 2nd Division not only for the standard of play, but for the lack of experienced players mid-season. But for the gaps in the team we would have finished a lot higher than 7th place (out of 11), nevertheless we stand well clear of the drop zone, and saw some fantastic performances with bat, ball and hands. Chief among these was the prize-winning batting of Scott Ruthven who scored 668 runs, including 2 centuries, followed by captain Broom on 469. Bowling honours were spread pretty evenly among the top players, Elliot Ruthven being the notable improved performer putting in some frightening pace towards the end of the season. Unfortunately injuries put paid to the, it turned out, 1st team careers of two of our finest bowlers—but it looks as though we have some great talent coming through, not least young Craig Paterson, whose batting and fielding were excellent.

The Second XI (“A Team”) captained by Scott Hunter, played their socks off as a team, putting in some incredible performances both collectively and individually. Elliot Ruthven was the pick of both bowlers and batsmen, as well as vice-captain, but great knocks by Scott Marshall, Craig Paterson, a freak bowling spell by Thomas Goodman (5 for 6) and a match where every St Boswells player who picked up the ball took a wicket, as well as numerous heroic fielding performances, helped secure the Border Sunday League for the second time in two seasons.

20Twenty Winners 2013

The Border 20/20 competition was dominated by St Boswells and Gala, both sides cleaning up their relevant opposition teams, and facing each other in a match that, even weakened, saw St Boswells victorious, and avenging their loss to Gala in 2012.

St Boswells Ladies once again played in the Scottish Womens League and Cup competitions. Many of the experienced players who made up the original team in 2011 have since left for university and work, but with the hard work of Kathryn White and a number of willing parents, the young side (some as young as 10!) played well to finish 3rd in the league and reaching the semi-finals of the cup. With experience and a couple more players the team looks set to challenge well next year.

Youth Cricket suffered badly in 2013. The well-meaning move in training from Tuesday to Saturday saw a big drop-off in players, many of whom also play rugby and football in preference to cricket, meaning it was not possible to field any teams in 2013. Training will return to Tuesdays in 2014, and there is a major Development Plan in progress to try and offset the lack of support from the regional authority, as well as the promise of a Borders Regional Youth Team once again.

2013 was also the year of our second tour to St Lucia, where a rag-tag team of sun-worshippers took on the might of the local clubs with mixed results, but again some wonderful memories and close links were made. Off the pitch, the club has seen an excellent financial year, helped by well-attended social events and match days in the sun. We are also planning changes to the clubhouse, and all sorts of off-season events to keep the club in the spotlight. Plus we have a few other surprises up our sleeve for what is bound to be an exciting 2014.

Club Officials

We are still looking for someone to take up the positions of Chair and Junior Convener – both Ali McIlroy and Gerald Smith have retired from cricket duties. Please contact the club if you are interested.

The following officials were elected at the 2013 AGM:

Secretary: Keith Farnish
Treasurer: Irene Hume
Fixture Secretary: Richard Young
Membership Secretary: Hollie Robson
Women’s Cricket Convener: Kathryn White
Bar Convener: Ryan Borthwick (assisted by Rory Elms)

Ross Graham continues to manage sponsorship.

Keith Farnish is Child Protection Officer.

The First XI has joint captains for 2014, duties being shared by Kathryn White and Craig McNeill.

St Boswells “A” will be captained by Steven Laidlaw in 2014, assisted by Elliot Hunter as vice-captain.

Other Management Committee members are Ross Graham, Dougie Hume (St Boswells AFC representative), Fiona Paterson and Craig Paterson.
A big thank you to everyone who helps keep the club going – we couldn’t manage without you.

Training

Training normally starts at the beginning of April each season, depending on weather. Indoor training will be organised when time permits.

– Adult Training is every Tuesday and Thursday during the season, from 6pm to dusk.
– Ladies Training is on Friday 6 – 8pm.
– Weekly Junior Training is on Tuesday from 6pm

Once again a big thank you to all our sponsors, members, helpers, officials, players, parents and supporters. To continue the good progress we always need more people to fill these roles. Whether you fancy scoring, umpiring, generally just helping out, or even just want a drink in the cheapest place in St Boswells, please contact us.

We are proud to consider the club as part of the local community, so if there is anything you would like us to be part of then don’t hesitate to contact our Secretary at secretary@stboswellscricketclub.org.

Here’s to a successful 2014!

Ready For The New Season

The ground has been spiked and the last preparations are being made to ensure the pitch is ready to tale whatever can be thrown at it. The nets are going up this week and the clubhouse has undergone a thorough clean and tidy up. The bulk of the fixtures have been arranged and training is already underway.

In short, St Boswells Cricket Club is just about ready for the 2013 cricket season.

To find out what is being played and when, click on the FIXTURES link at the top of the page. We don’t consider any one team more important than any other, so all fixtures will be merged into this single list – it’s also easier to see what is happening at a glance.

We also have a new Child Protection Policy in place, which can be downloaded by clicking on THIS LINK. If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of the club, including if you are interested in playing, then contact secretary@stboswellscricketclub.org.

A Warm Welcome to New Players

It’s easy to forget thoughts of cricket in the winter months, but this is actually the time of year when most clubs are planning in earnest for the new season, sorting out fixtures, fundraising, sorting out sponsorship, maintaining pitch and facilities and, probably most important, getting the team into shape for the challenge, in our case, of a higher division and higher level of play.

St Boswells has an excellent core of players, both experienced and upcoming. This is how we managed to top both the East League Division 2 and the Border Sunday League in 2012. We intend this level of accomplishment to continue – but always need a steady influx of players. This is where you come in.

Whatever your level of experience and ability, you could potentially play for one of our teams and make a difference to the club. All we ask is that you come along to practice sessions (Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm) and show us what you can do. If you don’t fancy playing, but have coaching experience then you will also be welcome – everyone can learn something from someone else.

If you would like to talk to someone about joining then please call our chairman Ali McIlroy on 07789 774892 or email secretary@stboswellscricketclub.org.