Hawick and Wilton enter East League but retain Border ties

HAWICK and Wilton Cricket Club have joined the East of Scotland League – but they will still play in the Border League which has been moved to a Sunday.

And club official Bruce Mactaggart believes the deal will ensure a bright future for the Buccleuch Park outfit.

The break up of the Border League was prompted by Langholm’s decision to play their cricket in Cumbria.

Kelso and St Boswells quickly followed by indicating that they would like to leave the 116-year-old division.

Hawick have since accepted a place in Division 8 of the East set-up, its second bottom league which includes teams such as Peebles County 2nds, Penicuik 3rds and Largo 3rds, who play at St Andrews.

But Mactaggart was happy with the changes.

He said: “I think it’s going to work out quite well for Hawick in the long term because we will be able to play our youngsters on a Saturday and that will free up the rugby lads for a Sunday.

“Hopefully we’ll get more 20-year-olds playing rather than 50-year-olds which will certainly benefit the club.”

Reigning Border League champions St Boswells have been placed in Division 2, Gala (Division 3), Kelso (Division 4) and Selkirk (Division 6).

A Border 20/20 League has been retained, played midweek throughout the summer, while Hawick will travel to Selkirk in the first round of the Murgitroyd 20/20 Cup, which offers financial rewards and a place in the national finals day for the winner from the Borders section.