It’s a real family affair at Hawick and Wilton seconds

Like father like son. It’s an old saying but it is one that has a lot of meaning and truth about it.

No moreso than within the ranks of Hawick and Wilton Cricket club.

For over the years, quite a few sons have done what their fathers did before them and played for the Buccleuch Park side.

Indeed on occasions they have played in the self same team such as the Chalmers’ the Hartops’ and the Mactaggarts.

This coming Sunday however new ground is being broken as a double family act is set to take place due to two fathers being in the self same eleven as their sons.

Dads, Andrew Johnston and Gary Alexander and their respective sons, Ryan and Ronan are all in the Hawick and Wilton 2nd XI to face Kelso seconds on the pastures of Buccleuch Park.

It’s a special occasion and even more special due to the fact that Ryan is a 12- year-old and Ronan is 13.

Andrew said: “I first started playing cricket in 1983, never ever thinking that one day I would have a son that would play in the same team as me.

“Ryan is cricket daft. Along with Ronan he is involved in the Hawick and Wilton youth set-up and both of them are in the Borders under 13 side.

“Ryan starts the high school after the summer holidays, so it will be a big thrill and great experience for him playing against Kelso and we are both looking forward to the game.”

Gary and Ronan have already had the experience of playing in the same team together.

Taking up this story Gary said:

“I had been out of cricket for 16 years and had no intentions of ever playing again. However, the seconds were short of players for a game against Melrose. Ronan got the call-up but the team were still lacking in numbers so I thought what a great opportunity to play in the same team as my son, and I decided to come out of retirement.

“So we both played against Melrose and have since played against Selkirk. I have been suffering the aches and pains ever since.”

Budding prospect Ronan said: “I love playing cricket and it’s great to play in the same team as my dad. I took two wickets in my first game against Melrose and that really pleased me.

“I am not sure if I am a better player than my dad, but I think I could be.”