Gala Cricket Club faces an uncertain summer as the Coronavirus outbreak continues to impact on sports across the Borders.
It follows a CricketScotland ruling that no training or games in the country can be played until 1 June at earliest as a result of the government guidance to control the outbreak of the virus.
Gala had been busy training indoors for their return to the East of Scotland Championship after winning Division One in 2019.
The Meigle Park side, under new captain Duncan Millar, were due to take on Carlton 2nds on 2 May for their first game, with likes of Kelso, Freuchie and Edinburgh Accies amongst the sides Gala are due to take on in 2020.
The club had also lined up an exciting professional player/coach, and are due to launch a 2nds Saturday team for the first time in well over 20 years.
The juniors section were also training ahead of a busy schedule of fixtures across a variety of age groups. Four female cricketers – Caitlin Ormiston, Charis Scott, Maisie Maciera and Ashley Robertson – are due to represent Gala on the regional and international stage, and Robbie Paterson has been training over the winter with the Scotland Under 15s squad.
However, all plans are currently on hold due to the emergency lockdown.
Mike Halls, Gala CC chairman said: “This is a really difficult time for everyone, with the health of all the most important consideration at the moment.
“It is frustrating to have the new season put on hold but we fully support the decision by CricketScotland. It is unclear if or when the 2020 season will get underway but we will continue to keep in touch with our members and supporters via our social media pages and website throughout.
“We are aiming to get in touch with all members in the coming weeks regarding membership and hope they can continue to support the club this summer.
“We are extremely lucky to have some great local sponsors and we would ask the local community to support these firms in whatever way they can in the coming weeks and months.”
More information on the club is available at www.galacricketclub.co.uk.