With the Scottish Referendum looming, and contest rather than unity staring the country in the face, the two nations are about to square up against each other – in a friendly game of cricket.
Teams from the Glendale Agricultural and the Border Union Societies will contest the 20-over match Monday, June 9, at Wooler, 6pm start.
Last year’s match was the first ever held, and the Scottish Side won by one run.
Andrew Reed, the Glendale captain, who is a leading player for Tillside, said: “We will be up against the Scots and the weather on the day, but we expect the match will be light-hearted fun on the whole!
“Our team has been specially chosen from Society members, and is a real cross section of cricketing experience. Everyone gets an over and a chance to shine!”
The tradition of an annual match was established years ago but was allowed to lapse. Andrew believes it’s good to see it revived, even if he thinks the Scot’s might still have the edge.
Simon Hogg, the Border Union Skipper, said: “The first game was a real nail biter and went down to the last ball. This year it’ll be tough for us having to play across the Border, but we are recruiting hard and looking for anyone who can throw the ball and produce a bit of spin!”
Both sides are looking forward to the opportunity to play each other – it’s expected to be a friendly contest, demonstrating traditional rivalry, as well as the good relationships that follow 300 years’ of peaceful life and coexistence.
Both skippers are hoping supporters will be there in force to cheer on their team.