Manderston get set for coming season

Manderston Cricket Club has a great wicket in a lovely setting.
Manderston Cricket Club has a great wicket in a lovely setting.

Founded in 1899, Manderston Cricket Club is among the oldest clubs in the Borders with a lovely setting tucked behind the historic Manderston House.

As the club looks forward to the new season they are on the lookout for new blood to swell their playing ranks.

With a rich cricketing history, Manderston players have included Scottish internationalists as well as many other talented and not-so talented players. The common bond is a love of cricket and the great fun they have playing - not to mention an appreciation of the marvellous cricket teas on offer!

Matches are always played in a friendly spirit, and everyone is guaranteed to have a bat and a bowl. Maybe you’ve played in the past or would like to give it a go – whatever your age or ability, MCC will welcome you.

Weekly pre-season nets have been organised at Berwickshire High School, starting on April 4, from 8-9pm. Once the weather is better they will move to the outdoor nets, using the newly completed improvements.

The club also intend to hold coaching sessions for young people as well as to acquire a bowling machine.

If you’re interested in playing, spectating or simply want to find out more, please contact ManderstonCricket@gmail.com or ring Hayden Martin on 07850 074424.

Lokking back on last season Manderston played 20 matches, winning 12 and losing eight. They were considerably more successful in longer formats, winning 10 out of 13 35/40 over matches, but only two out of seven of the 20/25 over games.

The batting was strong, held together by three brothers Sim: Iain (dubbed ‘Monster’ by a side visiting all the way from Mumbai for his destructive 87, including six sixes); Alec, the new captain for the 2016 season, and Duncan.

The top 10 run scorers were: Iain Sim 281, Richard Taylor 228, Jack McDonald 216, Alex Sim 177, Will Thomson 176, Hayden Martin 172, Duncan Sim 168, Jamie Lindsay 154, Toby Culham 105, Matthew Taylor 99.

The bowling strength came from a blend of experience and youthful energy, showing that age at either end of the spectrum is no bar to success. With just one five wicket haul from Eddy Richards, also against the Mumbai Lions, the wickets were shared around.

The top 10 wicket takers were: Eddy Richards 19, David Ebner 17, Daniel Richards 11, Mark Conington 10, Alex Sim 9, Duncan Sim 9, Dan Wright 7, Jack McDonald 7, Will Thomson 6, James Conington 4.