Hidden behind historic Manderston House is a cricket ground widely regarded as the best wicket in the Borders and certainly boasting stunning views.
It is home to Manderston Cricket Club, one of the oldest clubs in the area, being founded in 1899. With a rich cricketing history, Manderston players have included Scotland internationals 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!
MCC play friendly matches with other like-minded clubs across the region. Rivalry can be fierce but games are always played in a great atmosphere, true to the spirit of cricket. Win or lose, (they were all out for 33 in their very first match and lost to the Reverend J.E. Sedgewick’s XI by a huge margin) cheerfulness and enthusiasm are invariable. On Sunday afternoons 40 over matches provide every player with the opportunity to shine. A few 20 over games are scheduled for Thursday evenings, with nets on the other weeks. Games are split home and away, with some of the other grounds almost rivalling Manderston’s and well worth visiting.
Of course, without players MCC would not exist. Maybe you’ve played in the past or would like to give it a go – whatever your age or ability, MCC will welcome you. If you’re interested in playing, spectating or simply want to find out more, please contact ManderstonCricket@gmail.com or ring captain Hayden Martin on 07850 074424. Everyone signing up is guaranteed a game at some point, subject only to the weather.