In the Spring of 2013 through the efforts of Tony Philips and Barry McGeachy a Seniors 1st team was back playing cricket in Callander for the first time in over 70 years.
Anthony Philips was trying to introduce and develop cricket in the Trossachs at youth level and was coaching under 13s up at the primary and high schools when Barry McGeachy started to lend a hand with the coaching due to the high number of kids interested in the game. Through the efforts of these two the Callander Cricket Team was born. With the creation of two teams, The Callander Raiders (U13s) and the Seniors 1st XI, Tony took on the role of the Community Head Coach and sole charge of the Raiders and cricket development, with Barry McGeachy taking control of the 1st team and Club development.
The first Callander Cricket Club meeting was held in the summer of 2013 where a club committee was appointed. Through the brief summer the club managed to play its first couple games in over 70 years all be it friendlies, it was a great way of introducing cricket to some who had never played before.
Through the winter months the efforts have continued to train indoors at the McLaren leisure centre where the novices have been coached on their new skills and the more experienced players have being refreshing their own skills.
Despite the senior team playing games and training the efforts have needed to continue in the background to get the club established. One of the biggest issues being the lack of a home ground but through the perseverance of the Club Captain we have come to a ground sharing agreement with St Modans CC for the 2014 season. Sponsorship deals have also been agreed with The Waverly Hotel, Callander Meadows and KBM Hospitality bringing in much needed funds to get the club going. The cricket club has also gained membership into the Strathmore and Perthshire 2nd Division South with our debut competitive league game taking place on the 20th April 2014 in Alloa against a Clackmannan C.C.C. Another first and major test for the club will be in the Two Counties T20 Cup when we will take on the defending Champions Perth Doo’cot on May 13th 2014.
Cricket is back in Callander and hopefully with as the legendary Bumble says a WHALLOP!!
CALLANDER RAIDERS U13s
Callander Cricket Club has a 1st team made up of social players who compete in the S&PCU R&D League West and The West Stirlingshire T20 League. The Club has a vibrant and growing Junior Section known as The Centurions with teams across all age groups
Callander CC is a Community Amateur Sports Club whose primary aim is to develop cricket within the McLaren Cluster by providing equal opportunities for all to partake in the Sport