Bute Cricket Club
Address: The Meadows, Rothesay, Island of Bute, PA20 9BN
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With a history dating back to 1898, Bute County Cricket Club is the oldest sporting club on the beautiful Isle of Bute, which nestles in the Firth of Clyde around 35 miles west of Glasgow.
Formed to play friendly matches against neighbouring mainland sides, Bute CCC originally sourced many of its players from current and past members of the cricket team at the Rothesay Academy. Dwindling numbers, due mainly to competition from other sports, brought about a cessation of playing activity in 1962 but after a 23 years gap cricket resumed and two years later Bute County Cricket Club was resurrected.
Our two Presidents, Robert Macintyre and Ian Downie have represented the club in one capacity or another over many years. Robert first played for Bute in the 1959 season and was back along with Ian as senior members of the 1985 team, continuing to play until the end of the 2010 season.
In 1991 the island won the third division of the Strathclyde Sunday League and in 2010 the club switched from Sunday to Saturday cricket, joining the Western District Cricket Union and winning promotion from their new league at the first attempt.
Today Bute CCC plays in the third division of Scotland's Western District Cricket Union and this year a new management team headed up by chairman, David Mackay, has sought to renew past glories both on and off the field.
Home matches are played at The King George V Playing Fields, Rothesay, where a cricket square is maintained throughout the year. The club is also fortunate to have a 'Flix' pitch which can be laid down to help preserve the relatively small playing area when there are a series of successive home matches or in particularly wet spells of weather.
As an island based club, finance is a major issue with travel to away matches forming a major part of annual expenditure. To help put Bute CCC on a firmer fiscal footing a new Associate Membership scheme has been launched with the former Sri Lankan captain, Kumar Sangakkara agreeing to become the first member.
One of the key objectives of the club is to foster a greater interest in cricket among Bute's youth. Qualified coach, Alan Peacock, holds weekly after school hours training sessions at the Rothesay Academy and is also introducing the sport to pupils at the island's three primary schools.
Even back in the day when the island's population was somewhat larger than it is today, Bute's team was often bolstered by players from Dunoon, and this season the club is again seeking out keen cricketers from the Cowal town along with near neighbour Largs, who can add a competitive edge on the field to this year's campaign
Bute CCC is conscious of its place as part of the community and members will be seen lending a hand at various of the principal island events over the coming year. It will also be doing its bit to encourage tourism by promoting the island as a friendly and welcoming holiday destination.