Glenrothes Cricket Club
Glenrothes became Scotland’s second post-war new town in 1948 and the cricket club was established here in 1957; current groundsman John Bell was a founding member and now in his 70s is remarkably still turning out for our 5th XI.
Address: Gilvenbank Park, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 6SU
Telephone: 07557 403533
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We currently have 6 adult weekend teams representing the club; Cricket Scotland League (CSL) SE Championship for our 1st XI, ESCA Division 5 for our 2nd XI, ESCA Division 8 for our 3rd XI, ESCA Division 9 for our 4th XI.
We also have 2 Sunday teams; our 5th XI who play SPCU Division 2 and a mixed ability side who play in the Forth Cricket Union (FCU). We also play a selection of midweek Twenty20 evening matches. During the Winter we take part in various indoor leagues.
New members are always welcome, regardless of ability or experience; and the club provide a FREE Club Pack consisting of all your team kit as soon as you join us!
The clubs origins lie partly in the unlikely setting of the Caribbean. The organised game came to the town with the help of one Edwin Headley. Of West Indian extraction, he was a teacher at Leslie Primary School and later Auchmuty High School with a passion for the thwack of willow on leather. He was among the founder members who turned up at the Auchmuty Community Rooms on Friday 17th May 1957, to help give birth to what would become the first sporting club set up in the town.
The club originally used John Dixon Park in Markinch because there was nowhere suitable in Glenrothes at that time. Five matches were played, four of which were lost and one drawn. Glenrothes historian, Keith Ferguson once noted of the club that it was "always active although struggling against a hostile environment, persevering against the odds of the weather, uneven pitches and official disbelief that Scots should want to play such a game”.
One year later the club moved into the town itself, firstly at Dovecot Park in 1958, then at Carleton Park until 1970 before establishing our home at the Riverside Park for the next 44 years.
In 2014 as one of Scotland’s fastest growing clubs, we relocated to the much larger Gilvenbank Park; where we have 2 ovals (1 grass square, 1 artificial wicket) and all-weather practice facilities.
Scotland’s all-time top run scorer and former ODI skipper Ryan Watson currently plays for the club, as does World Cup wicket keeper Alec Davies.
Several of our players have represented Scotland at youth level; including Kenny Crichton, Jordan Davidson, Fraser Gosse and 2013 U17 Player of the Year Ben Wilkinson.
The club have plenty of cricket on offer regardless of ability or experience, from the more serious competitive leagues to matches for social players and enthusiasts.
It's not just cricket! We also run a series of social events including Sportsman's Dinners, Comedy Nights, Family Fun Days, Golf Outings, Snooker Nights, Quiz/Race Nights, Fantasy Football Leagues, Dinners, BBQ's, Lottery Bonus Ball etc.
The club are massive advocates of social media and the club itself along with various officials and members regularly use Facebook and Twitter, placing us amongst the highest profile Scottish clubs on the internet.
Additionally in 2013 we streamed several 1st XI matches live online, complete with HD video and match commentary.
"I just wanted to say how welcome I've been made since joining Glenrothes CC from Cupar CC; and how much I've enjoyed the couple of games I've played so far. I've also been very impressed by the set up at the club and have been enjoying the 'banter' amongst the lads. The same goes for my son Gary who's also joined the club this season." - Andy McAulay
"What an excellent season for the club; Jordan and I would like to thank everybody at Glenrothes CC for making us feel so welcome during our first and hopefully many seasons to come." - Shaun Davidson