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Players Dining Room

The 'players dining' room seats around 50, and can be configured to suit your requirements. Full bar & catering facilities can be available, with the room open for use during the day as well as evenings. It's an ideal meeting room, but is not available during some cricket matches.


If you're interested or would like to find out more please contact Rob Richtering at Scarborough Cricket Club.

Phone: 01723 365625 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tea Room

Facing west and overlooking the ground.

The Tea Room provide an unusual and delightful venue for smaller parties and informal light meals, or afternoon tea. There is a terrace area which makes for a relaxing spot to enjoy a drink in the afternoon and evening sunshine.

This room can be used throughout the year.


If you're interested or would like to find out more please contact Rob Richtering at Scarborough Cricket Club.

Phone: 01723 365625 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Perimeter Board Advertising

We have a wide range of options available for board advertising. This is not restricted to pitch side boards, but can include virtually any free space that we have (within reason)!


If you're interested or would like to find out more please contact Rob Richtering at Scarborough Cricket Club.

Phone: 01723 365625 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Close, Parkinson and Rice

The years following Tom Pearce had to rely more and more on sponsorship and big names to attract the crowds.

The Club was particularly grateful for sponsorship from Asda Stores, Scarborough Building Society, Tesco Stores, Wards, White Horse ,Northern Electric and Tetleys. McCains and Boyes Stores were local companies who both became significant sponsors.

The sponsorship was added to by contributions from big names such as Brian Close, Michael Parkinson and Tim Rice. In the spirit of the Festival teams took the field as: The D.B.Close XI who played during the 80’s against International Touring sides; Michael Parkinsons World XI who played MCC in 1988 and 1989 and India in 1990 and Tim Rice’s XI v Yorkshire in 1998.

More recently the Festival is a week of Yorkshire Cricket which usually consists of a four day Championship match and a one day fixture, but it is put on in a festival atmosphere with marquee and band music, in the intervals these days, to produce a relaxed holiday feeling of Cricket by the sea.

The festival is still thriving, attendances in 2011 were excellent and August 2012 will see the 126th Festival.

The "T.N. Pearce” Era

Thomas Neill Pearce (Tom Pearce) was born in November 1905 and died in April 1994.

He played cricket for Essex and was captain of Essex from 1933 until 1950 when he retired from first class cricket. He was also an International Rugby Union Referee.

On retirement from playing first class cricket he was made an England Test Selector a job which he held for many years.

At Essex he progressed from Club Secretary to Club Chairman and then President.

He managed the MCC tour of India, Ceylon and Pakistan in the winter of 1961/1962.

During his period in charge at the Scarborough Festival there was no falling away in interest either from the players or the spectators and all matches continued to have first class status.

There were many wonderful Tom Pierce sides against the Indians, Australia, West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa.

In 1963 the distinction between Gentlemen and players was finally removed and the Festival lost one of its regular matches.

The first sponsored match took place in 1965 when an England XI played a World XI and the World XI was sponsored by Rothmans of Pall Mall.

Yorkshire as always continued to support the Festival in the regular Yorkshire v MCC fixture.

In 1970 JH Fenner of Hull agreed to sponsor a 60 over knock out competition which became The Fenner Trophy played over three days and with the three trophy winners of the year versus Yorkshire. It was very successful financially but the MCC fixture had to make way. When Tom retired from being Festival Organiser in 1981 he had been only the third Organiser since the Festival was first played in 1876.

The "Leveson-Gower" Era

Shrimp H.D.G. Leveson-Gower had already been involved at the Festival for several years before 1929 when he took over responsibility for organising the matches.

He was born at Limpsfield Surrey in May 1873, attended Winchester College and Oxford University where he was awarded a blue for cricket and played for Oxford from 1983 until 1986 when he was captain. He played for Surrey, being captain from 1908 till 1910, and the Gentlemen plus MCC.

His association with Scarborough lasted until 1950, he was made a Freeman of Scarborough in 1930.

Leveson- Gowers XI v the Tourists XI was always the highlight of the Festival between the wars and the Australians as now was the team everyone wanted to see. The Australians were beaten in 1938 and this had a definite effect in 1948 when Bradman as captain requested Levison- Gower to restrict his XI to not more than six current England players to prevent the fixture becoming a sixth test at the end of a long tour.

For many years he was a member of the MCC committee and in 1909 he became a member of the Test Team selection committee , of which he was chairman in 1924 and from 1928 to 1930.

Leveson-Gowers successor was T.N. Pearce.

The "Thornton" Era

Charles Inglis Thornton was born in March 1850 at Llanwarne in Herefordshire and died in December 1929 in Marylebone.

He was a right hand bat and right arm fast underarm bowler. He played for Cambridge( captain 1872), Kent, Middlesex and MCC from 1869 until 1895.

His reputation was that of a big hitter having been recorded as hitting the ball 168 yards in practice at Brighton.

As a guest of Lord Londesborough he was a frequent visitor to Scarborough which was a very fashionable Spa town and holiday resort.

In 1871 Thornton was asked by Lord Londesborough to raise a side to play against Lord Londesboroughs XI (effectively the Yorkshire first XI)which he did so from mainly MCC players and it was known as The Scarborough Visitors XI.

The game was played at Castle Hill and was a great success.

Following the levelling and improvement of North Marine Road Thornton was again asked to put together a side, this time a formal MCC XI to play against Yorkshire in 1875. Rain spoiled the day but the match was repeated the following year 1876, again with Thornton organising, and was the first Scarborough Festival as other matches had also been arranged around it.

From then on until his death in 1929 he continued to organise The Scarborough Festival.

Along the way he personally scored 107 in 29 hits for The Gentlemen of England v I Zingari in 1886 (including his big hit) and managed the C.I.Thorntons XI which beat the full Australian side of 1921.

He was awarded the freedom of the Borough of Scarborough in 1921.

George Herbert Hirst

(Born 7th September 1871, died 10th May 1954)

There have been many very good Yorkshire players who have been Scarborough players, David Byas, Brian Close, David Hunter, Ted Lester, John Tunnicliffe, Vic Wilson and more but probably the best known, certainly in his time was George Hirst.

He was born in Kirheaton near Huddersfield, the same village where Wilfred Rhodes was born six years later in 1877.

It is said that he discovered a method to make the ball swing, known as swerve in those days.

As a left arm medium pace bowler and right hand batsman his first class playing career for Yorkshire and England was from 1891 until 1929 and his achievements during his playing life were outstanding.

He played 826 matches and scored 36,356 runs at an average 34.13. His highest score was 341 which he made in 1905 and still remains a record for Yorkshire. He made 100 runs 60 times.

He took 2,742 wickets at an average of 18.73 and five wickets on 184 occasions.

He held 605 catches and did the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in a season 14 times.

He also has a unique record of being the only player to score 2,000 runs and take 200 wickets in one season which was 1906.

In 1919 he was appointed coach to Eton College but still played for Yorkshire when he could. By 1921 he decided to retire from first class cricket and did so from the balcony of Scarborough Cricket Club where he had captained The Players v the Gentlemen in the Festival.

He did play occasional games for Yorkshire even as late as 1929 however he began to play for Scarborough from 1923 onwards.

His coaching at Eton went on until 1938 however the short summer terms allowed him to play for Scarborough in July and August which he did for seven seasons. During his time at Scarborough he played a full role in coaching, in some of his years alongside David Hunter.

Playing for Scarborough in League matches during those seven seasons he scored 2,682 runs at an average of 58.3, in 1926 his average was 117.2 and in 1928 at 58 years old his average was 108 with a top score of 124.

His bowling was equally impressive taking 182 wickets at an average of 13.1 including in 1924 when he took 45 wickets at an average of 8.00 with a strike rate of one wicket every four overs.

A truly great player who played for Scarborough.

Scarborough Players

Over all the Years since 1849 there have been many outstanding cricketers who have played for the Club. Records of early players are not complete but there are much better records of players since The War. The excellent book by Ian Hall and John Found listed records of players who have represented the Club after World War II and included in that figures from between the Wars where a player played before and after World War II( indicated by an asterisk).


Players who scored more than 5000 runs for Scarborough

NameCareerInningsNot OutTotalHighestAverage
G. R. Bloom 1959-1976 294 33 7342 123* 28.13
D. Byas 1980- 200 35 6742 200* 40.86
J. A. Hutton 1955-1977 272 50 5192 108 23.39
E. I. Lester* 1938-1961 200 42 8681 180* 54.94
A. J. Moor 1958-1984 447 88 13086 127* 36.45
B. Rennard 1968-1985 445 77 10480 100* 28.36
J. A. Richardson* 1927-1958 573 113 22244 202 48.36
K. C. Stockwell 1949-1979 525 71 13195 139* 29.06
F. Temple* 1929-1947 281 47 5747 112 24.56
T. N. Watts 1983- 210 34 5443 124* 30.92

The Figures were collected in 1992.

Players who have taken more than 500 wickets

C. C. Clifford 1963- 18195 1080 16.85
G. H. Dennis 1961-1972 10696 668 16.01
C. W. Foord 1941-1971 16149 1071 16.01
P. R. Hart 1970- 9406 531 17.71

The figures were collected in 1992

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