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Club Successes

First XINo. of timesYears
Yorkshire Council Champions 4 1937, 1939, 1953, 1957
Yorkshire League Champions 13 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984
Yorkshire League Knock-Out Champions 5 1983, 1984, 1993, 1994, 2007
Derrick Robins Trophy 1 1972
John Haig Trophy 4 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982
Wrigley Trophy (Indoor 6-a-side) 1 1997
Second XINo. of timesYears
East Yorkshire Cricket Cup Competition Champions 14 1929, 1930, 1931, 1937, 1938, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1962, 1973, 1986, 1995
East Yorkshire Cup Knock-Out Champions 2 1992, 1994
Ridings XINo. of timesYears
Ridings League Champions 3 1986, 1989, 1996
Ridings League Knock-Out Competition 1 1998
Third XINo. of timesYears
Derwent Valley League Division B 1 1999
Derwent Valley League Division A 1 2002
Beckett League Division D 1 2003
Fourth XINo. of timesYears
Derwent Valley League Division C 1 1997
Marshall Development Cup 1 1992
Junior XINo. of timesYears
Derwent Valley Junior League Champions 12 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011
Derwent Valley Junior League Knock-Out Cup 11 1985, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010
Frank Calvert Memorial Trophy 2 2009, 2011

Ground Development

After taking the tenancy in 1863, the field where early matches were played was enlarged and levelled during the winter of 1871-1872 although the club did not own the land until 1877.

Backed by Lord Londesborough and Lord Derwent £7,000 was raised to purchase the Ground and make substantial improvements and at the same time the Club sold a strip of land bordering North Marine Road for building.

The present day Pavilion was built in 1896, at a cost of £2,150, on the site of the Old Pavilion.

At approximately the same time the covered seating at the Trafalgar Square end (the Enclosure) was built as was the seating on the Popular Bank.

The North Stand was built in 1926 and the post war boom in attendances saw record crowds at the Ground with well over 20,000 on some days.

The West Stand was erected in 1956 replacing a long low building which had been known as the Cow Sheds.

The Queen Hotel was demolished in the late 50’s and replaced by the Cricketers Pub which itself has now been demolished to make way for retirement apartments.

Big Names

Over the years almost every famous cricketer that has ever lived has played in the Scarborough Festival either as an invited member of an MCC side, a Gentlemen’s side, a Players side or as part of visiting national touring side.

The two who stand out are W.G.Grace and Don Bradman.

Grace first played at Scarborough in 1870 at Castle Hill in a United South XI.

He has scored two centuries at the Festival, the first of them being remarkable in that he scored 174 out of a team total of 263 for the Gentleman’s XI of 1885. The Gentlemen went on to win this match which was the first Gentlemen v Players fixture at Scarborough and was played annually until 1962 when the distinction between Gentlemen and Players was removed from Cricket. In the Final match Ken Barrington scored a hundred and the Players won.

Don Bradman played in three Festivals, the first in 1930 on what was his first tour of England.

In a letter he wrote recalling that Festival he described the great honour he felt to have witnessed the last match that Wilfred Rhodes played before he retired from first class cricket.

The year he is best remembered for is 1934 when he scored 304 at Leeds in just one day. Later that season he was at Scarborough playing for the Australians against Levison- Gower’s XI. He came to the wicket about twenty minutes into the morning at 14 for 1 and was out stumped off Verity for 132 before lunch. 14,000 people were in the Ground to watch him.

He didn’t play in the 1938 Festival through injury and then the War intervened. He was next in Scarborough during his last tour in 1948 and as captain of Australia.

He scored 153 as his farewell innings and had the honour of being made a Life member of Yorkshire CCC.

Clearing Trafalgar Square End

Only three times in the History of Cricket at North Marine Road has a ball been hit out of the Ground, clean over the houses and into Trafalgar Square.

The three "big hitters" were:

  • C.I. Thornton in 1875
  • G.F. Wells-Cole in 1901
  • C.G. Pepper in 1945

There are one or two conflicting stories about exactly where the ball crossed into the square in each case but it is generally accepted that all three did. Many others have claimed the feat but some have hit chimney pots and others gone through the gap.

In his biography Lord Hawke stated: At Scarborough I was in the field to the biggest hit I ever saw C.I.Thornton make. Buns helped himself to 107 runs in just over an hour. His mightiest slog was from the Pavilion end when he drove the ball straight over the screen, so high that it hit a chimney on the roof of one of the houses outside the ground.

This report was confirmed in a letter to the Scarborough Mercury published in 1921 from Fredrick Andrews who became Headmaster of the Quaker School at Ackworth and witnessed it as a Scarborough player on the field at the time.

G.F. Cole –Wells is the least well known of the three although his reputation was widespread around Lincolnshire. He played for Lincolnshire, MCC and I Zingari.

In August 1901 playing as a guest for Scarborough against Gentlemen of Yorkshire, he made 387 runs in four and a half hours. Included was the six into Trafalgar Square. The hit was witnessed by Harry Leadbetter, one of Scarborough’s best left-handed batsmen, who reported in a newspaper article that Wells-Cole made an on drive which rose six or seven feet over the house tops with a clear drop into the Square. Harry Leadbetter also witnessed the Thornton six and claimed the Wells-Cole six was higher and bigger.

The third of the big hitters is Ces Pepper, an Australian all-rounder who played for the Australian Services against Levison-Gowers XI in September 1945. In the match he scored 168 runs in the Services first innings and took six wickets over two innings as they won by an innings.

When the big hit came Eric Hollies was the bowler and Keith Miller was batting at the other end. According to Pepper Arthur Wood who was keeping wicket bet him a bottle of whisky that he could not hit one over the houses.

The Scarborough Festival

Since 1876, with only the exception of war years, there has been a Cricket Festival played at Scarborough at the end of the first class season.

2014 will see the 128th Festival and attendances in recent years, especially 2011, have been excellent. There is still the relaxed holiday feel around the ground, including the band, and players and spectators alike love to take part.

The seeds of the Scarborough Festival had been sown at Castle Hill. Many of the visitors to Victorian Scarborough were both wealthy and cricket lovers and matches at Castle Hill could attract crowds in excess of 2000.

In 1875 Lord Londesborough agreed to sponsor a match between MCC and Yorkshire. The MCC side was put together by C.I. (Charles Inglis) Thornton, an MCC member and a regular visitor to Scarborough. MCC were enthusiastic which is not surprising as Sir Charles Legard Bt. was the MCC President in 1875 and a good friend of Lord Londesborough.

The following year, 1876, when Lord Londesborough himself became MCC President, the Cricket programme at Scarborough was extended to nine days and the main match was again MCC v Yorkshire with MCC managed by C.I.Thornton. This was the first Scarborough Festival.

In 1898 the Scarborough Mercury recalled: It was Lord Londesborough who made the Scarborough Festival possible. He brought here for many years the Gentlemen players and at his own expense entertained them. Those he was unable to entertain at Londesborough Lodge he provided for in hotels and even went as far as keeping a house in The Crescent especially for the use of Cricketers

Historical Landmarks

Date Historical Landmark
1849 Club founded based at Castle Hill
1863 Secured tenacy of North Marine Road
1876 Cricket Festival started soon attracted players like W.G.Grace
1887 Scarborough XI played MCC at Lords
1895 New pavilion built at a cost of £2,150
Club applied to Yorkshire CCC for a county match to be played at Scarborough
1896 First county match played... Yorkshire vs Leicestershire
1914 War... festival abandoned
1926 Festival Jubilee. Banquet at Grand Hotel
1939 War... festival cancelled
1945 Australian Cec Pepper joins W.G.Grace as one of only three to hit a ball over the boarding houses into Trafalgar Square... also the last to achieve this
1972 Scarborough Club wins National Knockout at Lords and goes on to win it 5 times in total... the only club in the country to achieve this many wins
1999 Club celebrates 150 years and 113th Festival.

100 Club

Give yourself a chance to win £50 every month!

£2 donation per month - help maintain the ground at North Marine Road

  1. All profits will be put towards Ground renovation and maintenance.
  2. Membership of the 100 Club is restricted to members of Scarborough Cricket Club.
  3. Payment of a monthly donation of £2 entitles each member to be allocated one number in the monthly and quarterly draw.
  4. The monthly prizes will be £50; £20 and £10. The additional quarterly prize will be £50
  5. The number of entries sold shall be at the discretion of the committee.
  6. The value of the prizes may be amended in relation to the number of entries sold but the maximum aggregate prize money shall not exceed 50% of the total annual donations
  7. Any member may purchase more than one entry.

Following our extensive refurbishment in 2011, Scarborough Cricket Club is drawing in over 30,000 people through the turnstiles each year. We are extremely proud of the facilities and opportunities we are able to offer to our local community and beyond.

With good footfall and excellent local press and television coverage, especially during the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire Cricket Festival, where better to advertise your company name to a captive audience?

Scarborough Cricket Club offer an extensive range of commercial opportunities from perimeter board advertising to the sampling of products, and match ball sponsorship.

We are looking for businesses to become involved with the Club as sponsors or advertisers. With excellent benefits and advertising opportunities on offer, there's never been a better time to join us.

The sponsorship opportunities we can offer are:

  • Club Match Ball Sponsor - with recognition on our website and through social media platforms
  • Club Match Day Sponsor - with recognition on our website and through social media platforms
  • Sponsorship of Covers - Our mobile covers comprise of 3 separate units. Sponsorship can be all three units, or just one. We are happy to discuss coverage. 
  • Senior Cricket Shirt Sponsor
  • Junior Cricket Shirt Sponsor
  • Product Sampling - With audiences often reaching over 5000 for a days play (6/7 hour) a number of companies have taken advantage of the opportunity to 'sample' goods or products within the ground.


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

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

We have a number of options available for advertisement opportunities

  •  Perimeter Boards - which come in 2 sizes, 6000mm x 750mm & 8000mm x 750mm. Please contact the club for prices, please note manufacturing of the board is not included in the price.
  • Scorecards - the scorecard reach around 3000+ each county fixture, and is a perfect way to advertise your business if you are on a budget
  •  Annual Report - distributed to all the club members

If you are interested and would like to know prices, please contact Rochelle at Scarborough Cricket Club. Phone: 01723 365625 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please see images below for examples of perimeter boards.

Scarborough’s Cricket Heritage

The Scarborough Cricket Club was founded in 1849 and the first recorded match was played on Castle Hill. Matches in the early years continued to be played on Castle Hill.

The Club was reconstituted in 1863 and the tenancy of a field on North Marine Road was obtained.

Matches have been played there since then and the Ground was purchased in 1878 at a cost of £3,500 from Mr John Woodall.

The first Scarborough Festival was held in 1876 when MCC beat Yorkshire by seven wickets and with the exception of the War years has continued to be an annual event, the 126th Festival will be held in 2012.

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