Commenting on the report, Tony Brian, Chair of Cricket Scotland, said “Clearly, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world dramatically since the report was largely written but we still think important to record what was achieved in 2019 – and a huge amount was achieved.
The report highlights the diversity in which cricket continues to grow in Scotland, particularly at the community level with an increase in participation of new formats and innovative programmes.
– In Glasgow, 1,000 children in less advantaged parts of the city were introduced to cricket through the Project Glasgow initiative
– In partnership with Lord Taverners, our new Disability Development Officer launched four Super 1’s and Table Cricket hubs
– Tapeball and The Wee Bash both recorded an increase in players, with participants aged from 9-years-old to 55-years-old competing
– CricHIIT was introduced at 14 centres and received an ICC global award for Innovative Programme of the Year
In junior cricket, over 40,000 school children experienced cricket and in the third year of All Stars Cricket, 1,683 children took part at 58 clubs throughout the country.
Our Performance Pathway programme continues to evolve and it delivered some quality cricket in 2019, with all four of the pathway competitions fiercely contested. The Western Warriors came out on top in both the U16s boys and U16s girls one-day matches.
The Caledonian Highlanders won the one-day regional development team competition and the Eastern Knights claimed the T20 day and also won the U14s boys one-day league.
Our national teams had a competitive year experiencing the highs and lows of global ICC tournaments.
Our men’s team, under the guidance of new coach Shane Burger, qualified for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia this year which gives us another great opportunity to showcase on the world stage how far our teams have progressed.
Sadly, our women’s team missed out on appearing at the recent ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – they were only two places off the qualifying spots at the global qualifying event hosted very successfully in Scotland with huge help from Forfarshire, Arbroath and Strathmore Cricket Clubs.
Perhaps the highlight of the Summer was our U19s winning the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in The Netherlands and
securing a place in South Africa in early 2020. The squad were unbeaten during the whole qualifying competition and the
results showed the depth of talent and team cohesion on show.
Cricket Scotland’s engagement with new partners continued to grow with seven new partnerships established, generating crucial funding and support to develop events and initiatives.
Media and communications also grew in 2019 with a 40% increase in digital engagement and multiple television features highlighting the game.
All this was achieved through a backbone of strong financial management demonstrated in the published accounts showing a modest surplus on a 10% increase in turnover.