Scottish Cricket History
Cricket in Scotland has been with us a long time. The first match for which records are available was played in September 1785 at Schaw Park, Alloa, between two teams populated by members of the aristocracy of the time. It was the mid 19th century before the game really took off, with a first visit by the All England XI in 1849 creating great excitement and leading to a surge in interest.
Today we have a host of representative sides administered by Cricket Scotland plus over 200 clubs competing in a wide variety of competitions. The timeline below covers some of the key moments in Scottish Cricket history from the 18th to 21st century!
Cricket in Scotland – Timeline
1785: First recorded game in Scotland – Duke of Athol’s XI v Hon. Col. Talbot’s XI at Schaw Park, Clackmannan
1789: Match in Aberdeen between Gordon Castle XI & 55th Regiment
1820: Formation of Kelso CC
1820s: Cricket played on Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh & also at Edinburgh Academy in the School grounds.
1830s: Formation of Stirling County CC. Cricket being played at the Old Gibbet Toll, Edinburgh & Fleshers’ Haugh, Glasgow.
1846: Match takes place between Perth & “All Scotland”.
1849: The All England XI visit Scotland for the first time, playing in Edinburgh, sparking a great upsurge in club formation.
1865: Scotland’s first recognised “Cap” games take place, beating Gentlemen of Surrey at the Oval before losing to the MCC at Lord’s
1871: Publication of first edition of Scottish Cricketers’ Annual and Guide by Percival King, Scotland’s first ever cricket publication which lasted 18 editions.
1872: Start of East of Scotland v West of Scotland matches.
1874: Scotland beat MCC at Lord’s
1878: First ever full Australia touring team visit Scotland to play West of Scotland
1879: Formation of first Scottish Cricket Union. It lasted only four years due to financial difficulties and declining membership.
1882: Scotland beat Australia in One-Day Game
1888: First ever match against Ireland
1891: Start of Edinburgh Parks Trophy – Scotland’s oldest Cup competition
1891: Scotland beat a Gloucestershire CCC side brought together by WG Grace
1893: Start of Aberdeenshire League, North of Scotland League & Western Union
1895: Start of Border League
1895: Start of first East of Scotland League. It lasted only four seasons.
1902: Start of Scottish County Championship
1908: Formation of second Scottish Cricket Union
1923: Start of Rowan Cup
1929: Start of Strathmore Union
1933: Start of Glasgow Parks Cup
1948: Start of Western Cup
1951: Start of West League Cup
1953: Start of revived East of Scotland League
1955: Start of Glasgow and District League
1959: Scotland beat Warwickshire at Edgebaston, their first ever victory against a full First Class County
1959: Start of Border KO Cup
1963: Start of Perthshire League
1966: First Scottish Cup Competition
1975: Start of Inter-District Competition
1980: Scotland participate in the Benson & Hedges Cup, there first ever games in a competition
1981: Start of Shetland Outdoor League
1985: Freuchie win Haig Village Trophy at Lord’s, the only Scottish team to ever win the trophy.
1991: Scotland score 537 for 5 against MCC, with Iain Philip contributing 234. Both totals are still records for Scotland.
1993: First ever Triple Crown Tournament, with Scotland, England Amateur XI, Ireland & Wales competing. It lasted until 2000, with Scotland being the most successful of the four teams.
1992: Scotland undertake two week tour to Johannesburg & Pretoria, the first ever tour abroad by a Scotland side.
1993: Western CA win NCA County Championship, only ever victory by a Scottish District.
1993: Scotland undertake two week tour to Cape Town.
1996: First form of Scottish League Competition established
1997: Scotland compete in the ICC Trophy for the first time, finishing in 3rd place to qualify for the 1999 World Cup
1998: Scotland compete in the Commonwealth Games, staged in Malaysia.
1999: Scotland compete in the World Cup played in England & Scotland
2001: Scotland Women play first ODI (against England Women) at Bradfield College, Reading
2003: Scotland compete in the National League against English County sides for the first time, winning three of their first four games.
2004: Scotland beat Bangladesh at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh. First ever victory against a test Playing side in a 50 over/side match.
2004: Scotland win ICC Inter Continental Cup.
2005: Scotland win the ICC Trophy, beating Ireland in the Final, staged at Clontarf.
2007: Scotland compete in first ever ICC World T20 Finals, staged in South Africa.
2012: Scotland beat Bangladesh in T20 International staged in the Netherlands. Fist ever victory over Test Playing Nation in this format.
2014: Scotland win World Cup Qualifying Tournament in New Zealand.
2015: Scotland compete in ICC World Cup Finals in Australia & New Zealand.
2016: Scotland secure first victory at a global event over Hong Kong at World T20 in India
2017: Scotland defeat a Full Member (Zimbabwe) for the first time in an ODI
2018: Scotland beat England for the first time in their history
Cricket Scotland’s historian, Neil Leitch, has been recording the history of the Scottish game for over 35 years and alongside scoring duties for club and country Neil is a constant source of information and knowledge for coaches, players and administrators.
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