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Cricket Ground North Bay Scarborough

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Scarborough Cricket Club

Scarborough Cricket Club is an English amateur cricket club based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The club was founded in 1849 and is a member of the Yorkshire ECB County Premier League.

The club is based at North Marine Road. The club hosts the annual Scarborough Festival, and has won the ECB National Club Cricket Championship on five occasions, which is a record. The club also won the former Yorkshire League, on a regular basis.

North Marine Road Ground current capacity is 11,500, while its record attendance is the 22,946 who watched Yorkshire play Derbyshire in 1947. The two “ends” are known as the Pavilion End and the Trafalgar Square End.

Scarborough Cricket Club

Scarborough Cricket Club

Cricket was first staged at the ground in 1863, when tenancy of Jackson’s field on North Marine Road was obtained, matches having been played at Castle Hill in Scarborough since 1849. Yorkshire has played there since 1878, when MCC beat Yorkshire by 7 wickets. The first County Championship game was held there in 1896, when Yorkshire beat Leicestershire by 162 runs. With the demise of the other ‘out’ grounds, Scarborough is the only regular venue for county cricket in Yorkshire other than Headingley Stadium, Leeds.

The end-of-season Scarborough Festival, staged to capitalise on the large numbers of Yorkshire tourists in the seaside resort, saw touring teams, county teams and Yorkshire play in a mixture of friendly, championship and one-day cricket. The Fenner Trophy, a one-day competition featuring four counties, ran from 1971 to 1996 under the names of various sponsors. The centenary of the festival was celebrated in 1986, with Sir Len Hutton as president.

The ground has also staged two One Day Internationals, pitting England against the West Indies and New Zealand in 1976 and 1978. In 2005, Yorkshire signed a new deal with the ground authorities which ensured that the county would continue to play there until 2010. The ground is situated close to the sea and features a raised cricket pavilion built at a cost of £2,150 in 1895. A new seating enclosure was added in 1902 and further extended over the next five years. A concrete stand was added in 1926, at a cost of £6,700 and in 1956 a new West Stand was erected, costing £16,000. More recently, the Jack Knowles Building was completed in 1995 at a cost of £210,000, new all-weather nets and a press box were constructed in 1997 for £50,000 and the enclosure and tea rooms were refurbished in 1998 for £95,000.

After the 2010 county season The Guardian named North Marine Road their Ground of the Year.

The ground is known to have a fast-scoring outfield and a pitch which is often receptive to spin. The ground hosts Senior Premier League matches while ECB representative games, under-19 and Women’s Test matches have also been held there in recent years.

At different stages of the club’s history, the stadium has also contained a Velodrome, hosted athletics events, was the original home of Scarborough F.C. and, in more recent times, was a venue for Scarborough Hockey Club fixtures. The pavilion facilities are utilized throughout the year for a variety of functions.

The Scarborough Festival is an end of season series of cricket matches featuring Yorkshire County Cricket Club which has been held in Scarborough, on the east coast of Yorkshire, since 1876. The ground, at North Marine Road, sees large crowds of holiday makers watching a mixture of first class county cricket, one day fixtures and invitation XIs in the early September sunshine every year. Many of the world’s greatest cricketers have played in festival matches over the years.

There have been 399 first class matches at Scarborough, the vast majority of these in the festival and as well as Yorkshire’s games against county opposition ad hoc teams under the name of HDG Leveson-Gower, Tom Pearce, Brian Close and Michael Parkinson have entertained touring teams and World XIs on many occasions. A one day competition, under the names of various sponsors, was played in the seventies, eighties and nineties and featured four counties who would play a knockout semi final and final for the cup.

Two of the greatest batsmen in history scored double hundreds during the festival. Jack Hobbs amassed an unbeaten 266 for the Players against the Gentlemen in 1925 while Sir Len Hutton hit 241 in the same fixture in 1953. The prolific Philip Mead of Hampshire scored two double tons, 233 for the MCC against Lord Hawke’s XI in 1929 and 223 for the Players against the long suffering Gentlemen in 1911. The highest innings in festival history came when Ken Rutherford, the former New Zealand Test captain, smashed 317 for the New Zealand tourists against D.B. Close’s XI in 1986.

The batsmen did not always have it their own way. The great Wilfred Rhodes pocketed 9 for 24 for CI Thornton’s XI v Australians in 1899 and JM Preston had taken 9 for 28 for Yorkshire against Marylebone Cricket Club 11 years before. Johnny Briggs took 9 for 31 for Lord Londesborough’s XI v the Australians in 1890 and Bill Bowes laboured hard to take 9 for 121 for Yorkshire against Essex in 1932.

The ground, with its limited boundaries, hard outfield and excellent pitch, has seen many high scores during the festival. The Surrey dynamo Ali Brown thrashed 133 in company with Graham Thorpe (102*) to help Surrey to 375 for 4 in just 40 overs in a Sunday League match in 1994 while Yorkshire themselves clobbered Nottinghamshire for 352 in 45 overs in 2001 thanks to Darren Lehmann’s incredible 191 which came off 103 balls in 115 minutes with 20 fours and 11 sixes.

In first class cricket Yorkshire declared on 600 for 4 against Worcestershire in 1995, thanks to David Byas’s double century and an unbeaten ton from Craig White, while the North of England posted 590 against the South of England in 1906.

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