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TWC’s Club of the Year 2009: Kinross

November 18th, 2009 by TWC in Miscellaneous


A bit of winter cheer for you on a cold afternoon – read the text and watch the great video below which tell the story of Kinross Cricket Club – The Wisden Cricketer’s club of the year for 2009.

Eight members, no facilities, a 19-year-old artificial playing surface and a treasure chest of £11.17. In 2003 Kinross CC, from Perthshire, Scotland, were on the point of closing down. Six years later they win TWC’s Club of the Month for July and now Club of the Year for 2009. So what happened? Firstly, three members – John Ross, John Mooney and Ken Reilly – began a junior section in 2004. Then they convinced Jamie Montgomery, a local landowner, to offer his stately home, Kinross House, as the club’s home ground and Scotland’s ‘Building for Sport’ programme provided a generous grant. Kinross raised funds for a grass wicket, sightscreens and a pavilion. The result? 110 junior members, 84 seniors, 22 coaches and two women’s sides. And a whole lot of success: this year the first team won the Strathmore & Perthshire Union League Division Two title after an undefeated season. Seven Kinross juniors played for Scotland at various levels and in 2008 they were awarded Cricket Scotland Junior Club of the Year.

Video telling the story of Kinross CC

Nick Wilton of Gray-Nicolls (who awarded Kinross £500 worth of kit in recognition of the award) says: “Kinross have come from nowhere. They have done fantastic work giving kids the opportunity to play.” Three Kinross girls represented Scotland Under-15s since July and six mums have become ECB-accredited scorers. After 92 fixtures at Kinross House in 2009 the square has taken a battering, as chairman John Ross acknowledges:  “The Montgomerys have a sizeable field, which they are offering as a second ground, stage two of our development.” A second ground – priorities for Kinross have certainly changed since 2003.

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