Originating in the sixteenth century, Cricket has remained popular for hundreds of years. One of the more complex bat-and-ball games, the game is played on an outdoor field with eleven players in each team. We train indoors throughout the year in nets which are set up to replicate the central pitch, and work on our batting and bowling skills, as well as hall-wide fielding drills. Our 1st XI teams also partake in weekly Strength and Conditioning sessions with the AU.
We have four teams which train at different times throughout the week: the Men’s 1st XI, 2nd XI, 3rd XI and the Women’s 1st XI. Anyone is welcome to come along and try out for these teams at the start of the academic year, no matter their skill level.
Our teams compete in various BUCS Cricket leagues, playing both home and away. Previously, our Men’s 1st XI have won Scottish BUCS 1A, and each team consistently performs at a high standard for their league. We also participate in the indoor cricket season during the winter.
In addition to training, we have a vibrant social scene, with weekly Wednesday socials. We also run events throughout the year, such as our very successful Seagullian Ball in semester one which raises money for the Rob George Foundation.
We engage with our alumni through several events throughout the year both on season and off season. At our yearly Seagullian Ball we always have several alumni back who often come up for the full week and enjoy our Wednesday social as well. We also welcome alumni back to the Ship Inn match at Elie where every other year an alumni team takes part in the festivities that take place both on and off the beach. There is also a match between students and alumni at Eton College every other year. Aside from these ‘official’ events, the club loves welcoming alumni back to St Andrews and keeping in touch with everyone. Alumni are always welcome to take part in our tours abroad, although this is a relatively new precedent set by Mr Abbott in Barbados 2019 – an example we hope future alumni will follow.
We maintain contact with our alumni through a dedicated mailing list, and some of our more committed alumni have historically sponsored prizes for the women’s end of year awards, which are now named in their honour.
Our club is deeply rooted in the local community extending beyond St. Andrews. The women’s section have been coaching young girls at the Falkland Community Centre for the past two years, giving them support and advice to help improve their cricket ability and encourage more girls to commit to the sport. We have also organised fundraising events which are open to the whole community, such as a “dog de-stress” session at the local Mansfield building during revision.
The club also organises an annual T10’s in late April, where anyone is welcome to participate and field a team, irrespective of their connection to the club. We also encourage interested parties to come along and watch our home matches.
Through a series of events throughout the year, we work hard to raise funds for our two chosen charities: The Change Foundation and The Rob George Foundation. We host the annual Seagullian Ball every autumn in honour of Rob George, and have historically raised well over £1000 pounds in the one evening through a combination of ticket sales and auction. As for The Change Foundation, which uses sport to change the lives of marginalised young people, we organise drunken bake sales at the union and run cloakrooms at a number of events. We have also held charity quiz nights to further raise money for the foundation.
The largest event on our club calendar is the annual Seagullian Ball, which is held in the memory of Rob George, a talented cricket player who died of leukaemia in 2013, aged 21. The money raised each year goes towards sponsoring young people with an aptitude for sport who are limited by their financial situation, as well as supporting those with life threatening or terminal illnesses. This cause is very close to our hearts, and we are proud of how much money the Ball has allowed us to donate over the years. With a 3 course sit down dinner and an auction, Seagullian is always an enjoyable evening for a good cause.
In terms of the sport, we open the school year with our annual T20 Varsity matches against Edinburgh University. This is a relatively big event and always a memorable day out, with the Women’s team playing in the morning and the Men’s 1st XI competing in the afternoon. We also host an annual T10’s tournament in April, as well as the Alumni Ship Inn match at Elie each summer.