Galloway Cricket Club – a hub for the community

This club is located in Gatehouse of Fleet in West Scotland. A beautiful part of the world, but very remote, to say the least.

This has not stopped the club from becoming one of the most welcoming and enterprising community cricket clubs around. An example of that is the great work the club is doing to attract and retain girls into cricket.

Spearheaded by Natalie Hamblin the club is helping girls’ teams being set up in local schools
getting girls to engage in cricket who otherwise would never have recognised cricket as a sport to engage in.

They take girls teams Girls Kwik Cricket Festivals across Scotland and in June eight teams from local primary schools battled it out for the Cocoa Bean Kwick Cricket Cup.

The Galloway Ladies took on a President’s XI team made up of current Wildcats and invitational players from throughout Scotland.

Kari Carswell from Cricket Scotland came down to Gatehouse to inspire the girls of Galloway to play cricket! More than 150 girls took part across 2 days!

Natalie Hamblin said, “We are incredibly proud of the progress we are making in developing more opportunities for more young people in Galloway through the cricket and the club “!

24-hour match raises £1,000

The club desperately needs a new pavilion and everyone are working very hard generate funds towards that.

Last year’s barmy fundraiser took the form of a 24-hour cricket match – starting at 6 pm on a Friday night and finishing at 6 pm on the Saturday night, players took it in shifts to play. Several youngsters managed to play the full 24 hours, however – without a wink of sleep! This was such a great event as well as a successful fundraiser because so many people in the community were talking about it and so many club members and their families took part at some stage throughout the 24 hour period.

The ground was kept floodlit throughout the night. However, it proved quite difficult to see the ball through the night despite the bright lights – until Natalie Hamblin came up with the brilliant idea of spraying the stumps and the ball with fluorescent paint! Some incredible fielding and catching were on show despite the poor visibility.

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