Watsonian Cricket Club – founded in 1875 – is based in Edinburgh and plays its cricket at two grounds which benefit from four grass squares and a square with an artificial wicket:
Myreside and Craiglockhart.
The club currently fields four senior men’s sides, has a vibrant junior section and is now actively supporting the continuing development of its women’s section.
At senior level, the 1st XI has – over the years – been fortunate to have had a number of international test players in its line-up: Australians Kim Hughes, Terry Alderman and Bob Holland, together with India’s Atul Wassan. The side that won its first national league title in 2012 (the Cricket Scotland League) contained four Scotland caps in (captain) Stuart Chalmers, (vice-captain) Ewan Chalmers, Craig Wright and Dewald Nel. The squad also included Paddy Sadler who spent part of that season leading the Scotland Under 19 side at the World Cup in Australia and subsequently captained Cambridge University Cricket Club in the 2013 season. In 2016 the club was fortunate to have the services of Andy Mackay, a former New Zealand test opening bowler, as its professional. Andy will again fill that position in 2017, while Scotland opening bat George Munsey has joined the club from 2017. 619 Coaching (headed by Dewald Nel) organises and delivers structured senior training sessions, both pre-season and throughout the playing season.
The Junior section sees some 200 youngsters regularly participate in cricket over the summer – through both coaching sessions and matches at several age levels. In order to encourage and further develop youth cricket, 619 Coaching provides year-round coaching. For more information please visit the Juniors pages on this website.
In addition to the Senior and Junior sections, the club has a Women’s section. Watsonian Ladies is a developing side which is fortunate to have a wide range of experience within its ranks, from grass roots to international level. Regular training sessions are provided, again through 619 Coaching, and the section is proactive in finding ways for all members to gain as much match experience as possible. In addition to participation in indoor six-a-side tournaments in the winter, there are league and cup competitions during the summer. The section is working closely with Cricket Scotland, which provides support to all women’s teams, with a view to maximising opportunities and enhancing experience for all. The main aim in 2017 is to expand the section and, to that end, is very keen to find and recruit new players at all levels. If cricket is a sport you would like to try, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Details can be found in the Women’s section of this website.
The club is always looking to attract players of all abilities to its various sections. So, if you are seeking to play at the highest possible level or just want to enjoy social cricket, the club can provide you with the opportunity – and you can be assured of a warm welcome. Please keep an eye on the website for regular news updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.