Although the origins of Marchmont Cricket Club are not fully confirmed, the club in its current form was formed in 1975 out of the former Brunswick Cricket Club. The club initially played friendly midweek limited over cricket, generally on the Meadows in central Edinburgh, building up a large playing contingent with predominantly Indian and Scottish roots.
The club grew in stature and size predominantly under the auspices of Roger Sardesai, Joe Hannaford, Bashir Wadee and Mahendra Chetty, eventually joining the East of Scotland League in 1979 and moving to 50 over a side standard. At this stage Marchmont also moved to their now home of Cavalry Park in Duddingston, also the home of Portobello Rugby Club.
It was after a successful 1983 season, where the Marchmont 1st XI finished 3rd in ESCA division 4, that Marchmont's ranks grew sufficiently enough to create a 2nd XI and in 1984 they entered this team in the grade setup. Success came quickly, winning the Grade D Championship in 1985, followed closely by a runners up spot in the SCU cup in 1986.
The early nineties saw the 1st XI pick up their first Championship, ESCA Division 3, in 1991 and progress up the leagues, peaking at 3rd in Division 1 in both 1996 and 1997. The 2nds were not to be out done either, winning the Grade C Championship in 1994 and in the year following, the 3rd XI was formed. It was not solely weekend league cricket where MCC were finding success. After being runners up three times on the bounce, MCC won back to back Parks Trophies in 1993 and 1994, then added a 1997 success.
Unfortunately the late 90s was not to be so rosy for all at MCC. The natural ebb and flow of players, particularly in a club like Marchmont, saw playing numbers dwindle. Ultimately relegation from Div 1, talks of club mergers and the disbanding of the 3rd XI meant a period of rebuilding. Whilst the 1st XI bounced back in 2001 with an ESCA Div 2 Championship, the 2nd XI slipped down the leagues, only managing one win in almost 2 seasons.
The mid 2000s saw a halt to the 2nd XI tumble, turning things round with promotion back to Div 5 in 2004, a year that also saw a couple of successful cup runs. MCC's happy knack of being involved in thrilling finishes saw them take the Parks Trophy for a 4th time in 2003 by a single run and a last ball thriller in the semi finals of the Small Clubs Cup against Dollar led to a final showdown against Rossie Priory, a game MCC were too lose. MCC's stranglehold on the Metcalfe Trophy was also established, winning the trophy 5 years in a row.
Although both teams flirted with promotion and relegations it was not until 2009, when a surge of new players and a reshaping of the club, meant that the silverware cabinet was to be added to again. MCC picked up the Terry Newcombe Trophy in 2009, followed closely by the Division 2 Championship in 2010 - a Championship taken only in the last weeks of the season and by just a single point. MCC's ethos of 'Play hard. Play fair.' has served them well and has meant MCC continue to have a good relationship with others in the cricketing community, recognised by their peers in winning the East League fair play awards for Divisions 1 and 2, three years on the spin.
Following this, the 2nd XI were promoted four times in five years (2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015) and will start 2017 in Division 3. The 1st XI wil play in East League Championship in 2017 after consolidating, also finishing in their highest ever league position in 2015.
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SCU Cup Runners Up 1986
Small Clubs Cup Runners Up 2004
East of Scotland League Division 1
Runners Up 2014
East of Scotland League Division 2
Champions 2001, 2010
Runners Up 2005
East of Scotland League Division 3
Runners Up 1990
East of Scotland League Division 4
Runners Up 2015
East of Scotland League Division 5
Runners Up 2014
East of Scotland League Division 6
Runners Up 2004, 2013
East of Scotland League Division 7
Runners Up 2011
East of Scotland League Grade C
Runners Up 1991
East of Scotland League Grade D
Winners 1993, 1994, 1997, 2003
Runners Up 1990, 1991, 1992, 2014
Activcity (formerly Cow Corner) 20|20
Winners 2011, 2012, 2013
Runners Up 2008
Terry Newcombe Trophy
Winners 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012
Runners Up 2010, 2013
Live Sport on TV/ESCA Indoor 6s
Winners 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
Mark Wright Trophy
Champions 1992, 2002, 2004, 2011
Runners Up 2003
Runners Up 2004
Fair Play Award Championship
Winner 2015, 2016
Fair Play Award Division 1
Fair Play Award Division 2
Winner 2008, 2009, 2010
A full list of where MCC have finished within the East League structure between 1979 and 2015 can be seen in the Excel Sheet below.
pre 2010 - Previously undertaken by 1st XI Captain
2010 - 2016 - Neil Granger
2017 ongoing - Will Collier
1996 - 1999 - Malcolm McNulty
2000 - Tony O'Donnell
2001 - 2003 - Stuart Macgregor
2004* - 2008 - Will Collier
2009 - Neil Granger
2010 - 2014 - Sam Peachey
2015 ongoing - Pete Maksimczyk
*2008 - Neil Granger was acting 1st XI Captain for the season after game 1, due to injury to Will, who remained Club Captain.
Marchmont CC’s club logo was first created in 2003, from an idea by Colin Smith and through work by Neil Granger.
42 Warrender Park Road had been the home of Roger Sardesai and the main meeting point (and occasional lodgings) for the teams over the years. It was a well known place, with the wooden plaque on the door signifying the postal number familiar to all members and indeed other teams.
The club needed an identity and it was decided that a new club logo had to mean something to the members, rather than being generic. It was decided that the use of the stylised ‘42’ as a logo suited this criteria, as well as something unique.
The ‘42’ logo has graced the club shirt since the 2004 season.
Did You Know?
Marchmont Cricket Club donated equipment to help form Kirk Brae Cricket Club.