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History of Livingston Cricket Club - Page 2
Written by Administrator with grateful thanks to Jim Wilson   
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The New Millenium

In the autumn of 2000, the club was rocked by the sudden and tragic death of Gerry Toms. Gerry, along with Jim Wilson was one of the mainstays of the club and was responsible for obtaining the land at Murieston for the new ground. His commitment to the club was tremendous and with Jim in tow, they ensured the club not only survived but prospered. On the field Gerry's record speaks for itsself. Over 10,000 career runs, including 15 centuries as well as over 250 wickets and over 200 catches in a career that spanned over 18 seasons. jim His good pal Jim Wilson (pictured right, in his favourite pastime.. groundman!), has played for the club for its entire existence. A veteran of the first game against Atlas in 1981, Jim is still going strong and in 2014 captured his 1,000 club wicket.

During the period May 2002 to August 2004 a concerted effort was made to source funding and construct a permanent pavilion. The full story can be found in the Gerry Toms Pavilion Project story on this site. The successful completion of this project provided the club with a base to grow in the community. Having a heated all year round building with a friendly bar encouraged a considerable number of local residents to join as social members, and to this day we still have a popular social scene. The club sourced covers and sightscreens and improved the drainage of the clay to the ground finally providing excellent facilities for a cricket game.

brad_pulling On the field the club grew too, with an influx of new players allowing the club to field two strong XIs which saw the 2nd XI rise from Div 9 to Div 7 in successive seasons breaking multiple club records on the way. The 1st XI continued to play in Division 1 and in 2006 won the inaugural ESCA Presidents Trophy when a 2nd wicket stand of 185 between Ryan Hunter and Iain Murdoch saw off Haddington in a rather one sided final. This however would be the high point for LCC, as a series of player retirements saw the playing standard decline and in 2007, our enviable record of NEVER having been relegated was sadly lost with relegation to Division 2. Between 2008 and 2012 the club yo-yo'd from Divisions 2 to 3 but haven't managed to get back to the heights of Division 1. In contrast those seasons saw the second XI climb from Division 7 to their highest ever position of Division 5.

In 2004, under the guiding hands of Richard Wilcock, the Kingfishers started a Junior 100_0149 programme. This has been one of the most significant events to happen to the club and the first step to ensuring the long term future and progression of the club. Whilst both Ayaz Gul and Craig Toms made age level international recognition prior to Richard's good work, since then there has been a conveyor belt of representative recognition by juniors coached by Richard culminating in international honours for Tom Hilton. Following his recognition, Tom decided to leave the club to play elsewhere leaving LCC still wondering how to stop the drain of talent to other clubs that has seen them lose too many talented players already.

To try to counter this LCC took the leading role in the setting up of cricketWestLothian development group in conjunction with Fauldhouse Victoria and to a lesser extent West Lothian CC, through which there now is a Community Cricket Coach that is taking an active role in particiption of cricket at the clubs and in the local schools. This should lead to an increase in the numbers of juniors coming to and hopefully staying at the club.

SAM_2088 crushed_nets The harsh winters and summers of 2010 onwards, successive 'hurricanes' destroyed the covers, nets  and the sightscreens and the tumultuous rainfall (10 consecutive months from April 2012 of over 100mm per month) left Dresselrigg looking worse for wear. A huge winter project over 2012/2013 to overhaul the drainage to cope with such volumes was undertaken to make the ground as playable as often as possible. Time and only time will tell if its worked.



 

 

 

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Juniors: Mon & Wed 6.30pm-7.30pm

2nd May 2018 Onwards

Junior Girls: Fri

6.00pm-7.00pm

20th April 2018 Onwards

Seniors: Tues & Thurs 6.30pm-8.30pm

19th April 2018 Onwards

ALL Training at Turpie & Co Sports Ground

Coming Fixtures

  • Fri Aug 17th: Watsonians 2 U12 v Livingston. Myreside. League. 6.00pm
  • Sat Aug 18th: Largo v Livingston. East Drive. League Division 2. 12.00am
  • Sat Aug 18th: Livingston II v Largo 2. Turpie & Co Sports Ground. League Division 5. 12.00am
  • Sun Aug 19th: Livingston v Tranent & Preston Village. Turpie & Co Sports Ground. League Division Dev. 1.00pm

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