About us

About us

Who we are

Galloway Cricket Club is a sports club in South West Scotland. It boasts one of the most picturesque grounds in the country and excellent facilities at the clubhouse which is based in the Cally Woods in Gatehouse of Fleet.

Galloway Cricket Club has two senior teams that play in the Western District Cricket Union league. The club also runs two midweek T20 teams in the Dumfries and District League.

In 2012 the club introduced a ladies section which has enjoyed considerable success already and continues to grow year on year. The Ladies team play in the Cricket Scotland Premier Women's League and Cup during the summer season and take part in the 'Wee Bash', indoor tournaments run by Cricket Scotland throughout the winter season.

The main aim of the club is the promotion of the physical and social advantages of playing cricket in South West Scotland – including men, women and juniors – and providing improved facilities for all to participate in the sport.

Youth development is one of the club's focuses for the future. The club delivers coaching at local primary and secondary schools to inspire the next generation of cricketers.

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A Brief History

Cricket has been played in Gatehouse of Fleet since 1875 and the first game that was recorded at the ground in the Cally woods was in 1907. The club offers opportunities for people of all ages, both male and female, to engage in the wonderful game of cricket, one of the fastest growing sports in Scotland.

Our picturesque ground is enhanced by the superb Dennis Coombs Pavilion, which was completed in 2017 and first used for cricket the following summer. The naming ceremony took place on 9th December 2019 when Dennis, a gifted sportsman originally from Gloucestershire, unveiled a plaque a few days before cancer ended his life at the age of 81.

In the presence of family, friends and players, Dennis commented “Dying is no great thing. It is what you do when you’re alive that counts”, before adding modestly “this is not a personal achievement, it has been a joint team effort.”

In 2011, with the previous clubhouse in a poor state of repair, Dennis set up a charitable trust along with George Creyke and Graham Carson, a local cricket enthusiast who provided £25,000 to initiate a project to build the new pavilion.

In late 2012 both he and George died within a fortnight of each other, and this setback made Dennis even more determined to see the scheme through to its completion. He said “the great incentive for me then was to carry out Graham’s wishes and use the gift that he gave. I look at the pavilion and think it’s a wonderful achievement for unity and co-operation within the club."

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