The Early Days
Whilst the definitive foundation date of Marske is not known, the earliest written record held is of an annual dinner being held in 1869. In 1885 Marske was a founder member of The East Cleveland Cricket Association and from 1908 took part in the Cleveland Challenge cup run by the Association.
After the Second World War the cricket field, instead of being a meadow surrounded by pastures and standing in splendid isolation, had now become a fine ground surrounded by houses, no longer in a village but part of a thriving new town.
Grounds For Success
After consistent success in the Cleveland and Teesside League Marske decided to take the plunge into NYSD cricket and, along with five other new clubs, were admitted to the old ‘B’ Division in 1962. There was almost immediate playing success, followed by the opening of a new clubhouse in 1967, with work starting almost immediately in converting the old clubhouse into a pavilion and tearoom.
All the hard work put into the ground was recognised in 1973 when Yorkshire handed the Seasiders the chance to host a two day Minor County Championship game between Yorkshire 2nd XI and Cumberland, and following the success of that game the club have been granted a fixture every year since. To mark the occasion of our first Minor County fixture a brick score box was built, 1977 saw the extension to the clubhouse when a Stewards flat was built, and in 1980, due to an increased membership, the bar was extended.
At the end of the 2016 season work started on demolishing the now 48-year old pavilion which had served the Club well, and a new building was completed externally in February 2017 and was ready for use for the first game of the season.
The Halcyon Years
An historic Macmillan Cup win in 1968, when Marske became the first ‘B’ Division side to claim this trophy, was followed by a runaway championship win in 1970, and then admission to the ‘A’ Division alongside Northallerton. The new challenge was met head on, Marske becoming champions of the top flight at the first attempt.
Team and Player International Glory
A heavy investment in junior coaching policies finally paid dividends in 1978, when Marske’s under 13 side were winners of the National ‘Lord’s Taverners Trophy’. In 1981 Paul Jarvis, who had played all his junior cricket for Marske, became the youngest ever player to play first-class cricket for Yorkshire before going on to international honours with England. On July 31st, 2nd and 3rd August 1982 at North Marine Road, Scarborough Marske had the honour of two of their players, Jarvis and Alan Ramage, opening the bowling for Yorkshire v Sussex in a championship game.
On the final day of the 1984 season Marske became champions for the second time, with a record number of points, and the Kerridge Cup remains the only trophy they have yet to win, although it is one the Club would dearly love to as the trophy itself was presented to the NYSD in 1920 by the then Club President, Mr. Charles Kerridge.
In 2012 the first team suffered their first ever relegation and hoped a grant of £35,000 awarded for the building of artificial nets, which would be ready for the start of 2013, would help them back into the Premier League. A tremendous team spirit gained promotion at the first attempt.
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