Sunday was a time to celebrate for Berwick Cricket Club when they marked their 175th anniversary with a match against the MCC at the Pier Field.
Over 200 guests sat down for lunch in a specially erected marquee and there were also a number of spectators in attendance.
The weather also played ball, with sunny spells throughout the day adding to the overall atmosphere.
The event was months in the planning and thanks go to sponsors McCreath, Simpson and Prentice; Berwick Rugby Club for use of their marquee, Magdalene Fields Golf Club for cutting the outfield and everyone who helped out with the bar and catering.
Whilst the result of the match was not important, the MMC won by 34 runs.
They batted first and with Berwick’s own Finlay McCreath hitting an unbeaten century – finding the boundary with several lusty big hits – and ex-Warkwickshire captain Mike Powell, who also displayed his shot-making ability on his way to 42, they managed to put on 233-4 before lunch.
During lunch MCC captain Luke Jarvis decided to declare, giving Berwick an opportunity to chase it down in the afternoon.
Against pacy openers Berwick struggled at 7-2, but by tea they had posted 55-3.
It was agreed 20 overs would be played after tea. Elliot Keenan made a useful 55 and with Martin Hush adding a late unbeaten 50 they managed to put on 199-6.
After the game an MCC plaque was presented to chairman Chris Keenan by MCC captain Jarvis, who also presented the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ man of the match cap to young bowler Sam Straughan.
During lunch, the message to those in attendance was ‘here’s to the next 175 years.
Chairman Keenan said the plan was to upgrade the existing facilities, and in conjunction with the Tennis Club, build a new clubhouse to incorporate clubrooms and function suite. He said the plans, costing around £300,000, were to safeguard the use of the Pier Field for future generations, and they had gone some way to doing this with the introduction of ladies and junior cricket.