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DunfermlineCricketClub
000R.
T11Egameofcrickethad,earlyinthenineteenthcentury,
thoroughlycaughtoninEngland,andnewsofitspopularity
spread,withtheresultthatcricketclubssprungupinmanytowns
inScotland.ACricketClubwascalledintoexistencein1856in
Dunfermline,butitwasonlywhentheDunfermlineClubwasformed
in1857thatthegamewastakenupwithsuchearnestnessastogive
itaholdinthedistrict.
AmongthosewhowereresponsiblefortheformationoftheClub
wereMessrsT.H.Tuckett,C.Taylor,R.Wilson,R.Reid,J.Beveridge,
J.Pye,W.Goodsman,R.Bonnar,C..Drysdale,andJ.M'Farlane.
Afieldwasobtainedtotheeastofthetown,wheretheenginesheds
belongingtothe.RailwayCompanyarenowerected,andthere,for
nearlytwentyyears,mayenjoyablegameswereplayed.Thefirst
match,playedon20thAugust,1857,wasagainstKirkcaldy
atDunnikier,andresultedinawinfortheKirkcaldyClub,thisbeing
chieflyduetothesuperiorityoftheirbowling.Theminutesofthe
firstyear'softheClub'sexistenceareparticularlyinteresting,andshew
withwhatenthusiasmthegamewastakenup,everyencouragement
beinggiventoyounglads,andthatwithregular.practiceinbatting,
bowlingandfielding,theplayersbegangraduallytoassertthemselves
asapowerinthecountry.
,Inthe'sixtiestheClubcouldboastofsomereallygoodcricketers,
prominentamongwhomwereMrW.Dempster,asplendidbowler;
Mr1L.S.])rysdale,averyfastbowler;MrG.Dempsterand
2UrJ.Law,bothgoodchangebowlers,whileinMrD.Speddingand
\1r\V.S.SpeddingtheClubhadtwogoodbats,andwhoalsodida
splendidamountofwort:ontheClub'sbehalf.-MrG.Macpherson,
theoldestmemberofawell-knownlocalcricketingfamily,joined
aboutthistime,andforagreatnumberofyearscontributedlargely
tothebuildingupoftheClub.Asaplayerhewasasplendidall-round
man;couldbat,bowl,andkeepwickets,andwassecondtonone
asaCaptainandSecretary.TherewerealsoMessrs117.Murphy,
G.Grieve,A.Frame,J.Nhliitelaw,Jas.Brown,andG.White,whoeach
(lidyeomanservicebothonandoffthefield.
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