The history of the New Edinburgh
Cricket Club (or the "Burghs" as we are affectionately known)
is rich and varied. The club was founded in 1928, in Ottawa, Canada.
Since its inception, NECC has used the cricket pavilion at the Governor
General's official residence at Rideau Hall as its home. NECC initially
consisted of members who resided in the New Edinburgh district of Ottawa,
an area within walking distance of the cricket grounds at Rideau Hall.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the
Burghs were enriched by a new generation of cricketers hailing from
the island of Barbados. NECC has always been successful at attracting
high calibre players, and the presence of brothers John and Herbie Vaughn
and the Trotman family (late Neville, Orville, and Emerson) contributed
greatly to the success of the club during these years. Also during
this time, Captain Jim Siew, a legendary off-spinner and long-time Burghs
member, held the post of President of the Canadian Cricket Association
for a number of years and represented the interests of Canadian cricket
at the MCC.
Other club notables from this
era include the late Errol Humphries, the late Marson Alleyne Mayers,
as well as Don Morgan, Janis Cato , Milton Sealy, Lloyd Stanford, Oakley
Brereton, Darryl Jordan, Kenneth Lawrence, Sylvan Williams, Rawle Williams,
Rickey Ramjitsingh, and Arthur Moore. The work of dedicated people like
Denis Mayers and Marcia Jordan helped knit the club together and build
a strong sense of family.
NECC groomed several players
who went on to represent Canada at international competitions. John
Vaughan represented Canada with distinction at the ICC 1979 World Cup
in England. David Pitt, the fast bowler, also turned out for Canada
in various competitions.
In the early 90s, the club
was a dominant force in Ottawa cricket. The Burghs won the premier
Challenge Trophy championship in 1992 and 1996. The Thomas brothers
(Sanjay, Ajit and Dominic) along with Shameer Kanji,Terry Nandlal, Prem
Nallisivam, Carl Mason, Harpreet Nanda, Tony Allen and Ravi Saba formed
the nucleus of the club, and were instrumental during this successful
era. The club showed imagination in 1992 and 1996 by recruiting the
services of an Indian first-class cricketer, Arjan Kripal Singh, who
played a leading role in securing the championship in those two years.
Dominic Thomas furthered the
Burghs’ presence in national-level cricket, representing Canada at
U19 tournaments in England (1989) and Winnipeg (1991).
Over the past decade, NECC
has been successful in recruiting a batch of fresh talent along with
a return of several members of the old guard. The result has been a
storied return to form, with the Burghs winning the Citizen Trophy championship
in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and reaching the finals of the Challenge Trophy
in 2007 and 2008 and winning the championship in 2011.
During the winter of 2008,
Burghs was delighted to celebrate the selection of Sheryl Tittlemier
for the Canadian women's national team for their first ever overseas
tour to Trinidad and Tobago.
This on-field success was tempered
by the loss of Rawle Williams to cancer in 2005. The passing of this
valued Burghs member was the genesis, in 2005, of the first annual NECC
Memorial Game to honour Rawle's contributions to the club and support
the Canadian Cancer Society. The Memorial Game has become an annual
affair since then, and subsequent editions have been held in honour
of all Burghs members who have passed on. The NECC Memorial Game
has been a strong supporter of charities including the Ottawa School Breakfast Program, Canadian Cancer Society and Well for Well-Being over the last decade.
NECC, the second oldest cricket
club in the Ottawa Valley region, today represents one of the most vibrant
sides on the Ottawa cricket landscape. The club has an uncontested multicultural
composition with members hailing from such countries as Canada, Australia,
Barbados, Trinidad, England, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and India.
The achievements of former
players are still a treasured part of NECC's rich history as a new set
of members carry the club's proud traditions into the 21st century.
The current Burghs are continuing a legacy of dedication, sportsmanship,
and camaraderie that the club has always valued.