Singapore Cricket Club

Established in 1852, Singapore Cricket Club is a complete sports club in Singapore. It prides to get a label of being the second oldest Cricket club in Singapore. By way of sports, the club continues to be a socialising platform as well. Located at the centre of the nation, at Connaught drive, Singapore, the club has been a platform to many historical achievements in the past. Right from independence struggles to its present day annual national day parades on 9th August, the club has stood witness to all.

However, as the name goes, Cricket was started playing on the grounds of the club since 1852, when Sir Stamford Raffles decided to formally establish the game.

When the club started, it had 28 members, who held the positions of clerks and junior assistants in either British businesses or mercantile community. However, by 1914, the total number of members shot up to 878. World War I had taken a toll on the club memberships and many people withdrew from it. However, things turned green when in 1937, a cricket match was played between Sir Julien Cahn XI and Malaya. Post that, several more cricketing events took place and changed the face of the club. Some of them are events like Australian test team to India and Pakistan in 1959, MCC team to New Zealand in 1961, Ron Robert’s Commonwealth XI in 1962, E.W Swanton’s commonwealth XI in 1964, Joe Lister’s International XI in 1968 etc.

The hierarchy in the management includes Col. (Retd.) Gurcharan Singh as the President, Anthony Michael Grice, as the Deputy president, Hamish A Christie as the Finance member and Ananda Kumar in Games control board. Other senior and highly accomplished defence personnel continue to hold the reins of committee members in this club.

Although the club started out as a platform to promote and encourage Cricket, but it eventually turned to be a cricket cum socialising one and today offers a host of other sports to help people bond. These include Billiards & Snooker, Bowls, Balut, Bridge, Darts, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Squash and Tennis.

The membership is open to all, who are Singaporean citizen and have attained the age of 21 at least. If not a resident, then a member has to have a place of business in Singapore. Sports membership fee stands at S$2000 per annum, while term membership stands at S$3500 for the same period. There is even the concept of getting the membership transferred to the first and the second nominee’s name, if mentioned clearly in the application form. However, the membership fee for the first and second will vary and they come for about S$75, 000 and S$50, 000 respectively. For ordinary application, the membership fee details will be divulged on application.

As an ordinary member, you are entitled to benefits like attending and getting to vote in general elections and even can stand for the same as well. For availing the benefits of specific sport activities, the fee for that particular sport has to be paid along with the basic membership fees.

For the existing members, the membership norms have been strengthened for security issues and it has been made mandatory that members present their membership cards to the Foods & Beverage staff, while placing food orders at the outlet.

If socialising and increasing network is one’s criteria, then Singapore Cricket Club is the best option. It not only rejuvenates ones, through the various sporting activities, but also gives the right platform to socialise, meet the who’s who and also establish network for business and pleasure. Certain events like Pub Quiz night, Buzz from the bar, Oktoberfest, ladies’ fashion show and annual inter-section quiz show are some of them to look out for those endless networking and merrymaking sessions.

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