It was during the year of 1866 that the first game of cricket was played by a Saintfield team. This match was organised by a member of the Price family who still have strong links to the club to this day. There are no records of a formal structure controlling the playing of cricket in the area and it is likely that these early fixtures were of a friendly nature between social and working clubs.
The Northern Cricket Union (NCU) was formed in 1887 and now controls all cricket within the Northern Ireland. Saintfield joined the Union in 1908 and of the 250 clubs who have been affiliated with the NCU is among only 35 clubs which have survived.
Today Saintfield Cricket Club is a busy and hardworking club with 20 senior members and over 50 junior members registered each year.
Our 1st XI are in Section 2 of the Gardiner Bros Senior League with the 2nd XI in NCU Junior League 3 and the 3rd XI in NCU Junior League 7. All senior cup competitions are also entered and it is encouraging to note that our 1st XI won the T/20 Shield in 2017 for the first time in the Club’s History.
Our junior section field U11, U13, U15 and U17 teams and play both league and cup cricket. In recent seasons some of young members have played representative cricket and now strongly contribute to our senior teams which fully justifies the youth structure in place at Saintfield.
Please send an email to George McGuire, Chair of Junior Cricket, who will be happy to assist parents of prospective new members with their inquiries at .
We are very proud of our facilities and ‘The Demense’ is rated as one of the best cricket grounds in Northern Ireland. Over the last number of years Saintfield have been privileged to host international matches at both junior and senior levels as well as various cup finals.