A FAMILY’S score of 100 not out has been toasted by Scotland’s cricketing body.

Three generations of the Cruickshank family have stood on the crease for Haddington Cricket Club, with four-year-old Christopher hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Last month, during Haddington’s clash with Heriots 3, a presentation was made recognising the family’s connection with the club.

Representatives from Haddington’s community council and Cricket Scotland sprung a surprise on the family, whose connection with the Neilson Park club dates back to at least 1919.

Sandy Cruickshank was the first member of the family to get involved before the baton was passed to his son Colin.

Colin, 80, may have hung up the bat and pads now but he is the club’s president, with his son Alan taking to the crease while also being the club’s secretary.

He told the Courier he knew “nothing” about the “complete and utter surprise” presentation.

Alan, who described himself as “a batsman that bowls a bit”, said: “It was just lucky that my dad and son were there as well. Normally at that time of the day they would not be.

“My dad did not have an inkling and my team-mates kept it very much a secret.”

A quaich was handed over to the family during the change of innings against the Edinburgh side, who would go on to win by five wickets.

He said: “The presentation was a complete shock. It was a very pleasant surprise, very humbling and I did not think anybody would have twigged [that it was 100 years].”

Currently, the club, which hosts Murrayfield DAFS 2 this weekend, has about 23 members.

Alan, who works for East Lothian Council as IT manager, said cricket was very much in the blood.

He added: “It is not a big club by any stretch.

“At the moment, our membership is very young and we have got a really good feel about it and a good buzz.

“At the moment, Christopher is absolutely mad keen on cricket. I have never known a four-year-old like it.”

Nicola Wilson, participation officer with Cricket Scotland, took the time to stop off in Neilson Park for the presentation. She said: “It was a lovely occasion, that Saturday afternoon at Neilson Park.

“I was delighted to attend on behalf of Cricket Scotland after being contacted by John Hamilton from the community council.

“The Cruickshank family have been synonymous with cricket in Haddington for 100 years, not only as players but they have very much been the beating heart of the club, fulfilling club and match secretary duties, junior coaching, organising match teas to name a few.

“It has always been a pleasure dealing with Alan on behalf of Haddington Cricket Club and we congratulate the Cruickshank family on their contribution to not only the club but the wider cricket community in the east of Scotland.”