When you have a cricket club in your own back garden, you get to toss the coin.
Sir John Stirling Maxwell, of Pollok House, did the honours when Poloc CC staged an inhouse game, with captains Freeland (A team), and Bowie (B team) looking on.
Founded in 1878, Poloc Cricket Club spent its first season on the site of the old Pollokshaws Race Course and in 1880 moved to its current location at Shawholm.
A pavilionwas acquired by the club from the now-defunct Pollokshields Athletic Club, also located on Pollok Estates, and the building was moved to Shawholm on rollers. In the same year, the main avenue from Pollokshaws Road to Pollok House was opened, running past the north side of the ground in what is now Pollok Park.
Scotland's first televised cricket match also took place at Shawholm on 7 May 1955.
Sir John, a founding member of the National Trust, died, aged 89, in 1956.
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