Cricket Scotland would like to pass on their condolences to the family of Ian Crooks after learning of the passing of the former Scottish Cricket Union President and Gala Cricket Club stalwart.
Ian began his lifelong association with Gala CC as a scoreboard attendant shortly after World War II.
In the club’s 150th anniversary brochure, Ian describes becoming a regular in the 1st XI in 1955 in the middle of the club’s most successful period, when Gala won 12 out of 13 Border Leagues. He would form a formidable opening bowling partnership with Jackie Nichol but was also a talented lower order batsman.
Ian was captain of Gala Cricket Club club for a total of six seasons in the 1960s and 1970s and went on to become President of the Scottish Cricket Union in 1993, one of only six Gala members to hold the post.
2003 Scottish Cricket Union President Chris Carruthers described Ian as “a distinguished president” whose advice was greatly valued.
He remained a loyal supporter of the club during recent years. Ian was also a talented footballer, playing for Gala Fairydean FC as well as being heavily involved with Gala YM RFC.
Former team-mate Kenny Allan said: “When you discuss the greatest players to turn out for Gala Cricket Club, Ian is right up there. “He will be sorely missed.” Our thoughts are with Ian’s family at this time