Barr and Smith inducted to Hall of Fame
Cricket Scotland are delighted to announce the two latest inductees, Dougie Barr and Colin Smith, into the Scottish Cricket Hall of Fame.
Dougie Barr and Colin Smith are the 19th & 20th players to be inducted into our Hall of Fame, out of a total of 673 who have represented Scotland since our first game exactly 150 years ago.
The Hall of Fame started in 2011 with 12 inductees and two more every year since.
From a cricketing family - his brother Eric was also a noted Club and District player - Dougie Barr was one of the greatest all-rounders ever to play for Scotland. He burst onto the Scottish representative cricket season shortly after leaving Melville College, first of all with the East of Scotland team in 1953 & then the full Scotland side one year later. National Service shortly after led to five appearances for the full Army side in 1956. Dougie kept a regular place in the Scotland side until 1970, sometimes opening the batting but more usually middle order, mixed with hostile medium fast bowling. His cricketing attributes would have made him ideal for current one-day international cricket.
In all, Dougie scored 1508 runs for Scotland at an average of 19.3. He also took 119 wickets off 1337.4 overs at an economy rate of 2.75, the second bowler (Jimmy Allan was the first) to reach the 100 wicket milestone for Scotland.
Colin "Floppy" Smith is a product of the Scottish Colts system, having played for Scotland Under 19s in 1991 & 1992. Entry to the Scotland side was delayed until 1999 due to the fine performances of Alec Davies, but Colin took his chance well when given the opportunity, making 23, 31, 34, 54 & 32 in his first five appearances. More importantly, he displayed the degree of wicket-keeping excellence which would make him a first choice for 182 games over the next ten years.
Unusually tall for a wicket-keeper, but superbly athletic, Colin's performances behind the stumps were always superb. He finished his Scotland career with no less than 206 catches and 55 stumpings, by some way a record. All of this was achieved against a background of frequent back pain. The ice-baths in the Scottish changing room were, fortunately for the other players, nearly always a form of torture for Colin to keep him fit enough to play.
Colin's greatest batting performances occurred during the 2001 ICC Trophy in Toronto, While the team as a whole failed to live up to their aspirations, Colin was easily the Scottish player of the tournament with scores of 68, 64, 45 & 88 in successive games.