Hall of Fame Presentation

07 Sep

Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

The Scottish Cricket Hall of Fame welcomed a number of new inductees into the prestigious list of names with a presentation of the caps during the lunch interval of the Scotland v Australia game at the Grange.

The select few have been carefully chosen by Cricket Scotland Chief Historian Neil Leitch with two new inductees every year.

Ryan Watson was honoured after his prolific run-scoring made him the most effective batsman of his era in the Scotland team and he ended his career with 4967 runs for Scotland-a record. He played a big part in Scotland's success by winning the Intercontinental Cup and the ICC Trophy.

Terry Racionzer was presented with the honour after enjoying great success with Scotland and Sussex. For Scotland, Racionzer scored 2807 runs in 107 innings at an average of 27.2, including five centuries and 16 fifties.

The great, great grandsons of Leslie Balfour-Melville were joined by their mother to collect the cap and said, “We’ve had a wonderful day so far, and it’s lovely for us to be able to recognise our great grandfather’s achievements.”

As the One Day International with England was cancelled due to flooding last year, the 2012 inductee Ryan Watson picked up his cap during the lunch break at the Grange.

James Brown MBE will be presented with his cap on Wednesday 11th September in Dublin as Scotland take on Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup. 

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2012 Inductees

Ryan Robert Watson
Born 12 November 1976 Salisbury (now Harare) Rhodesia
Educated King Edward VII School Johannesburg
Debut Surrey 2002
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium and Right-arm off break
Occupation Sales Manager
Cap Number 608

History Ryan Watson represented South Africa Schools in 1995 and then went on to captain Transvaal Under 24 in 1996. He then came to Scotland as a professional player, playing as a club professional for Meigle, Falkland and Forfarshire and qualified by residence to play for Scotland. His prolific run-scoring made him the most effective batsman of his era in the Scotland team and he ended his career with 4967 runs for Scotland-a record.

Watson was also a tidy bowler both at medium pace and with off-spin and a competitive fielder with excellent hands. His best remembered innings was when he recorded the third fastest hundred in one-day cricket at the time, against Somerset in May 2003, 103* off 43 balls.

Was a member of the squad that won the Intercontinental Cup in 2004 and the ICC Trophy in 2005, in which he won the Man of the Match Award in the final.

James Brown MBE
Born 24 September 1931 Perth Scotland
Educated Perth Academy
Debut Ireland 1953
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Wicket-keeper
Cap Number 422
Teams Perthshire

History Jimmy Brown was an outstanding wicket-keeper batsman who was a fixture in the Scotland from 1953 until 1973, captaining them on 53 occasions. Up to the end of season 2005 he held the record for most dismissals for Scotland, 119 catches and 40 stumpings, until it was overtaken by Colin Smith.

During his career he achieved the unusual distinction for a Scot of playing for the Gentlemen at Scarborough against the Players.

In club cricket he played for an all conquering Perthshire team which included several internationalists. Brown had 674 dismissals for he club.

2013 Inductees

Terence Beverley Racionzer
Born 18 December 1943 Maidenhead Berkshire England
Educated Queens Park Secondary, Glasgow and Glasgow University
Debut Ireland 1965
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm off break
Occupation Company Director
Cap Number 461
Teams Clydesdale and Sussex

History Terry Racionzer appeared sixty five times for Scotland between 1965 and 1984. He also played 26 matches for Sussex from 1967 until 1969. 

His club cricket apart from these three years was played at Clydesdale Cricket Club, from 1960 until 1990, during which time he scored 11,004 runs in the Western District Cricket Union. He is the highest run scorer in the Union for the club by some 6,000 runs. His highest score was 123 against Drumpellier in 1975 and he also took 255 wickets.

For Scotland, Racionzer scored 2807 runs in 107 innings at an average of 27.2, including five centuries and 16 fifties. His teasing off-spin bowling was also brought into play in the later years of his Scotland career.

Ian Alexander Ross Peebles
Born 20 January 1908 Aberdeen Scotland
Educated Glasgow Academy and Oxford University
Died 27 February 1980 Speen Buckinghamshire England
Debut New Zealand 1937
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Leg-break and googly
Occupation Journalist
Cap Number 352
Teams Middlesex

History lan Peebles was born in Aberdeen, and educated at Glasgow Academy. He was destined to only played once for Scotland, but he learnt his skills in the lower reaches of the domestic game.

lan Peebles had such a remarkable cricket career and life that editorial discretion might choose him for an all-time representative Scottish eleven on the grounds of his personal charisma and variety of life experience alone. He learned his early cricket at Uddingston, where his father played, and long before Mike Denness became a member of that club. At the age of 15, he was rubbing shoulders with the professionals of the Leicestershire team who were on a northern tour. At seventeen and a half, the young Peebles saved £ 40 for a holiday in London, and took the initiative to visit the newly opened Faulkner School of Cricket. Bowling leg-breaks at fast-medium pace, and from a hidden hand, he instantly bamboozled the great South African all-rounder Aubrey Faulkner, who instantly offered him the post of secretary to his school, and prophesised, a great future for the young Scotsman. In his autobiography, Peebles says that although he could bowl seamers, off-spin and googlies, the quick leg-break was never properly transformed from indoor school to the outdoor game.

Nevertheless, after two years in London, playing some local club cricket, Peebles was selected to play not only in a Gentlemen v Players match, but also for a full Test Match tour of South Africa. At 19, and without any county experience, he would be secretary and a member of a touring side which included household names such as Sutcliffe, Hammond, Wyatt and Geary. Although success was limited, he actually played in four test matches on that tour.

On his return home, Peebles developed his skills with Oxford University and Middlesex. In 1929, he made his mark with 107 wickets at 19 apiece, and when Bradman strode through the test matches of 1930 with scores of 131, 254 and 334, taking the country by storm and overwhelming the English bowling attack, Peebles was called up for the fourth test at Manchester. As he says so well" To a boy in Scotland, it was a faraway dream. that had become hope, then a probability, only to come true. The press had fostered the idea of a personal duel between Peebles and Bradman; the first ball - a googly - whistled just over the Don's middle stump; at 10, Bradman snicked a leg-break to slip, where Hammond dropped a simple catch; in his next over, Bradman came down the wicket to drive, but edged the ball to second slip, where Duleepsinhji took the catch. Brad-man was out for 14 and the newspaper hoardings shouted, "PEEBLES DOES IT!"

This must have been the cricketing highlight of Peebles' life. He finished with 3 for 150 in 55 overs in a drawn match. In the deciding fifth test, at the Oval, on a perfect pitch, he bowled 71 overs to take 6 for 204. After the Australians reached 695 (Bradman 232), rain intervened to condemn England to a heavy defeat. Wisden nominated Peebles as one of its Cricketers of the Year for 1930 and a winter tour of South Africa brought him 18 further test wickets. 13 more against New Zealand in 1931, but so soon after his international career had blossomed, it was almost over. A shoulder injury dating back from his heavy bowling duties in the indoor school affected his form and restricted his playing to irregular matches for Middlesex.

The days of a steady decline were again interrupted in 1934, when Brad-man and the Australians were again touring. The Don's heavy scoring threatened to be the crucial factor in Australia out-batting England in their quest to regain the Ashes. Playing in a country house match at the stately Kinnaird Castle in Angus, Peebles was astonished to receive a telegram f'rom the Chairman of selectors asking him to play in the deciding fifth test at the Oval. Believing this to be a hoax, he ignored the telegram, but reading the newspaper billboards saw that his selection was not only truebut was being treated as a front page headline. "WHY PEEBLES?" screamed the papers. In this fairy tale story, however, the next chapter saw Peebles injure his finger at Kinnaird, catching a ball thrown by one of the small, watching crowd. Reporting to London with a finger like a banana, he watched from the pavilion as Australia amassed 701 runs -Bradman helping himself to 244 - and regain the Ashes.
He continued to play occasional matches and in 1939 was appointed captain of Middlesex, helping the club to retain its position as runners-up to Yorkshire. The onset of war not only brought the curtain down on his career at the highest level; the dire struggle for freedom also came close to ending Peebles's life. Memories of Compton, Edrich and Hutton rapidly faded and he would find in his everyday vocabulary such portentous words as "Home Guard" "Blitz" "Dunkirk" and "the channel ports". On a night of incessant bombardment on the capital in May 1941, he became a victim of one attack, losing the sight of his left eye and also suffering deafness and leg injuries. The bad luck that caused him to be so close to the death that fell from the sky was matched by the good luck in receiving immediate medical treatment which saved him from being killed outright.

The cricketing side of his life, however, was not over. The closing of the chapter of his playing days was replaced by the opening of a career in journalism. Peebles became a celebrated writer both as the Chief Cricket Correspondent of the Sunday Times and also as the author of a variety of books on the game, ranging from autobiography, tour accounts, biography, history, and an analysis of the issue and problems of bowlers throwing. When he was asked if any bowlers had tested him in his wonder year of 1930, Sir Donald Bradman used to say that "only one bowler had really troubled him and he was a Scot - lan Peebles. At all times there was a serene gentleness, a lurking sense of humour and a soft expression, which were appealing. Of all my English friends, there was nobody for whom I had a greater admiration or affection"- a double endorsement from the ultimate cricketer of our century. In his life, lan Peebles travelled far from the manse in Aberdeen to ply his skills as both a cricketer and a writer.

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1931

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