Jimmy Brown Passes Aged 83

09 Dec

Jimmy Brown pictured with his HoF cap (centre)Scottish cricket has lost one of its greatest players of the post-war era with the death of Jimmy Brown, aged 83.

Jimmy was an outstanding wicket-keeper batsman who was a fixture in the Scotland side from 1953 until 1973, winning 85 caps and captaining the side on 53 occasions. Both were records for Scotland at the time.

He also held the record for most dismissals for Scotland, 119 catches and 40 stumpings, until it was overtaken in recent years by Colin Smith.

During his career he achieved the unusual distinctions for a Scot of playing for the Gentlemen at Scarborough against the Players and was awarded the MBE for services to Scottish cricket. In club cricket he played for an all conquering Perthshire team which included several internationalists - Jimmy had 674 dismissals for he club. He also assisted the Scottish Cricket Union, serving as a North District representative on the Committee from 1977 to 1979.

His outstanding contribution to Scottish cricket was recognised last year when he was inducted into the Scottish Cricket Hall of Fame. The presentation of his Hall of Fame cap was made at the Intercontinental Cup game against Ireland played in Dublin, an area to where he had moved several years ago and where he sadly passed away at the weekend.   

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