Scottish Cricket Hall of Fame - 2016 Inductees
On Saturday 10th September, two more inductees were welcomed into the Scottish Cricket Hall of Fame.
Bruce Patterson (pictured right) was awarded his Cap at the interval between Scotland v Hong Kong at the Grange in Edinburgh.
Bruce Patterson (B 1965) First selected as a late replacement in the Scotland team to play Glamorgan in a Nat West Trophy tie at Myreside in 1988, Bruce Patterson kept his regular place in the side for no less than 16 years. Initially picked as a middle order bat, he was soon promoted to open the batting, forming with Iain Philip for a decade what was probably Scotland’s best ever opening duo.
One of his best innings was also one of his earliest, a swashbuckling 70 in 89 balls against an Australian attack which included Merv Hughes and Carl Rackemann. Australia also featured in May 1999, when Bruce stroked a cover drive for four to Scotland’s first ever ball faced in the World Cup Finals. New Road, Worcester, packed to capacity with mainly Scottish fans, was duly appreciative.
In all, he played 124 times for Scotland, scoring 4040 runs at an average of 31.1. These runs included five centuries and 23 fifties by a most determined batsman. Iain Philip & Bruce will be remembered for defying bowling attacks from a wide variety of teams. A particular fond memory will be the Scotland openers going in for lunch at Old Trafford to a standing ovation during a Benson & Hedges tie, having scored 143/0.
Apart from a brief period with Clydesdale, Bruce’s club career was with Ayr, where his medium paced bowling, rarely seen in representative cricket, was also of great use in addition to his prodigious batting skills.
Bill Laidlaw (1912-1992) Bill Laidlaw learnt his cricket skills at Edinburgh Institution, later renamed Melville College. After leaving school he played successfully before the war with Fifeshire (as Dunfermline were known when they played in the Scottish Counties Championship) and his FP side. His leg break bowling was very successful, leading to his elevation to the Scotland side in 1936.
In all he played 32 times for his country between 1936 & 1953, a total which would undoubtably have been higher but for the war years. He captained the side in 11 of these games, including Don Bradman’s last two game in the UK at the end of the Australian’s 1948 tour. Indeed, he took five wickets in the Australian innings during the first of these games, one of six occasions he achieved this feat for Scotland. He took a total of 97 wickets at an average of 23.7, with a best return of 8-117 against Sir Julian Cahn’s XI in 1939.
After the Second World War he moved to Sunderland and played 26 times for Durham in the Minor Counties Championship and twice for a Minor Counties select.