21 April 1981
West Indies, 12 July 2007
A product of one of Meigle’s most famous cricketing clans – his grandfather, father and brother all played the game with distinction – Gordon Drummond reached heights and graced stages which were perhaps beyond the dreams of this unassuming son of Perthshire.
Drummond arrived relatively late on the international stage having had to wait while a golden age of Scottish seam bowlers remained ahead in the pecking order.
Hard work and perseverance were eventually rewarded when, at the age of 27, he made the first of his 117 cap appearances gained during a seven-year period from 2007.
He quickly became a regular in the side and achieved one of many personal landmarks when appearing at the World T20 in England in 2009.
When Gavin Hamilton stood down as Scotland captain the following year, there were few obvious successors but the selectors had detected leadership qualities in the down-to-earth Drummond who immediately took to the role.
His willing acceptance of a captain’s responsibility was never more apparent than at the nerve-jangling climax to a Clydesdale Bank 40 encounter with Warwickshire here at The Grange in 2011.
The Saltires had gradually lost their grip on a match which had earlier appeared to be heading decisively in their favour and, with one over remaining and two established batsmen, the county needed a plausible 14 runs to complete their recovery.
It was a make-or-break moment for the captain who, demonstrating the Rampant Lionhearted spirit that was his trademark, grabbed the ball and duly won his team the game by four runs.
He skippered Scotland on 68 occasions – only fellow Hall of Famers Craig Wright and George Salmond have done so more often – and attained a win ratio which bears comparison with the best.
A dependable leader, guts, determination and a never-say-die spirit characterised the career of this passionate Scot. Indeed, you could easily feel his sense of pride when, with chest puffed-out, Drummond led his side into battle.