Scotland v Lancashire Veterans

Scotland’s cricketers created a piece of history when they beat Lancashire by just three runs in the B & H Cup at Perth’s North Inch ground in 1986.

And now, 30 years later, several of the participants in what was the Scots’ first-ever victory over a county side in a competitive match will meet again at the same venue for a re-enactment of that famous tussle.

Stephen Boyd, the Cricket Development Officer for Perth & Kinross, is the driving force behind the initiative and has been working tirelessly in recent months to orchestrate the match, which will take place on Wednesday May 11 at 1.30.

Many of the protagonists are in their 50s and 60s now, but haven’t lost any of their passion for the sport they graced.

Veterans 2.jpgAnd the likes of Willie Donald, Neil Burnett, Richard Swann and Iain Philip will be among the Scottish line-up who will lock horns with Lancashire’s over-50 side in the limited-overs contest.

Stephen told us: “This was one of the most significant matches in Scottish cricket at that stage and it seemed like a good idea to arrange a re-enactment on the 30th anniversary.

“We’ve been in touch with most of the Scots – the one we can’t track down is David Snodgrass – and they have shown interest in it and we’re confident that five or six of the original team will take part.

“Some of the others, including [South African Test player] Omar Henry and Peter Duthie [whose three-wicket spell was instrumental in the 1986 win], have sent their best wishes, but are unavailable for various reasons.

“We’re expecting this to be a tough contest, because the Lancashire boys are very competitive, by all accounts. But it should be a cracking occasion.

“I’m keen to spread the profile of veterans’ cricket and this seems an excellent way to go about it.”

In the original fixture, the hosts struggled to 156 for 9 from their 50 overs against a bowling attack including England stars Paul Allott and Mike Watkinson and West Indian paceman Patrick Patterson.

Richard Swan top-scored with 31 and there were knocks of 28 and 27 from Iain Philip and Neil Burnett, but the total didn’t seem sufficient to trouble the strong Lancashire line-up.

However, the latter found batting just as difficult and, despite passing 60 with just one wicket down, they subsequently collapsed in a heap, discomfited by such stalwart figures as Peter Duthie, Omar Henry and Dallas Moir.

93 for 3 became 119 for 8 and although there was a nerve-jangling climax, with the last pair adding 14, Scotland won the match by three runs.

Duthie’s three for 31 in 11 overs – including the prized scalps of Graeme Fowler and Neil Fairbrother – set the tone for a resilient display from the underdogs.

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