Hall of fame for Cricket Club duo

BOWLED OVER: John (left) and Greig were delighted with their accolades.
BOWLED OVER: John (left) and Greig were delighted with their accolades.
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Glenrothes Cricket Club has inducted the first two members into its new hall of fame.

John Bell and Greig Hopcroft were honoured at the annual presentation dinner at the Gilvenbank Hotel.

The awards were introduced after a suggestion by Ian Dale to reward those who make outstanding contributions to the club by going above and beyond the call of duty.

Chairman Eddie Gibbs said: “John has taken 1947 wickets in the 1st XI, at an average of 10.88, a best of two for 23, and sits at number one in the club’s all-time bowling rankings.

“With the bat he’s scored 7691 runs for the 1st XI at an average of 13.59 with a best of 111 and sits at number three in the club’s all-time batting rankings.

“John has also been club captain five times and is still taking wickets at a very good rate in the 2nd XI and also won its bowling award.

“He was also was a founder of the club 54 years ago at the age of just 14.

“His devotion to the club over the years has seen him take on the role of match secretary 17 times, club secretary three times and president 11 times.

“In recent years he’s looked after the club’s ground at Riverside Park and prepared some excellent pitches in some rather wet conditions

“Greig is ranked at number 15 in the club’s all-time bowling figures and number 16 in the batting rankings.

“But it’s his off the field work that is simply astounding and it wouldn’t be to the detriment of anyone else to say he has virtually run the club single-handedly in recent years and in a tough climate for local sports clubs that’s been a massive achievement in itself.

“Whilst making himself available to play for the club on Saturdays, Sundays and midweek matches, Greig has also contributed a staggering amount of voluntary work including organising social events and fundraising, fixtures, marketing, press and looking after the website, finance,handling the accounts, helping John Bell and Bill Ramsay with the pitch, and arranging practice and training.

“Well done to both John and Greig who both seemed genuinely shocked and humbled at being inducted into the new hall of fame.”

Both men were given framed certificates and engraved silver certificate holders