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Cricketing colossus in Hall of Fame

Pictured from left - Peter Sievwright, Maurice Sievwright, Neil Leitch, Robert Sievwright and Ian Sievwright.

Pictured from left - Peter Sievwright, Maurice Sievwright, Neil Leitch, Robert Sievwright and Ian Sievwright.

Family gathered in Arbroath United Cricket Club recently to honour the inclusion of Robert Wills Sievwright into the Hall of Fame.

Peter Sievwright, Maurice Sievwright, Robert Sievwright and Ian Sievwright gathered with members of the club, to celebrate the memory of Robert, who has been described as a true cricketing Goliath.

Robert was born in Arbroath and played a cricketing career that spanned the best part of three decades.

His 43rd club game ended sadly when, at the age of 65 in 1947, Robert collapsed and died at the crease while batting for his home team.

A master joiner by trade, Robert made his first-class debut at the age of 30 putting to use a spectacular left-arm spinner.

Earning his place in the Hall of Fame he is remembered for gaining the remarkable total of 81 wickets for Scotland as well as longevity of play. He remains the highest wicket-taker at Arbroath United, having achieved 2, 242 dismissals.

Elected president of the SCU in 1932, Robert continued to play until the match in 1947 when he was batting with his son, Arthur against Perthshire.

Cricket Scotland record the events of the day as: “Having just hit and run a three, he stood ready to face the first ball of the next over but collapsed at the wicket.”

A special presentation by Neil Leitch, Cricket Scotland historian, to the family, was made at the Sportsman’s Dinner to honour the tribute.

 

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