At the end of a special year for ion8 Forfarshire CC, we are delighted to launch the Forfarshire CC Hall of Fame, and with much pride announce the first three inductees.
A magnificent servant of the club and an incredible ambassador for the game of cricket over many, many years. A great cricketer and servant to the game, a player of immense talent, he has amazed everyone over the years with his incredible skills. He has represented the club with huge success for well over 50 years as a player – and has also been a huge help to our young players – and our young wicket keepers in particular over that period.
He represented Scotland on 33 occasions and in recent years has become an integral part of the Forty Club in Scotland which promotes the sport of cricket and its values. There can be no better role model or person to display these values.
We are honoured to announce ALEX STEELE as the first inductee to the Forfarshire CC Hall of Fame.
Anyone lucky enough to play with or against the second inductee instantly recognises his brilliant talent and undoubted class. Known primarily as a batsman, but also a useful and clever bowler, he has opened the batting at first team level for decades and even at the ripe old age of - let's just say somewhere North of 40 - he did so again in 2019!
He has dedicated many seasons to scoring lots of runs, taking wickets and pouching catches for Forfarshire CC. It remains a mystery why a supremely talented and dedicated player was not recognised at international level. With over 20,000 runs to his name, he won the first team batting trophy on 13 occasions, including an incredible ten years in a row. For any young player, he is an object lesson not only in class and style, but also application and determination. His love for the club is legendary.
We are honoured to announce GRAEME ‘Howie’ GARDEN as the second inductee to the Forfarshire CC Hall of Fame.
As a Forfarshire member since a young age, he has shown great ability and commitment to Forfarshire and to the sport of cricket. A terrific all round talent, he excelled in the junior ranks and represented the club so well that he came to the attention of international age group selectors. He played for Scotland at under 19 level and also achieved a full Scotland cap, much to the delight of everyone involved at the club.
He became an integral part of the club and was such a brilliant all round cricketer that he became only the second player in modern history to win both the first team batting and bowling trophies. His commitment to the club took on new heights when in spite of living out of town, he continued to travel every weekend to play for, and captain, the club. His time as Forfarshire captain will now go down in the club’s history.
His performances have always been of the very highest standard, with bat and ball. He has represented the club with great distinction. He has always demonstrated great commitment to the game when training and playing, and never gives anything less than 100%. He is a great role model if ever there was one.
In 2019, he has rightly earned the reward that his ability, skill, commitment and dedication to Forfarshire and to the game of cricket has deserved, by leading the club to its first league title in 27 years - and following that with the Grand Final league champions trophy and Murgitroyd T20 National Knockout trophy.
We are honoured to announce our treble winning captain, UMAIR MOHAMMED, as the third inductee to the Forfarshire CC Hall of Fame.