Millar makes a run for it!

Millar Hardie is pictured here front left with Grangemouth Cricket Club 1926
Millar Hardie is pictured here front left with Grangemouth Cricket Club 1926

Former Scottish international cricketer Keith Hardie has sent in a great anecdote from his father’s playing days back in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Dad James Millar Hardie, known as Millar, was a popular cricketer in his era and was 16 when this photo was taken when he lived in Abbott’s Road, Grangemouth.

Keith said: “The only mention he ever made about his time with the club is of a game where the whole Grangemouth team were bowled out for just one run.

“He proudly claimed that he scored all Grangemouth’s runs that day.

“He went on to play with Stirling County for a period before finally joining Stenhousemuir CC shortly before the Second World War. It was during that period he gained his only cap for Scotland in 1938.

“He continued to play for Stenhousemuir (where the family lived) until the early 1970s and only stopped playing when he failed to score his age in a single innings in a season.

“I am the eldest of three sons who all shared his love of cricket.”

Keith played 21 times for Scotland’s cricket side from 1966-76, the year he emigrated to New Zealand with Kiwi wife Barbara, and younger brother Brian was capped 12 times between 1970 and ‘74.

Their other brother Roy shared the family’s love of sports but he sadly passed away three years ago.

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