Strathmore cricket legend

Many cricket followers in Tayside and well beyond were stunned to learn of the very sudden death at the age of 73 of Strathmore Cricket Club legend Don Crighton.

A born and bred Forfarian, Don was one of those types who excelled at any sport he turned his hand to.

A relatively talented footballer in his younger day, he was an excellent swimmer and diver. He played badminton to a very high standard, was a single handicap golfer in his prime and far from a novice at squash and, for a short spell, on the curling rink.

Cricket and, to a lesser extent in later life, bowls were, however, his main sports. He made his senior debut for ‘Strathie’ in 1957 going on to play over 1,000 games for the club during a playing career which eventually came to a close in 1990. In that time he had amassed over 23,000 runs in club fixtures.

He was the club captain at Lochside from 1970 to 1979 leading his side to Rothman Quaich (Scottish Cup) glory at Hamilton Crescent in August 1971 against a Kilmarnock side who had legendary Australian swing bowler Bob Massie as their professional.

Don captained the Strathmore Union select for a number of years, having a similar role with the North District side. He also captained a joint North/East select against the Danish national team in Edinburgh.

He was reckoned by many to be the best uncapped batsman of his generation and certainly had Scotland played as many fixtures back in the period that he was in his ‘prime’ as they have done in recent times, greater representative honours would have come his way.

After retiral from the playing side of the game, Don had a short spell as a national league umpire and he continued to take a great interest in the game.

Don was also a keen bowler and was a past president and treasurer of the Canmore Bowling Club.

He is survived by his wife Moira and daughters Jane and Wendy.

His funeral service will be held today (Friday).