Penicuik roots of record breaking cricketer


Misbah-ul-Haq’s record equaling century sent reverberations across the cricket world – and as far away as Midlothian, where he is still the talk of the town.

Currently the Pakistani captain, the former Penicuik player equaled Sir Viv Richards’ fastest-ever test century, with 100 runs off 56 balls against Australia recently.

As news of the feat – and his record-breaking half century – made headlines across the globe, it sparked memories of his time as Penicuik’s professional, with members and former teammates recalling his time at Kirkhill Road.

Nine years ago Misbah spent time at Penicuik while plying his trade in the (then) Scottish second division.

But, while Misbah had no trouble harnessing an Australian attack it seems he had much more bother seeing off Scottish bowlers. In his five games for Penicuik, he amassed one run short of a century with a top score of 41.

However, there were mitigating circumstances according to Willie Morton, who also played for Warwickshire. He said: “I remember Misbah as a really nice big bloke who came in mid-season and played a handful of games for us when our professional, Graham Manou, had to return home to Australia en route to a place in an Ashes series.

“There was talk at the time of another Pakistani, Imzaman, joining, but in the end we got Misbah until his country called him away to a training camp.

“Misbah had to adapt to our conditions midway through a season but while he may have struggled for runs his class was only too apparent. What has been great, too, is the fact that he didn’t just leave and forget us. Subsequently we were joined by another Pakistani pro, Mo Ramzan, and through him Misbah would let the lads know he was thinking of the club.”

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