Calum MacLeod (cricketer)

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Calum MacLeod
Personal information
Full name Calum Scott MacLeod
Born (1988-11-15) 15 November 1988 (age 26)
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Nickname Cloudy, Scot
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Opening Batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 34) 18 August, 2008 v England
Last ODI 5 March, 2015 v Bangladesh
T20I debut (cap 17) 6 June, 2009 v New Zealand
Last T20I 28 November, 2013 v Netherlands
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Scotland
2008/09 Warwickshire
2014–present Durham
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 23 15 13 79
Runs scored 631 289 283 1,631
Batting average 33.21 22.23 23.93 24.34
100s/50s 2/1 0/2 0/3 3/5
Top score 175 57 84 175
Balls bowled 372 66 611 878
Wickets 8 2 15 20
Bowling average 40.50 41.50 22.86 40.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/26 2/17 4/66 3/37
Catches/stumpings 8/– 5/– 9/– 34/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 September, 2014

Calum Scott MacLeod (born 15 November 1988 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire) is a Scotland professional cricketer.

MacLeod is a native Gaelic speaker who attended Hillpark Secondary School, the Glasgow Gaelic School at the time. His family originally comes from the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.[1]

As a youth MacLeod played for Drumpellier Cricket Club before moving to the Scottish National Cricket League Premier Division with Uddingston Cricket Club, as an opening or new ball bowler and middle order batsman. He played in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.

After making some 70 appearance with Scotland age group sides (U12 to U23), he secured a retainer contract with Warwickshire for the 2006 season, to play Under-17s, Under-19s and 2nd XI cricket. Awarded an improved contract for 2007, he ended the season as joint top wicket-taker in the Warwickshire 2nd XI and was voted "Most Improved 2nd XI Player of the Year" by the County side.

In November 2007 the 19-year-old MacLeod signed a two-year contract with Warwickshire.[2] He spent winter 2007/8 playing Grade cricket for Penrith in Sydney and returned to Moseley Cricket Club as their contracted County player for 2008 in the Birmingham Premier Cricket League.

MacLeod gained his full first-class Scotland cap when he was called up for the Intercontinental Cup match against the UAE in 2007, becoming the youngest Scottish player to debut at this level. During the 2008 Friends Provident series MacLeod played two matches against Durban and Yorkshire and was selected for two One Day International ties against Kenya both of which succumbed to rain. His first ODI cap came in the historic match against England on 18 August 2008 where batting 9, he scored 10 not out facing 11 balls from Andrew Flintoff and Tim Bresnan before that game, too, fell victim to rain.

Despite international absences and a stomach injury which reduced his Warwickshire 2nd XI appearances, MacLeod's 2008 season ended with debut matches in the Warwickshire first team, both away from home, against Yorkshire a match abandoned due to rain and Derbyshire in a Pro40 win. In October, with another season still to run on his current deal, MacLeod was offered, and accepted, a new improved two-year contract to run until the end of the 2010 season.

As early as June 2009, during the World Twenty20, Warwickshire's coaching staff noticed that MacLeod's bowling action may have been problematic. After an Intercontinental Cup match against Canada in July 2010 in which MacLeod took six wickets, the umpires reported to the International Cricket Council that his action needed to be tested.[3]

MacLeod was assisted by Warwickshire and Cricket Scotland to remodel his action. After completing remedial work, followed by analysis and assessment by the ICC, he is now free to bowl in all domestic, national and international competition. During this period MacLeod concentrated on his batting technique to the extent that he now opens the batting for Scotland in T20 matches, plays top-order in 50 over games, while confirming a strong middle-order presence in 3 and 4-day ties.

In 2010, MacLeod was one of six cricketers given full-time contracts with Cricket Scotland.[4] MacLeod did not play a single list A match in 2010.[5] MacLeod was released by Warwickshire at the end of the 2010 season.

Having left Warwickshire, MacLeod's next list A match was for Scotland in the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40.[5] The England Cricket Board had launched the competition the previous year and Scotland was included along with the Netherlands and the 18 first-class teams from England and Wales.[6]

Scotland won two of their twelve matches that year, had one no result and lost the rest, finishing bottom of their group.[7] MacLeod managed 92 runs from six matches with a highest score of 33.[8] In the 2011 Karp Hong Kong Super Sixes event MacLeod was placed 4th in the Championship Player stats, and 5th in the Batting stats.

In March 2012 the UAE hosted the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. During Scotland's win against Oman, MacLeod scored 104 not out from 76 deliveries.[9] With 307 runs from 9 matches (including one century and two fifties) he was Scotland's leading run-scorer in the tournament and fifth overall.[10]

Though Scotland progressed to the preliminary finals, they lost to the Netherlands in which MacLeod scored 57 from 42 in the match and failed to qualify for the World Twenty20 later that year.[11]

MacLeod made 175, the second highest score by an Associate player in an ODI and third highest by an Associate player in List A cricket, in a 170-run romp over Canada to seal a place for Scotland in the Super Sixes and put an end to Canada's consecutive World Cup streak dating back to 2003. MacLeod erased any chance of that happening with 175 off 141 balls in Scotland's total of 341 for 9.

International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries[edit]

Calum MacLeod's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 175 17  Canada New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Hagley Oval 2014 Won
2 116* 23  Ireland Republic of Ireland Malahide, Ireland Malahide Cricket Club Ground 2014 Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Howzat happen? England fields a Gaelic-speaking Scotsman in Ashes". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). 4 August 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ MacLeod offered two-year deal by Warwickshire, ESPNcricinfo, 18 November 2007, retrieved 7 May 2012 
  3. ^ MacLeod bowling action reported, BBC Sport, 7 July 2009, retrieved 7 May 2012 
  4. ^ Berrington awarded full-time contract, ESPNcricinfo, 30 March 2010, retrieved 7 May 2012 
  5. ^ a b List A matches played by Calum MacLeod, CricketArchive, retrieved 13 May 2012 
  6. ^ Clydesdale Bank 40 unveiled, ECB, 15 February 2010, retrieved 13 May 2012 
  7. ^ Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 tables, ECB, retrieved 13 May 2012 
  8. ^ Batting and fielding in Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 (ordered by runs), CricketArchive, retrieved 13 May 2012 
  9. ^ Scotland too strong for Oman in ICC World Twenty20 qualifier, BBC Sport, 16 March 2012, retrieved 7 May 2012 
  10. ^ Batting and fielding in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2011/12 (ordered by runs), CricketArchive, retrieved 7 May 2012 
  11. ^ ICC World Twenty20: Scotland suffer play-off exit in Dubai, BBC Sport, 22 March 2012, retrieved 7 May 2012 

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