By Justin Flynn
Batsman Robert Malcolm played his 500th game for Drysdale in the round before Christmas.
The right-hand opener is still clocking up the runs in C Grade for his beloved Hawks and he strolled out for the milestone against St Leonards at St Thomas Catholic School oval.
Affectionately knows as ‘Vet’, which is short for ‘Veteran’, Malcolm made 27 in his innings against the Saints and strode out to open the innings with his son Jason, who normally opens for the A Grade side, but with the Hawks having the bye, it was too good an opportunity to miss out on to experience his father’s milestone at close range.
The St Leonards team formed a guard of honour for Malcolm as he stepped onto the field.
Only two other players – Newcomb’s John Dunn and Ocean Grove’s Les Menzies, have played 500 games in the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association.
Malcolm, 55, is still hitting the ball well and has made nearly 15,000 runs in his career, more than any other BPCA cricketer in history.
He is A Grade’s all-time leading run scorer with 9140 runs, and is also a life member of the BPCA and Drysdale.
Most bowlers know that you just don’t bowl short to Malcolm.
Malcolm was also a very handy wrist spin bowler, but back problems have forced him to call time on that part of his game.
Instead you will find him behind the stumps with the wicket-keeping gloves on.
Malcolm’s career began in 1969 and it’s a real possibility that in two years’ time it will continue into a 50th year.
He has three sons playing at Drysdale – Jason, Luke and Aaron.