Cricket legend Rupert Scotland dies

Cricket legend Rupert Scotland has died following a long bout with illness.

The former St George's Cup Match star died last night at age 74, a family member confirmed.

Scotland was born in Antigua and eventually moved to Bermuda in the late 1950s.

Throughout his sparkling career Scotland dazzled fans with his brilliant strokeplay as a top order batsman and expert fielding either in the covers or in the slips for both club and country.

During the 1974 Cup Match classic at Somerset Cricket Club, Scotland and Lee Raynor produced a record and unbroken 229-run, sixth-wicket stand that has yet to be bettered.

Scotland remained unbeaten on 120 while Raynor carried his bat for 100 runs in the drawn match.

"Something like that only happens every so often and it was just a pleasure to bat with him," Raynor recalled. "Batting with him made the game real easy, he put you in a different zone."

After hanging up his cricket gear, Scotland earned the distinction of being the first manager appointed to a local World Cup qualifying squad.

The late cricketer is the father of former St George's and Western Stars cricketer, cricket commentator and businessman Cleon Scotland.

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Published Jun 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm)

Cricket legend Rupert Scotland dies

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