Malcolm remembers making his mark on island
Devon Malcolm, the former England fast bowler, has recalled the time he broke the hand of Bermuda batsman Ricky Hill on a tour of the island with Derbyshire in 1993.
Jamaican-born Malcolm sent down an off cutter that jagged back off the seam and struck Hill’s left glove during the match at Somerset Cricket Club.
“As a fast bowler you try and intimidate the batsman, and that’s what happened,” Malcolm said. “It was probably just a normal ball and just one of those days.
“As a young up-and-coming fast bowler in those days I normally roughed up a few people and hit a few.”
Hill feared the worst the moment the ball struck him on the unprotected part of his left glove, which as a right-hand batsman, is the hand facing the bowler.
“I think it was one of the quickest deliveries I’ve ever faced,” Hill said at the time of the incident. “As I looked to play it outside the off stump it cut back off the seam and hit the area of the glove where there’s not much padding. I knew right away that it was nasty.”
Malcolm made his first-class debut for Derbyshire in 1984 and five years later earned his first England cap against Australia at Trent Bridge.
He made 40 Test appearances, claiming 128 wickets at an average of 37.09 and best figures of nine for 57 against South Africa at The Oval in 1994.
Malcolm only played in ten one-day internationals, claiming 16 wickets at an average of 25.25 with best figures of three for 40.
Incidentally, the fiery fast bowler made his last Test appearance against Australia at The Oval in 1997 three years after making his final ODI appearance against West Indies at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Malcolm claimed three for 41 in his final ODI, including West Indies opening batsman Brian Lara, who invited the fast bowler to Trinidad for the official opening of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.
Hill’s misfortunes aside, Malcolm said the tour of Bermuda was a memorable one for the touring side.
“It was Derbyshire’s first overseas tour and it was fantastic actually because we went back to Derby and actually won some trophies,” he added. “We certainly got a little luck from the Bermuda Triangle and it was great preparation and a pity we didn’t follow that up.
“It was a great venue and I went to Hamilton, played golf at all the great facilities there and everybody was so friendly and everything. I still remember all of that even though it was quite a while back.”