Northwood Town Cricket Club News story

Malcolm Hardy

10 Aug 2020

Regrettably, we have been informed of the passing away of one of NTCC’s first members. Malcolm who played for the club from 1972 – 1982 joined the club in his early 30’s and was the son-in law of one of the Town’s original stalwarts Laurie Stevens.

Malcolm principally was a medium pace swing bowler who off a short run up and strong shoulder action often surprised batsman with his pace and enjoyed a lot of success during his playing career. In his time with NTCC Malcolm took nearly 440 wickets with a season’s best tally of 86 wickets in 1977 playing mostly in the 2nd and 3rd XI’s in an era when along with a full Sunday match season programme a lot more games were played. His best bowling analysis was 7 wickets for 5 runs during the 1977 season. He also took his batting seriously but generally preferred a caviller approach during matches when at times he got valuable tail end runs with lusty hitting in total amassing some 1300 runs for the club.

As an exceptionally good fielder with great athleticism from his football days Malcolm was well known in giving his fellow team-mates a few choice words if they did not equally perform on the playing field especially if a mis-field came off his own bowling!

Malcolm along with his wife also helped on several committees at the club.

In the late 80’s his son Kevin followed his father into playing cricket for the Town.