Full name Rab Brougham Bruce-Lockhart
Born December 1, 1916, Rugby, Warwickshire
Died May 1, 1990, Burneside, Cumberland (aged 73 years 151 days)
Major teams Cambridge University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education Edinburgh Academy; Cambridge University
Relation Father - JH Bruce-Lockhart
|First-class span||1937 - 1938|
Rab Bruce-Lockhart had made a great reputation for himself as a legspinning all-round cricketer at the Edinburgh Academy before going up to Cambridge. Without quoting chapter and verse, it is enough to say that in his five years in the XI he made comfortably more than 2,500 runs for an average of 40 and took more than 100 wickets with his leg-spin at a little more than 12 apiece. He was at the head of both the batting and bowling averages in his last two years, and captain in 1935. Sadly, the high expectations held for him went largely unfulfilled at the University. Loss of form and confidence, a fault in his batting technique, or perhaps lack of subtlety in his bowling may have accounted in one way or another for this disappointing outcome. In the Freshmen's match of 1937, although failing to score, he took six for 34, and a half-century and four wickets for 6 runs for the Perambulators against the Etceteras paved the way for his début for the University, against Nottinghamshire. The match, however, was ruined by rain, and in his second trial, against Middlesex, he made but a few runs in each innings and bowled out Patsy Hendren. His only other first-class game was against Yorkshire in 1938, but again he did not impress. In his three first-class appearances, he scored 32 runs, average 8.00, and his one wicket cost 146 runs. While failing to emulate his father, John, by winning a Blue at cricket, he did follow in his footsteps by playing rugby for Cambridge and Scotland, and by taking up schoolmastering. He was headmaster of Loretto from 1960 to 1976.
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