Bruce makes a run for top cricket job

Bruce Dixon will take office at Cricket Scotland next year. Picture: Johnston Press
Bruce Dixon will take office at Cricket Scotland next year. Picture: Johnston Press
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A cricket chief in West Lothian is set to move into a top job at national level.

Bruce Dixon is currently the president of West Lothian County Cricket Club.

He was appointed president-elect of the sport’s national body, Cricket Scotland, in March and will take office early next year.

The appointment is a real feather in the cap for Bruce, who has been devoted to the sport for almost 60 years.

As well as developing an impressive CV in the administrative side of the sport, Bruce has also enjoyed spells as a director and chairman of West Lothian Leisure.

He first started playing cricket back in the 1950s and has stayed involved with the sport ever since.

Bruce said: “I have been involved in cricket in Scotland for well over 50 years having started my cricket career at Leith Franklin in 1957, playing there until 1965.”

His talents on the field then 
saw him line up for a host of local cricket teams, including George Heriot’s School 1st XI, Grange and Carlton.

It was during his spell with Carlton that Bruce first became involved with the administrative side of the sport.

He moved to Linlithgow in 1976 and has been a member of the West Lothian County Cricket side ever since, playing until 2009.

Even when he retired, he was never far from the action, spending his time umpiring East League matches and under-age representative games.

His administrative talents saw him elected to the committee of the East of Scotland Cricket Association in 2008.

So impressive was his tenure that he stepped up to become president 
in 2009, a post he held for three years until 2012. He also held the position of competitions sub-committee convener from 2008 until last year.

Away from the cricket pitch and offices, Bruce earned a degree in civil engineering and worked as a chartered civil and structural engineer.

He was a director of West Lothian Leisure, the charitable trust responsible for delivering sport and leisure in the area, for seven years between 2004 and 2011.

For the final six years of that spell, Bruce was also the chairman of the organisation.

Bruce is now looking forward to putting his vision for cricket in Scotland into place.

Having been involved in efforts to restructure club cricket, he believes a settled, long-term league structure is required which also addresses the need for clubs to develop young players.

He said: “I am delighted to be elected and grateful to the clubs who voted for me.

“It is a great honour for West Lothian County Cricket Club, my family and myself.”

IAIN RUSSELL