Hard hitter Hoffman has half an eye on landmark score

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UDDINGSTON cricketer Paul Hoffmann could be set to become a man in a million next summer.

Figures released by the Scottish Cricket Union show a total of 967,606 runs have been scored in the Premier Division since the Scottish National Cricket League was set up 13 years ago.

That means the landmark one millionth run should be hit some time next summer - and Uddingston Cricket Club's popular all-rounder could have a major say in who achieves the historic milestone.

He said: "It's a milestone which is probably of more interest to our batsmen, although if they come up with some kind of cash incentive I might show a bit more interest!"

Paul, who now works as groundsman at the Bothwell Castle Policies pitches used by both the cricket and rugby clubs, first arrived in Uddingston as to play as a professional at the start of the 1997 and admits he never expected to stay so long.

He said: "When I first came over from Australia there's no way I could have envisaged still being here 13 years later. But I wouldn't have swapped it for the world.

"I'm happily married and settled in Uddingston with a 15-month-old son and have played 119 times for Scotland and played cricket in many different countries."

Full story in January 6 edition of Times & Speaker