Cricket: Malcolm no longer in the middle for Subiaco-Floreat

Batsman Alex Malcolm will play his last game for Subiaco Floreat in this Saturday's grand final
Batsman Alex Malcolm will play his last game for Subiaco Floreat in this Saturday's grand final

SUBIACO Floreat batsman Alex Malcolm will play his last game for the club in the A-grade Premier Cricket grand final on Saturday.

The top order player will move to Melbourne after the weekend, leaving a legacy of more than 5000 first-grade runs and three premierships, with his eyes set on a fourth this weekend.

Coach Dermot Reeve said the veteran had had a positive impact on all players at the club.

“He is such a good player and such a good bloke,” he said.

“Obviously he will be incredibly tough to replace next season.

“Certainly it gives an opportunity for someone else, but it will be challenging shoes to fill.”

Reeve said Malcolm brought a sense of professionalism and knowledge not seen before at Floreat Park Oval, with his interaction with players and coaches a skill that would be missed.

“Alex has produced season in and season out, so it will leave a hole in the side from what he brings to the side on game day with his ability, but also what he does at training with the younger players,” he said.

“He is always willing to have a chat and talk to anyone about batting; he is a terrific clubman.”

The Premier Cricket grand final starts at 10.30am on Saturday at the WACA Ground.