SACA acknowledges passing of Murray Sargent

29 Feb 2012 - SACA

SACA today extended its condolences to the family of Murray Sargent who passed away yesterday, aged 84.

Murray, a right-hand batsman who bowled leg-break and medium pace, played 22 matches for South Australia scoring 804 runs at 23.64 including one century (164) and four half centuries.

Throughout his playing career Murray was a stalwart of the Glenelg District Cricket Club where he played from 1948 to 1968. He also served as Club Captain and was President for 17 years. Murray was instrumental in the development of the Glenelg club rooms and as a Life Member continued to be a generous benefactor after moving to Sanctuary Cove in the late 1980’s.

While in England, Murray also played for the Leicestershire County Cricket Club 1951-52.

Murray was a state selector and served on the SACA Board of Management during the 1980’s and was involved in the development of the Bradman Stand.

“Murray was a wonderful contributor to cricket in this state,” SACA President, Ian McLachlan said today.

“As a member of the SACA Ground and Finance Committee he played a pivotal role in securing funding for the Bradman Stand.

“He was a true gentleman and a fine cricketer, but he took his time in the crease and was often heard boasting that his first class century took three days to secure.

“While he will be greatly missed, his investment and dedication to the game leaves a legacy that will be enjoyed by many young cricketers in the years to come.”

Murray Alfred James Sargent was born on 23 August 1928 and died on 28 February 2012.

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