St Kilda Cricket Club is sad to announce the passing of former St Kilda and Victorian fast bowler Nigel Murch, aged 76.
Nigel played 159 First XI matches between 1965/66 and 1978/79 seasons.
A hard-hitting batsman, Nigel scored 2,703 runs at an average of 19.87 with one century (111) and 5 half centuries.
As a fast bowler, he took 376 wickets at an average of 19.18 with best figures of 7/18.
He was runner up to Jack Grant in the Ryder Medal in the 1974/75 season.
Nigel was included in St Kilda’s Team of the Century in 2000.
And, the Club’s First XI Bowling Average trophy has been named after him. Nigel was extremely proud and humbled to receive this honour, and to present the trophy to the winners.
A passionate Saint, during some difficult times for the Club, Nigel became President from the 1992/93 season until the 1999/2000 season. Leading the Club back to a strong position, and the beginning of the successful First XI Premiership period.
Nigel also represented Victoria and Northhamptonshire, playing 10 First Class matches between 1966/67 and 1969/70 seasons, scoring 215 runs at 17.91 average, and 17 wickets at 51.05 average.
After leaving St Kilda, Nigel played with Malvern, amassing another 145 First XI games and winning the Hatch Medal in the 1980/81 and 1981/82 seasons. He would end up making 2,769 runs at 21.46 average, and taking 478 wickets at 14.34 average across his time at Malvern.
The St Kilda Cricket Club family extend condolences to the Murch family.