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Name:Rigg, Keith Edward
Date of Birth:21 May 1906 (d 28 February 1995)
Career:1924-25 to 1940-41
Teams:Prahran, Melbourne Uni, Haw/EM, Melbourne
Matches:121
Batting Style:RHB

 

Keith Rigg loved cricket and never held a grudge that he failed to gain selection in an Australian touring side. Despite being prominent in the running, he missed selection on each of the 1930, 1934 and 1938 teams to England as well as the 1935/36 team to South Africa.

He was content with his contribution to the game at Premier, Sheffield Shield and Test level, as well as an administrator and a selector.

A middle order batsman who moved to opener, Rigg certainly knew the local scene well, having represented four clubs. He began with three games for Prahran in 1924/25 and then 43 with University between 1925/26 and 1931/32. He added another 12 with Hawthorn-East Melbourne between 1930/31 and 1932/33 and finally settled at Melbourne for 63 games between 1933/34 and 1940/41.
 
In 63 games for Melbourne he scored 2066 runs at 30.83, with five centuries, the highest being 188 against Northcote in 1936/37. He captained Melbourne in 1939/40 and 1940/41. In all District cricket he scored 4498 runs at 36.27, including 13 hundreds.

Rigg also had a fine career for Victoria. In 71 matches from 1926/27 to 1938/39, he scored 4582 runs at 43.23 with 13 hundreds, the highest of which was 167 not out against NSW in Melbourne in 1936/37. That was in the second innings, after he scored 100 in the first innings.

He led Victoria in 1937/38 and 1938/39 after the retirement of Hans Ebeling and was in the final six considered for the post of MCC secretary in 1939, while the reigning Victorian captain and former Test player.

He eventually joined the Melbourne Cricket Club committee in 1956/57 and served as a vice-president from 1978/79 to 1980/81. He was made a life member of the club in 1981.

In 87 first-class games between 1926 and 1938 he scored 5544 runs at 42, including 14 centuries, and in eight Tests he scored 401 runs at 33.41, including his highest of 127 against South Africa in 1931/32 during which he shared century stands with Bill Woodfull and Don Bradman.

Prominent in cricket administration, he was a state selector for twelve seasons, from 1968/69 to 1979/80, and a Melbourne Cricket Club delegate to the Victorian Cricket Association for 23 seasons.
 
For all that he can thank Premier cricket for his best memory. He was a member of the Colts team taken to Stawell by Harry Brereton in 1927. It was on that trip that Brereton, the VCA secretary, introduced him to Elsa Hocking, whom he married in 1932.

 


Batting
InningsN.O.RunsBatting AvgHigh Score50s100s
13410449836.271882113

Bowling
RunsWicketsBowling AvgBest5wi10wmCt/St
 106335.332/15  68