Cricket Victoria has been advised today of the passing of former Victorian, Hawthorn-East Melbourne and St Kilda fast bowler Nigel Murch, aged 76.
Murch began his involvement with Hawthorn-East Melbourne, playing 1 First XI match in the 1963/64 season before moving to St Kilda, where he would become linked to the club through his playing exploits in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s across another 159 First XI matches between the 1965/66 and 1978/79 seasons. A fast bowler and hard-hitting batsman, Murch went on to score 2,703 runs at an average of 19.87 with 1 century (111) and 5 half centuries, taking 376 wickets at an average of 19.18 with best figures of 7/18 (going on to take 18 x 5 wicket hauls and 4 x 10 wicket match hauls) and 38 catches. Murch was runner-up to Jack Grant in the Ryder Medal in the 1974/75 season and would be inducted in St Kilda's Team of the Century in 2000.
Murch would later return to the Saints and became President of the club from the 1992/93 season until the 1999/2000 season, before joining the CV Pennant Committee from the 2000/01 season until the 2003/04 season.
After leaving St Kilda, Murch would go on and play in the VSDCA with Malvern from the 1979/80 season until the 1989/90 seasons, notching up another 145 1st XI games and winning the Hatch Medal in the 1980/81 and 1981/82 seasons. Murch would end up making 2,769 runs at 21.46 and taking 478 wickets at 14.34 across his time at Malvern.
Murch also represented Victoria and Northamponshire, playing 10 First Class matches between the 1966/67 and 1969/70 seasons, scoring 215 runs at 17.91 average (with a high of 64), 17 wickets at 51.05 average (best of 3/49) and 5 catches.
Condolences to the Murch family and the members of the St Kilda and Malvern Cricket Clubs on the passing of Nigel.