Lance Murray dies at 91

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 23 October 2012

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has extended condolences to the family of former Trinidad & Tobago cricketer and sports administrator, Lance Murray. Murray, who was 91, a former director of the WICB and the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), died on Sunday at his home in his native Trinidad at the age of 91. He was the father of former West Indies vice captain and wicketkeeper, Deryck Murray. “It was with a sense of sorrow that we learned of the death of Lance,” said WICB President Julian Hunte. “I know these feelings are shared by all who knew him and worked with him inside and outside of cricket”.  Murray received a Gold Medal of Merit in 1981 for public service, and was presented with the Chaconia Gold Medal in 1992 for service in sports administration. “Lance and I served as directors on the WICB, and I always found him an excellent colleague. He was disciplined, articulate and was a true Caribbean man.”said the WICB president. “Although he represented T&T, his focus was always what was necessary, and was an able representative of the WICB at ICC board meetings in the past”. A former leg-spinner, Murray played three first-class matches for T&T between 1956 and 1960, and was also a skilful footballer. He was inducted into the T&T Sports Hall of Fame almost two decades ago for his role as a sports administrator. “We know there is little one can say at this time, but we would like to express our very sincere sympathy to his family, and offer them our support at this time of their bereavement” Hunte added. Murray was among 50 people honoured by the T&T Cricket Board last month during a special event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the two-island republic’s independence. His funeral service takes place Friday at the All Saints Church, Queen’s Park Savannah. (CMC)

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