Ray Bright and Jim Higgs Inducted as C V Life Members
CV inducts Life Members
Cricket Victoria (CV) has inducted four Life Members during tonightâ€™s (26/8) Annual General Meeting in Jolimont.
Ray Bright, Jim Higgs and Margaret Jennings were inducted into the â€™Life Member â€“ Playerâ€™ category for their outstanding service at club, state and national levels, while Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union (VMCU) immediate past President Kevin Noy was awarded Life Membership in the â€˜Administratorâ€™ category.
Since the introduction of the Player category in 2010-11, no less than 11 of the stateâ€™s finest representatives have been bestowed Life Membership including inaugural inductees Dean Jones, Ian Redpath, Shane Warne, Graham Yallop and Sharon Tredrea.
During a decorated career, Bright, who continues to serve as a state selector, represented Victoria in 114 first-class matches including 39 as captain.
Having captured the Sheffield Shield during his inaugural season in 1973-74, the left-arm orthodox spinner went on to collect 279 wickets at 35.49 including 11 five-wicket hauls.
He also played 25 Test matches for Australia, which reaped 53 wickets at 41.13 including best bowling figures of 10-111, and 11 one-day internationals.
â€œItâ€™s fitting that the VCA (Victorian Cricket Association) is now recognising the feats of the players who have represented them so proudly,â€ Bright said.
â€œThere have been a lot of very good players to pull on the Big V over the years.â€
Higgs turned out for Victoria in 83 first-class matches, capturing 264 wickets at 30.64 including 13 five-wicket hauls, and clinched three Sheffield Shield titles.
Originally from Kyabram in country Victoria, he remains inside the top-10 highest wicket takers for the state and has captured more wickets than any other leg-spinner.
Higgs went on to play 22 Test matches, claiming 66 wickets at 31.16, and later became an Australian selector.
â€œI was fortunate to play in some very strong Richmond teams, and with University, as well as in the state team,â€ Higgs said.
â€œItâ€™s a great honour.â€
Jennings spent a decade representing the VicSpirit after making her debut in 1969-70 as a wicket-keeper before going on to coach the state.
Highly proficient behind the stumps, she played eight Test matches and 21 one-day internationals, captaining Australia in the process.
Jennings also spent 19 years as a national selector before announcing her intention to stand down from the position following the conclusion of the current Ashes series.
â€œItâ€™s wonderful recognition,â€ Jennings said.
â€œItâ€™s the competitiveness of the game that I loved.â€
â€™Life Member â€“ Playerâ€™ inductees
2010-11: Dean Jones, Ian Redpath, Shane Warne, Graham Yallop and Sharon Tredrea
2011-12: Alan Connolly, Merv Hughes and Cathryn Fitzpatrick
2012-13: Ray Bright, Jim Higgs and Margaret Jennings
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