We are saddened to learn of the passing of former First Eleven premiership player and Hall of Fame member, Blair Campbell at the age of 74.
An outstanding all round sportsman, Blair played state cricket for Victoria from 1969 - 1976, and for Tasmania from 1977 - 1980. He was a member of the Victorian Sheffield Shield team that won the 1969/70 Sheffield Shield. His 19-match First-class career yielded 32 wickets at 36.56.
Blair was also a fine footballer and played VFL (now AFL) football as a half-forward flanker for Richmond (9 games, 12 goals) and Melbourne (12 games, 23 goals) Football Clubs.
Blair wore the True Blues cap number 337 and represented Prahran over 12 seasons from 1967/68 through to 1985/86.
A left arm ‘wrist’ spinner of the highest quality and an extremely capable lower order batsman, he played a vital part in the 1983/84 first eleven Premiership win against Essendon. Two hat tricks as well, firstly versus Waverley (now Dandenong) at Central Reserve and secondly, at Windy Hill playing Essendon.
His 130 matches for Prahran yielded 1,611 runs at a respectable 18.73, with a highest score of 84 not out.
It was his bowling though that gave him the greatest reward and his 244 wickets at 22.73 ranks him in the top 13 wicket-takers in club history. This included 14 'five-fors' and a best performance of 6/26.
Blair was inducted into the club Hall of Fame in 2001.
In later years Blair was so proud when one of his sons, Nathaneal, made his debut for our First Eleven.
To the Campbell family, the Prahran Cricket Club extends our deepest sympathy and love to you all.
Be assured that Blair will always be remembered as an outstanding player and gentleman.
The funeral service for Blair will be held via live stream at 10:30 am on Monday 9 November http://myeventlive.com.au/bc/