Hampshire mourn death of Sainsbury

Double Championship-winning all-rounder Peter Sainsbury
Double Championship-winning all-rounder Peter Sainsbury
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Hampshire are mourning the loss of their double Championship-winning all-rounder Peter Sainsbury, who has died at the age of 80

Sainsbury, who was a left-arm spinner and right-handed batsman, was a key member of the team that lifted the title in 1961 and 1973.

Hampshire chairman, Rod Bransgrove, said: ‘We are all sharing a profound sense of loss at the sad passing of one of the club’s true legends as both a player and a person.

‘Our sympathies and thoughts are with Peter’s wife, Joyce and his devoted family. It’s a sad day for Hampshire Cricket.’

Sainsbury, who was born and raised in Hampshire, made his debut in 1954 and took 1,316 wickets and scored a staggering 20,176 runs in 618 first class games.

After his retirement in 1976, he then coached the side up until 1991.

Sainsbury also helped Hampshire win the Sunday League in 1975.

He was regarded by many as one of the best county cricketers not to play for England and his record spoke for itself.

His total of 618 games (593 for Hampshire) is the third-highest for the county with only CP Mead and AS Kennedy playing on more occasions.

And he is one of just nine men to take more than 1,000 wickets and score more than 10,000 runs in county cricket since World War II.

During his time as coach, the side won two more Sunday League titles in 1978 and 1986, two Lord’s one-day finals in 1988 and 1991, and were Championship runners-up in 1985.

As a mark of respect for one of the county’s true greats, the Hampshire players will wear black armbands for this week’s Championship clash at Essex.