A doyen of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/queensland" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Queensland</a> cricket, viewed in his native <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Australia</a> as extremely unlucky to not have played Test cricket, has passed away in Brisbane. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sam-trimble" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sam Trimble</a>, who played for Queensland from 1959 to 1976, was 84. <p></p> <p></p>A former opener whose 8,647 runs in Sheffield Shield cricket - Australia's first-class competition - are the fifth best returns for domestic batsman who never played a Test match. <p></p> <p></p>The nearest that Trimble came to playing for Australia was in 1964-65 when he was 12th man in a Test against West Indies in Jamaica. <p></p> <p></p>From 144 first-class games overall, Trimble scored 10,282 runs at an average of 41. For Queensland, he averaged 39.85 with 22 centuries and his 8,647 runs stood as a state record until Stuart Law and then Martin Love surpassed that mark. <p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p></p><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Sam Trimble really was one of the best Sheffield Shield players never to play a Test. The top five Shield run scorers among zero-Test players:</p> <p></p>10,821 - Jamie Cox <p></p>10,643 - Jamie Siddons <p></p>9974 - Michael di Venuto <p></p>9086 - Jimmy Maher <p></p>8647 - Sam Trimble <a href="https://t.co/j7oJwY3x9r">https://t.co/j7oJwY3x9r</a> <p></p> <p></p> Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) <a href="https://twitter.com/brydoncoverdale/status/1155736328266366981?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 29, 2019</a></blockquote> <p></p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p></p> <p></p>Trimble was once chosen in Queensland Cricket's 'Team of the 20th Century' who never played Test cricket. <p></p> <p></p>"Sam's batting efforts were inevitably a highlight for Queensland fans during those many summers when a Sheffield Shield title eluded the efforts of the state despite the presence of so many talented players," said Queensland Cricket chairman Chris Simpson in a statement Monday. <p></p> <p></p>"He remained a steadfast supporter of cricket in this state in his post-playing days in so many areas; in coaching, as a state selector, a hard-working curator at Souths and as a delegate and life member who retained a keen interest through his involvement in Queensland Cricket." <p></p> <p></p>Trimble also led a Australia Second XI to New Zealand in 1969, a tour in which he scored a double-hundred.