Peter Barrable's highest First-Class score was 73 against Orange Free State in November 1974 © Getty Images (Representational Photo)
Peter Barrable’s highest First-Class score was 73 against Orange Free State in November 1974 © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

South African domestic cricketer Peter Barrable passed away at the age of 72 on Thursday. Barrable was a former batsman as well as the captain of Northern Transvaal, the team of which now plays as the Titans. Barrable appeared in 16 First-Class games, scoring 626 runs, for a stretch of 10 years starting from the 1964-65 season. The right-handed batsman, who occasionally bowled off-spin, had the distinction of leading the team in the last two years of his career between 1972 to 1974, as well as serving as the President of the Northerns Cricket Union even before retiring as a player, a rare feat across all sports. Sourav Ganguly: Imran Tahir a threat in Indian conditions

Barrable’s most well-known innings was his knock of 73, one his only two half-centuries, against Orange Free State in November 1974 at Pretoria. Barrable’s innings helped his side post 309 in that innings, with the match eventually ending in a draw. “Not many cricketers possess the skill and leadership qualities to represent the union as batsman, while also being given the captaincy role and simultaneously serve as president,” Titans chief executive officer Jacques Faul was quoted as saying according to a report on ESPNCricinfo. PHOTO: Virat Kohli gets set for South Africa series

“Barrable had the skills and knowledge to lead in the board room and on the field and we are grateful for his legacy to the NCU. On behalf of the Northerns Cricket Union family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his cricketing colleagues. “Mr Barrable played over an extended period from 1964 to 1974/75 and his contribution to the growth of Northerns will not be forgotten,” added Faul. Murali Vijay: Ravi Shastri lifts mood of India’s dressing room