Former Australian Test quick and WACA chairman Sam Gannon dies suddenly at 73

Former Test quick and WACA chairman Sam Gannon has died suddenly. He was 73.

A quick and highly-aggressive left-armer with a classical motion, Gannon performed three Exams in 1977-78 greater than 10 years after the primary of his 32 Sheffield Defend matches for WA.

A WA common within the late Nineteen Sixties, he didn’t play for the State for 5 seasons till 1977-78 when he returned to assist fill the vacancies created by World Sequence Cricket.

Sam Gannon played three Test matches for Australia.
Digicam IconSam Gannon performed three Test matches for Australia. Credit score: John Campbell/WA Information

Gannon made his Test debut towards India at the WACA Floor that summer time, claiming seven wickets within the match by which Tony Mann grew to become the primary nightwatchman to attain a century.

“I received seven wickets and my good mate Tony Mann received a century and to do it in entrance of a house crowd was improbable,” Gannon mentioned in 2000.

“The general public response was excellent and folks would cease you on the street to want you effectively.”

Gannon solely performed two extra Exams and completed with 11 Test wickets at 32.82.

He had an excellent better affect as a businessman, turning into one of many wealthiest folks to ever play for Australia, and a beneficiant benefactor to a number of non-public causes.

Gannon moved into cricket administration at the beginning of the century and was WACA chairman in 2014 when the affiliation deserted the Ascot Capital house undertaking and began its formidable plan to redevelop the bottom.

Gannon was made an OAM in 2017 for companies to cricket and enterprise.