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Robin Marlar passes away aged 91

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The Cricket fraternity mourned the tragic demise of former Sussex captain, long-time cricket correspondent and Marylebone Cricket Club President, Robin Marlar. Robin Marlar, aged 91, passed away at Epsom General Hospital on 30th September.

Born in Eastbourne in January 1931, Robin completed his education at Harrow and Cambridge University. He made his debut for Sussex against Kent at the age of 20 after winning three cricket blues at Cambridge and served as its captain from 1955 to 1959. Being an excellent off-spinner, he took 970 first-class wickets in his career of 289 matches with a personal best of 9/46 against Lancashire in 1955. With an average of 9.72 and the best score of 64, he had 3,033 runs in first-class cricket.

After an excellent career of 17 years, Robin retired as a player and became an outspoken Cricket Correspondent of the Sunday Times where he keenly wrote about cricket until into his nineties. His last publication, the Sussex Cricket Museum’s tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh received praises from Her Majesty the Queen.

Multitalented, Marlar started a thriving headhunting business based in Sloane Square and further had a trophy-winning career as a cricket administrator.

He served as Chairman of Sussex County Cricket Club in 1996 and 1997 and laid the foundations for the club’s first championship win in 2003 and further titles in 2006 and 2007.

Being the President of MCC in 2006, he instigated the club’s work in Afghanistan. In a statement, Sussex recalled him as “one of the most important figures in the history of Sussex Cricket”. He took an enduring interest in the County Club of his birth. In August 2022, he visited the ground, marking it as a memorable day alongside all three MCC Presidents and Sussex Captains.

In a magnificent form, Robin attended the Memorial Event for Ted Dexter, his former club legend in the Long Room at Lord’s earlier in September.

“Robin Marlar was a great man of cricket and will be deeply missed by all at Sussex Cricket and especially by his friends at the Sussex Cricket Museum which he supported passionately. Our thoughts are with his daughters Sarah, AJ, Kate and Tammy and his sons Algy and James,” said Sussex Cricket.

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