Sussex legend Goodwin to leave club

JPMT 030412 Sussex County Cricket Club players, 2012. Murray Goodwin. Photo by Derek Martin
JPMT 030412 Sussex County Cricket Club players, 2012. Murray Goodwin. Photo by Derek Martin

The current cricket season will be Murray Goodwin’s last for Sussex, the club have announced.

Lauded as one of the finest batsmen in domestic cricket over the last decade, the veteran Zimbabwean’s Sussex career has been littered with achievements, with his sheer volume of runs being a major factor in the Club’s decade of success. Goodwin was part of the team which won the County Championship in 2003, 2006, and 2007, the C & G Trophy in 2006, and the Pro40 in 2008 and 2009, along with the Twenty20 Cup – also in 2009 – to complete a full sweep.

With over 24,000 runs for Sussex in all formats, including nearly 14,500 first class runs with 48 centuries and an average approaching 50, Goodwin has been a genuine Sussex legend.

He said: “It deeply saddens me that I have to leave Sussex at the end of the season. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 12 years at Sussex, my family have loved every year here, and we feel so privileged to have been associated with this wonderful Club.

“Our boys have spent half their childhoods here and we feel they have been exposed to the very best of British life, in all its capacities.

“To the coaches, support staff and most of all, my wonderful team mates that I have been blessed to play alongside over the years, it has been an honour and privilege to have had so much success in winning trophies for ourselves and the club.

“I feel so humbled to be a part of such a wonderful team, club and ethos and offer huge thanks to so many wonderful sponsors and supporters.”

With two triple centuries, as well as scoring the runs which won the County’s first Championship in 2003, and hitting a six off the final ball of the match to secure the 2008 Pro40, there have been many individual highlights to the career, though first and foremost, Murray has been a great team man, and a fierce competitor.

Sussex’s professional cricket manager Mark Robinson said: “Murray is arguably the best ever batsman Sussex have had and he will be greatly missed and not only on the pitch, but in the dressing room as well by all those he has helped and supported in his time at the Club.

“I would like to thank Murray for the help he has given me, and the great service he has given to this Club, and wish him, Tarsh, Jaydon and Ashton all the very best for the future.”