Vale Ken Munro

Former Camberwell Cricket Club player Ken Munro passed away earlier this month. Below is an obituary from Ron Redding, former CCC player and record keeper, that featured in this week’s edition of the Progress Leader.

You can access the article via this link.

Camberwell Cricket Club great Ken Munro has died at the grand old age of 95.

He was, undoubtedly, one of the finest captains and personalities in Sub-District cricket, playing more games and scoring more runs for Camberwell than any other player.

Munners, as he was known, played 400 games between 1937-71, scoring 9033 runs as a left-handed top-order batsman with a highest score of 116, made against Malvern. He also took 235 wickets, including 7-24 against Elsternwick, with his right-arm slow straight breaks.

Ken was a member of the Camberwell 1948-49 premiership team and captain of the 1961-62 flag-winning side. He was also a member of the 1946-47, 1954-55 and 1955-56 runners-up sides, and concluded his career with a 1970-71 Third XI premiership win.

Among his teammates in the ‘30s to ‘40s were the great Laurie Nash, Alan Crilly, Bill Pearson, Harold Sargeant, Jack Seelenmeyer and Bob Williams.

Ken was First XI captain from 1956-64, and some of his colleagues were John Birch, Robin Balfour, Bill Goodenough, David Jenkin, Col McKenzie and Harry Schneider.

The Camberwell great enjoyed participating in post-match drinks and entertainment, and was an excellent raconteur, making him not only popular but much loved and respected by friend and foe alike.

Off the field, Ken served as vicepresident and was awarded club life membership in 1958, and the Vernon Wilcox Trophy for outstanding service in 1964.

His father, Bill Munro, played Sub-District cricket with Camberwell before him.

Munners went to Canterbury State, Mont Albert Central and Melbourne High Schools, and later joined the RAAF, where he became a navigator in Mosquitoes, helping defend Britain during World War II.

In 1946-47, he played a handful of games on the wing for Hawthorn in the VFL, before a severe knee injury ended his football career.”

The VSDCA also posted their own tribute to Ken, which you can read at this link.

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