The Shoalhaven cricketing community was saddened to learn of the death over the weekend of Barry James Muggleton, just one day before what would have been his 78th birthday.
Barry led Albatross to premiership success in the second grade grand final against the home side at the Bomaderry Sporting Complex in 1981-82, and four years later his club honoured him with life membership.
His SDCA career had started with Cambewarra in 1968-69 when he had a best first grade knock of 67 against Trojans, and played two semi-finals with that team.
There was a year with Cambetross and after a break, he joined Albatross in 1976-77 when he had bowling figures of 6/18 against Ex-Servicemen's seconds.
When appointed second grade captain in 1977-78, Barry also had the roles of treasurer and selector, and he responded in the best possible way.
He hit two half-centuries in a game against Ex-Servicemen on the way to 291 runs and 16 wickets, and won the team's batting, player of the year and clubman trophies.
Batting in the top order, he featured in notable second wicket partnerships in consecutive seasons - 104 with Danny Liddell, and 132 with Dave Kerwitz.
There were other years as captain including 1985-86 when he took the seconds into the finals, while along the way he had been named "most dedicated" by the club in 1984-85.
When he played his final games in 1988-89, Barry's SDCA aggregates exceeded 1000 runs and 100 wickets, but statistics don't do justice to his many contributions to the game.
Becoming involved with the North Nowra-Cambewarra in its early years and appointed president in 1997-98, he held that position for seven seasons.
His Culburra Taxis business was an association sponsor around the turn of the century, and at one stage he donated the umpires' shirts.
Qualifying as an umpire, he enjoyed the role and earned the respect of all players, but gave it away when he felt uncomfortable officiating in games involving son Alan.
Former SDCA president, David Sloane this week described Barry as "a good servant of Shoalhaven cricket", referring to his years on the judiciary and as manager/driver of representative teams.
His funeral will begin at noon on Wednesday, December 8 at the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens and Lawn Cemetery, Worrigee.
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