East London - Border Cricket selector of 23 years, Laird King passed away on Friday, November 8.
King was manager and selector of the SA Country Districts team and sat on the Cricket SA Umpires provincial panel, actively involved in matches against England, New Zealand and Pakistan when they played against Border invitational teams.
King hailed from Komga, in the Eastern Cape, and attended Selborne College.
He was a director of Cricket Eastern Cape until 2009 and had also been a directors of Border Bears, an executive member of Border Cricket board, and president of the Border Cricket Umpires Association.
His involvement with Border cricket in various capacities spanned nearly 50 years, during which time he was extremely passionate and committed.
A businessman and farmer, King always had great ambition for cricket to grow, from club cricket to professional cricket, and wanted everyone to excel.
He was a huge asset and ambassador for Border Cricket and would be sorely missed.
King is survived by his wife Jane, three daughters and five grandchildren.
His funeral will be held at Selborne College on Thursday, November 14 at 11:30.