Bruce Loxton
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Loxton link lives on at Ballina

BALLINA businessman Bruce Loxton met cricketer Sam Loxton only once - at a family reunion in 1996.

However, the name will for-ever stay with him because his eldest son was named after the big-hitting all-rounder.

Sam Loxton, a member of Don Bradman's legendary 1948 Invincibles team that toured England, died on Saturday at the age of 90.

Bruce Loxton's great grandfather Arthur was Sam Loxton's brother.

"He is my great grandfather's brother and I named my eldest son after him," Bruce Loxton said yesterday.

"He was an old-fashioned quiet achiever and had a great reputation in the family.

"Sam was in a great cricket team and definitely did his bit."

Sam Loxton played 12 Tests between 1948 and 1951 and is best remembered as being part of Bradman's Invincibles, who went through the five-month tour of England in 1948 undefeated.

He made his name with a withering 93 in the Fourth Test at Headingley batting alongside a youthful Neil Harvey.

Loxton's innings included six sixes, with one of them going 20 rows back.

His Test career finished in 1951 and he went on to play for St Kilda in the Victorian Football League.

Loxton also spent time as an Australian cricket selector from 1972 to 1981 and 24 years in politics as a Liberal Party member in the Victorian Parliament.

"I know (former prime minister) John Howard was a big fan of his," Bruce Loxton said.

"I saw them on a table together at a lunch event a few years back."

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