Alan Burgess (cricketer)

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Alan Burgess
Personal information
Full nameAlan Thomas Burgess
Born (1920-05-01) 1 May 1920 (age 100)
Christchurch, New Zealand
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RelationsThomas Burgess (father)
Domestic team information
1940-41 to 1951-52Canterbury
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 14
Runs scored 466
Batting average 22.19
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 61 not out
Balls bowled 1139
Wickets 16
Bowling average 30.68
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/52
Catches/stumpings 12/0
Source: Cricket Archive, 19 January 2015

Alan Thomas Burgess (born 1 May 1920, Christchurch, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played first-class cricket for Canterbury from 1940 to 1952. He was a tank driver in World War II. In June 2020, Burgess became the world's oldest living first-class cricketer.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Alan Burgess's father Thomas was a cricket umpire who stood in a Test match in Christchurch in 1933.[2]

Burgess became an apprentice upholsterer after leaving school.[3] In his first first-class match in December 1940 Burgess played as a bowler,[4] taking 6 for 52 and 3 for 51 with his left-arm spin against Otago.[5] Later that season he batted as high as number seven, scoring 61 not out against Wellington.[6]

He joined the New Zealand Army when he turned 21 in 1941, and was soon posted overseas.[3] He served in Egypt and Italy as a tank driver in the Tank Brigade of the 20th Battalion.[7] He fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.[8][2] After the war ended in Europe he toured England with the New Zealand Services team from July to September 1945, playing as a batsman. He made another score of 61 not out in the only first-class match.[9]

In nine matches for Canterbury between 1945-46 and 1951-52 his top score was 42 against Auckland in 1950-51, when he put on 105 for the first wicket with Ray Emery.[10]

He ran his own upholstery business in Christchurch. He was married twice, and has three children. He lives in Rangiora.[2] He became New Zealand's oldest living first-class cricketer when Tom Pritchard died in August 2017.[11]

Burgess celebrated his 100th birthday in May 2020.[12] On 13 June 2020, following the death of Vasant Raiji, Burgess became the oldest living first-class cricketer.[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kiwi Alan Burgess now world's oldest living first class cricketer". Stuff. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Knowler, Richard (9 December 2015). "Ex-tank driver and rep cricketer Alan Burgess, 95, still batting strongly". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b Dangerfield, Emma (22 April 2017). "Pragmatic view of war from one of the last survivors of Charles Upham's battalion". Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  4. ^ "What's the most runs scored on the first day of a Test?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Canterbury v Otago 1940-41". CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Wellington v Canterbury 1940-41". CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ Knowler, Richard (25 April 2020). "WWII tank driver and talented cricketer Alan Burgess eyes century". Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Alan Thomas Burgess". Auckland Museum. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  9. ^ "H.D.G. Leveson-Gower's XI v New Zealand Services 1945". CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Auckland v Canterbury 1950-51". CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Tom Pritchard passes away". New Zealand Cricket. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor surprises Alan Burgess on his 100th birthday". Stuff. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Vasant Raiji, the world's oldest first-class cricketer, dies aged 100". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Vasant Raiji, world's oldest first class cricketer, passes away at age of 100". Times Now News. Retrieved 13 June 2020.

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Preceded by
Vasant Raiji
Oldest Living First-Class Cricketer
13 June 2020 –
Succeeded by