Alan Burgess (cricketer)
|Full name||Alan Thomas Burgess|
|Born||1 May 1920|
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Relations||Thomas Burgess (father)|
|Domestic team information|
|1940-41 to 1951-52||Canterbury|
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.
Life and career
Burgess became an apprentice upholsterer after leaving school. In his first first-class match in December 1940 Burgess played as a bowler, taking 6 for 52 and 3 for 51 with his left-arm spin against Otago. Later that season he batted as high as number seven, scoring 61 not out against Wellington.
He joined the New Zealand Army when he turned 21 in 1941, and was soon posted overseas. He served in Egypt and Italy as a tank driver in the Tank Brigade of the 20th Battalion. He fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944. 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.
He ran his own upholstery business in Christchurch. He was married twice, and has three children. He lives in Rangiora. He became New Zealand's oldest living first-class cricketer when Tom Pritchard died in August 2017.
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| Oldest Living First-Class Cricketer
13 June 2020 –