Ces Burke

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Ces Burke
Personal information
Born (1914-03-27)27 March 1914
Ellerslie, New Zealand
Died 4 August 1997(1997-08-04) (aged 83)
Auckland, New Zealand
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
International information
National side
Test debut 29 March 1946 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 60
Runs scored 4 959
Batting average 2.00 17.43
100s/50s 0/0 0/2
Top score 3 51*
Balls bowled 66 12757
Wickets 2 200
Bowling average 15.00 25.99
5 wickets in innings 0 7
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 2/30 6/23
Catches/stumpings 0/- 31/-
Source: Profile
The New Zealand Test team, Christchurch, March 1947. Ces Burke, who was 12th man, is at top left.

Cecil "Ces" Burke (27 March 1914 – 4 August 1997) was a cricketer who played for Auckland and, once, for New Zealand. He was born in Ellerslie, New Zealand and died in Auckland, New Zealand.[1]

A lower-order right-handed batsman and a leg-break and googly bowler, Burke, variously known as "Cec" or "Ces", made his first-class debut for Auckland in 1937-38 and then played regularly for the team up to the 1953-54 season. He was picked as a specialist bowler for the single Test match played in 1945-46 between New Zealand and Australia, which was won comprehensively by the Australians, New Zealand failing to total 100 runs in their two innings combined. Burke took two Australian wickets – Bill Brown and Keith Miller.

He was 12th man for the single Test match of the following season, 1946–47, when MCC toured Australia and New Zealand, and was selected for the tour to England in 1949. He had a mixed tour, taking 54 wickets in 18 games at an average of 29.83, including 6–23 against Derbyshire, but scoring just 171 runs. During the course of the tour he injured his hand and as a consequence did not play in any of the Tests.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ces Burke at cricinfo.com
  2. ^ McConnell, L., and Smith, I., (1993) The Shell New Zealand cricket encyclopedia Auckland: Moa Beckett. p. 30. ISBN 1-86958-034-6

External links[edit]

  • Profile, CricketArchive.com; accessed 27 March 2015.