Marylebone Cricket Club cricket team in New Zealand in 1935–36

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An English team raised by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) toured New Zealand from December 1935 to March 1936 and played eight first-class matches including four against the New Zealand national cricket team. MCC also played the main provincial teams, Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago, and ten non-first-class matches against teams from minor cricket associations.[1]

The MCC team was captained by Errol Holmes. The overall tour included a short stopover in Ceylon, where a single minor match was played, and six first-class matches in Australia between October and December 1935.[1]

The team[edit]

Bob Wyatt was offered the captaincy but declined, saying he needed a rest.[2] In order to limit the expense of the tour, MCC chose only six professionals (Barber, Hardstaff, Langridge, Parks, Sims and Smith), and there was no manager.[3] The team was the youngest-ever English touring team, with an average age of 26.[4] Holmes judged his team to be "just about representative of England's second XI at the time".[5]

Lyttelton, later known as Viscount Cobham, returned to New Zealand as Governor-General between 1957 and 1962.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CricketArchive – tour itinerary
  2. ^ "M.C.C. Team for Dominion: Holmes Captain". Auckland Star: 7. 9 July 1935.
  3. ^ Errol Holmes, Flannelled Foolishness, Hollis & Carter, London, 1957, p. 109.
  4. ^ Holmes, pp. 112, 121.
  5. ^ Holmes, p. 111.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Errol Holmes, Flannelled Foolishness, Hollis & Carter, London, 1957, pp. 126–143
  • Don Neely & Richard Payne, Men in White: The History of New Zealand International Cricket, 1894–1985, Moa, Auckland, 1986, pp. 136–139

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