Oldest living first-class cricketer Alan Burgess dies at 100


The world‘s oldest living first-class cricket player Alan Burgess has died at the age of 100, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Wednesday. Alan was a right hand batsman and a slow, left arm bowler, appearing in 11 first-class games for Canterbury from 1940/41 to 1951/52 and also for New Zealand Services in England in 1945. He took 6-52 on his debut against Otago in Lancaster Park in a game that began Christmas Day 1940. “NZC is saddened by the death of the world‘s oldest living first-class cricketer, Alan Burgess. Alan’s daughter Pip said her father died in his sleep at night, on aged 100, in the Charles Upham Retirement Village in Rangiora, ”the Blackcaps tweeted.

Otago’s Iain Gallaway, 98 years old, is now NZ’s oldest surviving first-class cricketer. We understand that Indian player Raghunath Chandorkar is now taking over as the world‘s oldest survivor, ”he added.

Pip also said her father was in good health to the end and spent much of Tuesday watching New Zealand play Pakistan in the second test on TV, watching Kane Williamson begin his double century. .

Meanwhile, New Zealand toppled Australia to become the number one side in the Test rankings, after a massive one-inning win over Pakistan in the second Test 176 times.


The Williamson-led squad swept Pakistan in the two-game test series. They have also achieved critical points to cement their position in the ICC World Test Championship standings.

New Zealand now has 118 points and is leading the charts. They achieved the feat for the first time in rankings history. Australia is in second place with 116 points, followed by India (114), England (106) and South Africa (96).

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