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Alan Burgess, New Zealand first-class cricketer and World War II veteran, dies aged 100

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He played 14 first-class games between 1940-41 and 1951-52, scoring 466 runs and picking up 16 wickets

Alan Burgess, the world’s oldest first-class cricketer, has died “overnight in his sleep” aged 100 years and 250 days at Charles Upham Retirement Village in Rangiora, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Wednesday.

Born May 1, 1920 in Christchurch, Burgess was a right-hand batsman and left-arm spinner, and played 11 first-class matches for Canterbury between 1940-41 and 1951-52 out of 14 first-class games overall. He also turned out for New Zealand Services in England in 1945 at the end of World War II, in which, according to a report in New Zealand Herald, Burgess was a tank driver. The report also noted that Burgess’ father was a World War I veteran and a cricket umpire.


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