World's oldest first-class cricketer Alan Burgess passes away

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Alan Burgess was also reportedly a tank driver in World War II (Image credits: Stuff.co.NZ)
Alan Burgess was also reportedly a tank driver in World War II (Image credits: Stuff.co.NZ)

The world's oldest first-class cricketer Alan Burgess died overnight during his sleep on Wednesday. Following his death, India's Raghunath Chandorkar is now the oldest first-class cricketer alive.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed Alan Burgess' death with a thread of tweets on Twitter. According to a New Zealand Herald report, Burgess' father was a part of the First World War and was reportedly also a cricketer.

Alan Burgess was a tank driver for New Zealand's forces in England during the Second World War. The Christchurch-born cricketer played 14 first-class matches for Canterbury.

Alan Burgess was 100 years and 250 days old at the time of his death. He was a left-arm spin bowler who batted right-handed.

In 23 first-class innings, Alan Burgess aggregated 466 runs for Canterbury. With the ball, he took 16 wickets in 14 games, including a five-wicket haul.

New Zealand Cricket confirms Iain Gallaway as their oldest first-class cricketer after Alan Burgess' death

Otago's Iain Gallaway is 98 years old and is now the oldest first-class cricketer in New Zealand.
Otago's Iain Gallaway is 98 years old and is now the oldest first-class cricketer in New Zealand.

Alan Burgess' daughter Pip informed New Zealand cricket that her father watched the Black Caps torment Pakistan in the second Test match in Christchurch that concluded on Tuesday. In the aftermath of his death, Otago's Iain Gallaway is now the oldest New Zealand first-class cricketer alive.

As already mentioned earlier, former Indian first-class cricketer Raghunath Chandorkar is the oldest first-class player alive now. The Maharashtra-born wicket-keeper became a centenarian two months ago. He played seven first-class matches for Maharashtra and Mumbai, scoring 155 runs.

"Otago’s Iain Gallaway, aged 98, is now NZ’s oldest surviving first-class cricketer. We understand Indian player Raghunath Chandorkar now takes over the mantle as the world’s oldest surviving," tweeted NZC.

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