Alan Burgess, who was declared as the world’s oldest living first-class cricketer last year, passed away in Rangiora, New Zealand on Wednesday.
Alan Burgess played 14 first-class matches for Canterbury between 1940 and 1952. He made his cricket debut at the age 0f 20, against Otago. He registered 466 runs in those matches and scalped 16 wickets. He was also a World War II veteran and served as a tank driver.
Burgess celebrated his 100th birthday in May last year. He was declared as the oldest living first-class cricketer in June 2020, after the demise of Indian first-class cricket player Vasant Raiji the same month. Raiji was the oldest first-class cricketer until June 2020.
“NZC is saddened to learn of the passing of the world’s oldest-living first-class cricketer, Alan Burgess. Alan’s daughter Pip said her father died overnight in his sleep, aged 100, at the Charles Upham Retirement Village in Rangiora,” the Blackcaps wrote, revealing the news on their official Twitter account.
Iain Gallaway is now the oldest living first-class cricketer of New Zealand at the age of 98, while Indian player Raghunath Chandorkar, who completed 100 years of his age in November last year, is now the oldest living first-class cricketer. Raghunath Chandorkar played seven first-class matches during the period 1943-1951.