Bert Sutcliffe MBE (1923-2001)
Wisden Cricketer of the year 1950
The greatest New Zealand batsman (everything is relative and,
relative to every New Zealand batsman in his lifetime, Bert was the
greatest by a long way). Not many New Zealanders (I believe) would disagree
with that. He was one of my heroes, I know I'm English but cricket is
(was?) universal and many of my heroes were from beyond these shores.
This photo was taken at Canterbury (in Kent, England that is! - New
Zealand versus Kent) in 1958. I see from Wisden that rain restricted
the second day to 70 minutes and washed out the third day but my memory
only extends to seeing Bert Sutcliffe! Can someone tell me who the other
two cricketers are?
(I eventually e-mailed New Zealand Cricket with the question
and Nikki (thankyou) tells me that they are Harry
Cave (1922-1989) and Jack
D'Arcy (born 1936). This she got from two doyens of New Zealand
Neely and Craig
Presland. Thankyou also gentlemen).
Bert Sutcliffe's Autobiography
Autographs of the 1958 NZ Tourists
(Bert 3rd. from bottom)