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Detailed History of the St Albans Cricket Club

The post-war years
[ St Albans Centennial Book (1905-2005) ]
The World War II years < Index > The early 1950s

When normal competitions resumed with a 10-team competition - with the bottom two to be relegated at summer's end - St Albans had the mortification to finish ninth, ahead of only Technical Old Boys. It was only saved from losing its senior status by the support of the other original open clubs.

They feared that closed clubs would eventually be in the majority. Old Boys and Old Collegians had been joined by West Old Boys and Technical Old Boys. St Albans was reprieved by a motion that the senior competition be comprised of six open clubs and two closed clubs.

St Albans justified its retention by climbing to fifth in 1946/47, and providing left-arm spin bowler Tom Burtt to the New Zealand team which played Walter Hammond's English tourists. Burtt, also skilled with a hockey stick, thus became a double international. He was to capture more than 100 wickets on the 1949 tour to England, and represent New Zealand until 1953.

In 1948/49 the seniors created a club record high score of 513 against West Christchurch, the innings occupying the whole first day. English player-coach L F Townsend led the way with 105 not out, Graham Coull made 101, Frank O'Brien 91, Zin Harris 89, and Jack Smith 59. A week later West's openers raced on 247 runs before the side collapsed from 350 for four to be all out for 419.

The World War II years < Index > The early 1950s

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