Jack Newman and his career

I’m not sure if he was my Great uncle or my Great-great Uncle. Either way, Jack Newman was married to my Grandpa’s sister. We’d known he had played for New Zealand, where my Dad’s family come from, and my Grandpa knew him pretty well. However, not much was known about his career as a cricketer. Enter Lynn McConnell who my boss put me in contact with. Lynn’s a New Zealand cricket expert, writer and author and has helped piece together the bits I didn’t know. Here’s what he says:

I have enclosed a copy of Jack Newman’s entry from my
Encyclopedia of NZ Cricket, Published 1993.

Newman, Jack,
b 3 July 1902, Brightwater.

New Zealand 1931/32-1932-33; Canterbury 1922/23; Wellington

Left-arm medium pace bowler, right-hand batsman.

The longer Jack Newman played the better he became. His
finest results were achieved in the latter stages of his
career, and it was this phase that brought him Test
selection. Because of his Nelson base, he had a harder task
than his teammates to force his way into first-class
cricket. When Nelson came under the aegis of Wellington,
Newman travelled to the capital each weekend to play club
cricket. In Nelson, his reputation developed during the
course of a Hawke Cup career [New Zealand's second-class
competition] that covered 24 years and saw him take 97
wickets at 13.89.

It was unfortunate that his first Test appearance, against
South Africa at Lancaster Park in 1932, coincided with an
innings defeat. He secured his two Test wickets in the game.
When recalled to the Test side in the following season it
was against an England team revelling in the bodyline,
Ashes-winning tour of Australia. In both Tests England
scored in excess of 500 runs and Newman was but one of
several bowlers put through the mill. He had won his place
back in the Test side by exploiting a wet wicket at
Carisbrook to take 10 wickets for Wellington.

From 1958 to 1963 he served as a New Zealand selector,
mainly in liaison with Gordon Leggat and John Reid, in what
was the first productive era of the New Zealand game. And
from 1964 to ’67 he was president of the New Zealand Cricket

What wasn’t in the Encyclopedia was his Hawke Cup record
over the years from 1922-46 in which he played 20 games and
took 97 wickets at 13.89 which placed him sixth on the
all-time list in Hawke Cup play.

(Just remembered that I came across his obit in December too)

Elton John to play…S.t. Lawrence Ground Canterbury

Just been emailed this. Info, for what it’s worth. Tickets available here I believe. And here and here.

Elton John today announced he will be the first ever act to play The St Lawrence
Cricket Ground, Canterbury. The show will take place on Saturday 3rd June 2006.

The concert is a major coup for Kent CCC who have been working for some time to
stage live concerts – and they don’t come much bigger than this!

Elton is no stranger to Kent having previously played at both The Hop Farm and
Leeds Castle to sell-out crowds, but this will be his first ever performance in

Tickets for this reserved seated event are priced at £60.00 & £40.00 with a limited
number of premium tickets also available. Tickets will be limited to six per

For the full details of this ‘not to be missed at any cost’ event see:

NZ Cricket High Performance Centre

Followers of cricket may find this sign surprising, Lincoln, Canterbury 22 June 2005

Photo taken by Felicity and Phillip @ Flickr.com.

Seen on Flickr. I wonder what it means…

Kent’s S.t. Lawrence ground loses its tree

One of England’s picturesque grounds, and one of its most iconic, has lost its’ famous lime tree, as seen on the right. (below is what it looked like a few days ago before the winds battered the UK). Some info:

  • The S.t. Lawrence ground in Canterbury, Kent, is one of only 2 in the world that has (sorry – had) a tree within the boundary (the other being The VRA Ground at Amstelveen, Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Holland).
  • Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world
  • In 2001, the Ground was voted best cricket ground in the UK by both ‘The Times’ and ‘The Cricketer Magazine’.
  • The lime tree was 290 years old
  • Info on lime trees here

I was due to go to Canterbury last year for the first time, but never got round to it – wish I had found the time, now. According to a Kent County Cricket Club member, a replacement is in waiting which is great news.