Australian news August 11, 2009

Oldest New South Wales player Crossan dies

Cricinfo staff

Ernest Crossan, who was the oldest living New South Wales player, has died at the age of 94. Crossan made his first-class debut for the state in December 1937 against Victoria at the MCG and went on to finish with four first-class appearances.

He was the last remaining New South Wales player to have represented the state before World War II. David Gilbert, the chief executive of Cricket New South Wales, said Crossan's death marked the end of an era.

"He was the last link to an era of great players, including former Australian representatives, Stan McCabe, Bill O'Reilly, Bert Oldfield, Sid Barnes, Arthur Chipperfield and Jack Fingleton, who all played alongside Ern in his debut match in 1937," Gilbert said.

Crossan's death has left Harold Stapleton as the oldest living New South Wales player. Stapleton, also 94, played one match for New South Wales during the 1940-41 season.