MCGIRR, HERBERT M., who died in Nelson, New Zealand, on April 14, aged 73, was one of the most noted all-rounders to appear for Wellington. In a first-class career extending from 1914 to 1932, he scored 3,992 runs, average 28.71, and took 239 wickets with fast-medium bowling for 27.04 runs each. He toured England with T. C. Lowry's team of 1927, hitting 809 runs in all matches at 21.86 per innings and dismissing 69 batsmen for 23.98 runs apiece.
McGirr played for New Zealand in two Tests against A. H. H. Gilligan's England team of 1929-30, scoring 51 in the fourth at Auckland. When he retired from first-class cricket he continued in club matches till, after making 70 at the age of 67, he slipped when taking in the milk the following morning and had to give up the game.
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