Ian Cromb      

Full name Ian Burns Cromb

Born June 25, 1905, Christchurch, Canterbury

Died March 6, 1984, Christchurch, Canterbury (aged 78 years 255 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Ian Burns Cromb
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 8 2 123 51* 20.50 0 1 2 1 0
First-class 88 148 12 3950 171 29.04 3 24 103 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 7 960 442 8 3/113 5/157 55.25 2.76 120.0 0 0 0
First-class 88 13550 6152 222 8/70 27.71 2.72 61.0 10 2
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 27-30, 1931 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 4-7, 1932 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1929/30 - 1946/47

Wisden obituary
Ian Burns Cromb, was killed in a car accident in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 6, 1984, aged 78. He made his first-class début for Canterbury in 1929-30 and his last appearance seventeen years later. A right-hand bat and a useful swing bowler, he toured England in 1931 with T. C. Lowry's New Zealand side, playing in all three Tests and reducing England, in the first of the, at Lord's, to 31 for three by taking the wickets of Arnold, Bakewell and Hammond. He played only two further Tests, both against South Africa in New Zealand in 1931-32, when he bowled the famously obdurate Bruce Mitchell for a duck at Wellington, match in which he score 51 in New Zealand's first innings. After he had taken six for 46 against MCC at Lord's in 1931, Jardine, who played in the match, said that he made the ball come at you so quickly that it hit the bat before the bat could hit the ball. His 58 wickets on the tour, a comparatively disappointing return, cost 26.3 runs apiece. In 1935-36 Cromb captained New Zealand in three of their four representative matches against E. R. T. Holmes's MCC side, with character but limited personal success. In senior club cricket he had a long career, which lasted well into this 50s, scoring over 13,000 runs and taking nearly 700 wickets. His playing days over, he became involved with the administration of Canterbury cricket, being President of the association from 1973-75, as well as a selector and coach. The competitiveness of his playing days manifested itself in forceful argument. His overall record in first-class cricket was 3,950 runs at 29.04, including three centuries, the highest of them 171 for Canterbury against Wellington in 1939-40, and 222 wickets at 27.7. He was also a low handicap golfer, winning the South Island title and several Canterbury championships, and helping to launch Bob Charles. New Zealand's most successful golfer, on his career.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

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