Two weeks ago, Auckland Cricket was set to host the book launch of Bill Francis’ new work honouring former double international and Auckland stalwart, Mark Burgess. Unfortunately, Covid-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the event.
The book penned by the eminent New Zealand writer Bill Francis, with Forewords by Graham Vivian and Vic Pollard, pays tribute to a fine sportsman who represented his country in cricket and football, captaining New Zealand for a period. It looks at the life of a brilliant and talented sportsman who developed his chosen games to reach the top.
Burgess featured in 50 tests for New Zealand and amassed 68 First Class appearances for Auckland, for whom he scored 4228 runs with 10 centuries.
Mark was able to combine a successful business career with playing sport for a period before retiring to move into a different phase of his life. He more than re-payed his time away from his employer, Brittain Wynyard, in the early days to remain with them until retirement.
If you would like to learn more about this wonderful sportsman and recall those days of New Zealand cricket when wins were important for the development of the game of the amateur game then this book will be of interest to you.
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