Sadly, Cornwall CC Patron and Life Member Graham Burgess (MNZM) passed away on the morning of 21 July, 2017.
Graham, was Patron from 1991 and his contribution to Cornwall and cricket in general was immense. Through his services to the sport, he was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001. Graham shaped what we know now as Cornwall Cricket greatly, and is regarded as one of the founding fathers.
After returning from World War 2, where he flew as a pilot with the RAFS prestigious 7 squadron. Graham followed his passion for cricket and was integral in the formation of the Onehunga and One Tree Hill Cricket Association, which then soon after, he led the name change to what is now known as the Cornwall Cricket Club.
This was the first of many thumb prints he would have on Cornwall and cricket in Auckland. He played a hand in getting cricket to Cornwall Park, as the Trust Board looked to replace part of the old Maungakiekie Golf Club with a cricket area, Graham and his colleagues were more than ready to take up the offer.
He is also responsible for the club rooms at Cornwall, when the Seabrook family offered a small, historic house, Graham against popular opinion at the time, saw it as the perfect piece that would perfectly fit into the picturesque Cornwall Park and created what is now the heart of the Club.
Graham, was also essential in introducing limited-over cricket to Auckland, with his initiative allowing Cornwall to become something of a pioneer of the format. Starting with Sunday interclub games at the Club, leading it to become widely played in New Zealand.
Graham will be sorely missed and his legacy will be remembered for generations to come, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.