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Lord Hawke's XI cricket team in Australia and New Zealand in 1902–03

A cricketer preparing to bat.
Martin Bladen Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke of Towton, known as Lord Hawke, who organised and funded the tour but was unable to play due to injury.

Lord Hawke led a cricket team of ten amateurs and two professional players on a tour of Australia and New Zealand from November 1902 until March 1903. After an opening game in San Francisco, the tour began of eighteen matches - seven of them considered first-class - in New Zealand followed by three further first-class games in Australia. Hawke's team was the first to tour Australasia with New Zealand as the primary destination and,[1] as was the norm at the time, was privately run and funded.[2] The Australian leg of the tour was a "profit making venture", however the games in New Zealand were scheduled at the behest of the New Zealand Cricket Board in order to raise the profile of cricket in the country.[2] Two of them were against a New Zealand cricket team, before its international Test status.[2] The inclusion of such games on the tour were considered "a sign that cricket in New Zealand was starting to be taken more seriously, and a move towards official international status was possible."[3]

Hawke's team was a strong one, including Pelham Warner, Bernard Bosanquet and Frederick Fane, and it was victorious in all eighteen matches of the New Zealand tour,[2] though it was defeated in two of the three matches in Australia.[4][5][6]


  • Hawke's team 1
  • The tour 2
    • New Zealand 2.1
    • Australia 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Hawke's team

Hawke, who through injury was ultimately unable to play or lead his team on the field during the tour, recruited the following team to take to Australia and New Zealand: Warner opening the batting and was also the captain; his opening partner was Cambridge University alumni and MCC cricketer Northamptonshire and John Stanning of the MCC; Randall Johnson of the MCC; Arthur Whatman who also kept wicket; Albert Leatham and Sam Hargreave.

The tour

Hawke's team stopped in California in the United States on their way to New Zealand, playing against a California XI at the Presidio Athletic Ground in San Francisco in front of five-hundred spectators.[8] A non-first-class game, California were entitled to play eighteen players, with Bosanquet taking 11 of the wickets to fall as the hosts were dismissed for 125. Hawke's team made it to 155/8 thanks to half-centuries from Bosanquet and Warner, having been allowed to bat on beyond the winning total.[9]

New Zealand

Hawke's team landed in New Zealand and played their opening first-class game against Cuthbert Burnup reaching the target of 95 without loss.[11]

Plum Warner, who captained Hawke's XI and scored a double-century on the tour.

Four more club games followed: Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson and Westland.[8] Then Hawke's team defeated

  • Tour Directory - Lord Hawke's Team in New Zealand, 1902-03 from ESPNcricinfo.
  • Tour Directory - Lord Hawke's XI in Australia : Mar 1903 from ESPNcricinfo.

External links

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On March 27 at the Unley Oval, South Australia defeated won by 97 runs despite centuries from Burnup and Taylor. Henry Hay took 9/67 for the host team.[6]

Hawke's victorious team landed in Australia later in March, and played the opening game of three matches on 13 March at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Hawke's XI had greater difficulty contending with the Australian Sheffield Shield teams, and were defeated by Victoria.[4] They managed to draw their match against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 20 with Albert Trott taking 6/88 and the Australia Reggie Duff scoring 194.[5] Bosanquet also took 6/153 during the match, including the wicket of Victor Trumper, the leading Australian batsman and one of the best in the world at the time. He delivered two conventional leg breaks followed by a googly, later described by Bosanquet as the first bowled in Australia, which bowled Trumper.[17] Many critics were impressed by the wicket-taking potential of googly bowling on hard pitches, and Warner later described Bosanquet's bowling as causing a sensation.

A cricketer about to bowl.
Bosanquet's bowling action for the George Beldam in 1906. His actions in New Zealand caused controversy, while in Australia many admired his delivery to dismiss Trumper.


After defeating South Canterbury in a club match on February 25, Hawke's team played two games against New Zealand.[8] New Zealand were dismissed for 164 in the first innings of the first of these two games, which began on February 27. Thompson took 6/38. Fane then scored 124 runs of Hawke's 304 all out, and then Thompson (4/74) and Bosanquet (4/44) restricted New Zealand to 214, leaving Hawke's team 75 runs to get. They reached the target for the loss of only three wickets.[16] The second match on March 4 saw a century from New Zealand's Daniel Reese, and another for Warner, before Burnup's 5/8 from 4.5 overs handed Hawke's team an innings victory.[16]

After victory in a club match against Southland, South Island were defeated by an innings on February 21, with a century made by Tom Taylor.[15]


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