New Zealand representatives
Tony Blain (New Zealand and Central Districts 1982-95)
Tony takes an exagerated forward lunge during his great innings of 161 v Northern Districts in Nelson (Jan 1987).
A polished right-hand batsman and sound wicketkeeper, Tony Blain suffered from being an almost permanent understudy, first to Ian Smith and then Adam Parore.
Ian Leggat (New Zealand and Central Districts 1950-62)
Ian Leggat was a right-hand batsman and medium-pace bowler. He played one test for New Zealand against South Africa in 1954.
Gary Robertson (New Zealand and Central Districts 1979-90)
Gary was a dominant figure with bat and ball for many seasons with Central Districts.
1st Class representatives
Graham Botting (Central Districts and Otago 1948-54)
Graham Botting was a capable wicketkeeper with few pretensions with the bat who played for Central Districts and then Otago in the early 1950s. His first-class debut came in 1948-49 when he played in the Test trial, but oddly he did not keep and batted at No. 9, and it was almost two-year before his state debut. He was no batsman but did make 37 and 40* against Fiji in 1947-48.
Steve Gill (Central Districts 1981-88)
Steve was probably the most talented all-rounder Nelson cricket has produced. His punishing batting, sharp left arm swing bowling and electric fielding made him an automatic selection for representative cricket. It also earned him the nickname 'Sobers' with his team mates.
John Gully (Canterbury 1982-83)
This photo was taken when John represented the Central Districts Brabin Cup (under 20) team in 1975. This team won the NZ tournament.
Incidentally Matt Toynbee was made captain of the NZ Brabin team at the end of this tournament.
David Guthardt (Central Districts 1985-89)
David ('Gus') had a long and distinguished career for Nelson and Central Districts. Gus was an accomplished wicket-keeper/batsmen who was rarely short of a word on the field. He was well known for his tough and uncompromising attitude but always gave his utmost on the field.
Alan Hunter (Central Districts 1951-56)
Alan ('Doggy') Hunter was a Right handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. For CD he scored 752 runs with a highest score of 108. He also took 3 first class wickets.
Martin Kain (Canterbury 2009-2011, Central Districts 2011-)
Martin ('Marty') is the new ACOB's first 1st class cricketer. He is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and punishing left-hand batsman.He is the son of prominent Nelson player Ian "Whippy'" Kain. Marty is a very enthusiastic player with a quirky sense of humour.
Roger Pierce (Central Districts 1971-85)
Roger was one of the most stylish and elegant players to grace cricket grounds throughout New Zealand. He was recently selected in the District's team chosen from the top players in the last 100 years of the Hawke Cup.
Gordon Proverbs (Barbados 1948-1955)
Gordon was a much loved and long time member of the A.O.B. team. His warm smile and thick West Indian accent made him a firm favourite throughout the local cricketing fraternity.
This photo appeared in the Nelson Evening Mail after Gordon scored 133 in a club match.
Matthew Toynbee (Central Districts 1977-85)
This photo was taken while Matt was scoring 200 in a Hawke Cup game for Nelson versus Wairarapa. It was described as an innings of monumental concentration. Matt was a regular NZ age group representative often as captain. He was a stylish batsman and off-spin bowler who scored 1943 first class runs (HS 100) and took 77 wickets (best 6-39).
Gary Walton (Central Districts 1985-88)
Gary was a right arm off-spin bowler and capable batsman. He is pictured here leading a remarkable escape by Nelson in a Hawke Cup match against South Canterbury in March 1985 when he captured 7 wickets and made 62 not out.