Sir Arthur Donnelly Trophy for Fielding
Another man with an impressive CV, inaugurated the fielding award. Arthur Telford Donnelly was born June 6 1890 and attended Christchurch BHS from 1903 to 1906. He graduated in law in 1911 and joined his father in his practice until 1916 when he left with the Otago regiment and served in France. After WW1, he was made a Crown Solicitor at the very young age of 31. Donnelly had a great love of sport, particularly cricket, racing and golf. He played senior cricket for the West Christchurch cricket club from 1908 to 1922. His 95 innings brought him 1,542 runs with one century at 17.5 average.
Donnelly’s real strength was in administration and he was a member of the New Zealand Cricket Council from 1913 to 1937 and Chairman from 1928 to 1937. He managed the New Zealand cricket team when it toured England in 1931. Donnelly was a big man with a broad outlook and was a very popular figure. As a member of the International Cricket Council he carried serious influence, enabling New Zealand teams to tour England in 1927 and 1931.
Knighted in 1949, he was a director of many companies such as the Bank of NZ and New Zealand Breweries. Donnelly died following an operation on February 1 1954, very shortly after helping establish LNZCC.
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