The New Zealand Cricket Museum are pleased to announce that the community crowdfunding campaign, led by Adam Gilshnan and backed by New Zealanders around the world, has been successful in purchasing two of the Martin Crowe items that were sold in a highly-publicised and competitive auction in Sydney last night.
The items, which will be donated to the Museum, include the bat which Crowe used to score his 17th, and last, Test century. Crowe had held the record for the most Test centuries by a New Zealander since he scored his 8th, against Australia, in 1987.
The other item purchased was Crowe’s blazer from the 1982-83 tour of Australia. While that tour didn’t include any Test matches, it saw Crowe score his first ODI 50 – announcing his talent to the world – in the Bushfire Appeal Challenge Match.
New Zealand Cricket Museum Director, Jamie Bell, provides some historical context to the man behind the memorabilia,
“The immense out-pouring of support for Adam’s campaign exemplifies the feeling that Aotearoa has towards Martin Crowe and his legacy.
“There’s little doubt of the impact Martin had on cricket – whether as player, captain, commentator, or innovator – but this campaign reminds us that he has a place among our broader social history.”
Adam Gilshnan was quick to leap to action when he heard of the auction, with much of his life as a cricket fan centred on the exploits of Crowe. Although he had hoped for this outcome, he admits to being pleasantly surprised by the support,
“I’m amazed at the level of support this campaign received, and I’m ecstatic that we came out with a positive result amidst some very competitive bidding.
“I know that it can be asking a lot for people to contribute to campaigns like this and I’m grateful for those who did contribute and to those who helped spread the word.”
On behalf of the Museum, Jamie Bell also had a message for the community,
“I am thrilled that the Museum can take these items in to care for and display them on behalf of the community that made this possible.
“A lot of people contributed to this campaign, including some who wish to remain anonymous but whose contributions ensured we came out of this auction with some of the items we’d prioritised.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the passion of Adam and the expertise of Carl Wilson. I know how much effort they both put in to making this a reality and on behalf of the Museum and the nation, I thank them.”
The Museum will announce further details on the public display of these items in the near future.