Born at Richmond in 1862, Ken Burn was Tasmania’s finest batsman in the period prior to the Great War and a useful bowler.
Ken’s performances in club cricket for Wellington and East Hobart were phenomenal. He amassed 11,450 runs across the twenty-six seasons including 31 centuries, eight double centuries and two triple centuries. His highest score of 365* was made in February 1899 for Wellington, when he carried his bat in a team total of 702 against Derwent. In November 1899 Ken continued his domination of Derwent scoring 361. Both scores were made at the Association Ground on the Domain. He also took 354 wickets throughout his career.
Ken was the first player to score over 1000 runs in a season, scoring 1,155 from just nine innings at an average of 165 in 1899-1900; it was a competition record which stood for exactly one-hundred years.
Wellington won 10 premierships during his time at the club, five with Ken as captain. East Hobart won the title in Ken’s last season in 1911.
At representative level Ken played two Test matches for Australia during the 1890 Tour of England, and 48 First-Class matches including being captain of Tasmania for almost twenty years.
The western gate at the TCA Ground is named in his honour.
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