Hall of Fame - Arthur Owen Burrows


Arthur 'Owen' Burrows

Born in Hobart on 17 October 1903 Arthur 'Owen' Burrows was the complete right hand all-rounder. He was a fast-medium bowler with a high action and a batsman with a solid defense. Commencing his cricket career with Wellington as WWI ended, he played 24 matches over five seasons with Wellington before being residentially tied to New Town when district cricket was introduced in 1923/24.


Arthur 'Owen' Burrows CTPL Career Statistics


Over the next twenty years and 223 matches he was a focal influence at the club and instrumental in New Town’s five premierships between the wars. His exceptional record at New Town resulted in him being honoured with Life Membership at New Town in 1937.


In consecutive premiership years at New Town, he showed his all-round talent achieving the competition batting average in 1925/26 with a cumulative 451 runs and in 1926/27 a bowling aggregate of 40 wickets. His class was evident in the consistency of his performances over his long career with his second last season being his most prolific with the bat.


He played 32 first-class matches between 1923 and 1937 scoring 1054 runs and claiming 77 wickets; earning him a Test Trial match for the Ashes Tour in 1930.He was a regular selection in the South’s intra-state team – playing 22 matches against the North from 1919/20 to 1940/41 scoring 839 runs and taking 66 wickets.


He is also a part of folklore for delivering a ball that bowled the batsman and sent the bail 83 yards 1 foot 9 inches believed to be a world record at the time.


Career: 1918/19 to 1943/44

Club/s: Wellington and New Town

Matches: 247

Innings: 315


HS: 135 v South Hobart (1934/35)

Batting Average: 29.06


Wickets: 592

5WI: 33

BB: 7/43 v Sandy Bay (1928/29)

Bowling Average: 18.83


Catches: 135


Premierships: 1925/26, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1929/30 and 1930/31