Martin Crowe honoured at school cricket final in Auckland video

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Auckland Grammar & St Kentigerns hold a moment of silence for Martin Crowe.

It was perhaps the best possible tribute there could have been to Martin Crowe the day after his passing.

On Friday his beloved Auckland Grammar took on St Kentigern College in the Auckland Secondary Schools one day cricket final.

It was a match between the school he loved and one he went on to help out later on in life, mentoring a number of their players.

Pupils from Auckland Grammar and St Kentigern paid their respect to Martin Crowe before Friday's Auckland Secondary ...
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Pupils from Auckland Grammar and St Kentigern paid their respect to Martin Crowe before Friday's Auckland Secondary School's one day final.

Before the match was played, on a glorious late summer's day at Melville Park in Epsom, started, Auckland Grammar headmaster Tim O'Connor addressed both teams.

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Martin Crowe starred at both rugby and cricket while at Auckland Grammar.
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Martin Crowe starred at both rugby and cricket while at Auckland Grammar.

 

 

He spoke about Crowe being one of New Zealand's greatest cricketers, how he was a great ambassador for the county and how it was fitting that these two schools were playing the match.

It was followed by a moment's silence where all the young players bowed their heads. Then, for the match both teams wore black armbands.

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"If timing means anything," O'Connor said afterwards. "Then the game being deferred one day because of weather and Martin passing in that period of time, then it's meant to be.

"It's great that we have two really good cricketing schools playing in the Auckland one-day final today."

On the walls of Auckland Grammar are pictures of Crowe in the school's cricket and rugby teams. Each day, hundreds of pupils walk past them and O'Connor said he'll always be remembered at the school.

"Martin left a legacy and it was one that he probably didn't realise," he said.

"In his last year we talked a lot about his career and he downplayed that.

"But for us, the legacy he left is really one of aspiration for young, that look at what he achieved in his time at Grammar, playing First XI cricket for four years, captaining the side for two years and also playing First XV rugby, playing squash, being deputy head prefect and achieving academically.

"He was the all round sportsman and what that does for young men today, is allow them to dream, allow them to say 'look at what he achieved, maybe I can do the same.'"

At the school on Friday morning, normal business was put on hold as everyone came together as a mark of respect for Crowe.

"We lowered the flag to half match yesterday and it will remain like that today," O'Connor said.

"We had a special assembly this morning where we paid tribute to Martin's life. We had a moment's silence and we sang the school song together.

"The response from the boys was one of absolute silence, but then of absolute volume when singing. What that does, is say we respect the man, we understand what he gave, we understand what he achieved and we'd like to acknowledge that."

 - Stuff

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