THE SKIPPER'S DIARY LIMITED EDITION (119 copies)
A special leather bound limited edition of the book has been produced in a presentation box. The number 119 is significant as it was Walter’s highest first class score on tour. The book is beautifully presented and has a replica mini cricket bat with signatures of the team, a signed cricket ball by Sir Richard, 1949 team scorecard, itinerary and postcard, New Zealand Cricket badge pin and a souvenir key ring/torch.
LIMITED EDITION LEATHER BOUND DIARY
“This project came from my desire to both honour my father’s contribution to NZ Cricket and to acknowledge the achievements of the 1949 NZ Cricket team. Walter’s diary is an historical document, which is more than just an account of a cricket tour. It is a remarkable story which deserves to be told. The DVD documentary, ‘The Forty-Niners’, includes player reflections and archive film footage which allows the viewer to hear from the players and experience a bygone era”.
New Zealand Cricket
“The 1949 tour of England was New Zealand cricket’s Rite of Passage – the tour in which our national team came of age. Four three-day Tests scheduled against the powerful England team (five-day Tests were considered beyond New Zealand’s capability in those days); four Tests drawn, a couple of them in our favour. Such an impression was made by Walter Hadlee’s underdogs they were immediately bestowed with the moniker ‘The Forty-Niners’ and hailed by New Zealanders and English alike. They remain, in most estimations, our most famous touring team.”