The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1, 1937)
Loss to New Zealand Cricket
Loss to New Zealand Cricket.
The tragic death in England of A. E. Relf removes one who had done much to raise the standard of cricket in New Zealand. He toured Australia under the captaincy of “Plum” Warner in 1903–04, and played for England against Australia in 1909.
It was in 1907 that Relf was brought out as a coach by the Auckland Cricket Association, and his first major engagement in New Zealand was in the first Plunket Shield game. Relf scored 157 and took eight Canterbury wickets in that match.
It was as a bowler that Relf did best in New Zealand, but his pupils kept Auckland's flag flying for many years after he finally returned to England in 1910.