October 23, 1936 |
Wellington, New Zealand
|Height||5 ft 3 in (160 cm)|
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm bowler|
Educated at Rongotai College in Wellington, Sinclair played for Wellington from 1955-56 to 1970-71. His first century came against Northern Districts in 1963-64, when he made 102 not out, out of a team total of 138 for 5, to take Wellington to a five-wicket victory almost single-handedly. His highest first-class score was 148, captaining Wellington against the Australians in 1966-67, out of a total of 365 for 7 on the first day.
Sinclair scored three of his six first-class centuries in Tests, yet never played in a winning Test side. He captained New Zealand in three Tests (the Second and Third Tests against England in 1965-66, and the First Test against India in 1967-68) and also in the four-match series against the visiting Australian team in 1966-67 and on the brief tour to Australia in 1967-68. He retired from international cricket in 1968 to concentrate on work.
His highest Test score was 138 against South Africa in Auckland in 1963-64, made in 345 minutes out of a team total of only 263. It was the only century by either side in the three-Test series, and was at the time the highest Test score by a New Zealander in New Zealand. He took two Test wickets in ten overs, both against Pakistan in Lahore in 1964-65.
Because of his short stature he was sometimes targeted by opposing pace bowlers, but he learned how to handle short-pitched deliveries. He was a neat, tidy batsman notable for his cutting and on-drives. Christopher Martin-Jenkins described him thus: "Fair-haired and one of the smallest cricketers ever to appear [for] New Zealand, Barry Sinclair was a sound and often fluent right-handed batsman with an indomitable spirit and an excellent field at cover."
- Romanos, Joseph (3 March 2016). "Barry Sinclair cricket biography launched". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- Northern Districts v Wellington, 1963-64
- Wellington v Australians, 1966-67
- Wisden 1965, p. 841.
- C. Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers, Rigby, Adelaide, 1983, p. 404.
- NZCPA announces Barry Sinclair in New Patron Role Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "Queen's 90th birthday honours list 2016". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
Bill Francis, In Pursuit of Excellence: The Barry Sinclair Story, The Cricket Publishing Company, West Pennant Hills, NSW, 2016
|New Zealand national cricket captain