Barry Sinclair

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Barry Sinclair
Personal information
Born (1936-10-23) October 23, 1936 (age 79)
Wellington, New Zealand
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 21 118
Runs scored 1148 6114
Batting average 29.43 32.87
100s/50s 3/3 6/38
Top score 138 148
Balls bowled 60 245
Wickets 2 2
Bowling average 16.00 43.00
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling 2/32 2/32
Catches/stumpings 8/- 45/-
Source: Cricinfo

Barry Whitley Sinclair MNZM (born 23 October 1936) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played 21 Test matches as a specialist batsman from 1962-63 to 1967-68.

Educated at Rongotai College in Wellington,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[1]

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.[4] 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.[1] 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."[5]

In 2010 he was made the inaugural patron of the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association.[6] In 2015 he was voted a Legend of Wellington Sport.[1]

In the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours, Sinclair was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cricket.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Romanos, Joseph (3 March 2016). "Barry Sinclair cricket biography launched". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Northern Districts v Wellington, 1963-64
  3. ^ Wellington v Australians, 1966-67
  4. ^ Wisden 1965, p. 841.
  5. ^ C. Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers, Rigby, Adelaide, 1983, p. 404.
  6. ^ NZCPA announces Barry Sinclair in New Patron Role Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Queen's 90th birthday honours list 2016". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Bill Francis, In Pursuit of Excellence: The Barry Sinclair Story, The Cricket Publishing Company, West Pennant Hills, NSW, 2016

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Murray Chapple
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Graham Dowling