Bill Playle

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Bill Playle
Personal information
Full name William Rodger Playle
Born (1938-12-01) 1 December 1938 (age 79)
Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Test debut 5 June 1958 v England
Last Test 15 March 1963 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 8 85
Runs scored 151 2888
Batting average 10.06 21.87
100s/50s 0/1 4/9
Top score 65 122
Balls bowled - 118
Wickets - 1
Bowling average - 94.00
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match - 0
Best bowling - 1/11
Catches/stumpings 4/- 81/-
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017

William Rodger Playle (born 1 December 1938) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played eight Tests for New Zealand, making 151 runs in eight Tests as a specialist batsman between 1958 and 1963.

Cricket career[edit]

In New Zealand[edit]

His first-class career started with Auckland in 1956–57 at the age of 18. After scoring only 355 runs in 13 matches in two seasons[1] he was selected to tour England in 1958 as a 19-year-old, but he made only 56 runs in the five Tests, batting in the middle order. In the second innings of the Third Test at Leeds, in an attempt to avert defeat, he "gave a remarkable stonewalling display, for he stayed three and a quarter hours for 18, during which time he limited himself to seven scoring strokes".[2]

He was the top scorer in the 1961–62 season with 510 runs at 72.85,[3] including 116 not out against Otago. His last three Tests were as an opener against England in 1962–63, when he made his only Test score above 25, scoring 65 in a lost cause in the Second Test at Wellington.

In Australia[edit]

After the 1963–64 season in New Zealand he moved to Australia, where he played as an opening batsman for Western Australia from 1965–66 to 1967–68, making his highest first-class score of 122 against Queensland[4] and 116 against Victoria, both in 1965–66, when he made 583 runs at 41.64 in the Sheffield Shield.[5]

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