Curly Page

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Curly Page
Curly Page.jpg
Curly Page in 1932
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 14 132
Runs scored 492 5857
Batting average 24.60 29.88
100s/50s 1/2 9/32
Top score 104 206
Balls bowled 379 4622
Wickets 5 73
Bowling average 46.20 32.38
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/21 4/10
Catches/stumpings 6/- 115/-
Source: Cricinfo
Date of birth (1902-05-08)8 May 1902
Place of birth Lyttelton, New Zealand
Date of death February 13, 1987(1987-02-13) (aged 84)
Place of death Christchurch
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Halfback
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1928  New Zealand 1 (0)

Milford Laurenson "Curly" Page (8 May 1902 in Christchurch – 13 February 1987 in Christchurch) was a cricketer who played for New Zealand and Canterbury.

He was a champion all-round sportsman at Christchurch Boys' High School.[1] In a first-class career extending from 1920-21 to 1942-43, he was New Zealand's second Test captain, and captained the side in seven of the Tests in which he played. He toured England in 1927, 1931 and 1937, was captain of the New Zealand cricket team in England in 1937. He was the only player to appear in all 14 of New Zealand's Test matches before the Second World War.

He usually batted at number four or five, bowled useful slow-medium, and according to Dick Brittenden, his "slip fielding was magnificent, sometimes incredibly swift".[2] His highest first-class score was 206, for Canterbury against Wellington in 1931-32, when he added 278 for the fourth wicket with Alby Roberts in the second innings after Canterbury had trailed by 277.[3]

In the First Test at Lord's in 1931 he made 104 after New Zealand had trailed by 230 on the first innings. He added 118 for the third wicket with Stewie Dempster, then Page and Roger Blunt added 142 in 105 minutes[4] for the fourth wicket.[5]

In rugby union, Page also played half-back for the All Blacks in the third Test against New South Wales in 1928 at Christchurch.


  1. ^ R.T. Brittenden, New Zealand Cricketers, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1961, p. 130.
  2. ^ R.T. Brittenden, New Zealand Cricketers, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1961, p. 129.
  3. ^ Wellington v Canterbury, 1931-32
  4. ^ R.T. Brittenden, New Zealand Cricketers, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1961, p. 131.
  5. ^ England v New Zealand, Lord's, 1931

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Preceded by
Tom Lowry
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Walter Hadlee