Page in 1932
|Full name||Milford Laurenson Page|
|Date of birth||8 May 1902|
|Place of birth||Lyttelton, New Zealand|
|Date of death||12 February 1987(aged 84)|
|Place of death||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb)|
|School||Christchurch Boys' High School|
|Notable relative(s)||Frederick Page (brother)|
|Rugby union career|
|New Zealand No.||361|
Early life and family
Born in Lyttelton on 8 May 1902, Page was the son of Olga Marguerite Smith and her husband, David Joseph Page, a produce and coal merchant. He was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School where he was a champion all-round sportsman.
In a first-class career extending from 1920–21 to 1942–43, Page 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, and was captain of the team on the latter tour. He was the only player to appear in all 14 of New Zealand's Test matches before World War II.
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". 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.
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 for the fourth wicket.
A halfback and first five-eighth, Page represented Canterbury at a provincial level in two stints: in 1922 and 1923, and then in 1928 and 1929. He played just one match for the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, against the touring New South Wales team at Lancaster Park in 1928. He did not appear in any rugby Test matches.
- Knight, Lindsay. "Curly Page". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Thomson, John Mansfield. "Page, Frederick Joseph". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- Brittenden, R.T. (1961). New Zealand Cricketers. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed. pp. 129–131.
- Curly Page at ESPNcricinfo
- Wellington v Canterbury, 1931–32
- England v New Zealand, Lord's, 1931
- Curly Page at CricketArchive (subscription required)
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