22 March 1915|
Wanganui, New Zealand
|Died||10 January 1966
Blanheim, New Zealand
|Batting style||Left-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm slow-medium|
|Relations||Arthur Cresswell (brother)|
|Test debut (cap 50)||13 August 1949 v England|
|Last Test||24 March 1951 v England|
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017
George Fenwick Cresswell (22 March 1915 – 10 January 1966) was a cricketer who played three Tests for New Zealand. Born in Wanganui, he was the older brother of Arthur Cresswell. He was the 50th Test cap for New Zealand.
He was educated at Marlborough Boys' College, where he played for the first XI. An accurate slow-medium bowler, he made his first-class debut for Wellington at the age of 33 in 1948-49, and after only one match was selected for the 1949 tour to England.
In England he took 62 wickets at 26.09 in 19 matches, and found his best form late in the tour, taking 5 for 30 against Yorkshire and 6 for 21 against Glamorgan. He made his Test debut in the final Test against England at The Oval. He opened the bowling with Jack Cowie, and took 6 for 168 in England's only innings. Batting at his usual position of number 11, he made 12 not out, which remained his highest first-class score.
He continued playing for Wellington in 1949-50. He also played for New Zealand against the touring Australian team, taking 8 for 100 in Australia's only innings; then, batting at number 11, he put on an unbroken partnership of nine runs with Walter Hadlee to avert an innings defeat. In 1950-51 he played for Central Districts in their inaugural Plunket Shield season, taking 5 for 31 against Canterbury at Palmerston North and 5 for 38 against Auckland at New Plymouth to give them victory in their first two home games and second place in the final table. He played in the two Tests against the visiting English side, taking 7 wickets at 17.71. After that he suffered from a back injury, and played only three matches in the next four seasons before retiring.
He had an unusual run-up and action. Dick Brittenden wrote: "he bowled from a run of a few paces. He began each time by standing stiffly to attention, poised for an appreciable little interval. Then he moved in and bowled with one of the strangest of actions – no left arm, and his chest quite square to the batsman."
Test 5 Wicket hauls
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- Brittenden, p. 55.
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