Hedley Howarth

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Hedley Howarth
Personal information
Full name Hedley John Howarth
Born (1943-12-25)25 December 1943
Grey Lynn, New Zealand
Died 7 November 2008(2008-11-07) (aged 64)
Auckland, New Zealand
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Bowler
Relations Geoff Howarth (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 120) 24 July 1969 v England
Last Test 25 February 1977 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 8) 11 February 1973 v Pakistan
Last ODI 18 June 1975 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1963–1979 Auckland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 30 9 145 30
Runs scored 291 18 1,668 106
Batting average 12.12 6.00 13.78 10.60
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/3 0/0
Top score 61 11 61 29
Balls bowled 8,833 492 37,421 1,617
Wickets 86 11 541 46
Bowling average 36.95 25.45 25.27 20.36
5 wickets in innings 2 0 31 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 6 0
Best bowling 5/34 3/29 8/75 5/22
Catches/stumpings 33/– 3/– 137/– 9/–
Source: Cricinfo, 22 October 2016

Hedley John Howarth (25 December 1943 – 7 November 2008[1]) was an international cricketer who played 30 Tests and nine One Day Internationals for New Zealand. The elder brother of Geoff Howarth, former New Zealand captain, he was born and died in Auckland.

Domestic career[edit]

Howarth was an orthodox left-arm bowler who made his first class debut in 1962.

International career[edit]

Between the years 1969 and 1977, Howarth played 30 tests for New Zealand, capturing a total 86 wickets at an average of 36.95. Justin Vaughan chief executive of New Zealand Cricket credited Howarth with playing a significant role in New Zealand's international cricket history, crediting Howarth's "five-wicket bag against India at Nagpur in 1969 was a match winner that helped give New Zealand its first ever test win on the sub-continent".[2] India were chasing 277 in the fourth innings but it was Howarth's 5 for 34 that gave New Zealand the lead, highlighted by a catch off his own bowling, ending a 167-run win. Howarths's other five-wicket haul was in a Test against the Pakistan national cricket team in Karachi, when he picked up 5 for 80 .[1]

Howarth was a part of the New Zealand national cricket team that played in the 1975 Cricket World Cup in England, making it to the tournament semi-finals.

March 1977 marked his retirement from Test cricket.[3] After retiring, Howarth devoted his time to his family's fishing business, Kia Ora Fisheries, later Kia Ora Seafoods.[4][5]

Death[edit]

Howarth died at age 64 on 7 November 2008. A cause of death was not initially disclosed,[3] though Howarth had been battling cancer for some time.[4]

International record[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/34 5  India Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground Nagpur India 1969
1 5/80 7  Pakistan Karachi National Stadium Karachi Pakistan 1969

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hedley Howarth dies at 64". Cricinfo. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  2. ^ via Reuters. "Former New Zealand spinner Hedley Howarth dies", International Herald Tribune, 8 November 2008. Accessed 9 November 2008.
  3. ^ a b Staff. "Former New Zealand cricketer dies", Television New Zealand, 8 November 2008. Accessed 9 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b Cleaver, Dylan. "Balanced spinner with a lot of guts", The New Zealand Herald, 9 November 2008. Accessed 9 November 2008.
  5. ^ Obituary in Dominion Post, 13 November 2008 page B3