Henry Blamires

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Henry Blamires
Personal information
Full name Henry Lawrence Blamires
Born (1871-04-17)17 April 1871
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Died 18 August 1965(1965-08-18) (aged 94)
Auckland, New Zealand
Batting style Right-handed
Relations Edgar Percy Blamires (brother)
Ernest Blamires (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1911-12 to 1913-14 Hawke's Bay
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 3
Runs scored 112
Batting average 22.40
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 55 not out
Balls bowled 36
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 2/0
Source: Cricket Archive, 2 May 2014

Henry Lawrence Blamires (17 April 1871 – 18 August 1965) was a New Zealand first-class cricketer and clergyman.

Personal life and clerical career[edit]

One of five brothers who became clergymen, Henry Blamires was born in Bendigo, Australia, and educated at Wesley College in Melbourne, which was then a Methodist school for boys. He was ordained in 1900[1] and married Jane Collier, a teacher of the blind, the same year. They had three children.[2]

He served as a chaplain with the New Zealand forces in World War I.[3]

Cricket career[edit]

Blamires played three first-class matches for Hawke's Bay. In his first match, aged 40, against Wellington, he made 55 not out in the second innings. His brother Ernest made his first-class debut in the same match, playing for Wellington.[4] In his next match the next season, also against Wellington, he made 37 in the first innings before being bowled by Clarrie Grimmett.[5] Two weeks later he captained Hawke's Bay against the touring Australians, but was dismissed cheaply twice by Arthur Mailey. It was Blamires's last first-class match.

He continued to play cricket for many years. He played Hawke Cup matches in the 1920s for Wanganui, Nelson and Wairarapa,[6] for whom in his last match at the age of 57 he top-scored with 56.[7]


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