John Mills (New Zealand cricketer)

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Jackie Mills
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Personal information
Born (1905-09-03)3 September 1905
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Died 11 December 1972(1972-12-11) (aged 67)
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Batting Left-hand bat
Relations George Mills (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 13) 24 January 1930 v England
Last Test 31 March 1933 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 7 97
Runs scored 241 5025
Batting average 26.77 32.84
100s/50s 1/0 11/25
Top score 117 185
Balls bowled - 183
Wickets - 4
Bowling average - 30.75
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match - 0
Best bowling - 2/57
Catches/stumpings 1/- 30/-
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017

John Ernest 'Jackie' Mills (3 September 1905 – 11 December 1972) was a New Zealand cricketer who played in seven Tests from 1930 to 1933.

Domestic career[edit]

His father George was an all-rounder who played for Auckland in the 1890s and 1900s and was the groundsman at Eden Park in Auckland.[1]

A left-handed opening batsman, Jackie Mills played for Auckland from 1924-25 to 1937-38, and toured England with the New Zealand teams of 1927 and 1931, scoring over 1000 runs on each tour.

International career[edit]

He was the first New Zealander to make a Test century on debut. He scored 117 for New Zealand against England at Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand, in 1929-30,[2] and he and Stewie Dempster put on 276 for the first wicket. However, Mills's next nine Test innings produced only 124 runs.

In the first match of the 1929-30 season he scored 185, his highest score, in an innings victory for Auckland over Otago. He scored more than half of Auckland's total of 356, and more than Otago's two innings combined.[3] In an Auckland club match for Eden against University in 1924-25, he and Hector Gillespie shared an opening stand of 441.[4]

Dick Brittenden said: "Mills, lean and graceful, never seemed sufficiently robust for the demands of test cricket; he could probably claim to be the only test batsman who habitually wore wool, from neck to ankle, next to the skin. But if his batting looked effete, it was effective. A most graceful driver and cutter, he had the left-hander's penchant for the hook. Spare and frail he was, but there was tremendous power which came from some hidden source; he was New Zealand's nearest approach to Woolley."[5]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of John Mills
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 117 1  England New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1930 Drawn

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cricketer obituary Retrieved 14 February 2013
  2. ^ Dawson, M. (1995) Quick Singles, ABC Books, Sydney. ISBN 0-7333-0492-3.
  3. ^ Auckland v Otago, 1929-30
  4. ^ Wisden 1955, p. 930.
  5. ^ R.T. Brittenden, Great Days in New Zealand Cricket, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1958, p. 61.

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