Les Watt

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Les Watt
Personal information
Full nameLeslie Watt
Born(1924-09-17)17 September 1924
Waitati, New Zealand
Died15 November 1996(1996-11-15) (aged 72)
Dunedin, New Zealand
BattingRight-hand bat
Bowling-
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 70)11 March 1955 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 1 48
Runs scored 2 2004
Batting average 1.00 23.30
100s/50s 0/0 -/10
Top score 2 96
Balls bowled - -
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings -/- 14/-
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017

Leslie Watt (17 September 1924, Waitati, Otago, New Zealand - 15 November 1996, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand) was a New Zealand cricketer who played one Test for New Zealand, against England in March 1955.

In first class cricket Watt played 48 matches between 1942-43 and 1962-63, making just over 2,000 runs at a batting average of 23.30. He often opened the batting for Otago with Bert Sutcliffe, whose first-class average was more than twice as high.

Watt's highest first-class score was 96 against Auckland in 1950-51, when he and Sutcliffe (who made 275) batted throughout the first day to put on 373 for the first wicket.[1] Later that season the pair put on 178 for the first wicket (Watt making 65) against Central Districts. Otago won the Plunket Shield, Sutcliffe scoring 610 runs and Watt 326 (at an average of 46.57, including a score of 94 against Wellington) in the four matches.[2] It was his most productive season.

In 1954-55, batting at number six for Otago, Watt came third in the Plunket Shield averages with 237 runs at 47.40,[3] and made 37 not out in a trial match for South Island against North Island. He was selected for the First Test at Dunedin, making his Test debut with Noel McGregor and Ian Colquhoun. Batting at number six, he was bowled twice, for 0 and 2.[4] He was replaced in the Second Test team by Matt Poore.

He retired after the 1955-56 season, then returned to play in 1962-63, but Otago lost all five of its matches, and Watt made only 135 runs at 13.50, and did not play again.

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