Noel Harford

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Noel Harford
Noel Harford 1958.jpg
Personal information
Born (1930-08-30)30 August 1930
Winton, New Zealand
Died 30 March 1981(1981-03-30) (aged 50)
Auckland, New Zealand
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 74) 26 October 1955 v Pakistan
Last Test 24 July 1958 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 8 74
Runs scored 229 3149
Batting average 15.26 27.62
100s/50s 0/2 3/18
Top score 93 158
Balls bowled - 924
Wickets - 18
Bowling average - 26.55
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match - 0
Best bowling - 3/19
Catches/stumpings -/- 39/-
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017

Noel Sherwin Harford (30 August 1930 – 30 March 1981) was a New Zealand cricketer who played eight Tests in the 1950s. In domestic cricket he played for Central Districts from 1953 to 1959 and for Auckland from 1963 to 1967.


A neat right-handed batsman strong at driving and pulling but weak in defence and against spin, Harford came to prominence on the New Zealand tour to Pakistan and India in 1955-56, making his Test debut against Pakistan at Lahore, scoring 93 and 64.[1] That debut, though, proved by some distance to be Harford's most successful Test appearance.

In England in the wet summer of 1958, Harford made his maiden first-class century against Oxford University, scoring 158, his highest first-class score, and sharing a partnership of 204 with his captain, John Reid in two hours and 10 minutes.[2] He also scored 127 (a "brilliant century")[3] against Glamorgan. However, in eight innings in four Test matches that season, he scored just 41 runs and reached double figures only once, a gritty innings of 23 at Edgbaston in which he had to retire for a period after being hit in the face by a bouncer from Fred Trueman.[4]

He played no further Tests after the tour. His highest score in the Plunket Shield was 103 not out for Auckland against Central Districts in 1965-66. He played for Manawatu, Hawke's Bay and Franklin in the Hawke Cup between 1952 and 1971.

He also played basketball for New Zealand in the 1950s.

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  1. ^ "Scorecard: Pakistan v New Zealand 1955-56". Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Scorecard: Oxford University v New Zealanders 1958". Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  3. ^ Wisden 1959, p. 260.
  4. ^ Wisden 1959, pp. 244-45.

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