Richard Collinge

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Richard Collinge
Personal information
Full nameRichard Owen Collinge
Born (1946-04-02) 2 April 1946 (age 73)
Wellington, New Zealand
BattingRight-handed
BowlingLeft-arm medium-fast
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 102)22 January 1965 v Pakistan
Last Test24 August 1978 v England
ODI debut (cap 2)11 February 1973 v Pakistan
Last ODI17 July 1978 v England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1963/64–1969/70Central Districts
1967/68–1974/75Wellington
1975/76–1977/78Northern Districts
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 35 15 163 37
Runs scored 533 34 1,848 116
Batting average 14.40 5.66 14.43 9.66
100s/50s 0/2 0/0 0/4 0/0
Top score 68* 9 68* 38*
Balls bowled 7,689 859 31,388 2,038
Wickets 116 18 524 52
Bowling average 29.25 26.61 24.41 20.15
5 wickets in innings 3 1 22 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 4 0
Best bowling 6/63 5/23 8/64 5/23
Catches/stumpings 10/– 1/– 57/– 6/–
Source: Cricinfo, 17 October 2016

Richard Owen Collinge (born 2 April 1946) is a former New Zealand cricketer, who played 35 Tests and 15 ODIs. He was New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year in 1971.

Domestic career[edit]

He played domestic cricket for three different sides. He made his first class debut for Central Districts in 1963/64 and played for them until 1969/70 before moving to Wellington from 1967/68 to 1974/75 and finally Northern Districts till 1977/78. In 163 first class matches he took 524 wickets, with a best of 8-64, at an average of 24.41.

International career[edit]

A tall, strongly-built man, Collinge bowled left arm fast medium, ending his long run with both arms stretching upwards before delivering the ball.[1] He pitched the ball up and relied on late movement. He was a good foil for the often wild express pace of the young Richard Hadlee and was instrumental in helping Hadlee bring New Zealand's first Test victory over England in 1977-8, with figures of 3-42 and 3-45.[2] The fast inswinger with which he bowled Geoff Boycott at Wellington began England's collapse to 64 all out and brought the crowd to fever pitch.[citation needed]

He made his Test debut in 1965 and played his last match at Lord's in 1978.[3] [4] His best Test and One Day International bowling figures were both against India in 1975-76, with 6 for 63 and 5 for 23 respectively. At the time of his retirement, he was New Zealand's greatest wicket-taker, with 116 wickets at 29.25 each, despite missing many matches during his 13-year test career.[citation needed]

He could also be a useful batsman. At Auckland in 1972-73, Collinge scored 68 not out for New Zealand against Pakistan; this was the highest score ever made by a number 11 in a Test match at the time. That innings also formed part of the record last-wicket stand in Tests: 151 put on with Brian Hastings in 155 minutes.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kieza, Grantlee. FAST and FURIOUS: A celebration of Cricket's pace bowlers, 1st ed, Lester-Townsend Publishing Pty Ltd. 1990. ISBN 0-949853-41-0 (Australia)
  2. ^ Wisden 1979, p. 917.
  3. ^ Lynch, Stephen (19 January 2004). "The worst bowling average, and mystery injuries". Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2007.
  4. ^ "New Zealand v Pakistan in 1972/73". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 January 2007.
  5. ^ Wisden 1974, p. 942.

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