Roger Blunt

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Roger Blunt
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Personal information
Born (1900-11-03)3 November 1900
Durham, England
Died 22 June 1966(1966-06-22) (aged 65)
Westminster, England
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 2) 10 January 1930 v England
Last Test 4 March 1932 v South Africa
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 9 123
Runs scored 330 7953
Batting average 27.50 40.99
100s/50s 0/1 15/40
Top score 96 338*
Balls bowled 936 13252
Wickets 12 213
Bowling average 39.33 31.16
5 wickets in innings 0 5
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 3/17 8/99
Catches/stumpings 5/- 88/-
Source: Cricinfo, 11 April 2017

Roger Charles Blunt MBE (3 November 1900 – 22 June 1966) was a cricketer who played nine Tests for New Zealand.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in England, but his family moved to New Zealand when he was six months old.[1] His father, a graduate of Christ Church, Oxford, was a professor at Canterbury College in Christchurch.[2] Roger was educated at Christ's College, Christchurch, where he captained the First XI cricket team.[3]

Early career[edit]

A batsman and leg-spinner, he began his first-class career at 17 on Christmas Day 1917 for Otago against Canterbury at Christchurch, taking six wickets. He was a prolific batsman in domestic cricket throughout the 1920s, playing several representative matches for New Zealand against Australian and English teams in the days before New Zealand played Test cricket. When New Zealand made its first major overseas tour, to England in 1927, he scored 1540 runs at 44.00 and took 77 wickets at 25.29, and in recognition of these performances he was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1928.

Late career[edit]

In New Zealand's first Test, against England in Christchurch in January 1930, he made more runs and took more wickets than any other New Zealander (45 not out and 7; 3 for 17 and 2 for 17) as New Zealand lost by 8 wickets. He played in all of New Zealand's first nine Tests: four against England in 1929-30, three against England in 1931, and two against South Africa in 1931-32. His highest Test score was 96 against England at Lord's in 1931.

Batting for Otago against Canterbury in Christchurch in 1931-32, he made 338 not out at a run a minute[4] out of a total of 589 all out, in a match that Otago nevertheless lost. It was the highest first-class score by a New Zealander until Bert Sutcliffe beat it with 355 in 1949-50. Blunt's best first-class bowling figures were 8 for 99 for Otago against Auckland in Dunedin in 1930-31.

After the 1931-32 season he played no further cricket in New Zealand, but did appear in three minor first-class matches in England in 1934 and 1935.

After cricket[edit]

After he retired from the game he became a radio commentator on cricket broadcasts, joining the BBC team for the 1949 New Zealand tour of England[5] and was a successful businessman. He was awarded the MBE in 1965.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wisden Cricketer of the Year Retrieved 2012-11-16
  2. ^ "Christ's College, Canterbury, N.Z.". The Cricketer. III: p. 25. February 1923. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Bill Francis, Tom Lowry: Leader in a Thousand, Trio, Wellington, 2010, p. 34.
  4. ^ Roger Blunt Retrieved 2012-11-16
  5. ^ Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Ball by Ball, Grafton, London, 1990, p. 89.
  6. ^ Wisden 1967, p. 963.

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