Tom Pritchard

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Tom Pritchard
Personal information
Full name Thomas Leslie Pritchard
Born (1917-03-10) 10 March 1917 (age 100)
Kaupokonui, Taranaki, New Zealand
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast, right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1937−1941 Wellington
1946−1955 Warwickshire
1956 Kent
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 200
Runs scored 3,363
Batting average 13.34
100s/50s 0/6
Top score 81
Balls bowled 42,871
Wickets 818
Bowling average 23.30
5 wickets in innings 48
10 wickets in match 11
Best bowling 8/20
Catches/stumpings 84/−
Source: Cricinfo, 15 June 2013

Thomas Leslie Pritchard (born 10 March 1917) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played most of his first-class cricket in England.

Pritchard was a genuinely fast right-arm bowler and a useful lower order right-handed batsman who played in several matches for Wellington before the Second World War. Coming to Europe and then England with the New Zealand forces during the War, he qualified for Warwickshire and was highly successful for several seasons.[1] His best year was 1948 when he took 172 wickets at an average of 18.75. In 1951, his bowling, by now fast-medium rather than outright fast, played a big part in Warwickshire's unexpected County Championship success. He took three hat tricks for the county during his career, as of 2016 still a record for the club.[1]

His bowling declined across the 1950s, and he left Warwickshire after the 1955 season.[1] He played a few matches for Kent in 1956, but was not a success and retired. His last match was against Warwickshire, and as a batsman he was out first ball as part of a hat-trick by Keith Dollery. He took 818 first-class wickets during his career and remains one of New Zealand's leading first-class wicket takers.[2]

Pritchard retired to New Zealand and has lived in Levin, New Zealand, since 1986. A biography, Tom Pritchard: Greatness Denied by Paul Williams, was published in 2013.[3] His grandson, David Meiring, has played first-class cricket for Central Districts.[4]

In March 2017 he became only the third New Zealand first-class cricketer, after John Wheatley and Syd Ward, to reach 100 years of age.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Bolton P (2006) County Cult Heroes, CricInfo, April 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  2. ^ McConnell L (2003) Cairns joins select group of bowlers in New Zealand history, CricInfo, 11 July 2003. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  3. ^ Cricketer's life revealed, The Dominion Post, 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. ^ David Meiring, CricInfo. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  5. ^ Coverdale, Brydon. "It takes a rare cricketer to reach a century, not just make one". Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 

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