Full name John Ernest Mills
Born September 3, 1905, Carisbrook, Dunedin, Otago
Died December 11, 1972, Hamilton, Waikato (aged 67 years 99 days)
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland
Batting style Left-hand bat
Relation Father - G Mills
|Test debut||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Jan 24-27, 1930 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v England at Auckland, Mar 31-Apr 3, 1933 scorecard|
|First-class span||1924/25 - 1937/38|
Known to us all as 'Jackie' Mills, he first came to England with a New Zealand side in 1927 and had a fairly successful tour, making 1251 runs, average 3790, including five centuries - one against Surrey - but there were no Tests that year. When the MCC agreed to send a team to New Zealand in the winter of 1929-30 it was agreed to raise New Zealand to full Test match status, and three three-day Tests were included in the programme of the tour. I well remember Jackie's Test debut in the second Test, at Wellington: he shared with C. S. Dempster a first-wicket partnership of 276, of which he made 117. This, I think, was his best Test performance. Certainly the opening stand was a record until 1972, when Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis put on 387 against West Indies at Georgetown. Jackie was a left-handed batsman, tall and lean, and was a good field. He was brought up in a cricket atmosphere as his father was groundsman at Eden Park, Auckland. He came to England again in 1931 with Tom Lowry's side and scored 1368 runs, average 3181, and made three centuries. He played in all three Tests but scored only 91 runs in four innings. His last Test was against Douglas Jardine's team in 1932-33 at Auckland, but he was bowled in the first innings by Bill Bowes for nought and in the second innings he had collected 11 not out when rain stopped play.
Arthur Gilligan, The Cricketer, February 1973
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