Full name Lawrence Somerville Martin Miller
Born March 31, 1923, New Plymouth, Taranaki
Died December 17, 1996, Kapiti, Wellington (aged 73 years 261 days)
Major teams New Zealand, Central Districts, Wellington
Batting style Left-hand bat
|Test debut||New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 6-10, 1953 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 21-26, 1958 scorecard|
|First-class span||1950/51 - 1959/60|
Lawrence Somerville Martin Miller, died on December 17, 1996, aged 73. Lawrie Miller was a left-handed batsman who played 13 Tests for New Zealand, not making his debut until just before his 30th birthday. His career was held up because he came from rural Taranaki. He failed to pass 50 in Tests; indeed, in South Africa in 1953-54, he made four successive Test ducks, a sequence ended only by a fairly inglorious two. But he played some important little innings, and his 47 and 25 in the low-scoring match against West Indies at Auckland in 1955-56 were instrumental in securing New Zealand's First Test win. He was often prolific in provincial cricket: at one stage of the 1952-53 season he had scored 397 for Central Districts without being dismissed. Miller latter moved to Wellington. He also played first-class rugby.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year 1953
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