Bert Sutcliffe      

Full name Bert Sutcliffe

Born November 17, 1923, Ponsonby, Auckland

Died April 20, 2001, Auckland (aged 77 years 154 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Northern Districts, Otago

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

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Bert Sutcliffe
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 42 76 8 2727 230* 40.10 5 15 16 20 0
First-class 233 407 39 17447 385 47.41 44 83 160 1
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 42 20 538 344 4 2/38 2/38 86.00 3.83 134.5 0 0 0
First-class 233 5966 3273 86 5/19 38.05 3.29 69.3 2 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Mar 21-25, 1947 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Birmingham, May 27-Jun 1, 1965 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1941/42 - 1965/66

Bert Sutcliffe, MBE, who died of emphysema on April 20, 2001, aged 77, was the outstanding New Zealand batsman of the immediate post-war period, though many in England who watched that other New Zealand left-hander, Martin Donnelly, in The Parks for Oxford might pursue counter-claims. Perhaps, as R. C. Robertson- Glasgow noted, "Sutcliffe had a more powerful case in his strokes to leg" whereas "in defence, Donnelly always looked the surer". The splendour of their off-side strokes was, needless to say, a given, and their brilliant fielding never ceased to excite attention, with Sutcliffe in his element whether at short leg, in the slips or at cover. Both made manifest again in that austere era some of the more charming cricketing images of the inter-war years.

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Aug 31, 2001

The Bert Sutcliffe Oval, formerly BIL Oval, at Lincoln University, Lincoln.

The Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln

© New Zealand Cricket

May 15, 2001

Former New Zealand Test cricketers and team-mates, from left, Bert Sutcliffe, Geoff Rabone and Lindsay Weir celebrate Jack Kerr's (right) 90th birthday in Auckland, 28 December 2000.

Former New Zealand cricketers celebrate Kerr's 90th birthday

© Jack Kerr

May 21, 1965

New Zealand batsman Bert Sutcliffe displays his batting stance, 1965

Sutcliffe displays his batting stance

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New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year 1948
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1950