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Eric Petrie      

Full name Eric Charlton Petrie

Born May 22, 1927, Ngaruawahia, Waikato

Died August 14, 2004, Omokoroa, Bay of Plenty (aged 77 years 84 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Gentlemen, Northern Districts

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 14 25 5 258 55 12.90 0 1 0 25 0
First-class 115 189 34 2788 151 17.98 2 6 198 37
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 14 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 115 21 16 0 - - - 4.57 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v New Zealand at Lahore, Oct 26-31, 1955 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Auckland, Mar 11-15, 1966 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1950-1967
Profile

Eric Charlton Petrie, who died aged 77, was a cricketing gentleman, with a capital `G'. Between 1950 and 1967 the stocky, soft-handed keeper made his pleasant path through cricket - 115 first-class matches, 14 Tests, long and faithful duty, too, for the young Northern Districts side. Perhaps one distinction set Petrie apart. During the New Zealanders' 1958 tour of England, not the happiest expedition by a young and raw side, Petrie's unfailing enthusiasm and his expert keeping were major morale-boosters. And the whole New Zealand side gained a psychological lift when Petrie's cricketing stature was increased a cubit or two by his being picked for the Gentlemen against the Players in that old and celebrated relic of Victorian times. Petrie began his career with Auckland in 1950-51 and won his national cap with New Zealand in India and Pakistan in 1955-56. He had the greatest impact as a senior figure in the young Northern Districts side promoted to first-class level in 1956-57. For the next 10 years and 57 games for Northern Districts Petrie remained a superb keeper and much admired throughout the land. His old friend Roger Harris, who opened the Auckland batting for many years, cherished their friendship. "I was lucky enough to get runs quite consistently against Northern Districts," said Harris just after Petrie's death. "In fact, there were quite a few half-centuries along the way. And, whenever I got a 50 against Northern Districts, Eric would give me a smile and a `well batted' and then get back to business. In my time Eric Petrie was the great gentleman of New Zealand cricket."
Don Cameron

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