Full name Roger Charles Blunt
Born November 3, 1900, Durham, England
Died June 22, 1966, Westminster, London, England (aged 65 years 231 days)
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Marylebone Cricket Club, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Jan 10-13, 1930 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 4-7, 1932 scorecard|
|First-class span||1917/18 - 1934|
The Durham-born allrounder Roger Blunt played in New Zealand's first nine Tests, but this was no case of a rat joining a sinking ship - Blunt's parents emigrated when he was six months old. He started off as predominantly a legspinner, but developed into a stylish batsman whose bowling was a handy second suit. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year before New Zealand had played a Test, after an impressive 1927 tour, and he hit 42 off an eight-ball over, with seven sixes, for West Christchurch against Riccarton in 1923. And in 1931-32 he slammed a run-a-minute 338 not out for Otago against Canterbury; he is one of only five New Zealand first-class triple-centurions (Bert Sutcliffe, Glenn Turner, Ken Rutherford and Mark Richardson are the others). Blunt died in London in 1966.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1928
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"