Alby Roberts      

Full name Albert William Roberts

Born August 20, 1909, Christchurch, Canterbury

Died May 13, 1978, Clyde, Otago (aged 68 years 266 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Otago

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 10 1 248 66* 27.55 0 3 0 4 0
First-class 84 135 17 3645 181 30.88 3 28 78 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 4 459 209 7 4/101 6/174 29.85 2.73 65.5 1 0 0
First-class 84 13544 4762 167 5/47 28.51 2.10 81.1 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Jan 10-13, 1930 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 14-17, 1937 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1927/28 - 1950/51

Albert William Roberts, who died in Clyde, N.Z. on May 13 aged 68, was a member of the 1937 New Zealand side in England. Regarded at the outset of his career simply as a bat, he owed his place in the first Test against Harold Gilligan's team in 1929-30, to a couple of useful innings at a crisis for Canterbury against the tourists. Two years later he played in both Tests against the South Africans in New Zealand and in the first made 54. However by 1937 he had developed into a good medium-pace opener who could swing the ball and get considerable pace from the pitch. Unfortunately that summer shoulder trouble, and later a damaged finger, took the life out of his bowling and left it for the most part merely negative. Even so, with 62 wickets at 26 runs each and 510 runs with an average of 25.50, he was an extremely useful member of the side, especially, as he was a brilliant slip. Moreover he had a way of getting runs when they were wanted; in the Lord's Test he made 66 not out and at the Oval 50, both very valuable innings which left him at the top of the Test match batting averages. The second Test he had missed through injury. His highest score during the season was 82 v Sussex. He was no stylist, but had a strong defence and could hit hard in front of the wicket. In all in his five Tests spread over seven years he scored 248 runs with an average of 27.55.

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