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Known as “The Bull”, Cowie was New Zealand’s first great test bowler and ranked with the world’s best.
New Zealand has produced some fine batsmen, among them Bert Sutcliffe, Martin Donnelly and Stewie Dempster, but knowledgeable judges rate Martin Crowe the best of them all.
To look for the quality of Stewie Dempster as a test batsman, it's only necessary to look at the alltime best averages.
He was said to have everything as a test batsman — style and grace, confidence and determination, success and modesty.
It was no coincidence that when Sir Richard Hadlee was making his mark on the cricket fields of the world, so was New Zealand; that the national team’s days in the sun were in large part because of his efforts.
Walter Hadlee’s name is linked inextricably to New Zealand cricket for many reasons.
Lowry was one of the dominant figures of New Zealand cricket in its formative test years.
Motz, a big man in stature and reputation, was the first New Zealander to take 100 test wickets.
Regarded as the father of cricket in New Zealand, he was the first truly international cricketer to be produced by New Zealand.
A batsman, a bowler and sometimes a wicketkeeper, Reid could lay claim with Sir Richard Hadlee to being New Zealand cricket’s greatest allrounder.
Ian Smith, known to his teammates as “Stockley” after one of his given names, was one of the key contributors in a New Zealand cricket golden era in the 1980s.
Bert Sutcliffe was regarded, with the Australian Neil Harvey, as the best left-handed batsman of his generation.
There wasn’t much in sport that Eric Tindill didn’t or couldn’t do. Mostly a halfback but sometimes a first five-eighth, he played 17 times for the All Blacks between 1935 and 1938.
In the West Indies in 1972, Glenn Turner was such a prolific scorer (two successive innings of 259 in Georgetown), the crowds dubbed him “Mistah Runs”.