Stewie Dempster
Inducted in 1990
To look for the quality of Stewie Dempster as a test batsman, it's only necessary to look at the alltime best averages.
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At the top is D G Bradman with his unmatchable 99.94 and next comes C S Dempster with 65.72. It may be said that it is an inflated average because he played only 10 tests, but who's to say the consistency Dempster displayed in those tests could not have been carried on?

Dempster without question was one of the best batsman to come from New Zealand and at his best, was among the finest in the world. He scored 2165 runs on the 1927 tour of England and in the match against Warwickshire, he hit one bowler for five fours in an over.

In the first series in New Zealand, against England in 1929-30, he scored 136 in Wellington in the second test to become the first centurion for New Zealand and he and Jack Mills put on an opening stand of 276, which remains a record against England.

Dempster's dominance continued on the 1931 tour of England, during which he scored his highest first-class score, 212 against Essex.

Dempster later returned to England and played for Warwickshire and Leicestershire, for the Gentlemen against the Players, and also for Scotland.

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