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Glenn Turner
Inducted in 1990
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”.
Sporting Category:
  • Cricket
His technique was mastered on the playing fields of Dunedin and perfected on the county grounds of England as Turner matched a county career with Worcestershire with summers spent playing in New Zealand.

Dedicated and single-minded, Turner was the consummate professional and though he was often impatient of amateur administrators, he served his country nobly.

A very correct opening batsman, Turner was often criticised early in his career for limited attacking shots but he more than made up for it later when he scored as fast as anyone when necessary and proved to be an innovative batsman in the one-day game.

Among his feats, he is the only New Zealander to have scored more than 100 centuries (his 100th was a triple century), was the only county player to score centuries against every other county, and in 1973 he became the first player since 1938 to score 1000 runs by the end of May in England.

He played 41 tests for 2991 runs (average 44.64) and included seven centuries. In his total first-class career, he scored 34,346 runs.

Turner also had two successful periods as coach of the New Zealand team.

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