Eric Petrie

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Eric Petrie
Eric Petrie 1959.jpg
Personal information
Born(1927-05-22)22 May 1927
Ngaruawahia, Waikato, New Zealand
Died14 August 2004(2004-08-14) (aged 77)
Omokoroa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
BattingRight-hand bat
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 75)26 October 1955 v Pakistan
Last Test11 March 1966 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 14 115
Runs scored 258 2788
Batting average 12.90 17.98
100s/50s -/1 2/6
Top score 55 151
Balls bowled - 21
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 25/- 198/37
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017

Eric Charlton Petrie (22 May 1927 – 14 August 2004) was a New Zealand cricketer who played 14 Tests for New Zealand from 1955 to 1966 as a wicket-keeper.

Domestic career[edit]

Petrie began playing for Waikato in the Hawke Cup in 1945-46, he made his first-class debut for Auckland in 1950-51.

He established himself in the Auckland team in 1952-53, and captained Auckland in 1954-55; when the Northern Districts cricket team made its first-class debut in 1956-57 he was appointed captain, a position he held until the end of the 1960-61 season. He scored two first-class centuries, both against Wellington: the first in 1953-54 when he opened the Auckland second innings and made 151,[1] the other in 1959-60 when he made 136 at number five for Northern Districts.[2]

He retired from first-class cricket after the 1966-67 season.

International career[edit]

Petrie was selected to tour Pakistan and India with the New Zealanders in 1955-56, he played in four of the eight Tests on the tour.

He toured England in 1958, playing all five Tests, he was also selected for the Gentlemen in the Gentlemen v Players match at the end of the season. Wisden noted that he was "a neat and reliable wicket-keeper, who ... was immensely popular because of his pleasant personality".[3]

He played both Tests when England toured in 1958-59, and after a gap he returned for all three Tests when England toured in 1965-66, his top score in Tests was 55 against England in the First Test in 1965-66.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Auckland v Wellington 1953-54". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Northern Districts v Wellington 1959-60". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. ^ Wisden 1959, p. 226.
  4. ^ "New Zealand v England at Christchurch, 1965-66". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2017.

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