Stephen Boock

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Stephen Boock
Stephen Boock (cropped).jpg
Boock in 2016
Personal information
Full nameStephen Lewis Boock
Born (1951-09-20) 20 September 1951 (age 67)
Dunedin, New Zealand
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 140)10 February 1978 v England
Last Test24 February 1989 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 27)15 July 1978 v England
Last ODI27 October 1987 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 30 14 164 61
Runs scored 207 30 1,092 118
Batting average 6.27 10.00 8.53 7.37
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 37 12 37 21
Balls bowled 6,598 700 40,707 1,832
Wickets 74 15 640 80
Bowling average 34.64 34.20 22.36 22.90
5 wickets in innings 4 0 40 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 5 0
Best bowling 7/87 3/28 8/57 4/16
Catches/stumpings 14/– 5/– 83/– 21/–
Source: Cricinfo, 8 April 2017

Stephen Lewis Boock ONZM (born 20 September 1951) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played 30 Tests and 14 One Day Internationals.

Boock is the brother of sports journalist Richard Boock (biographer of Bert Sutcliffe) and award-winning novelist and screenwriter Paula Boock.

Domestic career[edit]

He was a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and is one of only 6 New Zealanders to have taken over 600 first class wickets.[1] After a Test against Pakistan at Wellington in 1985 he had achieved a career high of 9th place in the PriceWaterhouseCoopers rankings for Test cricket.[2]

International career[edit]

Boock made his Test debut at Wellington in February 1978 in New Zealand's maiden Test victory over England, he made his first overseas tour a few months later in England and in the Test Match at Trent Bridge conceded just 29 runs in a 28 over spell which included 18 maidens and 2 wickets.

In 1979/80, at the dramatic conclusion to the First Test against Clive Lloyd's West Indians at Carisbrook, Dunedin, Boock joined Gary Troup at the crease with New Zealand 100 for 9 and needing four more runs to win this historic match; the two tailenders took the Black Caps to their first test win over the West Indies, and what would ultimately become their first series win over the Caribbean giants, when they scrambled through for a leg bye as scores were level. In a controversial tour, marred by umpiring disputes and some ugly onfield behaviour by the tourists, New Zealand won the series 1-0 after drawing the next two tests in Christchurch and Auckland.

In 1983-84 New Zealand won their first ever series over England and Boock took 4 for 37 at Christchurch.

In 1984-85 against Pakistan at Niaz Stadium he took his career best innings figures of 7 for 87.

In 1985-86, during the Black Caps' first Test series win over Australia, Boock had a rare success with the bat, he contributed 37 runs in a New Zealand record tenth-wicket partnership of 124 with John Bracewell (83 not out) in the Second Test at the SCG. New Zealand won the series 2-1.

Local politics[edit]

In 1992 he launched a high-profile campaign for Dunedin's mayoralty, he was unsuccessful, but was elected to the city council for the southern ward.[1]


In the 2016 New Year Honours, Boock was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport and the community.[2]


  1. ^ Topham-Kindley, Liane (12 October 1989). "Boock gains most votes". Otago Daily Times. p. 4.
  2. ^ "New Year honours list 2016". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2018.

External links[edit]

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