PLAYERS

As of March 15, 2020, 30 players have represented New Zealand in official Over-50s Internationals (O50Is).  They are profiled below in the order of their caps.

1. Nigel Fletcher (Auckland)

24 runs at 4.80; 2 wickets at 20.00; 5 catches

Fletcher was New Zealand's first captain, leading the side against Australia in 2018 and at the 2018 World Cup. While he never managed to get going with the bat at international level, with just one double-digit score in 6 innings, he was excellent in the field and played a significant role in getting the over-50s concept up and running in New Zealand.

2. Graeme Inglis (Canterbury)

7 runs at 3.50.

Inglis, an elegant opening batsman, had the honour of facing New Zealand's first delivery in O50Is. He was perhaps unlucky not to make the 2018 World Cup squad, but has since gone on to be a star for New Zealand at over-60s level and also played for Canterbury/Otago in the 2019 IPT.

3. Andrew Spence (Taranaki)

2 runs at 2.00.

Left-handed opener Spence's sole opportunity for New Zealand came in its first match, against Australia in Nelson. He only managed 2 that day and never had another chance, although he did represent Districts with some success at the 2019 IPT.

4. Mason Robinson (Nelson)

347 runs at 49.57; 14 dismissals

Robinson was a late injury replacement for NZ's first ever series, but made every post a winner, scoring 59 in that game and then dominating the 2018 World Cup, scoring 268 runs at 67. He has had a mortgage on the 'keeping gloves since the start and has taken some amazing stumpings. Robinson continues to play 1st XI for  Wakatu CC and won the Nelson Masters Sportsman of the Year award in 2019.

5. Adrian Dale (Auckland)

372 runs at 41.33; 12 wickets at 17.75; 1 catch

After a long and distinguished first-class career for Glamorgan and England A, Dale moved to New Zealand and worked for New Zealand Cricket. He has been a member of the NZ Over-50s since the start and was appointed captain in 2019. He has played some crucial innings at number 3, none more so than his 76 off 63 balls in the 2018 World Cup semi-final, albeit in a losing cause. He currently lies third on the list of all-time leading run-scorers in O50Is. Dale is also captain of the Auckland IPT team.

6. Pete Escott (Auckland)

65 runs at 10.83; 7 wickets at 27.00; 2 catches

Having been more of a batsman most of his life, it was Escott's stump-to-stump bowling that proved most effective at over-50s level. His best day came at the 2018 World Cup, when he ripped through the Welsh line-up to take 4/13 - still among the best figures in all O50Is. His 28 in the semi vs. Australia also took NZ close to pulling off a miraculous chase.

7. Richard Petrie (Wellington)

334 runs at 55.67; 7 wickets at 10.00; 2 catches

Petrie, with 13 ODIs to his name, is the only ex-international to have played O50Is for New Zealand. An aggressive seam bowler at his peak, Petrie has turned into an imposing and destructive opening batsman. His batting and bowling averages are both in the top 6 among all players in O50Is. He led the Wellington/Tasman Firehawks to IPT victory in 2019, finishing as the leading run-scorer for the tournament. Petrie's 729 runs (at 66.27) in all over-50s matches is more than 100 ahead of the second best (Dale). When fit, he is still able to bowl quicker than most.

8. Martin Pennefather (Wanganui)

46 runs at 15.33; 10 wickets at 24.50; 1 catch

Best described as 'gritty' rather than 'elegant' Pennefather has never let the side down, ever since taking 3/22 on debut against Australia. His probing off-spin and doughty lower-order batting have been crucial for the Greycaps on several occasions. He nearly pulled off an amazing heist in the 2018 semi, narrowly failing to hit a last-ball 6 to win the game. Pennefather was named in the 2020 World Cup squad but sadly had to withdraw due to an arm injury.

9. Rudie Swanepoel (Cambridge)

1 run at 1.00; 1 catch

A true gentleman of the game, Swanepoel only had a minor impact in his one game for New Zealand - the team's first ever - but performed solidly at the 2019 IPT in charge of the Districts side. His canny left-arm spin and middle-order batting make him a useful player at this level.

10. Dean Askew (Auckland)

80 runs at 13.33; 10 wickets at 25.20

Now closer to 60 than 50, the tall and fit Askew continues to bowl as fast as anyone on the over-50s scene. He has been an integral part of the NZ line-up since bowling the team's first delivery and taking the first wicket at this level. His lower-order batting has proved useful as well, with a handy ability to clear the boundary.

11. Andrew Nuttall (Canterbury)

2 runs at 2.00; 21 wickets at 12.05

Nuttall is the leading wicket-taker in New Zealand over-50s cricket, with 37. Twenty-one of these have come at international level, putting him only behind England's Stephen Foster on the world-wide list. Nuttall's amazing control, variation and accuracy continues to befuddle batsmen at all levels. He was the third-oldest player at the 2020 World Cup (and plays for the NZ Over-60s as well), but competes easily with the top 50-year-olds.

12. Greg James (Auckland)

James is the only New Zealand player to have played a game without scoring a run, taking a wicket or taking a catch, but he was an enthusiastic participant in the one game he did play - NZ's first.

13. Mike Jamieson (Auckland)

44 runs at 11.00; 1 catch

Jamieson has not been able to transfer his prolific run-scoring at club level to the international game, where good bowlers have exposed his technique at the top of the order. A strong hitter, Jamieson has hit an 80 for Auckland and 65 for NZ in a warm-up game.

14. Malcolm Boyd  (Hamilton)

1 wicket at 5.00

Boyd opened the bowling in New Zealand's second game against Australia, taking a wicket with his sixth ball, injuring himself in the process and never playing again.

15. Brent Fleming (Canterbury)

27 runs at 13.50; 3 catches

A defiant opening batsman, Fleming managed to weather some early bowling attacks at the 2018 World Cup but struggled to find the gaps in his 3 innings. His outfield catch to dismiss England's Simon Myles was one of the best in the tournament.

16. Robbie Kerr (Wellington)

148 runs at 29.60; 4 catches

Arguably New Zealand O50s' best ever nurdler, Kerr was a master of keeping the score ticking over without necessarily hitting a lot of boundaries. His 50 from 40 balls vs Canada and 38 from 37 in the semi vs Australia were vital examples. He also shared the 'keeping duties and was the only member of the 2018 squad to play every game.

17. David Leonard (Nelson)

53 runs at 13.25; 3 wickets at 24.33; 2 catches

The former CD opening bowler has played more as a batsman in over-50s cricket, but suffered from some odd selection decisions at the 2018 World Cup. He has shown glimpses of his ability - notably his 25* against South Africa - but is yet to play a big innings at international level.

18. Lincoln Doull (Hawkes Bay)

31 runs at 31; 7 wickets at 24.14; 1 catch

Big moments seemed to follow Lincoln Doull at the 2018 World Cup. He was at the wicket during NZ's close chase against Pakistan and again in the thrilling last-over nailbiter vs. Australia in the semis. He also stood up with the ball on occasions, notably in the round-robin encounter against the Aussies, when he took 3/32.

19. Hamish Kember (Canterbury)

7 wickets at 21.71; 1 catch

The tall former first-class left-arm spinner came into the New Zealand squad for the 2018 World Cup and made an immediate impact with 2/30 against Pakistan. His form dropped off after that, however, and he even morphed into a medium-pacer during the 2019 IPT, failing to win selection for the 2020 World Cup. He has returned to spin for the 2020/21 season, with hopes of a national recall.

20. Craig Gibb (Canterbury)

32 runs at 10.67

Gibb is a prolific run-scorer in the Christchurch Presidents grade, where he regularly averages over 50 and often wins the grade's MVP award. He has found the going tougher at international level, as his O50I average of 10.67 would suggest. Nevertheless, he has scored 238 runs at 26.44 in all O50s matches and captains the Canterbury/Otago Mainlanders at IPT level.

21. David Fulton (Manawatu)

106 runs at 35.33; 4 wickets at 16.75; 3 catches

Manawatu's all-time leading run-scorer and a long-time national representative at indoor cricket. Fulton debuted with 63 against Australia and followed it up with 32 vs. Canada (albeit off 73 balls) and also nabbed some handy wickets. He was unavailable for the 2019 IPT due to indoor cricket commitments, but has indicated a return to outdoor for the 2020/21 season.

22. Andrew Hore (Otago)

34 runs at 17.00

Hore played 71 games for Otago at first-class/List-A level, including 3 centuries, and continues to play senior cricket in Dunedin. The aggressive left-handed opener hit 92 in a warm-up game before the 2020 World Cup, then 17 in each of the 2 games NZ played before the tournament was cut short. He also had a successful IPT in 2019 and sits 6th on the list of domestic run-scorers at O50s level, with 278 at 39.71.

23. John Garry (Canterbury)

58 runs at 29.00; 1 catch

A technically sound top-order batsman, Garry scored 34 and 24 in two low-scoring matches at the 2020 WC. He showed sound defence and an ability to improvise when needed. Garry never quite played first-class cricket, but has been a heavy scorer at club level throughout his life. This continued in the 2019/20 season, when he scored 3 centuries, including one in a warm-up game for New Zealand.

24. Dean Read (Canterbury)

8 runs at 4.00; 1 catch

Read burst on to the over-50s scene at the 2019 IPT, scoring rapid half-centuries in each of the 3 games he played. This form saw him picked in the New Zealand World Cup squad as an attacking middle-order option. He smashed 40* from 21 balls and 85 from 47 in two warm-up games against NSW, but the slow pitches of South Africa didn't suit his game.

25. Neil Ronaldson (Auckland)

17 runs at 17.00; 7 wickets at 9.86; 

A star of Auckland club cricket who never quite made the first-class scene, Ronaldson made up for lost time at the 2020 World Cup. In the 1st game against West Indies, he bowled with aggression to claim 4 wickets - 3 of them LBW - for just 18 runs. He took 2/11 against Canada and 1/40 vs. Zimbabwe to finish as 2nd leading wicket-taker in the tournament. He also showed a glimpse of the batting form that had seen him hit 10 6s at the IPT with 16* from 9 balls against Canada.

26. Dean Busch (Auckland)

5 runs (undismissed)

Busch didn't have a stand-out IPT but was called in as an injury replacement for Martin Pennefather for the 2020 World Cup. He celebrated by scoring 73* for Auckland against NSW, adding 176 with Adrian Dale - the highest partnership in NZ over-50s cricket. He didn't get many chances in the World Cup but played a valuable  knock against West Indies and bowled at some important times. His fitness and enthusiasm made him a valuable component of the squad.

27. Glen White (Auckland)

4 wickets at 16.50

White turned 50 just before the 2020 World Cup and his youthful exuberance showed through, especially in his vigorous appealing. The left-arm spinner opened the bowling in the tournament and knocked the top off the West Indies batting, with wickets in consecutive balls.

28. Bert Horner (Northland)

18 runs at 18.00.

Following a star turn at the 2019 IPT, where he scored 180 runs for only twice out, including a match-winning 79* vs eventual champions Wellington/Tasman, there were high hopes for the competitive 'keeper-batsman from Whangarei. However, Horner's only opportunity at the World Cup came on a tough pitch against Canada, where he scored 18. Horner continues to play senior club cricket and even represents Northland "B".

29. Jon Cleland (Auckland)

1 wicket at 10.00.

Cleland was a long-time first-team star at Cornwall CC and made the NZ team on the back of a strong 2019 IPT, highlighted by an 80 against Canterbury/Otago. His aggressive and versatile batting and steady swing bowling make him a useful player, although - like several others - his opportunities at the 2020 World Cup were limited.

30. Stephen Hewson (Wellington)

2 wickets at 8.50.

With a somewhat ungainly action, Hewson may not appear at first glance like a star bowler. However, his height, accuracy and unusual variations make him extremely difficult to get away on conducive wickets. He was the 2nd most economical bowler at the 2019 IPT and had extraordinary figures at the World Cup of 1/8 off 7 overs vs Canada and 1/9 off 7 overs vs Zimbabwe. He is by far the most economical bowler in all Over-50s Internationals, with an RPO of just 1.21 - more than half a run per over ahead of the next player on the list.

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