Profile, Career and Cricket Records of former New Zealand fast bowler Richard Collinge

This article is about a former fast bowler of New Zealand cricket Team in 1960's and 70's. We are talking about Richard Collinge. With a height of 6 feet 5 inches, he played in 35 Tests for New Zealand and was the highest wicket taker from New Zealand in Tests at the time of his retirement. A detail profile, career and records of this player are given here.

Richard Collinge was a former New Zealand cricketer who played for the country in 1960's and 70's. A tall left arm medium fast bowler, Collinge is top wicket taker from a New Zealand bowler at the time of his retirement in test cricket.

Richard Collinge

Cricket Career of former New Zealand cricketer Richard Collinge

Collinge started his cricket career in a first class cricket match for Central District, a domestic team of New Zealand in 1963/64. His International exposure came in 1965, when he played his first Test match against Pakistan. He has a bowling figure of 5/94 in the match including 3/43 in the Pakistan's second innings. He took a total os 15 wickets in that three test match series. His best bowling performance in Test matches came against India when he had a figure of 6/63 against them. Collinge took 116 wickets in Test Cricket, simply highest by any New Zealand bowler at that time.

He made in One Day Internationals (ODIs) debut in 1973, against Pakistan. His best moment in this format of game also came against Indian Team, where he had a very impressive figures of 5/23. Still his performance in ODI Cricket is not that much effective as it was in Test Cricket.

First Class Cricket
Richard Collinge played for three diferent teams in New Zealand domestic cricket. First he played or Central Districts. In 1967, he moved to Wellington and played for a long period with the team. He again changed his team, now started playing for Northern Districts. His record in first class cricket is also impressive.

Richard is also a handy batsman down the order in batting line-up. This evident of this is he is involved in highest partenership for the tenth wicket in history of Test cricket. He alongwith Brian Hastings put up 151 runs for the last wicket against Pakistan at Auckland in 1972-73. In this partenership, he contributed 68 runs remaining unbeaten. This was also the highest score by any number 11 batsman in Test history till that date.

Profile of former New Zealand Cricketer Richard Collinge

  • Full Name - Richard Owen Collinge
  • Birth Date of Richard Collinge - 2 April, 1946
  • Birth Place of Richard Collinge - Wellington (New Zealand)
  • Nationality - New Zealand
  • Batting Style - Right Hand Batsman
  • Bowling Style - Left arm fast medium bowler
  • Test Debut - On 22 January, 1965 against Pakistan at Wellington
  • ODI Debut - On 14 February, 1973 against Pakistan at Christchurch
  • Teams Richard Collinge played for - New Zealand, Central Districts, Wellington, Northern Districts

Bowling Record of Richard Collinge

In Test Cricket
  • Matches Played - 35
  • Bowls Bowled - 7689
  • Runs given - 3393
  • Wickets - 116
  • Bowling Average - 29.25
  • 5 wicket haul in an inning - 3
  • 10 wickets in match - 0
  • Best Bowling Figure - 6/63
  • Strike Rate - 66.2

In ODI Cricket
  • Matches Played - 15
  • Bowls Bowled - 859
  • Runs given - 479
  • Wickets - 18
  • Bowling Average - 26.61
  • 5 wicket haul in an inning - 1
  • Best Bowling Figure - 5/23
  • Strike Rate - 47.7

In First Class Cricket
  • Matches Played - 163
  • Bowls Bowled - 31388
  • Runs given - 12793
  • Wickets - 524
  • Bowling Average - 24.41
  • 5 wicket haul in an inning - 22
  • 10 wickets in match - 4
  • Best Bowling Figure - 8/64
  • Strike Rate - 59.9

In List A Cricket
  • Matches Played - 37
  • Bowls Bowled - 2038
  • Runs given - 1048
  • Wickets - 52
  • Bowling Average - 20.15
  • 5 wicket haul in an inning - 2
  • Best Bowling Figure - 5/23
  • Strike Rate - 39.10


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