NZ Cricket Patriarch Remembered
Walter Hadlee, involved in NZ test cricket from the start has died in Christchurch aged 91. A productive and aggressive batsman, Hadlee played 11 Tests for NZ, eight of those as captain, and later served as national team manager, selector and chairman, as well as president of the cricket board. “Walter was very much the patriarch of NZ Cricket and made an enormous lifetime contribution,” said current NZC chairman Sir John Anderson. Hadlee was awarded an OBE in 1950, a CBE in 1978, and was inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Three of his five sons – Barry, Dayle and Richard – also played Test cricket, with legendary fast bowler Richard knighted for his services to the game in 1990.
Walter Hadlee: 4 June 1915 – 29 September 2006