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HADLEE, Walter Arnold, O.B.E.
Walter Arnold Hadlee was born at Lincoln, Canterbury, on 4 June 1915 and educated at Christchurch Boys' High School and Canterbury University. He first became prominent as a batsman for the Canterbury provincial team during the 1933–34 season. In 1935 he played for New Zealand against the visiting M.C.C. side, and, two years later, toured England with the New Zealand XI. He played against Australia in 1945–46, captained the New Zealand team which toured England in 1949, and played for New Zealand against England in 1950–51. Hadlee retired from cricket in 1951. During the period 1933 to 1951 Hadlee played in 11 test matches for New Zealand and in 116 first-class matches, including 54 overseas. Hadlee's batting records are as follows: 17 centuries (including three scored overseas); 198 in the Otago v. Australia match at Dunedin, 1945–46; an aggregate score of 7,421 runs in first-class cricket (including 2,768 scored overseas) and 116 in the New Zealand v. England match in Christchurch, 1947. He was awarded the Redpath Cup for the best batsman of the 1945-46 season. His record in seven innings during that season was: runs 449, highest score 198, and batting average 64·14. In addition to his cricket Hadlee represented Canterbury in rugby (1938) and Otago in hockey (1946–47). He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1950.
In 1965 Hadlee managed the New Zealand cricket team which toured India, Pakistan, and Britain.