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Glenn Turner

A right-hand batsman born in Dunedin, Glenn Turner was a remarkable record breaker and a consistent run scorer. He began his career for Otago as a 17 year old, known as a slow scorer with a good defensive technique. He ended his career as a fast-scoring batsman with strokes all around the wicket. He learned his skills in county cricket playing for Worcestershire. Among his notable feats were 103 first-class hundreds, scoring more than 1,000 runs before the end of May in 1973 (a rare feat in English cricket), scoring two hundreds in a game six times, and playing more first-class games (455) and scoring more runs (34,346) than any other New Zealander. His first-class average was 49.70 and his test average was 44.64. Turner was a trail-blazer for New Zealand professional cricket.

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Don Neely, 'Cricket - Test cricket 1945–1979', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 July 2020)

Story by Don Neely, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Apr 2016