Stephen Boock

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Stephen Boock
Personal information
Full name Stephen Lewis Boock
Born (1951-09-20)20 September 1951
Dunedin, New Zealand
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 140) 10 February 1978 v England
Last Test 24 February 1989 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 27) 15 July 1978 v England
Last ODI 27 October 1987 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 30 14 164 61
Runs scored 207 30 1,092 118
Batting average 6.27 10.00 8.53 7.37
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 37 12 37 21
Balls bowled 6,598 700 40,707 1,832
Wickets 74 15 640 80
Bowling average 34.64 34.20 22.36 22.90
5 wickets in innings 4 0 40 0
10 wickets in match - n/a 5 0
Best bowling 7/87 3/28 8/57 4/16
Catches/stumpings 14/- 5/- 83/- 21/-
Source: Cricinfo, 8 April 2017

Stephen Lewis Boock ONZM (born 20 September 1951 in Dunedin) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played 30 Tests and 14 One Day Internationals.

Boock is the brother of sports journalist Richard Boock (biographer of Bert Sutcliffe) and award-winning novelist and screenwriter Paula Boock.

Domestic career

He was a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and is one of only 6 New Zealanders to have taken over 600 first class wickets.[1] After a Test against Pakistan at Wellington in 1985 he had achieved a career high of 9th place in the PriceWaterhouseCoopers rankings for Test cricket.[2]

International career

Boock made his Test debut at Wellington in February 1978 in New Zealand's maiden Test victory over England. He made his first overseas tour a few months later in England and in the Test Match at Trent Bridge conceded just 29 runs in a 28 over spell which included 18 maidens and 2 wickets.

In 1979/80, at the dramatic conclusion to the First Test against Clive Lloyd's West Indians at Carisbrook, Dunedin, Boock joined Gary Troup at the crease with New Zealand 100 for 9 and needing four more runs to win this historic match. The two tailenders took the Black Caps to their first test win over the West Indies, and what would ultimately become their first series win over the Caribbean giants, when they scrambled through for a leg bye as scores were level. In a controversial tour, marred by umpiring disputes and some ugly onfield behaviour by the tourists, New Zealand won the series 1-0 after drawing the next two tests in Christchurch and Auckland.

In 1983-84 New Zealand won their first ever series over England and Boock took 4 for 37 at Christchurch.

In 1984-85 against Pakistan at Niaz Stadium he took his career best innings figures of 7 for 87.

In 1985-86, during the Black Caps' first Test series win over Australia, Boock had a rare success with the bat. He contributed 37 runs in a New Zealand record tenth-wicket partnership of 124 with John Bracewell (83 not out) in the Second Test at the SCG. New Zealand won the series 2-1.

International record

Test 5 Wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/67 3  England Eden Park Auckland New Zealand 1978
2 5/28 15  Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium Kandy Sri Lanka 1984
3 7/87 19  Pakistan Niaz Stadium Sind Pakistan 1984
4 5/117 21  Pakistan Basin Reserve Wellington New Zealand 1985

See also

External links

  • Cricinfo Profile
  • Stephen Boock at Cricket Archive
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