Former Kiwis cricketer Bill Playle dies aged 80
Former Kiwis batsman Bill Playle drew his last breath in New South Wales, Australia at the age of 80. He plied his trade for his national cricket team between 1958 and 1963. The cricket fraternity is pained by his demise. Bill Playle was born 1 December 1938 in Manawatu, New Zealand.
He has had a great career where he played a handful of games to his resume, garnering as many as 2888 runs in his 85 First Class games and then he played 8 Tests where he scored 151 runs.
Playle played as a specialist right-handed batsman. He announced his arrival to the game while making his debut for New Zealand against England in June 1958. He didn’t have the best of outing in his first series, making just 56 runs in the 5 Tests.
It was only after sorting out the woes and tweaking his batting technique, there is no looking back since then. He performed ever so well during the game and he brought the best out of himself batting nearly 4 hours for 18 runs as his team fought fearlessly to escape defeat at Leeds.
After being ruled out of the team for a couple of years, Playle was roped in the national side for 3 more Tests against England in the 1962-63 season. Much to everyone’s expectations, he did show his worth scoring a productive 65 at Wellington.
Playle played a notable number of matches, making a great start with Auckland while he was a teenager before locating to Australia and contribute playing cricket for Western Australia, where he chipped in with highest ever First Class score of 122 in the year 1965-66.
RIP, Bill Playle!