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The genesis of the Wellington Collegians Cricket Club Hall of Fame is grounded in the NZC and Cricket Wellington’s key Purpose statements that “Cricket is a game for life”. Few sports have the drama (across now 3 playing formats) and the ability to bring together people across generations to watch, comment upon, and importantly play together. 

The club utilises this initiative to (re) connect with its players and supporters. The Hall of Fame celebrates the past but also looks to secure the future. Many stories were shared in our inaugural launch on Saturday 02 February in 2019 with the Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand (Patron), Bryan Waddell (MC), and over 100 club members and supporters in attendance.

Since 1849 as a club and with close to 50 international representatives it was deemed important to recognise club and domestic contribution in selection. All of the inductees have strong club and domestic records (on and off the pitch) while achieving international recognition.

There is a fantastic opportunity for our inductees (where still on this planet) or their progeny to meet their Junior team that is named after them. This started in the 2019-2020 season so the Year 2’s played for the Penny Kinsella’s etc. and now carry that name with them for their Wellington Collegians Junior career.

This is an extremely important part for this first wave so we can ensure our longevity and bolster the next 170 years within the breeding ground of the club.

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Trevor McMahon (1929 – )

Long standing club man playing from 1947 to 1981 scoring 7,291 runs (which per Dai Hayward in 1999 was the third highest aggregate for the club). Trevor played 5 tests for New Zealand as a wicketkeeper, 4 of which were in India and Pakistan in 1955-56. Trevor was known for arriving at the game already in his pads (as an opening batsman – wicketkeeper). In his 50’s he was still standing up and taking stumpings off medium paced bowlers.

Junior Collegians team:

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Penny Kinsella (1963 – )

Penny is recognised for her playing success, and commitment to club, province and New Zealand woman's cricket. For Wellington Collegians Penny scored over 1,000 runs twice including a record 1,259.  She played 6 tests and 20 one day internationals, and after her playing career was a White Ferns selector for 6 seasons. Penny is still active within the Wellington Cricket scene and can often be seen at the Premier Women's games.

Junior Collegians team:

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Bert Kortlang (1880 – 1961)

Bert Kortlang was an Australian cricketer. He played 17 first-class cricket matches for Victoria between 1910 and 1912, and 15 matches for Wellington in New Zealand between 1922 and 1927. He also played for an Australian XI in 1911 and for a New Zealand XI in 1924. Sir Donald Bradman was a friend of Bert and godfather to Bert’s daughter Jan.

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Robert Vance (1955 – )

Bert Vance was selected for his service to the club, Wellington and New Zealand cricket. When it comes to Bert Vance one just needs to look at the Honors board to see the dominance of Bert during his Collegians years. Bert played 4 tests and 8 ODIs. He scored over 6,000 runs for both the club and for Wellington. Bert attended Wellington College and was a successful rugby player and coach for Wellington College Old Boys and amalgamated with University rugby Old Boys University.

Junior Collegians team:

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Not (as yet) inducted into Hall of Fame

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Bruce Taylor (1943 – 2021) 

Bruce Taylor played 30 tests and 2 Odis for New Zealand. He scored 898 runs and took 111 wickets in Tests. He scored 105 and took 5–86 for New Zealand against India at Calcutta in 1964–65, becoming the first man to have completed this all-round feat on debut. After retiring from cricket, Taylor served as a selector for the Wellington and Otago teams. He was also a selector for the New Zealand national cricket team when they played in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Bruce also coached at Collegians.

Junior Collegians team:

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James Franklin (1980 – )

Jimmy Franklin lived next to Anderson Park and from a young age was never far from the ground with a bat and or ball in his hands. He played 31 Tests scoring 808 runs with a high score against South Africa of 122 n.o. and took 82 test wickets including a hattrick vs. Bangladesh in 2004. In 110 ODI he scored 1,270 runs (High score 98 n.o.) with 81 wickets. A student of Wellington College, he currently coaches Durham in the UK having played in the UK with Gloucestershire, Glamorgan, Nottinghamshire and Middlesex.

Junior Collegians team:


Ina Lamason MBE (1911 – 1994)

A right-arm off-break bowler, she played in four women's Test matches in 1947-48 and 1954, captaining New Zealand in two. All her games were against England, She captained the side that toured Australia (no Test matches) in 1938. She managed the NZ tour to England in 1966 and was the assistant manager to the team that took part in the inaugural women’s world cup in 1973. Lamason also represented New Zealand at hockey. In 1989  she received an MBE for services to cricket and hockey.

Junior Collegians team:

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Syd Hiddleston (1890 – 1940) 

Syd played for Otago, Wellington and New Zealand, from 1909-10 to 1928-29, playing 4 international games against touring sides in the years before New Zealand played Test cricket. In 52 first class games he scored 3,814 runs with a top score of 212 and took 86 wickets.  When Tom Lowry was president of the New Zealand Cricket Council he made a speech in 1952 in which he declared that Hiddleston was one of New Zealand's "five greatest cricketers", along with Dan Reese, Martin Donnelly, Bert Sutcliffe and Jack Cowie.

Junior Collegians team:

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Cheryl Henshilwood (1952 – )

Cheryl is played her sole test international vs. India in Dunedin in 1977 scoring 48 runs with a high score of 41. She played at the 1978 World Cup in India. Cheryl scored 969 runs in the 1978-79 season for the club and but for injury and inclement weather would likely have gone past 1,000 runs that season. She also achieved the rare double of leading run scorer and wicket taker.

Junior Collegians team:

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Trevor Barber (1925 – 2015)

Trevor played one test in 1956 vs. the West Indies. A boarder at Wellington College he played 49 first class games with a high score of 117 vs. Otago.  In a Wellington club record fifth wicket partnership vs. Karori in 1954-55 he personally scored 254.  Trevor scored 6,518 runs for the club. He worked for the Shell Oil Company, where he was responsible for its sponsorship of cricket and golf.

Junior Collegians team:

Ken Tucker (1875 – 1939)

In 1915 for WCOB he took 9 wickets (both for 46 runs) in each innings vs Petone (a record still in 1999 – and likely today).  A strong hitter with fluent strokes Ken scored 19 centuries and 9,183 runs and took 811 wickets. In 40 first class games he scored 1,460 runs with a high score of 86, and took 97 wickets at 17.70 runs per wicket. He played 4 times for New Zealand and was a long serving selector for Wellington.

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Not (as yet) inducted into Hall of Fame

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Jack Lamason (1905 – 1961)

A hard-hitting middle order batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler, Lamason played for Wellington from 1927-28 to 1946-47. He captained the side from 1935-36 (when Wellington won the Plunket Shield) to 1937-38. He was picked for the 1937 New Zealand tour of England, but did not play a test match. He scored 8,425 runs for the club. A Wellington College old boy Jack captained Wellington at rugby. OBU and MSP annually compete for a trophy in his name.

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Linda Lindsay (1950 – )

As a right arm fast bowler Linda represented New Zealand at the 1978 World Cup playing 2 games. Linda made her Wellington debut in 1970 -71 playing through to the 1978-79 season. Linda won the Judith Sadler Memorial Trophy for 3 years running in club cricket as the top batter known for her attacking style. She was also a successful captain for the Collegians women’s team.

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Richard Reid (1958 – ) 

Richard played nine One Day Internationals between 1988 and 1991.

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