Noel Harford

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Noel Harford
File:Noel Harford 1958.jpg
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow-medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 8 74
Runs scored 229 3149
Batting average 15.26 27.62
100s/50s 0/2 3/18
Top score 93 158
Balls bowled - 924
Wickets - 18
Bowling average - 26.55
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match - 0
Best bowling - 3/19
Catches/stumpings -/- 39/-
Source: Cricinfo

Noel Sherwin Harford (born 30 August 1930 in Winton and died at Auckland on 30 March 1981) was a cricketer who played for Central Districts, Auckland and New Zealand.

A neat right-handed batsman strong at driving and pulling but weak in defence and against spin, Harford came to prominence on the New Zealand tour to Pakistan and India in 1955-56, and made his Test debut against Pakistan at Lahore, scoring 93 and 64.[1] That debut, though, proved by some distance to be Harford's most successful Test appearance.

In England in the wet summer of 1958, Harford made his maiden century against Oxford University. He made 158, his highest first-class score, and shared a partnership of 204 with his captain, John Reid in two hours and 10 minutes.[2] He also scored 127 (a "brilliant century")[3] against Glamorgan. But in eight innings in four Test matches, he scored just 41 runs and reached double figures only once, a gritty innings of 23 at Edgbaston in which he had to retire for a period after being hit in the face by a bouncer from Fred Trueman.

Harford played for Central Districts from 1953-54 to 1958-59, then for Auckland from 1963-64 to 1966-67. His highest score in the Plunket Shield was 103 not out for Auckland against Central Districts in 1965-66. He also played for Manawatu, Hawke's Bay and Franklin in the Hawke Cup.

After his cricket career, he played basketball for New Zealand.


  1. "Scorecard: Pakistan v New Zealand". 26 October 1955. Retrieved 6 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Scorecard: Oxford University v New Zealanders". 21 May 1958. Retrieved 5 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Wisden 1959, p. 260.

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