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Brian Frederick Hastings (born 23 March 1940) is a former New Zealand cricketer. A middle-order batsman, he performed 31 Exams between 1969 and 1976, scoring 4 centuries. He performed first-class cricket for Wellington, Central Districts and Canterbury between 1958 and 1977.[1]

Cricket profession[edit]

Early profession[edit]

Born within the southern Wellington suburb of Island Bay, Hastings was educated at Wellington School.[2] He made his first-class debut for Wellington on the age of 17 within the last match of the Plunket Protect in 1957-58, scoring 27 and 22 in a low-scoring match that Wellington gained.[3] He was instantly chosen to play in one of many trial matches to assist the selectors select the group to tour England in 1958, however he was not profitable.

He didn’t play first-class cricket once more till late in 1960, however he captained the New Zealand Colts group on its tour of Australia within the 1959-60 season.[2] In 1960-61 he had a full first-class season with Central Districts, with reasonable success.[4] In 1961-62 he performed his first match for Canterbury within the last match of the Plunket Protect season, scoring 149 and “batting superbly”.[5]

Hastings struggled in subsequent seasons till 1964-65, when he made 629 runs for Canterbury at a mean of 62.90, characterised by agency driving and crisp square-cutting.[5] He captained Canterbury of their first-class match towards New Zealand Below-23 on the finish of the season and dominated the match, scoring 226 of Canterbury’s complete of 396; New Zealand Below-23 made solely 157 and 81.[6] His subsequent three seasons had been reasonable, however his performances in 1968-69 “lastly satisfied everybody that Hastings was of worldwide class”.[5]

Worldwide profession[edit]

Hastings was the very best scorer within the 1968-69 Plunket Protect, with 432 runs at a mean of 86.40 together with two centuries, and scored one other century for South Island towards North Island in a trial match earlier than the Check sequence towards West Indies.[7] Chosen for the Check group for the primary time, he scored 21 and 31 within the First Check. Within the Second Check, New Zealand wanted 164 to win, and had been 40 for three on the finish of the fourth day, however Hastings scored 62 not out, taking part in “good-looking strokes to take New Zealand to their fifth victory in Check cricket”.[8] Within the Third Check, after New Zealand adopted on 200 behind, he performed a “nice, match-saving innings” of 117 not out.[5][9] His mixture for the New Zealand first-class season, 872 runs, was on the time the second-highest ever made by a New Zealand batsman.[5]

Thereafter Hastings was a fixture within the New Zealand center order till 1975. “Repeatedly,” Dick Brittenden famous, “he performed his finest cricket when it was most wanted.” He was additionally a advantageous fieldsman wherever within the discipline, however particularly within the gully, “the place he introduced off some superb swooping catches”.[5]

Within the low-scoring Second Check towards Pakistan in 1969-70 Hastings scored 80 not out and 16, substantial contributions in the direction of New Zealand’s first Check victory over Pakistan.[10] He scored 105 within the Third Check within the West Indies in 1971-72, including 175 for the fourth wicket with Bevan Congdon; New Zealand went on to a 289-run first-innings lead, however had been unable to transform it into victory.[11]

Within the Third Check towards Pakistan in 1972-73, when New Zealand had been struggling at 251 for 9 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings of 402, Hastings made 110 and added a world Check report tenth-wicket partnership of 151 in 155 minutes with Richard Collinge to degree the scores.[12] Within the Second Check in Sydney in 1973-74 he made a punishing 83 to set New Zealand up for a probable victory, just for the final day to be rained out.[13] A couple of weeks later, within the Second Check at Christchurch, he made 46, including 115 for the fourth wicket with Glenn Turner, as New Zealand pushed on to their first Check victory over Australia.[14] His final seven Check innings produced solely 23 runs, bringing his total common down from about 35 to 30.[5]

After cricket[edit]

Hastings labored as a supervisor with The Press in Christchurch for 38 years, retiring within the late 1990s.[2] He then joined his former Check teammate Graham Vivian in his synthetic turf provide enterprise.[2] Between 2000 and 2002 he additionally acted as a match referee in 10 Exams and 18 One Day Internationals.[15] He additionally served as president of Canterbury Cricket.[2]


  1. ^ “Brian Hastings”. CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Appleby, Matthew (16 Could 2001). “Cricketing journey nonetheless continues for Brian Hastings”. Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. ^ “Canterbury v Wellington 1957-58”. CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  4. ^ “First-Class Batting and Fielding in Every Season by Brian Hastings”. CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Dick Brittenden, The Most interesting Years: Twenty Years of New Zealand Cricket, A. H. & A. W. Reed, Wellington, 1977, pp. 139–42.
  6. ^ “Canterbury v New Zealand Below-23s 1964-65”. CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  7. ^ A. G. Wiren, “Cricket in New Zealand”, Wisden 1970, pp. 957–59.
  8. ^ Wisden 1970, pp. 906–9.
  9. ^ “West Indies in New Zealand, 1968-69”. Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  10. ^ Wisden 1971, pp. 861–62.
  11. ^ “third Check, Bridgetown, Mar 23-28 1972, New Zealand tour of West Indies”. Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  12. ^ Wisden 1974, pp. 941–42.
  13. ^ Wisden 1975, pp. 939–40.
  14. ^ Wisden 1975, pp. 953–54.
  15. ^ Grey, Wynne (5 February 2015). “Cricket: West Indies blast from the previous nonetheless contemporary in Hastings’ thoughts”. NZ Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2020.

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