Dad’ Weir

Country: New Zealand
Born: June 02, 1908, Auckland
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Died: October 31, 2003, Auckland, (aged 95y 151d)

Dad’ Weir Bio

Gordon Lindsay ‘Dad’ Weir, a renowned cricket player from New Zealand, left a lasting mark on the sport with his stature, modesty, and impressive career. Weir, who passed away on October 31 at the age of 95 years and 151 days, holds the distinction of being the oldest living Test cricketer.

Weir’s cricket journey spanned from 1927-28 to 1946-47, during which he played 11 Tests for his country between 1930 and 1937. Known for his slow-medium bowling style, Weir proved to be a significant asset on the field, taking 107 wickets. Additionally, he showcased his batting prowess, scoring an impressive 10 centuries throughout his career.

Dubbed as the ‘Father of Eden Park,’ Weir was closely associated with the Auckland cricket scene. His profound love for the sport led him to spend much of his playing time at this iconic venue, as well as representing the Auckland rugby team. However, Weir was careful to distance himself from any exaggerated titles, rejecting the idea of being labeled the ‘Father’ or ‘Grandfather’ of Eden Park.

Weir’s success extended beyond the borders of New Zealand. In 1931, he excelled during the tour of England, amassing 1,035 runs. However, in 1937, when the team structure was weaker and unfavorable weather conditions prevailed, Weir faced some challenges that hindered his performance, resulting in a less successful tour.

Beyond his cricketing abilities, Weir’s endearing nickname ‘Dad’ held a special meaning. Due to his early hair loss, he appeared older than his teammates. As a result, he was affectionately referred to as ‘Dad.’ Fellow player Merv Wallace, an accomplished batsman himself, fondly remembers Weir as a “very fine batsman” known for his elegance and ability to hit hard when necessary. Weir’s slow-medium bowling and exceptional fielding skills further reinforced his reputation as a valuable team player.

It was Wallace who indirectly played a role in Weir’s personal life as well. During their tour in 1937, Wallace suggested that Weir be introduced to the girls on board their ship. This meeting ultimately led to Weir meeting his future wife, Betty Weir. Similar to teammate Walter Hadlee, who also found love on the same trip and married Lilla Hadlee, Weir enjoyed a lasting ship-board romance that transformed into lifelong companionship.

Weir’s dedication to nurturing future talent is evident in his work as a selector-coach for the Auckland teenage Brabin Cup team. For over a decade after World War II, he helped guide and mentor countless young cricketers as they transitioned into the first-class arena.

Beyond the cricket pitch, Weir’s impact was felt as an English teacher at Mt Albert Grammar School, where he actively contributed to rugby and cricket coaching. Colleagues and friends fondly remember him as an admirable teacher who left a lasting impression on the young men he guided.

Gordon Lindsay Weir’s legacy lives on through his remarkable cricketing career, his devotion to the sport, and his significant contributions to the development of future talent. His modesty, selflessness, and love for the game continue to inspire cricketers worldwide.

Dad’ Weir Career Stats

Dad’ Weir Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 11 16 2 416 74* 29.71 - - 0 3 - 0 3 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 107 172 16 5022 191 32.19 - - 10 26 - - 68 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Dad’ Weir Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 11 8 342 209 7 3/38 3/56 29.85 3.66 48.8 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 107 - 9395 3992 107 6/56 - 37.3 2.54 87.8 - 2 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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