Stewie Dempster

Stewie Dempster

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Charles Stewart 'Stewie' Dempster (born November 15, 1903 in Wellington, died February 14, 1974 in Wellington) was a former New Zealand cricketer and coach. As well as representing New Zealand, he also played for Wellington, Scotland, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

Career in New Zealand

Dempster made his first first class appearance for Wellington against Canterbury at the Basin Reserve over new year 1921/1922 scoring 10 and 1.Dempster first toured with New Zealand in 1927, when no Test matches were played, and headed the touring team's first class batting averages. He was a surprise choice for the tour, being selected more for his performances in second class cricket. In the 1929-30 MCC tour of New Zealand Dempster and Jackie Mills put on a New Zealand record first innings stand of 276 for the first wicket, which remained the highest for New Zealand until 1972 . In the 1931 New Zealand tour of England he average 59.26 and scored 120 in the Test at Lord's. In 1932 he was listed as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year

He made his final Test appearance against the 1932/1933 England team scoring 83 not out.

Move to England

Dempster moved to England appearing in one first class match for Lindsay Parkinson's XI in 1933 and once for Scotland in 1934. He settled in England from 1935 being contracted by the Leicestershire millionaire Sir Julian Cahn to play for his private team. Dempster qualified for Leicestershire,...
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