Peg Batty

Peg Batty, was dual international, playing four Test matches for New Zealand from 1948/9 to 1954 and also hockey in 1948,1953.

Born on 15th December 1920 in Auckland, Peg batted in the lower middle order and bowled right arm medium pacers. Her Test debut in 1948/9 was a baptism of fire against a strong England team and nobody in the White Ferns team fared well. It was a similar tale when New Zealand toured England for three Tests in 1954 and it is fair to say that Peg’s stats are quite modest.

However, perhaps this talented athlete had other things on her mind. Perhaps against England she might have used a sword instead of a bat, for Peg won a title in fencing for Auckland in 1952. Or a hockey stick. Peg represented New Zealand in 1948 and again in 1953 where she was captain of the national team.

Peg passed away on the 16th December in 2008 at home on the North Shore in Auckland.

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