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Bill Playle was part of the New Zealand team that toured England in 1958

Former New Zealand batsman Bill Playle, who played eight Tests between 1958 and 1963, passed away in New South Wales, Australia at the age of 80. Playle was born 1 December 1938 in Manawatu, New Zealand. In a career that saw him play 85 First Class games and 8 Tests, Playle aggregated 2888 and 151 runs respectively.

Playle, a right handed batman, made his debut for New Zealand against England in June 1958. He had a lacklustre outing in his first series, making just 56 runs in the five Tests, but showed a good account of himself in the third, batting nearly four hours for 18 runs as New Zealand fought to avoid defeat at Leeds.

After finding himself out of the team for a few years, Playle was brought back into the national side for three more Tests against England in the 1962-63 season. He made his only fifty for New Zealand then, scoring 65 at Wellington.

Playle played as many as 85 First Class matches, making a bright start with Auckland while still a teenager before moving to Australia and playing for Western Australia, with whom he notched up his highest FC score of 122 in 1965-66.

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