Rod Latham is one of a select group of Cantabrians to have played first class cricket and rugby for the province. But it is in cricket that he made his greatest mark.
He played four Tests for New Zealand and managed a Test century. But it is in the one-day sphere that he made his most significant international contribution playing 33 one-day internationals, most notably as opening batsman for several of the games in New Zealand's 1992 World Cup campaign where he anchored the innings while Mark Greatbatch launched his startling assaults.
Latham played 101 first-class matches for Canterbury in New Zealand's domestic cricket competition which is the second highest number of appearances and he ranks fourth on the all-time Canterbury run scoring list with 5919 runs at an average of 37.22, and including eight centuries. His career spanned the period from 1980-81 until 1994-95. His highest score for the side was 237 not out against Northern Districts at Rotorua in 1990-91. It is interesting that of the top five scores by Canterbury batsmen, three are by Lathams. Rod has one and his son Tom features twice on the list.
“I am looking forward to meeting the Golden Oldies Cricketers who have taken the opportunity to come to Christchurch and to enjoy playing in what is arguably New Zealand’s premier cricket region. Home of the magnificent newly established Hagley Oval, Christchurch has produced some outstanding cricketers including the incomparable Sir Richard Hadlee. The local Clubs are well-organised, hospitable and steeped in cricket tradition. A great place to play and to enjoy our great game. I will probably strap on the pads one more time and look forward to meeting our visitors on or off the field.”
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