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Sir Richard

Internationally-recognised New Zealand cricketing legend.


Sir Richard Hadlee is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading fast bowlers and allrounders in the game of cricket. He held the world record for most test wickets in 1988 when he beat Ian Botham’s previous record of 373 wickets. In 1990 he became the first bowler in test history to capture 400 test wickets. When he retired from test cricket in 1990 he had taken 431 test wickets an average of 22.29 and scored over 3000 runs at an average of 27.

Sir Richard played test cricket for New Zealand for 18 years and had a first class career spanning 20 years. In first class cricket he captured 1490 wickets at an average 18.11 and scored over 12,000 runs averaging 31. On 102 occasions he took five or more wickets in an innings. He played for Canterbury, Tasmania and Nottinghamshire.

With cricket in his blood he is the 4th son of Walter Hadlee who captained New Zealand in the 1940’s and one of five boys, three of whom played cricket for New Zealand.

His achievements are endless. He held three bowling world records for the most test wickets, the most five wickets in an innings and the most ten wickets in a match. He was named New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in 1980 and 1986. In 1987 he was named Sportsperson of the Decade and the last 25 years (jointly held with athlete John Walker). In 2002 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He was knighted for services to cricket in 1990 while still playing the game. His life in cricket has been immense as a player, level 3 coach, manager of NZA teams, national selector and an NZC board member.

Sir Richard (Paddles to his team mates) is respected throughout the world for his cricketing abilities and his tremendous dedication to the game. He set and achieved his goals throughout his career. He has overcome various health issues including open heart surgery in 1991, a hip and knee replacement in 2011 and in 2018 he was diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer that required surgery and six months of chemotherapy.

Sir Richard is a witty, sincere, motivational and after dinner speaker and above all, extremely professional.

Many of the members of the audience were simply in awe of being in the presence of one of New Zealand's great sporting heroes. Everyone was delighted with your down to earth approach to your success and the challenges which you have met along the way. Your comments and achievements were inspiration to all. McKenzie Bartleet & Co

Richard's speech was very well presented with good content. The audience were impressed, hearing stories of courage, attitude and taking losses. Richard was easy to work with.

First National Real Estate

Sir Richard cut through with our key messages and the audience reaction was very positive. He gave new and vital information to an audience that St John has previously not always been able to engage. He made our event a success and we would be delighted to work with him again - he exceeded our expectations in every respect.

St John Central Region

Sir Richard is a compelling story teller and quickly had his audience eating out of his hands. They loved it.

Academy Cinema

Sir Richard was excellent. Great topics & captivated the audience. Without a doubt, he would be the best speaker we have had at our function before.


On the night we had issues with the electricity going out in the city. Sir Richard was fantastic. He was happy to bring his speech forward, to fill a little time while dinner plans were rearranged in the background and a plan B kicked off! His speech was enjoyed by the whole group and people were still talking about it the following day.

Electricity Networks Association

Our group thoroughly enjoyed Sir Richard Hadlee, he had the ability to transcend cricket, business and personal insights that appealed to our very broad audience. He was very professional yet also very approachable.

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