Recently Hamilton Old Boys Cricket Club lost a well respected veteran, Bruce Pairaudeau.
Born in British Guiana 91 y
ears ago, Pairaudeau fell in love with cricket.
In 1956, Pairaudeau fell in love with New Zealand while on tour. Shortly after, Pairaudeau decided to migrate here.
Close friend of Pairaudeau, Chris Kuggeleijn held a moment of silence in
respect to Pairaudeau after he spoke a few of many kind words describing Pairaudeau.
“He was funny, jovial, just a wonderful wonderful man.”
Pairaudeau was a great cricketer, not only scoring hundreds in club cricket, but also international cricket. During his international debut game, he scored 115 against India in Trinidad in 1952-53.
“As an Old Boys man he still played in the 40’s even until late 40s, he was still playing he was still scoring 100’s in club cricket. What he did for cricket is amazing.”
Before his retirement, where he became a well regarded Northern Districts selector and an incredible coach, Pairaudeau played for Hamilton Old Boys and Northern Districts – Captaining the team to their first Plunket Shield Title in 1962-63.
Early in his life, Pairaudeau made three promises to himself – That he would play for Guyana, represent the West Indies and tour England. He accomplished all three of these in his life.
Hamilton Old Boys are extremely honoured to have Bruce Pairaudeau be a part of the club and witness first hand what he had done for cricket.