New Zealand Representatives
Action shot from the South Island Primary Schools Tournament in 2017, North Otago playing Otago Country
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Below is a list of players who have played for New Zealand and North Otago.

First on the list is Arthur Fisher who attended Waitaki Boys from 1886-87 and took part in that schools first interschool in 1886. A talented all-round sportsman, he was Waitaki Boy's athletic champion in 1887 and won the Otago Golf Championship in 1903 then the New Zealand Open the following year. In total he played five matches for New Zealand and was a member of the very first New Zealand Representative team to tour an overseas country, when he was selected for the team to tour Australia in 1899. During a period of 11 years he played five matches for New Zealand. He came close to being selected for an Ashes test for Australia when he was invited to play in Victoria in 1897 but a delayed departure from Dunedin and little success playing for the Melbourne Cricket Club saw Arthur return to Dunedin. He still holds an Otago first class bowling record taking 9-50 in an innings against Queensland in 1897.

The next player on the list is one of the legends of New Zealand cricket, John Reid. The start of the 1957 season saw the then current New Zealand test captain playing for the Oamaru Cricket Club. Such was the impact on the club scene in North Otago, local cricket reports would produce headlines such as 'Reid fails with the bat' if he failed to score at least a century with each attempt at bat playing at club level. He was the major influence that saw North Otago play the West Indies in 1956, and proved to be a top performer with both the bat and ball. During his short stay in Oamaru, North Otago could boast that it had a top class international captain and player as its Representative Captain.

Zinzan Harris attended Waitaki Boys as a border and was a member of the school's first eleven. It was while he was at high school that Zinzan played his one only match for North Otago. He went on to play 69 first class matches and 9 tests for New Zealand.

After coming to Oamaru from Christchurch, David represented North Otago at various age groups and attended Waitaki Boys High School. He first represented Otago in the 1995-96 season and was selected to play for New Zealand against Zimbabwe in 1997 after a successful world under 19 tournament. David retired from first class cricket in 2006 having played 67 matches and taken 218 wickets. He still represents North Otago at Hawke Cup level and is a current selector. (July 2009)

1895-1907Arthur Fisher
1949-1965John Reid
1955-1965Zin Harris
1997-1998David Sewell