Last: Otago Country 28/29 November 2020
Other Teams: Otago A (-), North Otago SIPST (1989-1990), Otago (2000-2002)
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Bowling Style: Left-arm orthodox
Playing Role: Wicket-keeper batsman
Club(s): WBHS, Union
Positions Held/Awarded: Life Member (2019) , Vice President (2020 - )
A player who seems to have been around forever, Duncan has been a mainstay of the North Otago team for the move than two decades. Originally selected as batsmen/wicketkeeper, for a number of seasons he decided to mainly focus as a batsman but has now returned to his original role within the team. The district’s most capped player he has broken many North Otago records and now is poised to surpass another, most career runs currently held by Bob Wilson.
His talent recognized at any early age Duncan was an automatic selection for North Otago sides as he made his way through the various age groups before he made his debut at Hawke Cup level in December 1994. Since then he has become a regular selection, making many important contributions during his career and creating significant highlights including being one of only three to have won the Hawke Cup twice in North Otago colours. He has also played four first class games for Otago all during the 2000/01 season, with one of those fixtures including a game against the touring English team.
For cricket followers he will be forever known when against Manawatu he notched up a first innings century, along with a famous last wicket stand with David Sewell (who he had played age group cricket for North Otago all the way back to primary level), helping to lead the district to its first ever victory in a Hawke Cup challenge. In the second successful challenge he scored 51 runs in two innings, in a very low scoring game against Buller.
Duncan has also made major contributions to North Otago Cricket at management level, being a board member with a focus on the Hawke Cup team. With his help the team has experienced a level of success it has arguably never seen before, when despite being one of the smallest districts in the country, it has won the Hawke Cup twice amongst other Hawke Cup challenges and has continued to transform into a highly competitive side at representative level.
At the 2019 Annual General Meeting of North Otago Cricket, Duncan was quite rightly awarded life membership of the association for the massive contribution he has made and continues to make to cricket in the district. (Dec 2019)