Charles Stewart 'Stewie' Dempster (born 15 November 1903 in Wellington - 14 February 1974) was a former New Zealand cricketer and coach. As well as representing New Zealand, he also played for Wellington, Scotland, Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Dempster has the distinction of having the second highest Test batting average in history for completed careers of 10 or more innings, behind Sir Donald Bradman.
Career in New Zealand
Dempster made his first first class appearance for Wellington against Canterbury at the Basin Reserve over new year 1921/1922 scoring 10 and 1. Dempster first toured with New Zealand in 1927, when no Test matches were played, and headed the touring team's first class batting averages. He was a surprise choice for the tour, being selected more for his performances in second class cricket. In the 1929-30 MCC tour of New Zealand Dempster and Mills put on a New Zealand record first innings stand of 276 for the first wicket, which remained the highest for New Zealand until 1972 . In the 1931 New Zealand tour of England he average 59.26 and scored 120 in the Test at Lord's. In 1932 he was listed as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year
He made his final Test appearance against the 1932/1933 England team scoring 83 not out.
Move to England
Dempster moved to England appearing in one first class match for Lindsay Parkinson's XI in 1933 and once for Scotland in 1934. He settled in England from 1935 being contracted by the Leicestershire millionaire Sir Julien Cahn to play for his private team. Dempster qualified for Leicestershire, captaining the team from 1936 to 1938, although playing irregularly in 1938 and 1939. In 1938-39, he toured New Zealand with Cahn's team.
Dempster appeared for the County scratch sides during the war but left the staff when the war ended. He played three times for Warwickshire in 1946 before returning to New Zealand to become a coach the next year. He was selected to play for New Zealand in a one-off Test in Christchurch against England, but withdrew due to an eye injury the night before play. The match ended in a draw. Dempster made his final appearance for Wellington against Auckland at Eden Park in January 1948 scoring 7 and 41.
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- Batting averages
- Cricketer Spring Annual 1927