John Sparling played more than 120 First-Class games across a career that spanned some 15 seasons. Along the way, he appeared in 11 Tests and featured in the historic side that drew a series in South Africa in 1961-62.

Described by ESPN Cricinfo as a “solid right-hand batsman, capable offspinner and good fielder”, Sparling’s Test stats are modest but he does have a unique place in history having bowled an over of 11 legitimate deliveries.

In this Last Over interview, John addresses that over and talks about his domestic cricket ‘bunny’, Bert Sutcliffe.

All photos: Brian Bassano Collection,

John Sparling’s profile from Cricket Archive via the BLACKCAPS’ archive