A solid opening bat, Mr Playle started his career in New Zealand where he played eight Test matches between 1956 and 1957.

Mr Playle came to Australia and joined Claremont-Cottesloe Cricket Club before making his debut for Western Australia against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at the WACA Ground in October 1965, where he scored 45 runs.

Mr Playle was WA’s 235th First-Class cricketer and played 17 matches between 1965-1967, scoring a total of 802 runs at an average of 25.87, including two centuries and one 50.

The right-handed batsman’s first century for WA was against Victoria in December 1965 at the MCG in a solid century opening stand with Peter Kelly. He faced 319 balls in 308 minutes scoring 116, including a six and eleven fours.

Mr Playle’s career best score was against Queensland at the WACA Ground in January 1965 when he made 122 in the first innings, in a match WA won by four wickets.