Peter Fulton, a middle-order batsman, initially made his name as a first-class player, as he struck 301 for Canterbury in a State Championship four-day match against Auckland in 2003 in only his second first-class season.
He scored 728 runs, at an average of 42.82, in first-class play in New Zealand in 2003-04, including two centuries. But his first international call-up was to the New Zealand one-day squad to tour Bangladesh in November 2004. His inclusion followed a promising and consistent tour of South Africa with New Zealand A.
After injuring his shoulder in the last four-day match, he was rested from the first two one-dayers, only to return and top-score with 98 in New Zealand A's thrilling, but ultimately fruitless, pursuit of 297 in the third and final game.
Fulton is a product of Canterbury Country, an area rich in cricket history but which had never produced an international player until his arrival. And his triple century broke the domination of Otago province, which had produced the six previous triple-century makers in New Zealand. Fulton, who was a member of the New Zealand Cricket Academy in 2003, has played numerous seasons in England, most recently for Lowerhouse in the Lancashire League.
He also played for Lytham in the Liverpool and District Competition in 2001-02. After making his one-day debut for New Zealand against Bangladesh in November 2004, it was another 12 months until he was picked again, but he made the most of his chance with two fifties - an unbeaten 70 first-up - and his maiden hundred against Sri Lanka. He was picked for West Indies' tour of New Zealand in February and hit 75 in his second Test as the home side took an unassailable series lead. He was named in New Zealand's final squad of 14 for the Champions Trophy in October 2006.