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Peter Murray-Willis      

Full name Peter Earnshaw Murray-Willis

Born July 14, 1910, Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire

Died January 7, 1995, Uckfield, Sussex (aged 84 years 177 days)

Major teams Northamptonshire, Worcestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Education St George's, Harpenden

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 29 47 2 467 54 10.37 0 1 3 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 29 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1935-1946
Profile

Peter Murray-Willis was a brave and spirited cricketer who played briefly for Worcestershire before the war and was appointed captain of Northamptonshire in the confusion of 1946. Having helped organise wartime matches for the club, he was chosen in the hope that he would be an approximation of the county's popular pre-war captain, Robert Nelson, his school friend from St George's, Harpenden, who had been killed in the war. His appointment was not a success; there was criticism of his tactics and Murray-Willis's reputation failed to recover from the time his cap blew off while he was chasing the ball to the boundary, and he stopped to get the cap before returning for the ball - the batsmen were laughing too much to take advantage. He was obliged to resign in mid-season, and left the county game. But he continued playing club cricket until he was in his mid-fifties.
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Country Fixtures Country Results
Hampshire v Kent at Southampton - Sep 15-18
Kent 507 Hampshire 127/3
Notts v Sussex at Nottingham - Sep 15-18
Sussex 391 Notts 310/3
Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton - Sep 15-18
Somerset 523/9d Middlesex 64/7
Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval - Sep 15-18
Surrey 181 & 279 Derbyshire 210
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