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.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street - Aug 23-26
Durham 207 Warwickshire 344/7 (116 ov)
Glamorgan v Sussex at Cardiff - Aug 23-26
Glamorgan 252 & 149/2 (45.3 ov) Sussex 283
Gloucs v Kent at Bristol - Aug 23-26
Gloucs 221 & 34/4 (16.3 ov) Kent 533/6d
Leics v Essex at Leicester - Aug 23-25
Essex won by an innings and 10 runs
Somerset v Hampshire at Taunton - Aug 23-26
Hampshire 338 Somerset 534/7 (134 ov)
Surrey v Lancashire at The Oval - Aug 23-26
Lancashire 287 & 203/8 (63 ov) Surrey 480
Worcs v Northants at Worcester - Aug 23-26
Northants 551 Worcs 195/3 (57.2 ov)
Yorkshire v Notts at Scarborough - Aug 23-26
Yorkshire 282 & 263/4d Notts 94 & 61/3 (23 ov, target 452)
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