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
|First-class span||1935 - 1946|
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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