Murray Chapple      

Full name Murray Ernest Chapple

Born July 25, 1930, Christchurch, Canterbury

Died July 31, 1985, Hamilton, Waikato (aged 55 years 6 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Central Districts

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 14 27 1 497 76 19.11 0 3 2 10 0
First-class 119 201 16 5344 165 28.88 4 31 67 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 14 5 248 84 1 1/24 1/24 84.00 2.03 248.0 0 0 0
First-class 119 11064 3559 142 5/24 25.06 1.93 77.9 4 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 13-17, 1953 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Feb 25-Mar 1, 1966 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1949/50 - 1971/72

Murray Ernest Chapple, who died at Hamilton on July 31, 1985, and 55, had already been appointed to manage the New Zealand team to England in 1986. A burly cricketer and able administrator, he possessed a sharp sense of humour and warm personality, and his death was an untimely blow to New Zealand cricket. Making his début for Canterbury when he was nineteen, as a right-hand batsman and left-arm swing bowler, he went on to play fourteen times for New Zealand between 1952-53 and 1956-66, first as an opening batsman and then lower in the order, scoring 497 test runs at an average of 19.11 with a top score of 76 against South Africa at Cape Town in 1953-54. After a season ( 1950-51) with Central Districts he forced his way into New Zealand's Test side by making an aggressive 165 for Canterbury against the touring South Africans at Christchurch in 1952-53, followed by 88 in the second innings. Of his fourteen Tests, eleven were in fact against South Africa, a country which he toured twice, the second time, in 1961-62, as vice-captain to John Reid. He was a member of the first New Zealand side to win a Test match, against West Indies at Auckland in 1955-56, and in his last Test match, against England at Christchurch in 1965-66, he was New Zealand's captain. Injury then precipitated his retirement, whereupon he became a New Zealand selector until 1970. He also managed the New Zealanders in West Indies in 1971-72 and in India and Pakistan in 1976-77. In first-class cricket he scored 5,344 runs (28.88) and hit four centuries. Switching from seam to orthodox left-arm spin, he also took 142 wickets, one of them in a Test match.
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