Peter van der Merwe      

Full name Peter Laurence van der Merwe

Born March 14, 1937, Paarl, Cape Province

Died January 23, 2013, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (aged 75 years 315 days)

Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Other Referee

Peter Laurence van der Merwe
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 15 23 2 533 76 25.38 0 3 1 11 0
First-class 94 152 12 4086 128 29.18 4 23 73 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 15 3 79 22 1 1/6 1/6 22.00 1.67 79.0 0 0 0
First-class 94 6221 2108 82 6/40 25.70 2.03 75.8 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Dec 6-11, 1963 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Feb 24-28, 1967 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1956/57 - 1968/69
ICC match referee statistics
Test debut Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 18-22, 1992 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 19-22, 1999 scorecard
Test matches 29
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 25, 1992 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Oct 22, 1999 scorecard
ODI matches 71
ODI statistics

Peter van der Merwe was originally a slow left-arm bowler, but later developed into a genuine allrounder as his right-hand batting become more reliable, and towards the end of his career played as a specialist batsman. He was a shrewd captain, leading South Africa to series wins against England in 1965 and against Australia in 1966-67. Described as "a perfect ambassador", he was always courteous and gained tremendous loyalty from his players. After retiring, he pursued a successful business career but retained his links with the game. He was chairman of South Africa's selectors in the 1980s and early 1990s, and for eight years was an ICC match referee.
Martin Williamson

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Oct 1, 1998

Peter van der Merwe inspects a bat, Karachi, October 1, 1998

Peter van der Merwe inspects a bat

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Peter van der Merwe

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Peter Van der Merwe: portrait

Peter Van der Merwe: portrait

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