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Dick Motz      

Full name Richard Charles Motz

Born January 12, 1940, Christchurch, Canterbury

Died April 29, 2007, Christchurch (aged 67 years 107 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Education Linwood High School

Richard Charles Motz
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 32 56 3 612 60 11.54 0 3 14 9 0
First-class 142 225 21 3494 103* 17.12 1 13 41 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 32 55 7034 3148 100 6/63 8/113 31.48 2.68 70.3 3 5 0
First-class 142 29773 11767 518 8/61 22.71 2.37 57.4 24 4
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v New Zealand at Durban, Dec 8-12, 1961 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 21-26, 1969 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1957/58 - 1968/69

Dick Motz was a robust, indefatigable seamer who bowled outswingers, but one who wasn't used to success - New Zealand won only four of his 32 Tests. On his first tour - to South Africa in 1961-62 - he took 19 wickets in his country's most successful Test series, and though he had lost some of his edge by 1969, he became the first New Zealander to reach 100 Test wickets, against England at The Oval. Good job he did, as at the end of the summer it was discovered that he'd been bowling for 18 months with a displaced vertebra. He retired immediately. As a beefy lower-order slogger Motz was a dangerous customer, and made three fifties, all against England, all laden with sixes. He subsequently became a publican, which did no good for his health, and, always prone to be heavy, he piled on weight and towards the end of his life he topped 30 stones. . In 1997 he was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.
Rob Smyth

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Aug 23, 1969

Dick Motz dismisses Phil Sharpe for his 100th Test wicket, England v New Zealand, 3rd Test, The Oval, August 23, 1969

Dick Motz dismisses Phil Sharpe for his 100th Test wicket

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Dick Motz bowling

Dick Motz bowling

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May 27, 1965

Dick Motz bowling, England v New Zealand, 1st Test, Edgbaston, May 27, 1965

Dick Motz bowling against England

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1966