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Murray Chapple

Murray Chapple
Murray Chapple in 1961
Personal information
Full name
Murray Ernest Chapple
Born(1930-07-25)25 July 1930
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died31 July 1985(1985-07-31) (aged 55)
Hamilton, New Zealand
BowlingLeft-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 61)13 March 1953 v South Africa
Last Test25 February 1966 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 14 119
Runs scored 497 5,344
Batting average 19.11 28.88
100s/50s 0/3 4/31
Top score 76 165
Balls bowled 248 11,064
Wickets 1 142
Bowling average 84.00 25.06
5 wickets in innings 0 4
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/24 5/24
Catches/stumpings 10/– 67/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017

Murray Ernest Chapple (25 July 1930 – 31 July 1985) was a New Zealand cricketer. He played 14 Test matches over 13 years, scoring only three fifties and a highest score of 76.

Playing career

In a first-class career that began when he was 19 and ended when he was 41, he played for Canterbury (1949–50, 1952–53 to 1960–61) and Central Districts (1950–51 to 1951–52, 1962–63 to 1965–66), toured South Africa with the New Zealand teams in 1953–54 and 1961–62, and captained New Zealand in the First Test against England in 1965–66.

He came to national prominence in 1952–53 when, after four Plunket Shield seasons in which his highest score was 79, he scored 165 and 88 opening the batting for Canterbury against the touring South Africans.[1] He was selected for Second Test against South Africa, and the tour of South Africa the following season. His best bowling figures were 5 for 24 for Canterbury against Auckland in 1955–56.[2]

After a leg injury forced him out of the Second Test in 1965–66, he retired.

Administrative career

While managing the New Zealand team that toured West Indies in 1971–72, he played in the match against Windward Islands when injuries reduced the side to ten fit players, but the match was ruined by rain and he did not bat, bowl or field. His management of the tour was praised by Henry Blofeld in Wisden: "He did a lot to relieve his players of the many different pressures which were upon them and was always a wise counsellor. He must share the credit for the success of the tour ..."[3]

He also managed the New Zealand side that toured India and Pakistan in 1976–77, and had been appointed to manage the team to England in 1986.[4]


  1. ^ Canterbury v South Africans 1952–53. Retrieved on 27 May 2018.
  2. ^ Canterbury v Auckland 1955–56. Retrieved on 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ Henry Blofeld (1973) "New Zealand in the West Indies, 1971–72", Wisden, p. 881.
  4. ^ Wisden 1986, p. 1209.
Sporting positions Preceded byJohn Reid New Zealand national cricket captain 1966 Succeeded byBarry Sinclair
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