Dick Motz

Richard Charles Motz (12 January 1940 – 29 April 2007) was a New Zealand cricketer. A right-arm fast bowler and hard-hitting lower order batsman, Motz played 32 Test matches for the New Zealand cricket team between 1961 and 1969.

Dick Motz
Dick Motz
Dick Motz hitting a six against the MCC in 1960-61
Personal information
Full name Richard Charles Motz
Born 12 January 1940
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 29 April 2007 (aged 67)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 92) 8 December 1961 v South Africa
Last Test 21 August 1969 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 32 142
Runs scored 612 3494
Batting average 11.54 17.12
100s/50s 0/3 1/13
Top score 60 103*
Balls bowled 7,034 29773
Wickets 100 518
Bowling average 31.48 22.71
5 wickets in innings 5 24
10 wickets in match - 4
Best bowling 6/63 8/61
Catches/stumpings 9/– 41/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017

School times

Motz was born in Christchurch. He was educated at North New Brighton primary school and Linwood High School, excelling as an all-rounder at both.[1] He also played rugby, tennis, badminton and golf. He played as full-back for the New Brighton rugby team for two years after leaving school.[2]

Domestic career

He played domestic cricket for Canterbury, making his debut in the Plunket Shield in 1957, while still a schoolboy, taking 4 for 40 at his first outing.[2][3] He made his reputation as a hostile fast bowler, and a big-hitting lower order batsman.

His best first-class performances were in New Zealand domestic cricket. He took 8 wickets for 61 runs against Wellington in 1966-67,[4] and scored 103 not out against Otago in 1967-68,[5] making his only first-class century inside an hour.[6] On tour to Australia in 1967-68, he scored 94 against South Australia,[7] including 76 runs from boundaries (6 sixes and 10 fours).[6]

International career

He was one of five New Zealand players and seven South Africans to make their Test debut in the 1st Test at Durban in December 1961.[8] He took 81 wickets on the tour, at a bowling average of 19, including 19 wickets in the five Tests.[6]

He took five wickets in an innings five times in Tests, once in England and twice at home against each of India and West Indies. He was also a handy lower-order batsman, scoring three Test half-centuries, all at home against England.

In 1968, he was the first bowler to be banned from bowling in a Test due to running on the wicket.[6][9] In his last Test, the third Test against England at The Oval in August 1969,[10] Motz became the first New Zealand bowler to take 100 Test wickets when he trapped Phil Sharpe leg before wicket (his only wicket of the match).[2]


He was New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year in 1961, South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year in 1962, and a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1966.[1][11]

After cricket

Motz's playing career ended at the age of 29, after he was found to have a displaced vertebra – indeed, he had been playing with a bad back for over a year.[2][6] After his retirement from cricket, he became a taxi driver. He also ran a sports business, and then ran a pub in Timaru. In later years, he put on considerable weight, ending over 30 stone.[2]

He was inducted to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

He was married twice. His first marriage, to cricketer Loretta Todd, ended in divorce in 1987. They had a son and two daughters. His son, Wayne, was murdered in 1989.[2] He remarried, to Josephine Cole.

He died in Christchurch.[6][12] He was found dead at his home by his former captain, Graham Dowling. He was survived by his two daughters from his first marriage.

International record

Test 5 Wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/108 17  England Edgbaston Birmingham England 1965
2 5/86 23  India Carisbrook Dunedin New Zealand 1968
3 6/63 24  India Lancaster Park Christchurch New Zealand 1968
4 6/69 28  West Indies Basin Reserve Wellington New Zealand 1969
5 5/113 29  West Indies Lancaster Park Christchurch New Zealand 1969


  1. ^ a b R. T. Brittenden. "1966 Wisden Cricketers of the Year - Dick Motz". Wisden. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Obituary, The Daily Telegraph, 7 May 2007
  3. ^ Scorecard, Canterbury v Northern Districts, Plunket Shield 1957/58, from CricketArchive.
  4. ^ Scorecard, Canterbury v Wellington, Plunket Shield 1966/67, from CricketArchive.
  5. ^ Scorecard, Canterbury v Otago, Plunket Shield 1967-68, from CricketArchive.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Obituary Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine., The Independent, 11 May 2007
  7. ^ Scorecard, South Australia v New Zealanders, November 1967, from CricketArchive.
  8. ^ Scorecard, South Africa v New Zealand, 1st Test, 1961-62, from Cricinfo.
  9. ^ Former fast bowler Dick Motz dies, Cricinfo, 29 April 2007.
  10. ^ Scorecard, England v New Zealand, 3rd Test, 1969, from Cricinfo.
  11. ^ Profile from CricketArchive.
  12. ^ AAP (30 April 2007). "NZ cricketer Dick Motz dead at 67". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-04-29.

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