Overview

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.

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. 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.

Domestic career

International career

Trivia

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. 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.

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. He remarried, to Josephine Cole.

He died in Christchurch. 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