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New Zealand cricketer Dick Motz dead at 67

New Zealand cricketer Dick Motz dead at 67

Fast bowler Dick Motz, who was the first New Zealander to take 100 wickets in test cricket, died on Sunday aged 67, his former test captain Graham Dowling said.
Dowling discovered Motz's body when he called at his Christchurch home.
"He was a great fast bowler who never knew when to stop," Dowling said.
"Although he had back trouble, he kept on going."
Motz, a burly seamer who was also a hard-hitting lower order batsman, played 32 tests from 1961 to 1969.
He took his 100th wicket against England at The Oval but retired almost immediately when he found he had been bowling for some time with a displaced vertebra.
Motz took five wickets in an innings five times in tests and scored three half-centuries, all against England. In spite of his efforts, New Zealand won only four of the 32 tests in which he played.
He was Wisden's Cricketer of the Year in 1966.