Murray Webb

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Murray Webb
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 32
Runs scored 12 202
Batting average 6.00 10.09
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 12 21
Balls bowled 732 6685
Wickets 4 133
Bowling average 117.75 23.39
5 wickets in innings 0 10
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/114 7/49
Catches/stumpings 0/- 11/-
Source: Cricinfo

Murray George Webb (born 22 June 1947 in Invercargill) is a prominent New Zealand caricature artist and a former New Zealand Test cricketer.

Cricket career[edit]

Murray Webb, six feet four inches tall,[1] was a fast bowler who played first-class cricket for Otago between 1969-70 and 1973-74 and represented New Zealand in three Test matches.

In his first first-class match, against Wellington, he took 5 for 34 and 3 for 43, and he finished his first season with 31 wickets at 17.25, helping Otago to win the Plunket Shield. He played one match for New Zealand against the visiting Australian team, and Wisden noted the emergence of "a most promising fast bowler".[2] In 1970-71, he took 6 for 56 for South Island against North Island in a trial match before the two-match series against England, and made his Test debut in the Second Test, taking two wickets.

His bowling helped Otago to another Plunket Shield in 1971-72, when he took his best first-class figures of 7 for 49 against Wellington. He toured the West Indies with New Zealand at the end of the season, but took only eight wickets in six matches, and none in the one Test he played.[3]

After missing the 1972-73 season except for one match for Canterbury he returned to Otago in 1973-74 and took 40 wickets in five matches in the Plunket Shield at 14.65. He took five or more wickets in an innings five times, with best figures of 6 for 49 against Auckland. He was selected for the First Test against Australia, but took only two wickets in a drawn match on a batsmen's pitch.[4] It was his last first-class match, at the age of 26.

His younger brother Richard was also a pace bowler who played for Otago; Richard also represented New Zealand, but as a one-day player.

Artistic career[edit]

Murray Webb has been a prolific caricaturist since the 1970s. His subjects include politicians, sports people, and other people in the public eye, both in New Zealand and abroad. As well as contemporary figures he also draws people from the past, including six portraits of Katherine Mansfield.[5]

The Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, holds more than 800 items by him in its collection, most of them single digital portraits.

The Auckland psychology academic Barry Hughes has written: "Why do Murray Webb's caricatures of public figures look, paradoxically, more truthful than their photographs?"[6]

He provided the illustrations to the book 100 Great Rugby Characters by Joseph Romanos and Grant Harding (Rugby Press, Auckland, 1991).

A graduate of the University of Otago where he studied geography,[7] Webb lives in Dunedin.[8] His regular spot in the editorial pages of the Otago Daily Times is called "Webbsight".[9]


  1. ^ Andy Quick, "Look Out Australia", Australian Cricket, January 1971, p. 47.
  2. ^ Wisden 1971, p. 960.
  3. ^ Wisden 1973, pp. 879-98.
  4. ^ Wisden 1975, pp. 952-53.
  5. ^ Artistic representations Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  6. ^ New Zealand Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 29, No. 2, December 2000, p. 93.
  7. ^ Bio note at Nat Lib of NZ
  8. ^ Dunedin at
  9. ^ Otago Daily Times, 17 January 2013, p. 11.

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