Murray Hofmeyr

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Murray Hofmeyr
Personal information
Full name Murray Bernard Hofmeyr
Born (1925-12-09)9 December 1925
Pretoria, Transvaal, South AfricaSouth Africa
Died 17 May 2018(2018-05-17) (aged 92)
Knysna, South Africa
Batting Right-handed batsman
Bowling Right-arm medium pace
Role Opening batsman
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1949–51 Oxford University
1951–53 North Eastern Transvaal
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 44
Runs scored 3178
Batting average 44.76
100s/50s 7/19
Top score 161
Balls bowled 23
Wickets 1
Bowling average 11.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1-0
Catches/stumpings 29/–

Murray Bernard Hofmeyr (9 December 1925 – 17 May 2018) was a South African sportsman who played international rugby union for England and first-class cricket.

After growing up in South Africa and attending Pretoria Boys High School,[1] Hofmeyr moved to England in 1948 as a Rhodes Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford. He represented Oxford University in both cricket and rugby union. From 1949 to 1951, Hofmeyr, an opening batsman, made 35 first-class appearances for the university and scored 2495 runs. He had his most prolific year in 1950 when he scored 1063 runs at 55.94 and brought up four centuries.[2] His highest score, 161, came against Gloucestershire, in an innings where the next highest score was his opening partner Brian Boobbyer's 28.[3] Boobbyer would also partner Hofmeyr in the England rugby union team.

Playing as a full-back, Hofmeyr appeared in three of England's four Tests in the 1950 Five Nations Championship, against Wales, France and Scotland.[4] He played his club rugby for Harlequins and also represented the Barbarians.[5]

He captained the Oxford University Cricket Club in the 1951 season and then returned to South Africa. In the 1951/52 and 1952/53 Currie Cup competition, Hofmeyr was captain of North Eastern Transvaal and played a total of nine first-class matches, from which he made 683 runs at 48.78.[6]

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