Ewen Chatfield

Country: New Zealand
Born: July 03, 1950, Dannevirke, Manawatu
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium fast
Playing role: Bowler

Ewen Chatfield Bio

Ewen John Chatfield, a renowned New Zealand cricket player, is well-regarded for his hard work, accuracy, and ability to improve with age. Born on 14 April 1950, in Masterton, New Zealand, Chatfield’s cricket journey was anything but ordinary. He made his Test debut against England in Auckland during the 1974-75 season, an unforgettable match for all the wrong reasons.

During that match, Chatfield showcased his resilience and determination while batting at No. 11. However, fate took a cruel turn when he was struck on the temple by a delivery from England’s Peter Lever. This devastating blow caused his heart to stop and resulted in him swallowing his tongue. In an incredible turn of events, Bernard Thomas, England’s physiotherapist, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage, ultimately saving Chatfield’s life. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and, thankfully, regained consciousness after an hour. This traumatic incident left an indelible mark on Chatfield’s career, but he was determined to overcome it and forge ahead.

In 1976-77, Chatfield made a successful return to international cricket. He exhibited a steady and industrious bowling style, often overshadowed by his close contemporary, Richard Hadlee. However, Chatfield’s dedication and commitment enabled him to form a formidable opening partnership with Hadlee that endured for a decade. Their combined skills and teamwork had a profound impact on New Zealand cricket during this era.

Chatfield’s true moment in the spotlight arrived during the 1987-88 season when Hadlee suffered an injury while playing against England. In Hadlee’s absence, Chatfield shouldered the responsibility and delivered exceptional performances. In this series, he showcased his exceptional bowling skills, taking an impressive 13 wickets at a remarkable average of only 15 runs apiece. These outstanding performances earned him recognition and appreciation from both his teammates and cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

In recognition of his contributions to the sport, Chatfield was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to cricket. This prestigious honor highlights his significant impact on the game and his dedication to representing his country at the highest level.

Throughout his career, Chatfield’s unwavering commitment and work ethic were evident. He continually strived to improve his skills, ensuring he became a valuable member of New Zealand’s cricket team. While he may have at times been overshadowed by his contemporaries, Chatfield’s contributions and achievements remain indispensible to the nation’s cricketing history.

Despite retiring from international cricket in 1989, Chatfield’s legacy continues to inspire aspiring cricketers. His tale of survival and subsequent success in the face of adversity serves as a testament to the resilience and determination needed to excel in any field. Ewen Chatfield will forever be remembered as a remarkable and cherished figure in New Zealand cricket.

Ewen Chatfield Career Stats

Ewen Chatfield Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 43 54 33 180 21* 8.57 782 23.01 0 0 16 0 7 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 114 48 37 118 19* 10.72 346 34.1 0 0 6 0 19 0
FC 157 135 71 582 24* 9.09 - - 0 0 - - 51 0
List A 171 63 48 156 19* 10.4 - - 0 0 - - 33 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Ewen Chatfield Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 43 73 10360 3958 123 6/73 10/124 32.17 2.29 84.2 9 3 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 114 112 6065 3618 140 5/34 5/34 25.84 3.57 43.3 3 1 0
FC 157 - 37160 13429 587 8/24 - 22.87 2.16 63.3 - 27 8
List A 171 - 9161 5258 222 5/34 5/34 23.68 3.44 41.2 4 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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