Lesley Murdoch

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Lesley Murdoch
Lesley Murdoch ONZM (cropped).jpg
Murdoch in 2016
Personal information
Born (1956-03-18) 18 March 1956 (age 64)
Christchurch, New Zealand
International information
National side
Source: Cricinfo, 19 April 2014

Lesley Jean Murdoch ONZM MBE (née Shankland, born 18 March 1956) is a former New Zealand cricketer and field hockey player. Between 1979 and 1990 she played in six women's Test matches and 25 women's one-day internationals as a batsman. Murdoch captained New Zealand in three Tests against Australia, drawing two and losing one. She won eight of the 15 ODIs she captained, losing six times, with one "no result".[1] She was a member of the New Zealand women's hockey team that finished sixth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.[2]

In the 1987 New Year Honours, Murdoch was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to cricket and hockey.[3] In the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport.[4]

Murdoch is currently a commentator for Sky Network Television calling netball, hockey and cricket. She also is a sideline reporter for Radio Sport during rugby matches at AMI Stadium and hosts a Saturday morning sports show on Christchurch's Newstalk ZB.


  1. ^ "Lesley Murdoch". CricketArchive.
  2. ^ Leslie Murdoch. Profile at olympic.org.nz. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ "No. 50766". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 31 December 1986. p. 34.
  4. ^ "Queen's 90th birthday honours list 2016". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.