Merv Mueller

Merv Mueller
Personal information
Full nameMervyn Edward Christopher Edgar Mueller
Born(1914-10-03)3 October 1914
Yatala South, South Australia, Australia
Died22 July 1984(1984-07-22) (aged 69)
South Plympton, South Australia, Australia
BattingRight-handed
RoleOpening batsman
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1937–1938South Australia
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 2
Runs scored 94
Batting average 31.33
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 56
Catches/stumpings 0/-
Source: CricketArchive, 11 August 2015

Mervyn Edward Christopher Edgar "Merv" Mueller (3 October 1914 – 22 July 1984) was an Australian cricketer who played two first-class matches for South Australia during the 1937–38 season.

Mueller was born in suburban Adelaide, and attended Adelaide High School.[1] He worked in the country for two years after graduating, and after his return to Adelaide in 1934 began playing for Prospect in the local grade cricket competition, as an opening batsman.[2] In December 1937, Mueller was selected to make his state debut, playing against Western Australia at Adelaide Oval.[3] The match had first-class status, but was not part of the Sheffield Shield, as Western Australia had not yet been admitted to that competition. On debut, Mueller opened alongside his Prospect teammate, wicket-keeper Charlie Walker, and made 56 in the first innings. This was only bettered by the century scored by Don Bradman, the captain both of South Australia and the Australian national side.[4]

Mueller's second and final first-class match was a Sheffield Shield fixture against Victoria towards the end of the season, in February 1938. He scored only a single run in the first innings, out leg before wicket to Test bowler Morris Sievers, but in the second innings scored 37 out of a 95-run opening stand with his new partner, Richard Whitington.[5] Despite that performance and his earlier half-century, Mueller was omitted from the state squad for the opening match of the 1938–39 season, against New South Wales.[6] He never again played at state level, but did serve as coach of Prospect for a period, starting in the 1953–54 season.[7] During the Second World War, Mueller served with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He had reached the rank of corporal by the end of the war, at which time he was stationed at the No. 1 Aircraft Depot in Victoria.[8] Mueller died in Adelaide in July 1984, aged 69.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ History – Adelaide High School. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Round the Wickets"The Advertiser, 1 March 1935.
  3. ^ First-class matches played by Mervyn Mueller – CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. ^ South Australia v Western Australia, Other First-Class matches in Australia 1937/38 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  5. ^ South Australia v Victoria, Sheffield Shield 1937/38 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  6. ^ "STATE CRICKET TEAM CHOSEN"The Advertiser, 7 December 1938.
  7. ^ "Mueller To Be Prospect Coach"The Advertiser, 11 September 1953.
  8. ^ MUELLER, MERVYN EDWARD CHRISTOPHER – WW2 Nominal Roll. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  9. ^ Mervyn Mueller – CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 August 2015.

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