Ewen Chatfield made his debut in international cricket with a Test match against England back in 1975. New Zealand’s Ewen Chatfield represented his national team in 43 Tests and 114 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The medium-pacer, who made his last appearance for New Zealand in 1989, called time on his career at the age of 68 on Saturday. Chatfield in an interview to stuff.co.nz said, “It might seem silly but I have standards, even at 68, and if I can’t play to those standards I thought it is time to flag it.”
He also suggested a headline to announce his retirement and said, “I would not mind reading the Naenae Express has run out of steam as the heading.”
The Dannevirke-born player played his last match for a club named Naenae Old Boys and got out for a first-ball duck.
After the match, he decided to end his career at the same place where he started in February 1968 — Naenae Park.
Chatfield has picked 123 Test and 140 ODI wickets in his career. He had three five-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game and one in ODIs. He was also awarded an MBE for his services to cricket.