Former Middlesex and England wicketkeeper-batsman John Murray have died at the age of 83 in London. Murray was taken to the hospital after he was ill at the Home of Cricket, the Lord’s.
Unfortunately, it happened after Middlesex defeated Warwickshire in the county championship game. He passed away on Tuesday evening.
He has been acknowledged by all and sundry. Murray was a prolific gloveman during the 60’s. His record of 1,527 first-class dismissals still remains at the second in the all-time list.
Murray was part of the England XI in 21 Tests during the 1960’s.
Murray’s only Test century came against the mighty Windies back in 1966. He was a stylish batsman and a very good wicket-keeper.
He scored over 17,000 runs for Middlesex in 650 games. His career spanned for 24 years. Hence his death came as a major shock to the whole cricketing fraternity.
John Emburey says the death of John Murray is a huge blow to Middlesex:
“Losing JT is a devastating blow to Middlesex Cricket,” John Emburey, the club’s president, said.
“He is undoubtedly the finest wicketkeeper in the history of the club and would be one of the first names on any team sheet when picking an all-time Middlesex XI. What he achieved is unlikely to be repeated.
“He was not only a very fine cricketer but was a fine man – loyal and committed to Middlesex Cricket. He was a Middlesex man through and through and he continued to serve the club magnificently after retirement as a Committeeman, confident and, most of all supporter. In many ways, it was fitting that his last day was spent at Lord’s enjoying a Middlesex victory,” Emburey stated.
“He will be sorely missed by all at Middlesex, in particular, those players that he formed such a close relationship within the early years of his career. The thoughts and prayers of everyone associated with Middlesex go out to his family and friends at this desperately sad time,” Emburey concluded.