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JT Murray
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 15:19
The club have sadly announced the great JT Murray passed away last night after being taken ill at Lord's yesterday.
Condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 18/08/2018 10:41 by London Leprechaun.

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dingy bags (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 15:21
Very sad news. One of the great wicket keepers and proud to have seen him at the very end of his career.

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chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 15:22
That's sad news.


But quite fitting he was at Lord's when it happened.

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BarmierKev (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 15:33
When I first started watching Middlesex in the 70s JT was a permanent fixture in our side. His keeping was unspectacular but impeccable.

I recall his last game at Lord’s Gillette Cup final against Lancashire came out to bat he received a standing ovation by a capacity crowd all the way up to the wicket. He was soon out for 0 and was similarly applauded all the way back. He was a legend and Middlesex till he died. RIP.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

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Re: JT Murray
25 July, 2018 15:40
He was keeper in the first Middlesex match I ever saw and a fixture more or less for the next 18 years. Immaculate keeper and very stylish batsman. RIP

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BarmierKev (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 15:51
At our next game I feel it would be appropriate to have a minutes silence or applause for our legend. However, I’m not sure whether your average 20 20 fan would appreciate such class.

We can always name a stand in his honour. Failing that combining one. Murray Mound.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

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Beeamazed (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 16:16
One of my early heroes...
A sad day😞

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Fozzie (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 17:36
JT played in both the first Middlesex game and first Test that I saw. He played fewer Tests than he deserved, primarily because Jim Parks was considered to be a better batsman, even though widely acknowledged to be an inferior keeper. Ironically, when JT was recalled for the 5th Test v W Indies in 1966 after a big clear out he shared a big stand with Tom Graveney, both scoring centuries and decisively turning the match England's way. He was a very elegant batsman on his day.

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Middlesex Exile (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 17:43
Great servant for Middlesex. Met him a few times, very humble man. Deserved more caps for England. Remember his partnership with Tom Graveney against the West Indies at the Oval. Condolences to his family.

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Jack Hearne (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 19:51
We will never forget the immense contribution that JT made to Middlesex cricket following his first-class debut in 1952.

His club wicketkeeping record is likely to stand for many years. May he rest in peace.

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rod/ed (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 22:39
Sad news indeed. He was keeping when I first starting following MX, as a fledgling keeper myself I followed his performances closely and was pleased to see him score a ton at the Oval in my second match in attendance.

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Mr. Trellis. (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 23:10
Very sad news. I saw him first in 1962, saw him break Herbert Strudwick's wicketkeeper's catches record, when he caught Dudley Owen-Thomas (I think) off Tim Lamb. Many said it would have been more appropriate if the catch had been made off Fred Titmus, with whom he had a great partnership for so many years. I was at his final appearance, the Gillette Cup Final and well remember the fully deserved ovations he received. Elegant and stylish are perfect descriptions of him. Condolences to his family.

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adelaide (IP Logged)
25 July, 2018 23:10
Murray, Titmus, Parfitt, Russell. The constants from the decade when I started watching cricket. J T was sheer class and watching him keep to Fred was always a delight. I got the impression that he was none too impressed by the leg side attack spinners started to use in one day cricket. If anything did get through down the leg side for byes his demeanour made it very plain that it was the bowler's fault!


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Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
26 July, 2018 11:14
Can remember plenty of caught Murray bowled Titmus back in the sixties.

On one Saturday afternoon, bowling out Hampshire for 65. RIP JT.

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Lifer (IP Logged)
26 July, 2018 11:57
Extremely sad news. Can always picture him touching his cap before settling to keep. He and Fred were part of my Middle membership early seasons. RIP JT

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Fozzie (IP Logged)
26 July, 2018 12:56
The club has announced that JT's passing will be marked at this evening's match.

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Sussex Seaxe (IP Logged)
26 July, 2018 17:50
Like so many others, I was saddened to hear this news. JT was the first Middlesex keeper I saw back in the mid 60's and I saw him for the rest of his career, including that September cup final when he played his final game. The touch of the peak of his cap and then his fingertips before every ball and the sheer style of all he did made a deep impression.

It seemed that Jim Parks was often selected ahead of him in Tests for his batting, which always seemed a little unfair; I know it really annoyed my dad, himself a wicket keeper!


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Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
27 July, 2018 11:18
JT was a fixture in the side from when I first came to Lord's in 1973.

A gloriously unfussy keeper.

That big wheel of the hands to set himself, and then down he crouched, big peaked old style cap at a slightly jaunty angle.

One tumbling, diving catch at that Gillette Cup Final vs Lancs, to take one of the few wickets to fall, and off he went.

He seemed to specialise in making tons against Yorkshire, and the match I first remember had him keep to Titmus, Edmonds and Featherstone as spinners vs a Yorkshire side featuring Boycott, Tony Nicholson and Don Wilson.

If the sign of a good keeper is that you hardly notice him being there, JT was a very good keeper indeed.

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Mark Drukker (IP Logged)
27 July, 2018 15:59
I even saw some c Murray b Titmus for Old England in the 1980s.

Murray could also bowl, leg spin and medium pace, often with his cap on (his cap reminded me of the Lone Ranger's mask). I saw him get a wicket (bowled) in the championship when he opened the bowling when the other side had a few runs to win. Russell kept wicket.

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27 July, 2018 17:28
I had an idea Murray' opened the bowling for real in one game because one our pace bowlers was injured, not because the opposition only needed a few. He bowled a lively medium.

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