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John Murray MBE


Born at North Kensington, London in 1935, wicket-keeper/batsman, John 'JT' Murray represented Middlesex from 1952 to 1975. Playing 635 first-class matches he scored 18,872 runs with a top score of 142, he took 6 wickets with his right-arm medium-pacers. He established a world record of 1,527 dismissals (1,270 catches and 257 stumpings) during his career, until surpassed by Bob Taylor in 1982/83. He achieved the record of scoring 1,000 runs and taking 100 dismissals in a season in 1957, the only player to do so since Les Ames in 1932. Making 21 Test appearances for England between 1961 and 1967 he scored 506 runs with a top score of 112 versus West Indies at the Oval in 1966 when he added 217 runs for the 8th wicket with Tom Graveney. He achieved 55 Test dismissals and he toured abroad eleven times. He holds the record for the most dismissals in a career by a Middlesex player 1,223 and for the most in a match 9 versus Hampshire at Lord's in 1965. In 1977-78 he acted as an England Test selector.