Jack Murphy, a tall left-handed batsman and bowler played 1st XI cricket for three seasons for Glamorgan until an injury to his left knee early in the 2019 season led to his premature retirement at the age of 24.
He left the game barely a year after establishing himself as an opening batsman having switched from being an opening bowler. Indeed, 2018 had seen Jack enter the Club’s record books during the Championship match with Kent at Sophia Gardens, as he made unbeaten 39 and, in the process, recorded the lowest score for 96 years by a Glamorgan batsman carrying his bat.
His watchful approach continued during the second innings of the game, as he batted for a further 200 minutes, making 54 and sharing in a stand of 126 with Shaun Marsh. Later in the season, during the return fixture at Canterbury, Jack played another pair of obdurate innings whilst batting at number three, completing a career-best 80 in the first innings, followed by an unbeaten 22* in the second, as Glamorgan slid to another innings defeat.
Born in Pembrokeshire, the policeman’s son had shown rich promise as a schoolboy cricketer before joining Ammanford CC. He also appeared in the Wales age-group teams before securing a place in the Glamorgan Academy and playing 2nd XI cricket. He also spent the winter of 2013/14 in New Zealand, before commencing his studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He duly made his first-class debut for Cardiff MCCU in April 2015, ironically against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens, before two years later making his Championship debut for the Welsh county against Sussex at Colwyn Bay.
MURPHY, Jack Roger
Born – Haverfordwest, 15th July 1995.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 80 v Kent at Canterbury, 2018; 1/41 v Derbyshire at Swansea, 2018.
In List A cricket – 10 v Somerset at Taunton, 2018.