Walter Murray was a professional from north-east England, who played for Glamorgan in their Minor County Championship match in 1911 against Staffordshire at Stoke whilst he was attached to the Hill’s Plymouth club in Merthyr Tydfil. He made an impressive half-century during the second innings, and had the Welsh county been in a better financial position, the Middlesbrough-born batter would have been selected more often.
He grew up in the Darlington area and trained as a civil engineer before working with a local railway company. His performances for the local cricket club saw him win a place in the Durham Colts side in 1901 and 1902, before further decent innings in league cricket saw Walter make five appearances in Minor County matches for Durham in 1907.
Walter subsequently moved south and secured employment in Staffordshire, before in 1911 gaining employment with a railway company in South Wales and being offered terms as a professional by the Hill’s Plymouth club in Merthyr. He enjoyed a good summer and during August was selected for the Glamorgan side in their away match with Staffordshire. Batting at number four in the second innings, he made an assured and unbeaten 78 as he helped the Welsh county secure a draw against one of the leading Minor County teams at that time.
He continued to play for Hill’s Plymouth up until the outbreak of the Great War when he served as an Army engineer. Walter returned to the Darlington area during the 1920s where he continued to work as a civil engineer and play in a decent standard of club cricket.
MURRAY, Walter .
Born – Middlesbrough, 30 January 1878.
Died – Malden, Surrey, 6 January 1956.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Championship – 78* v Staffordshire at Stoke-on-Trent, 1911.