|Full name||Timothy James Murtagh|
2 August 1981 |
Lambeth, London, England
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Relations||AJ Murtagh (uncle)
CP Murtagh (brother)
|ODI debut (cap 38)||23 June 2012 v Ireland|
|Last ODI||6 September 2013 v Scotland|
|T20I debut (cap 25)||21 July 2012 v Bangladesh|
|Last T20I||16 November 2013 v Canada|
|Domestic team information|
|2007–||Middlesex (squad no. 34)|
|Source: CricketArchive, 24 November 2013|
Timothy James Murtagh (born 2 August 1981 in Lambeth, London) is an English/Irish professional cricketer. Murtagh is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler who plays now for Middlesex. He represented England in the 2000 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Though he is first and foremost a seam bowler, Murtagh has progressed with his batting, and stepped in on many occasions to rescue Surrey when most needed. He attended The John Fisher School.
After injuries to many of the Surrey bowlers in 2005, he found himself having to lead the attack on several occasions. Murtagh took figures of 6/24 versus Middlesex in the 2005 Twenty20 Cup, which at the time were the best bowling figures in the short form game.
Murtagh took 16 wickets (average 16.31; best bowling 4/29) in three Youth Tests and 12 wickets (average 19.33, best bowling 4/26) in 7 List A Internationals for the England Under-19 XI.
Murtagh played in just two of Surrey's County Championship matches in the 2006 season. As a result he serched for opportunities with other clubs and signed a two-year contract with Middlesex in December 2006.
In his seven seasons at Surrey Murtagh played 34 first-class matches, scoring 874 runs at an average of 32.37 and taking 68 wickets at an average of 37.72. He also played 65 List A matches in which he took 79 wickets at an average of 32.63.
Since moving to Middlesex, Murtagh's bowling average has significantly improved; in first-class matches for Middlesex his wickets cost nearly twelve runs fewer than for Surrey, and similarly his bowling average in List A matches for Middlesex is nine runs less than it was for Surrey.
His uncle Andy (Hampshire) and younger brother Chris (Surrey) also played first-class cricket.
Murtagh represented England in the 2000 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
A conversation with Middlesex and Ireland batsman Ed Joyce in 2011 led Murtagh to seriously consider qualifying for Ireland, as his grandfather was born in Dublin. He applied for Irish citizenship in October that year, and it was granted in January 2012. Ireland's first engagement after Murtagh qualified was the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in the UAE in March; Murtagh was named as a reserve in case any of the 14 players in the squad were injured.
- The John Fisher School prospectus information 2010 (PDF), The John Fisher School, p. 3, retrieved 2012-02-15
- Murtagh swaps Surrey for Lord's, BBC Sport, 5 December 2006, retrieved 2012-02-15
- First-class batting and fielding for each team by Tim Murtagh, Cricket Archive, retrieved 2012-02-15
- First-class bowling for each team by Tim Murtagh, Cricket Archive, retrieved 2012-02-15
- ListA batting and fielding for each team by Tim Murtagh, Cricket Archive, retrieved 2012-02-15
- ListA bowling for each team by Tim Murtagh, Cricket Archive, retrieved 2012-02-15
- Cricket Ireland (28 January 2012), Murtagh relishing Irish challenge, Cricket Europe, retrieved 2012-02-15
- Siggins, Ger (28 January 2012), Dial M for Murtagh, Cricket Europe, retrieved 2012-02-15
- No place for Murtagh in Ireland squad, ESPNcricinfo, 15 February 2012, retrieved 2012-02-15